A rare occurrence: a restaurant professional having a Saturday off. What to do? What to do?
Visit a distillery, of course! At that — the only (and self-touted oldest) whiskey distillery in NYC! (It opened in April 2010)
Whilst scouring the internet and checking up on statuses of my ever-growing list of bookmarks, I happened on the “Weekend Fare” blog post by Bao Ong on the NYT Diner’s Journal Blog. Normally I’ll take a peek at what’s being offered this weekend for “normal” people with “normal” hours who luxuriate in two days off in a row on a weekly basis and enviously drool over “free-this” and “$3-that” while I am parting my hair just so and preparing for a shift full of pouring wine, organizing silverware and dealing with egos of varying sizes and intensities all the while maintaining composure in front of my tables…end rant.
This Saturday, suffice it to say, was different. I was able to hobnob with the 9-5ers and take Mr. Ong up on his suggestion of visiting the Kings County Distillery for their free tour and $3 tastings of whiskey.
I really fail to comprehend the logic of the War on Drugs.
The people who win are the cartels. They are in the distribution business. Those at the top have all the money because they can find the markets willing to pay exorbitant prices for crops that grow like weeds.
In the meantime, it’s easier for little Johhny and little Susie to buy pot than buy beer because at least the guy at the gas station will check their IDs. Furthermore, that money gets funneled back into third-world countries to fund guerilla warfare rather than being taxed and funneled back into a legitimate economy that actually add value to society.
Illegality creates a black-market and black-markets have to police themselves. Tolerance, on the other hand, creates a more open society capable of helping those suffering from drug problems, not alienating them or throwing them into jails where they will clog up the justice system, drain more tax dollars, fail to realize their full societal potential and likely, upon release, end up back in jail because they now carry a scarlet letter where they lack access to federal funds for higher education, a diminshed capacity for getting a high-paying job, nor do they have feasible access to the required capital to become an entrepreneur.
The War on Drugs is entirely too costly, illogical and needs to be completely rethought.
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To: Faculty, Staff, Students From: Robert D. Palinkas, M.D. Director, McKinley Health Center Subject: Handshaking at Commencement
Because of ongoing concerns about the possibility of spreading the flu virus, students receiving degrees and their families should not shake hands at Commencement if they have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection such as fever and cough.
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The Streets, never my favorite group, but they (he) always ends up creating a song every now and then that I find to be particularly catchy. I would imagine largely due to his accent, but this song is definitely a burst of poppiness with a moderately insightful third verse. The video…enh, song…reminds me of what the weather in heaven would be like, assuming it has a proper atmosphere of its own.
Saw this little ditty when I was working the European Independent Film Festival. The background music is two girls singing a traditional tribal song…I apologize I forget the area of the world. Nonetheless, it’s a rather poignant film, wouldn’t you agree?