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Last year I participated in the annual Greenbelt Labor Day Parade for the first time and I still remembered that it was a very hot and humid day. I did it on behalf of the Greenbelt Cooperative Initiative, which is trying to start a few worker-owned cooperatives. (At the time I was tasked with potentially starting a thrift store. When I had problems with finding affordable space, the group suggested that I try running a flea market instead. I not only found difficulty with finding an open space that people can easily access by car or bike or walking, but I would’ve had to deal with two layers of bureaucracy–mainly filling out tons of paperwork on both the local and county levels. I was working on my own to begin with and starting a weekly flea market was way too daunting a task to do alone. Plus I’m dealing with other issues in my life so I decided to resign.)

So this year I didn’t have any parade-related responsibilities. There were a few groups who invited me to march with them but I ended up declining because the memories of the high heat and high humidity were still too fresh in my mind. So this year I brought a folding chair to the parade route and set it up in a shaded area. It wasn’t too bad in the shade at first but, by the end of the parade, the heat had shot up (it ultimately climbed to the high 80’s) so I was very happy that I didn’t participate this year.

The parade consisted of different types of participants. There’s, Solange Hess, who was named as this year’s Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

There are the police, firefighters, and military units (including ROTC). Some of them march carrying flags, some march playing musical instruments (like bagpipes), and some ride in the latest vehicles.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Then there were the beauty pageant winners. Not only were there people from the Miss Greenbelt pageant but there were also others from another pageant that took place in nearby College Park.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade. Then there are the various local businesses and community groups, such as the Greenbelt Elementary School PTA.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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Greenbelt chapter of the Toastmasters.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

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Greenbelt Animal Control.

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Local Cub Scouts troop.

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The Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Interfaith Leaders Association.

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The Mishkan Torah congregation.

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Radio Communications.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

The New Deal Cafe, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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The Greenbelt Theater and the Greenbelt Museum marched together. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Greenbelt Food Bank.

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The Greenbelt Arts Center

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Wells Ice Rink, located in nearby College Park.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Members of the Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN) and the Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS) dressed up as butterflies and bees in order to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators. Other participants held signs announcing the various programs that GCAN and CHEARS run on a regular basis, such as the Greenbelt Time Bank, the Reel and Meal movie series, and various recycling programs.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There were even a fleet of electric cars in the parade, who were there to demonstrate green transportation. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was a robot demonstration by members of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Robotics Club.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Makerspace 125 had a float shaped like a steam engine in order to show its commitment to the STEAM movement.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

St. George’s Episcopal Church of Glenn Dale, Maryland marched in the parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was an anti-abortion group.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The local anti-poverty activist group RESULTS participated.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

The Communication Workers of America made a statement about its ongoing negotiations with Verizon.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

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The National Park Service participated.

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Even the local Sunoco gas station participated.

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The local realtors, Town Center Realty & Associates, Inc.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Then there were the various performers who were intent on putting on a good show all along the parade route.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

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Since next year is an election year, the candidates running for public office were out in full force. There was Donna Edwards, who is running for Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Senate candidate Donna Edwards shakes hands at the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

There was Chris Van Hollen, who is also running for Senator.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There was Paul Pinsky’s re-election campaign as Maryland State Senator.

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There’s Brian Frosh, who’s running for Maryland State Attorney General.

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There’s U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, who’s running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Congressman Hoyer’s rival, Kristin Beck, who hopes to unseat him in the Democratic Primaries next year.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Maryland House Delegate Anne Healey, who’s running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Maryland House Delegate Alonzo T. Washington, who’s also running for re-election.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Sydney J. Harrison, who’s running for re-election to the Prince George’s County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court. At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Angela Alsobrooks, who’s running for re-election as State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

There’s Todd M. Turner, who’s running for re-election to the Prince George’s County Council.

