Hard Work Is Old-Fashioned

Not that this is a bad thing.

Case Study #1

Pete Kithas – Detroit barber since 1962.

“It’s an old-fashioned barber shop — no kids, no woman, just man,” the boisterous 79-year-old Kithas says in his still-thick Greek accent. “Lots of policemens.”

What probably reads as impolite will likely be forgiven as you learn more about him.

His personality, his life really, is best summed up by a story from his early days.In the mid-‘60s, the three floors above his shop were a flophouse hotel. One day, a man walked upstairs looking for a room but was so drunk the clerk at the front desk wouldn’t rent him one. The furious boozer stomped downstairs and threw a temper tantrum on the sidewalk that ended with him kicking in the barber shop’s glass door, shattering it.

Kithas was cutting a Detroit Police sergeant’s hair when this happened. As the cop heard the crashing glass he leaped out of the chair and ran outside to confront the large man, who took one swing and knocked the officer out cold on the pavement. Kithas saw this, put down his scissors and stormed outside. Then the drunk took a swing at him, too.

Big mistake.

Click through to Detroitblog to read the rest.

Case Study #2

[image via A Life Worth Eating]

Dom DeMarco – Crafts (arguably) the best pizza in New York.  Still works 12 hour days.

“The best pizza in New York is Di Fara and not only is it the best pizza in New York, I think it’s the best pizza in the world. It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’d go as far as to say it’s the best thing that I’ve ever eaten.”

[via Kottke]

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November 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading, Video. Leave a comment.

Bicycles aint People

Felix Salmon bikes to work everyday. To Reuters HQ. In the heart of New York City.

Let’s take all the different permutations in order. To begin with, there’s the old bike-free status quo, where the possible interactions are pedestrian-pedestrian, pedestrian-motorist, or motorist-motorist. It’s worth thinking about these a bit, because they’re deeply ingrained in us, and they’re responsible for shaping the way we see everything else. […]

The trouble all starts when you drop bicyclists into the mix. At that point, a whole new set of combinations comes into play, and as a city we haven’t worked out how to make them work.

Salmon goes on to present his “Unified Theory of New York Biking,” which is solid no matter where you live.

Kottke weighs in:

If this was a manifesto, I’d sign it.

[Felix Salmon @ Reuters via the Browser]

[image via Doghouse Diaries]

September 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.