2013-08-16 / Columnists

Boyleing Points

Why The Long Face?
By Kevin Boyle

With so many people running for Mayor it’s too bad Alec Baldwin didn’t run, which was the rumor for about 10 minutes last year. When he stopped by The Wave I would’ve had a story for him.

Ya see, my family, being a family, makes fun of me for my long face. They’re merciless on the chin and jaw jokes. I get Mister Ed and Big Jaw McGraw stuff all the time. They don’t ask, how are you? They ask, why the long face? They’re mean but they admit to being impressed that I somehow appeared in the Old Testament when Samson used the jawbone of an ass to kill an army.

Which allows me to tell of the time I dissed Alec Baldwin. There I was, in Manhattan, crossing the street on Madison and 55th Street and I notice Alec Baldwin on the corner looking at me. He’s standing there, like he’s waiting for me. He’s definitely giving me a look like he knows me. He is just about to say something... and I avert my eyes and pass right by him. I look away like he’s another panhandler on Beach 116th Street.

I can’t say why – he’s great on 30 Rock – but I just sailed past. So I go back to the place I was working at the time and most people there can’t believe I didn’t stop and chat him up or whatever. Others though, think it’s pretty cool that I bigtimed him. Yeah, I just dissed Alec Baldwin, that’s right.

I find myself so amused I tell everybody at a family gathering. I repeat the story and tell everyone I can tell that he thinks he knows me.

Yeah, my niece says, maybe he thought you were Jay Leno.

It’s pretty bad when the next generation is making chin and jaw jokes about you. Ah, family traditions. Thanks, Cait.

Boyleing Points: So the Mayor came to Rockaway to announce a new resilience center for Jamaica Bay. He got out of the usual dark SUV and walked about a hundred yards to the podium and was not booed. A first for Rockaway.

Ok, so it was at Riis Landing, the ferry dock near the Coast Guard station where you don’t find the same people as you do at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But makes me wonder if the crowd wasn’t booing the person next to him all those years: Christine Quinn.

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