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Saturday, September 29, 2021

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This is the scene behind the bar at The Bowery Poetry Club, on (of course) the Bowery downtown. I captured it with my Nikon D80 camera on loan from MWW Group, and that being the case, you can also view a larger, uncropped version on Flickr.

Congrats to you if you got the in-joke that’s scrawled onto that countertop television set. It is, of course, a paraphrased play on the first line of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…

The syntax may be ever so slightly off, but “I’ve seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by television” is an apt parody. Having the junky little TV set plugged in and displaying a perpetual screen of snowy static is an addition nice touch. The volume should have been on too, but I imagine that would get real old real fast for the bartenders.

Appropriately enough, I ordered an “Allen ‘Gin’-sberg”, one of their signature drinks, while taking this photo. I got some heat for it for some reason. They wouldn’t tell me what was in it aside from the gin, but what I got was a stoplight-colored layered cocktail: Red on bottom, clear in the middle, blueish-green on top. Tasty.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/29/2007 03:06:26 PM
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Think the Peace Corps is just for wayward college grads looking for overseas exposure? More and more retirees are seeking out volunteer gigs with the organization, and they’re being welcomed:

Organizations like the Peace Corps are actively targeting older Americans and baby boomers for international volunteerism. Five percent of Peace Corps volunteers are over the age of 50, and in an effort to increase this percentage over the next three years, the Peace Corps recently launched a new section specifically aimed at older Americans on its Web site.

At first this flies in the face of traditional perceptions of the Peace Corps. Indeed, from the establishment of the organization during the Kennedy administration, it was positioned as a showcase for America’s young people — a shining example of what this country outputs on a socioeconomic level. (Not to mention what it can do in soft-selling U.S. foreign policy.)

There’s going to be no shortage of that in the years to come. But for a lot of younger people, the option of “taking off” for a couple of years, when college loans and other economic pressures are more immediate, doesn’t make sense. Despite the business-leveragable skills that a Peace Corps stint can impart, it’s difficult to not enter the workforce as soon as you can in order to start making money and build a career.

That’s why older folks would be an ideal alternative to fill the slots. They generally can’t take the harsher environments that some assignments warrant, but they’ve got the time and the accumulated knowledge to make their contributions to the Corps valuable. It’s almost an ideal fit.

I guess I can mark this down as something to explore when I hit retirement age, in another three decades. It’ll probably be here before I know it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/29/2007 02:22:29 PM
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