Saturday, July 25, 2009


I took oldest son back up to school last week as he has a job there. It was impossible to find work here knowing that in August he was headed back to Seton Hall.

This year he headed the apartment route instead of dorms and was going to get an apartment with two room mates in a tower complex adjacent to school. We thought everything was set and he was going to move in last week when the apartment suffered some undisclosed water damage.

So instead of moving in he stayed with some friends that had room this week and as is typical with oldest son, on Thursday we got a call for a whole new plan.

The tower was somehow out and an "artists loft" in Newark was in.

Needless to say, we are a little apprehensive about Newark so it was off to the interweb with the address. First we looked in Google Maps and what came up on "street view" looked remarkably like the Joker's Lair from Batman or place where they might hold "fight club". Apprehension is rising.

Next we looked in and that's when we found this. Not only is it the Jokers Lair but the Joker is making some sort of political statement.

Apparently some of the "artists" had some left over paint so they wrote "MY MEMORY GETS IN THE WAY OF YOUR HISTORY" on the roof of his potential future home in block letters.

hmmm. I am not making this up. This is actually written on the building's roof.

First of all what does that even mean? You have to be like 19 to write on the roof of a building and if you are 19 YOU HAVE NO MEMORY nor HISTORY. What do you remember? President Bush? (the second one). Second, that the best you could come up with? Howabout putting some advertising up there so you can MOVE OUT OF THE LOFT? I heart Shoprite. That's what I'm thinking of writing on my pool cover this winter.

So this place is conveniently located by public transportation then right? Well sort of. The Newark train station is a 15 minute walk away and there you can catch a train to NYC, but for Seton Hall you have to take another train and then walk another 15 minutes to school. Two 15 minute walks, two trains, that's has to be an hour in and an hour back everyday, in the rain, snow, what ever.

So there has to be great food shopping around there then right? None that I could see.

So is it safe? I found this.

Ohh good, rape and murder are down.

Perhaps I'm missing something? What exactly is the draw of living in a loft and sharing a kitchen and bathroom with 8 Kramers?

Perhaps He'll get to meet the Joker? (Listen, I've been meaning to talk to you about where you park the Joker Mobile and your henchman coming and going at all hours of the day and did you eat my Frosted Flakes?)

Maybe it will be a learning experience, I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

Zach said...

Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali - A quick Google search brings this up as a quote from a Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali. The first page of the novel (Noor) has these words from Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali: “Your history gets in the way of my memory”. The novel grapples with the conflict between the narratives of “our” memories and “your histories,” of “our guilt” and “your blame”.

Hope that clears things up, because I think I'm even more confused now.