Friday, March 28, 2008


-I turned 23 on March 23 and because I was in Chicago and traveled back to New York at night, the time change means my birthday was only 23 hours. According to Wikipedia, "23 is considered either lucky, unlucky, sacred to the goddess Eris, sinister, sacred to the unholy gods of the Cthulhu Mythos, or strange." I'm going to go with lucky, just for my own sanity?

And I also think this will be a good year. I had a lovely birthday in Chicago. It was low-key, with friends, fun and alcohol. The whole weekend was just really fun. I arrived during a snow storm (the fact that I arrived at all was a birthday/Easter miracle). It was fun being back in Chicago, which I've decided, although slightly worse than New York in terms of weather, transportation and fun brings more happiness to its beholders.

-Not as fun as New York or Chicago? Albany. I was there for two days for work. Remember when I used to travel to fun places? Despite the city of Albany not contributing to this , it was actually a pretty fun trip. See press coverage here: And I really like learning how state government works (in a non-prostitute way, I mean) .

-Today is the 10 year anniversary of my bat mitzvah.

-I was up early finishing work and since I'm calling into the Friday am meeting then taking the afternoon off and going to yoga so no need to shower yet really, I decided to be "productive." I just wrote my first Yelp review ever (since Marissa and Alana correctly noted that I essentially think in Yelp reviews, so I should just putting my thoughts of the internet for the benefit of others). I wrote about the S 4th Bar & Cafe, since I was so impressed by it last night. I went there to do work and drink tea and had free wireless until 11pm, and when I finished I hung out at the bar and drank wine with a woman who was celebrating because she had just told her husband, for the first time in 5 years of marriage, that he was repeatedly verbally abusing her.

-I also wrote a letter to the NYTimes Ethicist. The contents of my letter actually occurred.

I work at a large non-profit in New York City. The organization doesn't recycle, and there are no bins or system in place to make it easily accessible. When I mentioned this fact to two of the janitors, both said they are glad we don't recycle, since it would make their jobs harder. I had been considering asking senior management if recycling could be implemented, but now I'm hesitant. I want our organization to recycle, but I also don't want to make other people, particularly those who aren't paid much to begin with, responsible for more work because of it, What's a "good liberal" to do? D.S., Brooklyn, NY DO NOT PRINT MY NAME!

It's actually not a dilemma to me. I sent it in because I think Randy Cohen will publish it because it's totally up his alley, and I really want Gawker's Unethicist to make fun of it, which is why I am not dumb enough to bring my real name. But for the record, I care more about the people I work with then I do about the future of the earth so I will stay quiet. But you all can feel free to give your responses, and I will judge you accordingly.

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Blogger DCheslow said...

Diana- congrats on your letter being published but give me a break! Recycle! Maybe you can pitch a method that wouldn't make janitors' lives harder. Thanks for reading my blog...and I'm glad the one contribution I have made in the last two years (not withstanding the senior class beer garden) has had an echo effect.

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