You may (or may not) have noticed that posting has been a little sparse around here lately. Depending on your attitude about that, I either apologize profusely, or graciously accept your gratitude. And, honestly, I'm not really sure why I haven't been putting up new stuff. Could it be that less stuff is annoying me lately? (I sincerely doubt that.) Could it be that I think it's unlikely you'll give a crap about what's annoying me? (Heaven forfend; that'd be unpossible!)
No, I think I've just been lazy.
Anyway, last night Channel 4 ran a story about a Traffic Agent who got arrested because she tried to prevent the City Marshall from towing her car because of unpaid tickets. (Here's the NY Times version.) This story rates as ironic or amusing or enraging, since Traffic Agents are the folks who, among other things, run around writing tickets. These folks are classified as "civilians employees" but they wear a version of the NYPD uniform so people will take them seriously. They're don't get to carry guns...Thank Gawd. (Every few years, one of them gets into a fight with an irked citizen and then there are a few months worth of them lobbying to be armed and then the city issues a resounding "No", followed by a statement from the Police Commissioner suggesting they try to do their job without being complete assholes about it.)
This is all neither here nor there.
What peeves me is that, Channel 4 seems unable to pinpoint where (other than Brooklyn), the story occurred. Brooklyn, like the rest of NY, is made up of a bunch of neighborhoods. Let's start with a look at the photo and caption Channel 4 used on their website.
But it got worse. They don't have video of the story up, but they kept cutting to interviews with folks about the story (because obviously it's critical that we discover whether or not this might be annoying to the average citizen - average citizens were predictably annoyed), and they kept running little graphics at the bottom identifying the neighborhood variably as Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Two of those are possible while one...is not. But regardless, I'm pretty sure that since this took place at the location of a parked car, the event didn't travel from neighborhood to neighborhood. And even if they're unsure of the exact border of a neighborhood, it's not like Ft. Greene and Bed-Stuy overlap each other -- there's an entire other neighborhood separating the two from each other.
Granted, this probably doesn't concern anyone who doesn't actually live in Brooklyn, but I kinda expect a local news station to be able to correctly identify local neighborhoods...even if they aren't in Manhattan. It's a little like the Network News talking about a story in Paris and showing you video of Cairo. Somebody's likely to notice.
P.S. If you don't, in fact, give a crap about what's annoying me, feel free to tell me what's annoying you today. I won't even tell you I don't give a crap about it.