The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Well… this is it. The shots from my last ride on the NYC Ferry, and the literal sunset for my interval shooting NY Harbor. It’s hard not to feel all choked up, as the harbor has been at the literal center of my life for decades. The tugboats, the bridges, Fireboats, the… Creek.

Usually, when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed or emotional, I’ll put on some appropriate music to lighten my mood.



– photo by Mitch Waxman

Eric Burdon often finds himself in heavy rotation on my various playlists, at least the playlists that don’t involve Cthulhu. Burdon’s talents are many, and I would urge you to particularly seek out his collaborations with LA’s Funk outfit “War.” The tune below could be used as the theme music playing over a montage sequence of me packing boxes and driving back and forth to Pittsburgh.



– photo by Mitch Waxman

Astoria gave birth to one of my favorite hardcore punk bands, Murphy’s Law (actually, the Dutch Kills hood did, but close enough.)

“Pit Bulls, Beer, and herb – aww right!” This does kind of sum up the experience of living in Astoria. Really, Astoria smells like a combination of college and burning brake pads.



– photo by Mitch Waxman

LA punk band Fear are intentionally offensive, and in the modern era their albums would likely be considered a hate crime by either the overly sensitive “Ute’s” or the deeply offended “Normals.”

Great live band, Fear was. Saw them at cb’s a bunch. The only thing that offends me, really, are people who are easily offended.



– photo by Mitch Waxman

One of my little open secrets was that before each and every tour, I would listen to two particular songs on my headphones at top volume, in order to get “amped.” The Dropkick Murphys “Bastards on Parade” – below – is one of them.

In many ways, my entire philosophy is elucidated in this song.

The other song, as in the other one that I listened to right before every boat or walking tour, is this one.



– photo by Mitch Waxman

And so, at last, my season on NY Harbor came to an end. I still had another destination to go to on this particular evening, but this was it for NY Harbor.

As far as what it’s felt like to be in the skin I’m in, quitting and abandoning everything I’ve worked to become or be, while throwing away half of my worldly possessions, all in pursuance of starting over in a new City while in my middle 50’s – how does that feel?



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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 22, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. You really oughtta lighten up:

    georgetheatheist . . . eins, zwei, drei

    December 22, 2022 at 11:50 am

  2. Or a tribute to your new home in PA:

    georgetheatheist . . . pumped up

    December 22, 2022 at 11:53 am

  3. Good luck on your move. My friend and I went on one of your Calvary Tours a few years ago and we liked it.

    Mary Jean Pagona

    December 22, 2022 at 12:45 pm

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