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Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day – Honoring those who have served

A brief video to remind those who may have forgotten (or never knew) why they have a three-day weekend called Memorial Day.

What if money was no object?

THINK: What if money was no object?

While everyone gets ready to enjoy their “three-day parole” from what they call a job – the following is something to watch that may help you find a path towards a more enriching life. This applies to those unemployed as well.

Alan Watts was one of the first philosophers I read back in the day when I “re-learned” what reading can bring to one’s life. For those of you that have more than a two-second attention span, and can actually read, contemplate, think, and quietly and peacefully mull over ideas, concepts and philosophies over a period of time (without any end goal or a “rush to judgment”) – I highly recommend you read his entire body of works. You can summon your “external brain” (called “Google”) to find ways to refute what I’m saying, but that will do you no good.

Just check out what he has written (it’s incredibly enjoyable to read, as well as addictive and easy to digest). And view this compelling oratory piece of his entitled “What if money was no object?” It’s amazing, and would likely “cure” many a troubled people out there striving for something that truly isn’t “within their own soul.” The consumerism, materialism and competitive nature these days has spawn many unhappy and sad individuals traversing the streets of the NYC tri-state area.

Who are you doing all of this for anyway? What if money was no object?

Enjoy.

Boys or Men? “The Mask You Live In”

Be a man – is that such a bad thing?

A couple videos to share with only brief commentary. One, is this much viewed “The Mask You Live In,” which has received over 3 million YouTube views. It tries to play down the fact (and the phrase) “Be a man.”

My only question, what can a man be other than a man?

The Mask You Live In {PARODY}

And below – is a parody of the above The Mask You Live In video, made by people who seem to value the importance of the true nature of genders.

Here’s one “mission statement” from “The Representation Project” website (makers of the original video): “Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?”

(I can answer the above question with one word: misdiagnosis.)

What do you think? Who is trying to feminize the male population?

“Emergency Vehicles” in Hoboken

Geek alert: various “emergency vehicles” in Hoboken

Hoboken Emergency VehiclesArea resident Marty Cass loves snapping short videos of “emergency vehicles.” While he primarily digs the top-notch FDNY and NYPD apparatuses – he’s been known to get a taste of “Rescue911″ type rides in Hoboken too!

In the video compilation below, we have:

  1. A wacky “mini-ambu-cart” that the Hoboken Volunteer EMS recently acquired;
  2. As well as brand new Ford Explorer SUV (Guess the donations were put to good use!) {starts around 1 minute mark}
  3. And the most interesting clip of them all. You remember the lame “Hoboken Huddle” that was put together for the Super Bowl a while ago? Well – there was a small army of “emergency” vehicles from Westfield, New Jersey here. You ever wonder why? How the dots connect? {starts at the 1 min 10 sec mark}

Hoboken featured in Ford Commercial

Ford Commercial shot (partially) in Hoboken

Hoboken in ford commercial sign and ride TVJust because we stopped watching TV years ago – doesn’t mean we can’t mention something “seen on TV!” Hoboken411 reader Jen must not have a DVR – because she actually saw a spot for a car manufacturer. And she was eagle-eyed enough to notice that Hoboken was quite prominently displayed in this Ford Commercial for their “Sign and Ride” promotion.

Just a little forewarning to potential car buyers. “Zero down” technically means they want you to have as much interest-bearing debt over your heads as possible. Be very careful about the draw a “fresh new car” has. And remember that it loses over 20% of its value the minute you drive it out of the parking lot!

Our suggestion? Save up and buy a quality used (5 years or so) higher-end German car (like Audi, BMW, Mercedes). Lower insurance costs, and the thrill of a more powerful ride that is probably in better condition used than a domestic car brand new.

Anyway, the Shipyard, Maxwell Place and Lackawanna Terminal all got some “air time” in this latest piece. Hoboken looked like one of those fake Hollywood sets for some odd reason.

Longing for spring in Hoboken

Over Polar Vortex: Longing for spring in Hoboken (hurry!)

So the so-called “Polar Vortex” has invited itself to our area again, bringing tiresome cold-weather and bulky winter gear out of the closet. While we normally welcome the change in seasons (as it makes you appreciate the pleasant weather more rightfully so, I can say wholeheartedly I cannot wait until winter is over.

The shoddy plowing and unreasonably poor sidewalk conditions didn’t help an already brutal winter.

That said, we watched a time lapse video we made last summer again, and it gave us enough faith to remember that spring begins in just about three weeks. Maybe the snow that is expected for Monday will be the last of the significant snowfalls? I bet I’m not the only one with those sentiments!

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