Monday, September 7, 2009
I have no keys - none to a car, home, or office. I've always had a big ring of keys, but one by one they've been pulled off - first office, then phone, car, and finally a couple that I wasn't sure what they were to. It's both liberating not to walk around with a pile of keys and a bit frightening. It means for now that I'm unattached - there is nothing to unlock that is mine. Soon I'll probably get new keys, but for now I have nothing.
Kacy and I went to Governor's Island yesterday. It's off the tip of lower Manhattan and was for many years a Coast Guard base. The feds sold it to NY for $1, and now they're trying to figure out what to do with it. They've been promoting it this summer with a free ferry ride to it, art shows, free bikes, and all kinds of promotions. Yesterday they had a special swim event - the churning in the picture above is of the first heat of swimmers taking off to swim a couple of miles. The area is the confluence of the Hudson, East River, and the Atlantic Ocean right off the Island - can you imagine what that water is like? Anyway, we had a great time!
Today we went to Udi's Dad's house in Jersey. His wife is from the country of Georgia and their hospitality is amazing. Elvira cooks a feast every time we go down of the most amazing food from the caucuses. At home they speak Russian to each other, and I actually recognized a couple of words that cross over with Macedonian. 5 days to go.......