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28 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  This past weekend, I experienced a first. My first Big 10 Football game.   We were visiting my son for family weekend (how could that have happened already?) and the Maryland campus was ready for football.     We walked by many a tailgate tent on our way up to the stadium. OK, I admit to never having seen a tailgate before and the tents were interesting. We had read earlier about the security requirements at the stadium so we were prepared with our clear plastic 12” x 6” ...
29 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  This is a blog that I have been waiting over a year to write. A little more than a year ago, I decided that it would be best for me to terminate my law partnership, sell the office condominium that my partner and I own, and reset my career path. At that time, I was uncertain as to how that new career path would look.     What astounded me most during this past year of decision making and change was the tremendous support I received from so many Gotham members. There were ...
Today please join me in celebrating two special anniversaries.   One involves music and 50 years.   Another not yet a decade but many people think much longer.   This eve, as some who follow Gotham’s music listserve know, the first of two anniversary concerts recognizing the 50thAnniversary of the iconic Byrds LP, “Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” takes place at Town Hall. I first learned of the tour featuring original members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman supported by Marty Stua...
31 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Four years ago we needed a new refrigerator. After researching them, reading countless reviews and consulting Consumer Reports. I decided on a Samsung french door. This beautiful looking appliance (pictured here) worked well until about a year ago. It started making really loud grinding noises and the entire unit stopped keeping things cold.   Since I bought the service contract, I had the store's repair service come in and fix it. Those repairs only took 3 weeks for parts, s...
32 days ago 20 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
I eat a different variety Chobani yogurt every morning.  Last Sunday I mentioned that I was enjoying my favorite and Joanne asked “Which one is it?”.   I looked at the label and responded S’mores. The name was unusual and new to me, so I asked Joanne it’s meaning and she said “haven’t you ever had a s’more?”.  When I told her no, she explained that when she was young at campfires they made a concoction of graham crackers,  Hershey‘s chocolate squares and roasted marshmallows ...
33 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We love to play Connect 4 and have several versions (including a  “Captain’s Game” that replicates the old game played at sea). We’ve had our travel version the longest. It is small, very portable and travels with us everywhere. Over the years, pieces have been lost and we are getting precariously close to not having enough markers to play to the end of a game that uses “all”. This was all going through my mind as one of the small black checker-like pieces slipped from on my...
34 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Some great news from Michigan, created by high school students.   From msn news: A Michigan high school has decided to stop crowning homecoming queens amid bullying issues.   Chelsea High School decided to stop the "outdated" tradition because of its competitive and stereotypical nature, according to a Student Council letter. The homecoming queen process often left girls feeling pitted against each other, bullied or with hurt feelings. "We don't want one of the biggest awards...
35 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Do you have cash in your wallet? I’m not asking how much just whether there is anything green in there. I’m pretty sure the answer is generational.     I always have cash in my wallet, together with some emergency money stashed somewhere for well, an emergency.     However, with the advent of Paypal and Venmo and mobile banking of all sorts, is there really a need for cash anymore?     I know that my children and their friends hardly ever carry cash.     How abou...
36 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We had an interesting- and long-conversation over dinner last night. My stepson, who is in his third year of law school but already has a job offer from a large, prestigious New York law firm, was contemplating getting a new credit card. He was torn between three options, one that would give him hotel points, one card associated with an airline that would give him flight miles as well as a free checked bag on every flight, or one that gave him cash back. It was a long and i...
A few nights ago, one might say Marisa returned the favor. She took her dad to see a show. A long time a-coming, as the lyrics go. I believe her first time was during the winter a quarter century ago. Marisa was not yet in school. Today’s birthday boy was but several months in First Grade. Only one of three shows I attended that year, all with a Poco connection. Two involved the Bottom Line, site of my first date with Shelly. Indeed, Shelly joined me at those two shows; Poc...
38 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I recently learned that our infamous government agency, FEMA, had coined the term "Waffle House Index" to measure the effect of a natural disaster on an area. If a Waffle House shuts down or limits its menu after such hazards, federal officials conclude the community took a major hit. The Southern breakfast chain, which is open 24 hours a day all year, activates their storm center when a natural disaster or event is impending. Waffle House restaurants are known for staying o...
39 days ago 21 comments Categories: Games Tags:
I just said something exuberant to my wife Joanne and her response was “Sure, dream on, Fred”.  My response to her was “That’s a subject for a blog.”And here we go:  “Dream on” is the perfect subject for a blog, less than one week after the fourth annual Gotham Picnic softball game which was covered last Sunday by Sunday blogger and my first baseman Corey Bearak.So many unusual things happened in that game that one could call it a “dream game”. There was so much self congratu...
40 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Flo often admonishes me to “Stop and smell the roses.” There’s a Chasidic saying, attributed to the 18th century, “Just as the hand, held before the eye, can hide the tallest mountain, so the routine of everyday life can keep us from seeing the vast radiance and the secret wonders that fill the world.” As Flo says “Stop and smell the roses.” ...
41 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
SURPRISE!! Its not just professional tennis. From npr: In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a graduate student at Cambridge, working on a dissertation about strange objects in distant galaxies known as quasars. She and her supervisor, Antony Hewish, had built a radio telescope to observe them. Data from the telescope scrolled out from a machine — a line in red ink, scrawling across 96 feet of chart paper each day. As she pored over the data, she noticed something strange: "an u...
42 days ago 10 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
  I didn’t see the whole exchange, but I have been fascinated by the story.   Serena was accused of cheating and reacted, loudly and strongly. She would never cheat to win she said. She would rather lose.     Serena accuses the umpire of sexism.     Her opponent, Naomi Osaka, who in her own words, wasn’t supposed to win, did just that. Then she apologized behind her own tears while winning the trophy of her dreams.     Serena congratulates Osaka at the net and quiets a ...
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