Tuesday, May 19, 2009

what financial crisis?

Today my wife picked up the take-out menu from a new restaurant in our neighborhood. The decor looks a little like an airport cafe -- sleek and modern, not fancy. One menu item is called "New York Toast". The description -- "grilled hot dogs served [with - sic] grilled onions and sauerkraut". The price? $7.99. Of course, on the side you may want an order of fries. "Home Fries - $6.99". Add a modest $1.75 for a soda. So we are looking at over $17 (add in the tax) for a hot dog, fries, and a soda.

I'm actually glad that some people can plunk down a few million on homes around my neighborhood and can afford to spend $17 bucks on a hot dog and fries. For a moment there, I thought there was a financial crisis going on, but I guess I must be mistaken.


  1. Anonymous8:28 AM

    it is run by guys with nice chassidische payis, as you noticed.

    Quite a few plasma TVs too

  2. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Was it crowded? It could be out of business in a month. Also, it's twice as much at Yankee Stadium.

  3. There sure are people who were unaffected by the recession. I know some very wealthy people who never bought a penny of securities, and kept everything in bonds and cds. So what's your tayneh, "lama tisra'u"? Ha. Lama tisra'u is not a din, it's decency and common sense, which, you may have noticed, are both rare commodities.
    Another thing: I have a friend who is financially independent. He has a cousin that lives in your area who is up to his nose in debt and who lives far beyond his means, and who has approached him several times to borrow money. So cut back on your extravagances? Noooo, that's not an option.

  4. Bob Miller3:34 PM

    People have differing priorities. If these prices or this food don't attract enough money, they'll need a new strategy. Meanwhile, don't worry about what the other guy does. Buy the food you want where you want.

  5. Shouldn't we have a sense of arvus for others and a motivation to foster and build a better society not based on materialistic values?

  6. Reading the letters to the editor and the advertisements within frum newspapers sometimes reminds me of Tur Malka.