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13 hours ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Internet, lee, Facebook, Google, Instagram
On this day in 1991, the World Wide Web was opened to the public. 1991. 26 years. No iPhones, Netflix, Amazon. No email, Macbooks, DVDs (which are now basically obsolete). No GOOGLE. No FACEBOOK. No TWITTER. No INSTAGRAM.   We have come a long way (baby). Like all big changes it has its "flaws," but its a tool to be used consciously. Though I have some nostalgia for encyclopedias, card catalogs and 16mm films, I am thrilled at all the opportunities for engagement that are n...
2 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  One day last week I was working my way towards the E train at Penn Station. It had been tough morning. I was running late and everything had fought with me. I walked out of my house without my keys -- which made me miss my train -- the train I did catch was running late and crowded. We all know that kind of morning. It doesn’t usually bode well for the rest of the day.     Just as I was reaching the E Train, I walked by another commuter and we caught eyes. She smiled and ...
3 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I agree with what Ben wrote last Thursday. A solar eclipse certainly makes you think about the universe and our place in it. But, even with a solar eclipse occurring, we still have to continue with our day to day life. I have three matters on in Family Court this morning and a settlement conference scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at my office.   I spoke to the other lawyer on my settlement conference and we decided to take a break at the right time, go outside for a moment, and view ...
3 days ago 14 comments Categories: Games Tags: Baseball Citifield, Mets, Yankees
The week past I ran two different group outings on successive days to Citifield. Both teams on the field represented New York.   The first eve, we also raised some money for a Foundation I served as President for a two-year stint.   The second eve, for this networking group, I connected some folks who might benefit from the introduction.   I enjoyed both games, despite my team losing both games; a rarity for this ultra-competitive sports enthusiast.   Dining out last nigh...
4 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I had to dig deep this week...finding a unique and funny story from around the world. This one I just shook my head.   Asda, one of the UKs largest supermarket chains (and is part of the Walmart group), is selling green grapes that it says taste like 'candy floss'. The supermarket has been experimenting in recent years with varieties of fruit known for sweet flavors. These ones come from Spain, and they say are the result of years of meticulous farming.     "We work with fru...
6 days ago 17 comments Categories: Games Tags:
After winning the first 3 games of the 4 game "Subway Series" against the cross town Mets at Yankee Stadium and  Citi Field Wednesday night, the rubber game was last night on the Mets home field.  Gotham was represented by 200 members, family and friends due to the stalwart ticket acquisition and organization by Corey (Met fan) Bearak. Attending a Subway Series game has become a most enjoyable annual Gotham outing and tradition.  Joining me were my wife, sons and most of thei...
6 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It is against the backdrop of our day to day routines and the challenges of these interesting times, that I look forward to Monday's solar eclipse. My daughter and son-in-law are heading south to be in the Path of Totality. I'll settle for the partial eclipse here in New York. As I ponder the upcoming astronomical event (some say, of a lifetime), I am again reminded of our place in the universe. I heard an astronomer comment about the coincidence that humans are on the earth...
8 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Rodgers, Hammerstein, Racism, Ignornace
All this week on Facebook I've been posting different Youtube versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's timely song from South Pacific, You Got To Be Carefully Taught. It caused quite a controversy in 1949, when the Broadway show opened, especially in my birth region. _______________ From Wikipedia: "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" (sometimes "You've Got to Be Taught" or "Carefully Taught") is a show tune from the1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. "You'v...
9 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I think, or at least I hope, we can all agree that hate begets evil.     What we all witnessed this past weekend in Charlottesville, to me was unspeakable tragedy. I simply do not see a place for hate for the sake of itself in our country. We need unity, not separateness; positive support, not hate-speak and certainly never violence.     I have tried to compile the right adjectives, but quite honestly, I have failed every time. You may know that I am not a stranger to e...
10 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My household is comprised of six individuals; four are female and two are male. There is one debate that seems to be a constant argument in my house. We  discuss this issue, at least,  once a month and have never reached a consensus.  As one might expect we split right along gender lines.     So I have decided to throw this question out to the blogosphere. Perhaps Gotham can help  my family achieve harmony on this issue. The toilet seat, up or down? And, most importantly, why...
10 days ago 9 comments Categories: Games Tags: Baseball, MLB
I enjoy friends with rather diverse work and professional “assignments.” Not unusual to find some associated with a cause derived from their work. One such cause involves baseball. Not how the games get played. Not who plays it, coaches it, umps it or runs it. It involves how several hundred former players get screwed. As someone who advises labor unions and elected officials who make the plights of working families paramount, it infuriates this correspondent to learn a...
11 days ago 5 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
Here's your shot! Old Spice is holding auditions, and not just for an ad -- for a movie. The brand has been tweeting (see below and click here) Casting Calls for "Old Spice: The Movie" and revealed that the title will be "Invisible World: an Invisible Spray production." While further details are not yet forthcoming about the storyline, it looks like it involves characters including a halftime announcer, an over-enthusiastic space-sports fan, a news reporter, a pilot, a super...
13 days ago 34 comments Categories: Games Tags:
There are many ways to define "after life".For me it is being the oldest player in a highly competitive slow pitch softball league where most players are in their 30s and old is 50. I am the pitcher and playing Manager for the Gotham Batmen and one of my teammates is my soon to be 50 year old son David. The plan for this season was to have his son, my 18 year old grandson Jackson, play for the Batmen as part of a 3 generations unit, but the best laid plans were frustrated by ...
13 days ago 5 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
The other evening, we visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park to see the new exhibition on the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann. The Museum is a special place in a special part of the City. On our way to the exhibition, I found myself before the display describing the plight of the SS St. Louis. In 1939, Nine hundred German Jews departed Hamburg for Havana. While en route, their entry permits to Cuba were revoked and they we...
15 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Mary Katherine Goddard
Did you know tht on the final copies of the Declaration of Independence, a woman's name appears? On January 18, 1777, Congress convened in Baltimore and ordered the second printing by Mary Katharine Goddard. This edition is outstanding as the only Declaration titled The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, having been printed after New York had finally cast its vote to form the thirteenth state, and as the very first printing to publicly reveal the ...
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