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This trio of cars signified the end of the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, September 7, 2015

Once the parade ended at noon, the last day of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival started. I hung around the festival grounds after the parade ended because I needed to pick up my watercolor that I submitted to the Art Show but I had to wait until that show formally ended at 4 p.m. So I basically ate lunch, did some web surfing with the laptop that I brought with me, and uploaded a bunch of photos on my various social media account. A craft show was held on that final day so I browsed that as well while I took these photos.

At the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

Craft Show at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, September 7, 2015

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Yesterday I did a full day of walking around the city. I felt very fortunate that I was able to do so in light of my recent injuries and that devastating diagnosis regarding potential trouble with my back. I enjoyed myself for the most part but there were times when I kept on wondering if it would be the last time I would ever be able to do something like this, especially if further medical treatments for my degenerating bones somehow fail and I end up being too disabled to even walk a few steps. So it was an enjoyable day mixed with the occasional sadness and trepidation about my future health.

I began my journey with a trip to Times Square. This morning I skipped breakfast because I was still full from that birthday dinner at the restaurant that the family ate at to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. By the time I got on the subway, I still wasn’t hungry but I began to feel a little woozy because I made the mistake of taking my prescription meds on an empty stomach. So I got off at the Times Square stop and got myself a hot pretzel from one of the vendor stands. One cool thing that the powers-that-be did to Times Square was to close off a block of traffic and turned the street into a little pedestrian park with tables and chairs. On top of that, there was even free Wi-Fi available. I did a brief post on Facebook with my iPod Touch but the weather was really too cold to do much sitting outside. (The temperature in New York began at a very chilly 23 degrees Farenheit had reached a high of 47 degrees as the day progressed.)

Times Square

I made a brief visit to the big Hershey store in Times Square. They had some specially marked candy that was a tie-in for the upcoming animated Easter film Hop.

Hershey Store in Times Square
Hershey Store in Times Square
Hershey Store in Times Square
Hershey Store in Times Square

I did some web surfing the night before and learned that Disney had closed its World of Disney store on Fifth Avenue and the smaller one that was located next to the Amsterdam Theatre in Times Square. As a replacement, Disney took over this space in Times Square that used to be occupied by a Virgin Megastore (which was one of my favorite places to visit in New York City because of its huge stock in books, music, and movies—one could find an obscure movie classic or CD in that store) until that chain went out of business a few years earlier. I have to say that the newer Times Square Disney Store is pretty huge.

Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square
Disney Store in Times Square

While I was at the Disney Store I purchased this little 3-inch Vinylmation souvenir of Minnie Mouse dressed as the Statue of Liberty, which is exclusively sold at the Times Square store. In the meantime I had carried not only my purse but also a small cloth Mickey Mouse shopping bag that I had purchased at the Disney Store at Arundel Mills back home and I used the smaller shopping bag to carry my camera and maps in. Two store employees noticed that bag and asked me where I had gotten it from and they told me how much they liked it, which was pretty wild.

I also did some walking around in Times Square. I shot this photo of the Broadway theater that is showing the controversial new musical based on the Spider-Man comic book called Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. That musical had generated bad press when a few of the actors were injured during rehearsals and the previews themselves had garnered much negative reviews among theater critics. The musical is still having preview shows that are opened to the general public. My husband’s step-mother said that the people behind that musical are charging as much per ticket as a typical Broadway show that’s being performed for real (meaning that it’s not a preview show), which is a rip-off if you consider that the price of a regular Broadway show starts at $100. If what she said is true, then it is really a rip-off since the shows are technically considered rehearsals and are not real regular performances.

Controversial Spider-Man Broadway Show

I soon began to grow tired of the constant crowds, noise, and visual stimulation of Times Square so I hopped on a subway and headed farther downtown to the East Village. Greenwich Village and Times Square are as different as night and day in that the former is much more quiet and the streets are filled with nice architecture (some of which dates as far back as the mid-1800’s).

