November 7th, 2006

Roman

Living in NYC

This is the third time I have been to New York City. Each time there have been some difficulties in going about my business.

The first time I was able to spend three months living on Long Island. There were difficulties for me in that arrangement - I always had a roommate in my bedroom, I lived with seven other people, we shared a vehicle - on Long Island it isn't always so easy to get around without one - and the reason I was there was to help people with learning disabilities learn how to read better and comprehend better. I found the work exhausting, and it made me tense. It was one-on-one for 50 or 55 minutes straight, then five minutes off, then on to the next student. I wasn't always comfortable in my role. It took me quite a while to gain some degree of comfort, and then I was moved to a different center, with different "leaders", and had some additional difficulties there.

The second time was last year, February. To save money, we stayed in a nice hotel in New Jersey. We had to take a bus to Manhattan each day and then go from the bus center to wherever else we were going. We did a lot, I walked a lot, I wanted to but it hurt. I was pushing myself.

This time I'm right in Manhattan but on the third floor. I think I would be fine with the walking if it weren't for the stairs. I am managing all right but each day, three times a day (more if I want to take a quick no-Floyd trip)  it takes me a bit of time to feel ready to go out the door. Once I am out there I do well, although I am not about to take any all-day walks. One evening I figured I would go to a bank that is six blocks away, and thought of that as a shortish walk (albeit longer than the usual evening walks). So I'm already adjusting. Floyd is a good doggie, easy to walk with, to work with. I can't imagine how I would deal with one that was forever tangling me in a leash or starting fights with other dogs.

I have ordered dinner delivered once, and I had the laundry pick up my bag yesterday. I can see how one would use the services available if one has the money for it. I think of these things because I wonder how I would do, living in NYC, if I had the income to do it.
Roman

Seamlessweb...

I have ordered food through seamlessweb.com twice now. It is the perfect way to order. At least for me. It only applies to New York and some surrounding states, but while I am here I am really enjoying it.

When you log on, you can ask to see restaurants that serve your address. In the case of Elaine and Ed's place, there are over 50 restaurants from which to choose. Then, when you see the list, only the ones that are open will show up as links. The others are just listed, so you know right away what choices you have.

When you choose a restaurant you get to see the menu. When you hover the cursor over an item it describes that item. When you click on the item it gives you options - dressing on the side, extra this or that, or special instructions. Then you can choose to add it to your order.

At the end you can choose to add a tip. A suggested tip is already entered in the box - it seems low to me, so I go higher.  Then you pay by credit card, which you can keep on the website so you don't have to enter it every time. When the order comes, you just sign the bill and you're done. I cannot imagine a better system for ordering. No more misunderstood orders, no waiting for someone to answer the phone, the menu is right there in front of you so you can take the time you need...it really is fantastic!

I can hope such a thing would come to my area. There is a somewhat similar service where I live but it is far more limited and there is always a service charge. That's because there is so damned much road between any restaurant and where I live and not enough people there to make it work out. Density has a lot of advantages.