As I drove past my old high school, my deal-hunting subconscious noticed something bizarre. ORG“ It looked like something the local contractor would ask to stick in your front yard while he replaced your roof. I wrote off the lawn sign as an amateurish stab at guerilla marketing.
Stuck in the grass by the curb was a white lawn sign about a foot tall with a very simple message in black Times New Roman: “Single? When I drove out of town the next day, the sign was gone. I was back in New York, rushing up 5 Avenue on my way to work in Midtown.
It helps set expectations—when I’ll be leaving, when I’ll be coming back.
It provides transparency.” For Gina and Russell, every date, activity, or evening on the couch requires coordination among as many as eight people (since each of their other partners is also in polyamorous relationship).
My job description was simple: do whatever it takes to find interesting companies who are making lots of money on the internet.
During this time, every radio commercial, billboard, and t-shirt bearing a domain name held a special meaning: it represented an opportunity to find the next big deal.
The one indispensable tool: a shared Google calendar, where everyone can log and view plans, dates, and vacations up to a year in advance.
“Time is the most valuable resource within a poly relationship,” Gina says.
Not much home-cooking is going on; all the activity is eating out.
We were so pleased and surprised with our final ranking that this year we decided not to divide our list by category, but by ranking alone.
So in celebration of Oregon’s new era of grape diversity, we raise a glass to 17 varietals from around the state in a single list, allowing the pinot noir to entwine with the pinot blanc, the Riesling with the tempranillo, the merlot with the Melon de Bourgogne.
No great expectations for Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in Neal’s Yard opened by The Experimental Group — also responsible for a bad-tempered speakeasy in Chinatown — but I was completely won over.
It was thanks to Julia Oudill’s innovative wine list — which champions independent producers and noble viniculture — animated, knowledgeable staff, a menu poised to suit single-minded drinking offering well-chosen charcuterie and cheeses but also ready to counteract the effects of that with Le Cassoulet and Posh Madame (croque with truffled ham and quail’s egg) and decor that is soft-edged and seductive — the way restaurants once aimed to be.