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Sign of the Times

Keeping with the photo series, “Sign of the Times” (the first installment actually was the first post when this site was yet being contemplated) the latest above is less than obvious. Not having the camera in shoot mode as I turned off Washington St. today, a person crossed my path on the right and went into the street and leaned over. As I passed I looked to see what the person was in fact picking up off the ground. It was a stubby cigarette butt. Not a full one, not a half, not even a third, perhaps it was a quarter.

Now when I lived in the East Village, not a block from Tompkins Square Park this would hardly merit a second thought. As we know times are tough and look to be getting tougher. Even someone who holds an optimistic disposition sees less than ideal circumstances ahead. But in Hoboken?

Okay, perhaps it’s somewhat overstated as others will point out this is hardly a big deal especially in certain corners of town. Nevertheless, it does seem symbolic of a changing tide, and not in our favor.

With the early political posturing leading into the November election, what’s been on my mind of late is the sheer foolishness of most of it and the uncanny ability of some to act (or pretend) that Hoboken is an island unto itself. If reality continues to crash down on our nation, how are these people going to react? Will they see Hoboken as a community and come together or will they lash out at anyone and everyone?

Oh and the person who picked up the butt. Take a guess.

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