Fun Friday: Labor Day Weekend Activities
It is labor day weekend. The unofficial end of summer.
I’m curious how we all celebrate the long weekend.
We are spending it in NYC, after spending much of August at the beach.
How are you spending the long weekend?
I will be spending the weekend driving for Uber here in Dallas,TX while looking forward to my new job in 2 weeks
Have you seen this story?https://medium.com/@SteveSa…
Thats a pretty cool article. Back in 2014 I had consider getting a Telsa .I was renting a prius for $900 a month through Uber and it wasn’t that much more to pay for the Tesla. Unfourtnatly Uber started cutting fare prices and didn’tmake sense anymore
wow $900 for a Prius- that’s steep.
This is freaking awesome!I wanted to drive for Uber but they won’t allow cars over a certain age. I have a 14+ year old Prius and have spent way less on maintenance than the guy in the article. My car came with free oil changes for life and I’ve never had any other maintenance done on the car except for new brakes a couple of years ago and twice have invested in new tires (I’m in need of new tires again soon). With taxes and fees, the car cost just under $21K and my lifelong MPG AVG is 43.5 MPG. I also had a $3K tax credit the year I bought the car. The people at the dealership tell me that I am their oldest Prius customer without a battery recharge (I was the second person to buy a Prius from them), so I will probably need to invest in that sometime soon. My car is just about to hit 175,000 miles. I am hoping the car makes it to 20 years old. I can get antique car plates then!
.I am going to buy my wife a Prius and it is your fault. Don’t you love a car that is relaible and inexpensive? That is awesome mileage and free oil changes is huge.My family had a 1956 Chevy Belair that was the best in the world.My Dad bought it in 1956 and it lasted for more than two decades.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
Most new cars at a certain price point are very reliable. Not like buying a Chrysler or GM product in the 70’s. Manufacturers cover maintenance for 3 to 5 years and the product has improved greatly to keep down their costs for having the shitty of the past which used to be a profit center for dealers. In some cases (example BMW) even brakes are included.Don’t you love a car that is relaible and inexpensive?Why inexpensive? You buy and spend money on other luxury items where price actually adds to the happiness. Where would the NY Times be if nobody spent any money in NYC on luxury? (Or Austin Texas).Interesting thing I just read the other day. Julian Brodsky, co-founder of Comcast and most likely worth multiple millions still lives in the same small house he bought with his wife in 1972 in South Jersey (maybe $30k). Very Warren Buffett. His yearly taxes are only $5000 on that house according to the property tax records.http://thepenngazette.com/c…To each his own but I reject anyone who thinks that someone who lives like that is somehow a better person because they are frugal in that way and reject luxury.  Of course if he has convinced himself that he is happy without a somewhat nicer house then that’s fine I guess.Very possible that this was actually a strategy at the company this frugalness that was passed down from Ralph Senior in order to keep everyone in line pay wise because it was his value system. I don’t know if he owns 10 vacation homes or what else he spends his money on but considering you live in a house everyday you would think he would opt for a bit more room and land even if just for security purposes.
.I have owned every kind of luxury car imaginable. My all time favorite was a 1984 MB 500 which was like an aircraft carrier. I wish I had that car right now. It was big enough your kids could lay out full length and sleep and the trunk was big enough for a family of 4 to live in.I drive, most days, a Silverado pickup — this is Texas, remember — and I am wedded to the visibility. It has a leather interior, popsicle cold A/C, and a Bose system. Cost about $15K one year used and has never had anything go wrong with it. Several sets of tires, a set of shocks, and nothing else.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
I’ve never actually bought a used car. Even when I was in college I always went for new one. I just bought what I could afford. I like new just the way it is for me.I just bought a new car (a ‘weekend’ car; 2017 year) a few months ago (I had ordered it in April) but didn’t like a few things about it and didn’t like the way it sounded once I had it for a day. So I traded it back to a dealer and got another new car (that had to be shipped in from a dealer in another state) that I liked and have owned before and now I am happy. It cost me much more (plus what I lost obviously)  but no question that I made the right decision. Better to spend a more and be happy than feel that you made the wrong decision and live with it even for a year. One of the reasons I don’t ever lease I like the flexibility to not be tied down. Not that much though since it was a new model with limited inventory I didn’t actually do that bad. But I would have done it no matter what no way I will be reminded everyday of what I don’t like.
