December 23, 2003


It's been a minute. Shows you what a slow day this is.

Political makeup of the U.S. -- it's not just red and blue [via Alas, A Blog] is hella facinating. The latent sociologist gets such a kick out of this. They even broke it up into democratic and republic potential strategies for success. Good shit.

I was reading and scoffing over this article with Hani yesterday. This is like my worst nightmare. Don't get me wrong: I love the 'rents. Living with Ms. Mommy has been surprisingly non-painful, but imagining doing it for another 10 years makes me want to run away. Leaving the nest is an important personal goal. I don't think I could possibly feel really like an adult until I do. I know plenty of people who stay for a lot of reasons, but it's got about subzero appeal to me.

Last minute holiday gift ideas from Nick. The one thing about potentially ringing in that day at the upstate casa de Mr. Daddy would be the 24 hour Walmart. But, I'm gonna have to go with the negative on regifting liquor even though someone might appreciate that Carlo Rossi Sangria after cursing my cheap ass out. It may be cheap, but it's also tasty!

Poetry/stream of consciousness/goodness from Mobius also of Jakeneck.

Today's favorite site is PressThink [via Corporate PR via the great collection of links at Abstract Dynamics]

I enjoy this ode to "NYC", even in its Manhattan = NYC typical trajectory. The sun does not rise and set on Manhattan (not that I'm necessarily nitpicking with what he's saying). I hate how places that aren't Manhattan are afterthoughts like most people who live there are actually from there anyways. Hip hop was not invented in Manhattan, but in his dispatch he claims it for NYC, while asserting that NYC doesn't have a Target though there are some in the "outer boroughs." While rooting for the Yankees who are in the Bronx, btw. Fuck that elitist bullshit. Sure, Manhattan is great. I won't deny it, but I despise the attitudes of some who live there or venture from wherever in West Bumblefuck, International they are from and implications that if you're not there, you're not anywhere. The communities and treasures of the other boroughs that have long and varied histories of their own. Brooklyn was a larger city than what made up the former NYC of Queens, the Bronx, SI, and Manhattan before they combined. NYC is all the boroughs and all those communities united. I consider myself a child of NYC because I was born and mostly raised in Brooklyn, I live now in Queens, I went to school in Manhattan. I have family in Staten Island and I used to visit the Bronx. I know these streets. I remember landmarks and neighborhoods and events from the present and past. There is no stamp of being a true New Yorker, but one has to respect the areas that are beyond the view of their window because we're all in this place together.

Posted by Candicissima at December 23, 2003 12:43 PM

i agree. i hate how people so often forget that all 5 boroughs make up nyc, not just manhattan. call it one of my pet peeves

Posted by: jay at December 23, 2003 03:25 PM

Merry Christmas!! Enjoy your sangria, and ten blog about it :)
Regards to Mr and Ms Parents.

Posted by: Camilo at December 24, 2003 11:13 AM

Just so you know, it wasn't my intention to be dismissive or disrespectful of the rest of the city at all, I just didn't want to pretend to speak for them because I don't think I know them well enough to represent them. Just writing from personal experience, basically. I think almost all of the positives apply to all of NYC, not just Manhattan, anyway.

Posted by: Anil at December 24, 2003 11:27 AM

Anil, of course not. I even put a disclaimer before I went off about it. It's just a general pet peeve I had to speak on.

Thanks, Camilo! Happy Holidays to each and every one!

Posted by: Candicissima at December 24, 2003 12:09 PM