Aside From All That

I want to pay more attention to the incidental remarks people make since many times it’s where the literary fruit is…for instance.

My friends Ed and Evelyn were down south for her sister’s wedding.  In an email I asked how things were going?  Ed’s reply:

Great rehearsal and dinner afterwards.  First one up this morning and found a mountain of cat poop in the foyer.  Cat looks guilty as hell.  Trying not to view this as an omen.  Need caffeine and hand sanitizer.

I was exiting my building welcomed by a 2 year-old screaming at the top of his lungs.  The mother, calm as can be said, “He’s just expressing himself.”  On cue, the kid took his bottle and hurled it at her.  “He’s got a great arm,” I said trying (unsuccessfully) not to laugh.

Two men were seated on the bench at the cafe below my house.  One says to the other in a voice as if his balls were being squeezed, “Look at the cheeks on him.” (I also looked and they were indeed per-rit-tee nice).

I will say, sometimes there’s more poignancy than humor in a quick exchange, like when I overheard a woman at the library tell another member of the death of someone they both knew, and he said…

“You know what the poet Alan Ginsberg said when someone passeslight a candle, and keep on dancin.”

Gonna remember that one.




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 Thanks.
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17 Responses to Aside From All That

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    That last quip is a great one, Susannah. So hard to do some times, but good to remember.


  2. Elle Knowles says:

    I’m going to remember that one too. 😉 you were all ears Susannah. I must get out more to hear some good lines. Staying in so much makes me stale. ~Elle


  3. Lynn says:

    “Light a candle & keep on dancing”. Love it!


  4. I loved “literary fruit.” I write my best stuff when I’m around people. I don’t know how Thoreau wrote so isolated. I’d be pretty boring probably resorting to cat talk. Of course, you have all of NYC to harvest.


  5. I love it! Have missed you once more… life has gotten in the way of my wonderful pleasure of reading and writing blogs. I am a terrible eavesdropper when I am out, I just never remember to write about it. I love that you remember and entertain us so much with your word pictures. Hope you are well…


  6. I couldn’t agree more. I always seem to capture quick exchanges that crack me up. In Target over the weekend I overheard 2 women discussing a co-worker. “Oh, she looks just like a bat … with better teeth” I damn near peed my pants!


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