More! A Nostalgic Snapshot of 80’s Consumer Culture

As I was sifting through the magazine rack at my local thrift store - searching for "stimulus" for an innovation ideation (say THAT ten times fast) session - I came across the type of rare gem that made my narcissistic anthropologist day. It was this issue of Soap Opera Digest from July of 1984. I … Continue reading More! A Nostalgic Snapshot of 80’s Consumer Culture

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Ugly Sweaters, Other Consumer Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Did you find yourself online shopping at a place like Ugly Christmas Sweater this season to find the perfect tacky holiday sweater to wear to a theme party?  Did you find yourself wondering when the ugly Christmas sweater party became a "thing"?  I thought Cliff Huxtable (for those who did not grow up in front of the … Continue reading Ugly Sweaters, Other Consumer Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

Yesterday I spent an afternoon with Joy and Mike and their daughter (my wife) and son and his wife. We were having a get-together to share some Korean delicacies sent as a gift from the Son's in-laws and to celebrate the Birthday of Joy's mother who passed a few years ago. My wife often fondly … Continue reading Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

“Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?

This fascinating ethnographic piece in the New York Times Style section got me thinking today.  If you live in an urban center or watch Portlandia then you know what I am talking about.  Traditionally speaking, the gentrification of urban neighborhoods has been leaving young, white creative professionals with the blood on their hands...pushing the lower … Continue reading “Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?

Remembering “Dear Abby” Pushing The Social Envelope as a Defining Part Of America’s Context

Last week we lost a cultural Icon:  Pauline Friedman Philips - otherwise known as Abigail VanBuren or "Dear Abby".  In the pre-therapy era where we didn't have an internet to go to for advice from our social networks or blogs or a lineup of daytime chat shows to share "The View" of how to handle … Continue reading Remembering “Dear Abby” Pushing The Social Envelope as a Defining Part Of America’s Context

Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Flash back to before we established a "civilized" industrial-to-knowledge-to-conceptual economy such as we have been used to in modern times.  Survival was a matter of basics and most humans resided firmly in the very bottom layers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid: In absence of safeguards, systems and conveniences like government-supervised municipal programs, a regulated … Continue reading Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Medicating Pets: Where Do We Draw The Line?

If you would like to experience an exercise in futility try making a cat take a pill. Better yet - how about three? As a part of our stay in NYC this week my wife and I are house sitting and (more to the point) cat sitting for my brother's family cats. One is very … Continue reading Medicating Pets: Where Do We Draw The Line?

A Few Notches Below Brunch: Sunday At The Waffle House

Today is my last day home alone with the dog and I decided that not only was i not in the mood to make breakfast, but I was also not in the mood to "fuss" about taking a long drive to get "the perfect bagel" - as was my previous aspiration until i woke up … Continue reading A Few Notches Below Brunch: Sunday At The Waffle House

Repurposing The Scarecrow: Art Reminiscing About Subsistence Past

This weekend the dog and I are on our own. So, rather than staying home and playing it safe in our own backyard I thought a trip to the local "square" was in order for a little adventure. It was fall arts and farmers market day with lots of interesting crafts (the dog got a … Continue reading Repurposing The Scarecrow: Art Reminiscing About Subsistence Past

Playing WIth Your Joystick While Drinking: An Adult-Adolescent Dream

Last night I indulged in an overgrown adolescent fantasy with my "BFF".  There was no porn involved, nor did we tip cows or crash a kegger. No, we two 35 year old women made our first stop at the food truck park where I irresponsibly scarfed down Philly cheese steak nachos  from a vendor called … Continue reading Playing WIth Your Joystick While Drinking: An Adult-Adolescent Dream