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My enjoyment of good music remains steadfast. Those who know me best know my preferences (tastes?). Indeed leaving a lunch last month at my alma mater (same place for poli. sci. and law school) the question, what is Poco?, got posed by the distinguished ethics professor and the speaker my friend Sean and I delivered to the Mineola LIRR on our way back to Queens. A bumper sticker displayed prominently on the rear states “Induct Poco into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Employi...
45 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There's nothing like a good massage. It loosens up your whole body and relaxes your mind.   I was fortunate to enjoy one last week. My masseuse was a woman who was obviously visually impaired but she greeted me with a warm smile and showed me to the room, subtly touching her surroundings as she found her way. While I undressed I wondered what this was going to be like. A woman who could not see the world like I experience it. I felt sad.   As she started to work on my back I ...
46 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Web Master Mitch and I have assumed the responsibility of composing our new opinion polls. The present poll appears below near the bottom of the website.  Our first new poll pictured here was our most successful to date, asking Gotham's opinion as to the best picture Oscar and we called it right!  The Shape of Water.  A great call and a great flick.  The present poll asks your opinion as to your favorite Gotham aspect.  We appreciate your feed back in our never ending efforts...
47 days ago 5 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
There's a TV show in which Sam Waterson portrays the District Attorney in New York City. In one scene he is sitting on a park bench near the courts and Municipal Building having his lunch out of a brown paper bag. A colleague walks by and the District Attorney asked him if he'd like to join him for lunch. The colleague appropriately enquires about the venue for lunch and the District Attorney replies that when he was a young attorney someone advised him not to eat at his ...
48 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
A couple of years ago I went to see the Broadway production of The King & I. Love that music and the opportunity to hear Kelli O'Hara sing, priceless. An excellent production. My favorite song from the musical, and, frankly, one of my all time favorite songs, was sung by a woman I wasn't familiar with, Ruthie Ann Miles. She was brilliant in the role of Lady Thiang, and unquestionably, deservedly, won the Tony award. You can listen to the song, Something Wonderful (I think...
49 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  In 1957, the LIRR created the image of “Dashing Dan” intended to personify its slogan, “The Route of the Dashing Commuter.” Dan was well dressed holding his hat with one hand as he ran to catch his train. Dan lasted on his own until around 1963 when Dashing Dottie was introduced, complete with high heels, skirt and handbag.     The introduction of Dottie was responsive to a population of women commenting that Dan wasn’t alone in his commute. In fact, women were entering t...
50 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Corey Bearak is one of the true gems of Gotham. He is a gifted political strategist and always willing to help in that arena. In addition, however, he is always willing to help any Gotham member with any issue they may have whether it is in his area of expertise or not. He has often given me wonderful advice with respect to issues that appear to have nothing to do with his area of professional expertise. He truly deserved the honor of Networker of the Year.     In additio...
51 days ago 14 comments Categories: Health Tags: DNA, DNA testing, athletes, power athletes
Friday evening I received a text from my daughter. She advising taking a DNA report. It involved nothing about confirmation of me as her biological dad. No need to go any further on that thread.   The DNA report she shared advised my daughter’s “genetic muscle composition is common in elite power athletes."  I muse back, “It makes me want to get one.” I added, “Wow.” She replied, “Do it!!!”   I suspect Marisa’s interest in DNA emanates from her interest in family genealo...
52 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Several of my friends often plan Uber nights. It's essentially a plan to drink and let Uber drive you around. Everyone can drink and not worry about driving home.   Well here's an interesting result of an Uber night as reported by SkyNews. A drunk Uber user was hit with a $1,635 bill after falling asleep and embarking on a 300-mile journey across three states.   Kenny Bachman, after a night out with friends in Morgantown, West Virginia decided to get Uber to take him back to...
3-D
53 days ago 16 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
We saw "Black Panther" last week in 3-D and to be honest I think it would've been a better choice to see it in 2-D.   Passing on the quality of the movie which is breaking box office records, the experience was not a pleasant one. The picture was dark and blurry through the glasses and at times when there was no action I took off the glasses and was better able to see the actors.  Yes, when there was action and there was plenty of it, it was somewhat awesome, however, on bala...
Sal
54 days ago 2 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Some time ago, Nancy blogged about old friends. About two weeks ago, I received an email from Gothamite William Skody giving me regards from his neighbor, Sal. Sal and I worked together over twenty years ago. I liked Sal then and I like him now. We’ve kept in touch. I’ve always liked Sal. He’s a real mensch (as Fred would say, that’s a legal term). Sal helped me in a very special way many years ago. When my father asked me to take him home from the hospital, Sal helped me ...
55 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
From Wiki and other reputable sources: On this day in 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes. Though DNA–short for deoxyribonucleic acid–was discovered in 1869, its crucial role in determining genetic inheritance wasn’t demonstrated until 1943. In the early 1950s, Watson and Crick were only two of many scientists working on figuring o...
56 days ago 9 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
  I admit that periodically, I enjoy a good binge watch. My first ever binge was Mad Men. I couldn’t get enough. I almost missed my train stop more than once, absorbed in a particular story line as the E train pulled into the Fifth Avenue station.     Later, I ran through Orange is the New Black at an even quicker pace.     My current binge though is The Crown. Apparently, I knew very little about the British monarchy. I find myself following every episode with an in de...
57 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  My stepdaughter, Danielle Gura, teaches first grade in an inclusion class (the class is populated with both mainstream and special education children) in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Fifty-five percent of the children live in transitional housing (shelters). Approximately eighty percent of the school’s students qualify for free breakfast and lunch.     As one might expect the school is lacking in financial resources. So Danielle has consistently participated in fundraising on ...
58 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: inspiration, Traffic, Parkland
Traffic recorded a song, Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired, that applies to so much when one looks around these days for leadership in the usual places.   Yet the courageous response of young people after the tragic and violent shooting murders in Parkland provides Inspiration to this correspondent.   A bit more than a year ago, I shared the playlist of that name pulled together in my first semester at Hofstra.   Perhaps injecting youthful energy and determination into our disc...
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