I know dogs and people look at many things with different eyes –
Trees. Trash. Other dogs’ bottoms.
But I am particularly amused by my dog’s fascination with scaffolding.
Being a ‘city dog,’ he passes it almost every day on our way to the park. And he will pull the leash, wanting to cross the street to get to it.
Nothing is more fun, apparently, then sniffin’ and peein’ on scaffolding.
People who live in the city don’t pay much attention to it; we see it come and go with construction projects large and small. I dare say some tourists may cross the street to avoid it.
But not my dog.
Scaffolding is the best place in town to check his pee-mail.
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Humor, Internet, Life, Walking
Tagged animals, city dog, construction, dog leash, dog walking, Dogs, email, Humor, Internet, life, New York City, pee-mail, pets, scaffolding, tourists, walking
Reverse psychology has been known to work on children, boyfriends, even clients.
But on hungry New Yorkers and tourists?
If the owner of JoeDough Sandwich Shop in the East Village can have a sense of humor about a nasty review…
And I recommend it — sight unseen — to any of my friends and family headed to NYC. Let’s give this guy some business!
Posted in Advertising, Commentary, Food, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Travel, Vacation
Tagged advertising, bad food review, commentary, East Village, food, Foods, Humor, JoeDough Sandwich Shop, life, Manhattan, New York City, photography, restaurants, reverse psychology, sandwiches, sense of humor, tourists, Travel, vacation, Yelp
To the methodology and the terminology, and I demand an apology for Kansas City.
Travel + Leisure recently published their annual ‘America’s Favorite Cities’ survey, where readers rate major destinations in a number of categories.
“Worst Dressed City in America” is one of them.
Now, poor Anchorage has the most to be offended about — they earned the top spot — but Kansas City got punched at number ten.
Having travelers judge how well-dressed people are in a city is like judging a city’s cuisine by the offerings at the airport. Tourists typically see other tourists when they visit anywhere. Why?
Because they hit the tourist spots recommended by magazines like Travel + Leisure, which are congested with folks who don’t live there, and are dressing for comfort, not style.
“Worst Dressed Tourists in America” — perhaps.
But don’t judge a city by its gawkers.
Posted in Commentary, Fashion, Humor, Internet, Life, Magazine, Magazines, Travel
Tagged Anchorage, commentary, cuisine, dressing for comfort, Fashion, Humor, Internet, Kansas City, life, magazines, readers poll, sightseeing, tourist traps, tourists, Travel, Travel + Leisure, travelers, Worst Dressed Cities in America
Certain words are considered crass and socially unacceptable.
But entire towns?
Such is the sad state of affairs in F–cking, Austria. (And yes, the “–” stands for exactly what you think.)
Until US soldiers were stationed nearby in World War II, no one in F–king thought a thing about their town’s moniker.
Now tourists mock them. Steal the F–king signs. The prank calls were the final straw. The town mayor decided to change the F–king name. But all the residents have to agree.
As someone who grew up in Fancy Farm — in a state with towns like Monkey’s Eyebrow, Possum Trot, and Big Bone Lick — I say…
“Keep your F–king name!”
Posted in Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged Bg Bone Lick, coarse language, commentary, Fancy Farm, Fucking Austria, Humor, Kentucky town names, life, Monkey's Eyebrow, Possum Trot, prank calls, street signs, tourists, town mayor, Travel, US soldiers, World War II
Say it isn’t Sbarro.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the pizza chain may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as next week. They are seeking something called ‘debtor-in-possession’ financing from a group of hedge funds to keep the stores open and operating while in bankruptcy.
I for one hope they find the sauce they need.
It’s not that Sbarro is my favorite restaurant. The pizza biz in New York City is crowded and highly competitive; you can find a better pie at several places in my neighborhood alone.
But Sbarro is the slice I associate with Times Square.
Long before I lived in Manhattan, my trips into the city were for one thing and one thing only: theatre. We would jam two or more plays into a day, if the show times allowed.
And when you’re running from venue to venue, grabbing a slice at Sbarro was quick and cheap and satisfying. I’m sure it still is for the legion of tourists who overwhelm the theatre district every single day (except maybe Mondays).
Call me nostalgic, but I can’t imagine Broadway without Sbarro. Let’s find the bucks, people, and help them keep their slice of the Great White Way.
Posted in Broadway, Business, Commentary, Entertainment, Finances, Food, Foods, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Travel
Tagged bankruptcy, Broadway, Broadway show, Business, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, commentary, entertainment, food, Foods, Great White Way, Humor, life, Manhattan, New York City, pizza, pizza biz, pizza chain, pizza pie, pizza sauce, pizza slice, Sbarro, theatre, Theatre District, Times Square, tourists, Travel
After being lucky enough to be in the studio audience yesterday for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” my friend Leah and I wandered the city, in search of the perfect post-show place for drinks and dinner.
Obviously, Manhattan is an embarrassment of choices; that’s why it took blocks and blocks to settle on a rather touristy final destination: the Heartland Brewery near Radio City Music Hall (because their burgers really are very good).
During our long walk — which didn’t seem long at all because it was such a gorgeous night — I was reminded of another evening in New York City, long before I moved here, that ended up at that ultimate of tourist’s traps, the Hard Rock Cafe.
I was working at Hallmark Cards then, and we were launching a line celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” To speed along the approval process — usually handled via snail mail — we brought all 100+ cards to New York City and met with the SNL Creative Director ‘live.’
In one afternoon, we received approvals on all 108 cards with only four changes. It was somewhat of a record that I’ll bet still stands in the Hallmark Hall of Licensing.
Somewhat giddy, we headed to Hard Rock where we did many, many shots and, by evening’s end, I found myself engaged — in name only — to the very married director of the licensing design studio. (He’s never made good on that proposal, by the way.)
And people wonder why I decided to move here…
Posted in Business, Foods, Humor, Relationships, Travel
Tagged Business, food, Hallmark Cards, Hard Rock Cafe, Heartland Brewery, Humor, Jon Stewart, Manhattan, Manhattan restaurants, New York City, product licensing, Relationships, Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, tourists, touristy restaurants, Travel