My first stop in that area is a bit of a history lesson for anyone who reads this. Last Friday was the 100th anniversary of the most tragic event that ever happend to workers on the job in the United States—The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. If you do enough research, you’d realize that this was a tragedy that could have been prevented had the owners of the company showed more concern about their employees in terms of occupational safety. What was really tragic was that many of the workers were young women who were in their teens and 20’s when they died.

The building where the tragedy took place is still there but it is now known as the Brown Building and it is part of the campus of New York University. There was a special event last Friday on the actual 100th anniversary but, as you can see from these photos, the flowers and writings on the sidewalk were still there. There were also purple banners hanging out the same windows where many of the people had jumped to their deaths in their efforts to escape the fire.

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

Afterwards I walked around the East Village a bit. Went to this really neat locally-owned bookstore called St. Mark’s Bookshop where I treated myself to thick paperback book of the complete writings of Oscar Wilde. (A few years ago I saw some of my friends act in a local amateur production of Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest and I really enjoyed it.) I ate a late lunch at this Japanese restaurant called Zen (located at 31 Saint Marks Place between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) where the prices were pretty reasonable by New York City standards and the service was pretty good. I did a little bit of window shopping. I purchased something really cute at this store called AC Gears, which specializes in really neat looking electronics from Japan. It’s called Stargirl and it’s manufactured by Headphonies. Stargirl is both a cute figurine and a portable external speaker for a computer or MP3 player of your choice. Is that cool or what? I can’t wait until I get home and try this one out.

I also took a few photos while I walked around the East Village.

East Village
East Village
East Village
East Village
East Village

After I walked around for a while I took the subway to Rockefeller Center. Somehow I managed to get off at the subway station that was outside Rockefeller Center itself instead of inside the building (where I usually embark and disembark) so I decided to walk up 47th Street to get to the front of the building. As I walked up 47th Street, I began to kick myself for not using 46th Street or 48th Street because I forgot that this particular part of 47th Street is the Diamond District and there were so many sales reps and shop owners perched outside their stores asking every single passerbys if they wanted to buy diamonds or if they had gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, or other precious metals and stones they want to sell. I found myself saying "No" every other minute because these guys were so relentless, especially the ones who were asking me if I had any gold or silver I wanted to sell. I was so relieved when I finally hit Fifth Avenue because it was like a jungle in that block.

Once I got to the front of Rockefeller Center, I walked around the area where I took a few more photographs.

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center

While I was there I checked out the new Lego store. There was a Lego store that opened in Arundel Mills Mall in my area and I thought that it was big and impressive. Well the one at Rockefeller Center makes the Arundel Mills store look puny by comparison. Here’s one of the walls where people can choose from a myriad of bricks in various sizes and colors.

Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

They had statues and reliefs made from Legos that depicted various Rockefeller Center stuff. How accurate are the Lego recreations? Well, here’s are some comparison shots of one of the original artworks that adorns Rockefeller Center with a Lego re-creation of it.

Rockefeller Center
Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

I personally find Lego statues to be totally fascinating because I can only imagine the amount of planning and design it takes to create something from tiny plastic rectangular bricks that people would recognize while taking into account the limits of using a medium that’s totally inflexible (like Lego bricks).

Lego Store in Rockefeller Center
Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

While I was at Rockefeller Center, I went to the MSNBC.com Digital Cafe (which is located just one floor above the NBC Store) where I had a chocolate pudding snack and a Diet Coke while I took a break from all that walking. Afterwards I headed over to the World of Nintendo store where I saw the new Nintendo 3DS for the first time. I have to admit that there were times when the 3D graphics were impressive but other times I just couldn’t tell the difference between that and a typical 2D screen. There were also not a lot of games currently available for the system that made me say "I gotta buy this thing right now!!!" I’m going to wait at least six months before I make a decision on whether to buy one for myself or not. But I have to admit that it’s cool that it was able to get a 3D effect without making users wear those dorky 3D glasses like in the 3D digital movie theaters.

