The Eight-Day Week
If you flew commercially this Thanksgiving, you probably weren’t expecting an especially comfortable experience. And I bet you didn’t have one.
Amid such lowered expectations, it is interesting to see airlines changing how they communicate with customers.
The mainstream passenger experience is now about opting-out of services to preserve value. Airlines have adapted their messaging to manage these consumer decisions.
Their new pitch is: if you had a lousy flight, the problem is you.
Don’t have Thanksgiving plans and don’t want to stay home watching the parade? If you want to give thanks and get some thanks in return, donate some time today to volunteer with God’s Love We Deliver. According to their website, “We need help delivering Thanksgiving feasts to our clients, their families and guests, at our distribution centers in all boroughs and especially on the roads delivering meals.” Can’t make it today? See their site for other volunteer opportunities.
1. In colonial times, ships full of new pilgrims had a knack of arriving after all the harvest work was done, but just in time for the celebratory meal.
2. The most important thing to remember, when taking your first bite of turkey, is that a sentient being gave its life for this meal. The second thing to remember is the gravy.
The Eight-Day Week
They say that everyone loves a parade but I’m guessing the people who say that don’t own property near the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Honestly, parades are the worst. Read More
The era of the department store may be nearing its end, thanks to the rise of online commerce, but let’s focus on what they can fly overhead one day a year, not their high overhead on the other 364. Macy’s, per Thanksgiving tradition, celebrates the holiday with balloons of Hello Kitty, SpongeBob SquarePants and Spider-Man, Read More
While New Yorkers have created a lot of great holiday meal traditions–that whole “Chinese food on Christmas Eve” thing was totally ours–Thanksgiving has always been sort of a hodgepodge. If New York is a melting pot of culture, we might need a little more salt when it comes to figuring out how to take the Thanksgiving meal from home and transport it here.
Or we can just give up and order a turkey from Trader Joe’s.
Occupy Wall Street
Do you hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling too? Every year we think we’re going crazy when the radio starts playing Christmas songs the moment the organic Whole Foods turkey has turned to Thanksgiving leftovers. (It’s been especially unnerving this year, considering the temperature has us repacking our winter sweaters.) We’re happy to get an early jump on the shopping—er—giving this year, as long it means that we can stuff our stockings with toys from Lady Gaga’s workshop at Barneys. Only $95 for an Alexander McQueen shoe replica made out of chocolate? That’s less than we paid at the Met to see the reel heel!
Another holiday treat has been the silence on Wall Street. Maybe everyone made peace on Thanksgiving … you know, just like the Pilgrims and Indians did before the former wiped out the indigenous culture with smallpox.
Has the Occupy Wall Street movement fizzled out? Certainly the stories have moved: While Philadelphia and Los Angeles have handed their Occupiers eviction notices (but haven’t moved them out yet), and some protesters have moved down to Miami for Art Basel, we notice that it’s been awfully silent over at Zuccotti Park recently.
A lot of people are speculating on what OWS can do next, or where the movement is going…which is a sure sign that journos have hit a lull on breaking news in NYC.
With turkey season around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the things for which we’re grateful. (Christmas/Hanukkah is better spent getting sauced, and New Year’s Eve is the time for making New Year’s resolutions with week-long expiration dates.) For those of us at The New York Observer, it’s hard to choose just what we’re the most thankful for. Is it the Occupy Wall Street movement, for providing us with a rich number of stories to cover for the past two months? Or should we be thanking Josh Schwartz & Co. over at Gossip Girl—which celebrated its 100th episode with a party at Cipriani this weekend—for introducing the nation to our very own “Power Couples” list?
If you were planning to sneak off and check your work email during the Thanksgiving holiday, don’t bother. Just do it right at the dinner table, like everyone else.
A new study from Xobni and Harris Interactive found that 60 percent of people check their work email over the holidays, and a third of Read More