Category Archives: The Do Over

Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 5: Service Not Subservience

I think on the surface it looks like a job in the New York City retail specialty food business is about taking orders from over privileged clientele.  It can be that, or you can flip the relationship.  I learned to … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 4, On Beer

Craft beer has changed a lot in the last five years.  Some employers get it, some, well, don’t. Here’s how it has affected my work life. https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-this-is-what-plan-c-looks-like-episode-4-on-beer-e1b217f7f969  

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 3 These are My Neighbors

If in 1988, when I first moved to the East Village, you told me that I’d be there for 30 years, I would have thought my life was a dream come true.  It is dreamy at times, but the East … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like Episode 2

This blog is my attempt to make sense of my transition from newspaper columnist to cheesemonger to craft beer buyer and the downward mobility that accompanied the change.   In this episode I acclimate to a different sort of coworker. View … Continue reading

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The New Blog Series: Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like

Two years ago as I tried to get a firmer grip on the unpredictable sequences of events that had defined my middle age, I launched The Do Over, a blog that wondered if 56 is the new 26.  It is … Continue reading

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Can You Have a Relationship in New York City Without Dating

This spring I met somebody…somebody special.  But we’re both New Yorkers and these days you have to work almost 24/7 to keep a job and keep your head above water.  We like each other a lot but there’s been almost … Continue reading

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The Do Over 07: Young Friends

Is 56 the new 26?  It seems that way for me as my current professional and existential quandaries mirror the ones I faced 30 years ago.  These posts are a series of ponderings trying parse the difference between now and … Continue reading

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