This is my first “Really!!?” submission so please don’t judge me (yeah right, judge me all you want). I’m a New Yorker all my life, “native” to some and “original” to others. That fact that I live in the greatest city in the world has its challenges.
Challenges to me are the same as annoyances to others. We are going to classify annoyances as challenges to be polite. I am only going to discuss one challenge in this submission because too many challenges can be annoying, no pun intended.
Waiting for my luggage at JFK just pisses me off especially when it’s a small bag but not small enough so it needs to be checked. Sitting next to annoying people on a flight pisses me off. Now I know what you’re saying, theses challenges aggravate everyone. This is very true, however, here comes the curveball.
Last week I’m waiting for my luggage at JFK and of course there are two tourists making their way through the crowd of people. Two ladies excited because it’s their first time in New York City. What I find amusing, is that they look at me as if I don’t belong here. I look back at them and say “First time here”? They both reply with an emphatic “yes”. One lady asks “What about you”? “Oh, I’ve been here all my life.” I said. I don’t know what I’m thinking and why I even asked, however, I figured I would have a little fun.
“You’re so lucky, I wish I could live here” she said. I responded “Really, you’re standing in the middle of the airport, what are you basing it on? Where are you from?” as I looked directly in her eyes. “California!” was her response. I smiled and then asked “What’s the first thing you plan on doing when you get settled”? “Go for a run through Central Park.” was her response.
There’s the challenge. The most exciting city in the world, with everything at your fingertips and you are going to go for a run through “Central Park”. Really!!? Not bad for my first one, I welcome the feedback.
The chickens have come home to roost and I love every minute of it. We all know, the “Yellow Cab” industry had quite the monopoly in New York City for years and now it is crumbling. It was almost impossible to get a cab to take you out of the city a few years ago. Hailing a cab and taking it to Harlem was out of the question. The farthest I would get is east 96th street, along with a constant scrutinizing eye on me, from the cab driver, as we made our trek uptown. Let’s not forget the appalling treatment of the African American and other minority communities as well.The chickens have come home to roost now that the rideshare game is in full force. What amazes me more than anything else, is that instead of coming up with an innovative way to combat the rideshare industry, the medallion owners cry “foul”. What a bunch of crap, they went and cried to mommy(New York City Council), that they can’t compete. So what does mommy do, they cap the number of rideshare vehicles for one year and require that drivers be paid a minimum wage as well.
I am all for drivers getting paid a consistent wage and getting paid more. Driving on the road 8-12 hours a day is a tough gig. “Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. I couldn’t disagree more with this statement. What does ride-share have to do with driving working “New Yorkers” into poverty. Funny, I thought “Gentrification” is what is driving working “New Yorkers” into poverty.
Gridlock, rideshare is the cause of that too, according to our mayor. Forget about the fact that almost every street in the city is under construction with lane closures. What about everywhere you look there is a new luxury building going up? How many more glass atrocities do we need in the city?
What’s funny about rideshare is that we have already been doing it. Brooklyn, and all the other boroughs established the “Dollar Van”. I can’t speak for Staten Island, I have no clue what they did or how they take a cab to that borough. The “Dollar Van” has been and currently is the equalizer to the “Yellow Cab” industry.
I was in a “Yellow Cab” this morning and it was the usual. The cab stunk, the driver had a piss-poor attitude and of course he didn’t want to leave the city. He better remember something, Uber and Lyft drivers have no problem leaving the city. I have no problem replacing the “Yellow Cab” with a nice, comfortable and enjoyable ride with one of the many rideshare apps at my disposal. “Yellow Cabs” are a part of New York City history, however it’s a part I don’t mind saying goodby too.
The special celebration for all the moms in our life.
For your Mom, Grandmothers, anyone that was like a mother to you when growing up and other special women in our lives! Let’s toast the women who made us awesome.
Let’s celebrate our Mothers day with a fabulous meal and quality time together.
Great food, Wonderful Raffles & Prizes
We are also collecting can goods to donate to a local pantry please help us with this initiative and bring some can goods.
Baldwin Masonic Temple
754 Prospect St, Baldwin, Nassau County, New York 11510
In case you don’t know who the scumbag photographed below is, he is Larry Nassar. Who at one time was a world renowned sports and Michigan State University physician, who treated some of the foremost female Olympic gymnasts. Now he will be serving 40 to 175 years behind bars, after over 150 girls testified against him in court, stating that he had sexually abused them over the past twenty years.Nassar had pleaded guilty to seven counts of of criminal sexual misconduct and also admitted to using his trusted medical status, to assault and molest girls under the facade of medical treatment.
He actually wrote a letter to the court which was read by the judge before his sentencing which stated, “I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over,” Nassar wrote. “The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” This is coming from a man that had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for federal child pornography charges as well.
The impact that this scumbag left, on almost all the women that were treated by him, for a sports related injury, conveyed that they struggled with anxiety, depression and instances of self harm due to the abuse. Others say they no longer trust doctors or they cringe from any physical touch due to the deprave and vile practices of former Doctor Larry Nassar.
Congratulations go out to Larry Nassar for being the first scumbag recognized by this publication for 2018. This is an individual that misused his authority to take advantage of unsuspecting females and subjected them into acts of perversion.