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Abandoned…

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Not my size, so there they stayed.

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April 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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Are you trying to tell me something?

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Maybe it’s just me, and years of living on the sexual margins have made me all to ready to see hints and innuendo every where I look, but even from my warped perspective, I have to ask what exact message is this woman trying to send with her canvas tote with the shackles and noose on the side?

She was coolly reading the New Yorker from when she got on at Seventh Avenue til when she got off at 34th Street, in an outfit that had no other hints of kinkiness. Is the image an invitation to bondage or an expression of freedom from it? Some random importation of violent motifs onto the side of canvas totes as part of a fashion statement? I’ll never know.

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March 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Saftey first…

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So this morning I’m heading into my subway station and there is one of those NYPD random search tables, staffed by three cops, supposedly making sure that our track rats can continue to lead lives undisturbed by Sarin gas or ninja throwing stars.

Oh no, I thought, here we go. Because you see here I was, big bearded, somewhat swarthy, hauling the three stuffed, unmarked black bags you see here past them and through the turnstile onto one of those oh-so vulnerable station platforms, where we’re supposed to say something if we see something.

I’m bracing myself for a search , but none ensues, and As I walk down the steps to the platform I’m a little huffy: What? I don’t look menacing enough? I’d stop me. I was profiling myself.

It was just as well that they didn’t stop me, because if they had, we would have had to spend a lot of time talking about the items of, er, amusement those bags currently contain.

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February 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

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