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Thursday, April 13, 2021

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I’ve already made note of this, but I still can’t get over it: Everywhere I look in the Big Apple, I keep seeing people dressed in The North Face duds.

With winter finally departing, I’m guessing I won’t see quite as much of this mostly-winterwear in the months to come. But at this point, even an occasional sighting will be enough to rivet my attention, and there’s always someone on the street who’ll wear a snowcap year-round.

Rather than puzzle over this further, I’m considering making a sport of all my North Face sightings. Whenever I spot someone displaying the label, I’ll walk right up to them, point out their garb, and then hand them one of my blog business cards as a sort of prize. The catch: I’ll jot down a link to my previous North Face post, in the hopes that these folks will log in and leave a comment or two about the subject.

Hey, it’s as good a way as any to burn off the few remaining cards I’ve got. I’d have to devise a way to shorten that post permalink to something managable; I’m sure there’s a plugin or script that would allow me to redirect from something like “populationstatistic.com/northface” (useful for promotional purposes).

I’ll have to noodle with this.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/13/2006 11:35:43 PM
Category: Fashion, New Yorkin'
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Today, I was so busy that I didn’t leave the office at lunchtime. Instead, I took advantage of the office building foodcart vendor (a common service in the Big City) and bought a ham-and-cheese sandwich to munch on. Total cost: $3.20.

It was a pretty good sandwich. But someday, I hope to have enough time and money to graduate to British chef Scott McDonald’s $148 sandwich.

The term “Big Mac Attack” has just taken on a whole new meaning.

The ingredients of the sandwich are: Wagyu beef, fresh lobe foie gras, black truffle mayonnaise, brie de meaux, rocket, red pepper and mustard confit and English plum tomatoes.

I’d hope they’d throw in a bag of chips. Maybe a Coke or two, as well.

As you might suspect, it’s the meat that makes this nosh so pricey:

Wagyu cattle are one of the most expensive breeds in the world.

The Japanese cows are raised on a special diet, including beer and grain.

They are supposed to be regularly massaged with sake, the Japanese rice wine, to tenderize the flesh.

Sacred cows, indeed. Maybe I could locate some Wagyu jerky, to sample. That would probably cost twenty bucks…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/13/2006 11:10:00 PM
Category: Food
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After having shelled out plenty of public money in recent years for its NFL and MLB sports palaces, Seattle and Washington State seem reluctant to bend over backwards for the local NBA squad. In response, league commissioner David Stern has been pressed into making veiled threats about allowing the SuperSonics to move out of town.

Sonics owner Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks Corp., has threatened to move or sell the team if state lawmakers don’t approve a sales-tax package to pay for a new or renovated arena. But state lawmakers last month said there would be no deal this year.

“I would say that the city is making it pretty clear of what they want us to do, and we’ll accommodate them,” Stern said.

Asked what that meant, Stern responded: “What I mean is they’re not interested in having the NBA there. We understand that, we understand that there are competing issues, and the mayor is free to make whatever decisions he needs to make and I support that.

“But that’s a pretty strong signal and I think that the existing ownership has said they don’t want to own a team that’s not in Seattle, so I know what they’re in the process of doing. So we’ll just see how this play ends.”

Unusually blunt language, but at root, it’s the same old song-and-dance: Make with the tax dollars, or we take our ball and go home. The team’s lease at Key Arena runs through 2010, so things won’t come to a head until then — if then.

But Stern’s further comments on a couple of other franchises gives me an idea:

Also, Stern said he would “never say never” to getting involved again in the situation in Portland. The NBA recently pulled out of the process of trying to help find one buyer for both the Trail Blazers and the Rose Garden because it was frustrated by Portland Arena Management, the lenders who now own the arena.

And he repeated that the Hornets will return to New Orleans, even if investors from Oklahoma buy a minority share of the team from George Shinn, saying that he didn’t even know how the Hornets would get out of their lease with the city.

I see some beneficial linkage here… If things are so sour for pro hoops in the Pacific Northwest, and Oklahoma City is intent on keeping a team at Ford Arena, then it would make sense to encourage either the Sonics or the Trail Blazers to head for Sooner Land. Those OKC investors can forget about the Hornets and look west, and snare a team that way. Problem solved.

And conveniently enough, that would open up a slot in Washington or Oregon for an NHL franchise (the Penguins?) to take up residence. I’d swap a roundball team for puck action any day — but that’s just me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/13/2006 10:56:07 PM
Category: Basketball, SportsBiz
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