Category Archives: Ruminations

Wild, Wild West

It’s my policy not to make fun of people from non-Western cultures in their native dress. The shirt, bag, and shoes make this one fair game.

Wild, Wild West

Spilling over the Side

Is she coming off like she’s crazy?

When I spotted her, she was sitting on the steps of the subway station. These are narrow steps of an always-busy station, and it was rush hour; people had to jostle around her. She hauled herself up when the train came in and started pushing people out of the way. I guess having a cane (just visible in the lower right portion of the photo) entitles you to be an asshole.

P.S. This ADA-accessible station has an elevator.

Spilling over the Side

Off on the Wrong Foot

Despite my aversion to manbags, I thought that he wore this one well and looked pretty sharp in general; then he had to go and ruin it with the sneakers. Could he not find a comfortable walking shoe in a dark color?

With this near win, we set off on our Theme of the Week: Felonious Footwear!

Off on the Wrong Foot

Pillage of the Community

I’m not criticizing this woman for her outfit, but for what’s in her bag: a load of the goodies that the event organizers give out along the route. This is what I hate about AIDS Walk—the looting. Taking more than one or two free samples would be tacky in any context, but at a charitable event, it’s disgusting. How many little bags of chips and apple slices does a person need?

I assume that she did the whole walk, but I’ve seen people just pop in at the rest stops or at the end, grab handfuls of stuff, and leave.

Pillage of the Community

Ugly-Pants Alert! Cat Got Your Goat?

The sneaker boots, or whatever they’re called, that have become trendy give the foot an ugly, hoof-like shape. This specimen, who looks like she should be out climbing the Rockies, kicks off our Theme of the Week: Felonious Footwear!

Cat Got Your Goat?

Bold as Brassiere

I was going to give the Totally Tubular Twins the Specimen of the Week Award, but I’ve decided to give it to her instead, for two reasons: her exemplary use of the bra as a top, and her confidence. The TT Twins have the taut bodies of young gym rats, and they know it. This woman is not as young or as thin, but she’s putting it out there. I’ve got to give her props for that, if for nothing else (certainly not for her good taste).

Bold as Brassiere

It’s Their Turn

Most of my specimens are women. I didn’t plan it that way; women have many more fashion options than men do, and thus more ways to fail. Guys will have their chance to shine in my new Theme of the Week: Wardrobe Malfunctions! While I will show women, I’ll highlight a phenomenon—sagging—that is almost exclusive to males. Stay tuned for several sterling examples!

It's Their Turn

Ugly-Pants Alert! Hooked on a Feeling for You

“Ooga-Chaka Khan.”—Secondshade

(References here and here.)

There’s a special place in my heart for OCK. I captured her after jury duty, having been released after just one day with time served. Only a tiny fraction of the people in that day’s large jury pool were this lucky; most got assigned to a case or were required to show up the next day for possible assignment. OCK is a memento of the good fortune I enjoyed that day.

Ooga-Chaka Khan

Give Peace a Chance

Our Fourth of July extravaganza comes to a close with this curious juxtaposition, which serves as an allegory: excessive patriotism often turns ugly and hampers those who would bring peace.

I might be reaching here.

Give Peace a Chance

And I’m Proud to Be an American

Where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the tourist nuts who visit my city.
And I’ll gladly creep up next to them and with my camera snap away.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the USA.

And I'm Proud to Be an American