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?
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
A while ago, whilst dressing my dog to go to "grandma's" and putting together her travel bag (which includes wee wee pads, treats, toys, food and walking supplies) I put a note down in my "blog topic ideas" list to write about how our pets have evolved in status to become legitimate family members. I … Continue reading Not WIthout My Dog: Our Four Legged Family Members and Hurricaine Pet Rescues
I was awakened this morning by my furiously barking dog a little earlier than I had planned. I ran to the window to see what all the fuss was about...not a garbage truck or a pack of wild dogs roaming the neighborhood, but the TruGreen guy, adding organic crop production fertilizer to my front lawn. … Continue reading My Grass is Greener Than Your Grass
In the bottom image, you will see what is referred to by modern-day fitness experts as a Reformer (learn more at https://fitnessgeko.com/). When you exercise and want to get your muscles relaxed don't forget to check out this natural muscle relaxer supplement! This is a device used for a modern day fitness ritual for folks … Continue reading Medieval Torture for Fitness
In the few years I have spent engaging in casual banter with the suburban middle class parents of my wife's voice and piano students, I have learned a few things about appropriate casual conversation topics. I welcome loving additions, but here is a starter-list of appropriate chat topics when engaging with this regional tribe: Gas … Continue reading The rules of suburban banter
It is official. The day we memorialize our veterans: a seemingly somber "celebration", is also in paradox with the generalized glee we associate with summer beginning. And you don't have to be a kid to appreciate the glee. I still get giddy on days like today, when everyone opens up their pool for the summer … Continue reading Signifiers of Middle Class Summer
I figured what better way to start getting a readership base than to write about Lesbians. People LOVE to read about lesbians! That and I have found some of my own lived experiences to be particularly anthropologically fascinating in nature. Yes, it's true. I have a wife and I am a female. That makes me … Continue reading Lesbians in the Midst…