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Steve R.

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  • Birthday 02/04/1953

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  1. Coincidences

    I killed this thread, didn’t I?
  2. The Eagles were one of my 2 least favorite teams in this Super Bowl. Great game to watch though.
  3. It’s my opinion that, when used to “over the top” characters, people tend to gravitate toward the strong, silent types. Unfortunately, “bad” doesn’t need to come out the mouth to exist.
  4. Coincidences

    Ok, here’s a food board one. Years ago, a member of Mouthfulsfood from Texas began a long, complicated adoption of a child from Columbia. She wrote a lot about the orphanage that her future daughter had been living in & a # of us contributed to making that orphanage better. As part of that, she came to NYC after the adoption with her new daughter and we threw her a party in Manhattan at Redhead, a place owned by friends. She brought a friend from Texas who had just moved to NYC & was settling in, meeting locals & making friends. We spoke with this friend at the party: me: where are you staying? her: temporarily in Brooklyn me: really, where? We live in Brooklyn her: Brooklyn Heights me: really, where? We live in Brooklyn Heights This kept going until we discovered that she was living in our 18 unit co-op, upstairs in our friends’ apt. while they were away for several months.
  5. Coincidences

    On the 1 group tour we’ve taken (to Spain & Portugal), we made friends with an older couple because both he & I discovered that we both enjoy tennis. When talking about where we live, I told him that I’d lived in St Louis in the late ‘70s. He only knew 1 person who’d lived there, who he knew growing up in Westchester 60+ years earlier. Turns out that his childhood friend was the husband of my grad school advisor, who now lived in (as did we) NYC & had, in fact, thrown us a party after we got married. We got them together when we returned home. Nice reunion. in Florence, Italy we ate at a restaurant where the chef/owner had previously worked in NYC but had returned home with his new American wife to run the old family restaurant with his mom. Yep, his wife was a Brooklyn neighbor & when we discovered that, he introduced us to his new father in law sitting at the next table - also a neighbor. I met my wife in ‘86. When we were living together later that year, she asked if I wanted to join her sister & friends for a chartered boat party her sister was organizing. I said yes & then discovered on the boat that Ginny’s sister & I not only knew each other thru mutual friends back in the early ‘70s but that those mutual friends (6-10 of them) were all on the boat with us. There are more. It’s a very small world.
  6. Certainly not an original thought but I do wonder what could’ve been so bad that one of the Patriot’s best defensive players was kept on the bench during a game where their defense was giving up a lot of points. No 2nd half reprieve, even with so much at stake? Maybe we’ll never know.
  7. Dining in Brooklyn

    ETA: let me know where you’re staying, how many people for dinners, what else you’d like, etc & I’ll be happy to assist. I got time after tennis, before naps, while watching the waves & dolphins. Either pm or on the board if you think it’d be useful to others. Brooklyn is geographically huge &, now that it’s trendy & over gentrified, there are good places everywhere that aren’t worth an hour trip but worth going to if reasonably convenient. That includes wineries, bourbon producers & breweries. Queens is also chock full of things & now has the best Chinatowns, as well as various Latin American places. Manhattan ain’t half bad either.
  8. Dining in Brooklyn

    You can’t do that. We’re in Florida until end of March! Yes, Henry’s End is still recommended. The Game Menu is on & the turtle soup is great, as are the elk chops. The duck is also a good choice. If you go, make sure you talk to the owner (Mark) about being on yet another food board with me. He got a kick out of years of Chowhound debates & chuckles at my involvement. Drop my wife’s name (Ginny) if you want to be treated well & mine if you want to hear sarcastic comments. Two doors from Henry’s End is Noodle Pudding, our favorite Italian place. We eat at the bar 1-2 times per week (not a typo). The owner (Tony) is a great guy & all is fresh. It’s cash only with no reservations for parties less than 6, but I couldn’t recommend it more. Not an upscale place but very solid home cooking from a guy from Ischia who knows what he’s doing & has been full house for 20+ years. Again, you have to let them know you’re our proxy eaters while we’re in Florida. It’s more than name dropping here — these are friends. For old school red sauce Italian, there is no better place in NYC than Parkside in Corona, Queens. You need reservations any night you go but it’s worth going if you want to eat that style of food. We love it. Like being in a stereotype with good food.
  9. 2018 Australian Open Tennis Championships

