He’s at it again.

#1 Son (called home late Saturday afternoon, giddy with excitement): Guess what I'm doing, Mom?

Me: The possibilities are endless. You took a swim in the Hudson?

#1: No, but you are close. We took the Brooklyn Bridge!*

He was not among the dozens arrested**, but his friend Claire was. He will cat-sit for her while she is in jail. Claire is such a med student — emphasis on the student – that she made herself a bunch of anatomy flash cards and stuffed them in her bra before the police took her so she could study if she ends up in jail for awhile.


*Apparently there were a number of protests on Friday and Saturday. He was among the group that gathered in Wall Street chanting Greed must go!*** or some such before occupying the Brooklyn-bound lanes of the Bridge.

** Unlike 2004, when he was among the 1,200 or so protesters arrested during the Republican National Convention in NYC (his group was protesting WHINSEC) and spent 40+ hours in Guantanamo on the Hudson. That time he called me on a borrowed cell phone from the middle of Broadway at 29th to say he had been arrested and was waiting to be taken away in a police bus. He was one of the last to be allowed leave the bus-garage-turned-into-a-holding-facility and saw the police spreading rugs and carpets over the oil- and grease-stained concrete floor before admitting the media to view the facility where the protesters had been housed. Because he witnessed that he became part of a class action suit against [city of New York? New York Police Department? I forget]. Somewhere I have a photo I found on the Web at the time, of the protesters lying in the middle of Broadway; #1 is lying at the front of the line.

*** In related news, I recently read The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, part of which examines (and finds true) the premise that psychopathology may be a distinct competitive advantage to a captain of industry. Based on that I fear that greed ain't goin' away anytime soon.

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0 Responses to He’s at it again.

  1. bullwinkle says:

    Does he cause you to worry about him? Or are you just over it, you know, after having raised him?

  2. Linda says:

    oh geez, kat! Your son is to be commended for taking a stand, but wow, what it must be doing to your nerves! Hope he and his girlfriend are safe and all turns out ok for them. I could never be that brave.

  3. lisa says:

    Poor mama! Great kid!

  4. Jeff says:

    I take vicarious pride in him!

  5. Kym says:

    Taking a stand is always a good thing! 🙂

  6. Lorette says:

    OK, the flash cards in the bra cracked me up. I’d probably stuff a sock in progress in my pocket instead.

  7. Soxanne says:

    Way to go – that boy doesn’t miss a thing…
    What a gal with the flash cards!

  8. gayle says:

    I’m trying to imagine the cops’ reaction to the cards if they found them…

  9. Cookie says:

    I’m with Gayle. *L*

  10. Ruth says:

    That’s very cool.

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