From today's NY Times Metropolitan Diary
The salesperson at the Urban Angler store suggested I take a fly rod across the street to Madison Square Park to make a few test casts before making my purchase. After several casts across the grass, I was approached by a uniformed park official.
“There’s no fishing here, sir.”
“You’re telling me,” I said with a smile. “I haven’t caught a thing.”
“Fishing is not allowed in the park,” said the earnest official.
“I am not fishing. There is no water here!”
“Well, if you don’t stop whatever you’re doing, I’ll have to write you a ticket.”
“A ticket for what?”