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  • dbinkowski 9:30 am on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    It's Time to Kill the Dress Shirt Pocket 

    I used to work in retail and have always been pretty observant of fashion trends. I don’t always follow them (see: Parachute pants, Skidz and skinny jeans) because well, just because they’re at Fashion Week doesn’t mean it looks good on most people or should be worn outside of a runway show. But there are some fashions that have made the mainstream that just need to go away, especially for men. I’m, of course, referring to dress shirt pockets.

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    • COD 1:51 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This post is not relevant to my interests. I wear a dress shirt about twice a month.

    • dbinkowski 2:08 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ok fine, my next post will be about horses and tech. πŸ˜‰

    • Brittany 2:21 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ZOMG I love man rallying cries!Hmmm….trying to think if I have caught you in skinny jeans??*thinky face*Listen, the pockets are hot. For real, totally not douchey at all. Adds flair. plus, fat guys need them to camouflage their boobs a bit. Maybe if you bring back the ascot? You can't have shirts with chest pockets if you are wearing an ascot, it's just too busy. Everyone knows that.

    • A Whole Lot of Nothing 2:38 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can pleated pants go out with the chest-pocked shirt?

    • Vinny 2:44 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Shirt pockets do not camouflage moobs. At all. In fact, they make it worse because over time, the top of the pocket pulls away from the shirt itself making the moobs even more poofy.Trust me. πŸ˜‰

    • LissieC 6:22 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank GOD you dont wear skinny jeans. I like to point and laugh at men who wear skinny jeans.What you are describing is not a dress shirt however. Its a casual button down, and pockets are ok for them.

    • LiteralDan 2:43 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      But where else am I going to keep my decorative handkerchief?? Or my fancy pens I need everyone to know I own??No one will see them in my pants pockets!

  • dbinkowski 9:30 am on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s Time to Kill the Dress Shirt Pocket 

    I used to work in retail and have always been pretty observant of fashion trends. I don’t always follow them (see: Parachute pants, Skidz and skinny jeans) because well, just because they’re at Fashion Week doesn’t mean it looks good on most people or should be worn outside of a runway show. But there are some fashions that have made the mainstream that just need to go away, especially for men. I’m, of course, referring to dress shirt pockets.

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    • COD 1:51 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This post is not relevant to my interests. I wear a dress shirt about twice a month.

    • dbinkowski 2:08 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ok fine, my next post will be about horses and tech. πŸ˜‰

    • Brittany 2:21 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ZOMG I love man rallying cries!Hmmm….trying to think if I have caught you in skinny jeans??*thinky face*Listen, the pockets are hot. For real, totally not douchey at all. Adds flair. plus, fat guys need them to camouflage their boobs a bit. Maybe if you bring back the ascot? You can't have shirts with chest pockets if you are wearing an ascot, it's just too busy. Everyone knows that.

    • A Whole Lot of Nothing 2:38 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can pleated pants go out with the chest-pocked shirt?

    • Vinny 2:44 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Shirt pockets do not camouflage moobs. At all. In fact, they make it worse because over time, the top of the pocket pulls away from the shirt itself making the moobs even more poofy.Trust me. πŸ˜‰

    • LissieC 6:22 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank GOD you dont wear skinny jeans. I like to point and laugh at men who wear skinny jeans.What you are describing is not a dress shirt however. Its a casual button down, and pockets are ok for them.

    • LiteralDan 2:43 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      But where else am I going to keep my decorative handkerchief?? Or my fancy pens I need everyone to know I own??No one will see them in my pants pockets!

  • dbinkowski 9:30 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Boys Will Be Boys – And That's What Scares Me 

    I had a neighbor growing up named Tommy Salami. Salami wasn’t his real last name but one that was acquired over time. I’m not sure how he got the name but I’m guessing it’s because he was a ham. This caused a potential Hatfield/McCoy situation within the neighborhood, as I was being called a “ham” and clearly it would be impossible to tell us apart if we were both called a “Ham”, so they went with “Salami”. The name might’ve also come about because he’s Italian, which in that case I’m glad to see that my neighbors at least had a sense as to which country meats originated.

