Sunday, August 3, 2008

Oh, please.


Who's tired of the NY Times presenting a certain group of its citizens as a bunch of sniveling "poor-me" whiners?

I am. That's who.

Read all about it HERE. Someone in comments (I think when I asked if we'd buy a $4000 Chanel sweater many, many posts ago) lamented the NY Times being totally out of touch with most of NY (the non hedge-fundies, etc). So true.

I know the economy is tough for many people, but is this the group to interview? People lamenting the fact that their euro-pals come over here and outspend them on shoes and cashmere sweaters?

I feel totally old even thinking this, but our country is going to hell in a handbasket (that's so much fun to say).

I head to NY today. I'll let you know if I see angry mobs of new revolutionaries protesting their inability to get good tables at the hottest spots now that they have to compete with hordes of Eurotrash.

15 comments:

Robin said...

Poor, poor, Polly, she had to wait 5 or 10 minutes for service in the shoe department. Truly that is the sign that our civilization is crumbling.

The truly sad part is that when she comes home from the Hamptons and reads this article, she won't see how ridiculous she sounds.

Anonymous said...

If anyone has a empathetic/benevolent bone in their body, here's a story that will get a rise.

This chick, Melissa Morris, is a NY'er - read her comments VS the other guy interviewed - you'll stew.......I still am after a week....(plus, given her "social status" and presumable secondary education, she cannot form or speak a correct sentence.....the other guy, Perez, is more respectable (with much more admirable priorities) and English is his second language.

GO NOW.........
www.npr.org/blogs/daydreaming/2008/07/fresno.html

Anonymous said...

I actually think all those types of articles are a thinly veiled Marxist parody. As an actual hedge funder, none of us actually think or feel those things.

Anonymous said...

Here in Canada, folks used to whinge about greedy Americans coming to our country, spending heaps of money and making us feel poor. Now that our dollar is almost at par, the same people are whining about how selfish Americans don't come and support our economy to the same extent.

Some people just enjoy complaining. The NYTimes shouldn't bother writing a 2-page article about the fact.

Nina79 said...

It's the old lament: people want the tourists money, but they don't want to have to wait for them to pay.

And that comment about how she dressed the part but still had to wait??! Wtf. Here in Europe90% of Americans visiting dress, well in unflattering shorts, jeans, flip-flops and t-shirts, so what?

Oh and if you have friends that don't have the courtesy to invite you to dinner, complain to them, not some newspaper.

Well, I'm done complaining for the day.

Poppy said...

Oh my! What IS this world coming to? I am happier in my old beach shorts by JAMS ( circa the 80's), flip flops, tank top and NO MAKEUP!In the summer, I could not imagine getting all dolled up to go to the beach, or shopping and melt my make up off! Is this making any sense??? Polly should stay home and shop online! She can just click away at the computer and always be first in line! I have been to NYC a few times...never had to wait for ANYTHING there.. everything is so fast paced! What the hell is wrong with people!!

pve design said...

I guess it is sort of a role reversal of fortune.
It really was painful to be in Europe and pay 3 x $ for a coke. Perhaps this is just what we need in America to give our economy a boost.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I just read the NPR story that anon 12:13 pointed out. Wow, wow, WOW!!!! Want to learn about New Yorkers who have nothing better to do than blog about the intricacies of the upturned polo collar and whether or not it's okay to upturn a double layer of polo shirt collars? Read this blog! After a full half hour of reading the blog, it seems that this is really all she's made of. She must be akin to the group that the New Yorker pulls for their stories.

Oh, and about the upturned collar, here it is, straight from the blog:
"Originally, people popped collars on the tennis court as a way to avoid sunburn on the back of the neck. That little fabric strip of protection worked quite well -- and I was a tennis playing collar popper in my youth.

Today the popped collar has made the transition from the tennis courts to the suburban streets. Some would say this has been an uneasy evolution, but nonetheless, collars are being turned sky high all over frat houses, prep schools, and even New York City streets.

To me, the collar up isn't synonymous with being a 'preppy', it's just a small style choice that some of us (preppies and non-preppies) prefer.

Now re: the layering of multiple polos and the double-popped polo -- for me it's too much. I do remember seeing them in the 80s, and I think they're best left there.

I go for simple, classic lines on clothing; I don't like too much skin, too much flash, or too much trendy-trendy. Given my understated proclivities I say proudly sport those polo shirts with the collar up if you like -- but please, only sport one popped collar and one polo shirt at a time.

The issue of collar popping (multiple or single collars) always inspires a heated debate, so let's hear what you have to say. Sound off..."

AT said...

Forget that most people can't even afford to shop at Bergdorfs. Yes, let's all feel bad for you, miss "Tory Burch shift dress and Jimmy Choo slingback heels". Give me an f'ing break.

muranogirl said...

I read the article yesterday and could not believe it. What a bunch of spoiled ninnies!
Here in San Francisco, Union Square is teaming with European tourists. As I flew home from Italy last Monday my flight was not full of Americans coming back to the Bay Area but in fact it was full of French and Italian tourists excited to see America with plans to see SF, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and LA.
Hey, business in our town is down overall. Bring on these happy folks who are willing to drops a few euros on sweatshirts, hotels, Iphones and restaurants.

Brilliant Asylum said...

I was just bitching about how the price of my usual "Lean Cuisine" went up 50 cents. I know it is not quite like being priced out of New York's finest eateries by foreigners, but misery always loves company.

...love Maegan said...

the perspective of "those" people is so out of touch ...well, in my world anyway. ...and I'm surrounded by them at work. ugh. good point!

Christine in DC said...

I shall say a prayer for Polly, that she may get her Ferragamos at Bergdorffs. Rolling eyes...

Meanwhile, you can bet that those folks were all raving about how FAAAAAbulously inexpensive Buenos Aires is or some shit.

Valerie said...

muranogirl, I'm always happy to see tourists from Europe (or anywhere) who are excited about visiting America.

That's just COOL, isn't it?

(And I do come from a touristy state, so I'm used to 'em.)

Anonymous said...

The article was pretty bad, but of more concern to me, they're buying lots of real estate so now we only eat French food in my quaint Brooklyn neighborhood? don't get me wrong, love diversity, but we have SIX! and they get to outbid the locals for property. Buy out the stores in Manhattan. Can we have a cap in the real estate arena?