*A little less conversation, a little more action please/
All this aggravation ain’t satisfactioning me/
A little more bite and a little less bark/
A little less fight and a little more spark…
Probably the best thing you can give someone is a job. But if you can’t do that, the next best thing you can give him is a song. A person can make a song his own. It can guide him, warm him, motivate him, make him laugh, make him cry… whatever he needs, however he needs it. We present this double issue to use the same way—your private Winter Song to inspire you to get out there and enjoy the best of everything.
Last month, we celebrated the release of our November issue in the spirit of the giving season: Our benefit for Island Harvest was a tremendous success. And we continue that feeling of giving this month, but with a somewhat lighter heart. We present our annual Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gifts for the special people on your lists. If you’re looking for a travel adventure that is anything but a ho-hum week on the beach, check out Bruce Northam’s Arctic Enlightenment. Bruce’s piece is both a travel account and a thought-provoking look at one of Earth’s biggest challenges. If you don’t mind the cold, but aren’t ready to commit to quasi-isolation, Peter Bronski’s Sublime Skiing might be more your style—he’s got the skinny on the best skiing out west, how to do it and Savvy Skier tips that might save you a few dollars.
Dylan Skolnick’s film column features the Ten Best Films of 2009, Aileen Jacobson’s interview with Dr. Richard Leakey weighs the value of anthropology in Spotlight Q&A, our sports department features Giants Punter Jeff Feagles, the pros and cons of legalizing pro Mixed Martial Arts fighting in New York and Seaton Hall’s rising B-Ball star.
Ready to put the doldrums of this challenged year behind you and start the new year with inspiration, good feeling and cheer? Big Night Out looks at some celebrations happening on December 31st, our fashion spread suggests the best in eveningwear for any occasion and before you resolve any new promises to yourself, take a look at Resolutions, Disillusioned—it might take the pressure off. But if you’re just looking for a new place to dine out with friends, our Islandwide Dining Guide, Foodie Gossip column and Food Reviews won’t steer you wrong.
And us? Your trusty Pulse People? This is the time of year we break for sabbatical—we’ll miss you next month, but as always, we’ll be back in February to start the year with a bang. What can I say, it’s been a damn good year…
We launched our New Media division with a migration of our website to a 2.0 platform that allows us to do… virtually anything. Our 2D Barcode technology is making waves—and judging from the high volume of all you scanners, you’re loving it. If you haven’t taken advantage of this latest way to “get free stuff” with your cell phone, go to lipulse.com/future to find out more. Wait until we release our mobile app! Our advertising team has bucked the trend in both publishing and the local economy and brought in more sales, more ad pages and more renewed business than ever before. The business department and our fulfillment team have been swelling both our subscriptions and the number of retailers where you can pick up the Pulse. And you can see for yourself the exciting innovations featured in each issue. If you ever wonder how we do it—check out my blog. I’ll tell you a few secrets.
Me? I figure I’ll take the month to explore some old stuff—really old stuff. If you care to keep up with me, check out my travel blog where I’ll be uploading pictures and news from Egypt and the lost city of Petra (Jordan). Don’t worry, our mascot Zoki will drop you the occasional blog from grandma’s house.
*Baby close your eyes and listen to the music,
* “A Little Less Conversation,” Elvis