Saturday, February 21, 2015

In the NY Times this Weekend - February 21, 2015

Once again the snow is softly falling outside the windows of ItNYTtW headquarters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC. It's late afternoon and I'm a bit bleary eyed after an early morning trip to Bushwick for a private party. My friend DJ Spider was spinning records for the kids and I wanted to check him out while doing his thing. Interesting experience. Not something I'd want to do every weekend, but reminded me that there are different worlds going on when the rest of us are usually sleeping. Walking up 3rd Street at 7am reminded me of my days working at a bar until the wee hours of the morning. Ran into my friend Gaz at Cafe Martin and then my friends Matt and Trista and their adorable daughter Luciana on the corner of 5th and 3rd. Told them all about what I'd been up to. Headed back home, grabbed the NY Times outside my door, bounded (well, kinda) up the stairs and hit the sack for a few hours. Now then...

Business section of Saturday paper
Two great articles today. One by Paul Sullivan, a reporter I've spoken to about one of my clients. Nice guy, super smart. He writes about the daunting challenge of choosing the right wine at dinner and how sommeliers have an extremely limited amount of time to help you make that choice. If you're like me, easily overwhelmed by a huge list of wines, and know what type of wines you enjoy, but not necessarily how to choose something that matches your taste, you will relate. I feel the same way about jazz and classical music. I know what I like, but my knowledge is beginner level at best. Always helps to have a well informed guide.

There's also a well-written piece by Alina Tugend that addresses the tricky issue of how candid to be about your political beliefs either online or when face to face with co-workers or clients, and the potential risks involved with being too open about your beliefs. It's a situation I've had to keep in mind when writing this blog. Like most of you, I'm sure, I have strong opinions on political issues of the day and enjoy discussing them with either like minded people or those who disagree with me. Unfortunately, in terms of the latter, it's too easy for those talks to get heated or out of control. I've had to bite my tongue a lot - and practice restraint online - over the past 20 years or so as my political beliefs have evolved. I'm neither a hard core liberal or a strong right wing conservative, but there are aspects of both in my political views. I don't think that makes me all that unique, but I know it's caused some of my friends and co-workers to be wary of me if they are firmly on one side or the other of an issue or election. Anyway, some valuable advice in this article today. Worth a read.

Arts & Leisure
Cover story on Larry David's new Broadway play is worth reading if you're a fan. We are kindred spirits, Larry David and I. More so than even my closest friends and family know. My life is a lot like Curb Your Enthusiasm. I'm constantly finding myself in situations that are like episodes of that show. People bother me, I take offense, express my reaction, awkward exchanges ensue. I often find myself looking around for a camera, thinking this must have been set up. Someone must be filming this. I hate tip jars at the dry cleaners. I try to speak Chinese when I order my food over the phone - I've asked the people on the other line to help me pronounce chicken and broccoli (sounds like GUH-EEE GUH-LAH ZOH-PAY) with brown rice. Loud eaters make me crazy. People who take a long time to put milk or sugar or whatever in their coffee drive me nuts. I've either Unfriended or "stopped following" people on Facebook who post too many pics of their children, or are overly effusive about their love for their partners, or post too much food porn. People who walk slowly in the middle of crowded streets send me over the edge. I hate loud talkers. Ok, I could go on all day so I better stop here. #firstworldproblems, I know. Anyway, read this article. The first paragraph made me laugh out loud because I could hear the quote. I could clearly hear Larry saying it. I can almost guarantee you'll feel the same way when reading the Q&A section that follows the intro. I mean, if you know what his voice sounds like. And if you don't, well, you probably shouldn't be reading this blog. There, I said it. Angry?

The Sunday Magazine
It's new and it's huge. They changed the format. It starts with about 4,000 pages of ads and goes on from there. Ok, I'm exaggerating a bit (I do that a lot - I tell people "You hate me!" if they don't get back to me fast enough via text or email. I say, "I haven't seen in you IN NINE MILLION YEARS!" if it's been a while. You get the idea). I can't get through it all now, but I did see there's an article on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk album. Look forward to reading that one. I like the "difficult" albums of popular groups. Sometimes I think I enjoy being contrary. I'm starting to sound a bit too much like Larry David  so I'm going to close out today's update here.

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