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Saturday, July 10, 2021

It’s not just my imagination that I’m noticing more and more women on the streets of Manhattan back-packing rolled-up yoga mats like they were de rigueur urban accessories. Hard times call for a yogi regimen:

Since the recession went from painful to disastrous in September 2008, yoga studios throughout the country have reported increased traffic. Irene Narissi, a New York City yoga instructor, says her business has jumped 10% to 15% over the past seven months. The feedback from new clients: they are either unemployed and want to maintain their mental health or insecure about their current job status and want to maintain their mental health. “The meditative aspects of yoga,” Narissi says, “satisfy the need to chill out.”

Again, strictly from my perspective, it’s looking like the converts around here are exclusively women; I’ve yet to see a man toting around a $100 personal yoga mat. And, this being New York, a serious stretching session is probably going to come with a walk up and down a flight of stairs.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/10/2021 07:33pm
Category: New Yorkin', Other Sports, Society, Women
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RentAFriend.com offers non-sexual companionship services for an hourly fee. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the platonic-supply business is booming:

“I wish I had more to tell you,” [RentAFriend member Christopher] said, shouting into his cellphone as a city bus roared by. “But not one person has called me since I signed up five months ago.”

Next I called Sabine. She’s 51, from Germany, and charges $30 an hour for her friendship. That’s also her rate for her regular job: pet-sitting exotic animals, namely reptiles (she has 45 of her own at home, including a python). She joined RentAFriend because she “thought it was a great concept,” though, like Christopher, she’s been a member for several months and no one’s called her…

The next 10 or so people I left messages with never called me back, maybe because they’re working overtime in hot-air balloons.

One qualifier: The above sampling took place in Los Angeles. And as we already know, the definition of “friendship” is different in LA:

…When people talk about ‘friends’ they often aren’t really claiming to know that person socially, or that they see them on the weekends, or have their home number. They would even be surprised if you made that assumption. To them, when they say ‘friend’ they mean it, and expect it to be understood by the listener as, ’someone I know’.

So, at least in Southern California, it makes little sense to pay for a relationship status that you can claim merely by bumping into someone a couple of times. As for other areas, those friending rates are probably high enough that it actually makes more sense to just ask someone out for a date — with the same ultimate dollar figure, and at least the possibility of a more intimate conclusion.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/10/2021 06:17pm
Category: Internet, Society
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If you couldn’t already tell that DateBritishGuys.com was a cut-rate dating operation just from the sight of the site, finding a stack of cheap-looking, URL-emblazoned business cards next to a grocery store register ought to confirm the shoe-string budget.

Although they’re on the right track, by advertising near food. They just need to make the association more explicit — namely, take a stack of those calling-cards and place them in the citrus section.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/10/2021 05:38pm
Category: Food, Society, Women
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