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06:00 am: NYC and Baby Modeling: Final Thoughts
I've been many times before, but a few things struck me about the city on this trip.

About the traffic:
  • New York drivers are insane, but they do stop for red lights, which is more than I can say for Boston drivers.

  • New York pedestrians are either insane, stupid, or both. Which is really too bad, because it's a fantastic city for walking.

  • The use of a car horn as a conversational instrument ("hi!" "GET OUTTA MY WAY!" "could I cut in, please?") is irritating. The use of a car horn as relief to boredom (stuck in traffic, nothing I can do about it, so I'll just sit here and HONK MY HORN ENDLESSLY) is maddening.

  • New York drivers have absolutely no patience with uncertain drivers (like me, on a couple of occasions)... that horn gets bumped the very second they believe you (I) should've moved.

About the people:
  • If you're with a Very Cute Baby, people are extremely nice.
  • If you're not, they're not.

About the noise:
  • It is a very noisy city. That whole "city that never sleeps" thing means I don't sleep either. The drinkers/revelers/whatever are out and about, screamin' and havin' a grand ol' time 'til at least 3. Deliveries and garbage pick-up start by 4. I had lots of time to be the Midnight Mind Rambler.

  • I sang Teddy a revised version of the Good Morning song. Instead of "now the birds begin to peep," I sang "now the horns begin to beep." And they do! At 4 am!

And about the whole baby-modeling thing (not NYC-specific, presumably):
  • Teddy loves girls. He soooo wanted to hang out with the little girls every time we were at the studio. The little girls were nowhere near as interested in hanging out with him. He made do with little boys and the soccer ball. But every time a new little girl came in? Especially a a baby? He'd make a beeline to check her out. I don't know what this means for his future, but I hope it's not anything heartbreaking.

  • Baby face? Baby-smooth skin? Horsehooey. Babies have cradle-cap, pimples, scabs, lumps, & bumps. It reminds me of when I asked a friend how he was doing after his girlfriend broke up with him. He said "I slept like a baby!" When I started to express relief, he continued: "Slept a few hours, woke up crying, slept a few hours, woke up crying... all night." People (definitely including me) have a lot of misconceptions about babies... sleep and skin among them.

  • Teddy's picture will likely be in BabyGap stores in March, probably on one of those giant posters on display (stay tuned to this space for updates!). He may also be in print or on the web.
  • Whatever happens, I'm quite positive that you will see no signs of the big ol' scratches next to his left ear (because babies don't have perfect skin), as I'm sure they'll retouch the photos to erase all signs of them.

Current Mood: relievedrelieved to be home
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