1. Ootoya nights

    teresawu:

    I can’t pinpoint the evening our little tradition started (but Foursquare probably can)—sometime before Amy moved to San Francisco last year, we started getting together for girls’ dinners at Ootoya.  

    This is how it goes. We fight our way through the hairy Elmos and naked cowboys and idiot tourists in Times Square. Someone is always late. Upon arrival there are big squeals and big squeezes and a little bit of pleading with the hostess to seat us though our whole party’s not here. 

    It always starts with tofu salad for the table. Fresh and light with a vinegary dressing. We catch up on everyone’s latest jaunts here and upcoming bachelorette parties there. Next comes the yakitori: tomato wrapped in pork belly, a couple skewers of chicken thighs with green onion. 

    Once our bellies are primed for more we order our mains. There are about three things that we ever pick: kaasanni (breaded soy sauce chicken cutlets), mini kaisen don (sashimi over rice), and salmon saikyo (perfectly moist, flakey grilled Atlantic salmon).

    By the time our entrees come our conversation has gotten reaaaaal fluffy. This is the kind of conversation that—if you’re sitting at the next table over—you wonder if these girls have anything going on upstairs. We talk about boys. We talk about bags. We talk about rings. We lament over the hilariously practical gifts the men in our lives have gotten us and shamelessly critique/admire/gape at ____’s new rock/crop top/eyelash extensions on Facebook.  

    We laugh. A lot. The kind of outrageous, no holds barred, super horsey laughter that makes you embarrassed on behalf of us if you’re sitting across the restaurant.

    Dinner never fails to end with something sweet: two scoops each of green tea, sesame, and earl grey ice cream. It ends with us shutting the place down… dragging our heels to pay the absurdly reasonable check. There’s never a need for alcohol because we’re deliriously drunk with laughter. It ends with happy giggles, fierce hugs goodbye. Though we make it a point to do it regularly… it feels like our winter coats turn into floral sundresses and then back again by the time we get together for the next one. 

    At the beginning of next month we lose another to California: Nancy heads west for Labor Day. In this city, your friend circle seems to be a constantly rotating cast of characters: For every one that hops on there’s another one that hops off. I can’t count on ten fingers the friends I’ve lost to bschool, to Dubai, to Miami, to Shanghai. In a city in which you can sometimes feel like you know a million people but also no one at all—I’m grateful that every now and then when I look around that table, I’ve got girlfriends that make New York home. 

    I love my incredibly eloquent BFF teresawu. Ootoya nights 4eva!

  2. sherpaa:

When Adrian, a client of ours, contacted Sherpaa with swelling and a sharp pain in his right foot, he wasn’t sure if it was something to worry about. He was moving around well enough, continuing with his exercise regimen, and already knew a podiatrist. But instead of scheduling, waiting, and paying for a doctor’s appointment, he contacted Sherpaa first.

Our doctors responded right away with a number of diagnostic questions, a few are listed below:


And what followed was simple:
Based on Adrian’s answers, Dr. Santana ordered an X-ray, no appointment necessary.
Adrian walked in the same day, got his X-ray and a copy of the films.
Within a half hour, Dr. Santana had the results: a fracture at the base of his fourth toe.
Adrian went to his podiatrist the next day, and his toe was set to heal in four to eight weeks.
One of our Sherpaa Doctors reminded us recently that pain is your body telling you to slow down. All Adrian had to do was listen, send us a message, and allow us to handle the rest.

We’re really glad Adrian had the x-ray taken, too. Stress fractures, if left untreated, can cause the bone to break apart completely.
Though our doctor-client interactions rarely stray from the phone or our messaging app, we strive for quick and comprehensive care. Just by spending a few minutes in contact with Sherpaa and an hour or so with a doctor and radiologist, Adrian identified a potentially harmful injury that at first seemed benign, then had it taken care of in no time.

This is the FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE, you guys. 24/7 online access to incredible and caring doctors… amazing.

    sherpaa:

    When Adrian, a client of ours, contacted Sherpaa with swelling and a sharp pain in his right foot, he wasn’t sure if it was something to worry about. He was moving around well enough, continuing with his exercise regimen, and already knew a podiatrist. But instead of scheduling, waiting, and paying for a doctor’s appointment, he contacted Sherpaa first.

