Friday, June 20, 2008

day 23- never get locked out again.

ever ran out in a rush? ever gotten to work and realized that your keys are on that table by the front door underneath the yesterday's mail?

i suppose if you are an automobile driver this probably does not happen that much, but in nyc it happens all the time. whether we leave our keys in the house or we forget them at work, it seems to happen to people about once a year.

being a locksmith in new york city is a lucrative business. every building without a doorman (or park slope where you may post no bills or menus on doors please) has a locksmith's card tucked into something by the front door. for 50 to 70 bucks they will be happy to let you in.

i have never left my keys at home, but i have left them at work. luckily my neighbor has a set of keys to the pitt penthouse, but she is not home that often when i get back so i am taking out an insurance policy. an insurance policy against having having to take the long trek back up to midtown to grab my keys. they key box has a nice little magnet situation on the back. all i have to do is get someone to let me in my building and i am home free.

i hope i don't forget to put it back when i am done. even the simplest of safeguards can be defeated without some discipline. at a buck39 i think i can find that discipline.

today we went down to the swedish midsummer party down at battery park. we got there a little late and things were in full swing. the maypole was already up and the swedish folk dancers of new york were already dancing around the maypole. my parents used to belong to the same group years ago and it was nice to see a bunch of people from vasa park out there in the city.

the swede's love their midsummer. it's an all night party and all the ladies are dressed in white, crowns of flowers in their hair.

the nyc parks department was even very tolerant of all the public consumption of the suds. i don't think there was a single picnic blanket that did not have a bottle of snapps, wine or beer. the park police were out in force, but really everyone was just having a great time on the river. the sun was setting on new jersey, the weather was beautiful and i think the only faux pas was me dropping a piece of matjes herring on jen's shoe.

to bad this only happens once a year. now i have to wait till next year to do it all again, or maybe head off to sweden to see it all for myself.

wrapping up
562.62 at the start
buck39 spent
the kitty stands at 34cent

maximum spending tomorrow buck98

i can spend that much tomorrow

you can't stop me.

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