No World Series tonight; tomorrow is Game 3 in St. Louis.
Some interesting links and comments:
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, NYC’s subway is having its 100th anniversary (amidst depressing budget woes). Joe McKendry provides a cool look at the subway in his NY Times’ Op-ed on 10/23/04:
One hundred years ago next Wednesday, at precisely 2 p.m., a wall of sound shook New York City from Battery Park to Harlem. Church bells and the sounding horns of ferryboats competed with the steam whistles of hundreds of power plants and the firing of salutes. Cheering citizens flooded the streets, creating what this newspaper described as a “carnival” atmosphere that had the city “in an uproar from end to end.” [….]
For all the excitement on opening day, it didn’t take New Yorkers long to revert to their jaded selves. On Oct. 28, the day after the subway opened, The Times reported: “Men on the trains were quietly getting out at their regular stations and going home, having finished what will be to them the daily routine of the rest of their lives. It is hard to surprise New York permanently.”
There are interesting slides/graphics – check them out before NY Times archives them…
A NY Times article by Joseph Berger on America’s Asian Indian community and how they’re dealing with assimilation of America and its socialization/dating mores versus the caste system – which takes into account arranged marriages to preserve caste, commonality, and culture.
Daily News has an interesting story on a Filipina-American, Consuelo Dungca, who has a number of accomplishments – a colonel in the Army Reserve’s 8th Medical Brigade; the city Health and Hospitals Corp.’s senior assistant vice president for clinical affairs; wrote “U.S. Army Nurse Corps Standard of Nursing Practices,” a text for training Army nurses, and co-authored “Standards of Critical Care,” a text used by health professionals in and out of the armed forces; earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate in nursing education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Leadership Behavior Style and Job Satisfaction”; and…. a less-than-5 ft. tall woman who is “expert marksman with a .45-caliber pistol. She can fire it standing, sitting, kneeling and lying down.” Okay. Cool stuff.
Slate.com’s “Ad Report” reviews the Emerald Nuts ads – wherein Emerald Nuts tries to compete with Planters with willy ads “Encouraging Norwegians Love Emerald Nuts” and “Egostistical Normans Love Emerald Nuts.” While “Ad Report” liked the EN ads, I haven’t been thrilled with the EN ads – they make me want to avoid the stuff. (Of course, the new version of Mr. Peanut of Planters – who debuted during the NCAA tournament this year – looked scary in that Bizarre Pop Art way). Umm, I like nuts otherwise, no matter the brand.
An amusing Slate article – could it be that having Democrats for parents mean more successful kids (re: nerdy elitist snobs) v. lenient Republicans who let kids be kids (re: you know, drinking, driving, drugging, whatever). Hmm.
Monday will be over soon…