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To be serious for a minute, I also, personally, myself, have competing claims and resources.  So if I have to choose between commercial enterprises like restaurants and the performing arts, it's going to be the performing arts.

But I am struggling to see the moral justification for a governmental order that businesses cease doing business without a concommitant governmental relief plan.  They managed that in France and Germany.  Are we so much poorer than they are?  (A:  No.  We're just afraid of taxation and governmental relief because it's "socialist".  Fuck that.)

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A good summary from El País:   https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html?ssm=TW_CC

I don’t want to leave because I think somewhere else would be “nice”. I want to leave because I think American Death Capitalism is malicious and evil. 

At one restaurant, we picked the fennel flowers from the planter next to us and used them on our fried anchovies. Can't do that indoors!

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I'm sorry, did you just use "moral justification" and "government" in the same sentence?

To be fair (well, sort of) the government did get dealt a pretty awful hand at a time when those running it (on almost every level) were the least likely folks to be able to handle it professionally.

And, since hollywood snuck a post in between us, fado is exactly the wailing music needed as soundtrack.

 

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1 minute ago, Steve R. said:

I'm sorry, did you just use "moral justification" and "government" in the same sentence?

I'm sorry, but that is exactly the kind of pseudosophisticated cynicism that got Trump elected and will keep him in power.  You're better than that, Steve.

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"No, I'm not" .... wait, that's not what I meant.

And, cynicism coupled with being politically active is not all that bad.

And, as I'm fond of saying to those closest and dearest to me, Trump is a symptom & not the disease.  Clearly a serious symptom requiring an ER (at the least), but... (and that's already too much politics for this board, right Admins?)

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YOU CAN'T DISCUSS THIS INTELLIGENTLY WITHOUT GETTING  POLITICAL.

If we're going to all get lobotomies together, I hope the Board will pay for them.  My inadequate premium-priced medical insurance, which severely drains my resources without providing me a concomitant benefit, won't.

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1 hour ago, Sneakeater said:

YOU CAN'T DISCUSS THIS INTELLIGENTLY WITHOUT GETTING  POLITICAL.

If we're going to all get lobotomies together, I hope the Board will pay for them.  My inadequate premium-priced medical insurance, which severely drains my resources without providing me a concomitant benefit, won't.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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12 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

Ernesto's

Montgomery off East Broadway, where their seating is, is very quiet.  So you don't get that I'm-eating-in-the-middle-of-a-crowded-sidewalk (or even worse, on-a-busy-street) feeling.

The menu was only dumbed down a tiny little bit.  And execution was most, although not all, of the way to where it was when they were operating full bore.  So I'd recommend it.

Amazingly, no visible rats.

Oh yeah, the rats down here are pretty fucking smart. I mean, there's a junkie park across the street from Ernesto's, empty lots both next door (where feral cats are fed, which may help) and down the block (currently being used for outdoor Orthodox services, which may help), and major construction happening at the intersection of Clinton and E. Broadway. Let's just say, you were lucky.

11 hours ago, voyager said:

@Sneakeater  

Whoever thought this would fly?    I can't even handle ''let's take our Banh Mi to a romantic little park" in Paris.  

Oh, come on. We love taking a sandwich to any of the romantic little (or big) parks in Paris.  Though not a banh mi.

Our experience, as if anyone cares (to quote Sneak)...one meal outside; at Cafe Katja. Where everybody knows your name. Where Orchard Street is a hot mess. Where everybody wants to come over and say hello.  Which, when trying to drink a beer and eat a pretzel, is really annoying. One and done, so far.

The past Saturday we finally took a drive...yay us. Out to Floyd Bennet Field for driving lessons for Significant Eater. (I love Floyd Bennet Field!). I took the looong way home, and we stopped at New Park Pizza for lunch. 5 slices, eaten in the car. Now that's living!

And with all due respect to Tom Waits, and speaking of a mug's game...

 

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8 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

I don't have to go tomorrow as long as I know I can go in the end.

Come on Mouthfuls. Given what ya'll pay for wine in the US, surely an EU golden visa is not completely out of reach? 

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17 minutes ago, Behemoth said:

Come on Mouthfuls. Given what ya'll pay for wine in the US, surely an EU golden visa is not completely out of reach? 

Perhaps your employer wants to start investing in esoteric natural wines as uncorrelated return streams to their real assets book?

 

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