You see, birthdays are a big thing for my wife and tonight she is taking me out to "One if by Land, Two if by Sea" on Barrow St. where I get to nibble on my yearly dose of Beef Wellington.
So, when Leonie announced Class Size Matters was hosting a viewing party tonight from 9:30-11:30 [NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE BELOW] with Diane as the guest at the Hotel Benjamin and since we'll be in the city anyway and since dinner will be over by 9 - hmmmmm.
I opened up negotiations with a woman who I am about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with - a woman who has had it up to here over my ed obsession even 9 years after I retired.
I was forceful: "It's my birthday," I whined.
I tried bribery: "You don't even have to get my birthday eclair this year." (I got 4 of them - yum.)
I was persuasive. "Leonie needs me to tape it."
I was suave. "Think how much more romantic I will be on our upcoming anniversary trip to Paris."
Finally, I used charm: "I'm spending 2 hours each way driving to Philly to visit your brother's daughter and granddaughter on Saturday. Don't I get something for doing it?"
See you tonight.
Ahhhh, the art of negotiation.
New York, NY 10022
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