13. jr. hipster
12. goodbye view
11. young love
10. tide train
8. the union rat
6. the dancin' fool
5. the street preacher
4. my date
2. sit on it!
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God forbid you piss off The Union in New York City.
The iron smelters, the transit workers, the stage hand dudes--all
of them are badasses who don't put up with tomfoolery or scabs.
Okay, back in the day they would rally, riot or toss opposition
into the East River, but today they have the evil, scary rat.
Have you ever seen anything so gruesome? Having
this creature unfurled in front of your building is like being
branded with the scarlet 'a' or being put in stocks--except this
thing is more funny than scary and doesn't really hurt anybody
but the pedestrians who have to walk around it. Imagine the poor
union workers who have to blow the damn thing up. Talk about light-headed,
Anyway, if a building uses non-union labor they
are in jeopardy of getting "ratted." Nothing like a
twenty-foot rat to keep the scabs away and keep passers-by infinitely
Speaking of entertained, this version of the rat
comes with its own boombox (see it there down by its right foot?)
I believe this rat was playing T-Rex or Bob Seeger--not a rat
with particularly good taste in music. Somehow I have a feeling
the rat's keepers--two muletted dudes in work boots, dirty jeans
and sunglasses--were taking care of the playlist. I guess they
were also babysitting the balloon as well, making sure the cops
I'm very proud of the composition of this photo,
with the golden Trump Tower over the rat's left shoulder and the
American flag over his right. It just says... I'm not sure, but
it has to say something. Let's not ignore the two FBI-guys quickly
moving up on the unsuspecting Alfonse Damato look-alike.
I've had my own run in with the rat. While riding
around with one
of my clients in their company Hummer
some years ago, they got a call on the radio that the rat had
been spotted in front of one of the buildings they cleaned. Those
rascally union folks! We rushed down to the site, but the balloon
had already been deflated. I'm not sure what they planned on doing,
but one of them was wielding a pretty vicious looking letter opener.
I'm thinking of getting my own rat, and putting
it out in front of restaurants that give me terrible service,
flat soda or attitude.