Take that! I kick you, you miserable little pigeon!

Sometimes you know that an interesting photo is about to make itself available, but you don't really know how (or if) it will turn out. In this case, I could see the young woman beginning to flex one of her legs, as if to kick upwards for a little exercise. But I wasn't paying attention to the pigeon, which was probably not quite as close to her as the camera makes it appear...


Note: this photo was published in an Apr 30, 2009 blog titled "Four ways to not become fat while sitting behind a desk." It was also published in a Jun 28, 2009 advertisement for a blog titled Sites in Common. And in perhaps the strangest mashup I've yet seen with my photos, the woman's legs were included as part of a graphic image in a Dec 9, 2009 blog titled "AT&T Hints That It Might Introduce Usage-Based Pricing For Smartphone Customers." The same strange mashup was published in a Jun 2, 2010 blog titled "AT&T Capping Data On New iPhone, iPad Plans."


Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Mar 12, 2011 blog titled "How to get the best price for your iPad trade-in." And it was published in a Sep 18, 2011 All About Powerpoint and iPad blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.




When you say "New York City," most people think of Times Square, or the Empire State Building, or the crowded sidewalks and the skyscrapers in mid-town, or Wall Street, or the ill-fated World Trade Center. Maybe Central Park will come to mind, but most people don't realize that New Yorkers know lots of places to relax, and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air ...


... like Carl Schurz Park, over by the East River on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, stretching from 90th Street down to about 84th Street. In addition to flower gardens, dog runs, basketball courts, playgrounds, and grassy knolls for sunbathing, there is also a wide promenade where cyclists, roller-skaters, dog-walkers, lovers, joggers, parents, children, and any of the other millions of citizens of this city can stroll along at whatever pace suits them best. Some sit at benches along the edge of the river, staring at the roiling water caused by the swift current down the East River; others nod and smile as they watch sailboats, motorboats, yachts, barges, tour-boats, and barges ply their way up and down the river.


One thing's for certain, though: everyone enjoys Carl Schurz Park. It's one of New York's little secrets ...

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Taken on August 17, 2008