just got back from a hearing
on the west side stadium, a raucous event that should make lmdc
grateful for our civility.
during one presentation, carolers burst into a satirical form
of Jingle Bells that was so loud, I couldn't tell if it was pro or
con. during another, a man held up a 'no stadium' shirt on his two metal
crutches. three other statements were drowned out by roars from both sides.
sitting behind a pair of virtuoso hecklers, i jotted down some
a woman who'd started her testimony by saying she wanted to get
home in time for 'The Apprentice,' complained that the American Societies of
Oncologists, Radiologists and Cardiologists had all gone to other cities for
"We had the Republicans," a number of rebels responded.
"Go home," shouted my neighbors. "You're missing 'The Apprentice.'"
then a local architect spoke in favor of the stadium.
"Was your firm the low bidder?" retorted the two Groucho Marxes.
The MC asked the two women to sit at the back of the hall.
"We'll be just as loud," they shouted.
The MC dropped the subject because their point was so obviously true.
One speaker said he represented the only newspaper published by a homeless
person. Did you know that with respect to the homeless, New York is
the sixth meanest city in the country? Little Rock is number one.
But Dallas is nine places ahead of us in niceness.
A woman who has a Master's and a law degree and is on the verge
of getting a Ph.D. said she'd also done time at a homeless shelter for
people over 45 which she shared with several other Ph.D's and an MBA from Wharton.
after 38 minutes Charles Gargano, the Chairman of Empire State Development
Corp, left the hearing. this was commented on by a number of speakers
one of whom observed, "Charles Gargano doesn't have the testicular fortitude
to listen to the people who pay for his hairweave."