I suspect I speak for many white liberals when I say I thoroughly enjoyed Reverend Joseph Lowery’s benediction yesterday. That is, except for one part:
“… help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”
No, I am not the least bit perturbed about his admonishment to white people. We as a group deserve it and I am more than happy to “take one for the team”. Rather, the fly in my proverbial ointment is this:
What about the orange?
As many of you are aware I posted the above photograph with one of my favorite memorable quotes from Gerald Ford (though to be frank, there really are not too many to choose from) yesterday. I was fascinated by my cat Bodhi’s interest in Barack Obama’s speech. Perhaps this little guy is more politically, historically* and socially aware than I thought?
Anyhoo, a couple readers found the above image amusing as well. Rowan writes:
historic moment aside, that is a superb â€œreflectionâ€ shot. it looks like Bodhi is floating near Obamaâ€™s shoulder, like some kind of orange feline guardian angel.
Al Oof adds:
yes, iâ€™m into the cat on obamaâ€™s shoulder shot too.
Feeling loquacious I replied:
It is a little known fact that Bodhi (an orange tabby from Greenpoint, Brooklyn) is Mr. Obamaâ€™s speech writer. In this capacity he demanded to be on hand to make sure things went along smoothly. And they did.
Now that I have let one secret slip I might as well to let you in on another: orange cats in Greenpoint seem to have taken an inordinate interest in Barack Obama being inugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
OK ladies, I see your orange tabbies and I raise you an orange tabby. This is the real orange Genius, catching up on the news after the inauguration.
Mere coincidence or a sign of things to come? In the name of scientific research I have erected a Flickr group dedicated to this phenomenon. Did your feline take an inordinate interest in Barack Obama’s inauguration? Do you have photographic documentation? If so, please add your kitty (cats of all colors, breeds and locations are welcome) to this pool.
Your urgent attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
*His particular interest in the end of Barack’s speech (when he invokes Tom Paine’s Common Sense) would certainly seem to indicate this.
1015 Manhattan Avenue
Puntaverde, New York 11222
Way to go, Oscar and Hernando!
Filed under: Queens
From Roosevelt Avenue.
Despite the odd burned out car and verbal altercation, spirits are high in the Garden Spot since Barack Obama took office. You can see the spirit of hope and aspirations of good citizenship in people’s eyes. It can also be found in our dog shit signs.
ThisÂ delightful specimen hails from 1074 Manhattan Avenue. I for one find the addition of a blue bow and bunch of grapes downright inspired. Can we scoop our poop? this sign cheerfully implores passersby. It’s time for us Greenpointers to step up to the plate— as good citizens— and answer the call:
YES WE CAN!
Yesterday— to say the very least— was an interesting day. First it was finding a burned out car on India Street on the way to meet someone for lunch. Then when I was walking home on Franklin Street a SUV tore past me spewing forth the special perfume only to be found from smoldering high grade weed. I found the latter rather disturbing because (as many of my fellow Greenpointers can attest) the driving skills of my fellow Garden Spotters are marginal at best— even when sober.*
Anyhoo, these concerns quickly faded into the recesses of my consciousness when I reached Calyer Street. That’s when I was greeted with the sounds of shouting. As Jane Fonda so sagely observed in the movie Barbarella:
…good many dramatic situations begin with screaming…
This occasion was no exception. In fact one of the shouters was brandishing a 1 x 4 for added dramatic effect.
Maybe these gents are discussing the pluses and minuses of Michelle Obama’s inauguration gown? Everyone’s a critic I suppose. I for one thought it was very nice.
*Watch how they parallel park, for example.
After a slight delay Jimmy and Seamus (whose name it is an absolute delight to type) are set to open Shayz Lounge tomorrow, January 22. I don’t know about you but I for one am very eager to see what (if anything) they have done to the place.
Shayz Lounge (Formerly known as Jack O’Neill’s)
130 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
OPENING DATE: January 17 22, 2008
From Green Street.
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
From Huron Street.
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic
Yes sir, that waterfront rezoning has kicked gentrification in Greenpoint into overdrive. Why, just a few years ago we couldn’t afford spray paint to tag our burned out cars.
Anyone care to guess how long this hilarious item will remain on India Street? From the look of things I’d say this carbecque has been sitting here for at least 48 hours.
This bit of timely advice hails from the Smith & 9th bound platform at Nassau Avenue.