Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Dos and Donts of Purim 2011

This years Purim was one to remember, mainly cuz a lot of us dont and need people to fill us in on the details.
I will run through the Dos and Donts of this years red carpet costumes and see whose risky ideas paid off in the end.

The DOs
Do build your own costume.

Even if it means painting over your old clothes Putting in the effort truly does show. (although my complaint. Matt u wreaked of paint)

DO dress up as movie characters

Tron costume great(although i would have liked to see the lighting on the pants as well)

DO dress up in group costumes if you are going to be with your partners in crime the entire time.

Do get sick from BIEBER FEVER, yes granted there was a bit too many of us, but is there ever really too much BIEBER

Do leave your significant others at home so you can go out and have an awesome time.

Now some DONTS

Dont dress up as black swan with the other 500 Jews doing so. Im sorry but easily the most overdone costume of Purim 2011.

Dont dress up as a sweet Transvestite from Transsexual
Granted the costume is simply amazing, nobody wants to see that.

Dont pass out too early in the party.

All in all I think everyone had an amazing Purim this year. Whether you were super drunk and then hungover, weirdly sober the whole time, or a perfect mixture of the 2.
Cant wait til next year!!!!!!!!!!!!
And for my Final thought I will say that my favorite costume of the evening although you wreaked of paint and really did get in the way a lot and it was real annoying, was the one and only Matityahu Scwartz. The army man was incredible, very creative.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Well all, it has been quite some time.
Things to catch up on. (gt the title now. Ketchup, catch up)

Working in Midtown is amazing. All of last week I was in midtown for training, and man what I would give up to start working in such a nice area.
Pros for working in midtown
- The area isnt washington Heights
- The women are all super hot. Whats the deal with that?
- Get to meet up with friends I dont always see for lunch, and go to a bar during lunch to watch march madness.
- Central Park
- St Pattys Day Parade

- The subway ride, I really dont know how you all do that during rush hour. Its simply awful, why do I want to stand for 20 mins some guys in my face.
- Food is much more expensive
- St Pattys was a fast day

SO basically I would kill to work in midtown. Maybe just get my job to allow me to come in late so I wouldn't have to squish for rush hour on the train and everything would be perfect.

March Madness.
In case you live under a rock, the NCAA tournament is now going on. March Madness is probably the best time of year. No one works, they all pretend to and just watch the games. EVERYONE cares about who wins. Even your coworker whose a girl, who has never said a word to you and you think is the nerdiest person in the world will jump out of her chair at that buzzer beater. Its insane. And this year, the tourny has not ceased to amaze.
So far one of my 3 brackets along with many other have already been busted, with losses of PITT, ND, and Purdue the whole thing has been flipped upside down.
BUTLER again REALLY???????? wow.

Finally purim,
I know some of you took part with me in this last purim experience, but some of us
ie. myself are still trying to peace everytyhign back together.
I will post later this week with a recap of the amazing holiday and this years costume Dos and Donts.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Battle of the Videos

In the words of Michael Buffer

Ladies and Gentleman!!!!!!!!!!! Ding Ding Ding
LETS GET READY TO RUMBLEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well im sure by now most of you have seen the new Maccabeats Purim Video. They make another valiant effort at trying to change the way the world will look at Jewish holidays.
Now some of you may know about my feelings towards the maccabeats, but one thing I cant argue with is the success of the first video. The video was amazing and did a great job at teaching the story of Chanukah. This next one, has the problem of trying to follow the best act on stage, not an easy thing to do. Uri you really started off on top and I truly wish you the best but trying to stay at the level of the first one will be a very tough feat.
But what you may not be aware of is that another accapella group in Israel also had the same idea. And the craziest part is, they even did it to the same song Pink - raise Your glass.
So I say, lets take it to the polls. Below are the links to the 2 videos. Watch them both if you have not yet already and respond back with opinions on which one you feel is better and in what ways.

The Fountainheads

The Maccabeats

Special shout out to Matt for actually having a talking part in this one. Congrats man, soon enough on Broadway.
(Uri you can thank me later for getting you all these extra views)


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


As you all know the holiday of Purim is coming up on us fast. I hope that everyone has their costumes picked out since shipping sometimes gets delayed. you can never be too cautious when it comes to Purim costumes. Some of us have past years standouts to live up to. Going all out can sometimes be a great thing and sometimes a risky move.

