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03/22/2004: "Stranger things are known to exist"

The Canonical List of Weird Band Names - I hope their music live(ed) up to their names. This is a huge list; I'm not going to waste my time going through it right now, but gonna bookmark it for those times I need to laugh a little.

Now the nice neighbor who's fighting to keep the median (that little island in the middle to keep opposit lanes separate) on Delancey Street came by with a flier urging residents to write to the Department of Transportation. I wrote about this before in the blog, and expressed my indifference. Some of the neighbors concern is that if they eliminate the median and allow the traffic to make left onto the outbound Williamsburg Bridge like in good old mid-90s, we'll have a traffic chaos, polution, and increased danger to children of Suffolk Street. As I read the lengthy letter she wants me to type up to keep her definition of democracy in the works, I changed my mind. As much as I like the 'offness' of Suffolk Street, increased traffic may slightly benefit my business. I lived on the block for 10 years now, and it was convenient to be able to drive right onto the bridge. I don't recall traffic has ever been so heavy on Suffolk Street. And ever since the median was created on Delancey street, it's harder to walk across Delancey Street because the traffic officers often ignore the pedestrians and keep the bridge bound traffic flowing. When I'm on my bicycle, trying to make it to the other side before the blind traffic officer start letting the cars pass failing to notice me diving into the street, more than once I've come close to crashing into the traffic. Then you get stuck in the middle until they unwillingly decide to stop the traffic and letting you cross. It's frustrating, and dangerous. And I tell you, they are mean. If they see you frustrated on the island, they let the traffic keep going. For more than one traffic cycle. I told my neighbor that I'll look into the letter to keep the situation diplomatic. But hell no. I'm not writing this letter. She wrote on the flier, "Here is your opportunity to make democracy work for you." Well, I'd rather reserve my democratic opinion for more important issues. I'd rather fight for gay marriage rights. Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to gay marriages, but I'm opposed to marriages that require the goverments' permission. Why do we institutionalize our lives with legal trapholes defined by the 'state' so that those sneaky lawyers would benefit at the end? Funny thing about marriage is that they don't ask you why you're getting married when you get your marriage license, but you need a proper reason for getting divorced. In the instruction booklet for divorce proceedings, the first thing you read is: "Just because you don't get along with your spouse would not give you divorce." However, if your spouse refuses to have sex with you, it is a ground for divorce. Interesting, no?

My friend Orly stopped by this afternoon. It was really nice because I haven't seen her in a while. We had some quality girly gossip talk, which graphic details I am not going to share right here.

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