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Sunday, April 19, 2021

down the hatch
If you were out drinking last night in the East Village, and you dismissed as drunken delusion the sight of a bunch of ornately-garbed cult members tippling at the bar — you weren’t, in fact, all that drunk: A group of Snuggie fans was hitting the local watering holes, showing off their reverse-fleece stylin’.

“The commercial is so dorky, you just have to go with it,” said Lauren Levinstam, 25, of Westchester County, who spent Friday with 10 friends tailor-making her Snuggie into a beaded gown.

Oil broker Jon Short, 37, wore his blue Snuggie backward and open to let in some cool air. Sweating, he lamented, “This seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Yes, the Snuggie Scourge is spreading. We already knew that marshmallow roasts and sporting events weren’t safe, and now, even our saloons have been infected. At least the blanket-sleeved acolytes are easy to spot.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/19/2009 10:07:09 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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last of the bunnies
Yes, I realize the chocolate bunnies and colored eggs are in the holiday rearview mirror for all you Catholic and Protestant gentiles. But for us other Christians, it’s the first Sunday after the end of Passover, and that makes today Easter Sunday for ‘09.

So I’m heading up to my cousin’s house in Suffern for eating and general family bonding. I’m not wild about traveling all day, but there are worse ways to burn off a Sunday.

As always, there’s a bit of discombobulation from partaking in this mirrored Easter. It’s a gentle reminder of societal otherness, which by itself isn’t a big deal, but does, by definition, single you out somewhat.

This year, my cousin decided to merge the holiday with a birthday party for her twin 6-year-old sons. So the requisite kids’ stuff enters the picture — not that that’s anything unusual for this type of gathering. Which I’m pretty happy about, because I managed to track down ideal birthday gifts for my nephews: Marvel superhero-themed toys that I know they’ll go nuts over. In particular, I located an Iron Man puzzle practically at the last minute, which pleases me no end. I’m betting I’ll win the prize of best-in-show birthday gifts (not that it’s a competition).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/19/2009 11:27:00 AM
Category: Society
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