As I left Rockefeller Center, I took a photo of someone who I think is the most important employee currently working at Rockefeller Center. I’m not talking about the various on-air personalities who work for NBC or one of its cable subsidiaries (i.e. MSNBC, CNBC, etc.) nor am I talking about any of the top-level executives of NBC and the other companies who inhabit Rockefeller Center. I’m talking about the guy who drives the zamboni to freshen up the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. 😀

Zamboni Driver in Rockefeller Center

I then crossed Fifth Avenue to my final destination of the day before I became too totally exhausted to do anything else. I checked out the American Girl Place, which is full of American Girl dolls and various accessories. I know that American Girl originally started out as a series of fictional girls living in various eras of American history (such as the Civil War and the Great Depression). What really freaked me out and drove home the point that I’m now old is that there is a doll named Julie who is a 12-year-old girl in 1974. I was a child in 1974 and what’s really hilarious is that there are family photos of me wearing clothes that were similar to the 1970’s-style clothes that are currently available for Julie and her friends. I also owned a few of the items (such as a cheap record player and 45 r.p.m. records) that are now available as accessories for those dolls. Man, I really am old! (LOL!)

American Girl Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City
American Girl Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City
American Girl Place, Fifth Avenue, New York City

There’s also a relatively new line of American Girl dolls that are not based on historical fictional characters nor are they tied in with any book series. It’s called My American Girl and the idea is to pick an American Girl doll that resembles you the most (or to pick a doll you wish you could resemble if you only had different hair color or eye color). You can decide whether she has pierced ears (with her ears being pierced on the spot) or not, whether she wears glasses, or whether she has braces. There’s a wheelchair sold separately if you want your doll to be disabled. There’s even a medical kit that comes with bandages and crutches if you want her to be injured.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an online component where, if you register the doll at innerstarU.com, you’ll get an avatar version of your doll and you can interact online with others in a safe environment. This is basically a variation on Webkinz.com except you can get 20 stuffed Webkinz animals for the price of one American Girl doll.

The idea is to look at these slips of paper that contains pictures of each doll then pick the paper of the doll that interests you the most. You detach the paper slip and you look for the number on the paper. Then you look among the boxes for the number that corresponds exactly with the number on your paper slip, look for any accessories you want to buy for that doll (like wheelchairs, glasses, additional clothes, etc.), then pay for the doll at the checkout. Once you bring your doll home, you register her at innerstarU.com and you’re good to go.

Just for the hell of it I looked among the slips of paper to see if there were any dolls that resembled me. All of the dolls are a little bit on the hefty side and I’m not exactly skinny so that was no problem. I looked among the dolls and I found one that resembled me the closest. She’s doll number 39 and it’s not an exact match mainly because she has blue eyes and I have hazel eyes. But if I wanted to, I could’ve purchased her along with glasses and crutches (to symbolize my current problems with my deteriorating bones).

I opted not to mainly because I was feeling very tired and I really wasn’t into buying dolls at the moment. I’ve seen patterns for American Girl doll clothes sold at various arts and crafts store but I don’t really know if there is a market for handmade American Girl doll clothes since there are already so many official American Girl doll clothes available. I guess I could do punk rock fashions since, as of this writing, there aren’t any historical American Girl dolls representing the punk rock and new wave music explosion that happened in the late 1970’s-1980’s. (LOL!)

I guess if, for some reason, I can’t overcome my medical problems, I could order that doll online along with glasses and either crutches or a wheelchair and call her My Mini-Me. Yeah, I can think cheerful thoughts at times.</sarcasm>

Well, anyway, I didn’t buy anything at that store and I was feeling tired so I took the subway back to my in-laws’ place. I basically spent the evening resting indoors since I was totally exhausted. I don’t regret working myself into the ground because I really don’t know what my future will be like and there’s a possibility that my days when I could be active will end soon—especially if any and all medical treatments fail.

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