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1570 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I may be a News Junkie and, if so, I'd like to consider going on a twelve-step program. I was raised listening to WCBS radio – "all news all the time" – while in the car. I now listen to NPR on both commutes to and from the office – generally when the news is on. My home feels like the periodicals room at the New York Public Library. I get news alerts on my iPhone and check the news on line a few times a day. I am beginning to think that it is too much. The consensus...
1584 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Earlier this week, Fred shared an entry in his diary with me. It's from June 17, 1980 and reads as follows: “drove Benj to his parents' home in New Hyde Park and his dad is a pleasant eccentric little immigrant man with an accent who said I didn't look "Klein" (small) and offered me a half finished beer. His face showed concern when Benj told him of his boss's job loss." It was, no doubt, the first time Fred met my father. Although I never would have chosen “eccentric” an...
1598 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There’s a detached garage at Flo’s mother’s house in Queens -- the house that Flo grew up in, my father-in-law lived in until his death five years ago, and her mother still lives in. The garage is used for storage and in all of the years that I took things in and out of that garage, the garage door was never locked -- until two weeks ago when I went to check on the air conditioners that were soon to be installed in the house’s windows. Locked! Probably for the first, ...
1605 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Red light cameras are showing up everywhere. The cameras that are at intersections which are coordinated with the traffic lights to photograph the license plates that go through red lights or commit other violations (like rolling through a right turn on red). Recent reports are that, after a few years since being introduced, revenues from the red light cameras are down and accidents are also down. It makes sense. But certain government bodies may not be so happy that the...
1612 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We are privileged to have Jefferson Crowther, his wife Allison, and their family, in our Gotham family. Although there were 34 (mostly-unrelated) people around the table at yesterday’s meeting of Formica and Open House, for me it was a family meal in which one of the family members shared something special -- something very special. As Jefferson spoke of their incredible experiences surrounding last week’s opening of the 9/11 Museum, we were once-again touched by histor...
1619 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I won’t drink and drive, so why would I risk reaching for a smart phone to check for emails or text messages? The point was driven home last Thursday at the Gotham Long Island meeting by Mike Jakob. Mike, an insurance agent, talked about the problem and a new program that his agency is undertaking to educate the public about the hazards of smartphone distractions while driving. I applaud Mike. Around the table, stories and strategies were shared. While I leave my phone...
1661 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It was in the personal section of yesterday's Wall Street Journal -- carrying two cell phones. For me, it started rather innocently. When Flo upgraded to a newer iPhone, her iPhone became available. I have always had a Blackberry (perhaps the subject of a another blog) which had increasingly become more of an office number. Our grandson had just been born and the notion of a better camera on my phone was appealing. I also had an envious admiration for how the iPhone see...
1668 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I reached across the desk for the stapler, carefully positioned the papers, and squeezed. Nothing. The stapler was empty. So I reached into the drawer and took out the plastic box of staples. I was amazed that there were only five strips left. I checked the drawer. No strips had fallen out. There are 5,000 staples to a box. 210 staples to a strip...and, having put a strip into the stapler, only four strips left. I remember when I got the box. It was 4,000 staple...
1675 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I like to vacation in familiar places. We have a time share in Aruba and, at last count, have been back seven times (plus a few times before we got the time share). Our son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Alyssa have been with us seven times -- and their son, our grandson, Jackson, was with us for the first time (but certainly not last) two weeks ago. Some people ask how you can go back to the same place time and time again. I love it. Get off the plane, pick up a car an...
1682 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last week Fred blogged about "Menu Management" -- managing the food that his wife Joanne orders. If it turns out that she doesn't like what she ordered, Fred (gladly) switches plates. Flo and I have a similar arrangement at theaters. With few exceptions, Flo usually finds the tallest person in the theater to sit in front of her. And once that person has comfortably seated his or her self, Flo and I change seats. Like Fred with Joanne's food, it is just something I offer...
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