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A pause that refreshes
For awhile this evening, I sat at the table and watched the
sunset, a huge red-orange globe that fired the skies over
New Jersey with a light that was broken by grey clouds scudding
across the horizon. The rich orange sunset was reminiscent
of the sunsets I remember from Los Angeles, which, because
of the smog, always had the most beautiful sunsets.
It was a quiet, reflective few minutes, sitting there, watching
the day slip into evening over Ellis Island. Ferries plied
the waters between Manhattan and New Jersey, taking Wall Street
workers back to New Jersey so they could be with their children
tonight while barges moved goods down the Hudson.
Its Halloween and all through my building little ghouls
and witches and wizards are marching through the corridors,
moving from apartment to apartment, collecting their treats
and not performing tricks. And all across the country, little
ghouls and witches and wizards are scurrying down sidewalks
and up to doors, screeching: Trick Or Treat!
While I write this Im watching the Halloween Parade
in Greenwich Village on the television and it looks warm and
friendly and fun filled. There is a wonderful campaign for
AMC that is all over New York and Im assuming
other places with posters of coffee pots, one labeled
regular, one labeled decaf and the last one labeled blood.
Its to publicize a week of horror films leading up to
We live in frightening times but its fun to leaven that
fear with frightful films.
In the streets of the city there is a sense of fun and playfulness.
Elvira, Mistress of the Night, is a centerpiece of tonights
parade, her first in New York City and, she says, it
almost beats Los Angeles.
That brought a smile to me. As a lover of both cities, I always
find myself at New York parties being the Los Angeles defender,
whenever the crowd turns condescending to my former home.
One of the joys of my life has been to have lived in both
places and to love both of them.
I feel at home here in New York and I feel at home in Los
Angeles. The moment I get off the plane in L.A. and in my
rental car and head up to the city from the airport, I feel
like Ive come home. I enjoy this sense of homeness
in the two great American cities [and god knows Ill
be in trouble with lots of people for that one] and I enjoy
defending Los Angeles to New Yorkers who dont know the
But I have to do it much less than I used to New Yorkers
are much better [or at least around me] about any cross country
rivalry than they used to be.
All of this says to me that tonight, for a moment in time,
we can be relaxed, think about other things, focus on the
fun. The sniper has been caught in D.C. It doesnt feel
like were going to go to war next week. We have a breather
for a moment in the national consciousness to think about
things like city rivalries, the fun of seeing Elvira, watching
Uncle Sam and Betsey Ross trot down the street hand in hand.
Cyndi Lauper rode on a car top down the avenue as the Snow
Queen, unrecognized by the denizens of the Village that had
helped make her famous.
We are experiencing a moment of innocence and forgetfulness
in a time that has been psychically hard on all of us
and it feels damn fine.