Came across a source for hotel silver, which I love. Pretty decent prices and lots of other great items from a store in Chicago called POSH, whose goal is to sell finds that are unique. Pretty cool stuff.
Watch Chinese ladies rolling out the dough for their delectable dumplings or divine chow mein and salivate...M swears this stuff contains happy drugs because we were both stuck with perma-grin for hours after eating. Fu Man rocks, even if the location is a bit strip-mall-suburban-random.
While recently attending a BBQ party whose attendees were comprised largely of artists and designers working in the corporate space, I learned of the term BoBo -- for "Bourgeois Bohemian."
I was intrigued. I inquired. The definition provided was slightly vague, but spoke of a new class of American folks who had extra cash but that spent it differently than members of the "bourgeois" American past...they drove hybrids and the like but also purchased art and lattes and such.
"Oh, so we're becoming European?" I asked.
This evidently was a different take on the subject, but as we were purusing the aisles of a supermarket for more meat to grill we became distracted and the conversation ended there.
Regardless, this notion has stuck with me, and while I haven't taken much time to research it thoroughly I did do a quick Google and didn't come up with much that was terribly current. What I did read dated back to 2000 and seemed to "poo-poo" the BoBo idea as something spoiled rich adults-stuck-in-adolescence-but-with-too-much-cash wanted to coin themselves. Middle class corporate mucks with a conscience, rationalizing their spend-thrift ways and refusal to have children and live in the suburbs...or was this jealousy from the hippies-cum-baby-boomers I detected? Hard to say. But interesting, nonetheless.
I DO know that I myself am a corporate wonk looking to find a way out to freedom and happiness; I was actually terribly happy in what was at one time a very creative role, but as things grow and one moves up that can change -- and quickly! So what I had begun as a lark to go out and do the business world thing differently has become something that I never intended. Thus, I'm pondering next steps. I am hopeful.
I see my contemporaries as people who truly want to express their individualism and respect their fellow humans AND the world at large, and this, as Martha might say -- is a "good thing."
I am busily planning ways to make a living and celebrate the little things that make life wonderful. Wish me luck!
Founder of Henry Road left a plush corporate job to start something creative, and she's done a bang-up job of it too. She's on my short list of hero's and people to emulate...I love her messenger style uber-hip bags:
GE (?) offers an online drawing tool called Imagination Cubed that lets you draw with friends over IM, save or email your work, etc. It's a pretty nifty little toy; you can see my drawing "come to life" here -- you can even add to the drawing...
Wow -- according to a New Scientist write-up, a palaeontologist has recently discovered "juicy" bone marrow in fossilized frog bones. As most fossil bones are handled quite carefully due to their fragility, it could be that many more contain live marrow. Could we potentially study our human ancestors' DNA? Interesting...
The attached Excel spreadsheet details various restaurants and bars around the city and provides some details. I haven't gone through it to make sure its all accurate data, but I still thought it might be useful for some so am sharing it anyway. If you've got additions or corrections, please let me know! Download happy_hour_guide.xls