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18 hours 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...
2 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...
3 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...
4 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...
5 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...
6 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...
7 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...
8 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...
9 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 ...
10 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...
11 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 ...
12 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  My FitBit is my friend.     I wanted a FitBit badly. A few months ago, my wish came true, and my FitBit appeared wrapped on my kitchen counter. It wasn’t really a surprise but I was happy.     I have now learned that my commute is chock full of steps. The stair climbing gets my step count up and running in the morning. I also have a new found respect for a trip to the supermarket. Strolling the aisles is also a good way to push up that step count.     The problem now ...
13 days ago 6 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
I read with intense interest this morning an article in The New York Times Magazine about the Voyager probes. They were launced in 1977 and, have now, reached beyond the boundaries of our solar system. The story was as much a human interest story--many of the same engineers who launched the probes are still working on the project--as it was a science article. The overwhelming question is what will the Voyager probes find beyond our solar system.   As an avid science fiction f...
14 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Grand Junction, Kind Woman, DeLIVErin'
My household changes in the summer.   When one works in a school for the NYC Department of Education aka NYC Public Schools, one generally enjoys most of the season without any work responsibilities; so it goes for “Mrs. B.”   Of course some exceptions exist to that rule but not here in Grand Junction, the name my daughter gave our home in a social media application (and I adopted since my fave band’s first LP includes a great instrumental by that name (It also appears a...
15 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Chalk this one up to the French. They are starting to offer fresh oysters from vending machines...yes, fresh oysters.   Tony Berthelot, an oyster farmer is offering a range of quantities, types and sizes of live oyesters 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Ile de Re island off France's western coast.   The refrigerated dispenser, one of the first and with glass panels so customers can see what they are buying, is similar to those that offer snacks and drinks at railway s...
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