    Tommy, being the Salami he was, used to do crazy stuff all the time once he hit twelve years old. Tommy Salami would get in trouble for jumping off of his roof, joy riding in his parents car when he was 14, smoking cigarettes, killing dogs, and getting C’s and D’s in school. Ok, he didn’t kill dogs. That I know of. After every one of these mishaps, Tommy’s mom would drive my mom nuts by explaining that “Boys will be boys”. As a father of three lads, I’m concerned, to say the least, that my boys will just “be boys” and that our dog might end up “accidentally” murdered. Here are a few other things I’m hoping they avoid.

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    • riverhed 1:58 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My father was the head of the highway department in our small town (I guess it's more fair to say he was the entire highway department), which presented us with a great replacement for mailbox baseball. Ever seen a mailbox blown to bits by a snow plow? Pretty excellent. Still, at least in my family we've had a downward trend in rambunctiousness — my grandfather had a PhD in chemistry and only ever used it to blow stuff up and torture the cat, even into his 90s, and judging from the stories I've heard about my father, my one tattoo and clean driving record don't look so bad.

    • COD 2:12 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My son is 16-1/2. When I was his age I was sneaking around the back of the teen center dances to take a swig from the bottle of Jack (or worse) that my friend smuggled in. I regularly sneaked out of the house after curfew (midnight) and crawled back in around 5 AM. All that and I was still an honor roll student too. My kids look like fracking angels compared to the life I led in high school. A word of advice for Don. Horses. There are no teenage boys hanging around the barn. And a horse obsessed teenage girl looks at boys as a unnecessary distraction from time spent with her horse. It's expensive, but it's working for me.

    • dbinkowski 3:20 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      LOL @ horses.I think we have better relationships with our kids than our parents did. I remember family vacations and doing things together, but there was always a clear separation between the kids and parents and when it was OK to run off unsupervised, which is usually when we did horrible things!

  • dbinkowski 9:30 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Boys Will Be Boys – And That’s What Scares Me 

    I had a neighbor growing up named Tommy Salami. Salami wasn’t his real last name but one that was acquired over time. I’m not sure how he got the name but I’m guessing it’s because he was a ham. This caused a potential Hatfield/McCoy situation within the neighborhood, as I was being called a “ham” and clearly it would be impossible to tell us apart if we were both called a “Ham”, so they went with “Salami”. The name might’ve also come about because he’s Italian, which in that case I’m glad to see that my neighbors at least had a sense as to which country meats originated.

    Tommy, being the Salami he was, used to do crazy stuff all the time once he hit twelve years old. Tommy Salami would get in trouble for jumping off of his roof, joy riding in his parents car when he was 14, smoking cigarettes, killing dogs, and getting C’s and D’s in school. Ok, he didn’t kill dogs. That I know of. After every one of these mishaps, Tommy’s mom would drive my mom nuts by explaining that “Boys will be boys”. As a father of three lads, I’m concerned, to say the least, that my boys will just “be boys” and that our dog might end up “accidentally” murdered. Here are a few other things I’m hoping they avoid.

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    • riverhed 1:58 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My father was the head of the highway department in our small town (I guess it's more fair to say he was the entire highway department), which presented us with a great replacement for mailbox baseball. Ever seen a mailbox blown to bits by a snow plow? Pretty excellent. Still, at least in my family we've had a downward trend in rambunctiousness — my grandfather had a PhD in chemistry and only ever used it to blow stuff up and torture the cat, even into his 90s, and judging from the stories I've heard about my father, my one tattoo and clean driving record don't look so bad.

    • COD 2:12 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My son is 16-1/2. When I was his age I was sneaking around the back of the teen center dances to take a swig from the bottle of Jack (or worse) that my friend smuggled in. I regularly sneaked out of the house after curfew (midnight) and crawled back in around 5 AM. All that and I was still an honor roll student too. My kids look like fracking angels compared to the life I led in high school. A word of advice for Don. Horses. There are no teenage boys hanging around the barn. And a horse obsessed teenage girl looks at boys as a unnecessary distraction from time spent with her horse. It's expensive, but it's working for me.

    • dbinkowski 3:20 pm on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      LOL @ horses.I think we have better relationships with our kids than our parents did. I remember family vacations and doing things together, but there was always a clear separation between the kids and parents and when it was OK to run off unsupervised, which is usually when we did horrible things!

