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April 30, 2003

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad & the Ugly

The Good: So a couple of weeks ago I read in the Times about a falconer in Bryant Park ("In Bryant Park, Hawks Are Circling and the Pigeons Are Nervous," Robert Worth, Metro 4/17/03). The falconer was there with his Harris hawks on a trial basis, to see if the mere presence of the hawks would deter the pigeons from congregating in the park.

Later that week, I spot the falconer in the park, and I'm so excited to see the hawk perched on his arm that I shed my shyness to talk to him. The larger female, who also happened to be the better hunter (although hunting pigeons was not part of the program) was just amazing to look at - a stunning, powerful creature. The male, Starbuck, was up in the trees, surveying the landscape. Apparently whatever pigeons were around were up in the trees on a level with Starbuck - other birds have no interest in being beneath a hawk, because then the hawk has the upper advantage in hunting the other birds. Another thing I learned from the article is that a hawk resides around the "M" of the Met Life building - isn't that amazing?

The Bad & The Ugly: So I'm on my commuter train last night, minding my own business. Checking out with amusement my fantabulous haircut in the reflection of the window now and then.

A few stops from home, the population in my car has dwindled, but there are still plenty of people around who will be getting off at the last stop. At one point I happen to glance up at random. Across the aisle, one row up from mine, I spot an old man, busy with himself in hand.

Omigod. Sputtering, stunned, I'm looking around in a blind panic. I grab my things and head to the other end of the car, sitting for a moment, but that's not good enough - I walk between cars and go sit on the other end of the next car, safely surrounded by more people. I don't see a conductor, otherwise I'd say something. We're also so close to my home station, and I don't want the conductor to make me point out the old pervy bastard.

Ugh. My skin crawls just remembering.

Yours, &c., LC | 02:09 PM | | Comments (3)


Well, there's a time you've got to go and show you're growing, now you know about the facts of life...

Posted by: Scott at April 30, 2003 06:08 PM

Funny, I was thinking more along the tune of "Circle of Life..."

Posted by: mrw at April 30, 2003 07:12 PM

I will find this falconer. Sounds so interesting.

Posted by: PS at May 6, 2003 11:13 PM