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Chalk it up

Chalk drawings on the sidewalks of Manhattan have gotten more professional and more prevalent in the last year.

But I’ve never caught a chalk artist ‘in the act’ until today.

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I know lettering is an art unique to each hand, but I was curious how they made the colors so saturated.

The secret?  Water.  They dip the chalk in water.

I was kinding expecting something…more.

Telephone tip

samsung galaxy s5I depend on my cellphone.

Most people do these days.

It’s never more apparent than when you misplace it or break it for even a single day.

It’s like losing a limb.

And I am ever so grateful to have my cellphone in hand when I’m walking down the sidewalk and see a couple of petition people lying in wait.

Like today.

I’m sure the two young ladies had something important to discuss with me — they always do, right? — but I just wanted to be on my way.  And my cellphone allowed me to do just that.

As soon as the petition people were in view, I put the cellphone to my ear and begin having a fascinating conversation.

With no one.

The petition people don’t bother folks on the phone.

Give it a try yourself sometime.

Solutions for a small planet

Admit it — most of us don’t read the manual that comes with our new smart phones cover-to-cover.

Maybe not at all.

So it’s not surprising that articles like “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do” literally amaze.

However, I would like to add a feature to that list that applies to any brand of mobile phone.  It crosses platforms, versions, price points — you name it.  And in New York City, it has proven extremely valuable on a daily basis.

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Sidewalk Ambassador Avoidance

Got a mobile phone at your ear?  Appear to be in a conversation?  They leave you alone.

World peace.  It’s what every beauty pageant contestant wants.

 

No picnic

My dog meets the darnedest people on our daily walks.

Exhibit A: Young Lady, Upper West Side.

She looked pleasant and sunny and harmless. Rory used his classic curl-around-your-legs-like-a-cat maneuver that no one can resist. She immediately plopped down on the sidewalk, and they began to cuddle.

After a couple of minutes of this instant friendship, Rory was ready to move on, the corner dog store in his sights.

antsAs the young lady stood up to leave, she said, “I’m surprised he didn’t eat any of the ants on the sidewalk.”

“Ants?”  I hadn’t noticed any.  “Well, I’m glad he didn’t.  Not sure how those would have gone down.”

“I’ve eaten ants before,” she said with a small smile. “They taste like lemon.  That’s probably why your dog wasn’t interested.”

Probably.  And now we all know.