THE LEFT LANE
While their subjects' pursuits and interests vary widely, there are common threads: the pleasure of the doing rather than the finishing, unwavering optimism and an endearing lack of self-consciousness. Most of these engagingly told chapters are brief testimonies to what a passion can do for a person. Looks like Mother was right again.
It's a wonderful town
While in many respects New Yorkers and Hawai'i folk couldn't be more culturally different, there's one thing we have in common: We're passionate about where we came from, and we never quite lose that yearning for home, no matter how long we're away. That's the premise behind the New York Castaways, a 10-year-old organization of former New Yorkers that has launched a Web site, www.NYcastaways.com, with the slogans "Far Flung, True Blue" and "Connecting Ex-New Yorkers ... Everywhere."
Founder Antoine "Tony" Dozois said the need for the site seemed especially acute after the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. The site offers a Graffiti Guestbook (members log), a message forum, links to other Big Apple-related sites, a guide to sources of Gotham-centric publications and videos, a place to post creative works, a Times Square-cam, New York weather and time, and classified ads for ex-New Yorkers. You have to sign in on the members' log to access some of the features, but there's no membership fee.
Would you snoop in someone elses medicine cabinet while visiting their home? Two out of five of us do, according to a Bathroom Report put out by Quilted Northern bathroom tissue. Some go as far as using their hosts comb, toothbrush and other toiletries.
Dr. Joyce Brothers, authority on just about everything, says all this snooping makes sense psychologically: The bathroom is the smallest room in the house but reveals the most about a person. We keep our secrets in the bathroom.