The free oil changes were a deal being offered by the dealership at the time.
I put 85,000 miles on my prius in 18 months. Just oil changes and tires in maintence
That’s like 150 miles per day on average. Something like 6 hours per day in the car.
It was very tiresome. Know the city well now.
that’s an impressive amount of driving.
I wouldn’t recommend driving for Uber.I did it for several months last year. When I did my taxes, I ran the numbers and, taking into account depreciation, I made about $6 per hour driving for Uber – less than the federal minimum wage. Seems like a bit more when you’re doing it because you get paid weekly with no tax or any other deductions taken out, and a lot of your other expenses (repairs; tolls, if you use an automated system that bills your credit card; etc.) don’t hit weekly.Plus, it may not be that safe for you if you pick people up in urban areas (and Uber wants you to accept a high % of ride requests, so you can’t just reject every ride from the wrong side of town). I picked up a rider in Paterson, NJ, who asked me if I’d heard about Uber drivers getting punched in the back of the head (as you’ll see from the tweet below, this isn’t an outlandish suggestion, given that city). I said I hadn’t, and worked out my plan if he tried that: jam on the breaks to throw him into the back of my seat, pull over, get out of the car, open his door, grab him and throw him onto the pavement, before or after pummeling him. That last part would have been a game-time decision.That ride ended uneventfully, but I can’t imagine a woman picking up strange men in her car and feeling comfortable with that.https://twitter.com/healthu…
I saw that and thought it was a perfect example of people whooping it up over what was essentially a PR stunt (to that end it has value to me).One big gaping omission in “cost” (and the money that he earned) is not including the lost value when he sells the car. (Depreciation) A car with more miles is worth less. And in fact even exceeding certain magic numbers makes it worth even less to potential buyers or even on the wholesale market.According to a quick calculation on kbb.com the difference between 35k miles on a 2015 Tesla P85 and 100k miles on the same tesla is $22,000.
So you’re looking at resale value. Mileage can surely affect that.But maybe tesla is like Mercedes used to be- lasting 20-25 years possibly without major tinkering to it.
At the lake. My dad got this bell off a locomotive that was being de commissioned and heading for scrap. It weights a ton.
.Talismans that connect us to our favorite places and favorite people are very important and comforting. Ring that son of a bitch this weekend and celebrate the wonder and majesty of labor.We are our work. Celebrate it.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
I’ll give it a run over the weekend. I brought it up to the lake after my dad died. It needed a permanent home and to be rang
.Make your kids and grandkids ring it the number of years of their age.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
Like this.When I cleaned out my mom’s apt recently (horrid experience) I found a hand held bell that was like Proust’s madeline to my life.The only place we went as a kid was to my Uncle’s summer place upstate–basically the entire extended family arriving with kids, dogs, Bialys, chopped liver and crump cake, pickled herring and lox.Lunch was held on doors on old doors on sawhorses, outside under the Elm Tree.We were all called to eat by that bell rung by my Aunt Molly.This is the good stuff of being brought up to love family and community.
The Weekend FT has a feature where one of the questions what’s your Proust’s Madeline. But the answers are always food.Re the pickled herring and lox: I’m reminded of Henny Senders’ obituary for Elie Wiesel.https://twitter.com/dpinsen…
Thanks much for this my friend. More and more I’m having these moments and the objects I brought home where few but like bolts of recognition that define my thoughts on family and who I am because of it.
