Yes, i have returned for a short spell, Dr.s appointments, see a few people and to hit the mountains. I haven't seen a mountain in two years, not since the torrential downpour of the "We're in the shit now!" weekend. So it's off to Haines Falls tommorrow morning with the Millers. Then back to purgatory.
Dropped off the rental at JFK and took the air train into Jamaica. I have unknowingly followed the reation of the air train and the redevelopement of the Jamaica LIRR station. For one thing, Dub Plat's current place of business is there until he and the hitler youth, i mean local 3, move on to their next project. I also have been a regular on the LIRR on my way to Madison Square Garden for St. John's games when I went to school there and covered the team for The TORCH. So I have seen as many have the step by step recreation of the Jamiaca Station. I think they've done and admirable job for the absolute mayhem that takes place in that area to get that job so close to completion. Anybody who knows Jamaica knows that it is more than any other part of the city, a snapshot of life in New york. It is historic, a shopping mall, a transportation mecca, part ghetto and part scenic paradise, (check out the area just south of jamaica high school, I used to have the perfect view of the park there from any classroom on the southwest side of the building, and school building itself is striking, I should know I went there). So it makes me glad that while a gussied up train station may not cure all its ills, Jamaica, one of New York's oldest settlements can gain back some if its lost glory.
As for the air train I happened to make my way up from Florida the same day the air train began running. it was a happhazard ride at best, but after several trips back and forth over the last two years between purgatory and here, i have noticed steady improvement. And i just wanted to say to all those involved in the project, well done.
I do miss this cow town sometimes.