This month we'll be going to Zerza, a fine Moroccan place on Curry Row. They have Moroccan beer, and a meat entree runs from $15-$19. The have bread similar to Indian naan bread, and most dishes come with couscous. Menu
I'll be refunding people's $5 deposits at 6:10pm. No shows and people who show up later than that will forfeit their deposits.
Wikipedia says "In 2010 the median income of FTYR (Full Time Year Round) workers was $42,800 for men, compared to $34,700 for women. The female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.81, slightly higher than the 2008 ratio. The female-to-male earnings ratio of 0.81 means that, in 2009, female FTYR workers earned 19% less than male FTYR workers. The statistic does not take into account differences in experience, skill, occupation, education or hours worked, as long as it qualifies as full-time work.".
The Economist has an article about the "Mommy Track": http://www.economist.com/node/21560856 It is very hard to balance raising a child with a high-powered career. Fathers are not instinctively inclined to be as willing to stay at home with their offspring as mothers are, perhaps partly because, historically, they have had less way of being sure that the kids are really their own.
One burden parents have is driving their kids to extracurricular activities. Since most kids in this country don't live where public transport is viable, and they can't drive themselves until they're about 16, parents must spend a lot of time ferrying their children back and forth to activities. The consequence is that parents must sacrifice their careers and / or children don't get access to as many extracurricular activities as would be desirable. But cars that can drive themselves are just around the corner -- such cars could ferry children to their activities while leaving the parents free to pursue their careers.
Most of the people I know in NYC are single. This is probably because married people don't go to meetups as much. But there is a widespread trend toward more people being single -- half of all adults in the US are single today, vs 22% in 1950. Is this a bad trend or a good one? http://www.economist.com/node/21560844
Gay kids are often bullied in high school, and gay organizations are mobilizing to do something about it. I applaud this, but the effort doesn't seem to be oriented toward protecting everyone from bullying, just gays, or at least, those who can lay claim to some protected status under the auspices of Political Correctness. (Punching a kid because of what group they're in is wrong, while punching a kid because you're a sadistic bastard is just fine). What's more, they are not limiting their efforts to stopping physical bullying, but also verbal "bullying". What this eventually boils down to is a prohibition against anybody saying anything that the gay community doesn't want them to, in any school, public or private.
On the other extreme, a Christian organization is fighting against this and has published the Anti Bullying Policy Yardstick. This goes too far to the other extreme -- demanding special exemptions for religion (punching a kid because God told you to is OK, punching a kid because he punched you is not), and demanding that private schools be exempted from anti-bullying policies altogether. Gay and secular organizations are painting the Christians as being "pro-bullying".
The Washington DC Council is coming out with an anti-bullying policy that greatly restricts free speech, while at the same time utterly failing to protect a straight white American male Christian kid from anything. According to the Council, "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" is "any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act, including electronic communication, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, or a mental, physical, or sensory handicap, or by any other distinguishing characteristic" that a "reasonable person" would foresee as effectively intimidating or harmful to students or their property, or as effectively "insulting or demeaning" so as to disrupt or interfere substantially with "the orderly operation of a school, university, recreational facility, or library." http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/are-no-bullying-zones-constitutional/247867/