Go Away!

Early Sunday evening on the 200 block of East 16th Street (almost corner 3rd. Avenue): A woman looking up at the beautiful brownstone like buildings, one of them covered with ivy. An old dog walked by and she pets. The dog’s name is Sam and her owner is walking ahead of her. Sam is a gentle and sweet dog. The woman tells the owner this, the owner says thank you and they walk on. The woman looks at 208 East 16th Street, where a sign outside says something about a seminary. It has an old fashioned balcony on the 2nd. or 3rd. floor. Someone from inside the building shakes his finger no at the woman. The woman shrugs as if asking why are you doing this? The woman stays on the sidewalk, a public place. The man comes out of the building. He is around 40, with black hair and probably dark eyes. He tells the woman he is a cop. The woman nods. She is not afraid. I am just admiring the building, she says. Is there a law against it? The man says he is hard of hearing. The woman walks a few steps towards him. I don’t quite understand, she tells him. What’s wrong with me looking at this building and admiring it? The man stands there with the front door half open. The woman loses patience. Go away, she tells him, waiving her hand. You go away, the man replies. If you are a cop, then you’re harassing me, she says walking away. That’s all I wanted to know, she thinks to herself. He’s only hard of hearing when it suits him. He didn’t even apologize when I told him what I was doing. Go Away! Early Sunday evening on the 200 block of East 16th Street (almost corner 3rd. Avenue): A woman looking up at the beautiful brownstone like buildings, one of them covered with ivy. An old dog walked by and she pets. The dog’s name is Sam and her owner is walking ahead of her. Sam is a gentle and sweet dog. The woman tells the owner this, the owner says thank you and they walk on. The woman looks at 208 East 16th Street, where a sign outside says something about a seminary. It has an old fashioned balcony on the 2nd. or 3rd. floor. Someone from inside the building shakes his finger no at the woman. The woman shrugs as if asking why are you doing this? The woman stays on the sidewalk, a public place. The man comes out of the building. He is around 40, with black hair and probably dark eyes. He tells the woman he is a cop. The woman nods. She is not afraid. I am just admiring the building, she says. Is there a law against it? The man says he is hard of hearing. The woman walks a few steps towards him. I don’t quite understand, she tells him. What’s wrong with me looking at this building and admiring it? The man stands there with the front door half open. The woman loses patience. Go away, she tells him, waiving her hand. You go away, the man replies. If you are a cop, then you’re harassing me, she says walking away. That’s all I wanted to know, she thinks to herself. He’s only hard of hearing when it suits him. He didn’t even apologize when I told him what I was doing.

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