“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?

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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

Not WIthout My Dog: Our Four Legged Family Members and Hurricaine Pet Rescues

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

My Grass is Greener Than Your Grass

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

Medieval Torture for Fitness

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

The rules of suburban banter

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

Signifiers of Middle Class Summer

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

Lesbians in the Midst…

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…