$40 a year to rent a bike at any time? Can’t wait ‘til they bring this to NYC. I love bicycling. This seems like a great win-win. Advertisers sponsor the bikes, city dwellers get cheap transit, trains are less crowded, streets are less congested, and the earth is greener, better place. At least some news is good news.
It’s back to the grind for me. Taking a little Chicago vacay was exactly what I needed to take the edge off months of wintry mix and burnout. All refreshed for spring.
The W Lakeshore in Chicago was hands down the most amazing hotel I’ve ever stayed at, complete with lake view, free champagne, rooftop bar and as many bliss freebies as we could weasle, all thanks to Elana’s Starwood hookup.
Please visit the World Food Programme Web site to make a donation. With food costs quickly escalating, many around the world are sustaining on barely a spoonful of rice a day and eating mud patties to quell hunger pains. For $15, you can feed 10 children for a week. It takes only a minute and can make a huge difference.
“This is a perfect storm. How long can we withstand the situation? We have to feed our people, and commodities are becoming scarce. This scandalous storm might become a hurricane that could upset not only our economies but also the stability of our countries.”—
President Elías Antonio Saca of El Salvador at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Cancún, Mexico. 4/16/08
Mayor Bloomberg wrote his first poem to publicize tomorrow’s “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” It’s in today’s Metro New York. I think it’s very cute…but I can’t help but think that he had a little help on this…
Pardon me, sir, I’ve a question or two … You. Sir, you said poetry is a delight… Right. Reading it makes you smarter, more mature? Sure. But is it better for people not to read verse? Worse. Do you read sonnets? Limericks? Odes? Loads. All these short answers. Why? I – Follow-up! What do you do in your free time? Rhyme. Could poems appeal to the press? Yes. But can they help with traffic congestion? Next question.
Mark Bittman posted this recipe on today’s Bitten, and it looks so simple and delish that I’m obliged to whip it up tonight. It doesn’t hurt that I already have all the ingredients sans chorizo (that’s where Whole Foods comes in). NYSC + Homemade Dinner + Reading Deep Economy = Perfect Monday Night. Oh, and The Hills, the ultimate guilty pleasure… I like to justify it as a way to give my brain a rest.
Watched this on 60 Minutes this past Sunday night. A German man traveled to Pakistan shortly after September 11th to learn more about his wife’s religion. At a routine checkpoint, he was wrongly captured by Pakistanis and sold to U.S. troops for $3000 as a suspected terrorist. He was taken to Afghanastan, held underwater, shocked and suspended from the ceiling. Labeled an “unlawful enemy combatant,” he was not protected by law or given a trial. He was detained in Guantanamo Bay for five years, even after the U.S. miliatry intelligence said he should be released after six weeks, citing “no definite link or evidence of detainee having an association with al Qaeda or making any specific threat toward the U.S.”
The atrocities our government has committed are shameful and disheartening. The balance of power in so many sectors, from international relations to financial institutions, has eroded so substantially in this administration. Who will demand culpability?
First “eat-pisode” and now, “Slurp.” I’m not sure what started the trend of oddly-named asian restaurants opening in my ‘hood, but I tend not to mind, since they provide me with tasty, inexpensive dining options. Slurp, a Vietnamese Noodle Bar, is featured on Thrillist today and located exactly one block from my humble abode. The menu (linked) looks fab. Can’t wait to try.