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Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy
Summer is here in earnest! It’s still May but yesterday temps spiked up into August territory. We took a walk thru Park Slope Brooklyn yesterday evening where the streets were closed off so tables and chairs were set up for neighbors to hang out and chat with each other in the warm summer evening. In Japanese, they call this 歩行者天国 (hokousha tengoku) as in “Pedestrian Paradise” There is also the hip, shortened version ホコ天 (hokoten). There’s not really an equivalent English word or phase is there? Pedestrian Zone sounds so DMV-ish.
Any suggestions or should we just adopt Hokoten and roll with it?

Johnny sprung a leak
Johnny sprung a leak
Someone placed a perfect shot into the silhouette of Johnny Cash on a water tower in Arkansas so it looked like the Man in Black was taking a leak.
A mayor of a town in Australia quickly back-pedaled on his idea of installing a prayer room next to the City Council chambers after a local Satanist group asked to reserve it for a ceremony.
After setting up a perimeter, evacuating residents, and bringing in a tactical response team, police in Duluth, Minnesota ended a six-hour standoff when they realized that the suspect was not home.
Pearl Jam’s drummer came down with COVID but the show must go on so several guests filled in for their Oakland concert including a local 18-year-old from Mill Valley
A French soccer team fired their Brazilian defender for excessive flatulence in the locker room.
The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world opened to the public in the Czech Republic. The 721-meter bridge spans two mountain ridges and is suspended 95 meters above the valley floor.
Los Angeles city workers were busy scrubbing the streets clean of illicit pedestrian crosswalks installed by a secretive group called the Crosswalk Collective.
California lawmakers sat in darkness after a power outage in downtown Sacramento delayed the start of California’s Legislature.
A 2-year old Texas boy used his mom’s phone to order 31 cheeseburgers via the DoorDash including a $16 tip for the driver.
New Yorkers were reminded there is no such thing as a free lunch when Grubhub’s $15 lunch promo went off the rails and backfired. Orders came into the system at a peak volume of 6,000 orders/minute and quickly overwhelmed hapless restaurants, many who were not warned of the marketing stunt.
George W. Bush committed what is perhaps the greatest Freudian Slip of all time.
Overheard in NYC
I hope you don’t have COVID…
I’m not a cop. I’m just wearing this outfit!
Then in 2009 Phish was playing in Cincinnati and Chris offered to drive. You always want to have Chris drive, he’s good & dependable, doesn’t get all crazy behind the wheel.
I do like raw oysters sometimes…but sparingly
Totally out there. Like, you don’t know these people. They just make up stories…
A snippet of a conversation a father was having with his daughter perched up on his shoulders.
Dad: what do you think they will build there?
4-yr old: A bicycle store!
Dad: I don’t think so, a restaurant or apartment building would be a better investment. Bikes take up a lot of room and most people order bikes online.
Random passer-by: I would like to see a bicycle store.
4-yr old: 😊
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