I've lived across from St. Mary's for almost 2 years now and I still love looking at it every time I walk by, it's beautiful. I like to include it on my tour when visitors from out of town or out of the neighborhood come by. "There's Hanley's, the oldest bar in Brooklyn. And there's the church where Al Capone got married." Its a pretty impressive 2 block walking tour. Apparently, Al also used to make moonshine in the basement of PJ Hanley's when it was called Ryans, which is new trivia to me as of today.
Sure I could update you on my life for the last few weeks, but nothing happened that you'd want to hear about.
This week a friend of mine I met a decade ago working in Yellowstone is here for the weekend (she still works there with the Park Service). The first thing she said to me when she got to the hotel was, "oh my God, all the people!"
Working in the park you tend to get very attached to the wildlife. You get to know the local buffalo or moose or deer that hangs around your dorm like you'd know a neighborhood cat that shows up at your door every morning looking for attention. The last summer I was there a loner buffalo liked to lay out in between the dorms snorting in the dirt and wagging his tail along to the Phish music while the hippies played hacky sack around him. He occasionally tossed people, but they were always the tourists who happened to lose their way and stumble into the employee area. He never bothered us.