Happy month of May: This is my beloved time of year!

Happy May Day to you in NY or Calif


I love May. I particularly love it in my old stomping grounds of New York.  Just last week I mentioned to someone out here in California the old adage “April showers bring May flowers” and they had no idea what I was talking about. True enough it doesn’t really rain here in Los Angeles. The drought has been real.   But in New York, there were indeed tons of blooming flowers in the month of May. Of course, it brought me great distress in that I sneeze a lot when flowers bloom. I mean a lot! I am one walking allergy ball. Be that as it may, I still love seeing the flowers spring up. They bring such great hope and beauty.

I love May for another reason as well. It is my birthday month! I am a May baby. I am charming and bullish simulteanously.   And the flower…

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May Day March And Rally On Wall Street

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

A May Day march and rally is being held Tuesday morning on Wall Street.

Organizers say immigrants and working class New Yorkers are demanding that financial firms stop profiting from the “mass incarceration” of immigrants and people of color.

Demonstrators will gather at Battery Park and then march over to Wall Street to stage a protest.

See! US also celebratsn MAY DAY

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Mob Haiku: He Urned It


Book 'Em, Jan O

Rico stole the wrong

man’s girl. Clipped by Joe the Axe,

Now he rests in pieces. 

Photo: Anthony22 at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
For more Mob stories and other things, please see https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Olandese/e/B071FK9L75 

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Banana peel peril largely extinct; allusion remains in comedy

The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

Most comedy must at least be partially based in reality to work. An audience unable to relate to a subject is usually an audience that isn’t going to laugh because they can’t make a connection to the joke or story being told.

For that reason, most people under the age of, say, 85, have had a hard time relating to the idea of slipping on a banana peel. Yet, it has remained a comedy staple practically since the invention of motion pictures.

This seems as counterintuitive as the French love of Jerry Lewis.

Apparently, though, slipping on banana peels was once a very real concern; hence, their role in comedy.

Consider this 1918 story, under the headline “Banana Peel Gets Verdict,” taken from the Greenwood Index, a South Carolina newspaper:

We note that some days since a suit was brought against the city of Columbia (S.C.) by a party…

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What does East Side Access mean for New York City?

Fantastic Concept

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads


If you duck through the wrong door in Grand Central Terminal, you might stumble into East Side Access: the more-than-$11-billion-and-counting mammoth transit project that the MTA has worked on for more than a decade.

Today it involves some 2,000 contractors and workers, a brand-new tunnel more than a hundred feet below Manhattan, and the rebirth of an unused old one under the East River between Queens and Manhattan — all to bring the Long Island Rail Road to the transit hub of Grand Central.

New York City is known for nearly neverending transit projects, but even in that dismal pantheon East Side Access is special. It was envisioned decades ago and meant to be completed by 2009. But there have been delays and cost overruns since then, thanks to insane logistics and byzantine staffing and procurement requirements, among other nightmares. Last month we had version 8.0 or so of…

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