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Steve R.

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  1. I'm mostly with you on this. She clearly didn't want to be there. And the melt down was an explosion of what was, no doubt, building inside for a long time. Her basic soft spoken zen demeanor has always struck me as a somewhat forced way of dealing. However, I don't think that this is a "gear" thing, as much as I agree that this is what usually separates the greats from others. Or even the pros from the hackers. For her, I think that what I'm seeing is major depression, maybe bi-polar. Of course, I only see what's publicly given to me but, if this is correct, then its as much a medical issue as a heart valve problem. One gets depressed as a normal emotional reaction, just as one's muscles tighten. That's "normal" overall. A somewhat deeper depressive episode may be more like a sprain or pull. You get through it, but it can be painful. What I think I'm seeing in Osaka is more a major illness and that's a magnitude of difference. And she's at the age that this first occurs. I wish her well but, mostly, I wish her to get some serious diagnostics done and not try to find "inner strength" or a "thicker skin" as a solution. Renewed attempts to just try again & tough it out will not work. Of course, I could be wrong. My wife tells me that's happened before.
  2. "...Can someone tell me if there’s any logical financial reason not to take advantage of this? I tried it for several transactions, and there are no surprises that I’m aware of". No there isn't. I have cashed in thousands, starting months ago, and its exactly as stated. Unless they offer a better bonus for cashing in points some other way, there is no reason I can think of to not use this method for quick, simple cash back.
  3. We'll be there sooner or later, but we keep re-thinking our traveling plans (or lack thereof). We're (again) somewhat reluctant to make any, given the yo-yo'ing restrictions and the possible need for us to get a booster vaccine in Oct or Nov. It may well wait again until April or May... or we might just show up in Oct. I'll bet we can find a last minute apartment to rent.
  4. The Bronx Zoo is great. We'll be there this Friday, as we're members but haven't yet been this year. As for where to eat, the Arthur Ave places seem to be fine choices (haven't been for years) but I thought that I'd just mention that they are a 25-30 minute drive north from where you're staying. Its actually a shorter or equal ride over to upper Manhattan. Any of the Harlem places (Sylvia's, Red Rooster, Amy Ruth's or even Dinosaur BBQ all the way on the west side) are in that same time frame. Come to think of it, all of Astoria, Queens' places are closer to your hotel as well. eta: unless, of course, you go to dinner directly from the zoo. Then, you're only 10 minutes away.
  5. Djokovic is really annoying me. I just don't want him to be this good. He actually seemed to wear Nadal down in the French semis (another of the greatest matches I've seen) and then came from 2 sets down to calmly win the finals. It would be nice for Federer to win Wimbledon and I wouldn't mind if Djokovic lost an early rounder. It would also be nice if I lost 50lbs overnight and grew a full head of hair.
  6. I agree with you. There should be a Palestine and an Israel, 2 countries, and I think that its the only solution that makes any sense whatsoever. However, its one of those things that, even if everyone agrees to, doesn't end the conflict. What about Jerusalem? Is it totally within Israel? What about Israel itself? Is it acceptable as a Jewish state and, if so, what does that mean to non-Jews living there? Exactly where is Palestine? -- Gaza and the West Bank are not currently land connected. What about the Jews living in areas that will become Palestine? I'm 68 years old and have never lived in a time where any of these have been agreed to. I suspect that I will not live to see that change. The "victory laps" are for the times that those in charge are forced to stop killing innocent people.
  7. Apropos of nothing really, I just remembered that Gregg is in your area (D.C.) working at https://www.culinaryconservatory.com/culicon. (Gregg Nelson)
  8. We agree. On current plans (or lack thereof) vis a vis EMP, as well as the history. I do miss the duck. As an aside, one of the early staff at EMP was Greg, who went on to be co-owner of an East Village place called Redhead (long gone now). Redhead became the unofficial "clubhouse" of many, many of us food board folk in NYC. Were you ever there?
  9. Me too. I think you're correct on Naomi's better net game and varied groundstrokes. However, although there are some heavier hitters in women's tennis these days, I think that it would be interesting to see if Naomi could withstand the power Serena had at her peak. As you know, its a very different game when you're taken out of your comfort zone and boy could Serena do that to her opponents. I guess we'll never know.
  10. 50% starting today. A talk with the Manager of our favorite local place revealed that this increase from 35% won't help them much (if at all), as they cant possibly go up the 15% and still maintain the 6 foot distancing with tables.
  11. Given the context (again, a place we know well, is small -5 tables in use) it went very well. It was great to go out for dinner again. But, ask again on Thurs., as we’re going out on Wed eve with another couple to Park Side, a large old line place in Queens, where let’s just say that vigilance will be required. It’s a different world there.
  12. And here we go again. We have reservations for 2 of our favorite places this Sunday (yes, Valentine's Day but, at 25%, our neighborhood place is gonna be all locals and not amateur hour) and then Wednesday. We've gotten our 1st doses over a week ago, so we're a little less fidgety.
  13. 2021 Australian Open: once again they’re meeting early (3rd round). Why are they (seemingly) always in the same quarter?
