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Milking “Supercow Sandy” to death!

When will the Sandy-related reminders STOP in Hoboken once and for all?

Oh boy…

  • In a nutshell: The city is inviting “members of the community” for a “special flag-raising ceremony” (also called a Superstorm Sandy 2 year anniversary commemoration event”) over at City Hall on Wednesday, October 29th at 1pm.
  • Who: “mayor” don Zimmer, some weather spokesperson, civil service workers (cops, firemen), and “local artists.”
  • What else: A flag is being “donated” from a member of the military which was flown on a B1 Bomber in Afghanistan in 2012 “in recognition” of all the city endured during the “devastation” of the rain storm. The city will also show off a new “high water vehicle” and other toy trucks they bought with property-taxpayer money, one of which will be “repainted with designs by local children.”

milking sandy forever in Hoboken NJ

Doing the job you signed up for is not enough these days

This so-called event is an utter (udder) waste of time, money and energy. Let’s break down some reasons why.

[1] If you’re going to put the effort into making a “commemoration event,” then why do it in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday? Is that an insult to the majority of people who might have been affected by the temporary setback two years ago? (Yeah, who cares about them – as long as we get some kind of “positive media coverage”)

[2] So we’re getting a military flag from a squadron on a vague mission that we had no say in, in a country that hadn’t attacked us, and that relates to “Superstorm Sandy” how exactly? Oh, I get it. Sounds “patriotic.” Right! (Okay, I have a pair of red, white and blue boxer shorts I can donate in commemoration as well. We’ve been through a lot together, and that will be in recognition of all “the shit” (literally) Hoboken has gone through…)

[3] Pulling attendees out of thin air. I mean it seems like they’re scraping the barrel here in order to satisfy all the requirements to make it an “official” event. (“Let’s pick some random NOAA scientist to attend. That will give us credibility!”)

[4] And to top it all off – no event is ever complete “without the poor children!” (Seems like children are the least fortunate of the bunch these days. They’re either used as political footballs, or stage props for other attention-seeking publicity stunts like this. When will they get it?)

Perhaps this is why they wanted to hold it when the least amount of people can attend?

In the end… what do you do?

Sandy was a weather event. Sure it was on a more distant end of the “weather phenomenon bell-curve,” but milking the rare and unfortunate event is long beyond tiring.

People ought to keep in the back of their minds that there are risks we knowingly take daily (like driving our cars or crossing the street with headphones on), and other risks we either forget about (or choose to ignore), like living in a known flood zone, or in areas close to major bodies of water, (or active volcanoes for that matter).

Again, I feel bad for anyone that suffers when the wrath of Mother Nature shows up. But we do what people do, get back up and forge ahead. No one needs help remembering this type of stuff.

It’s just too bad that we can’t decide on our own when and how to remember it. What if some people don’t want to be constantly reminded?

Lost and Found quagmire

Lost and Found not found and assumed lost on social media

Okay, sure – maybe social media has “aided” in certain high-profile events in the past half-decade or so. But we feel it’s the exception rather than the norm. I think “Lost and Found” stuff on social media has a better chance of remaining lost (or remaining found and not returned to their rightful owner). But why is that?

Well – the sickness of social media itself is the reason why “found” things don’t get returned and remain forever “lost.”

Lost and found on social media

Looking at your phone doesn’t help you FIND things!

Think about this for a minute. Especially if something is “lost.” If there is a social media “pledge” to “please help me find… so and so item,” the odds that it remains LOST today are much greater than days past.

One, because as we documented last week – the “Text Necks Syndrome” has blown up! People are NOT looking around. No fucking way! And if they do – it’s for the God Damn MILLISECOND they look away from their phones (usually to avoid falling or bumping into someone). Posting your “lost and found” item on social media is useless (unless you’re a big-breasted celebrity skank – they your crap gets “found” like yesterday).

