Whenever I’m in New York and listening to music in my earbuds, I like to find someone walking to the beat, like somehow they’re listening to the same thing I am. I was in Astoria Park over the weekend, and I was listening to this, and just as it really hit its stride, an old man walked by to the beat with one of those toy dogs on a leash making time to the guitar and I felt like I was in some kind of a movie.
The crashes of Flight 370 and Flight 17 are not Malaysia Airlines’ first unusual insurance claims, however. The airline had an unusual claim in 2000 for the total loss of an Airbus A330 traveling in the opposite direction on the same route as Flight 370.
In that case, a canister of a mysterious Chinese shipment destined for Iran broke open near the end of a trip from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur and began leaking, producing a smell that prompted the captain to conduct an emergency evacuation upon landing of all 266 people aboard. A subsequent investigation found that the hold was contaminated beyond cleaning with mercury and other chemicals that may have been precursors for the manufacture of nerve gas.
The Malaysian government ended up digging a large hole in the ground near the airport tarmac and burying the entire plane. Insurers paid a full settlement of $90 million.
Whenever I go shopping, I like to come home and put on everything I bought. Which is why I am currently walking around my room in high heels and pajama shorts, listening to The Way You Make Me Feel on my new Harmon/Kardon wireless speaker. I danced by Siena, who was lounging on top of the dresser and leaned in close to do Michael’s signature “Ow!” that starts the song, and she scrambled to sit up, pulled her head back and spat her fiercest hiss at me. She’s not a fan of MJ, which is a felony in this household. Out on the streets with you, kitten.
“Art is something that happens inside us. We look at things in the world, and we become excited by them. We understand our own possibilities of becoming. And that’s what art is.”—Jeff Koons to The New York Times (via whitneymuseum)