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14 days ago 7 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
  As I have written, Costco has opened in my town. We find ourselves shopping more and more in Costco for our everyday items. And my shopping habits are beginning to change. For instance, I love making roasted chicken. I rarely now, if ever, cook chicken because I cannot buy a raw chicken anywhere cheaper than I can purchase one of Costco’s rotisserie chickens. And my family loves their rotisserie chickens.     A few months ago, I purchased a box of Starbucks Pikes Peak k...
I was advised we needed to do something outside today. I suggested seeing “Thor” pitch in a rehab assignment in Coney Island. She agreed. The team we all hope he rejoins soon frustrates me. I am sure all the players are trying their best but the record suggests a limit to their collective abilities and it remains a source of frustration. No plans to change teams; just hoping tinkering a bit can lead to improvement. I find no merit trading off the pitchers who smart GMs can bu...
16 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was relieved and surprised when the 12 boys and their coach where found safe and sound in a cave in Thailand. However, the ensuing saga of getting them out became very serious when a former Thai Seal died from lack of oxygen on his way out.   I have a new perspective after finding this illustration of the cave, made with the help of a caving expert, which shows just how treacherous it is.     Thai officials have now ruled out any immediate attempts to evacuate them despit...
17 days ago 23 comments Categories: Games Tags:
I live on Long Island and drive to work in Manhattan. Actually, I drive 19 miles from my home to the Queens side of the East River and take the subway two stops to my office in Manhattan.I take various driving routes without using Waze and bide my time by making Bluetooth telephone calls and listening to books on CDs. Once school is out traffic lightens and I think of breaking my 42 minute door-to-door record.  A key factor in a record-breaking effort is a good subway connect...
18 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Independence Day is one of those few holidays that will always be celebrated on the precise day of its origin —— July 4th. No changes to Monday for the convenience of a long weekend. Most years, however, Independence Day provides a long holiday weekend — either three or four days — to begin Summer. But, by my unscientific calculations, every six years or so (depending on leap years) Independence Day falls on a Wednesday as it did yesterday. And when Independence Day falls...
19 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I was riding through Liberty, NY today (Tuesday) I couldn’t help but realize how fortunate we are to live in the greatest country in the world. I am also infinitely fortunate to live in the greatest city in the world where on any day I can get on the subway and find myself in the heart of where our nation was born. Bowling Green Park (first public park in the US) at the bottom of Broadway had a big statue of King George, when the Declaration of Independence was read out lo...
20 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Sometimes I wish I had a blog in the box ready to go. Here's how Monday night goes in my house.  At some point late, I turn around and a loud curse word escapes from my lips and whichever family  member is nearby says out loud -- "You have to write a blog". Yes, yes I do.   Today I ask for ideas.  What would you like your bloggers to tlak about?  Let's come up with a list.   You start....
21 days ago 8 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
  I have often written about the effect baseless online reviews have had on me and my colleagues. This week it happened to friends of mine, in a particularly vicious way, and it made me extremely angry.     There is a Facebook page called Tri-State Restaurant Club. It can be very informative at times. But, I have also found that people can be very vicious on the site. They tend to write reviews with little or no regard for the effect it might have on a small business.  ...
22 days ago 16 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Fireworks, Independence Day, Veterans, Knights of Pythias
Looking forward to some fireworks on Wednesday? After all we celebrate our nation’s independence and for many fireworks displays remain an attraction. Already enjoyed two nice displays at baseball stadiums in San Diego and Flushing, in April and a few weekends back respectively. Last night’s display, our third this year was the 5thtime we combined fireworks with a concert at Town of Hempstead Park. It was leisurely. We arrived rather early; got a really good spot to the left ...
23 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
    I loved hearing those bells when I was growing up in New Hyde Park. One thing I could never figure out...when I asked for any one of 20 different types of those ice cold sweet desserts, the Good Humor man would stick his hand in that small door in the back and whip one out. Without looking he knew exactly where every single type of ice cream bar and sandwich was.   It was the coolest...I even started picking obscure ice creams bars to test his skill. He was perfect every...
24 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There is a unique pleasure in sharing something that you love with those you care for. Yes, it's better to give than receive, but even better when you share in the pleasure of the gift. I consider the feel good payoff to be psychic compensation.  The best kind of all!What goes around truly comes around!...
25 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We had the pleasure of seeing Audra McDonald in concert at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops. Great venue. Great concert. When I listen to music that touches me, I usually come away with a lyric that stays. Mostly because the message is pertinent and special,although sometimes it is just an “ear worm”. Since last Sunday, the lyrics of Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green have been with me.... “Make someone happy, Make just one someone happy, And you will be happy too.” ...
26 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -Emily Dickinson “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all -     And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm -   I’ve heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea - Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me. ...
27 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  My daughter and I were having a conversation the other day about college professors. I was kind of astounded by the process she was describing in choosing a course to take.     She was explaining to me that part of choosing a class is vetting the professor. For most professors, there is information available on professor rating websites to see student experience.     It’s a new world. ...
28 days ago 6 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
  At a recent Gotham Long Island Dinner meeting, Nancy asked the following question, “What is your favorite thing to do on Long Island in the summer?” My response needed no thought since it is something my husband and I do every summer, “We search for the perfect lobster roll.”     My answer sparked such a lively conversation that I knew it would make a good subject for a blog. One of my favorite places to order a lobster roll was The Lobster Roll in Riverhead. But they cha...
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