by Wes Richards
(KEW GARDENS, QUEENS) -- When you get here on the E train or the F and it’s one of those dark hours when it could be either last night or tomorrow morning, you think you’re on an urban movie set where they’ve left only the emergency lights on so nobody trips over something.
This is a good neighborhood. Nice, well preserved ancient apartment houses, slick semi-modern middle aged apartment houses made of brick, not the all glass kind you find in Manhattan.
Yes, there have been a few muggings lately, a New York welcome to a befuddled new mayor and his befuddled new police commissioner. But mostly, you get nothing more than a schoolyard bully you can chase off with a dirty look.
And things weren’t all that different 50 years ago tomorrow when Kitty Genovese walked Read more
I’ve had writer’s block for a while. It’s that time of year when so many other things are going on, the last thing I can think about is writing about any of it. If I did, I’d be writing about squeaky washing machines, tax receipts, snow and other seasonal inconveniences. I could write all of the time if I wanted to write about the ridiculous-ness we all see and experience every day, but it’s stressful to complain all the time about everything. AND THEN…………………..enter DEBORAH NORVILLE ON INSIDE EDITION!!!
Did I just hear Norville say what I think she said?
No,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,! I must be hearing things……..
I love DVR. I can roll it back and see if Deborah Norville really said what I think I heard……
Right here at the top of the Inside Read more
by Wes Richards
Time was, waiting tables was both respectable and a profession. Today it’s students and the occasional out of work actor.
And rather than calling someone a waiter or waitress, they’re all “servers.” I dislike the word. It implies servitude.
But in the age of gender neutrality, why not just call them all “waiters.” Very few people identify with “poetess” or even “actress.” They’re poets and actors.
But I digress.
In restaurant world, everyone follows a script. Good practice for those out of work actors.
It starts when you enter. The person who greets you will ask something like “just two tonight?”
Usually, you mumble yes. But sometimes, aren’t you tempted to say “no, we’re a party of 41. The other 38 are outside Read more
by Wes Richards
There’s a fourth letter in the guy’s last name. Mostly it’s a second “n.” But feel free to substitute the letter “g.”
Dun_ is the Florida software engineer with the schizo verdict in his trial in Jacksonville.
Some headlines trumpet his conviction, some trumpet his mistrial. Both are true.
Let’s explain. Dun_ shot and killed a 17 year old black kid who was a passenger in a car in which loud rap music complete with booming, earth-shaking bass was playing at top volume.
This is established fact.
Dun_ wasn’t convicted of murder. That charge ended in a hung jury. And as of now, prosecutors haven’t decided whether to re-try.
He was convicted of second degree attempted murder because he shot at the music car as it fled carrying some living Read more