Unhelpful sign is inaccurate

I am sure this has happened, that you look at a photograph or moving image and something not important to the subjects is what you remember.

Mount Vernon, New York is a little place, officially a “City” as the State considers it. It actually borders the north end of New York City, so is part of that conurbation / megalopolis.

In 2019, the mayor plead guilty to offenses, and used some ultimately defeated legal logic to stick around. For a time there were 2 “mayor” people in the government building, the police department arrested their commissioner (chief), and this picture was taken and posted by the Journal News in this article:

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I, civil servant II

Although I don’t think I had mentioned it, but can’t remember (which shows what comes of leaving your blog alone for too long), I had been for some time looking for a new posting in the State service. To my enjoyment, last Thursday it came true.

I am now posted to the Health Department as an engineer, environmental. This difference is quite significant for me, as the old one (civil) wasn’t what I went to school for and made me feel out of place.1

In this case, good things did come to those who waited, since I was passed over for one position further north, but made a good enough impression to be recommended by those interviewers for a new position open closer to where I was working already. An interview and some paper shuffling on their part and I was offered the position!

Now I get to go through another year long probational period, but all told I think it will be a nice one. I no longer have a half-office but a full cubicle in the back of the back of a building that houses another State function. Not bad, only there is no way to open the windows and get fresh air, but I can survive I think (:

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  1. Note that my co workers and supervision did not contribute to this problem, only the my self. 

Nice party to be in

While looking up old YA literature on HathiTrust, I ran across this, which is the voter roll for the Bronx in 1903.

It is what it is at first glance really, a tedious enumeration of voters, addresses and parties, useful only for genealogy. And noting that the United States did once have parties like “Social Democrat” and “Socialist Labor” (and the occasional “Prohibition”).

Then you turn up:

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I have no idea what Charles H. Douglas’s party registration is. There wasn’t, that I’m aware of, a “defective” party. If his registration was bad, wouldn’t they just reject it? Was this the 1903 version of “show ID at polling place”? Persons with mental limitations (“mental defectives”) were forbidden to vote, so I doubt it is that.

If anyone knows anything about this, please post a comment here.

New York idea

I know that I have mentioned New York previously. I live in the State (but not the City). Recently, there was a police officer (in the City) killed whose name was Miosotis. This is also (spelled slightly differently) the name of a flower, the forget-me-not.

I don’t know if there is already a flower for the police forces and their dead, but this would be a perfect one, given the name and even the color (blue). If someone could breed a darker blue colored one, that would be perfect.

An entertaining Wikipedian vandalism

Although most noted as a vandal reverter, I can appreciate the humorous vandalism when it occurs. For example, while reading about a small and generally ignored place in New York (the state not the city), I discovered that it:

[…] is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can legally marry one’s cow.

Additionally, we have a list of “entertainment and recreation”:

There are a number of popular attractions […], including […], Van Nostrand Full Service Gas Station, […].

Having been through there once in my life I can confirm it is a little noplace.

Questionable font choice for Serious Business [updated]

Looking at the New York (State) official website, I ended up with one more question than before the page loaded:

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Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Arrow was my addition.

The website had this appearance when I posted this, on January 2, 2015. The font reading “COMPTROLLER” appeared to read “COmPtROlleR” but with small capitals where I put lowercase letters.. Then I thought it was a bad font choice (Oswald Light), but now I think that it was a bad rendering on my PC. You can read the original of this post here.