The telephone is ringing
I say, “Hi, it’s me. Who is it there on the line?”
A voice says, “Hi, hello, how are you
Well, I guess I’m doin’ fine”
He says, “It’s three a.m., there’s too much noise
Don’t you people ever wanna go to bed?
Just ’cause you feel so good, do you have
To drive me out of my head?”
Mick Jagger’s lyrics when he rocks out the Rolling Stones smash hit, ‘Get off my Cloud’.
As of late, I have heard so many stories about people complaining. I know complaining has been around for many, many years. But I’ll tell ya this, when I stopped this awful habit, my life turned for the better.
I blogged yesterday about the New Jersey Nets and their possible move to Brooklyn, while some folks down by the Atlantic Yards do not want this project to take place.
Today a reader/contributor of Container Diaries left a link in the comments section on an article by our own Denis Hamill and it seems some folks on Carroll Street are upset about an annual stick-ball game; and of course there’s my girl Amy Sohn and her latest book, Prospect Park West.
The guys from Carroll Street between 6th and 7th avenue who get together and play stick ball once a year actually have a website/blog. I’m not really sure what’s going on because I haven’t been there but D-Hamill gave us his take on the situation too.
That said, I am deeply offended that stickball, the glorious street game that defined our storied streets, taught generations about team play, obeying the rules, conflict resolution, and to treasure life-long friendship is now considered a quality-of-life crime in the “new” Brooklyn.
My Zen readings of late (see, even I change) have tamed my raging impulses to sling the term “yuppie scum.”
Sorry, this time there isn’t a more appropriate phrase for these self-righteous elitist snobs who would dare ruin a beautiful game of stickball in Brooklyn.
Here’s another article on the stick-ball game from Mike McLaughlin of the New York Daily News.
Because of residents’ complaints, four cops were sent to the block for the first time to oversee the Sept. 19 game.
Amy Sohn, a writer from Park Slope with her new book, Prospect Park West has caused a stir with some of the locals. New York Times review. There’s one particular person who calls herself, ‘Smart Mom’- who seems to be really…ticked off. I’m trying to find the link to her review of the book. LOL
What’s going on here? People are going wild-seems like everyone needs to complain about something. Wake up in the morning and look for something to complain about. Look, I’m complaining about people complaining!
Former UCLA Bruins basketball coach John Wooden once said, ‘Don’t complain, don’t whine, and don’t make excuses’.