For those of us who live in the NYC area we have all seen our fine furry friends. Those fanciful creatures that roam our city streets at night. Crawl through our sewers. Rummage through our garbage by the sidewalks. Ride alongside us in the subway tunnels. For better or worse we are stuck with them. They will outlast us and always be here. Yet, I am not speaking of those dirty disease carrying rodents scurrying throughout our city. I am talking about those giant inflatable rats that seem to pop up overnight!
Who doesn’t love these guys? You can find them propped up looming over a construction site throughout the five boroughs. I can’t help it but they do make me laugh and put a smile upon my face. Now, I know they are there for a serious matter and are meant to demonstrate against unfair labor conditions. Namely, unions use them against companies that employ nonunion labor at work sites. They are actually used by unions throughout the country to raise public attention to companies employing nonunion labor. To many unions he has been nicknamed “Scabby the Rat”. Hahaha!
There are so many strange and wonderful things to see in New York. These inflatable rats are just one of the many. They are a part of the NYC fabric now and are dotted along it’s landscape. I honestly think that Scabby should be a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They should sell stuffed toys of him at stores for Christmas. Can’t you just see the look on little Billy’s face when he opens up the package? “Wow! Thanks mom & dad! A Scabby!”
Maybe even a Saturday morning cartoon too! He can have super powers and fly with lazer beams coming out of his eyes that will target and destroy all the corrupt do-nothing politicians we have here. Scabby would also make for a great zombie extra on The Walking Dead. He already looks like one of them. No makeup required. Movie roles would follow as Scabby becomes the next big action star.
It’s inevitable that Scabby would start dating and having affairs with some Hollywood starlets like Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, and all of the Kardashians. He would start into a downward spiral of sex, alcohol, and drugs with all of it captured on TMZ. In the end he would be found back on the city streets. Penniless and working in the career that launched him he will be found in front of a construction site back where he belongs.
As I walk by a smile appears on my face.
So, where have you seen Scabby?