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(The New York Times)   A hurricane just hit your city, and one of the staff at your deli is laid up at home in his 24th floor apartment in desperate need of some lox. Sliced thin. You need somebody to schlep up those 24 floors. Luckily for you, there's a Sherpa handy   (nytimes.com) divider line 30
    More: Ironic, russ, Mr. Sherpa, Russ & Daughters, employment agency, Yiddish  
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2012-11-09 11:11:44 PM
Russ and Daughters is the shiat. Well worth a trip to Houston Street if you're ever in NYC.
 
2012-11-10 12:07:34 AM
Ok, I dont get the headline, but arent a few of those words Yiddish?
 
2012-11-10 12:07:59 AM
These are stories that make America cool.
 
2012-11-10 12:29:57 AM
Fark needs a Schleppy tag.
 
2012-11-10 12:44:29 AM
The sherpa didn't need to schlep, yeti still did

/lox of luck
 
2012-11-10 01:33:40 AM
I go to NYC once every couple of summers...will have to stop by there.
 
2012-11-10 04:46:58 AM
"When customers ask how someone from Nepal wound up serving lox," he said, "I tell them I'm from Katman-Jew."

baDUMtssh.

I don't think he's going to find the Catskills all that challenging.
 
2012-11-10 05:18:38 AM
Careful you might get sherpies.
 
2012-11-10 05:23:55 AM
Did you know Tenzing Norgay's last name wasn't actually Norgay?

Sir Edmund Hillary kept trying to put the moves on him in their tent on the side of Mt. Everest, and he would jump up and back away and say "Tanzing Norgay! Tenzing Norgay!"

True sh*t, homies.
 
2012-11-10 05:49:21 AM

cman: Ok, I dont get the headline, but arent a few of those words Yiddish?


Oy bubbeleh, what a shonde that you are a dummkopf.
 
2012-11-10 06:17:52 AM
Can't be any worse than the others:

Does the daughter yenta hand?
 
2012-11-10 06:19:31 AM
Man, don't those sherpas Everest?
 
2012-11-10 06:27:51 AM
HA ha! My plot to secretly stockpile authentic Sherpas and deploy them at high prices during an extended blackout in a city full of high rise buildings has finally paid off!

And just to pick a point, the family pronunciation of that name goes Eve-rest, not Ever-rest.
 
2012-11-10 07:08:16 AM
But no one speaks of Brooklyn Joel who schlepped his way across the USA to work at the Manishevitz Vineyard, got married and is now the only Orthodox Sherpa in all the Himalayas.
 
2012-11-10 07:11:27 AM
Holy crap! I'm sitting here in my jammies, thinking how hard my life is, and then read about all this guy has lived through and done before he's 40 years old. Feeling pretty pathetic now.
 
2012-11-10 07:20:39 AM
+1 on the headline subby, let's me know exactly what the stories about (I tend to skip the coy/uninformative ones).
 
2012-11-10 07:30:02 AM
I was fixing to get annoyed at subby until I read TFA. Nice!
 
2012-11-10 07:42:02 AM
God, I love America.
And NYC is the greatest City of All Time.
/OF ALL TIME!!!
 
2012-11-10 07:48:25 AM
I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.
 
2012-11-10 08:13:13 AM
"We asked him if we made the bags too heavy," said Ms. Russ Federman. "He said, 'Niki, I've carried 90 pounds up Mount Everest.' "

Yeah, but has he ever climbed the north face of Uxbridge Road?

north-face.trailertheater.com
 
2012-11-10 08:34:52 AM

anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.


I take it you've never had much contact with immigrant workers, then. This is pretty much par for the course. I worked with a man from Kathmandu who sent all his money home to finance his children's educations and to have a very nice house built for the family. He was a real mensch and I always loved to hear the latest news about his kids and the progress on the house. His job in the States? He had his arm in a blazing hot tandoori oven making naan bread all day. Dirt wages in the States made for a very comfortable life for his family. He was a loving father and husband who worked his ass off for his kids.
 
