Tag Archives: New York

On the sidewalks of New York

I recently returned from a short New York vacation, the opposite of a cottage getaway: you leave to energize and come home to unwind. And walking the streets (not like that) it seems like the best shows really are on Broadway – just not inside. For instance… It feels like there’s a version of everyone you know or could imagine wandering around NY. Just look around and you’ll notice them. The similarities in faces, hair and mannerisms. Call it N-Yapparitions. The City’s sidewalks feature an entrepreneurial bizarre (sic). I saw a grizled old guy handily demonstrating the fine art of…

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Insult spam

For the past several weeks, my spam filter has been blocking emails I’m calling insult spam. The New York Times wrote about them in June, around the time I started receiving them. (Oh, how wonderful it is to be an early adopter!) Basically, these messages have a customized subject header that says things like: ‘You look stupid mwaxman’ or ‘You look like a moron mwaxman’. At first glance, I was taken aback. I mean who are these people to tell me I’m a moron? But then I had to laugh at the the absurdity of the situation. I mean, here…

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(Not) leavin’ on a jet plane

If you’ve been to New York recently and happened to be flying out via LaGuardia, you’ve probably experienced a delay. Occasionally it’s short, often it can stretch in to a couple of hours or more. And an advance call to your airline doesn’t always help diminish your terminal time. Last summer, following a major rainstorm, a number of flights were cancelled and passengers on Air Canada were left to fend for themselves (mind you, if you have to be stranded overnight, Manhattan is the place to be). One of the reasons for the delays is that there are more flights…

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A-rain-ment

Last week I was fortunate enough to be in Manhattan for work. And while Ontario’s TV ads may claim, ‘there’s no place like this…’, they really should be referring to New York City. It happened to be raining on my second day, constant but not a major storm by any account. However, just like an old-time dance number, out pop the umbrellas. Seemingly everyone has one. And those who don’t can easily make a purchase from a street vendor, who appears out of nowhere, as if on cue. And talk about coordination. People in Mantattan know how to navigate the…

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Stuck in NYC

I was heading back to Toronto from a day of meetings in Manhattan when my plane was cancelled at the airport (all Air Canada flights to Toronto, actually). And I found myself stranded overnight in NYC. An adventure, to be sure, but not as exciting as I might have imagined. First there was the hubbub at the airport, the line-up to find out what flight we were now on, the taxi ride back to the city, the calls to (hopefully) get a hotel room, an alternate booking with another airline, emails/calls explaining what happened and then arranging an early wake-up…

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