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hoity-toity a.k.a. hotty toddy – now who is playing the fool with the Valley of the Heart’s Delight

So, for what it is worth, “Hotty Toddy” is simply the best damned fight song in the history of college sports; it can be heard at any Ole Miss football game.

I’m the geeky (and damn, I am a geek!) left coast tech consultant who bent Nicholas’ ear yesterday– it was my first time deep into SOHO, and I just wanted so much to fit in, when really, I never should have left my basement yesterday morning…. but hey, I gave him the headline for his story!

Yes, I attended both the Lunch 2.0 in San Francisco and the event at (did you know they are hiring – if you know Java and live in NYC give them a call – really nice looking place) yesterday here in New York City.

Yes, a “Hot Toddy” is the name given to a mixed drink that is served hot. Although it originated in Scotland, there are many variations; the essential elements are as follows: a spirit base such as brandy, rum or whiskey a hot liquid — hot tea, coffee, cocoa, water, etc. and last but not least a sweetener, such as honey, sugar or syrup.

Damn, I’m loving NYC already….. Free DRINKS on me for next month’s event!
Or, maybe the fine folks running Lunch 2.0 should do Happy Hour 2.0 and we can try some common “Hot Toddy” variants – click here for a sneak peek.

But, in common speech, “hoity-toity” is an adjective used with disdain to refer to the pretentious, those who put on a show of pretending to possess refinement and sophistication (similar to “highfalutin” is that even a word).

The expression “Hoity-toity” comes from our penchant for creating rhyming phrases such as “loosey-goosey” or “helter-skelter,” and in this case its base is “hoit,” a 16th century verb whose meaning is “to play the fool” or “to indulge in riotous and noisy mirth.” (”Hoity-toity” was more commonly used to describe those who engaged in thoughtlessly silly or frivolous behavior before it became more of a synonym for “pretentious.”) Attempts to find the word “haughty” an ancestor of “hoity-toity” are equally specious.

So, no disrespect to your coast – but, what was meant to be expressed is that there are indeed cultural differences between the two coasts. Not that one is right and the other is wrong or anything like that, but I do feel somewhat more connected having experienced both coasts intimately and currently living a bicoastal lifestyle.

Silicon Valley was originally called “The Valley of the Heart’s Delight” and in 1971 a journalist dubbed it Silicon Valley. But, to be fair if it were to be named accurately again today, it probably would be called “The Valley of the Virtual Community” because that truly is what Social networking web properties (e.g., Facebook, Tagged, MySpace) are really all about.

This other guy Lenin said that we have to keep the revolution forever young, and that’s is very, very hard to do these days. There are a lot of companies that die. So, one way of approaching renewal is to start all over again with a new company – that’s something that America seems to be quite good at. (This is a cornerstone of our economic infrastructure.) It’s a precious national asset, and policy-makers have to be careful not to get in the way of our free market ways.

We, as the emerging leaders of the Web 2.0 revolution, continually have to make strategic decisions that take a lot of courage to stick with. It becomes not so much a test of IQ points—because let’s face it you don’t get to this level if you’re not smart—but a test of character and the courage of your own convictions. Courage with regard not just to ethics but to strategy. So, I meant no disrespect to my new-found fellow New Yorkers by acknowledging the differences between coasts, although I now realize that it makes a far better punch-line for journalists just wanting to act cool, or stick to the shtick. Rather, it was meant to highlight the differences in order to emphasize the importance of playing to our strengths. New York’s Lunch 2.0 doesn’t have to be the same as Terry Chay’s to be successful.

viva la’ chay!
[To Be Continued…]