The early morning crowd was a little sparse. Nonetheless, it included two contemplative dog walkers. Coaltrain was there with his friend. Coaltrain’s friend is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester. She is there most mornings, frolicking with Coaltrain while mulling over her dissertation on 1990s documentaries. He and the park are a tonic for all that thinking.
This man from Australia gets his daily dog exercise while working through in his mind his own dissertation on the 18th century slave trade. I asked what exactly it was about. He smiled: Do you have a few hours? That’s about par for the course for a dissertation. His dog also seemed a tonic for all that thinking.