2012-11-10 10:20:56 AM

anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.


Yeah, US immigration never has a problem with an entire family having no known source of income or family entering the country.

Pretty sure I've bought lox from this guy, paper thin as described. Cool to know his background.
 
2012-11-10 10:25:43 AM

NewportBarGuy: These are stories that make America cool.


FTFA:

"A Chinatown employment agency found him a job at Sable's smoked fish shop on the Upper East Side. After 18 months he was hired by Russ & Daughters, where he learned how to work quickly during the High Holy Days rush, and picked up some Yiddish from Jose and Herman, two Dominican immigrants who have each worked in the shop for more than 30 years."


Yup.
 
2012-11-10 11:23:22 AM

legendary: anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.

Yeah, US immigration never has a problem with an entire family having no known source of income or family entering the country.

Pretty sure I've bought lox from this guy, paper thin as described. Cool to know his background.


Agreed, but that was 12 years ago. His children aren't that little any more but I suspect that he could have gotten them sponsored in the last dozen years at some point. I'm not implying that it would be a cake walk necessarily but I do know quite a few immigrants who were able to eventually bring their families here, and I suspect you do as well.
 
2012-11-10 01:02:13 PM

anotar: legendary: anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.

Yeah, US immigration never has a problem with an entire family having no known source of income or family entering the country.

Pretty sure I've bought lox from this guy, paper thin as described. Cool to know his background.

Agreed, but that was 12 years ago. His children aren't that little any more but I suspect that he could have gotten them sponsored in the last dozen years at some point. I'm not implying that it would be a cake walk necessarily but I do know quite a few immigrants who were able to eventually bring their families here, and I suspect you do as well.




I am not sure any of us are in a position to judge this guy or his family. It is possible that he has tried to get his family here. It is possibly they figured out it is better off if the family is still in Katmandu over in New York for the time being. It is possible they preferred to have the kids raised in Katmandu. Or it is possible that like the majority of all of your ancestors, he came to the U.S. first and is working to the point where he can bring his family over together. Maybe he really is just a shiatty father.


People are to quick to judge others when they have no clue what the situation is. They are to quick to judge people for being in a situation, completely ignoring that many of their grand (or great (great (great (great))) grandparents) were in a comparable situation if not the exact same situation.
 
2012-11-10 01:59:22 PM

inthesticks: +1 on the headline subby, let's me know exactly what the stories about (I tend to skip the coy/uninformative ones).


Amazingly the story is exactly as described in the headline.

/not subby
 
2012-11-10 03:40:20 PM
"I brought fish!"

/Shaaaaaalom
 
2012-11-10 06:30:52 PM

wildcardjack: HA ha! My plot to secretly stockpile authentic Sherpas and deploy them at high prices during an extended blackout in a city full of high rise buildings has finally paid off!

And just to pick a point, the family pronunciation of that name goes Eve-rest, not Ever-rest.


And the native pronunciation of said mountain range isn't "Him-uh-LAY-uh" but closer to "He-MALL-yuh."
 
2012-11-10 11:33:41 PM

anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.


A lot of immigrants do this. Living on, say, $10-15/hr, for a family of 4, would be basically an exercise in barely scraping by (if at all) - a hand-to-mouth existence with the assistance of public support.

But if the rest of the family is back home, and he can send them $500/mo, they can live a comfortable lower-middle-class life back there, while he can still scrape by here, since he's alone, and can share living quarters and keep costs down.

Plus the wife and kids have the benefit of being with their extended family, and being brought up in a familiar (to them) culture. He always has the opportunity to sponsor them later for residency if they want to, as long as they are under 21 and unmarried.

I'd say it's a win-win all around, wouldn't you?

PS This is _extremely_ common in India. Where I came from (Kerala), at least half the wage-earners live outside the state (other parts of India, or the Gulf states), and send cash back home to support their families. They go home once in a while for, ahem, visits, but that's it.
 
2012-11-12 04:44:16 PM
Now this guy really *is* The Most Interesting Man Alive.
 
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