Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Yuppie Stamford: Vacuums, Blogs, Me

Um... I googled "yuppie blogs" just for fun, and the first result was a New York Times article called "The Latest Must-Have for Yuppies: A Blog About the Neighborhood." If I had any doubt that I'm in yuppie-ville, the article dispels it... oh, that and the reflection I glimpsed of myself leaving Target at 9pm Monday night with a $500 vacuum. (Already worth it!!!) I saw myself pushing the cart and thought, yup, Stuff Yuppies Like: expensive vacuums.

The Times article is about Brooklyn, but it clearly applies to Stamford: First come the renovated condominiums, the latte bars and the expensive baby strollers. Next, apparently, come the bloggers. Well, Stamford has new condos, and we don't push strollers because we don't walk anywhere, but we have a lot of bloggers. Scroll down to see my Fellow Bloggers in the right-hand margin.

Just like in Brooklyn, we Stamford urbanites closely watch what goes on in our 'hoods: One Web site’s survey of the prevalence of blogs in urban neighborhoods found a link between gentrification and the number of people who feel compelled to think out loud about the changes in their backyards...

Yup. I was all riled up about Whole Foods, and Trump Parc irritates me every morning when I stare at it on my drive through Stamford to I-95. Always Home and Uncool wrote about Advocate editor Joe Pisani leaving after Hearst took over. Blog Stamford writes about new buildings going up over town. Mr. Stamford posts about development in town, too.
Joey K took furtive pictures of mystery construction that turned out to be part of a very confusing situation with the fire department. Manager Mom covers gas prices and recycling. Station Stops is all up in MetroNorth's beeswax. We are ON this city.

The leading Brooklyn blogger said, "This either means we’ve got a lot of creative, community-minded people in the neighborhood or a lot of recluses with too much time on their hands.” I think it's mostly the first one.

About that vacuum. I have a short haired dog whose white hair sticks like glued needles to any fabric. This vacuum has already changed my life and self-image. I can now host slumber parties and not feel guilty that my couches/air mattresses are near hair-slicked surfaces. Here's a pic of my dog with her boyfriend, Murray.


Related Stamford Talk articles:


April 16, 2008: "Stuff White People Like" Update: I Still Hate It

March 24, 2008: I Don't Like 'Stuff White People Like'

January 23, 2008: Whole Foods Mess Might Benefit Tawa

June 7, 2008: More Falling Objects in Stamford: Oh No You DI'IN'T, Trump Parc!

8 comments:

Mr. Z said...

We have a white haired dog and a Dyson Animal as well. We recently complemented our Dyson with a Bissell Carpet Cleaner. It has been a very worthy addition for a dog owner cursed with a carpeted home.

Coming down from the East Side the Trump doesn't make much of an impression so I don't think much of it, but when you come down into Stamford on High Ridge Road it is easy to see how the building truly towers over its surroundings. It does seem out of place, but only for a while...

Personally, I can't wait to see the Ritz-Carlton start to go up over at Tresser and Atlantic.

Greg said...

"Personally, I can't wait to see the Ritz-Carlton start to go up over at Tresser and Atlantic."

Speaking of...work seems to have mysteriously stopped at that job site. Does anyone know why?

Stamford Talk said...

Whitemist posted an update on the "Oh No You Didn't, Trump Parc" post:

"City inspectors told the company no work today - until you clean up your mess - to many pieces of loose debris up on the open floors."

I think I read the workers were undergoing training. From the June 10 Advocate "After a weekend shutdown, city officials allowed limited construction at the Trump Parc construction site yesterday morning, after workers completed a safety training session."

But was it also stopped yesterday?

Whitemist said...

Inspectors had to check first and limited it still is -they had a lot of stuff up there that was waiting to fall.....

lettersfromsuburbia said...

I wouldn't say we all have too much time on our hands. I mean, really, how long does it take a write a blog post? I don't think I've ever spent more than 20 minutes on any of them. I may be a recluse, but that's a whole different story entirely...

Irenesbooks said...

Hey, you forgot to mention our blog: Stamford History Real Time

==grin==

Manager Mom said...

I hope all you creative blogger types are coming to Monster B's tonight!!! especially if you have well paying real jobs...

And, I covet the Dyson Ball vacuum. THAT is the SEXAY-ist piece of electronic equipment that I have ever seen...

Chris said...

Dyson Animal: check
Bugaboo Stroller: check
Blog: check
Condo: maybe someday!