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Writer's Block: My Town

Describe one thing about your hometown that's unusual or unique -- maybe there's an interesting statue or landmark, a special event occurs there, or it's the Official Home of Something.

I have to answer this one...

My town has a huge bronze statue of a bull.

The bull has a story related here: The Smithtown Bull

Back in the 70s and early 80s there was a sort of tradition among graduating high school seniors. This was in the days when the drinking age in New York was 18 and no one really ever checked ids. It was easy to get alcohol. Sometime during the last couple of weeks of school a group of teenagers would paint the bull's genitalia bright orange.

I couldn't find a picture of the bull from the back and it's raining so I'm not going to take one today but trust me, at twice life-size, it took a whole can of spray paint. The practice fell out of favor in the mid 80s when, after more than a decade of dealing with orange bull balls, the town finally set up a security camera and the last group of graduating seniors to engage in the ball-painting were caught and charged with vandalism.

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It hit 88F today. Personally I love a nice warm, sunny summer day. But, I usually prefer them in summer not the end of May. Makes me wonder what summer's going to be like when we already have the AC on now.
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I'm exhausted...

Got all the moving/cleaning stuff done today. My friends came over a couple of hours ago and hauled off the old sofa. When they were done they offered to help me put the new one together. That was a big help. I put the coffee table together myself. Now I have a shiny new sofa and coffee table. I have to go back to Ikea tomorrow since they gave me the wrong sofa cover. But the cover is white so you're not missing anything important.

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Talk about sensory overload...

I went to Ikea today. I've never been to Ikea before. Now I think I know why.

There was SO much stuff, it was insane. Luckily I had looked up online what I wanted and had all the relevant information written down. But I had to walk the entire store, literally through a maze of zigzagging isles to get from the showroom to the self-serve furniture section. I could have easily spent the entire day there looking at things. I'm glad I went prepared.

I went for a new sofa and coffee table and that's what I came away with. The guys are coming over tomorrow to haul away my old sofa and bring the base of the new one, which is really heavy, up the two flights of stairs to my apartment. Meanwhile, my new sofa is sitting in pieces in my mom's living room downstairs.

So tomorrow afternoon I'll have a new sofa and won't be sitting in a hole anymore. YAY!

Before and after pics tomorrow.