Friday, June 20, 2008

Bright Lights, Big City

We interrupt This Week's Discussion Question for a little mini-vacation report. We spent the first part of the week in NYC to pay a visit to The House that Ruth Built before they shut it down at the end of this campaign, so here's what we learned during three days in the City that Never Sleeps:
  • Boy, oh boy, do we love subways and commuter trains.
  • The San Diego Padres are not a very good ballclub.
  • Even if we commuted through Grand Central Terminal every day for a couple-three decades, we'd still look around that building in awe every single day.
  • Guinness makes a nice beer.
  • Transacting real estate business via cell phone while walking down 5th Ave. is kinda cool.
  • Transacting real estate business via cell phone while under an elevated track outside Yankee Stadium is difficult to do while there's a train passing overhead.
  • A semi driver may not always be aware that his trailer is slightly too tall to clear an elevated train track.
  • A semi driver's trailer scraping the underside of an elevated train track as one is waiting for a "WALK" signal can scare the hell out of a guy.
  • It appears that more than one semi driver may have made that miscalculation.
  • We love seeing couples gently snoozing against each other on the subway.
  • If you look carefully, you might see a garbageman wearing a Bluetooth headset.
  • A guy can get some good eats in Little Italy.
  • A guy can get some good eats in Chinatown.
  • A guy can get some good eats in White Plains.
  • The Iron Tomato ought to consider franchising.
  • The Twin Cities would be an excellent place for an Iron Tomato franchise.
  • With all due respect to the legendary Duke Ellington, taking the E train gets you to JFK a lot quicker than taking the A train does.
  • It'd do Lou Dobbs's soul some good to ride the E train through Queens every day.
  • Touring NYC with a native is the way to go.
  • Touring NYC with a native whose brother tends bar at an Irish pub is an even better way to go.
  • Mariano Rivera's stuff is so nasty it ought to be illegal.
  • The old Yankee Stadium is an impressive ballpark.
  • We're glad Monument Park is no longer in the field of play. Like Mickey Rivers, we wouldn't want to "play by those graves" either.
  • The new Yankee Stadium looks like it will be even better.
  • One hopes the new Yankee Stadium's seating will be numbered a bit more intuitively.
  • The Chrysler Building is spectacularly beautiful at night.
  • So is the full moon coming up over the upper deck in right field.
We now return you to This Week's Discussion Question, already in progress.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rocket to Russia

At TWDQ HQ we'll have the same This Week's Discussion Question for the next eight weeks:
What's shakin' in St. Petersburg?
Please keep the discussion civil and do not wander off into "I can't be delivering pizza to the movers" or "Anything new from the realtor?"