winter:  at my great grandmother's house, brooklyn, some december, in the 70's 

december is my birth month. it collides with christmas in a way that most people forget, and that is fine. as a kid, candles were blown out at a grandparent's house on new year's day. it was cold, and the sidewalk smelled frozen, and the night smelled dark blue and ashy like Brooklyn does sometimes at night.  later in life i spent my birthday "day" alone, at the Met, and then with the polar bears at the central park zoo. i would get a coffee, walk south to the boat pond and watch the kids sail their little wooden yachts.  in the evening,  i would meet up with friends on the lower east side, for something low key, usually a show.  i liked it that way.  i still do.  

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