Thursday, March 29, 2007

No Needs Unmet

There are more than bricks in a city. There are hungry souls and libidos. Most needs can be met in New London, if not with the real thing then at least with a fantasy. The latest shipment of pornographic magazines arrived today at Parade News and the shelves in the back were freshly stocked by 2:00 this afternoon. Your correspondent is not familiar with the titles on offer, but the selection seems extensive enough that any connosieur will be sure to find something to suit thier tastes.

The grounds around St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church show all the green shades of spring grass. The Church is beautiful to begin with, and the statue of St. Mary Star of the Sea is a benevolent prescence for those driving on Huntington Street. The rectory and the nunnery are equally handsome and reassuring features on the west side of Huntington Street. The school is as dignified in its architechture as everything else on the property, including the parking lot/playground in back.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church sits north of the intersection of Huntington and Tilley Streets and Washington Avenue. The corner of the rectory abuts the old SNET Building which has been converted to apartments. There is a triangular lawn between the rectory and the corner of Hutnington and Washington. It is well tended and kept manicured. A stainless, white statue of The Christ stands blessing Tilley Street. On one of side of the old SNET Building is the church's lawn. The other side fronts a narrow alley between the SNET Building and the Elks Lodge. Most of the windows on this side of the Elks Lodge are boarded up and were painted forest green seven years ago.

Some of the apartment windows in the old SNET Building overlook the back of the blessing Christ. Others look right at the Elks Lodge twelve feet away, others offer a view of the St Mary's School's parking lot. In the front, the apartments face the Federal style homes across Washington Avenue and a bit of Brewer Street's panorama. No one apartment or view is more coveted than any other. This is New London, after all, and every view is beautiful. This humble narrator prefers the Huntington side himself, especially the apartments from which I can see the back of the blessing Christ.

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