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1818 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I don't remember many telephone numbers anymore. I don't think it is a result of not being able to remember them (although others may question that) but I simply don't have to remember the numbers. For the numbers I call most frequently, I have to remember the speed dials -- what character I assigned to which person. Otherwise, the number is right in my “Contacts”. I tell myself that these conveniences free my brain matter for consideration of more worthwhile matters. ...
1819 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
If you partake in the Facebook Phenomenon, you've undoubtedly stumbled across those participating in the gun control exchange. I have no interest in propogating that debate in this forum, but what I would like to engaeg in is how some on Facebook react to such discussions with anger and contempt.  I have heard people literally say (more often to others, not me as I rarely engage via computer these days), "Facebook is no place for politics!" Really?!?  So let me get this str...
1820 days ago 9 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Really? Still?   I have an unofficial deadline of January 31.  After that date, I will no longer wish someone I haven’t seen a happy new year.    I have to say though, somewhere around the middle of the month, it starts to feel awkward -- as if the well wishes are just too late and need to wait another whole year before they are expressed again.   What do you think?  What is your cutoff date for extending New Year’s wishes?...
1821 days ago 12 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Today all I am thinking about is sleep. It’s probably because I didn’t get much sleep last night; I didn’t close my eyes until after 4:30 a.m. My theory as to the cause of my restlessness is that, perhaps, the decaffeinated cappuccino I ordered with dinner last night was, actually, caffeinated. Whatever the cause of my restlessness, I know that I will be dragging today. No matter how much sleep I get, I am not a “morning person.” I marvel at my close friend who is awake ...
1822 days ago 14 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
"This Negro player may be a Communist," the director continued, sitting in the car.  "And I suspect your brother too. Both of them. You know how I feel about that." "I don't know about those sorts of things," Johnny answered.  "I don't pay much attention to politics." Mr. Hoover remarked that Johnny looked tense and nervous, not relaxed as he had when they met two weeks ago and discussed the Needle's removal.  They each had their own reasons for wanting the Needle dead, a...
1823 days ago 13 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Johnny stepped off the plane and a shot of cold air hit his face and entered his lungs. He looked around and everything was coated in white dust. It was so quiet you could hear the snow fall...too quiet he thought.   As he walked down the stairs to the tarmac, his mind was swirling with the story Eddie told him. It seemed so unbelievable. He tried to focus but couldn't take his mind off of Pauline. She was right in front of him. He could smell her perfume. He drew a deep brea...
1824 days ago 10 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
As they awaited take off Eddie leaned forward and asked Johnny "I know the Needle and you had something going on and we're going back to the city because of it, but more than that I don't know.  What's going on?".   In response, Johnny asked Eddie to change seats so he could fill him in during the flight. It was a long and winding story.  Johnny started by telling Eddie he was not just any "n...." as Eddie had called his brother at El Morocco.  He then disclosed that he was ...
1825 days ago 7 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Of course it mattered that Earl was alive and Johnny would figure out what happened when they were on the flight back to New York. Eddie put the gun away. He heard the gunfire in the room, knew Johnny thought Earl was dead and that Eddie had some part in it, and didn't know what Johnny might do when he saw him. Eddie wasn't sure whether he would need to use the gun on Johnny but knew that he had better keep it on Johnny until Johnny saw Earl and Pauline. They were in th...
1826 days ago 17 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Johnny sat in the dark room.  He knew he was capable of doing what he had to do.  He could write it off as simply revenge, but deep down inside he knew better.  He knew that there was a combination of destiny and history all being blasted into one forsaken explosion that was about to shift the axis of the balance of power in the world of organized crime.  There was no regret or fear, simply anxiety battling focus.  The unlikely hero who tapped into a sublime understanding tha...
1827 days ago 13 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
For what seemed like hours, but was only seconds, Johnny paused to remember those early, happy days with Pauline so many years ago.    They had met when they were children, probably no more than 12 years old.   Funny, they were the exact same age and shared the same birthday. Pauline lived just down the street from Johnny and Earl.  An only child, she was immediately drawn to the closeness of the brothers' relationship and just liked to hang around.  When Johnny and Earl play...
1828 days ago 13 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Before Johnny could react, Joey had thrown him into the backseat of a large black sedan-he thought it was a Crown Imperial-that was waiting right outside the back door of the club. Johnny recognized the driver, it was little Bernie Just. “Hey kid, aren’t you the weeknight photographer at the Stork Club? What are you doing here?” asked Johnny. “Relax Johnny,” Joey responded. “He’s one of us. Idlewild Airport, Bernie. And step on it.” Immediately, the car raced into the rain...
1829 days ago 8 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
The car drove up to the curb on West 145th Street off  Lenox Avenue and Johnny Washington opened the door and stepped out into a puddle.  He pulled his coat over his hat and trotted through the slanting rain to the awning over the front door of El Morocco. A white suited gentlemen put his arm out to block him.  "It's OK," another said, "the boss is expecting him."  Johnny reached into his pocket, took out sixty cents for the doorman, and went inside the club.Johnny looke...
1830 days ago 6 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
In a not surprising move, Congress is fighting the Obama adminstration to keep selling pizza and french fries in school. Now I'm not here to debate whether we should or should not. I'll leave that to the politics list or feel free to debate it in the comments below.   What it did remind me of is the school lunches I remember as a kid in Great Neck South. Tuesday's were chicken chow mein. Who knows what they piled up on our plates. Very few of us ate it although I did have i...
1831 days ago 21 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
Two of my recent Blogs have discussed the pluses and minuses of technology. In that vein this week's is about my uneasy, up close and personal encounter (inter-action does not apply) with Gotham technology. Namely, our spanking new, state of the art, bleeding edge, web site. Webmaster Mitch has been working on it for longer than we would like to admit and has done a great job. Problem is that I'm a Luddite (named after a 18th century man who was troubled by technological chan...
1832 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This came over the news yesterday. A 32 year old middle school teacher in California was fired when it was discovered that she had been in the adult entertainment industry prior to becoming a teacher. Apparently, students found videos of her online. She appealed her termination and the Commission on Professional Competence upheld the termination. The woman had done nothing illegal. The activity took place before she had become a teacher. She thought she had moved on and put ...
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