Hello, again. Still here, still working a flabbergasting amount of hours. Like so many electricians in NYC these days, I'm balancing self-respect against the fear of losing my job. "Do more with less," seems to be the catchphrase of the decade. Or was that the last decade? Never mind. At least Uncle Sam is making some money.
In other idiotic news from the nanny state, the MTA has apparently banned cell phone use on their buses. I know this because at the front of the bus, they've added a cute little sticker of a cell phone with a slash through it, right next to the ones of a drink cup and a radio. Most bus drivers seem to ignore it, but I actually saw one who refused to drive until a little old lady got off her cell phone. Now, we all hate idiots who shout into the phone at 200 db, but how do you put an outright ban on cell phone use? It's ok if I talk to the person next to me, it's NOT ok if I talk to a black box in my hand. And, of course, there's no law against crazy homeless people who scream obscenities at themselves.
My Sainted Catholic Sicilian Mother threw a family reunion this past weekend. It's so cute watching little kids run around, colliding like quantum particles. If you ever want to study Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, just let a bunch of 3-4 year olds loose in a confined space, and try to predict their position and behavior simultaneously. It's fun & educational.