We are beginning to reach an interesting time in our lives with regards to dressing up. As a kid your parents always made sure you had something. Then in high school you kinda dressed up a lil, just enough to get the girl you have a crush on to notice you.

But then came College.
College was the costume standout for most of us. This is mainly because we all have way too much spare time on our hands so we spend it playing video games or thinking of costume ideas. Whether it was staying up all night creating a transformers costume out of cardboard, shaving half your head bald, running to salvation army to find the perfect color articles of clothing for the costume or even growing out your hair and facial hair to make the costume truly life like. As you can see in these pics I put in some good effort in my costumes over the past 5 years.

Once you graduate, all of this changes.
If you are in grad school, you dont have any time.
And if you are working you have to worry about looking professional in the workplace, so growing or cutting hair can get a bit tricky.

Now you have to chose, do I suck it up and just have a crappy costume. be the guy at he party, hey look at me im wearing a funny hat at the party isnt it the coolest costume ever. NOOOO
Do you be the guy that pulls out the same costume as last year, which was awesome, BUT cmon man you gotta put in some more effort, I say the rule is 3 years b4 u can repeat the costume. ( unless you are in a completely different group of friends) Point and case. My senior year in high school, year in yeshiva in Israel and first year at YU i did the same costume(the sumo suit) since the percentage of ppl who had seen it before was probably less than 5. We may now call this the 5% rule.

As you can see in this photo, my first year out of college I still went all out. I had what some people have told me one of the best costumes they have ever seen. Granted I have an unfair advantage of actually looking like the actor but still.
I say we must stand Strong, we cant just give in to the Real Life and not have time for costumes. It is a huge part of our lives to celebrate this holiday in full force. Great costumes and Drinking til
Odd deLow Yadah.
So my request is that everyone takes this next week and tries their hardest to get a great costume. And of course comes to our Purim party in our apartment to show them off. Either go out and spend the money on a full costume or be creative and make the correct outfit by going and getting clothing from different places and putting it all together. I dont need to stand here and lecture you anymore.
After you all see my costume this year you once again will see my dedication to this wonderful holiday.
In the words of Matt Schwartz "A Frelichin Purim"

Monday, March 7, 2011


As many of you already know, there have been some very severe contagious outbreaks of FOMO over the last few years. This disease has really come out of nowhere, to now affecting every major race in the world.

For those who have never heard of this disease let me take a few minutes to describe the symptoms.

FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out, is generally noticed when someone has trouble being by themselves. If you ever come home to find your family uber excited to see you, this could be one fo the first telling signs.

Other symptoms include:

Not showering

not going to the bathroom

starting a blog

always running events and inviting other people

and most importantly.......being broke because he spends all his money doing every possible activity that his friends are doing.

This fear of missing the best event ever, sometimes can drive a man insane. Imagine being super sick, but one of your friends is having a party. not only that but you look on facebook and a girl you think is cute is going to be there. So here are your 2 options.

A. you go to the party. sick the whole time. dont even get a chance to flirt with the cute girl and come back dissapointed.

B. stay home, going crazy that you may be missing the ebst aprty ever, thinking that your best friend is hooking up with the girl and now your pissed off.

So you see no matter what you decide, the affects of FOMO will always destroy your night.

Some cures that have been tried are alcohol and drugs. These seem to work as an immediate cause but have thier fair share of side effects. Please refrain from taking more than 6 doses within a 24 hour period, and if the symptoms do not stop, please see a doctor immediatly.

Now lately there has been a new term coined.
The Blitz. Yes this is from HIMYM, but it really sums up FOMO perfectly. It proves to us that in fact if you do leave, then you will miss out on the most amazing nights ever.

However, I believe that I may have discovered a solution.

Think about the last time one of your married friends couldnt make it to one of your parties. Do you think they were actually feeling the affects of FOMO. I doubt it. Now think about if they have kids, even more so. Why do they need to get together with thier friends, they have all they can ask for in thier apt.

Now, everyone must take a minute and think about the consequenes though,
Is getting married actually worth getting rid of this disease. Think about it, your life is over, you wont be having any fun anymore and you wont even care what fun your friends are having.
We must all think about this dillema deeply before making a true decision.

Personally, I am just hoping our doctors can find another cure before I must make my decision.

Peace Out

The Gentleman