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<p>I rode to what seemed to be the north end of the West Side Trail today, at about 155th St. I'm not sure if it actually was, but the path turned to dirt. Incidentally, that means I've now been to the Bronx, though I didn't realize it at the time. The transition between neighbourhoods as you go along the trail is palpable: on the Upper West Side there are lovely benches and nice wide spaces; through other parts there are people playing basketball on courts tucked under overpasses. Sometimes the path was side and split between pedestrian and cycle/roller traffic, and sometimes there was a half-meter wide pedestrian "lane". </p> <p><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/album/aYG32vlKF3cES9Ec4WSiVqNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0#"><img class="right" src="/images/website/IMG_7698.JPG"></a>I had my first proper random encounter with someone I know, while cycling back down the path when I bumped into someone I'd met two nights before. Wait, actually, second random encounter, 'cause I met her after randomly encountering two friends at the cinema. It's almost like I live here.</p> <p>The return over the Brooklyn Bridge was by far the worst I've ever had, with people leaping out in front of me and not looking even when they were walking facing me. I accidentally scared one older woman ('cause I didn't realize she was older) who was walking right towards me as I yelled and gestured and she noticed rather late. Oops. It was my moment of being a jerky New Yorker, though only by accident.</p> <p>Tonight I had a long chat with the founder of <a href="http://www.ecosanity.org/">EcoSanity</a>, a Toronto-based organization that I like a lot for their uncompromising spouting of the truth, and their attempt to push the term "Climate Emergency" into the public consciousness. As an act of support I'm going to start using the term.</p> <p>Yesterday I had a Pi/Pie party for <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10194354-38.html">Pi Day</a> and that was pretty good. Less than half coworkers (partly because of lots of spouses [spice? spousen?]), which is good. I think people had a good time, and hopefully there's some momentum building. I really need to do something course-like to extend my social range, though. Maybe I'll go back to Yoga for a bit.</p> <p>On Wednesday I went to see "<a href="http://www.vampirecowboys.com/shows.htm">Soul Samurai</a> and it was totally excellent &mdash; the kind of stage show I like the most: slightly edgy, cheap and innovative, funny and well-acted. There was an incredible amount of stage fighting, which I think people fail to appreciate in this era of special effects.</p> <p>A very New Yorkey week, with a sprinkling of Toronto. </p>
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