A family friend passed away last year – was about your mother’s age. He had a pre-war Warsaw phone book in his Upper West Side apartment, next to an old fashioned, cast-iron iron. I hope his kids held onto them.
That is so cool.
Nothing special, or rather always special – having just dropped off the second child at college for the year, just spending the weekend with Devorah.
Getting ready for a hectic Sept and Oct & savoring the continued warm weather.I don’t know about others, but as if this week felt already like the week after Labor Day, judging by the activity.
Yes, I have had that kind of week as well.
Beach! (But I live at the beach.)Also, working.
Living where you would want to vacation – always nice!
Indeed. I made the move six years ago. I miss city things — culture, food, people — but I love being by the beach more.
Been thinking–ever so lightly about this.Next time you are downtown, in town, i’d love to hear the back story.
Sure thing! I won’t be in the city until it’s a bit cooler but there are a few art shows I know I want to get in to see this Fall.
Wondering about Apple’s September 7 announcements. Making peach compote Staining the porch Grilling or smoking fish on the bbqWriting a few articles Reading. Relaxing. Jogging. Swimming. Commenting on AVC.
Yes, I can’t wait for Apple’s 7 Sept.I’m running some speech recognition experiments on the keynotes.
that sounds like a good idea – let me know the outcome!
Today there’s been a little light relief on LinkedIn.The highest someone guessed was 511108.Of course, I answered it’s much much bigger than that with some literal+lateral thinking. LOL.
Do you think if the new AppleWatch has a microphone, it would increase Voice input interactions?
UNEQUIVOCALLY.At the only hackathon where my team didn’t place Top 3 (Calacanis’ Launch festival), the team ran with the product idea of a guy who’d previously run EMEA Biz Dev for Knewton.He made the case that when he’s out on his morning run, wouldn’t it be great if his iPhone would show him nearby landmarks / places of interest (e.g. cool cafes) and take him off his normal route to see those places. And wouldn’t it be cool if the places were unveiled to the user like in those online games where we unlock one zone at a time.Naturally, I gave 2 massive hints to the team:(1.) Bring Apple watch to the hackathon.(2.) Look into Voice APIs.After all, who on earth stops during their run to stare at their iPhone screens for directions? Especially when the iPhone is either strapped on the upper arm or in a zip pocket somewhere?!!!If the app TELLS you to turn left / right / continue on straight or your Apple Watch vibrates to orientate you to turn left / right / continue on straight that’s much more user-friendly than a SHOW app in that use case.Being product leader, he decided we were going to go with the mobile phone app and with touch rather than Apple Watch and voice/vibrate.It was, of course, partly my responsibility the team didn’t perform well. The week before we’d placed #2 at DevWeek hackathon.For Launch hackathon, I’d decided to play support rather than product leadership role. It’s good practice to know how to follow and obey as well as to lead, imo.Anyway, if new Apple Watch gets a microphone, you guys have an indication of the types of apps I’d make with it, :*).
Yup. It will be useful for Trail hiking too where the trail isn’t always clear.
Lake. Fishin. Wakeboarding. Grillin.
Saw him last week.
https://www.youtube.com/wat… Luke Bryan
I can’t tell if country songs are parodies of themselves or not anymore.
I gotta sleep on it, but likely gonna spend it on the fringes working on my short game. Have a great and restful weekend, Fred. Looking forward to some epic blog posts this fall season.
.Go to the Dave Pelz Short Game School and leave six strokes there forever. I don’t know if he’s still alive but I went and it worked.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
REST is out of style, my friend. Nowadays the hot / cool thing is microservices / serverless.
Geeky humor. Thanks.
