Mom + Pop Culture Check Out the New ‘Food Bank’

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about a new dining spot in town.

POP CULTURE: So, Mom, which Happy Hour spot shall we grace with our presence this evening?

MOM CULTURE: How about the bank, Pop?

Sign Up for E-News

POP: How about it?

MOM: I’d like to try it.

POP: Are you hearing OK, Mom? I said Happy Hour.

MOM: I heard that, Pop. Haven’t you heard?

POP: School me.

MOM: Well, you know how some people were upset about that new bank opening in town?

POP: Sure. It’s about time we woke up to the harsh reality that even one bank too many threatens our way of life… not unlike nuclear energy.

MOM: Don’t get me started on that one. You know what the school superintendent told us this morning at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast?

POP:  I have no clue.

MOM: I’ve known that for 30 years, but anyhoo, he said the nuclear plant closing will mean the school district in the next several years stands to suffer a $60 million shortfall in revenues that the energy company contributes to the community.

POP: How do they propose to get back that money?

MOM: Better sit for this one: School taxes would have to increase by 13 percent a year for four years. And the district couldn’t afford to sustain some of the advanced academic programs that are popular with students.

POP: Well, the plant had to go. Somebody will figure something out, I’m sure. It’s all good. In the meantime, thanks to that taxing conversation, I need Happy Hour more now than I did three minutes ago. What were you babbling about the bank?

MOM: I was saying that the bank deserves credit.

POP: Did it turn itself down for a loan?

MOM: Cute, Pop. My point is that despite folks questioning the need for another bank, it has responded with ingenuity to the protests and the picket lines blocking ATM machines.

POP: Alright. You’ve piqued my interest. What’s going on there?

MOM: This is so cool: It has opened a casual dining area called Food Bank.

POP: Hmm. Not sure how tasteful that is.

MOM: Oh, I hear the food is edible enough. No mercury deposits in the ahi tuna or anything like that. And the drinks are drinkable. Mary and Mike checked it out and gave it thumbs up. They said they walked out of there with a little bounce in their step.

POP: Well, the bank certainly is putting their money where our mouth is, but I meant the lounge’s name might be considered in dubious taste. A food bank is a social service that caters to the needy.

MOM: So does this Food Bank. It’s a new social gathering place that caters to people who need to blow off steam after work on a Friday night. What’s wrong with that?

POP: I suppose it’s a clever way to have the protesters withdraw their pickets.

MOM: And just in time, I might add.

POP: Why. What possibly could have happened?

MOM: Well, Pop, I have it on good authority that the more radical bank rebels were preparing to go to the mattresses.

Bruce Apar is chief content officer of Pinpoint Marketing & Design, a Google Partner Agency. Its Adventix division helps performing arts venues increase ticket sales. He also is an actor, a community volunteer, and a contributor to several periodicals, including Westchester Magazine. Follow him as Bruce the Blog on social media. Reach him at bapar@pinpointmarketingdesign.com or 914-275-6887.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

Here's What You Missed Last Week

Last week, the Daily News ran a headline, “When is our father coming home?” This dealt with a person here illegally, married to an American woman with a family, who was arrested at an Army base while delivering pizza. You are supposed to think that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under Trump, is tearing families apart. As usual, it was a crock of cow pies. It was ...

Watergate Analogies Apply to Obama, Not Trump

My liberal counterpart in this publication is about my age. Maybe I am the baby of the group, but we all have had the same seminal experiences of our youth: Vietnam, the civil rights movement and Watergate. These are what shaped our political perspectives.

Looking back, maybe, just maybe those who thought Nixon was really deserving of his fate cannot be faulted for thinking so. It was once ...

Reagan on Trump

The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience:

• More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Maria; 
• The underhanded ...

The Rich Get Richer, and We’re Paying For It

According to a Harvard University study published late last year, most Americans believe that the richest 20 percent of Americans own just half of the nation’s wealth. Wrong! The top 20 percent own 93 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the top 1 percent own 40 percent of that wealth. Additionally, the top 10 percent of earners in 2017 took home more than half the nation’s ...

Competing—Against Yourself

This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits.

Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield Harrison Apar Field of Dreams and a charitable foundation of the same name.

Due to a rare dwarfism, ...

Honoring Our Veterans’ Freedom of Speech

Memorial Day is over, but writing about America’s veterans doesn’t have an expiration date.

My dad, George, was as proud a veteran as you’d meet. He served in the Army in World War II and loved our country no less than the next veteran. I am proud of him, as is my brother, Robert, who served in the Air Force.

Growing up, the one vacation we took each year was spent with ...

I Come from the Land Down Under

I know this is a family column, so I’m going to put this in as delicate terms as possible.

This morning I woke up and I knew, as sure as the sun shines over Bora Bora, that something was very, very wrong in that place in my body where the Bora Bora sun doesn’t shine.

It’s that place I used to refer to my daughter as her hoo-hoo. But it certainly wasn’t a happy ...

Mouthing Off

When I went for oral surgery last spring, the doctor told me he could only do one half of my mouth that day or I wouldn’t be able to eat for two weeks. Considering it was almost bathing suit season, I didn’t think that was necessarily a bad thing. But he convinced me otherwise, and told me if I was really gung ho about getting it all done, I could come back in a month or so to have ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b4cc78dd32adbbf57c97_2018_hiv_testing_day_eng

Wed, June 27, 9:00 AM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

PCDOH Free HIV Testing Day

Health & Wellness