Pictures we took

2007 12 18
Coltrane Choi, R.I.P. (March 1993 – December 2007)


Handsome boy

On Saturday afternoon, Coltrane suddenly looked pretty rough. We took him to the vet right away, and learned that he had fairly advanced cancer of the spleen. He declined very rapidly over the weekend, but we were set to operate on Monday, until we learned that the cancer had spread to his liver and that there was nothing we could do. Coltrane died the way I hope I go eventually: full of years; after a sudden, sharp decline that left just enough time to say good-bye, but not enough time to suffer; and surrounded by the people who loved him most.

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2007 11 24
Korean cuisine day!


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We had some friends over today for our own little Korean cuisine festival. Pictures below the fold.

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2007 11 24
Feast!


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Below the fold, documentation of a feast!

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2007 11 17
Vertical lines, horizontal lines and a pink fire escape


At Cortelyou station


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2007 11 16
Recently read: Flatbush: The Heart of Brooklyn


Nedda C. Allbray. Flatbush: The Heart of Brooklyn

Fun stuff, if you live in my neighbourhood. If not, perhaps not your cup of tea. Anyway, this caught my eye:

The importance of easy access to rapid transit was not lost on T.B. Ackerson, the builder of Beverly Square East and West, who, during the construction process, used his political clout to get both the Beverly Road and Cortelyou stations built. Those two local stops are one block apart, the closest subway stops in the system.

And it’s true! They’re very close together—about the length of a damn subway!—as the not-very-good picture below suggests. It’s taken at Cortelyou station, looking down the tracks to Beverly station. I just knew that money and political clout had to explain the closeness of the stations.

Cortelyou, looking toward Beverly


Howls of outrage (2)

2007 09 23
Pictures not taken


The other day on the subway, I saw a man dash down a set of stairs and squeeze – just barely! – through the closing subway doors. He was alone, and there was no one to congratulate him on making it, so he was left to do the job himself, which he did with a quick but very satisfied little smile. I see this sort of thing every day, but for some reason the way he was just so very pleased with himself amused me.

It would have been nearly impossible to capture the moment with a camera. I would have needed the camera with me, out and pointed already in his direction, and even then I wouldn’t have taken the shot for fear of rudeness; because I wouldn’t have seen that great little grin coming; and because I would surely have botched the shot anyway. Still, I wish I had been able to take that shot because I wish you could see it too.

My all time favourite picture not taken was also not taken on the subway. It was an A train, I believe, on its way to Jamaica, Queens. I sat across from two 45 or 50 year old women, probably Russian, one of whom was showing quite a bit of cleavage. They were together, talking intermittently, but talking in a way that suggested they were perhaps colleagues rather than friends. At a certain point the busty woman looked down the subway car away from her companion, and her companion’s eyes traveled quickly down to the busty woman’s cleavage. I have a generally lousy visual memory, but I still have a reasonably clear mental image of the flicker of barely suppressed disgust and disapproval on the companion’s face.

I would have treasured a picture of that moment my whole life, but all I have from it is a fading mental image and now this little scrap of a blog post.

So, what are your favourite pictures not taken?


Howls of outrage (3)

2007 05 29
Big burger sandwich


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Big burger sandwich, originally uploaded by Chris and Yoon.

Lunch was yummy today.


Howls of outrage (6)

2007 03 17
Concentration


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Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan at Biscuits, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


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2007 03 17
Eye of the beagle


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Eye of the beagle, originally uploaded by Chris and Yoon.


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2007 03 17
I believe I can fly


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I believe I can fly, originally uploaded by Chris and Yoon.


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2007 03 12
Turkey burger (with cheese, arugula and guacamole)


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2007 03 12
Birthday Boy! (14 years)


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Birthday Boy! (14 years), originally uploaded by Chris and Yoon.


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2007 03 06
After the storm


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After the storm, originally uploaded by Chris and Yoon.


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2007 03 06
Sudden snow storm, seen from bedroom window


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2006 12 24
How would Jesus drive?


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How would Jesus drive?, originally uploaded by Chris and Yoon.

Spotted at Union Square


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