1. It was fairly cold this week, which meant that I had to ditch the running shorts for wind pants and a few layers of long-sleeve running shirts; one is made out of some stretchy, futuristic material that feels like wearing a wetsuit and is very warm (note: I've never worn a wetsuit) and the second is made of a very thin wool that's all the rage these days in cold-weather athletic and business-casual office gear. I bought one of these wool dress shirts and while I don't think it's something I would wear in the summer -- contrary to reports, I find it a little itchy compared to cotton -- it's perfect for colder days. 2. On Sunday, Stephen and I went for a walk over the High Bridge, where we saw a hawk perched on one of the posts. The picture is a little blurry because I didn't want to get too close and I was using my phone. 3. You can see the Bronx in the background; there's actually quite a bit of forest up here, which I imagine is why the hawks like it. This part of Manhattan and the Bronx recently received $60 million for upgrades to the parks on both sides of the East River, which I imagine in a decade or so is going to yield some impressive results. From what I've heard, they're going to have mountain bike trails and rock-climbing areas and similar "outdoorsy activities" I probably won't do but will be fun to watch from a distance. (Especially the bikers, who sometimes need to "take a chill pill" when they're passing runners (me) on the narrow bike paths along the Hudson.)4. Fort Tryon already looks amazing, but there's a lot of space (not pictured) beyond the heather garden (pictured) that could stand to be refurbished. 5. Did everyone watch the new Gilmore Girls? We did! In the past few weeks, I've been reading a lot of pro and con pieces about the show -- pro: "Gilmore Girls is an amazingly progressive Work of Feminist Art" and con: "Rory Gilmore is the worst (reads Ayn Rand) (lol)" -- and while I probably lean more toward the con side of things because I feel like I would never be friends (or want to be friends) with anyone on the show (except for Zack Van Gerbig <3), I did enjoy watching (most) of the new season. It does present a version of "Americana" that -- for me, anyway -- I think is difficult to detest. It could have been so much worse, as Stephen (a much bigger fan of the original series than me) pointed out. Non-white Americans are still laughable tokens on the show, but gay-wise, I was encouraged that Michel is actually gay and out now, and it was sort of funny when, at the town meeting, everyone was waiting for the mayor to admit that he should be marching in the gay pride parade (although a bit :( when they had to cancel because there was only one available marcher). Overall, now that Rory is thirty-two and an aspiring journalist, I found her struggles interesting at moments but I thought the writers continually sabotaged any empathy by having her jet off to London to see her super-annoying boyfriend (Cary Agos from The Good Wife at his smarmy worst) and his troupe of "zany" Yale friends. Honestly, I think the writers would have done better to pay homage to the Mary Tyler Moore Show -- which was funnier and so much more progressive -- instead of the Wizard of Oz. (The town musical was very funny though!) 6. In other television news, Stephen and I finally started watching The Wire. We missed it during its actual run in the aughts and though we tried an episode now and again, it never really grabbed us. Plus I always found Treme kind of boring/preachy, which led me to suspect that The Wire was "overhyped." GUESS WHAT I WAS WRONG. The Wire -- which btw is probably the conceptual opposite of Gilmore Girls -- lives up to all the hype. I won't say that I've "lived" The Wire, but having lived in Washington Heights since the late 90s, I've certainly witnessed enough to know that the series rings true in many important ways; especially the soul-crushing community meetings with the police and politicians, where one resident after the next gets up to complain about something most of the world takes for granted and the police and politicians are like "we're on it" and nothing ever changes. 7. Or nothing ever changes until the waves of money start pouring in, which for better and for worse (and there's plenty to be said on both sides) is now happening in Harlem and Washington Heights. Anyway, the show captures all of this and a lot more with unusual -- and maybe unprecedented -- nuance. 8. And to have a character like Omar, unapologetically gay AND black AND from the same streets where he makes a living holding up drug dealers, still feels miraculous. How did I miss this show the first time? Well, better late than never. Omar represents everything I want television (and books and movies) to be in 2017-2020. 9. Let's hope that the incoming president inspires some new television (and books and movies) that, like The Wire (made under Bush 43) are entertaining AND political. So much television from the past eight years feels like it was made in an apolitical GoT-esque bubble where things like class and race and gender and poverty and homophobia don't really matter, but if this election demonstrated anything, it's that we're not post-anything. With so much at stake, a good story might not be enough. 10. As our garden knows, "Winter is coming, and it's going to be long."