Thursday, August 6, 2015

Let the slide show commence!


I took this shot from the observation deck on the top of Rockefeller Center. This was my favorite view, second only to the view of Central Park.












This was near Times Square, which was awe-inspiring in a slightly horrifying way. It was actually HOTTER in Times Square than anywhere else we walked, and the behavior of the crowd freaked me out. We did our best to avoid Times Square for the rest of the week. p.s. Did you know that there are naked (well, they have body-paint on) women walking around Times Square? They let tourists snap a photo with them, then ask for money. Fascinating. :(














St. Patrick's Cathedral was lovely, but much of the inside was under construction. 














 I took this shot when we were on the Circle Line Cruise, which was well worth the time and effort. We took the last cruise of the day, and the sunset was beautiful.














I'm not sure where this was taken. Upper west side? Chelsea? I have no idea.











18 comments:

nicrap said...

Wow. Beautiful!

Did you know that there are naked (well, they have body-paint on) women walking around Times Square? They let tourists snap a photo with them, then ask for money. Fascinating. :(

What didn't you like? that they were naked or that they were asking for money?

Jen Brimmage said...

You would ask that question, wouldn't you?
:-)

I suppose it was a combination of the two, plus much more.

nicrap said...

I suppose it was a combination of the two, plus much more.

Well, i am all ears. Please go on. ;)

Jen Brimmage said...

You're asking me to articulate why it made me uncomfortable, and I don't know that I can easily do that.

I suppose that seeing those women naked (except for thong underwear and high heels) reinforced that the US has become completely accepting of pornography and all that it entails. They were objectifying themselves for money. I'm not a hip, "progressive" femininist. I don't see it as a forward move for those women, or society in general.

Speedy G said...

When I go to Ocean City, MD, there are "cartoon characters" in costumes who stand outside stores on the boardwalk and solicit "tips" for taking pictures with children.

Men are, after all, only "children" when it comes to "naked women"...

ps - Did I mention that the costumed cartoon characters make me uncomfortable? It's all that "dominance-communality-reciprocity" social-situational confusion at play...

;p

Speedy G said...

btw - You didn't meet the naked cowboy? ;)

Speedy G said...

pps - I actually see this as the logical extension of "reciprocity's" extended sphere of influence. As capitalism exerts ever greater influence over our lives, the dominance and communality spheres seem to diminish in a form of simplifying zero-sum game. And who knows, before long, we'll all be "paying for sex" and indirect renumeration (in the form of cash) will change hands in many more social situations... as "dominance" is reduced to the tendering of cash or credit. ;)

nicrap said...

lol. Now i understand why she is so grumpy.

Speedy G said...

In the 1960's, the women's liberation movement always used to ask a question as to "what renumerative value" a wife and mother had. Give it some time, and we're very likely to find out the answer to that question.

nicrap said...

...She didn't get to meet the cowboy.

Speedy G said...

@ nicrap - Missed opportunity? She must have left her cowboy boots in Texas. ;)

nicrap said...

Shhhhhh. The girl has got a temper don'tcha know? ;)

Jen Brimmage said...

You guys are hilarious! :p


Don't we already know the renumerative value of the wife / mother, FJ?

And no, I didn't see the Naked Cowboy, but my husband and son did. Ironic, eh?

I assure you, though, he's MUCH LESS naked than the women we saw.

Not that him being totally naked would even things out...

ugh. It all reminded me of Kim K for some strange reason....

Jen Brimmage said...

pps - I actually see this as the logical extension of "reciprocity's" extended sphere of influence. As capitalism exerts ever greater influence over our lives, the dominance and communality spheres seem to diminish in a form of simplifying zero-sum game. And who knows, before long, we'll all be "paying for sex" and indirect renumeration (in the form of cash) will change hands in many more social situations... as "dominance" is reduced to the tendering of cash or credit. ;)
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This is EXACTLY what depresses me about it all.
heh. Thanks for articulating, FJ!

-FJ said...

You're SUCH a sentimentalist! ;)

Cecil Graham: What is a cynic?

Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

Cecil Graham: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing.”


― Oscar Wilde, "Lady Windermere's Fan"

Ducky's here said...

I'm guessing Chelsea.

Jen Brimmage said...

You're SUCH a sentimentalist! ;)
------

Indeed I am. Usually to my detriment!

Jen Brimmage said...

Ducky, I really wanted to get out of Manhattan while we were there. I wanted to spend time in Brooklyn, but it just didn't happen. I underestimated how much time it takes to get anywhere and do anything.

We did see a Broadway musical while we were there!