Posts Tagged ‘if you see something’


This big smile is from a subway ad on which people are talking about how they saw something suspicious and reported it to the police. They are happy to be good citizens. The message: we must remain vigilant (even though suspicious objects are innocuous almost 100% of the time). You never know.

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This is so Brooklyn. You want em, take em!

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We need a dash of color on a day like this, even if it’s something that got left behind; what some might call trash. Note the antennas on the buildings across the street.

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The king of clubs (sometimes called Alexander the Great) is strong, has good character and loyalty, but is self-effacing. The lowly three of hearts has no special meaning; it’s just one of 52 playing cards in a deck. These two cards together don’t add up to anything special.

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little stinky trees

Were the fresh mornings Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, or maybe Monday, Wednesday, and Friday? They were tossed out of a car, so all we can assume is that those optimistic AM’s came and went. My favorite Air Freshner scent is probably Black Ice. Like Morning Fresh, it’s rather ephemeral, difficult to put into words, yet so pungent you’ll cough when you open the package.

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not yummy

When we came upon a realistic-looking doughnut on the sidewalk, research was required. A poke with the shoe determined that it was not an Entenmann’s chocolate doughnut – the texture was spongy and the shape more oval. It wasn’t food. The Entenmann’s doughnuts have 300 calories and twenty grams of fat, so, if this were in fact the real thing, it would have more like 350 calories.

rich frostedEntenmann’s doughnuts look more like the sidewalk find above than these from the company’s website.

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a queen

The Queen of Clubs may be a face card, wedged in prominence between the kings and jacks, but it is the lowliest of the queens. It’s not correlated to any English royalty, as some of the others are, and in the French deck, the Queen of Clubs is known as Argine, and anagram of Regina (latin for queen), while her sister facecards, Athena, Judith, Rachel, are given real, not generic names.  Regardless, the card was on the ground, alone and slightly trampled, waiting for me to come along and add it to my collection.

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sidewalk treasure

Another sidewalk treasure. I’d rather take a picture than bring something home and realize I’d picked up a purposeless, space-occupying object. Bright colors and the homemade factor make it almost irresistable, but not quite.

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what a card

By all means, say something. A single playing card was seen on the sidewalk, either missing its 51 friends or planning an escape. The jack of clubs is about the lowliest of the face cards, on par with the jack of spades, neither significant in popular card games nor culture (like the jack of hearts). Also known as the knave, servant of royalty, the jack, like this one, has its roots in France, where the face cards were associated with historical or mythological characters. The jack of clubs is Lancelot, from Arthurian legend.

(The black spots on the sidewalk, in case you don’t know, are the remains of chewing gum.)

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