Leaves and berries 1/2 sheet 140# Arches coldpress 

Friends from New Hampshire are coming in next weekend and the Husband and I will be enjoying time with them and also acting as NYC tour guides.  We usually try to offer useful advice for the tourists who are not used to visiting large cities.  Last time my advice was “don’t make eye contact with anyone.” This time I think I will offer advice on how to know when a fight may break out.  Oft times these three questions are asked before fists start a-flyin’.

1.  Whaddya looking at?  or as a variation, Whadda YOU lookin’ at?   Now this question doesn’t necessarily mean a fight will break out, but it’s best to get out of the way when this question arises.

2.  You lookin’ at me?   At this point you should seriously consider going in another direction.

3.  Do you know who I am?  This question is usually asked in a fancier restaurant or an airport.

These are not to be confused with The Three Questions,  a short story by Leo Tolstoy which concerns a King that wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life.

  • What is the best time to do each thing?
  • Who are the most important people to work with?
  • What is the most important thing to do at all times?

Turns out the king got his answers from a hermit.

  • The most important time is now. The present is the only time over which we have power.
  • The most important person is whoever you are with.
  • The most important thing is to do good to the person you are with
So there you go. How to avoid a fight.  Philosophical answers to life.  A watercolor of some leaves and berries.  This is a full service blog.