Wednesday, February 28, 2007

How to Score the NYT Vows

Understanding Intern Alexis's Patented Vows Scoring System, Now Improved With Your Choicest Suggestions From Last Week (Send More)

Investment banker: 2
Both Investment bankers: 5
Management Consultant: 1
Both management consultants: 3
Trader: 2
Both traders: 5
High-powered lawyer: 2
Both high-powered lawyers: 5
Teacher at a New York City or Connecticut private school: 2
Parents from New York City or wealthy suburb in Connecticut: 1
New York Times employee: 1
Works in media: 1
Ivy league graduate: 2 *
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne: 3*
Both Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne: 7*
For each subsequent degree after a B.A.: 1
If bride or groom attended/teach at any school with "Country Day" in
the name: +2
Graduated Cum Laude: 1
Graduated Magna Cum Laude: 2
Graduated Summa Cum Laude: 3
Woman is at ideal age for getting married (25): 1
Man is at ideal age for getting married (27): 1
For each member of couple over 35: -1
Couple met during or before their freshman year in college: +2
Bride or groom goes by middle name = +1
Mother a kindergarten teacher or reading specialist/father a wealthy
industrialist = +3
If the groom is Jewish and the bride Asian: +2
If the groom is Asian and the bride is Jewish: -1
The bride/bridegroom's first marriage ended in divorce: -2
Descendant/related to somebody famous: +3
Descendant of a founding father: +4
Parent is a trustee or board member of a company or organization: +1
per company/org
Bride or Groom is a board member of a company or organization: +1 per
Bride "is keeping her name", "will continue to use her name professionally": -1
If there is a Jr., II, III or IV in a name: +2
If someone famous comes to the wedding and is mentioned: +2

*Apply to graduate school degrees in addition to B.A.s

Thursday, February 08, 2007

NY governor ready to approve casino

NY governor ready to approve casino: "NY governor ready to approve casino
6 February 2007

MONTICELLO, New York – As reported by the Pocono Record: 'New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is close to approving a $600-million Monticello casino, his spokeswoman said.

''We are optimistic that there will be something in a number of days,' she said of the governor taking a historic step of approving the St. Regis Mohawk casino at Monticello Gaming and Raceway.

'In December, authorities gave environmental approval. Spitzer must concur by letter with those findings for the Mohawks and their partner, Empire Resorts, to go forward.

'If Spitzer signs, it would be a hurdle that no other Catskill casino has cleared, paving the way for final approval by the Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.

'Only three times before have governors allowed state land to be taken into trust for an off-reservation casino — none of them were in New York.

'…The governor and the Mohawks still have to work out a compact that specifies, among other things, a revenue sharing deal…'"