It was beautiful biking weather today, roller-bladers were scarce, and to top it off, so to speak, I saw a guy with a Kid ‘do, a bit wilted from basketball but a good ten inches tall in its full glory. Or maybe it was a Play ‘do, who can remember?

Anyone who bicycles in New York will eventually encounter a Mexican man, in his 50s or 60s, riding sedately on a low bicycle — usually with a front basket, a banana seat, and a sissy bar — festooned from end to end with bells, lights, horns, streamers, and occasionally pictures of the Virgin Mary. Lacking a camera I can’t do this justice, but it is one weird subculture, and there’s a paid article in it for someone more industrious than I am.

And while I have been failing to fill what Spinal Tap called a “much-needed void,” have a look at Alan Sullivan’s seaworthy new design, one of Sekimori’s better efforts. You should of course be reading him anyway. He’s a real poet, I just talk about them. Stumbling Tongue has a stirring defense of ignorance. Colby Cosh, who embarrassingly posts more when he says he isn’t blogging than I do when I say I am, discusses the politics of Witness, that Amish movie from the ’80s, but fails, oddly, to note how remarkably thick Kelly McGillis’s neck is.

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 6, 2003 @ 7:30 PM | Blogs

4 Responses to “Miscellany”

  1. 1 1. Ian

    I like Kelly McGillis’s thick neck! She looked very German in that film, not to mention damned sexy.

    Grrr.

    Still, given the choice, I’d prefer Greta Scacchi.


  2. 2 2. Floyd McWilliams

    "Anyone who bicycles in New York will eventually encounter a Mexican man, in his 50s or 60s, riding sedately on a low bicycle usually with a front basket, a banana seat, and a sissy bar festooned from end to end with bells, lights, horns, streamers, and occasionally pictures of the Virgin Mary."

    Oh, sure, make fun of what I put on my wheels.

    (This reminds me of when I was in Cozumel during Christmas of 2001. We went to a beach play area that had a restaurant, various water toys — and a zoo. The zoo had some local fauna, including some very hostile monkeys, and a Virgin Mary.)


  3. 3 3. Ian

    They locked a virgin named Mary in the ZOO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!???

    Whatever for? Are they really that rare? And did that get them on Amnesty’s sh-t list?


  4. 4 4. Aaron Haspel

    Virgins named Mary? Sure they are. You know any over 16?


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