Walking in different directions my group of somewhat geeky New York City High School teachers with fancy cameras passed this woman by without a word. I stopped, turned and waited to see if my initial instincts were true.
There are times I feel like I can read people like Popeye Doyle, the famous New York City Police Detective of French Connection fame. He had an incredible instinct. He could look at someone and accurately tell how many loose joints they were carrying.
There was something about this woman when she passed us by. She and our group were pretty much the only people around in this warehouse district of Long Island City which is just up the block from a large public housing project - - the same ones the rapper Nas comes from. As she passed us she took off her rather plain looking denim jacket and revealed a tight fitting white sleeveless blouse. She wore no bra. When I noticed all of this I though to myself, 'how odd she's dressed like that walking away from where people live'.
So I stood there thinking about the contrasting purposes of us both being on the same block at the same time. I thought about how we were both spending our time on what was a glorious, sunny and warm Sunday afternoon. I thought about the store value of the camera equipment I had with me and well, what she was up to and what brought her to this block on this day.