You see – when you post something on social media – you get what you deserve. Not a conscious audience that’s observant and aware. No way. You get people that are spending their time looking down at their phones. They will not remember your precious “lost” item for longer than it takes them to tap away at an “Awww” response. You’re wasting your time.

Better bet? Go to the source where you lost your item

The best way (without wasting time on social media) is to go to the exact place you (believe you) lost your item. They have security cameras most of the time, and can discern what happened and when. And if it’s found, they’ll be the first place to contact you. The police station is also a place where Good Samaritans return valuable items they find.

Best bet? Try not losing your stuff! And if you’re prone to losing things, stop buying very expensive things!

“Text Necks Syndrome”

Text Necks Syndrome poised to get worse in Hoboken

Good posture is going to be a thing of the past if people don’t start realizing what they’re doing when they’re “out and about.” Instead of enjoying their environs while waiting for the bus, most people nowadays remain in their digital world – even though their physical bodies are outside (and with PLENTY to see, observe, think about). They simply NEED to “connect” with whatever it may be they’re immersed in on their “smart” phones (social networks, games, celebrity gossip, idle chatter, etc.)

These two kids below put “text necks syndrome” on full display (probably looking at porn), when one kid briefly checked out out this girls tush before he went back into his creaked position:

Text Necks Syndrome Hoboken NJ 2

This lady here didn’t even realize I was taking a photo:

oblivious cell phone users 2

Although this chap here took a break from looking at his screen to watch me take a photo, he was still in the “bent-over-browsing” mode (notice others in the picture “heads down.”)

Text Necks Syndrome Hoboken NJ 1

Who knows – maybe that ridiculous Google Glass comes with at least one benefit? Improved spinal alignment?

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Hoboken House Tour 2014

Hoboken House Tour to benefit Historical Museum: October 26th

This Sunday, October 26th from 10am – 4pm, 10 “generous” homeowners will open their doors to visitors as a benefit for the Hoboken Historical Museum. Tour goers will be treated to an array of homes, from Victorian brownstones to contemporary condos, from traditional to modern decor, plus “historic” Stevens family artifacts.

While the homes selected each year change, each tour reflects Hoboken’s rich architectural history, as well as some of the “hottest” new properties in Hoboken. The tour is self-guided and typically takes two hours to visit all the homes, which can be seen in any order at any time throughout the tour hours.

Hoboken House Tour 2014

Hoboken House Tour Ticket Info

Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 the day of and for Museum members. They are redeemed at the Hoboken Historical Museum, (13th St. & Hudson St.), or the Hoboken Fire Department Museum (213 Bloomfield St.) where you’ll pick up your House Tour Guidebook with descriptions of the homes and an easy-to-follow walking tour map to each address.

You can also call the Museum (201-656-2240) to pay by credit card. If no one is there to answer your call, please leave a message and someone will get back to you shortly.

Enjoy the tour!

WTF? What Offends You?

“Offends.” The state of being offended needs to end

Think about this for a minute. For any of you that say “that offends me,” or “I’m offended…” do you really, truly mean that?

I can understand someone living in a very sheltered world, with a strict upbringing saying something may or may not “offend” them, but for most people living in a metropolis – can anything under the sun offend you anymore?

All commercial programming on television qualifies as “potentially offending” to pretty much 98% of the population. Scantily-clad bitches, sexual innuendo, extreme violence, provocative speech, suggestive language, hurling insults, back-handed compliments, and everything else under the sun. Forget TV, what about movies? Most movies that aren’t “Rated G,” have potentially “offensive” content GALORE! Don’t even get started with books (does 50 Shades of Grey ring a bell?)

being offended is over

So why to people claim to be “offended?”

After several years of true observation – it’s tough to come to a single conclusion as to why most people vehemently declare that they’re “OFFENDED” by something. But I can at least try.