    Our doctors responded right away with a number of diagnostic questions, a few are listed below:

    And what followed was simple:

    • Based on Adrian’s answers, Dr. Santana ordered an X-ray, no appointment necessary.
    • Adrian walked in the same day, got his X-ray and a copy of the films.
    • Within a half hour, Dr. Santana had the results: a fracture at the base of his fourth toe.
    • Adrian went to his podiatrist the next day, and his toe was set to heal in four to eight weeks.

    One of our Sherpaa Doctors reminded us recently that pain is your body telling you to slow down. All Adrian had to do was listen, send us a message, and allow us to handle the rest.

    We’re really glad Adrian had the x-ray taken, too. Stress fractures, if left untreated, can cause the bone to break apart completely.

    Though our doctor-client interactions rarely stray from the phone or our messaging app, we strive for quick and comprehensive care. Just by spending a few minutes in contact with Sherpaa and an hour or so with a doctor and radiologist, Adrian identified a potentially harmful injury that at first seemed benign, then had it taken care of in no time.

    This is the FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE, you guys. 24/7 online access to incredible and caring doctors… amazing.

  3. humansofnewyork:

"In my heart of hearts, I wanted to do the right thing, but selling drugs was easy. Everyone was doing it. I mean, I’m not using that as an excuse, I made my own decisions. But I grew up around these Robin Hood figures who would sell drugs, then buy supplies for kids who were going back to school, or pay rent for an old woman who was about to get evicted. All my friends were doing it. It almost seemed fashionable. I never felt proud of it. I always thought I’d transition to a job with the Transit Authority, or a job like this— something I’d feel good about, but instead I transitioned to jail. I did six years. When I got out, it was tempting to go back to the easy money, because everyone around me was still doing it, and I couldn’t get a job. But luckily I found an agency that helps ex-cons, because there aren’t many companies looking to give people a second chance. I’ve had this job for a few years now. You know what product I’m selling now? Myself. Everyone around here is my client. Times Square is a drug to these people. And I’m picking up all the trash so that they can have the full Times Square experience."

    humansofnewyork:

    "In my heart of hearts, I wanted to do the right thing, but selling drugs was easy. Everyone was doing it. I mean, I’m not using that as an excuse, I made my own decisions. But I grew up around these Robin Hood figures who would sell drugs, then buy supplies for kids who were going back to school, or pay rent for an old woman who was about to get evicted. All my friends were doing it. It almost seemed fashionable. I never felt proud of it. I always thought I’d transition to a job with the Transit Authority, or a job like this— something I’d feel good about, but instead I transitioned to jail. I did six years. When I got out, it was tempting to go back to the easy money, because everyone around me was still doing it, and I couldn’t get a job. But luckily I found an agency that helps ex-cons, because there aren’t many companies looking to give people a second chance. I’ve had this job for a few years now. You know what product I’m selling now? Myself. Everyone around here is my client. Times Square is a drug to these people. And I’m picking up all the trash so that they can have the full Times Square experience."

  4. “[Sherpaa’s] moving medicine into an electronic age, where most doctors don’t email with their patients, like who doesn’t email? That’s the days of dinosaurs.”

    – Dr. idasantana, in my favorite quote from our CNBC piece. I love her.

  5. Rockport, MA; It’s like looking at a painting.

    Rockport, MA; It’s like looking at a painting.

  6. sherpaa:

    CNBC’s Nightly Business Report featured us in their Bright Idea segment on last night’s show. Click above to watch!

  7. The Next Thing

    chrismohney:

    In honor of our great nation’s birthday, my last day at Maker Studios will be this Friday, July the Fourth. I’m looking forward to a summer of conversations over summery beverages about starting the next thing. What is the next thing? I like editorial, I like writing, I like video, I like running teams, I like technology, I like doing fun stuff with smart people who move quickly. If you’re interested in a chat, by all means drop me a line at chrismohney dot gmail dot com. Enjoy perusing my widely praised Linkedin profile if you need context, background, business intelligence, and/or bullet points. And if you need me tonight, I’ll be at the bar.

    Note for Chris: I read “I like running teams” in the athletic sense and was about to email you demanding why you never asked me to join your elitist running team… then I checked myself before I wrecked myself.

    Note for everyone else: I had the privilege of working with Chris at Blip and Maker Studios and you should talk to him about running editorial at your company.

  8. > Quiz: Find the missing World Cup ball (Round 3)

    Bravo, NY Times! These interactive features/games are so fun.

    In case you missed it: Round 1 and Round 2

    Bonus: When did the they also start doing haikus?!

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