Dachshund Fiesta in Washington Square Park

As Nancy and Dick will attest, some organized thing or other is always happening in Washington Square Park! This past Saturday was warm and sunny, and as I crossed the park on my way to the library, I couldn’t help noticing that there were little dachshund dogs, everywhere–often two or three to a person!  They were very cute in their multiplicity!! When I got back home, I “googled” “dachshunds Washington Square Park, April 24, 2010,” and lo and behold, what I’d stumbled into was the 2010 Spring Dachshund Fiesta! Here’s a video posted on YouTube by a proud dachshund owner:

And here’re the words to the song that you can hear a little bit in the background — along with a link to a recording of it:

There’s no other dog like a dachshund,
Walking so close to the ground,
They’re stubborn and sly as a fox and
The happiest pet to be found.

Most kinds of dogs seem to either
Have shapes or proportions all wrong;
They’re only one way or the other,
But dachshunds are both short and long.

Dachsie, meine dachsie,
The best canine under the sun,
Call you “wiener” or “sausage” or “hotdog”,
We know that you’re number one.

. . . and to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street, er Washington Square!!

Ramps return (and other news)!

Tonnarelli with Ramps and Herbs

This past Saturday (April 17th) was the three-week “anniversary” of the return of ramps to the Union Square Farmers’ market. They’ve been purveyed (to any serious extent) by just one farm–as they have been for the past few years–but today when I made a run up there (for milk for making yogurt and to drop off my food scraps with the folks who collect them for making compost), it seemed as if there were ramps for sale at just about every other stand! Ramps have hit the big-time for sure! And if their density at the Greenmarket weren’t enough to show it, there was a post on Huffington Post yesterday all about ramps on the Earth Day menu at Lupa; mmm, they do look good! And here they are (this from the Lupa site) getting ready to be cooked!

Ramps in the Raw

Speaking of Lupa makes me think of when Nancy and Dick and Alexa and I all went there about this time a couple years ago, which was the last time Nancy and Dick were here, the last time before this most recent time, that is, which was the week before the ramps arrived!

We had a great time; here is their visit in a list of lists:

4 museums: MoMA, the Met, NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, the Merchant’s House Museum

2 plays: Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, Shakespeare’s As You Like It

1 concert: at the Met

1 car trip (!!): to Ocean City NJ to see Rod!

countless great conversations over as many good meals, including a dinner at Bianca, take-out pizza from Otto, and dinner at North Square

. . . and a week-long transition from near winter (low temperature was 29 the first day they were here and torrential rain for the next couple of days) to pretty seriously spring with temps flirting with the 70-degree mark the day before they left!