On the day of the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island last Saturday, a man walked into Megabites diner dressed as an octopus. The amazing thing is how no one really reacted to his public display of creative ridiculousness. I think New Yorkers might seem a bit cold at times but really, I think they’re just guarded. All walks of life make themselves known on the street and en masse. People learn to avert their eyes, not respond, and walk with a purpose to some unknown destination.
Anyway, I felt like the Octopus costumed person was worthy of a mention since it takes guts to dress up for this annual parade. In fact, our good mayor and his family led the parade this year…a first in the history of a long line of mayors. WTG DiBlasio!
So yeah, I drew a female sailor just because it had a nautical theme. I managed to get over to the beach some time later in the day so I could breathe in sea air and summer. And, of course, I visited my father with a copy of the Brooklyn Navy Yards where he used to be stationed. I hear they give a nice bike tour, in case you are ever in the neighborhood.