First off, thanks to all the guest bloggers who kept the site going while I was sitting on my ass. I should do this more often. An extra hats off to the virgin bloggers, Glasper, Maureen and Anne, who gets extra points for using a chart
. I'm not a big fan of reading - I much prefer pictures and pretty colors.
So I made a rare foray above 23rd St and found myself in Midtown on Friday, where I took this photo:
Crazy shit man, those wacky Midtown kids. Anyway, the photo ended up on Gothamist
and the comment section is, to say the least, a mess. Can't we just enjoy the fact that the Bluth Corporation is now branching out to the East Coast?
So what's happened since while I've been gone? Well, I haven't really been gone, I guess, but the big story around these parts is the Duke lacrosse (alleged) rape case. I probably won't add anything that hasn't already been said ad nauseum, but I will add this:If you asked people in Duke which athletic team would be most likely to cause this kind of trouble, I'm pretty sure men's lacrosse would've come out on top.Similarly, if you asked a bunch of lacrosse people where an incident like this would happen, I'm pretty sure Duke and Carolina would be neck and neck with Maryland and Virginia fighting for 3 and 4.Basically, ACC lacrosse players aren't thought of very highly, to say the least.I do think it's unfortunate that the incident is being covered as a "Duke thing" and so much of the focus is on the racial tension, though that's natural given the demographics of the city and the university, I guess. I'm not sure if it's a "thing" at all, but if anything, class and gender are far more important than race here, and seriously, what university doesn't have town-gown issues? I mean, Carolina's a more socioeconomically diverse school in a town that's way more academic-friendly, but that didn't stop the town-gown tensions one bit.Whether the lacrosse players are guilty or not, everyone comes out a loser in this. I'm really hoping all the charges are false, because I'd hate to think we live in a world where shit like that can go down. But I just can't imagine the case going this far if the accuser simply fabricated the story - it's not like the DA's office hasn't used a rape kit before.
More substantial posting coming up over the course of the week. I need a little time to get back on track, you know?