My Neighborhood in the News

So my dad told me that his wife’s daughter saw me on WNBC news yesterday morning. I cannot yet find the clip though. In the video below they interview a guy who runs a dry cleaner on my block. I only went did my dry cleaning through him once but he was a really cool guy. He made a really good impression. Then they interview the owner of Bocca. I love that restaurant. I have only eaten there twice and the menu was a little too ambitious for my simple tastes but it’s a beautiful place. When I moved into the neighborhood the previous restaurant in that space was about to close. Then it was this abandoned spot for months. Then it was boarded off. And then one morning, I left for work and it was still behind boards so you couldn’t see anything and when I came home at night not only was a new gorgeous restaurant suddenly there but it was packed with beautiful well dressed people. It was like this magical advertisement for “the good life” had just appeared on this corner where once there was failure and desolation. And so now every night on my walk home exhausted, usually from a 17 hour day, every second as I walk pass the restaurant I almost never fail to look longingly inside and vicariously live the good life that I fantasize is happening within.

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If I can find the clip in which I was interviewed, I’ll post it too.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    I like restaurants with ambitious menus, as long as they can pull it off.

  • Francisco Bacopa

    I’ve been interviewed by the news five times, but was only on TV once. First time it happened was in Annapolis. They saw me hiking past the Governor’s Mansion with my grocery bags and thought they had a live one. Alas, they cut me because I spoke with my most formal Urban Southern dialect from Texas. I think they were looking for someone who spoke with those round-mouthed Tidewater vowels. Sadly, I pronounce “shore” as “shurrh” and not as “shooere” as the Marylanders do.


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