So, it's Ash Wednesday, and I'm not Catholic, so I spent quality time noticing the smudges on people's foreheads today, then quickly averting my eyes because I'm not sure if you're supposed to look at the smudge or not. What's the "Ash Wednesday" protocol, exactly? Are non-Catholics supposed to look at the smudge, then ask the Catholic what they are giving up for Lent? Are we not supposed to look? Whatever, I really don't care, believe whatever you want, go to church when you want, and put whatever you want on your face and head. I just would like to know where to put my eyes all day, honestly.
This year is all about writing, so I am not going to cheat and just post photos without writing about them. I will share with you some of my favorites over the past couple of days.
This sign is so amazing, I couldn’t pass it up. My Facebook friends seem to be enjoying it.
I know, it’s probably really difficult to design a sign that
goes inside the New York City subway system, because so many people ride the subway
every day, and all of those people speak different languages and come from
different parts of the world, and really, IS there a universal symbol for “If
you’re in trouble, press the red button and talk to the conductor?” Probably not, but this one really looks like
“Press the red button, and then your head will become a wireless hotspot and the Internet will come out of your mouth."
I’m sorry, but it does. This is now the universal symbol for wireless internet, New York City. Come to peace with it. You will have to revisit this sign to come up with another symbol to indicate “talking,” I’m afraid.
Also seen on the streets of New York: this person, who is wearing flip-flops despite the fact that it was 40 degrees outside yesterday with windchill that made it feel like monkeys were stabbing you in the face with tiny knivs made of ice.
I think the obvious question is-- Why the heavy coat? If you’re so “It’s warm, I’m wearing flip-flops”
as if to fly in the face of the fact that IT IS COLD and everyone else is
dressed appropriately, why not just commit to it and completely take off that
coat and wear a tank top and some shorts?
I don’t even care why that person is wearing flip-flops, actually—it’s New York, and it would be pretty hard to shock me after all these years. I’m just surprised at their obvious lack of commitment to this look.