I like a prizefight that isn’t a fake,
I like the rowing on Central Park Lake…
Lorenz Hart wrote those lines, in the beautiful (and, I stress, ironically titled) “The Lady Is a Tramp.” He also wrote
I like the free, fresh wind in my hair
Life without care…
Who doesn’t? Not us. We like it, and partook of it yesterday, first on a hillside overlooking the lake while the crew of “Person of Interest” finished shooting a scene for their show (thank you, crew guys, for bringing us bottled water!), and then renting boats ourselves for a bit of classic New York City romance.
There’s really nothing like it. The water may be strangely greenish, but the view…spectacular. We like to think we did our part to enhance it, too, though the staff of the Boathouse rowed out furiously to urge us to put our shirts back on. Think of the children! they implored us. We were. No better example for us to set for our children than to be at ease in our own skin and committed to equality.
Oh, yes: the hillside. Plenty of pleasure to be had there as well.