The New York Times Metropolitan Diary is the home to a weekly collection of cloying city anecdotes, awkward poetry, and the occasional gem.
Today was one such gem:
This month at my annual checkup, I had the following exchange with my doctor:
Doctor: “What is your level of stress on a scale of 1 to 10?”
Me: “I have nothing in particular stressing me out at the moment, but I am a Russian Jew from New York.”
Doctor: “I’ll give you a 4.”