According to my late mother’s seemingly valid account, today is my father’s 85th birthday. My other siblings seem to think it is his 79th…(long story behind the discrepancy). This Sunday, friends and family are gathering at the Spinal Cord Unit of the VA hospital in Palo Alto ( where my father has been on the decline for the past couple of months) to celebrate his life. Saturday, I’ll be busy preparing my home for a niece I haven’t seen in almost two years and her three children. They are coming from Oroville [boondocks] to stay with us so they can attend the celebration. My father has never met her youngest two children. Monday, I’ll try to get some quality time with them before they return home and I’ll likely be back to work by evening.
All the best wishes being sent over for your Dad and I’m sure he’ll be so happy to meet your niece’s youngest two.We lost my Aunt in Canada last month. She was in her early 60s.Family time is so important, :*).
Thank you, Twain. Sorry to hear of your aunt’s passing so young. My mom was 65 when she took flight. You are right; tomorrow is not promised…Today we learned that a friend from church has suffered a stroke / aneurysm. My six-year-old daughter overheard me talking to my husband about going to see her and said (with a hand on my shoulder):Na: “It’s okay. Remember, friends and family are more important. “Me: “More important than what? “Na: “More important than money…” She paused and added “Don’t worry, I’ll always remember you.”From the mouth of babes…
Best wishes Mariah. We are in a similar process with my mother in law who is 94, she is returning home today from the hospital to share her last days or weeks with us. She still is fully conscious of what is going on, even in the spirits for a good chat. She is an awesome lady.As for summer, no summer here. It is almost spring! Trees with post blossom sprouts, leaves getting ready for the annual explosion of life.
.Best wishes for what I know to be a difficult process. It is comforting when you are able to say goodbye in an orderly manner.Try to capture her oral history if you can.You cats in the southern hemisphere are always a little off us northerners.Happy Labor Day.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
Let me second the idea of capturing oral history. I have a recording of my grandfather telling his life story a few years before he passed away. To call it priceless is an understatement.
Thanks Jeff, I know you know.I have enjoyed her stories and perspective for almost 9 years now, she always surprises me with something new or a solid piece of advice. Thanks for the suggestion of the capture, I will try to do that.Yep. South of the world things are a bit different, particularly below latitude -33. Want sunny beaches in winter or skiing in summer? This is the way to go. Have to admit that stores with Christmas decorations during summer is really awkward.It is a great world, and it is round.
.For my whole life I’ve been promising myself I would go skiing in the middle of the summer but I never have. Maybe this year?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
Would be great. Glad to help make it happen.This brings a recurrent thought I have. I still have to connect a few more dots before I formally contact you, but I have the feeling that 2017 will be a very interesting year. I hope this election year craze clears up soon.
Thanl you for sharing…Glad to hear your mother is in good spirits (as is my father despite frustration in not being able to complete sentences). Enjoy these days and weeks of Spring. I’ve read that being reminded of what a wonderful loved one they are and expressions of appreciation are very comforting.
lost my mom in July. tough still. my thoughts on this http://arnoldwaldstein.com/…
Sorry to hear that I didn’t know that.By the way that link is including “this–” so it’s not working. You need to put a space in there for it to work…
Thanks–this was a tough one.Link fixed.
I didn’t know this, Arnold. So very sorry.But what a woman. You have honored her well.
“Waking dreams distracting my days. Sleeping dreams that have been waking me up.”Thank you for sharing. My mother passed in 2013. Being a workaholic has undoubtedly been a crutch for my grief and a distraction from sleeplessness at times.You will likely always have the urge to pick up the phone and call her. My mom spoke of this urge after she lost her mom. It never went away. I’ve heard it said that, in losing loved ones, the grief comes like waves. Sometimes calm and hardly noticeable, other times rocking or jarring, still others crashing and overwhelming. Yet, as we sail through life, we grow accustomed and familiar with them – even learning to appreciate the texture they add to the journey.
So nicely said and laced with truth. Thanks!