    10% of the 200 total in the modern era. An unbelievably great player.
  10. Voluntourism

    Thanks. This reminds me more of tours sponsored by a # of educational organizations, albeit with a clear political/sociological leaning (which I, personally, like). If I were to go on such a tour (& I might, if they wind up having a tour to a place I’d want to go) & meet individuals or organizations that I’d like to help out further (monetarily or with personal activity), I would then make private arrangements (maybe with their knowledgeable assistance) to do so. To me, that’s a world of difference from participating in voluntourism, in which my tour itself is centered on my involvement in a set up situation that I couldn’t get a positive feel for in advance & might be heavily manipulated. Again, thanks for continuing to explore this issue & share what you find. It’s appreciated. As an aside, being of an age (over 60) in a world where basic issue challenges are now plentiful (from “locally sourced”, “farm to table” restaurants to Airbnb type apartment sharing to “fair trade” goods to living in a “co-op” & not a condo), I find I actually feel invigorated in addition to overwhelmed by the concepts being advanced. I guess that’s a good thing.
  11. Voluntourism

    While trying my best to not come off like an uncaring a-hole, I’d advise you to be very, very careful before doing this. Unfortunately, our world is full of “entrepreneurs” who see our interest in “helping” as an opportunity to make money from human misery. The NYT was one of several media organizations publishing articles a couple of years ago explaining that much of this business isn’t as helpful to anyone as simply giving money to reputable organizations & some other articles exposed outright ghoulish practices engaged or supported by others. Just google voluntourism & you’ll get an eyeful without me going on. Lest you think poorly of my discouragement on this, please note that any opinion I have on this industry is based on me looking into it as something I’d be interested in doing myself & being shocked at what I found. Please... if you look further into it & find anything specific that you think I should hear, let me know.
  12. Well, I’ll bet I can get you to reduce that 80%. Even if you’re a real “texture more than flavor” type guy, that’s a high number. And, yes, it’s the general consensus on CH, Mouthfulsfood & other highly respected sources of NYC food knowledge (hey - I’m on those boards, how can it be otherwise) that it’s great. That’s why we went & probably why we’ll try again. I just hope the emperor at least puts on some underwear next time.
  13. Funny coincidence. One of our favorite Szechuan restaurants, called Legend of Taste, is diagonally across the street from #1 on that list, Utopia Bagels. We’d never tried their bagels, so last time we went to the restaurant, we bought bagels to take home. The texture of their bagels was better than any other place we’ve used in NY (& we’ve had a lot of bagels!) but, weirdly, they were all virtually tasteless! Kind of shocking. We’ll try again next time we’re in the area - maybe they just forgot to add the flavor packet.
  14. All-Time NBA Starting Five - Who Would You Choose?

    I really do believe that a current NBA all star team (combined East/West) could beat the '92 Dream Team. The game (& its current players) move much faster than they did back then & I don't think the type of "big man clogging the paint" game played back then would work against the current players. If you don't come out to guard the current big men like LeBron, the shots go in from outside. And he can drive in a way that would create foul trouble for any of the 5 you pick (especially Russell or Chamberlain). Same with Durant. Or Harden for that matter. And we already know that Durant, Curry and Harden can play together as a team. Well, at least we know that Durant can play with either of them. Do you think Porzingis & Westbrook wouldn't be able to work with them?
  15. All-Time NBA Starting Five - Who Would You Choose?

    But your question was "What five-player team would win you the most games, assuming no substitutions (and no fatigue?)" not "who were the best 5 players ever to play, given their time & place"? I don't think that most of the 5 you put on your lists would win the most games against teams that included more current players. I think that either the East or the West's current NBA all-star team line up would win more games, especially if you remove LeBron from your list and leave him with the current players. I love the players you name and would give anything to see Wilt, Magic, Michael, Duncan & Bird, all in their prime, play games as a team. But I fear that, if they'd take on the Warriors or the West's All-Star team (w/LeBron added to either), they'd lose the series. Therefore, my answer to your original question would be a team of 4 of the West's all stars + LeBron. The current players are just better.
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