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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Bad-ass Motherfisher
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    That is some fascinating shit.    Thank you.Report

  2. Avatar BradK
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    So the point here is that since Gentiles don’t take as many faith-based holidays each year we lack culture, and therefore aren’t entitled to engage in culture war?

    I’ve done a fair amount of business with B&H and it does always seem as though they’re shut down for one holiday or another.  They don’t even accept orders when closed.  Apparently their web servers are observant as well.Report

  3. Avatar dhex
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    bh is a fun place to visit and a decent place to shop provided you know what you’re looking for and it’s relatively early, but i admit to being a bit baffled as to what mr. ryan is stabbing at here.Report

    • Avatar sonmi451 in reply to dhex
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      Too many Jewish holidays, not enough Christians. But IT IS in New York City, no? If you’re looking at a store in Kansas, say, it won’t be the same, right?Report

      • Avatar sonmi451 in reply to sonmi451
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        I don’t have time to Google this now, but it also depends on who the owner is, no? The owner could be an observant Orthodox Jewish. I don’t think it should be an issue if someone wants to close his/her store how many times a year. Religious observance only becomes an issue when it collides with other ights – if the store won’t hire female employees, for example, or forces female customers to line up at a separate counter at the back of the store.

        But of course Mr Ryan probably had a more high-minded, intellectual idea in mind with his post, rather that mundane things like that. I’m not smart enough to understand him, most of the time.Report

        • Avatar David Ryan in reply to sonmi451
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          As mentioned in my bio, I am/was a professional photographer and filmmaker for 25 years before turning my fulltime attention to my maritime pursuit. B&H is hands down the best combination of price, selection, and service. The. End.

          You are not too stupid, Sonmi. I am using my writing here at The League to work things out; and that means A LOT of the stuff I post here is incomplete and/or dependent on something I wrote last week, or last month, or last year. To wit:

          “Where the red-meat issues of the (so called) “culture war” are concerned, I have no trouble labeling myself a liberal, so I found plenty to get agitated about [at Culture11]. But what I found compelling about the editorial stance of Culture11 was the assertion that culture matters; that our society is not merely the sum total of marginal economic effects; that we are not merely amebas responding to stimulus; that we are human beings.”

          B&H photo runs their business in accordance with an observant calender, and (still) manages to run a thriving business. Freddie should be taking notes.Report

  4. Avatar Rose Woodhouse
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    Christmas?Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Rose Woodhouse
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      They have two cultures! Most stores only have one.Report

      • Avatar Christopher Carr in reply to Chris
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        Some have zero. Most foreigners struggle with this I think.Report

        • Avatar Chris in reply to Christopher Carr
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          I’m being facetious. I’m not really sure what “culture” denotes here, particularly since it appears to be represented by taking off more holidays than most, and if David’s previous comments were about the same thing, also having more children and not borrowing money.

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          • Avatar Christopher Carr in reply to Chris
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            Don’t get me wrong. I definitely interpreted your snark. My point is that it’s difficult for foreigners to maintain their own traditions in the United States, and this is something that needs to be said on this thread. In my own life, when I mentioned that I had to work on Thanksgiving this year, several people close to my family said that this wasn’t a problem because my children were Japanese and wouldn’t care. Surprise, surprise, this happens in reverse in Japan. Foreigners in the service industries over there are expected to work on Japanese holidays because they should have no reason to want those days off. And of course, there’s nothing special about December 25th there, so businesses operate as usual. More often than having two cultures, the reality is that immigrants are allowed none. I’m sure that the situation at B&H Photo arose as a consequence of several institutional eccentricities – one being that it’s initial clientele was probably comprised of the fellow observant. Now, the company can compete because it’s an established name, and even its unconventional scheduling practices serve as a sort of free pr.Report

            • Avatar Chris in reply to Christopher Carr
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              Sounds right to me.Report

            • Avatar BSK in reply to Christopher Carr
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              My father was a firefighter in a town with a large Jewish population.  It was SOP for Jews and Christians to trade-off shifts so that each could be home on their respective holidays.  The schedule was never structured this way officially (and probably couldn’t have been), but the system always seemed to work.  If scheduled to work Christmas, my dad would get coverage from a Jewish colleague.  He’d then pay him back and pick up a shift on a Jewish holiday (or whenever else the guy wanted).  Guys without family close by or with grown children would often volunteer to take on Thanksgiving.  Etc.Report

            • Avatar David Ryan in reply to Christopher Carr
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              The eccentricity is that they came up with a way to sell grey-market Nikons that provided their customers enough surety and savings to justify the risk, and tolerate B&H’s idiosyncratic hours. This was a transient advantage that disappeared when international price differentials disappeared (think DVD region encoding). B&H was able to parlay their first mover advantage in this area into a thriving and sustainable foothold in the market.Report

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