Poland Spring bottled water is a product of Nestle. Is it water from an untouched source? Is it 100 percent “Spring Water”? There have been a few lawsuits against the product alleging that it’s not and they’ve been misleading the public for quite some time now. Here at You Me NYC Magazine, our thoughts on this are simple. WE DON’T CARE, WE HAVE HYDR8!!!
No more having to separate plastic bottles that go into the recycling bin or having to wait for the water delivery and the attitude that comes with it. More importantly, no more lugging the 5-gallon 40-pound plastic bottles to the cooler and spilling part of it all over you. HYDR8 is all about space and maximizing its capacity, by offering a streamlined approach, to an endless supply of purified water through your current system. In other words, HYDR8 filters the “Hell” out of your tap water by removing all impurities as well as bacteria found in your tap and then sterilizes, using the latest in advanced filtration technology. To quote Peter from You Me NYC Magazine, “HYDR8 Makes New York’s Water Taste Great Again”.
We were fortunate to sit down with President, CEO and founder of HYDR8 Ralph Marucci(pictured in image right with business partner Eric) for a few “New York Minutes” to get to know a little more about him and his company’s mission. Saving billions of plastic water bottles from being dumped into our oceans and landfills, combined with little to no plastic usage in their equipment is only part of their vision. Building a strong customer relationship, whether it’s an individual household or fortune 500-company as well as implementing their state of the art purification systems all over the world, to developed and underdeveloped countries is the other.
According to Marucci, over the next 5 to 10 years, HYDR8 will be the household name for water purification as well as the authority in educating the public on the importance of their product to one’s health, vitality and the environment. Marucci along with his team, has reached out through various “Social Media” outlets, schools throughout the city’s five boroughs, and word of mouth to spread HYDR8’s ideology of keeping up with the latest water quality technology, along with what makes HYDR8’s process so unique. HYDR8 will be available all over the world, especially to those who don’t have direct access to clean drinking water.
Marucci held a few different sales positions before he decided to go into business for himself, making water his chosen industry. When asked what kind of advice he can offer to the entrepreneurs just starting out, his response was, “Understanding and achieving emotional neutrality during wins and losses is the key to longevity and minimizing stress. It’s easier said than done, but focusing on it can be the key to future success..” HYDR8 is the future of in-house water purification and we at You Me NYC Magazine are enjoying it one glass at a time. It just tastes better.
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet have been playing rebellious and unapologetic Jazz for the past three decades. Anyone familiar with this group is definitely aware of their high-flying improvisations that can launch at any given moment. “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul” is a perfect example of freeform at it’s best with each instrumental voice being defined with purpose.
For 20 of those years, piano player Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis have been a staple in the group. Drummer Justin Faulkner has been with the band for about 10 years respectively. I have to say that the band has reached another pinnacle tending to a collection of moods with motivating commitment. Faulkner’s chops are crisp and smooth. Calderazzo goes ahead and smokes the ivories and Revis’s bass line is fluent and on point. Marsalis outdoes himself on this album, his phrasing is sharp and endless. Each member of the quartet compliments each other the way an improv band should.
“Life Filtering from the Water Flowers” is Marsalis’ one and only composition on this album and it is of true Marsalis form. This arrangement displays a cleverly organized instrumentation with very moving and contained sax riffs only Marsalis can phrase. Calderazzo’s piano playing and Faulkner’s drumming help convey the message Marsalis is bringing across. “Life Filtering from the Water Flowers”, compliments the album as a reflective tribute to his late mother Delores Marsalis.
“The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul” is a definite must-have for all Jazz fans. The creativity of the improvisation tangents in each song is truly an original compilation that cannot be duplicated. This album is an enjoyable and innovative listen that features some engaging moments of Jazz Improvisation. This album serves as a perfect example as to why the Brandfors Marsalis Quartet is held in such high regard for the past 30 years.
So here I am, in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn and as usual, looking for parking. Of course there is no parking, however, one space did just open right in front of me, which I can’t believe. Now we have all been on the delivering and receiving end of a parallel park. If you haven’t then keep reading and learn a little something.
I say “delivering and receiving” because we all delivered the tap and we received a tap from someone else. I get into position and I start doing the dreaded parallel park into a miniscule space. I back in and pull forward. All is well, however I appear to be a little far for my standard of parking, especially for a native. After pulling back a little more I pull forward and I tap the guy in front of me. Since it was a slight tap, normally people usually don’t make a big deal about it. However, if you tap a nice car there might be a little static. It’s Brooklyn, everyone taps a bumper here and there.
The guy I tapped doesn’t have the same philosophy, therefore he decides to get out and take a look at his bumper. He then looks at me and I give a friendly wave of apology to him. I look at his plate and see he is from Florida. He has one of those “Save the Manatee” plates. He glares at me and I crack my window slightly open. He approaches with his hands out at his side and I ask “You having a bad day”? “I am now” he replies. I ask “How long you’ve been living here”? “Couple of months” was his response. “You’ll get used to it” as I jokingly say with a smile. “It’s nothing to smile about” he says as he continues to glare at me.
At this point I can see he’s not letting up so I decide to get out of my car very carefully and say “My man you are going to have a lot of bad days around here because that’s all people do, we tap each other’s cars most of the time. You’re just heated because you happen to be in your car when it took place. Don’t make a big deal about it. Go about your business and think of the Manatees, what would they do in this situation” as he continues to glare at me and I glare back at him.
Before he could say anything else, I continued with “We wouldn’t want the Manatees to lose a contributor, due to a sudden disability would we? You can never be too careful around here”. He continued to glare and I glared right back at him, also keeping an eye on his hands just in case he tried to take a swing.
What’s hilarious about this situation is that this guy got all bent out of shape over a tap on the back bumper of his “Toyota Rav 4” a car that can take a tap. The lesson learned, is not to take a tap too seriously. Also be careful, a slight tap could be someone looking to start something. As far as Mr. Manatee is concerned, I am guessing he is not long for Brooklyn. One of those moments that make you say Really!!?.