The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

glutless zeal

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s an example of a Flopwhistle’s Water Hen pictured above. Given that I’m always wrong about what kind of a bird a bird is, one has undertaken the practice of just assigning random names to the various avians I encounter. This particular “bird on a wire” was hanging around HQ here in Astoria during the 72 hours I got to spend quarantining myself from the exposure to Covid which offered by an anti-vaxxer friend of mine. Grrr.

This particular person received a verbal dressing down the other day. For those of you who haven’t experienced what it’s like when a humble narrator drops the facade and stops pretending to be a nice guy… it ain’t pretty. I’ve been told it’s like having a thesaurus yelling at you, since I also drop all pretense of colloquialism and the carefully constructed artifice of my working class persona.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This week, since nobody who works for New York State – nor Con Edison or Spectrum cable – can visualize the hornets nest of dead wire and overburdened utility poles without photos of it, one has to go out and perform a photographic survey of the ludicrous situation hanging over our heads. Literally the entire regional economy hangs off of utility poles, and it can be derailed with a single fallen tree. Y’all want it, you’re gonna get it. Then you can found a blue ribbon committee that recommends things which will never happen.

I am so tired of fighting, lords and ladies.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Luckily, a negative Covid test for both Our Lady of the Pentacle and myself has ensured that we haven’t been derailed from the extensive travel schedule which is in the works for September. My anti-vaxx friend’s defenses of his perceived “freedoms” came close to attenuating my own freedom – see? I’ve got an Amtrak package which I’ll be spending in that interval, and bringing the camera to new and different locales for a change of pace. It’s been so long since I left NYC…

Vacation, all I ever wanted…

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 18, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Astoria, birds

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  1. Looking forward to the vacation photos! (Probably the first time I’ve ever meant that.)

    Linda Gage

    August 18, 2021 at 2:03 pm

  2. I’ve reached the point where “unvaccinated friends” defines an empty group. Best wishes for you and your Lady on your vacation. Best wishes for enjoying the trip to and from and within you vacation locales – looking forward to your reports. Consider using alcohol to temper your reaction to the unmasked/unvaxed/unreasonables around you. Works for me. Its their country too, though I never thought there were so many of them till 4 years ago.


    August 27, 2021 at 9:04 pm

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