Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What is this - the East Village or Leave it to Beaver?

DMR had an interview in the East Village last night so afterwards we met for a delicious dinner at Momofuku. We then headed over to the Niagara bar on A and 7th (but not before a quick pit stop at the Giant Robot store, heh-heh). At Giant Robot, we picked up a Stephan Britt My Favorite Mirror for little Leah, as well as some stickers for Dan's class. And um, some stickers for me! I used to live on St. Mark's between 1st and A about 10 years ago but am rarely in this neighborhood anymore. But it was cousin Leah's birthday and we stopped by for a couple drinks. When it was time to go home, we walked across to the West side of Avenue A to hail a cab. While we were waiting, this dumbass past his prime rockery looking guy yells to us, "What is this? The East Village or Leave it to Beaver?" I guess it was because DMR had just gotten a haircut and was wearing nice pants since he had gone on an interview earlier in the day? Regardless, I wasn't sure where crusty the clown was going with this. Was he just angry and bitter at the new school taking over his hood and targeted us as the yuppies ruining the area? Was he just on something and talking nonsense? Was he just a poor misunderstood soul who really had a demeanor like a lamb?

I complimented him on his awesome leather biker jacket and asked if he had picked up a CB's t-shirt along with it. The then told me that he was at CB's from the beginning while I was rebuilding Hiroshima. Um, okay. He then disappeared for a while, but then came back and let us know that his jacket was in fact real leather. He then told us that he's been beaten up by all kinds of people (he used a specific word which is escaping me but I'm sure DMR will chime in with it in the comments) and that he wasn't afraid of us. Did he think that yuppies wouldn't talk back? We did some further jawing back and forth as DMR and I piled into a cab and had a nice laugh on the ride home.


Blogger China-Latina Chowhound said...

I can't stop laughing about that guy pointing out to you that his jacket was in fact REAL leather. Had you previously accused him of wearing pleather? And the rebuilding Hiroshima comment? What? HILLARIOUS.

May 02, 2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Slice said...

Damn, Sujan. I didn't know you worked in Hiroshima! Why don't you blog about that. Sayonara!

May 02, 2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger Listmaker said...

after the hiroshima comment, i called him a racist fuck or something like that.

he responded, "i've been beaten up by every possible demographic there is so i'm not afraid of you."

May 02, 2006 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so rare to find a nut like that walking the streets of NYC

May 02, 2006 6:17 PM  
Blogger Wisdom Weasel said...

DMR should have told leather guy that he knew jewdo. And to think that Clem Burke used to be such a nice guy before the Strokes stole his schtick. As for the Hiroshima thing, I don't think he was picking up on your ethnicity to point out the great injustices dealt to Korean forced laborers transported to the Japanese mainland between 1905 and 1945 was he? Perhaps the subtlety of his position was obscured by his jacket.

This guy really gets around: I swear I saw/heard him a week or so ago up here in Maine, ranting about yuppies getting the old fish rendering plant declared a superfund site.

May 03, 2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

The most ridiculous thing about that exchange is that the East Village has been yuppified (not that you guys are yuppies) for years now. Did that guy fall asleep in 1977 and just wake up yesterday?

May 03, 2006 1:03 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

i think he did in fact just wake up after a 30 year nap. also, i swear i saw him walking down rivington yesterday.

May 04, 2006 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When were there ever Yuppies (perceived or genuine) on "Leave it to Beaver" anyway? I do recall, however, the very special episode when the Hiroshima clean-up squad came to town. Wally buys a Geiger-counter at the five-and-dime and mad-cap-yet-wholesome antics ensue.

May 05, 2006 3:21 PM  

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