People of Western Europe: A landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations’ plan for the liberation of Europe, made in conjunction with our great Russian allies … I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us. Keep your faith staunch. Our arms are resolute. Together we shall achieve victory.”
-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944.
In continuing my journey back to the beginnings of this thing I do, I went to Yonkers today. Work continues apace on turning the old power station into a hotel and morgue – sorry I meant mall (go here for a view as it used to be) – The Hudson River Museum has an excellent exhibit called Fantasy River. The artist is Federico Uribe and he makes all the work out of found discards. Based on my observation these include mini golf pencils and expended shells among many other items. I will write more about the exhibit in the next few days.
Today I want to write about Robert and George, two retired gentlemen who hang out at the waterfront and crab (along with a whole bunch of other fellas). Robert is married and George separated from his wife after he retired. It seems his being home while she was still working caused consternation. George didn’t seem to be crabbing today. He was just visiting and helping Robert.
When I was there (at Noon) Robert had caught five Blue Crabs (they call them Blue Claw Crabs) which apparently meant his wife would welcome him home with open arms. I spent about 30 minutes with them, discussing climate change (they believe in it), politics (they don’t think anything we do makes a damn bit of difference) and we talked about the smart gentleman who bought the power plant from the city of Yonkers for $1 and then sold millions of dollars in shares based on the renovation plans being approved. They were.
George tells me that they are turning the smoke stacks into rooms. If true (I have my doubts) that would be one of the few really amazing things to come out of this renovation.
Let’s take a look at the old plant and then meet Robert and George.