Friday, December 04, 2015

Watching Pedestrians

Maybe because I'm feeling sick, I'm particularly struck watching pedestrians on the street. Such an unusual assortment today! About a quarter appear homeless.

A fellow eyes a squashed cigarette butt on the sidewalk, and picks it up, presumably for reuse. Another fellow leaves his cart on the sidewalk and crosses the street with a cup onto private property, in order to pour water from a tap, which he drinks and casts the excess away. Someone else asks money from an uninterested pedestrian, gets turned down, then aimlessly pokes in a garbage can before sitting at a bus stop. A frail-looking elderly woman parks her cart for a minute in order to eat from a Styrofoam container.

And then there's a woman balancing precariously on a bicycle while stopped waiting to cross the street. A courteous driver stops to allow her passage, but there's a second lane to worry about, so she shouts: "What are you doing? Fuckin' go!" A man speaking a foreign language into a cell phone. A slow-mo bicyclist.

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