My Ridiculous Life

By Keith Kloor | August 12, 2012 11:19 am

I left the house early this morning in a stupor, so I could beat the crowds at Fairway. Of course, I forgot the canvas bags. My wife, instead of castigating me, showed me this. It’s the Brooklyn equivalent of Portlandia.

Not all of this is true to our lives (we don’t pick up stuff left on the curb and I refuse to join the Park Slope co-op), but much else (such as the parking rage) is spot on.

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  • Joshua

    Keith -

    Already passed on that clip to a few friends who live in Brooklyn. 

    BTW – thanks for this link:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-zeller-jr/global-warming-cooler-heads_b_1765473.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

    It fits well with some of the discussions here.

  • Marlowe Johnson

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  • Joshua

    And Keith -

    Thought you might like this:

    A Brooklyn buffet

    It may be one of America’s most exciting places to eat. And da clincher? It’s so close.

    August 10, 2012 |By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant CriticBROOKLYN, N.Y. – The line had already begun to form by the time we
    arrived at 5:30 p.m. By 6, when the door opened, the wait had stretched to two hours for a seat in the tent behind Pok Pok Ny.Such competitive waits for hot new restaurants are nothing new for New Yorkers. And Pok Pok Ny, the much-anticipated East Coast outpost for acclaimed Portland, Ore., chef Andy Ricker’s authentic Thai kitchen, certainly qualifies.

    But this determined crowd, growing eager as
    the intoxicating smell of lemongrass-stuffed hens on the charcoal grill wafted over, was not queueing up in tony Manhattan. This pilgrimage had
    brought them to a once-obscure slice of Brooklyn, the Columbia Waterfront District, that just a couple of years ago was still an industrial zone.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20120809_A_Brooklyn_buffet.html

  • Vinny Burgoo

    No speaky da lingo. What’s ‘key moi’?And which word don’t they use in the house? It sounded like ‘nil’? The mother was holding a baby at the time.Both about halfway through.

  • Mary

    Heh, if you told me that was Cambridge I might have believed it too.

    @Vinny: I think “key moi” was quinoa. Generally pronounced like keen-wah. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa  I recently had a multi-day battle over where there was GMO quinoa or not (there isn’t). It’s actually a nice food for many reasons, but it has been raised in the foodie community to some sort of regal status. Some (but not all) is gluten-free so it fits in with that fad too. But the demand has caused issues too: http://www.economist.com/node/21554570

  • jim

    @Vinny,
     
    They don’t use the word “no” in the house.  Negative.  UnAmerican.  Will today’s kids get Social Security when they retire?  Yes!  :)   They’ll get more than half what they pay in!  :)   Stay positive, Vinny!  :)  
     

  • Joshua

    Thanks for this link, Keith – very interesting vis a vis climate change and the binary mentality so prevalent in the climate debate food fight.http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2012/08/the-perils-of-reason/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterI may have to start becoming a twitter person (twitterite? twitterer?)

  • Marlowe Johnson

    (twitterite? twitterer?) 

    I’d have thought that the answer was obvious. It’s ‘twit’ ;)

  • Joshua

    - 8 -

    No doubt, that applies in some cases at least.

  • MarkB

    And here I thought every last writer living in Brooklyn had been hired by Slate. ;-)

  • hr

    Is this too much of a stretch but the characters in the video remind me of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. The obsessive buying into the latest food, parenting or lifestyle fad has something of the endless listing of clothing labels in the book. 

  • Vinny Burgoo

    Mary, jim: thanks. Quinoa, no.

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.

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