.’God bless your father from one old soldier to another.I have been to that VA hospital. It was built in about 1998 and it was the modern exemplar for the system. It had a very nice Fisher House facility which is what I was going to see.That hospital was one of the first in the nation to provide homeless shelter for vets. At one time they had a minimum of 100 beds for homeless vets. I would love to know if they still offer that service.I recall they had a teaching relationship with a medical school which is also a great mission for the VA as its focus is becoming progressively more geriatric.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
Thank you…Yes, they are renovating now. The spinal cord unit is just across from Fisher House where our eldest sister and her husband are now staying. It is an appreciated resource with them living over an hour away.I must say, from a geriatric perspective, his decline has been rapid there. I recently heard an NPR report on how deadly hospitals are for the elderly due to disruption of sleep, unhealthy food, etc. which results in hospital-induced dementia. Without advocacy, it can be very bad. During one visit, when my sister and I found our dad with Tylenol stuck in his mouth (and in terrible pain), we were told of our intervention, “The squeaky will gets the grease.” Thankfully, he’s made many friends over the years there, so he has stored up goodwill that works to his advantage most days.My dad has had a lot of interaction with the students. He’s quite the charmer, so my sister had to make a sign asking them not to sneak him donuts and sweets (he’s diabetic and has MRSA).I’m just thankful that through it all, he’s still smiling, finding joy, and has lots of visitors whose life he’s impacted positively to remind him of the good life he’s lived.
.Hospitals are a tough place to be. They are incredibly disruptive. My 97-year-old father passed in hospice care in a nursing home which was in the intensive care wing. It was really a hospital.It is a very tough environment. I remember the doctor telling me my father was never emerging alive. They didn’t know my father. The first time — two blood thinner induced strokes — he beat them back and went back to his own individual living apartment.The second time, they killed him.http://themusingsofthebigre…I had a huge run in with the nursing home v the hospice v the medical wing staff about a drug they administered which, essentially, turned him into a vegetable. It almost became a, literal, fist fight.Good luck and God bless. Getting old is hard but the last few years are incredible. The ability to find the joy of family at times like this is one of the only realities we deal with in life.We all need to know the “story” of our families. We often don’t. It is where our stories come from as we stand on their shoulders.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
My nephew is getting married in Kenwood, CA. We will be out there. Then, headed to Palo Alto and Santa Cruz.
Avoiding tropical storms in the Northwestern part of East South Carolina.
Best of luck. Taking one for team Rhode Island up here.
Thanks, Jess! I never get too concerned until I see Jim Canfore walking around my town.
In London having coffee whilst watching the ladies walk on by: As you in NYC you might like this podcast. NYT’s Lessons in mindset changes for the insurance / financial dinosaurshttp://www.recode.net/2016/…
Tennis, yoga, cocktails. Repeat.
Connecticut for the weekend to spend time with family and maybe see some friends. Then returning to Cambridge on Tuesday when all the new fellows will be starting their appointments. September is going to be a busy month.
Beach, golf, kids, maybe some ribs or pulled pork on the smoker – not necessarily in that order.
Hanging in the city, focusing on exploring by water taxi and bike to new neighborhoods. Brooklyn Navy Yard and some Jersey spots are on the schedule. Picnics & drinks in new places weekend.Crazy/wonderful September coming with two-week work/fun/ wine writing trip to Porto/Milan/Savoie/Paris.
Being in the UK, i’ll be enjoying not getting emails from US colleagues!
Pool with the family. Rebuilding an old carriage door on my garage. Maybe going to Sausalito to visit some friends.
Project code alpha test.
Heading to the mountains in Vermont – often cool enough to enjoy the outdoors for the entire day.
Sounds wonderful.Huge fan, used to hang out in Plainfield a lot and have a legacy community there still from the Goddard College days.
Being pleased with myself for not having pre ordered the Note 7.Deciding where to go on holiday. Right now it’s looking like Venice (not California)….not that I know what Labor Day is all about.
