It was my first time in New York City. I came for a work-related conference but was exploring the city by myself at night.I come from a small Appalachian town where public transportation is nonexistent. We drive cars here. So I felt pretty good about having taken the subway, crowded at rush hour, down to the financial district to see the 9-11 memorial. It had closed by the time I got there....more
Unlike the nationwide drinking age of 21, which was set in 1984 with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, the smoking age -- meaning, the age in which a person can purchase cigarettes -- still varies from state to state. 46 states and the District of Columbia have a smoking age of 18, whereas Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah have raised their state smoking age to 19. New York City may set that smoking age back even further if Mayor Michael Bloomberg can move it with a city council proposal to 21.
Last week I had another awesome few days in the city that never sleeps but makes me very tired. Of course I'm talking about New York baby! I am always jazzed to be there and am like a woman who has been raised by wolves when I first arrive. Entering the city by cab from JFK I stare open mouthed at the food carts. Dude, I'm not talking pretzels and hot dogs, I'm talking like whole authentic Indian meals now-from a freaking cart!!...more
Like many young artists, I ended up in New York, studying painting at Parsons School of Design and learning to live on my own. A lot of my fellow art students were into abstraction, but I was always drawn to figure painting and classic portraiture. I soon discovered that I wasn't really interested in the human body in the sense that a lot of painters, like Philip Pearlstein or Lucian Freud were. I did the class assignments, learning to draw and sketch and sculpt and paint nude models in various contorted postures to better understand their musculature....more
Dear Buttons,As a guy in his mid 20′s I find it odd that I’ve never found myself as part of a relationship where I live with a significant other. Part of me feels like couples who move in together after a couple months of dating just happen to be two clingy people that have found each other. What are some of the steps, signs and contrastive topics that couple’s engage in before one moves in with the other or do they just look for and co- sign a lease?thanks!-Ox Dear Ox,...more
On Christmas Eve of 1997, I was a twenty-six-year-old singleton living in Manhattan. I'd been slaving away as a Merchandise Manager for the Gap (Kids and Baby) doing "overnighters" for the entire month of December; eleven p.m. to six a.m. shifts of merchandising magic; stocking and re-stocking, hanging and folding, beautifying the messes of merch....more
I sometimes mistake myself for someone who’s gangsta. Like when I’ve had too much to drink and I start singing and dancing along to a Jay-Z song like every other white girl in America? Totally gangsta. I mean, I make the gangsta face and everything just so that people will know how hood I am. Or like when random, vaguely trendy phrases come out of my mouth like “true ‘dat” or “for shizzle?” Totally gangsta. ...more