Friday, September 17, 2010

You Say Tornado, I Say Towering Monuments to the Human Spirit

Even if, as may have happened yesterday amidst spectacularly stormy skies here, the occasional tornado hits New York City — in the broad, technical sense of New York City — I doubt one could ever physically occur amidst the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan.

I haven’t bothered to check with physicists (even though one of my best friends was trained as one) or meteorologists (even though there’s one sitting in the office right next to my desk at work) about this, but it seems implausible, even though it would look cool in the opening scene of a big-budget remake of The Whiz.

Speaking of tall buildings, I notice this article about the purportedly tallest skyscraper in “Asia” being built must be based on the assumption that the United Arab Emirates is not part of “Asia.” Surely, that’s cheating. Does modern man not see the ancient commonalities of the Musulman and the Chinaman?

Since Manhattan survived last night’s brief storm, by the way, Manhattans Project, a friendly social gathering of folks interested in politics and/or media, meets again this coming Monday, Sept. 20 (7-10pm) at Langan’s bar-restaurant, club room in the back, if you care to join me.

1 comment:

Jacob T. Levy said...

You do know that it was The Wiz, right? I’m not even going to start on Whiz jokes.