Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

As I wrote last year, Beannachtam na Feile Padraig! (Check last year's entry for a cute poem about St. Paddy, and for my family's Irish coffee recipe.)

My Metro-North train was late coming into the city. We stopped somewhere for a while because of "congestion," meaning two trains on different lines were coming onto the main track at the same time. So I thought I would take a cab instead of the subway, which normally saves a bit of time.

Wouldn't you know it: the NYPD had blocked off multiple intersections along Madison Avenue. Yes, yes, we have the parade this morning (it actually just started a little while ago), but for crying out loud, you'd think that the police could do more than stand around with their hands in their pockets. Their barriers preventing cars from crossing Madison were bad enough, but I still don't see the point of barriers across Madison that turned it into a one-lane road.

Then the uniforms did nothing to help direct the traffic that they made even more congested. Nor did they do anything to stop the multiple jerks who turned right on red lights (illegal in the city). The NYPD, incompetent as usual. Or had they been hitting the Jameson's already?


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