“WTF Is With All This Cold White Stuff?”, Playground, Connecticut.
Mini was rather fascinated by the novel concept of “weather.” At first, Mini would look at the white stuff and ask, “Wha’s this?” We would answer, “It’s snow.” Then he would ask, “Wha’s this?” and we would answer, “It’s still snow.” This would continue for a while. His attitude toward the snow was one of fascination mixed with terror. Eventually he moved onto a desire to go “oww-sigh” despite his lack of proper cold attire. At length, we let him out into the cold and he flapped his arms up and down once he realized how cold it was, and ran back inside. Eventually, though, it became just another interesting surface to run around on.
The National Debt Sign, Times Square area, New York City.
If you don’t already know the story behind this clock, it was started by a guy back in the late eighties, when the national debt got up into the multiple trillions. Recently, the clock had to be redone to include more digits, even though it was shut down for a period during the Clinton years, when the debt started going down. Cough. While we were looking at it, it appeared to be going up about $250 every second. Yes. Every second. And then I started wondering, do we even make minimum payments? Are we even covering the interest? What’s that about?
Louis Vuitton Store, 5th Avenue, New York City.
Is it brilliant? Crass? Memorable? All of the above? I haven’t been to New York since we got married there in June of 2006, and things have changed since our last visit. New York City is looking more and more like Tokyo every day. Not that I’ve been to Tokyo, but I’ve seen enough pictures to see its influence on Times Square. This store is on 5th Avenue, so its approach is subtler than the stories-high neon and LCD screens of Times Square, but this is definitely an upscale take on the same kind of marketing. Personally, I think it rocks. But I’ve always loved weird buildings and crazy signage, as you know.
Window Display, Bergdorf Goodman, New York City.
There were some interesting window displays at Bergdorf Goodman. Most required some kind of backstory to make sense, but all of them were attracting attention. This one struck me as particularly witty. A ring of vaguely criminal wolves running a polar bear boxing circuit? I would have liked to be a fly on the wall during that brainstorming session.
Mini Explores The East Coast Version of Beach, Westport, Connecticut.
These beach pictures were taken when Mini was having quality time with his aunt, uncle, and cousins, and Mommy and Daddy were having quality adult time in the city. Was Mini sad to see us go? Hardly. When I asked him about his cousins and what he thought of them, he waved his hands up and down and said, “I like this.”
- “Parents? What ‘parents’?,” Westport, Connecticut.
I haven’t seen the little kid quite as excited as he was on this vacation, just playing with his three cousins. Not only did he start saying several new words/phrases while we were on vacation (“Hello,” “Hi,” “Who is this?”), he also developed a little happy dance that I’ve never seen before, which is kind of like a cross between the Swim and that dance that TI did in the ad for Chevrolet from last year’s Superbowl.
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