Increasing Police Presence??? Really?

officer said it was there for a few days to show an increase of police presence.

Walking through Inwood Park today and came across the scene of police officers elevating this camera box at the entrance of the park on Seaman and Isham Avenues. When questioned about it, the officer said it was there for a few days to show an increase of police presence.

Just in time for the community meeting tomorrow. Hmmmm. I wonder how long it will be there.

Inwood Park entrance NYC

Access-A-Ride and the MTA

By time I actually get through to a person, ten to fifteen minutes have passed and my total wait time has been over half an hour.

access-a-ride van
access-a-ride van

Access-A-Ride (AAR), is a service available in New York City for people who have disabilities. My lack of possession of even one kidney qualifies me for the service,… not to mention my cardiac problems. If you were to see me on the street, you would probably not perceive anything as wrong, but a little over a year ago, I passed out after getting off the bus after dialysis. The result of passing out was getting a couple of front broken teeth and a number of stitches to my chin. It was after that incident that I decided to try and get AAR.

Since I qualified, it has become a blessing and a nightmare. AAR is not like waiting for a friend to pick you up to take you to doctors’ appointments, but it’s less expensive than a cab ride. At present I have a standard subscription for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to be picked up at 4:29pm (yep, you read it right) to deliver me to my dialysis treatment facility for my 5:30pm appointment. The dialysis center is approximately a half hour away, if traffic is good. The client (that’s me) is to be outside and waiting for the bus (or if you’re lucky the car). Most of the time it is a bus. You are supposed to wait for at least thirty minutes. If the driver doesn’t show, you can call AAR and they will investigate where the driver is, and how long before he/she will arrive. Now you can see, if I wait one half hour to call AAR, and then they tell me (after being on hold for usually 15 minutes) that the driver will be there in another 10 minutes, I am going to be late. Even if the bus were to arrive at the precise moment I’m making the call.

Tapping my foot, I wait, trying to be patient.

I listen to my iPod.

I’ve designed a strategy of calling with AAR before half an hour. By time I actually get through to a person, ten to fifteen minutes have passed and my total wait time has been over half an hour. You see, if the driver is over half an hour late, I can request authorization for car service and get reimbursed. Whereas, AAR costs $2.00, car service is about $15.00. So, they will get me there within the allotted time, but if I get there much later than my scheduled time, the dialysis center will have to cut my time on the machine short, because the center closes at 10:30 pm.
This last wait, however, they gave me a hard time.

me: May I have an authorization code please, since the driver is over a half hour late, and I’m going to be late for my scheduled appointment?

AAR: Just a moment.
3 minutes pass

AAR: My supervisor says that since the driver will be there in 7 minutes, she will not give you an authorization code.

me: Are you kidding? May I have your name, and your supervisor’s name?

AAR: Just a moment.
5 minutes pass

AAR: Do you want to call back for the authorization or do you want it now?

me: I want it now!

Mayor of NYC, Bloomberg

Meanwhile. Thanks mayor Mike for looking out for all the citizens.

Mayor of NYC, Bloomberg

Happy Birthday to Me

I’m really happy I”ve made it this far, especially considering all the medical stuff I’ve been through the last couple of years.

Well, today is my birthday. It is one of those decade markers. I don’t really feel that old, but when I look back, I sure have had a lot of experiences. 😉

Anyway, I don’t really feel like celebrating it. I’m not depressed or anything, it just feels like just another day to me. I’m really happy I”ve made it this far, especially considering all the medical stuff I’ve been through the last couple of years.

Thanks to ramblintadpole for the image. I’m not that old though. 😉

here’s the scoop

pet waste left on the ground is a significant contributing factor to the spread of a host of diseases, including parvo virus, giardia, salmonella and E. coli bacteria. It can also flow untreated into the water supply. Not to mention that it’s gross and pollutes the parks and sidewalks.

I thought I was just being cranky when I seemed to notice more dog elimination on sidewalks and in the parks in my neighborhood. But it wasn’t all in my head according to the New York Daily News:

The number of dog owners getting nipped with summonses for not scooping their pooch’s poop more than doubled this year as part of a citywide crackdown on the nasty behavior.

“Clean up after your dog or we are going to get you,” warned Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

From another article written in April in the Daily News about being environmentally friendly with out pets, this scary information is revealed:

…pet waste left on the ground is a significant contributing factor to the spread of a host of diseases, including parvo virus, giardia, salmonella and E. coli bacteria. It can also flow untreated into the water supply. Not to mention that it’s gross and pollutes the parks and sidewalks.

It’s always a drag to discover the dogs’ calling cards just as your foot encounters it. I don’t just want to complain, so if you follow the link to that second article, there are lots of solutions. There, I feel better.