Another New York Story

This morning running east to west, I see a woman pushing a baby carriage in the distance. images-1Despite being cold, I sidle up next to her peeking in to see the baby turning out to be a chihuahua in a bright blue turtleneck sweater.

I find myself saying to the woman, “He must look like his dad.”

She gives me a frozen smile, apt since it’s only 15 degrees, a heatwave in comparison to yesterday when it was 7.

Stopping in the deli to buy bananas, the guy in front of me orders a double iced-coffee wearing only a blazer. I have on 16 layers wishing I opted for more.

He gazes at my 2 bananas and says, “Have you ever put them in the freezer for a smoothie?”

“In the spring.” He appears not to get the joke.

“Aren’t you cold?” I can’t help asking.

“Cold is a mere state of mind.”

“You must be from LA?”

“How’d you know?”

Before I can answer, the woman behind me says, “Hurry up…and fuck you and your smoothies…some of us have to get to work.”

No, I did not make this up.

Just an average morning on the good old, Upper East Side of New York.

SB

Written a week ago when everyone’s teeth were chattering.

 

 

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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22 Responses to Another New York Story

  1. Jeez wouldn’t she make an interesting alarm clock?
    Hahahaha! I’m dying at the turtleneck on the dog and that’s only because I crack myself up every time I put sweaters on my little lambs.

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  2. Loved “He must look like his dad.” LOL

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  3. Cold weather does something to people that’s unpredictable. Only you can find them and make a story!

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    • I know many people who don’t feel the cold quite like I do, most of them men. Maybe they’re really freezing but nfeel it’s masculine not to wear a coat. Schmucks, all of them. Too subtle?

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      • I have low blood pressure so I feel the cold. (I prefer to think that I am really a tropical human) Men aren’t as sensitive to cold (at least that’s what I’ve been told). Maybe it’s just what you are used to.

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    • Interesting you should say that low blood pressure makes you more susceptible. Mine’s low too and I’m cold all the time. My charming Italian grandmother used to say I had no blood. Thanks Gramma.

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  4. Elle Knowles says:

    Hopefully their dispositions will improve as the weather gets better! ~Elle

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  5. Hilarious!! The dog in a turtleneck… must look like his dad… that is classic! I would have been laughing and snorting. No sense of humor… It’s great that you can peg people and engage them. Most likely, I would have turned and had some more comments for the woman who had to go to work… Good thing I wasn’t there, my mouth can get me into real trouble… I need a muzzle most days.

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  6. Wow, you have it a lot colder than us at the moment. Maybe the woman’s attitude can be forgiven but I’ll bet if she said that out here, the whole town would give a collective gasp. I’ve never heard so many people saying “I’m sorry” unnecessarily since I lived in Canada. 🙂

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  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    Maybe the smile was frozen because the pup DID look like its daddy! And I can’t even begin to imagine the response of the entire store if that woman delivered her line in our little town. Probably everyone would start laughing, assuming she was kidding.

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