The Legal Size of Carving Knives


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January 1, 2009
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When I got to the Music Under New York spot by the Mosaics at the Times Square subway station there was nobody there. The whole space was kind of empty – no people, which is a bit unusual. The only person around was a homeless guy. “What is it?” he asked
Saw Lady: “It’s a saw”
Homeless guy: “Now I’ve seen it all”.

A group of girl-scouts went by.
Three cops went by and smiled at me. One of them gave me the ‘thumbs up’.

Saw Lady with cops

Romero, who sings on the trains, noticed I wasn’t wearing my glasses. I was trying to wear my contact lenses to the subway, but I feel more “protected” wearing glasses in the subway – sometimes tiny particles fly into my eyes…

An older gentleman told me of Sunday services with no God… turns out he is part of a non-denominational church at the Ethical Society.
Albert, the messenger guy who always runs into me at Union Square, ran into me for the first time ever at a different location. He was wearing lots of necklaces and looked very colorful. He is always cheerful.

Albert
Photographer: © Aaron Porter

A guy said to me: “Make it sing!”

Four Jewish teen age girls gave me two candles and told me that on Monday there will be dancing from 6pm to 6am by their Rabbi’s house in Brooklyn.
A grandmother and her grand-daughter, Sophie, were on their way from a fundraiser for the Kayak Boat House. They entered a raffle there for a free boat ride. I told them that they can have a free boat ride any day: the ferry from South Street Sea Port to Red Hook is free (on account of the Ikea store at Red Hook). They were happy to learn about that.

A guy told me he’s on his way to work. He asked me about the lack of teeth on my saw. Turns out he works on old wooden bars (as in pubs). He carries a little pocket knife with him, for carving wood sticks on his free time. He said the police give him a hard time when they see him carve. He tells them his knife is smaller than the palm of his hand, which is the legal size for carving knives, and they let him off.

A guy said to his girlfriend as they were listening to my playing: “It’s like the 5th element”.

Balla Tounkara, the African kora player from Mali, went down the elevator with his kora.
The weird thing today was that throughout the day I kept seeing people carrying violin cases pass by. Was there a big violin audition going on up stairs?

Balla Tounkara

On my way back home I passed by the Gimagua twins playing on the mezzanine, dressed in black and matching hats.

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3 Responses to The Legal Size of Carving Knives

  1. mister anchovy on January 1, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Happy New Year from Toronto. Have a great 2009!

  2. Shawn Grimes on January 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Happy New Year! I hope that you have a very prosperous year filled with joy and happiness. I’m sure I will make a trip up to the city this year and I will be looking forward to hearing you play. I was very happy to have your holiday CD during the holidays, it really made the holidays nice.

  3. Victor on January 3, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Hey Natalia, how are you? Happy 2009 :). Hey, it is pretty impressive how good the sound you get from the saw is :O

    Im Victor, a professional piano player thinking on playing in the subway. I’ve heard you need some permmisions to do so, but i could no find any info about where and how to get it. Could you pass me any tip about it? I’d so appreciate it :).

    Thank you very much, and i hope to see you soon!

    Victor

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