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15 days ago 33 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Saturday was surely one extraordinary day to remember for all time. What with the unseasonably warm weather and the ever building tension to declare a victor in the hotly contested presidential election race, we were poised for it. When the news came at around 11:30 am, it was like a dam broke and there was release, as people poured into the streets in jubilation for their winners. It was not planned.  It was spontaneous.   It was fueled by the confluence of the unseasonably...
35 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Coping is a most necessary skill/state of mind. Especially in these 2020 “Strange Days Indeed.”While all around me others are depressed and hang dog, I react to difficult situations by thinking and exclaiming (to the chagrin of some in earshot) “It’s an adventure!”That’s my approach and I really mean it and I think it works. Try it you might like it!...
43 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You should read Malcom Gladwell’s Blink wherein he posits that there is such a thing as thinking without thinking. He writes that we possess an innate ability to “Thin Slice” and reach instantaneous conclusions based uponlimited information, ie, at a glance. Such limited information is called a “Tell”. For instance, high stakes poker players scan the faces of opponents for a “Tell” as to whether he or she is bluffing. As an attorney/negotiator I found success in reading oppo...
64 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I know someone who went out with Ruth Bader in high school in Brooklyn. He described her as smart, pretty, vivacious and a cheerleader. No matter how hard I pressed or the questions I asked he said no more. Being me, I was intrigued by his description of her being a cheerleader.  It was spice that just didn’t fit her frilled collar image. So I dug deep and came up with the pictured blurb from Ruth Bader's high school yearbook.  My friend’s memory was imperfect as she was a “T...
78 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I admit that I have been a life long sucker (there’s that word) for a bargain.  I am drawn to one like Icarus to the sun. So it’s no surprise that I love CVS!I love the discount certificates that come when I pay.  I love the discounts that come by email and when I click on them go straight to my CVS card. I love that I can find almost anything in the well stocked stores. I love the 2 for 1 sales. And after a “calm down” tutorial from my wife Joanne, I now love the self check ...
85 days ago 33 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In these Black Swan times I have a long long ago connection.  When I was a young boy my mother told me that her father died in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.   I mentioned it to Nancy and, of course, it was news to her and her first impulse was to Google him.  Later she told me she found nothing.   Yet, it was Nancy’s impulse to probe Google that resulted in one of the greatest WOW! moments of my life.   Acting upon Nancy’s Google impulse, I dug extremely deep down into the m...
92 days ago 39 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This blog is inspired by my wife Joanne who I overheard riffing “I used to hug my grandchildren” (see photo) and on and on and on...I asked her to Guest Blog, but if you know Jo you know that was not in the cards. So here I go: I used to fear something bad was just around the corner I used to be a commuter I used to be a softball pitcher for the Batmen I used to shake hands I used to be 5’9 3/4” I used to go to Yankee games with Paul I used to wear shoes and long pants I used...
106 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When we came home from dinner last Friday night, it was a most welcome sight for sore eyes to see the pictured outdoor spotlights lit up for all their worth.   It got me to thinking that the spot lights were well worth their extra cost as they have been in constant use for at least 2 years.  They are the new, more expensive, “Long Life” bulbs. They are a welcome change to the old bulbs I used to have to replace every few months.   Planned obsolescence be darned.  Let there...
113 days ago 28 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
During our past reality, when I came home from a “Hard Days Work” Joanne would greet me with “How was your day?”, serve a great supper and ask for little help with the “House Wife” work. Now that we are mostly marooned at home the equation has shifted drastically. To say the least, since the onset of the pandemic, I have undergone significant change.  For example, I have cleaned my first bathrooms.To say I was spoiled is an understatement.  To say that circumstances have forc...
127 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
“Every thing is up to date in Gotham City” is a play on the words of a Rodgers and Hammerstein Oklahoma song. With that I announce that I have updated all of my Social Media optics with the very same photo featured above. It is up to date because I’m responsibly sporting a Fauci mask and what’s more, my front seat riding cohort Charcoal is smiling for the camera. The Joanne Klein photo was engineered by my 11:00 am pal Erin Uzume McKenna for her Key West photo shoot and if yo...
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