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Complaint Department, that’s me.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The shot above sort of sums up my mood at the moment. Go, stop, or exercise caution? Do all three at the same time? That’s where a humble narrator finds himself at the moment. September is always a bad month for me, it’s generally when people in my life tend to die (just this week, two elderly Aunts shuffled off the Earth). 

Perhaps it’s some psychic residual from childhood, as the impending sense of doom which signaled the start of a new school year has never really dissipated despite my advancing age. It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since I’ve had to begin a new scholastic season, of course, but remembrances of social failings and playground beat downs never really go away. Others romanticize their childhood, but all I remember is the crushing ignominies of it, wherein you are denied the most basic of liberties – from the clothes you wore to what and when you would eat. Go, stop, or exercise caution.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Perhaps it’s the remembrance of the Jewish ritual calendar which colors the early part of September for me? Jewish holidays, or at least the holidays as observed in the particular sect of Judaism which my family participated, are fairly somber affairs. Days of Atonement and so on, during which you’d have to wear a suit and tie to temple, despite the stifling heat.

One doesn’t even own a suit as an adult, as I refuse to wear a ritual costume for anyone anymore. It’s stupid, and I try not to do stupid things. Depression is nipping at my heels, and great psychic effort is being expended in the name of remaining outward looking and optimistic, but it is – after all – September.

Go, stop, or exercise caution?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

What would Superman do, I remind myself. Never give up, never surrender. Exercise your strength for those who aren’t able to, do no harm, and always – always – strive to do the right thing even if you’re the only one who can perceive what the right thing is.

Unfortunately, Sophistry abounds. The decision to “Go, stop, or exercise caution” is made most often these days based on bias and the politics “of the now” rather than on observable data. Bah!

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Upcoming Tours –

September 13th, 2015
Poison Cauldron Walking Tour
with Newtown Creek Alliance, click here for details and tickets

September 20th, 2015
Glittering Realms Walking Tour
with Brooklyn Brainery, click here for details and tickets

Written by Mitch Waxman

September 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

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