SUMMER DAYS DRIFTING AWAY
If memory serves, that headline is a reasonably accurate, if obscure, reference to the The French Connection, which starred Gene Hackman as the questioner.
What prompts the memory is a recent post by one of my favorite blogs, BrickUnderground.com. They asked the people behind Virtual Doorman – which provides remote monitoring and doorman services to more than a hundred co-op and condo buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn – what they’re spying in elevators.
“You’ve got a combination of exhibitionist types and people who don’t think,” says Ralph Stein, the director of business development for Virtual Services, which owns Virtual Doorman.
He notes that men and women behave differently in front of the mirror.
Guys are more worried about the things they’re going to get called out on, like checking their fingernails, straightening their ties, checking their nose hairs—I’ve even seen guys check out their chest hair, like opening one button or two,” says Stein.
Women do their hair and look at their rear ends, making sure they’re looking slim from side to side,” he says. (Nose jobs are apparently a gender neutral pursuit.)
Plenty of riders do the iPod boogie, and plenty of furniture delivery men scratch up the finish, give it a quick, useless spit polish and move right along.
What about canoodling?
“You see some small private moments that might happen in the back of a taxi but probably not beyond that for 99% of the people,” Colin Foster, a partner in the company and its vice president of sales, tells BrickUnderground.com, which posted the photo above. The bog helpfully provides additional details.
Please note: You won’t find any previously unpublished posts during my blog’s annual August hiatus, but I hope you’ll enjoy reading some of my favorite ones. Although I’m not publishing new posts right now, I am continuing to assist buyers and sellers with their needs. Feel free to be in touch, and I hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer.
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