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  1. The state now earns tax revenue on a previously black market product, new legitimate business enterprises are afforded an opportunity to sell their product, the previously illegal product becomes something now subject to regulation and some level of uniform QA/QC, to say nothing of the fact that the state's criminal justice system is relieved of a significant burden. Agreed that there is more to the picture than tax revenue alone, but I think your conclusion might be just as reductive.
  2. LGA’s been a PITA to fly into/out of for years now, and it’s only gotten worse since the renovation started in 2016. Huge infrastructure project (largest PPP in the country I was told when Skanska was calling me for interviews), but it’s made LGA a total nightmare. If there are/were delays at LGA because of the shutdown, I doubt anyone would notice if they had any previous experience with the airport.
  3. Wha? Monastrell is the Spanish-native version of Mourvedre, which is pretty common in Southern Rhone GSM blends like Chateauneuf du Pape. Shows up in quite a few Cali wines (more Santa Barbera/Santa Ynez than Napa/Sonoma from what I've seen), although there are quite a few that bottle it as a single varietal as opposed to a blend. I've had some that were drier than others, but the vast majority have been considerably more fruit-forward and less tannic than most California Cabernets.
  4. As much as OOT will always hold a special place in my heart, MM is still a better game. It's a little disheartening seeing how many ITT marginalize it, (apparently) without having played it. Completely recycling OOT content is a somewhat valid critique, but if that's the only gripe, then I'd really have to wonder how much time was spent with the game. I replayed OOT (3DS version) a year or so ago, and was amazed by how strongly the game and the nostalgia sucked me back in. It really is a marvel, in finding and maintaining a Zelda balance that very very few games since then have found. WW fell short with some strong mechanics issues, TP wound up feeling like a wholehearted next-gen OOT, SS couldn't actively pushing/guiding you...and as much as I loved BotW, I really felt the dungeon itch on more than a few occasions, particularly after finishing that game's variants of the Zelda dungeons.
  5. Really depends on a host of factors unique to each individual. Generalized comments like this make me a little queasy since there are so many nuances which can impact the financial calculus for each family.
  6. It's absolutely middle to upper middle class for most of the country. But there are multiple areas in CA where that isn't true, as well as NYC, Long Island, and much of the areas immediately surrounding the city - including portions of NJ, Westchester County. It's also the case in multiple areas in Connecticut as well as Massachusets. For areas like this, $100k/yr is not going to leave you in a position where you are able to raise a family of 1-2 kids while paying the regular bills and servicing a mortgage, let alone making progress on saving for education(s) and/or retirement.
  7. There are select areas in which $100k is “plenty”. But a family of 3-4 in NYC, Boston, Philly, and/ or several other areas is not going to be in a position to pay regular bills, save for kids education, save for retirement, and service a mortgage on $100k/yr.
  8. Is there something I’m missing? The article does not try to argue that his example is the norm - he’s actually quoted as saying that his case is unique. The numbers don’t really seem terribly off, if he actually has four roommates. Not sure where the criticism is coming from - the guy knows he’s lucky enough to have a niche skill, coupled with an understanding of how to monetize it. I’m a little curious on how he’s actually doing, since there are all kinds of gaps in the accounting from what little the article shares, but aside from wondering what makes this story worth writing, I don’t know where some of the scoffs are coming from. $100k/yr in the northeast isn’t big money, especially if he’s really the independent contractor the article presents him to be.
  9. Is it a synthetic material that can be appropriately sanitized? Protip: hotels will almost never spend one dollar more than they need to. Almost everything in the room needs to be considered a consumable, so it’s worth considering what you aren’t bringing into your home.
  10. Feeling a bit torn. On one hand, a sequel to BLACK PANTHER from Ryan Coogler has so much potential - he explored a number of complex issues while still delivering a film in the Marvel mold, so the notion of what he could delve into in a sequel that doesn’t need to include some degree of world-building is intriguing. OTOH, the guy is an absolute three for three with new properties (the fact that he’s 3:3 in his first major efforts is just amaze balls), so there’s a pet of me that wants him to continue working in new material and expanding his portfolio. Also wondering if, like Spielberg, he may be someone who struggles when revisiting a universe he worked in previously. Either way, I just want MOAR Ryan Coogler. EDIT - and FTR, I’d consider BLACK PANTHER to easily be in Marvel’s top 3 to date, and I don’t know that I’d argue against anyone who ranks it at #1. I put it right up there with IRON MAN 3 and WINTER SOLDIER.
  11. LIC is an interesting choice, but it's already in the middle of an absolute explosion of development right now. My office is in Astoria and I pass through LIC every day, and the amount of owrk that's gone up in the last five years is incredible. Still wondering when the south Bronx sees the same kind of gentrification/redevelopment that happened in Brooklyn, midtown west, and LIC.
  12. Not really a fan of Pinot Noirs, but there are some very good ones in Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. Although, imho, the real gems from that area are the Syrahs, Grenaches, and Moruvedres (along with any number of GSM blends). There are also some solid Cab Francs, Petit Verdots, and Cinsaults to be found.
  13. I’d counter by positing that there are a few too many on the board who mistakenly project their personal animus into laughable business projections. There’s room for discussions of art and commerce; neither are mutually exclusive. But when some muddy those waters, I don’t see a problem with others chiming in with a wake-up call on the reality of the business. And while there are plenty of valid criticisms that could be leveled at Disney, I do find it interesting that they are at the heart of an industry that represents something of a model for what many wish the USA could be- strong union presence with a fundamentally healthy business model that supports thousands of gainfully-employed workers.
  14. The Ancient Wisdom Cab isn’t bad, although I’m not a big single-varietal Cab fan. And to offer a few more wine offerings, here a few personal faves - Michael David Inkblot Petit Verdot (2014) Michael David Petit Petit - pretty common (this, along with their Freakshow label Cabs and blends show up in a lot of wine stores) Andrew Murray Cinsault (2013) Allegrini Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella (2013) - I’m a huge fan of Amarones, and this one (along with Bertani 06/07) is a personal favorite. Bit pricey, so it’s usually saved for special occasions. Masi Campofiorin (2013) - great value option for an Amarone bottled using the same grape-drying method. Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Cheval Brun (2012)- still working on learning more about Bordeauxs (my preferences for French lean more toward Rhône region GSM blends, although truth be told, I’ve enjoyed more California GSM’s than French), but this one was sublime. @Jose- have you ever checked out any of the Wine Spectator shows in NYC? Wife and I went earlier this year, and are thinking about going again in October. $350 or so is a great price to be able to sample 90+ point wines for 3+ hours.
  15. Picked up a series 4 last week: really like the larger screen size, although it feels like my battery is draining more quickly than it did with the Series 3. Also, in the YMMV category, I don't think I ever had the kinds of battery performance that Emblazon mentioned: mine certainly wasn't horrible, but I generally need a good 60-90 minutes charging/day on average. Really looking closely at getting the XS Max, but the emerging reports of charging issues have me a little concerned. From a few articles I've read, it seems like this could be a potentially pervasive issue, which has not yet been confirmed to be software-related.
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