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Thursday, February 17, 2021

From my current book read, “North Dallas Forty” by Peter Gent:

Maxwell was anxious to get on with the story. It was as if the experience hadn’t really happened and he couldn’t really feel it until he recounted it to someone and watched and listened to their reaction. Until he talked about it, it wasn’t real.

This is true of a lot of people. In fact, I’d venture to guess that the vast majority of people operate this way. It’s not enough to actually participate in the action; you have to imbue it with a final legitimacy by relating it to another person. It can be in the form of simple conversation, or confession, or even bragging, as long as the story is told. Often, even a person who was present during the event is eligible, even if it’s only to compare notes.

It’s human nature — as a species, we’re compulsive blabbermouths. Consequently, it’s also why so few people are capable of truly keeping a secret.

Once again, I tend to zig where others zag. I usually don’t feel a need to tell anyone anything, regardless of what I’ve done. And I can keep a secret. Alas, probably not the ideal traits for a blogger…

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/17/2005 11:00:53 PM
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The New Netherland Project is dedicated to translating documents about the Dutch settlements in 17th Century North America.

Lots of neat antique maps and historical tidbits. Having grown up in New York’s Hudson Valley region, among all the “kill”-named towns and “Van-something” estates, it’s a topic near and dear to my heart.

I guess I’m in a New York state of mind tonight. (Actually, I hate that song, along with just about every other Billy Joel work.)

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/17/2005 10:43:38 PM
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The Big Apple. Gotham. The City That Never Sleeps.

And now, “The World’s Second Home”?

If application No. 78484751 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office is successful, the city will have exclusive rights to slap the phrase on 200 specified services and products. These range from film and theatrical productions and parades to baby bibs, sunglasses, beanbags, postcards and even temporary tattoos…

The phrase is linked to New York’s bid - in competition with London and three other cities - for the 2012 Olympics. The city’s Olympics lobby, including New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, have frequently used it when talking about the bid.

Sorry, but regardless of the purpose, this is one lame-o slogan. Just about any phrasework can succeed if you devote enough promotion and marketing muscle to it, but I don’t think this one is worth the effort. It’ll never catch on, either with native New Yorkers nor with tourists (domestic or foreign).

Me, I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps. I don’t need a second home.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/17/2005 10:13:59 PM
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Check him out. He’s trying to be all gangsta, with his little magenta cap worn sideways.

I’m thinking he needs to find himself some bling-bling, though. A nice sparkling medallion, maybe of a dollar sign. It’d have to be silver, naturally — gold would blend in too much with his yellow, uh, skin.

Quack-quack, mothahfuckah.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/17/2005 09:42:47 PM
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