  14. Well, I guess I was a bit over optimistic, but 25% indoor dining as of Feb 14 is a start. Personally, I think 50% wouldn’t change the rate in any significant way (although Long Island is at a much higher rate than NYC, I wouldn’t bet on indoor dining being the difference maker). I think the overly conservative approach by Cuomo is understandable, given that he’s also pushing back against major “open it all up” forces in athletics, theater & tourist venues (hotels, etc), while getting non-conclusive info. on vaccine effectiveness and availability. My next guess is that it moves to 50% indoor dining by the end of Feb, barring vaccine &/or variant surprises. As for our mayor, well I’ll just risk violating DR’s “no partisan politics” edict by saying “what a f—king waste”, while thinking much worse 🤦‍♂️
  15. I think they're wrong and that the 25% indoor dining rule will be back, maybe by next week. Just a hunch.
  16. I miss DaveO. This thread won't be as much fun without him. So... did the Nets just assemble a (admittedly short term) Miami Heat type dominant team or is this a "there aint enough balls on the court" move? Regardless, I will do something I wouldn't have done otherwise... I'll watch them.
  17. One of our favorite go-to places over many years. Although the menu had been undergoing many changes pre-COVID, eliminating many of the small vegetable & seafood terrines, the bar area was still a great place for dropping by and having glasses of wine with pastas or grilled pizzas, while bantering with some of the best bartenders around (Dennis, Frank, Uriel...). When bars re-open, we'll get in touch with Dennis and plop down wherever he's landed.
  18. Okay, I'll bite. Do you think that you're referring to feeling the worth of the part of the item that is a result of the creative/inventive process or of nature, as opposed to the ability to duplicate what has already been done? As a non-expert in many, many things, I live close to the mantra of "I know what I like" and apply it regardless of the item's "quality" (& boy, have I been known to like junk music, art, wine, food....). But I recognize that, although I'm sure that someone can (& probably has) replicated much of the art I admire at museums, I wouldn't feel the same staring at it, thinking it was original (as an aside, isn't it a fact that there's a prominent museum that's stored originals and displays copies? I thought I heard/read that somewhere) & soaking in the context of the inventive/creative process. Maybe we drink/eat/view "the story" and that's worth some part of "quality"?
  19. It was. It, and Zarela's, were the 2 best Mexican places in NYC for a long time.
  20. "Humanity is the victim, right wing propaganda is the problem" I'd start by adding the word "major" before problem & then agree that, in this situation, its a correct enough assessment. But... although I'm a left leaning type of guy, I cant say that what poisons humanity is always right wing ideology. Unless you want to just discount (or rationalize) how avowedly left wing countries have denied climate change over the years, poisoning the air and waterways, the "rest of the world" argument doesn't hold up on the environment. And I can think of similar examples for almost every reprehensible thing our idiot in chief spews out, from homophobia to misogyny to making a small % of the population extremely wealthy while impoverishing many others -- last I looked, evening the playing field and leveling out wealth accumulation hasn't exactly happened anywhere for more than an instant... not by right wingers nor by so-called leftist leaders. It's also a bit of a stretch to say that ideology doesn't rise out of peoples' collective instincts and not vice versa (although that'll lead to a non-answerable chicken/egg argument). I think it better to admit that people have the ability to choose to believe in saviors or hero's who promise very attractive things, mostly at the expense of others, & that we'll start being deserving when we show that we can rise above base instincts and use our reasoning power for the good of all. Ya never know... it can happen. But I'd suggest we start with throwing this guy out and flipping the goddamn Senate.
  21. Why, yes he is. Textbook. (from the Mayo Clinic's website) "Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can: Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it Exaggerate achievements and talents Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations Take advantage of others to get what they want Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others Be envious of others and believe others envy them Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can: Become impatient or angry when they don't receive special treatment Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation" (just thought this might be helpful) So... watch the 1st "debate" last night? Any doubt left that the strategy is to ensure that a recognized "fair election" is not possible? And that any election "outcome" will be contested? One thing about our sociopath in chief -- he may seem totally unhinged, but he very carefully lays the basis and advertises what he intends to do. Then he does it. For me, the question is no longer about him: not his diagnosis, not his plan. Its about the ability of our system to withstand this assault & the willingness of our citizens to ensure he doesn't succeed. And both questions are really not a sure bet in either direction.
  22. Went to a Brooklyn place last night that will go nameless. Nice corner with outdoor seating on both sides. Tables spaced apart, waitstaff friendly and wearing masks. Good food menu & a nice selection of wines by the glass, with good pours & prices from $11-15. Large retactable glass doors open with a good jazz band (Miles Davis/Coltrane type stuff) playing inside for the diners outside. A Spanish chef who they said worked in some very nice places & who uses good ingredients with tasty results. So, we’re drinking wine (they even had a decent Txakoli that I liked) and the waitress takes our food order. The menu has “small plates”, “large plates” & “sides”. We decide on a tuna tartare from the small plates & fried eggplant sticks from the sides to start, then short ribs w/polenta & a scallops dish from the large category. After taking our order the waitress says that it’s “sort of a tapas place” and the chef puts out dishes as they’re ready. Okay, we sort of chuckle, saying “if possible the smalls before the bigs, not all together”. “Can’t promise that” was the response. Okay. We’ve survived this before. Well, every one of the 4 dishes was excellent but (& you think you know what’s coming, huh?).... Nope, not all together. First comes a single large plate of the short ribs. Huh? We shared it and, just as we finished it, out come the scallops. Really? As we finished it, laughing, here comes the eggplant sticks and, yep, the tuna tartare last. As I said, all was really well prepared and tasty, but WTF!! Although this was exactly where we’d like to spend some time reasonably often, as it was delightful in all other ways, we’ll never go back. I mean, what can we possibly say to them that they shouldn’t already know? Its a strange new world we live in.
  23. It looks like indoor dining at 25% might well start end of September. Meanwhile, we've been eating outdoors at several of our favorite local places for over a month now (approx 2-3x/week) and enjoying it.
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