Category Archives: Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger: This Is Why I Don’t Dine-In at Fast Food Joints

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Dear [Insert Fast Food Venue Here],

I was considering your $5 foot-long deal today. I planned on grabbing a window seat so that I could people watch as I eat. I like to gaze out of windows in general, and with those gorgeous new 10′ panes, your venue seemed like the perfect lunch.

But you had to go and paste huge posters on your windows at seated eye-level. So that 75% of the window seats essentially become non-window seats. Why go through the trouble of designing such a modern establishment with huge windows if you’re just going to render them useless?

I understand you want to lure hungry people in with your marketing deals. That’s cool. But you can place the posters at 6′ and above, and everyone wins. No?

#EndRant

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Trigger Finger: Rock Climbing for Toddlers

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Playgrounds and Jungle gyms have undergone drastic changes since yours truly was able to play in them without suspicious looks from concerned mothers. This particular example in Long Island City made me giggle.

This looks to me like some kind of beginner rock-climbing thing. Did the playground designers imagine kids wearing junior climbing gear, coating their hands with Johnson’s Baby Powder to give them a better grip for the trecherous feat?

Do the parents in this newly gentrified LIC neighborhood encourage their spawn to “rock climb” at the playground? Do they hope their kid will someday grow up and climb the “real” wall at the $100-a-month gym? No. The parents don’t even know about their kid’s extreme sports adventures. Whenever I’ve passed by, its just been bored kids with chatty nannies.

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Trigger Finger: The Twilight Zone (Update)

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Trigger Finger is a series of posts dedicated to the impulsive and instinctive cell phone photography that we’ve all developed over the years. For the times when you don’t have your best camera on you, but the moment is still worth capturing.

What’s wrong with this picture? At first glance, seemingly nothing. It looks like typical shelves at a convenience store, selling all the typical convenience store stuff. Well almost all. There’s one item that doesn’t fit the picture. Can you spot it? Fist of all, let me assure you there is no photoshopping or shennanegans going on here. This picture was taken today, April 12th, 2011 at Othello Deli on 27th Street and 24th Avenue in Astoria, Queens. Notice I put extra emphasis on the date. That’s your clue. Post your answer in the comments below. The answer will be announced later today.

*UPDATE: Congratulations to all you eagle-eyed scouts. The correct answer is VHS and/or audio tapes. When I asked the store owner about them he said that they keep them in stock because apparently people are buying them. These are the same people who still own beepers and fax machines. Hey, 1995 called. It wants its media back.

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Trigger Finger: I Just Got Pooped On

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Trigger Finger is a series of posts dedicated to the impulsive and instinctive cell phone photography that we’ve all developed over the years. For the times when you don’t have your best camera on you, but the moment is still worth capturing.

While strolling around Union Square Park a few minutes ago, I paused to observe some young girls filming some pigeons with their dSLR. The pause was for only about twenty seconds, but it was enough for the angry birds above me to bless me with an appetizer before lunch time. The poop droplet wasn’t as massive as some others that have embroidered my car in the past, but it was a small inconvenience nonetheless. Fortunately, a nice man at a nearby news stand gave me a couple tissues to help my situation. He said, “…one for your camera, and one for you.” Continue reading »

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Trigger Finger: The Urban Igloo

Trigger Finger is a series of posts dedicated to the impulsive and instinctive cell phone photography that we’ve all developed over the years. For the times when you don’t have your best camera on you, but the moment is still worth capturing.

This piece of modern architecture was spotted on the Corner of Ditmars Boulevard and Crescent Street in Astoria.  The grocery store owner on the same corner built it for his kids, who regularly hang out in and around the store. The individual blocks were crated by packing snow into milk crates lined with cardboard. The unorthodox flat roof is supported by a sheet of plywood, and then covered with more snow for stability and insulation. The small window opening also uses plywood as a lintel. Its no Ice Hotel but this sure looks like it would be fun if I was 10. This igloo has melted since the taking of this picture but I’m sure there will be a new one up soon with the recent snowfall. Continue reading »

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Trigger Finger: Happy New Year From Box Man

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I was persuaded to come out to a young people dance club for after-party festivities at the famous Webster Hall. While on line, I spotted Box Man. He seems a little stressed out about the new year. I reassured him that everything’s gonna be alright and that he should keep his head up, but he was too conflicted to respond.

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