It's been a busy week, which is a good thing, considering last weekend's horror. I've been very busy, the social calendar has been full. In my write-up of Monday night's Secret Science Club lecture, I didn't mention the subway ride from the Bronx to Brooklyn and back again- there were a lot of same-sex couples openly holding hands on the train and the subway platforms, and people were carrying the rainbow pride flag. As always, there were riders of all races and colors, and people advertising their religious affiliations with hijabs or the full regalia of the Hasidim... and everybody was coexisting peacefully. As usual, people kept to themselves, as people thrust into close proximity to eighteen million of their closest friends often do, but New Yorkers tend to defend our own on those occasions when somebody gets stupid.
The solution to hate and violence isn't hate and violence, and all-too-many bigoted religious whackos of all kinds are pushing a bizarre narrative that the shooter was wrong but that the government should kill gay people.
Anyway, the current earworm is by Nada Surf, a New York band whose best known song was teen-angst anthem Popular. The song that I'm currently obsessed with is the topical Always Love:
Hate will get you every time.