  • dbinkowski 11:58 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Five Types of Drivers It's OK To Flip Off 

    Being on the road a lot give me the pleasure of experiencing different towns, cultures and, unfortunately, driving styles. Here’s a quick rundown of five stereotypes that you may have encountered on our nation’s highways and driveways.
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    • Vinny 6:17 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. “I know the speed limit is 60, but that doesn't mean I have to drive at that speed even if I'm in the left lane.” guy.2. “Oh look how long this on-ramp is! I can drive almost a quarter mile before I have to cut right in front of you!” guy.3. “I have to turn in front of you or across you. The 6 miles of empty space behind you is no good for me.” guy.4. “I don't believe in pulling over to the sidewalk when I double to pick someone up, even if there's an empty space right there.” guy.5. “I'm in the left lane but I need to be in the right and not miss my exit, so we're driving at 20 until someone lets me over.” guy.6. “Ooh a cop! Slam on the brakes! Wait, he's giving a ticket to someone already? Slam on the brakes anyway!” guy.7. Guy who stops next to a driveway to a parking lot, blocking it so you can't get in when he could've left enough room for you, with your turn signal on, to pass by.8. Speaking of turn signals, don't forget “This car is $60,000 and doesn't come with turn signals” guy.9. I'm also not a big fan of “My kids are out of control so I must discipline them while driving thereby moving at a ripe 15 mph and swerving in and out of my lane” guy.10. And of course there's “Highbeams-a-blazin' guy who hits you with his highbeams in the middle lane or the right lane when he could easily go around, but he doesn't want to, he wants YOUR lane” guy.I think there are more, but those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head.

    • David Binkowski 1:39 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jeez, Vin… I guess being a NYer means you flip everyone off? πŸ˜‰ lol

    • Don Martelli 1:46 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just flip off NYers…especially ones wearing Skankee's hats. cc @dbinkowski

    • Vinny 7:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • Vinny 11:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. πŸ˜›

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. πŸ˜›

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. πŸ˜›

  • dbinkowski 11:58 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Five Types of Drivers It’s OK To Flip Off 

    Being on the road a lot give me the pleasure of experiencing different towns, cultures and, unfortunately, driving styles. Here’s a quick rundown of five stereotypes that you may have encountered on our nation’s highways and driveways.
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    • Vinny 6:17 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. “I know the speed limit is 60, but that doesn't mean I have to drive at that speed even if I'm in the left lane.” guy.2. “Oh look how long this on-ramp is! I can drive almost a quarter mile before I have to cut right in front of you!” guy.3. “I have to turn in front of you or across you. The 6 miles of empty space behind you is no good for me.” guy.4. “I don't believe in pulling over to the sidewalk when I double to pick someone up, even if there's an empty space right there.” guy.5. “I'm in the left lane but I need to be in the right and not miss my exit, so we're driving at 20 until someone lets me over.” guy.6. “Ooh a cop! Slam on the brakes! Wait, he's giving a ticket to someone already? Slam on the brakes anyway!” guy.7. Guy who stops next to a driveway to a parking lot, blocking it so you can't get in when he could've left enough room for you, with your turn signal on, to pass by.8. Speaking of turn signals, don't forget “This car is $60,000 and doesn't come with turn signals” guy.9. I'm also not a big fan of “My kids are out of control so I must discipline them while driving thereby moving at a ripe 15 mph and swerving in and out of my lane” guy.10. And of course there's “Highbeams-a-blazin' guy who hits you with his highbeams in the middle lane or the right lane when he could easily go around, but he doesn't want to, he wants YOUR lane” guy.I think there are more, but those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head.

    • David Binkowski 1:39 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jeez, Vin… I guess being a NYer means you flip everyone off? πŸ˜‰ lol

    • Don Martelli 1:46 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just flip off NYers…especially ones wearing Skankee's hats. cc @dbinkowski

    • Vinny 7:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • Vinny 11:47 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you can name any one person in that list you wouldn't flip off, I'll happily retract the whole list :-)As for the reality, these are the people that piss me off, but I rarely flip another driver off. I just don't care to waste that much emotion on some idiot who can't drive.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. πŸ˜›

    • dbinkowski 11:21 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. πŸ˜›

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is true, but every once in a while I'll flip it to someone intentionally pulling a dick move.

