Happy President's day from NYC!
Yes, your Millennial blogger from Miami took a Prez weekend trip. MM786 in the 212!
Couple of random thoughts. We often write in legal pleadings that an issue or fact was "unbeknownst" to a client. But I have yet to see someone write that something was "beknownst" to someone. Why?
Also, Caregivers are caretakers. But one implies giving- "she gives care to her elderly mother. She's a caregiver." And yet, "He takes care of his father. He's a caretaker." Strange, right?
Black Panther was the bomb. And the theater in Times SQ, NYC was dope. I felt like such a tourist, which I am. The movie is great. Yes, it's groundbreaking because it's a super-hero action movie with almost entirely people of color. But that quickly fades, and it's just a good movie. I went with some friends/family who had teenagers and when I asked them the significance of the movie they didn't mention race. When I asked them the difference between the Black Panther and Superman or Batman or Spider-man they focused on the different superpowers. No one said "Black Panther is black". Take away? This new generation really doesn't think about or see race, and that's a good thing.
I've complained about the lack of a great steakhouse in the 305/786 (and don't give me that Prime nonsense please). Well, NYC is steakhouse-lovers heaven. Sooooo many choices.
First up, old school- Keen's Steakhouse. Been around since late 1800's. There's a pipe Teddy Roosevelt used on a beam on the dark wood ceiling. A dark paneled room with an old-boy clubhouse feel lined with portraits of be-wigged long-forgotten men from NYC. Appetizers are oysters or "Lincoln's Oysters", wedge salad with blue cheese (natch) and then the beef. There's a mutton chop (first time I've seen that), and old school cuts. Porterhouse for two, prime rib, or "New York Sirloin". Sides are creamed spinach and hash browns. Get the picture? No wagyu beef here, no sir-ree.
Next day Lunch- Ikinari Steak in the Village. The deal here is that it's a stand-up steak bar. You stand at the bar, order your steak priced by the gram, and then eat. Standing up. And drink, until you cannot stand up. It's fun. And the steak is off the charts good. The steak is wet-aged for 40 days. They recommend you order it rare. It's grilled over an open flame, and served in an iron skillet with sides like rice and veggies, and then to make it a "J-steak" you drizzle "J-sauce" over it. I had the wild-steak set, and sake. Lots of sake. Then they spray you with a clothing spray to clear the grilled steak odor as you stumble out the door. NYC-Japanese cool.
For dinner your blogger scored a resv at the smokin-hot celeb chef Salt-Bae's new sensation- Nusr-Et Steakhouse. Yes, there's one in Miami, but this is New York baby. This place is crazy expensive. And most people show up looking for the Salt-Bae show. He dresses in tight white t-shirts, guns bulging, and round sunglasses. He puts on a show with the knife, does a slap of the meat, and then throws salt on it in his signature move. You can see all that on you-tube. I came for the steak. It was decent, not great. And as I said, crazy-expensive. You don't get the Bae show unless you order a particular cut, like the rib-eye. When you do, the steak is presented sizzling. He shows up surrounded by a retinue of lackeys (assistants) and as everyone pulls out their cell phones, he slices the rib eye and throws some salt on it, and wordlessly moves on. At this point, having done it a few thousand times, it seems like a sad show.
The ribeye was good. The steak at Keen's was better. I suggest skipping the show and saving a few hundred dollars.
That's it for now from NYC, where the weather is cool, the steak is mostly great, and I haven't even touched on the shopping. After wandering wide-eyed (and mostly broke) down Fifth Avenue, my nose pressed up to the glass of window displays like some hungry waif looking at diners, I spent a glorious afternoon at The Strand. 18 miles of bookshelves, and it's like I walked a ten-K with a book (books) in my hand.
MM786 happy in the 212. 😋
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Monday, February 19, 2018
MM786 IN THE 212
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I scored a first edition of Norman Mailer's Harlot's Ghost- his biblically sized novel about the founding and early years of the CIA. So cool. Over 1000 pages. Will keep me occupied a month. Also a signed copy of Hillary's book and the same of Obama's Dreams from My Father (not cheap for a signed first edition but totally worth it!).
Also hit some vinyl stores and nabbed some lps. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon. Rad.
Sounds great. Also sounds unrealistically expensive for a government employee. Enjoy.
I can't help this- this from Harlot's Ghost: "Happiness and absolute sorrow flow from a common wound."
Mailer is so great.
(ive signed out of my account but R knows it's me ME)
First, I saved my money. The trip was planned. Second, I didn't pay for everything. The most expensive thing was the signed Obama book >$500.00. But worth it.
Of course the new generation sees color. Everybody retreats into their own identity. Everything is rooted in race/sex/gender/gender-identity/gender-expression/etc these days.
You're going to be angry when you read the last three words of Harlot's Ghost.
MM you are into things that dudes are into. Like military history and steak houses.
Yes I am. I was raised in a military household (both parents) surrounded by brothers. At dinner time we had a choice, being quizzed on Shakespeare and poetry, or being quizzed on military history. I was usually outvoted so I had to adapt. As to steak, I just like it. I also like seafood, not so much chicken, and lots of fresh veggies and crisp, cold salads. Sometimes I'll do a week juice fast. And I run. I ran through central park every day I was in NYC. It was amazing. Glorious watching the sun peak above the high-rises as I ran. And there are a million-zillion breakfast places serving all sorts of healthy breakfast juices, smoothies, and breakfast grains near the park catering to runners and early morning work out gurus. I also saw a few bootcamps in the park, two yoga groups, and other various exercise groups. My hotel actually sponsored one, but I opted for running. I like the solitary feeling of running in the morning. I feel like a cruiser on dawn patrol breaking quite, calm waters.
Anything else you want to know?
that last line should read "quiet, calm waters."
I'm lovin MM. I'm pretty sure I know who she is. A cool girl. She's very friendly in the courthouse but a little bit reserved at work. She doesn't hang out with everyone, eats a small lunch at her desk, sometimes an apple or a pear and yogurt and chips, and gets in early and works until about sixish (I usually leave at 530 but I've bumped into her in the elevator at 6). I applaud her bravery and chutzpah in getting rumpole to let her blog (#letthegirlblog, right?) and I think people should stop getting so up in arms about a young woman who enjoys her life and blogs about what interests her. I'd like to have a daughter who saves her money to buy a first edition of Obama's Dreams book, rather than a daughter who blows 600 bucks at a club on a bottle of vodka.
Yes, can you speak Spanish?
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