*** Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street building (yes, that one in the picture [from www] on the left) under the rain. It looked like someone spilled a giant bucket of slops right on its head: interior corner from top to ground was stained earthy dark on a glistening wet steel background
***A choir in an underground passage at Atlantic Avenue station. An Amish choir. A 50-people Amish choir, in bonnets, cotton frocks and their Sunday best suspenders, performing a capella under energetic direction of the Kapellmeister , with ushers (in same getup) distributing flyers and CDs to passerbies at all entrances and stairs.
*** A jeans-clad woman on a subway platform in deep dark Brooklyn on this gloomy day carrying a bow. A huge medieval bow, twice her size, wrapped in linen, and with a quiver hanging off her back – embroidered in tiny sparkling glass beads.
*** Lunch at Danny’s, downtown: menu prices grilled cheese-turkey-avocado sandwich with cup of soup at $6.00, but bill comes for ~$10. Because they value their cup of hot water and drugstore-packet of Lipton tea for $2.99.
***Learned about evacuation plan for Burj Khalipha in Dubai: there is none. In case of fire people on all 163 floors are expected to come to “safe refuge room” – fireproof, waterproof, smoke-deterred space with heavy-armored door, one per every 30 floors. Designed to remain this-various-proof for whole 2 hrs. Hmmm.
***A break. One of my classmates, a South-Asian woman with generous figure like coming-to-life tantric sculpture on facade of Indian landmark, speaks passionately:”She invited me to her Buddhist temple, not even asking about my religion, just assuming. What a cheek! I say, I told her – I believe in God!!! In one and only! I don’t worship at heathen temples!
***For dessert, another quote from my CPM instructor:
The goal of Olympic Torch Relay project is to carry torch through as many homes as possible, because? Anyone? Yes? No…Because – listen – It Is A Rare Opportunity!