I was watching a video of a baby piglet taking a bath that someone tweeted, saying something like “This is your breakfast, enjoying a nice warm bath.” It’s a hard world to live in if you believe eating animals is wrong. I don’t ever lecture about it, or post pictures (mostly), because I don’t believe that is how minds are changed. But it is hard to walk around with the bodies of animals hanging in windows, or arrayed in grocery shops and elsewhere.
I saw these guys and just felt bad. They were swimming along, la-de-da, and then they were yanked from life in some cruel and scary way, and now here they are, tossed in a bucket, in bits and pieces. No one grieves for them.
It’s a modest quest. I need a new pot-holder and I want one with a holiday theme. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? We shall see how I do. In the meantime, here is a shot from the Loser’s Lounge 25th Anniversary show. Thank you for existing, Loser’s Lounge! You’ve given me many, many happy, wonderfully entertaining evenings over the years.
Even though a lot of the stores are shuttered and empty, because the rents are insane, (scroll down) it’s still festive on Bleecker Street. It’s now a thing to go over the top on the outside front of your store window. This is right at the corner of Bleecker and Perry. I don’t even know what that store on the corner sells. I can’t tell looking in the window.
Here’s a sign on one of the windows of the empty storefronts. I think this explains why so many are empty. There were a number of pop-ups when I was walking around the other night (stores that are only there for a day or two, or a week or so). Look at the rents for just a pop-up! Since the stores are almost always empty when I walk by, or have maybe a customer or two at most, who on earth is making at least $20,000 a month?? No one. Hence the empty storefronts.
Mental Floss included Damnation Island on their list of Best Books of 2018!! Thank you editors of Mental Floss! It’s a great Christmas present. I’ll be in a good mood for weeks because of your selection. Woohoo!!
Tin men I came across while in Chinatown, getting new lenses for my glasses. (Except I think I crossed over into Little Italy when I took this shot.) Strangely, my eyesight has improved. How often does that happen??