Which brought to mind these few words I've heard hundreds of times:
- Well it's great to do a neighborhood concert. I hope everybody can hear us, I hope that that sound is good. I hope we're blasting Central Park west and Fifth Avenue pretty much away. I just wanna thank the police department, the fire department, and the Park's commissioner, and Ed Koch, and particularly, you know, people that never get recognized for doing good deeds for the City, a group of people that have donated half of their proceeds that they're making tonight; the guys who're selling loose joints are giving the City half of their income tonight.
On the terrific album from the concert -- easily one of the best live albums in existence -- you'll hear Simon saying these words. (Which is how I've heard it hundreds of times). You'll also hear the tremendous applause for his "people that never get recognized for doing good deeds for the City."
So when I was listening to Giuliani -- remember Giuliani? This post is about Giuliani -- last evening, these words ran through my head. This being the ex-Mayor of NYC, I could almost hear Simon saying in that distinctive high voice "... and Ed Koch ...". Koch, of course, being a popular ex-Mayor of NYC as well.
And after Giuliani finished, he asked for questions. I put up my hand, but found myself beaten to the post by at least two guys who simply started shouting their questions. This happened again when he finished the first question. As he was answering the second, a woman handed me a mike so I might more easily grab Giuliani's attention. So when he finished that one, I started speaking into the mike, but found myself beaten again by a guy closer to him who, again, got up and shouted his question.
But I also found myself beaten by myself. Because, to my considerable embarrassment and consternation, I realized what I had said into the mike was: "Mayor Koch, I would like to ..."
I gave back the mike.
That "Fifth Avenue" was "Fifteenth Avenue" as I posted it, the mistake brought to my attention by ever-alert JAP in the comments.