Whine-O’s on Park Benches


Summer, 2008

Negative people who complain constantly annoy me. Mention a beautiful sunset and they’ll tell you it’s caused mostly by pollution. Comment on a beautiful summer day and they’ll remind you that “winter’s just around the corner.” If you tell them something good has happened to someone, they’ll say, “Yeh, with MY luck……(the opposite would have occurred).

I hear a lot of whiners here at 10 Manhattan Square where I work. Of course, since there are over 200 apartments and offices in the building, you’d expect a few. But it seems more than a few complain about the new reflecting pool and fountains surrounded by black, wrought iron tables and benches in Manhattan Square Park, just across the street.

I happen to LOVE the new park. I heard the city spent about $7-million on this part of the renovation and I’m very grateful. But do you know what I hear?

“Why do they have to turn the fountains on at 6-AM? They wake me up.”

“Did you see how dirty the bottom of the pool is?”

“The benches are too hard.”

“Those aren’t really fountains – they’re just pipes shooting water into the air.”

“That mulch smells.”

“It looks like they planted more weeds than grass.”

“The noise from those fountains is driving me nuts all day long!”

I wish my parents could tell them what they told us as kids: “If you can’t appreciate what you have, at least be thankful you didn’t get what you deserve.

4 Responses to “Whine-O’s on Park Benches”

  1. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    Well I congradulate my home town on being one of America’s first to put in public baths complete with automatic high powerred douches. The whiners just don’t know what they are looking at.

  2. Bill says:

    I love the reflecting pool/skating rink as well, but you forgot to mention the little darlings who destroyed the underwater light display within weeks of installation.

    Want to know why a slum looks like a slum? Just watch the residents.

  3. paolo. says:

    Unfortunately, Joe, after a hot summer night, you’re a lot closer to the truth than you might think. Also, bums and bum wannabes have been yanked out for using a bar of soap and taking their bi-yearly bath.

    Bill, I was the one who suggested Security people with high-powered rifles on the roof to discourage grafitti artists – but nooooo…….

  4. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    I found that in the Filmore (Harlem West) of san Francisco the rent wasn’t any lower than the good neighborhoods, but the cops were afraid to go out at night. You haven’t been in a real slum until your in one where the neighbors are there because they like it there. Empty houses or apartements are shooting galleries with no plumbing so one room is designated the place to crap and urinate in, but the rent is free, and the neighbors DON’t complaign.

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