    • dbinkowski 3:21 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Only a dumbass Sox fan would risk going to jail for disorderly conduct to spite a baseball team. Dumbass. πŸ˜›

  • dbinkowski 10:35 am on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Ways I Know You're Cheating at "Words With Friends" 

    There’s a popular Scrabble-eque game for iPhone called “Words with Friends”. I was not only suckered into playing it but stupidly buying it as well — even though there’s a free version that’s ad supported. I have the mobile version of the App Store to thank for that by only presenting the pay version, but on with the show.

    I’ve played several dozen games of Words with bloggers, clients, my spouse, former colleagues and even strangers. And I want to let all of you know – I’m on to you! Here are the five signs I know you’re cheating when we play.

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    • Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} 3:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely know what Jin means. It means genie. At least that's what I think it means. As far as QI and XI goes, those mean big points. Seriously, look it up. ;)And #5? Back and forth? The reason I do that is your fault. I go to play my word and see some ridiculous number of points you just scored for playing shit like JUGA and I realize I don't have the motivation to try and top your word at that moment. I have to rest up first. (_pixie_)

    • Vinny 3:40 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Damn that's good. So true, too!

    • David Binkowski 5:00 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha You're not even who I had in mind but it's all good. As long as the rules are the same for everyone playing πŸ™‚

    • vdog 6:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Snort. Most of the cracker words I find by trial and error. Qi and Xi are totes worth trying. Yannow what else works? SUQ.

    • Secretagentama 3:28 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      INDEED!!!! Hey, add me… Secretagentmama! I play fair! (My score proves it.)

  • dbinkowski 10:35 am on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Ways I Know You’re Cheating at “Words With Friends” 

    There’s a popular Scrabble-eque game for iPhone called “Words with Friends”. I was not only suckered into playing it but stupidly buying it as well — even though there’s a free version that’s ad supported. I have the mobile version of the App Store to thank for that by only presenting the pay version, but on with the show.

    I’ve played several dozen games of Words with bloggers, clients, my spouse, former colleagues and even strangers. And I want to let all of you know – I’m on to you! Here are the five signs I know you’re cheating when we play.

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    • Holly {ArtistMotherTeacher} 3:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely know what Jin means. It means genie. At least that's what I think it means. As far as QI and XI goes, those mean big points. Seriously, look it up. ;)And #5? Back and forth? The reason I do that is your fault. I go to play my word and see some ridiculous number of points you just scored for playing shit like JUGA and I realize I don't have the motivation to try and top your word at that moment. I have to rest up first. (_pixie_)

    • Vinny 3:40 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Damn that's good. So true, too!

    • David Binkowski 5:00 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha You're not even who I had in mind but it's all good. As long as the rules are the same for everyone playing πŸ™‚

    • vdog 6:11 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Snort. Most of the cracker words I find by trial and error. Qi and Xi are totes worth trying. Yannow what else works? SUQ.

    • Secretagentama 3:28 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      INDEED!!!! Hey, add me… Secretagentmama! I play fair! (My score proves it.)

  • dbinkowski 1:27 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Note to the Media: Please Stop Quoting Twitter 

    I’m sure you’ve noticed a recent phenomenon in the main stream media. It’s something that typically happens whenever a quote is needed for a story. It goes something like this:

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    • VDog 6:34 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It's even better when they quote a *Celebrity* on twitter.

    • dbinkowski 6:43 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Exactly. “I can't get to their publicist but I can use search.twitter.com and call it good!”. Online I get it, but broadcast TV using it is weak considering the vast majority of their audience doesn't use it.

    • Spencer Sokol 3:16 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is not new, nor is it unique to Twitter or even social media. Reporters have been grabbing “Average Joes” off the street for years and asking their opinions. Now they can do it without the bother of actually asking any questions because people provide their opinions for free.You can easily reformulate your questions for a random passer-by and get the same answers. In that light, it just sounds like you hate Twitter.

