An addendum to Christmas tree arbitrage

Last holiday season I followed the pine needle trail to find different Christmas tree pricing from block to block. The good news: there are still arbitrage opportunities! The bad news: average prices are up by 50%. Supplies are short, so don’t throw too much shade at the tree farmer hustle, they want to buy Christmas gifts too. I’ve seen some excellent minimalist millennial tree substitutes as well, exemplar below.

 Book tree - and there were books to spare! A true thespian's West Village nook.
Book tree – and there were books to spare! A true thespian’s West Village nook.

So cozy up with your book tree, pine tree, or just the Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, and remember that it doesn’t have to be pricey to be festive.

Positive Cyc-ology: Peloton and the cultural sweep towards Positive Psych

Peloton seems to be rolling into every media stream from the Tim Ferriss podcast to TV ads to Classpass – so of course I had to give it a whirl. And what I found was not just the club vibe of Soul Cycle but the positive psychology messaging that has permeated our media even more than their marketing.  “Leave everything else outside and bring your best” was my instructor’s charge early in our session.

It reminded me of my first Daybreaker, where the MC told us “love yourself… and let your hips go. Love yourself…and let your hips go.”

 Daybreaker NYC - bringing the good vibes to your day
Daybreaker NYC – bringing the good vibes to your day

In these days of social comparison via Instagram and Facebook, there’s a parallel movement in academia, non-profits, and now businesses to remind people that self actualization cannot be sourced from external affirmation. I kinda dig it – marketing that is catchy and urging on a better you rather than a needier you. I can’t say I’m going to give up my precious NYC apartment real estate for a Peloton bike (think about the opportunity cost per square foot!) But live classes, that I am up for. Preach on Peloton!