“There Is More Sophistication & Less Sense In New York Than Anywhere Else On The Globe” – Elbert Hubbard
New York is an odd place in the sense that people here seem to be so sophisticated one minute and the exact opposite 5 minutes later. I could count numerous times where I’ve witnessed people in restaurants or bars brag that they are working on one of the biggest lawsuits or corporate deals to their friends, and the next minute they have completely missed their stool, tanked on the floor and I have the biggest urge to burst out laughing.
No lie – this really happened to me this evening and the best thing was, the woman in question, lay on the floor for a few minutes, absorbed her humiliation then got up and carried on her business conversation.
Tonight I witnessed many of these moments of great sophistication and very little sense – one of which included a hedge fund manager from Wall Street (sophistication) dancing spontaneously and asking women for singles in return (where is the sense?!).
All of this occurred at the most poignant of moments – Friday night happy hour! The conversation is deafening, it takes you at least 20 minutes to get a drink and you don’t even want to look at the line to the bathroom…