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I am crossing the street, worrying about protective headgear

It’s proving difficult to find an apartment that suits my height. One Craigslist ad described an apartment I made the mistake of going to view as having “soaring ceilings”, a fact that might have been true, were I the same size as Prince Rogers Nelson or Dustin Hoffman. Knowing that I can leap spontaneously in the air when walking through my living space, without spreading my brains across the ceiling, would be a weight off my mind.

I was walking back from seeing an apartment this morning, waiting to cross at the lights by the Atlantic Yards, wondering whether I would just have to compromise and start wearing protective headgear, when I heard a voice.

“Do you run?”

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I am in a Medallion cab, being ranted at by a millionaire

America really is the land of opportunity for immigrants. I reflect on this as my cab driver – who, in true fairy tale style, has three houses, three daughters, and three Medallion cabs – tells me that he is a millionaire. Of Pakistani origin, he tells me he lived in London for several years, and then moved to New York in the year that I was born. “It was easy to get in back then,” he says, “not like nowadays, after you know what.”

It’s Memorial Day, I’ve just got off a plane, and I am rather tired. But he knows he has a captive audience.

“You can see it in the documentaries, and in the books. The media too. Don’t believe anything they tell you – they’re just working to protect the government. You need to know the truth. I’ll tell you, how can a building collapse when it’s hit halfway up?”

I attempt to offer a plausible explanation, but he’s only just hitting his stride.

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