Actually, I drove 500 miles this weekend to visit friends in New Jersey. It was a wonderful experience and a welcome change to my regular routine. I spent 25 years in the NYC/NJ area, so in many ways, this weekend felt like going home. I’m not sure I gained any revolutionary investment ideas from the trip, but here are a few observations and conclusions (proclamations, if you will) from the journey:
Driving the “back way” via Pennsylvania is more scenic than driving on I-95.
Parking on the street in Manhattan is actually possible – not just an urban legend.
Hipsters abound in SoHo.
Big beards are de riguer in SoHo.
One can buy a monocle at the Warby Parker store in SoHo.
Everyone looks famous in SoHo (except U.S. tourists – European tourists look pretty fabulous, really).
People are very friendly on Canal Street – they will buy your gold and sell you really shiny watches with brand names on them.
Chinatown has grown geographically.
You can find very good Italian food (and mini cannolis!) in Little Italy (which seems to have become smaller, geographically).
“Baked by Melissa” mini-cupcakes are delicious. The 100-count box sounds perfect for some occasions. http://www.bakedbymelissa.com
I know where one can buy a nice collection of stuffed Indonesian bats, framed and suitable for hanging.
The High Line on the West Side is a fun way to see some of the City, and stands as a monument to the persistence of residents who wanted to doing something to make the City better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Line_(New_York_City)
In Washington Square Park you can still:
- hear bad solo Shakespeare,
- hear college-age jazz trios (acoustic guitar, double bass and saxophone) playing Beatle songs, and
- buy an original joke for $1 guaranteed to make you laugh.
NHL hockey games are loud.
Martin Brodeur is still a great goalie.
The U.S. remains a great place for employment opportunities.
Young people can still find many reasons to be optimistic about the future.
Sometimes an orange Jeep may be as cool as a Tesla.
Good friends are more valuable than gold or diamonds.
Smart and disciplined people can easily manage their investments, unless they have jobs, families or hobbies.