With L.A. Fitness closed, it’s time to hit the outdoor slopes. [All photos: David Kramer 3/19/20]
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told us that all our parks are open for business, and they might be the safest place to be. Cobb’s Hill is no exception. No sun, but the healthy and playful are out in full force. (SEE FULL COBB’S HILL SERIES AT END.)
Hot Shots is closed, so these volleyball players set up impromptu games. Roxie looks on.
At the C. Mitchell Rowe Dog Park. Raleigh (the dog) has been on TV.
Circle kicking is the most common game played with a footbag, and is often what people mean when they use the term “hacky sack”. Players stand in a circle and keep the bag moving around the circle, with the goal of keeping the bag from touching the ground. There are a variety of terms used by different groups of players to note when the footbag has been touched by every member of the circle. No photos, please, says foot bagger Bruce Lee.
UPDATE: On 3/28 the city of Rochester posted a SPORTS COURTS CLOSED sign on the Tony Boler Courts. A couple of days ago, the city posted yellow Caution Do Not Enter tape and asked people to voluntarily stop playing basketball. Apparently, the call failed. Today the sign was posted and the rims of the basketball hoops were removed.
City of Rochester parks are still open for “passive exercise” such as jogging or walking. The Cobbs Hill Dog Park is still open, but people are encouraged to practice social distancing. I did see people using the MVP Fitness Court and playing tennis. [Note: the tennis court nets have now been taken down.]
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join.
I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.”
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