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Jan 23Liked by Anne Kadet

I've been doing it wrong. From now on, you can bet I'm giving my groceries a hug. 🤣🤣 Mr. Minksky is an inspiration! I wish him and his partner ALL the success!

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Jan 23Liked by Anne Kadet

I don’t know, Frankie seems like he could stand to work on being more honest and genuine in his interactions with women. You get back what you give out, you know?

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Jan 23Liked by Anne Kadet

Phones don't record calls that come through while they're off, at least not on the device. But Frankie should contact his phone company - they have a record of all incoming calls and can tell him what numbers called him that night

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Oh my goodness, I loved Frankie's story! She's definitely the one even though he doesn't remember her name 🤣 I hope it works out, but it sounds like he needs to get his heart broken a few times. I think you should interview some of the people on the missed connections site.I bet there are some great stories! Maybe for Valentines day?

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Jan 23Liked by Anne Kadet

Android is an open source platform which means, unlike Apple, you can pick and choose ways to customize it.

Apple has the same business model as AOL used to have which means you are locked on the Apple reservation. It infuriates Apple users when they are compared to AOL users but facts are facts.

Oh, and pound for pound, Apple iphones cost a whole lot more than Android phones.

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How do I love New York? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS! I grew up on an island on the west coast of Canada, but since my teen years I was drawn to New York. I lived in Montréal in the 1980's and visited NYC twice and was appropriately impressed and besotted. When I moved back to the west coast in 1990 one of my biggest regrets was that I wouldn't as easily be able to visit New York, and in fact didn't make it back there again until 2017. For my 60th birthday I planned and saved up for a trip to NY... had a super cool Airbnb near Washington Square rented that was an artist's studio in the 60's. I was going to be there alone for 18 days with visits from my husband, my daughter, and a good friend. Alas. That birthday was May 5th, 2020 and although I don't remember the details, for some reason the trip never came to pass. Plus I lost money on the Airbnb. What a world. Anyhoo, one of these days I'll visit again.

Of course, that's not the only reason I read Café Anne! I wouldn't subscribe to just any old newsletter about New York. You're hilarious, and the New York you reveal makes me feel like I'm there.

Also... ANDROID! ANDROID! ANDROID!

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I’m one of your out-of-town subscribers and I look in often just because I love YOUR New York. This one made me wish I lived in Bushwick or near enough to check out this guy and his store. I really love his logo.

I am an Android phone person even though I have an Apple Macbook Air and an iPad. We buy open phones and prefer to pick our contracts or no-contract agreements accordingly. There has been no down side.

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Jan 23·edited Jan 23Liked by Anne Kadet

Another gem.

(1) Why NYC -- There is something magical about the big city in any country and NYC is it here. People want to see it and gravitate to it whether Seoul, Tokyo, London, Paris. I read once that at the peak of European migration, 25% of all immigrants that arrived in NYC stayed at least for a while!

(2) Aharon & the Horseradish Market -- The copy for the apples is almost a clone of what we get when we visit Trader Joe's and the horseradish market seems similar. People respond to the vibe of a market and can ignore the stuff like I've seen this before because it makes them happy. The rivalry of the brothers from Germany who inherited the Aldi Market dynasty in Germany and became Aldi and Trader Joe's in America. The best part of the story is Aldi and Trader Joe's likely share many suppliers yet the vibe and appeal could not be more different. Small, convenient, efficient, produce turnover rapid so no old stuff in the stores. Best part of story was grabbing a tech guy who makes stocking and pricing easy without any overhead. BRILLIANT. This is EXACTLY why the tech boom has changed everything. Guys like his friend eliminate the barrier to entry and friction to access. Businesses that figure out how to leverage access to information can do almost anything including finding cheap high-quality chocolate.

(3) Matchmaker -- no comment

(4) Phone -- have owned both. Only Google Pixel these days. Everything Google makes works for everyone, everything Apple makes only works for the herd -- Big world >> Small world -- example why would I Facetime if only part of my family used it --- Zoom or Google Meet or Microsoft Teams -- all of them are built for the WHOLE world except Facetime -- seems narrow and unnecessary. Inclusive > Exclusive

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That pic of Mr. Kindly ecstatically showcasing his Snack display is an exclamation mark in itself!!!!!

How much does he charge for eggs????

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also: regarding apples, I feel like you will love this: https://applerankings.com/

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There's really no mystery why non-New Yorkers are so fascinated by New York - it's because there is truly no place like it on Earth. Other cities are cool, amazing, incredible, etc. - Vancouver, Hong Kong, London, I'm looking at you - but they're not New York. And they never will be.

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Jan 23Liked by Anne Kadet

I read your writing not because it is about New York but because I like your writing, the people you find and the way your mind presents thoughts. Thanks you!

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Jan 24Liked by Anne Kadet

Phone choice is an iPhone since I would have FOMO with another phone due to the iMessage group exclusivity (curse the green texts!)

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"looked exotic; possibly Indian or Middle Eastern or North Africa or Spanish or Mexican or Italian?" Add in Greek and Persian and you've got two decades of people describing me as well.

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Jan 24Liked by Anne Kadet

I'm from Indonesia and I honestly subscribe to your newsletter because you write interesting real-life-NYC stories. But why an 'outsider' like me have such a big interest in that city? I guess because I grew up watching too many rom-coms set in NYC 😅

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you did not need to come for Rhode Island Monthly like that

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