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Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015 Three-day weekend

Whether you have big party plans, beach house openings or are just relaxing in Hoboken – we hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend! It’s the “unofficial” start of summer!

We’ll try to get out and about – but have a lot of work to do this weekend. Hard to tell the difference between holiday weekends and regular weekends (with the exception of the ample parking spaces available in town!)

But here’s a slick video to remind anyone who may not know why we get this vacation. Memorial Day is kind of grim when you think about it.

Video: I forgot my phone

The “I forgot my phone” video is even more disturbing since it was introduced back in 2013.

“I Forgot My Phone” will make you think twice this weekend

I forgot my phoneYou see, the problem with how mobile phone technology has injected itself into our lives so thoroughly, is that most people cannot even recognize what it is doing to US, and society in general. We’ve become accustomed to having this multi-purpose device at our disposal 24 hours a day. Whether it’s for semi-useful things like checking the weather or using a calculator – to utterly unnecessary extra forms of “communication” (chatter with “friends,” seeing the whole world’s photos, comparing your lives with millions of other people, etc.) – the phone is pretty much not more than a minute away from being “checked.” This video “I forgot my phone” is fantastic. Watch it a couple times to see the point they’re trying to convey.

Besides just making hanging out “in person” so obviously “impersonal” – cell phones also allow people to put themselves in dangerous situations too (like texting while walking.)

Perhaps some of you can try to go an entire night with friends without updating your status, or checking into a location. Bet you can’t, and won’t.

This video also reminded me of a great cartoon my pal Ricardo Roig made a few years ago, called: “Dinner for Four.”

I forgot my phone - dinner for four Ricardo Roig Hoboken NJ

Reagan Common Sense

Where are the “Reagans” in politics today?

You can belong to any “camp” you want in politics. You can label yourself left or right, liberal or conservative, capitalistic or socialistic – one thing that pretty much destroys all those labels and eliminates the need for “sides” you can take is: common sense.

Remove the emotion. Remove the haves and the have-nots – and common sense would make all our problems go away. Sure you have to think about that for more than five minutes, but it is the absolute truth.

Below is a great interview from just 41 years ago – when (then) former California Governor Ronald Reagan made a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. What are some observations you can make?

  • How the crowd is respectful (clapping, no yelling)
  • The interview is actually more civil, with a lot less “joking” and more focus towards practical discussion.
  • Listen to how well spoken Reagan was. This was back when there was more conversation and less “sound bites.”
  • There was actually talk about less government (i.e., does far more damage than good) Good luck with that today, when more than half the country gets some kind of gubbmint entitlement.

How do you “unwind” the problems of today? Can you carefully go back to better times – or has it reached “the point of no return” where only things have to “hit the fan” in the worst way in order to re-establish sensibility and common sense?

The lie we live

The lie we live (can you see the big picture?)

Most people don’t understand why you work, let alone how all the “pieces” of the world fit together so conveniently.

Like why is it so difficult for the majority of people to get substantially “ahead?” Or even those that DO have the potential to get ahead, don’t – because they’re busy living their lives “consuming” their excess pay on trivial things.

Those that take many steps back to analyze history and the “big picture” will understand this video montage made by Spencer Cathcart titled The Lie We Live. It’s meant to wake you up a little and put things into perspective, or to possibly redefine what it all means. And for whom.

“You Deserve to be Broke!”

Tom Vu – “You Deserve to be Broke” infomercial

Thought some of you out there might get a kick out of this old-school “get rich quick” Real Estate seminar from Tom Vu. And this was back in the day when you couldn’t vet out snake oil salesmen like this on late night TV. All it took back in the late 80′s was some bikini girls and the phrase “You deserve to be broke!”

While Tom Vu was sued and “investigated” for all sorts of crap – he lives on today. He now actually makes his “millions” playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. Guess Real Estate “flipping” is a thing of the past!

Maybe if they bring back crazy sub-primes and everyone and their brother are buying properties they can’t afford – you too, can be a multi-millionaire!

The Everymen: “NJHC”

The Everymen – NJHC

Since forming in 2009, The Everymen have quickly built a rock solid resume thanks to their tireless average of over 100 shows a year, and a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting live (New Jersey) bands around. As a testament to their electrifying performances on and off the stage, WNYC Soundcheck/NPR said “The Everymen inject each element of their energetic rock with a palpable passion.”

Take a look at The Everymen’s new video for “NJHC” from their latest album “Givin’ Up On Free Jazz.” This track is essentially an ode to the band’s home state of New Jersey (culminating in a list of almost every famous Jerseyan in the process!)

Hoboken has a notable presence in the video. Enjoy!