    • dbinkowski 3:55 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Spencer,Thanks for the comment, however your correlation isn't accurate. Random passer-bys are grabbed because they are local and connect with the local TV station broadcast community. It's called relevancy. The bottom line is that Twitter is not relevant for the vast majority of Americans. dave

    • Spencer Sokol 7:11 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      While not an exact correlation, it's simply a matter of scale. The passers-by the grab off the street in the city have little relevance to those in the suburbs which have little relevance to those in rural areas, all covered by the same station.I don't disagree that Twitter is irrelevant to the people who don't use it. What I'm saying is that the problem is not Twitter, while the article reads that it is.

  • dbinkowski 9:37 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The Most Filthiest Place On Earth 

    New York City is considered one of the greatest cities on earth. The theater, the Park, the music and the cuisine – all around it’s a great scene for anyone looking to have a good time. There’s a shady side to the City that people don’t really talk about because as a New Yorker you kind of come to accept it – the filth.

    I’m going to preface this by saying that I’ve not been to third world countries. But I have been to enough countries to conclude that New York is by far the filthiest major city I’ve ever seen. Milan? Sure, there’s graffiti. Paris? Surprisingly clean (and friendly). Mexico City? A few stray cats but nothing to write home about. Β New York, on the other hand, is a veritable plethora (damn that thesaurus comes in handy) of filth. And, as some not from these parts notice, germs.

    "The Most Wonderful Place on Earth"

    Not New York

    Now don’t get me wrong. I love the City. It’s like the world’s biggest playground. But what do you normally find in any playground? Boogers. Poop. Puke. Hepatitis. Ok, maybe not that last one unless a junkie stumbles onto the playground, but you get my point — the city is filthy.

    When I moved here I wanted to live in New York. I mean, the whole 212 phone number, Manhattan as your address, etc. – it’s the stuff a lot of people dream of – until reality hits. Then after seeing a few places, riding the subway and hanging out in general that you realize the island is a festering ball of germs filled with rats, roaches, bed bugs, dog crap, human crap and piss and it’s really quite gross.

    Go check out the subway and on your way down try not to step in a puddle. Yes, like a human piss puddle. Don’t mind the stench underground, because it actually gets worse when it’s hot out. You know, those few weeks, or a month, during the Summer when New York makes Washington DC jealous at the amount of humidity we’re having. Like, dripping through whatever you’re wearing on the way to work because it’s so humid days. Yeah, that’s a good time.

    While you stand and wait for a subway, look down at the tracks and you’ll see rats that are the size of small dogs. Once you get on board, you’ll notice that the people on the train and subway with you all look ill, with severe bags under their eyes. With that comes the coughing and hacking and snotting you’d expect from people sharing the same germs in every tube they enter and exit day in and day out. Never mind that they’re all touching — dare I say groping — the smudged up metal hand rails. (Seriously, of any color the MTA could’ve picked, is “chrome” the best choice? “We want to show EVERY fingerprint and germ!”) Given all this it’s just a matter of time before you get sick. And that’s just the subway.

    The streets are littered with, well, litter, and the grates steam up a smell of hot garbage. It’s quite disgusting, but wait – there’s more. Every building’s trash goes out in front because there aren’t really places for it to go due to a compact space and lack of room… so everyone’s garbage sits on the street until the night rats come and scurry through it. Also, in case you’ve never been – there’s no grass in New York except in a few parks, which most people don’t live near. But don’t worry – Fido doesn’t have to walk all the way to the grass you’re about to lay in at Central Park – he or she can just unload that dog rocket right on the concrete. You know, the place where your sister just passed out last night, face firmly placed on the ground because she came to the Big City to live it up. But at least she’ll have a nice memento of the city growing on her face in the form of a boil as a souvenir.

    Don’t worry, though — the shop owners and landlords are required to take care of that mess by spraying the sidewalks down in the morning. Well, most of them do it. OK, some of them. OK, maybe just a few in the touristy areas. But whatevs, it’s just poop – I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

    All that being said, thankfully after a few years of living and working here combined with airline travel my immune system is nearly impenetrable. I have two kids in two different schools/grades and currently am the only one who’s not hocking up a lung. I just traveled to Mexico with layovers in two cities and visits to three and didn’t catch the dreaded swine flu. I step through, inhale, digest and probably contribute to mass amounts of germs and filth on the way to work and remain healthy. I credit it all to living and working in one of the most filthiest places on earth. πŸ™‚

     
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