Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Color Codes, Environmental/Situational Awareness on NYC's Canal Street

(Image credit: Village Voice)



It's been sometime since I've been downtown to Canal Street.

It's known for various shops selling "I Love NY" T-shirts and Statue of Liberty statues to tourists and since the 1980's, there are shops selling counterfeit goods.

From a Village Voice article (http://www.villagevoice.com/news/knockoff-another-day-at-the-office-on-canal-street-with-counterfeit-vendors-8626379):

"In 2008, police raided 32 stores, confiscating over $1 million worth of ersatz Coach bags, Oakley sunglasses, and Rolex watches. That year, 967 people were arrested for trademark counterfeiting..."


Since 2008, the counterfeit sellers don't use shops anymore, they use spotters. A spotter would look for potential buyers and if they strike up a conversation, they would call an associate who has the counterfeit goods in a nearby vehicle or in large garbage bags around the corner. Sometimes the spotters would have a laminated sheet with pictures of watches or handbag models.

Last night, I was waiting for Mrs SG and saw a dude eyeball me. He seemed alone and not working as part of a crew of muggers ... my spider-senses tingled a little. I'm generally in Code Yellow, one level above Code White (being totally oblivious to my surroundings). I'm always scanning my environment and in Yellow, hopefully discretely to most people and also hopefully enough of a signal to predators who may have targeted me as their next meal ticket. With this dude, my spider-senses didn't tingle a lot probably because the street was filled with people. However, I didn't like him eyeing me the way he was.

I walked towards to wait at a corner for Mrs SG, but I spotted a female spotter who would periodically whisper "Watches." to tourists passing by. I then walked across the street to the other corner. Dude follows me! He's about 5 feet away from me, now I'm in Code Orange and mentally have prepared for Action should the situation go that way. I then hear him say to someone that was walking towards us, "Watches." and I laughed at myself for not realizing he's a spotter too! He was probably profiling me and deciding if i was a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) or not.

My situational awareness clued me into what goes on on Canal Street. My environmental awareness spotted 1 spotter but missed another. LOL at me!

Be Aware my Friends!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stingray #05/S01E05: "Abnormal Psych" (April 15, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of April 15, 1986 ... the fifth episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

When a young woman tries to kill Ray, and then steps in front of a bus, his investigation leads him back to a University research program where several students have committed suicide. It turns out the program is being run by a man related to Ray's mysterious past.






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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Stingray #04/S01E04: "Sometimes You Gotta Sing the Blues" (April 8, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of April 8, 1986 ... the fourth episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

Ray is picked up by the police and brought to the Chief who tells him he knows about him and what he does. Instead of arresting him before, he chose to sit on it till he could use him and it appears the time is now. It seems the man's wife was killed and it appears they were not happily married so they're turning their attention towards him. He's hoping another cop who was with him when his wife was killed will back him up but the cop not only doesn't, he passes the lie detector test. So with a girl who's a friend of the Chief he tries to prove his innocence.






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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Stingray #03/S01E03: "Below the Line" (April 1, 1986)

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 31 years ago on this date of April 1, 1986 ... the third episode of the new TV series, Stingray, aired.





Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Enjoy!



Episode Synopsis

Ray is hired by an elementary school teacher to find her husband. He infiltrates a marine research facility where the man had been working as a diver.






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