Chat GPT and AI
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by Joanne Wilson
2d ago
I am a big fan of the ability to work from home a few days a week. Everyone should have flexibility in their lives. It makes for a happier work culture. Most people do the right thing and get their work done no matter where they hang their hat on a particular day. Then some don’t. Through my experiences, I know and have heard stories of employees working two jobs simultaneously. God knows why someone would want to do that, but eventually, everyone figures it out. The first question I ask is where integrity has gone. Perhaps it is easier to pull this off with Chat GPT and AI. We are all asking ..read more
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Pet Peeves
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by Joanne Wilson
5d ago
NYC can be very small for a city of over 8 million people. I love it when I bump into people I have not seen for a while, be it at events, a restaurant, a play, a gallery, or on the street. It’s always fun. I do have one pet peeve that I would like to believe should end with my generation, but it appears it has not. It only happens with women, too.   The first question I get asked is, “How are the kids?” I am happy to share with you what our kids are up to, aka adults, but there are many other things to question. How have you been? What have you been up to? How are you spending ..read more
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Gaetano Pesce, RIP
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by Joanne Wilson
5d ago
We have been collecting art since we graduated from college. We are drawn to various mediums, from paintings to charcoals to sculptures and more. We have met some of the artists we have collected, but not enough. I purchased a piece from Gaetano Pesce years ago. His big rubbery vaselike structures. The one we own sits in a corner. He was a multi-faceted artist who worked as an architect, an industrial planner, an urban planner, and a lover of color. I love this quote, “One day, you have an idea for a poem; the next, you have an idea for a song. The best artists are also physicians, mathematic ..read more
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Madison Square Park Conservancy
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by Joanne Wilson
1w ago
Last night, I attended an event to honor Danny Meyer for his incredible, city-changing work at Madison Square Park. Under a tent in the pouring rain, he shared a story with the audience, one that I already knew. It is one of the joys of living in this city long enough to be part of its history and remember what has changed. Fred and I moved to the city in August of 1983 and into 80 Madison. At that time, the neighborhood was filled with single-room occupied hotels that the city had put people up in. The area was overwhelmed with prostitutes, homeless, and drug addicts, but we could both walk ..read more
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The Reality of Cannabis
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by Joanne Wilson
1w ago
This week, I read an article in the Washington Examiner on why Republicans must turn against cannabis. The article confirms that the media is no longer fact-checking real data; at least the Washington Examiner isn’t. Here is a paragraph from the article. “Besides the data behind why recreational marijuana should be discouraged and prohibited, why indulge in it, to begin with? Seeking a high in all its forms is illogical and foolish. You lose even the slightest control of yourself, and you will either do something you will regret or be incapable of reacting spontaneously in an unexpected situa ..read more
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Post Covids Reality
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by Joanne Wilson
1w ago
It will take years for us to truly understand the trauma that COVID-19 leashed on all of us. The list is long. People lost friends and family members, and education fell into an abyss with the onus on parents’ shoulders; we woke up to racism instead of the reality of classism, and most of us thought about how we wanted to live our lives when we got out of this mess. The US Government dealt with the entire national crisis so poorly. Now, we are out on the streets again, but something has changed. It appears that most Americans are unhappy with their country even though the stock market is doin ..read more
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Gotham Goods
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by Joanne Wilson
2w ago
When Gotham was just an idea, several pieces were in my head besides a store. There is the store, the cannabis products, the merchandise, the events, the music, the technology behind all of it, the importance of hospitality, and Gotham Goods, aka private label products. I am the first to admit I bit off more than I could chew. I had a vision, and Gotham Goods was part of that. I knew we would eventually want to bring in our own products, so why not do it all at once? I am sure that being over 60 vs 40 had something to do with it, too, but here we are. My first mistake was the first person I h ..read more
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Holding On to Power
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by Joanne Wilson
2w ago
What is happening with religion and conservative men right now is such an apparent fear of losing power. There has been a decline in religion since the mid-twentieth century. It is not shocking based on the sexual crimes, including their religious beliefs being imposed on all of us while chipping away at women’s rights. Watching the religious rights support of Trump, who is a wife beater, rapist, divorced several times, tax evader, grifter, and appears to be an all-around horrific human being, is mind-boggling. Do we think all these people are buying his Bibles? Then, of course, we have the c ..read more
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Software
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by Joanne Wilson
2w ago
Anyone in the cannabis industry knows how horrible the software is that we all must use. I sat at the concierge desk the other evening and checked people in. The software we use that feeds into our marketing is crap. I met someone who built the back-end tech systems for Chase in the early 90s and said they were still using the same software. Think about when you check into an airport and how long it takes the people behind the counter to check you in. The software is antiquated. Many of these old software systems aren’t open, so it is not like anyone can build on top of them. The market size ..read more
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The Future of Cannabis
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by Joanne Wilson
2w ago
Whenever someone asks me about how the cannabis world is going, it is hard to give a one-liner. The complexity, including the constant change, can be overwhelming, depending on the day. In NY State, the license roll-out has been slow. Many CAURD licensees are selling their licenses to others backed up with legal paperwork, those who have been given proximity protection do not have the proper paperwork needed, and no diligence is being done on the reality of each of these properties; zero money has flowed into CAURD licenses and never will. The OCM’s (Office of Cannabis Management) desire to d ..read more
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