At Medium on Lorraine Gordon (R.I.P.)

The Village Vanguard is one of a kind.  A trapezoidal basement with the best acoustics in jazz.  The club’s owner was one of a kind too.  She passed away on Saturday. This is my remembrance.

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 6, The Kids Are Alright

The store is literally surrounded by college dorms.  Some of our customers are the new generation of yuppies.  Some give me hope and remind me of my early culinary experiences.  Details at Medium.

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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 do that early on.  Here are the details.

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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.

 

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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 Village has changed.  So have I.  This episode parses those phenomena.

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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.

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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 and the real question was to how welcome the challenges with the open arms and open heartedness of a young adult when the only “Young” in my life is a brand of British beer.

Then just as I turned 57, I surged into a lengthy infatuation with a bartender in my neighborhood.  To further the relationship possibilities, I began cooking for her on a regular basis and blogging about it.  Thus Cooking for K, a blog about food, craft beer, New York City 2017 and the swirling relationship prospects of two professionals whose career swirled downward into the gig economy was born.

I’m still fascinated by what my life has become.  I’m somewhat resentful that it doesn’t include the perks of being middle class.  I’m still somewhat bitter that Plan A and Plan B didn’t work out.  But hey, I manage the Craft Beer program for a store near my home and write for a high profile respected newspaper.  Even if it isn’t what I would have liked, life could be a lot worse.  And of course, it’s still very interesting.  Thus, I started a new Blog, Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like.   The game plan is to post twice a week.

The blog helps me make sense of my life’s changes.  I hope you find it entertaining.

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