As I am sitting here in my favorite coffee shop on the Upper East Side on this cold and blustery NYC morning I’m looking out the window and pondering the sweet mysteries of life. Most notably right now I’m watching the wind blow around the snow flurries that are coming down. Snow! God damn snow! It’s supposed to be Spring dammit! Go away Winter, enough already. I’ll be the first to admit I do like the colder dry air of the winter season but this is getting on my last nerve. All I ask for now is a few days of sunny weather in the 50’s at this point. Is that asking too much? Oh great, now it’s really coming down. It looks like we’re inside a giant snow globe. It’s 33 and snowing out yet there are some idiots walking by wearing shorts. People here are getting so pissed off at the weather they are rebelling. That’s all cool as I’m kind of like that too, but I’m not dumb enough to go out and catch pneumonia. As they saying goes, I might be dumb but I ain’t stupid!
So much has happened here in NYC these past few days. Most notably the building fires. Many injured, killed, and displaced. People lost everything. Long time popular businesses are gone, maybe for good. Buildings collapsed. It was a heartbreaking scene all around. I applaud all the brave members of the FDNY and NYPD who helped out, along with the many first responders. There were scenes of normal everyday people climbing up fire escapes to help rescue those escaping their apartments. Never doubt New Yorkers ability to come together and do the right thing in times of peril. Yet, there are also those imbeciles who feel the need to stand by and take pictures and video of these disasters as those who are laying by injured and in shock are right at their feet. I have seen many images of this on the internet and news. What is wrong with people? Put down your phones for a few goddamn minutes and offer assistance or support. It doesn’t take any special training to give some compassion and empathy to those who need it during times like this. These morons think it will make them so cool to show their friends their amazing pics and video over cappuccinos, or post them on social networks so they can brag about getting the perfect shot. Meanwhile, they dismiss the thought of those who were gravely affected by these tragedies so they can stand there with their cell phones and pose for selfies. I recently came across a picture of a group of young girls using a selfie stick to take a shot with the buildings on fire behind them. All smiling. What the fuck??? How insensitive can a person be? Karma is a bitch and I hope it comes back at them tenfold. This current generation is so self-absorbed that many have lost touch with humanity. It would have been justice if a fire truck had run them over. Say cheese!
This past week I was out on the road for client visits. Rented a car to drive around the tri-state area. On the way back to the city I needed to fill the tank back up and noticed how much cheaper gas has become all over. As low as $2 a gallon in parts of New Jersey. Fuel costs are definitely down. I also had to book a flight for a biz trip coming up soon. Seems like the airlines did not get the memo that fuel costs are down as my flight was not cheap at all. If I remember right they all raised rates claiming the high costs of fuel made it necessary to pass the extra fees onto the consumers, along with also charging for baggage to help offset them. It’s such a giant scam they have going. They have made billions over the past years and now that fuel is down they won’t pass along the savings to the flying public. From what I read I think many also bought fuel in advance to lock in a good rate. If the airlines really care about their customers they will stop nickel and diming us to death and offer a break already! Bad enough some have stopped serving peanuts!
What is going on lately in my hood with businesses disappearing? Seems like every other day a restaurant or shop just closes overnight. It pisses me off especially when I have a craving for something to eat and when I drop by its all boarded up and gone. I’m all for upgrading the part of town I live in with great new biz, but not the expense of quality long time businesses that have served the community for years going under. For what? Another bank? Cell phone store? Trendy dumb hipster idea for a biz that will last a year then go bye-bye? I’m hoping that something good pops up where my sandwich shop used to be or where our Chinese food spot used to reside. Last thing we need up here is an Applebee’s or Olive Garden. Then again, dat never ending pasta, salad, and beadsticks tho……..
Well, after an egg wrap and six cups of coffee the snow has stopped and the sun is peeking out a bit. Time to get my ass in the gym and train for my Urban Mudder. Need to start my running regimen and get my legs in gear. July 25 will come around soon enough. Maybe one more cup of coffee first. Yes, I’m a coffee slut. Maybe even take me a selfie…..