Backpackers take the city

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 6/7/2013, 4:43 p.m.

Last weekend, I tried to teach Julia how to ride a bike. She's 7 years old, so training wheels were out of the question. I have to admit that I wasn't very good at it, and Julia told me so by saying I was "putting too much pressure" on her, at which point she got off of the bike, vowing never to get on again. Fortunately, it was Daddy to the rescue, as he has much more patience with this sort of thing. Julia got back on the bike and went merrily along with Daddy holding onto the seat and riding alongside of her. Whew, I am so glad this will be their thing and I can relax. Anyway, we'll see how long the Citibike thing last. Bets anyone?

Happy birthday, Cleveland "Kojak" Manley, who used to throw down on his birthday back in the day. The only thing he is revealing these days is that his bus ride to Mount Airy Casino and the Crossing Premium Outlets is coming up on June 15. The cost is $45, with $25 back for slots and $10 for food. For more information, call him at 917-543-5930. Happy birthday also to Dr. Ernst Robertson, April Wright, Molly Fox, documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. and his sister, author Jill Nelson.

I went into the Chase Bank branch located on 44th Street and Sixth Avenue the other day because I was making my weekly withdrawal to pay my babysitter, who has been doing a fantastic job. (There is nothing in the world better than a fantastic babysitter, unless it's a fantastic kid.) Once again, I was deeply disturbed by the music wafting through the air. Annoyed but polite, I approached the young lady at the information desk. This is how the conversation went:

"Excuse me, but I have to lodge a complaint that the music in here is very disturbing. How do you expect a person to think and conduct business with this music playing?"

"Our tellers and bank personal are professionals and trained to handle all transactions with the music playing; we hardly notice it," she said with a smile.

"I wasn't referring to you and the tellers, I was referring to customers like myself who are trying to add, subtract and multiply."

"Oh. Well, some of our customers say it is too quiet in here, and they want music."

"Well, if they want music, they can listen to their iPod, smartphone or go to the club."

"I'll tell the manager," she said, giggling.

"Thank you."

I understand that Bose has a new headphone on the market just for people like me, so that even when you are not listening to music, unwanted noises and sounds are blocked out. But they must be expensive, because the ad also stated, "payment plans available." I admit that I'm thinking about it, but then again, it's not like I am antisocial (me, the Cosmopolitan Reviewer, being antisocial? How would that look?) and it's not that I don't enjoy the sounds of the city; I just don't like it that in every establishment I go into, some crazy music that I've never heard before is playing so loud that I lose track of what it is I'm supposed to be doing. I can't make a living that way. Sigh!

Until next week ... kisses