  • For one, I think that when most people utter “That offends me” or “I’m offended by what you just said,” it’s because the MAINSTREAM population (news, media and other worthless garbage) has “declared it” to be offensive to say (such and such shit). It’s been a multi-generational progression, but we’ve reached a point where pretty much ANYTHING can offend ANYONE. In our opinion – it’s nonsensical. But to the ignorant sheeple – it’s a way of life.
  • Additionally – and much like our previous point – being “offended” almost is “in style,” or in other words “trendy.” Which is total bullshit in our opinion, but it appears that having a so-called “stance” against anything is attention-gathering, thus feeds the ego, makes people feel important, relevant and so on…. Almost like people who like playing the victim so that they can get “sympathy” from others. It’s psychopathic one way or another – and should cease immediately. What ever happened to “earning” your street cred via hard work and effort? Such BS!

Being offended is 100% YOUR CHOICE. Don’t believe me? Here’s a brilliant quote from my friend Mokokoma Mokohoana:

“People who get offended by your not saying ‘Thank you!’ … after they’ve paid you a compliment were merely desperate to be thanked.”

I don’t know for sure. But “offended” is a very broad stance to take. Perhaps people should learn other characteristics such as “tolerance,” “observation,” “patience,” “contentment,” “listening” and more.

Being truly “hurt” by something should be more like if you struggle to bring a friend a gift in the hospital – only to have them chastise you for thinking of them. That could qualify as “offense,” right? But another way to look at that same situation would be to be happy that the person’s “true colors” came out and you can remove that toxic friend from your life for good – and focus on other things. Silver lining to everything.

It’s a shame people choose to get offended by trivialities, at the same time do nothing about major (real world) offenses like the total waste your quarterly property tax bills are.

Hoboken Man celebrates 5 years

Hoboken Man set the trend for upscale barbershops

Five years ago, The Hoboken Man at Maxwell Place was the first “Upscale Barbershop 2.0″ to land in the Mile Square. Previous to them you either had “hair salons” which were dominated mostly by women, and traditional barbershops. By breaking the trend and finding great success – of course many had to follow. But The Hoboken Man still stands out as the flagship of them all.

Hoboken Man Salon 5 year anniversary Maxwell Place

The Hoboken Man Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

Known throughout Hoboken and the surrounding towns as modern day barbershop, men visit to enjoy exceptional services in a relaxed and professional environment. Services include haircuts, shaves, facials, manicures and pedicures.

Hoboken Man Salon Barbershop at Maxwell PlaceFive years ago, owners Dan Hood, Emily Gonce, Steven Holm and Erik and Jenn Connaughton had a vision to create a unique Hoboken business, and fill a void in the marketplace. They achieved that in The Hoboken Man. After 2 years of building the Barbershop from scratch, its doors opened in October 2009. Hood, Gonce and Holm are all Hoboken residents.

“Owning the Barbershop and experiencing its growth has been incredibly rewarding.” says Dan Hood. “We look forward to the next 5 years.”

Five of the Barbershop’s original employees remain today, a testament to a well-run business and dedication to loyal clientele.

“I remember sitting around Emily and Steve’s kitchen table drawing the layout of what we wanted the Shop to look like and the types of chairs and floor we wanted,” says Assistant Manager Krystina Deleon. “It was a unique experience as a young stylist to be asked for my opinion about the environment in which I wanted to work.”

In addition to Ms. Deleon, Sandy Avila, Lauren Hainsworth, Bettyann Sidoti and Kathy Balsamo all celebrate their 5 year anniversaries in October.

The Hoboken Man will have various special events occurring in October to thank its loyal clients and welcome new ones.

“I’ve been coming to the Hoboken Man since it opened,” says Hoboken resident Ken Eagle. “The service is excellent; environment relaxing; and I like to know I’m supporting a local business.”

In its 5 years, The Hoboken Man has added value to the community, often contributing to local charities and participating in local events. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to see the staff at Hoboken restaurants and bars raffling off free haircuts and other services, or at the PATH or Ferry terminals handing out other goodies.

In 2010, The Hoboken Man was recognized by Salon Today Magazine as the 2010 Salon of Distinction.