I’m going to run away from technology and chores all weekend and find solace in wooded trails and kayak views of rivers…
Finishing up some meetings in NOLA today, dinner at K-Paul’s, then headed to Preservation Hall and back to LA tomorrow. Daughter’s first cross country race of the season on Saturday. Malibu and Zuma Beach on Monday after an early lunch with my 97 year old great uncle.
.Dan, Cafe Amelie in NOLA for brunch. You’ll thank me.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
I’m jealous! Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis are at Snug Harbor on Frenchman this weekend. Just sayin’. :).
Thanks for the heads up…just bought a ticket for tonight’s 10 o’clock show.
awesome! if it’s not packed, The Three Muses is a great place to grab a drink and some oysters and watch some music before Snug Harbor. it’s only a block away.
Cousin’s wedding at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove, CA.
Accounting and tax work actually. Some deadlines coming up as a result of filing extensions. If the weather is nice I might decide to motor into Bucks County with a new car that I bought but the way it looks now I don’t think that will actually happen.  Especially since I haven’t been able to pull this off ever in the past when I have some work obligation hanging over my head.
Just returned from London, will spend the holiday relaxing. Next week it is off to D.C. for a mini family gathering.
Football! Heading to AZ to see BYU play them. Fun Fact: BYU sold more tickets to the game in AZ than AZ did.
I hadn’t made any particular plans but this thread is making me reconsider that. We had planned on winging it and exploring SF, as we moved here 4 months ago after 17 years in NYC. Haven’t really explored the city too much. Recommendations appreciated!Oh, I also signed up for a marathon so I’m slated to do a 20 mile run sunday. almost definitely going to go over the golden gate bridge.
I just digitally transferred 15 reels of 8mm film my dad shot in the 60’s. Sat in boxes in an attic for decades. My weekend will be spent editing and mixing the footage w/ music and titles on iMovie. My first impression upon viewing the film was how really attractive some of my relatives were (are), and the cars. The cars make the footage look like downtown Havana!I can’t wait to share w/ my nieces, nephews, cousins, etc., moving images of their great, great grandparents come to life. A treasure trove. Keeping the legacy alive. Happy holidays y’all!
That actually sounds like a super fun project. Last time I did a video project I put it up on Vimeo in HD. Was about $60 per year better quality, no ads and you can restrict who can see the work (if you want).If you post it somewhere let us know.
I had the footage transferred in HD and also at a lower res. Grappling w/ how to share w/ family dispersed across U.S. as the file size on my movie will be pretty large. The HD version is crisper but all in all the stuff is still pretty raw, which frankly adds to its authenticity. Vimeo is a good solution and am open to any others too.
I did this a few years ago. A box of rotting super 8 films. Maybe 30 hours of garbage cut down to 1.5 hours of 2 minute clips without soundPricelessSeeing pictures of my dad reading to me when I was 3 or my mom dancing with my grandfatherThese are show stoppers of my lifeHave fun
breathing a sigh of relief that I didn’t buy the now-recalled Note 7. enjoying the Moto Z Force and the Moto Mods! Can’t wait for the 10x optical-zoom Hasselblad snap-on camera mod.
Was hoping to sail in the NYC harbor but w/ the storm coming, I think I have to develop a Plan B.
1 year old granddaughters b-day party Saturday with 60 people.Bet the ponies, drink beer, at Del Mar Sunday- where the turf meets the surf.Btw, continuing to test the theory that the crowd bets the favorites up so the odds of making money with them are poor; while the “very good” horses are often underpriced and the payoff is better.It’s worked the last 4 times.
Labor Day, I will be grilling out in Raleigh, NC with other Wisconsinites – nothing like a bunch of Brats, Cheese, and Beer.
At the beach, last chance to get a tan – Yikes, where did summer go…Enjoy!
Riding horses in Waterton National Park (just across the border from Glaicer National Park in Montana).
Oh, it’s the weekend?
At the beach in Aruba with family 🙂
I will be working with Walmart overseeing store remodels in the southwest