Patterico's Pontifications

1/1/2014

New NYC Mayor: No More Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Central Park

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 2:22 pm

As if Bloomberg wasn’t a big enough doofus:

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said that one of his first acts after taking office this week will be to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, de Blasio said it was inhumane to expose the horses to the city’s dangerous streets.

“We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City,” de Blasio said, according to NBC New York. “They are not humane. … It’s over.”

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So long: if New York’s new mayor gets his way, this will be a thing of the past

One carriage and horse owner, who asked only to be identified as Robert, told NBC News on Monday that the carriage ride is iconic to the city.

“People expect us to be here,” he said. “It’s like taking away the Empire State Building. It’s the same as taking the (Christmas) tree from Rock Center.”

If I were in New York right now, I would take a nice long horse carriage ride through Central Park. While drinking a Big Gulp.

New Year’s Sports

Filed under: General — JD @ 10:32 am

[guest post by JD]

The NHL Winter Classic is being played in the Big House @ Michigan in front of 100,000+ people. In the snow. Outdoors. Throw-back uniforms. Great spectacle.

There are more football games than you can shake a stick at today. 2 Big 10 vs SEC matchups in the early games. The A&M vs Duke game last night was spectacular.

Which games are you following?

—JD

New Year’s Resolutions/Goals

Filed under: General — JD @ 8:31 am

[guest post by JD]

I have several, different ones for different aspects of my life. I am a firm believer in goals, and sharing them, as it keeps you accountable. Goals are great, but doing the work to reach them is much more fulfilling.

1) Continue to work on achieving a better balance in my life.
2) Continue to work on being a better father, husband, son, brother, and friend.
3) Ironman Louisville, Triple-T, Tri24, St Louis Marathon
4) Swim 300+ miles, bike 5000+ miles, run 1000+ miles.
5) Have more fun

What are yours?

—JD


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