Tuesday, March 29, 2011

banana peel and street fighting...

A true story from last week's adventures:

Walking on Madison Ave with my iced coffee in hand, my silly straw hat and feeling the warm Spring weather. I couldn't be less threatening.

I notice a man in a dark grey suit on a sidewalk toss his banana peel into the street, Madison Ave. My knee jerk reaction was to say, "Hey Buddy, pick that up. You're standing 3 feet from a trash can." The obvious thing for him to do is to attempt to slug me, which he does. He actually throws a punch. The only thing missing was a "Why, I otta..." coming out of his mouth. I swerve out of the way and another man, who was standing behind banana peel guy, smacks him in the head with an open hand and says, "The dude said, pick that crap up!" Incidentally, he is also in a suit, navy. For the record, I am in jeans, a wrinkled black shirt, messenger bag and straw hat (my usual uniform).

Apparently street fights in New York are better attired than in say, L.A.---I'm underdressed for this scene.

Banana peel guy picks it up, walks across the street briskly and the other man yells, "You'd better toss that in the can. We're waching you a-hole!" Banana peel guy throws it in a trash can on other side of the street. The man defending my heroic attempts walks in my direction, without stopping or slowing down, raises his hand for the "high five." I meet it as he mumbles about banana peel guy, "Mothereffin' moron. Take care man..." I walk away thinking, aaaah New York in the Spring. It really is magical.

I take a proud sip of my iced coffee, tilt my hat back and think about possible lunch options.

Seriously.
-angelo

11 comments:

Kat said...

Seriously? He tried to slug you over that? The man obviously needs some anger management courses LOL.Love the high five. Thanks for making me smile this morning. BTW, what did you have for lunch? Kat

angelo said...

Lunch was a cheeseburger from Jimbo's.

Beth said...

I. Love. This.

Good for you, and good for navy-suit guy.

Ain't New York grand?!

On my first trip there a million years ago, a guy walked up to me and asked for directions. He sounded New York-ish, but perhaps he was from one of the boroughs and didn't spend time in the area (around Washington Square park). Having no earthly idea of the answer but not wanting to let on that I wasn't local (for safety, I figured), I just ignored him and kept walking. He leaned forward and said, "HELLO?!" I kept walking. And he called after me, "Eh, f--- you." And a huge smile crossed my face. It's one of my favorite New York memories.

Leah - moxiethrift on etsy said...

Great story, A! Although I wouldn't be as nicely dressed, I surely would have your back.

Delta456 said...

Most importantly - You didn't even spill your coffee? Wow! ;o)

Robert Petril said...

What a great story! So what did you have for lunch?

TL said...

Love that story. Ah, New York. So many memories. I truly miss it.

Barbara said...

The best story you've told yet. Good stuff.

Jules said...

I love this story and your telling of it.

Anonymous said...

Your banana peel story made my day. It doesn't matter where or who everyone wants to come out on top of a social exchange. I do the same thing. I pick up discarded trash on my way in from work and drop it in a trash can. It makes me feel that I'm doing my part to keep our world a cleaner place. You've got my vote and a high five to you. Ann

mrsben said...

Great story and great reflexes Angelo. Glad you swerved! As I use to tell my children, when you encounter such jerks; "be thankful you are not related and that you don't have to share a spot at the dinner table with them like some other poor soul has to do".
-Brenda-

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