I was downtown last night near Washington Square Park, crossing Fifth avenue, when I saw a black kid on a skateboard gliding up the street. He was listening to music and singing loudly. I smiled and thought, man, I really don't get around downtown much anymore. You just don't see people uptown expressing themselves with such theatricality--here I am, hear me, love me or screw off, I don't care.
I couldn't make out what he was singing until I heard, "I live by the river."
Ah-ha. That made me smile even more. Wouldn't have pegged him for a Clash fan.