I’ve got a summer cold right now — sniffles, sneezing. It’s not a fever or a flu, but to knock it out I’ve been taking Emergen-C, my Chinese herbal pills, an antihistamine, nasal decongestant spray. In any case I’m standing at the SW corner of Prince and Broadway around 3 pm today, waiting to cross the street, and just as a family van passes in front of me I sneeze. Ah-choo!, moving van with open windows …perfect synch.

And a split second after I sneeze the guy driving the van yells out “thank you!” The guy is moving maybe 20 miles an hour, possibly 25. But he had the idea that my sneezing in the open air as he passed in front of me for maybe a quarter of a second might make him sick. If only I could have met this marvelous specimen inside Dean & Deluca so I could sneeze right in his face.