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23 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

Who says you can’t come home again?Klein Slides

Whomever it is will get a vigorous argument from me. 

I’m home. 

Put me in Coach I’m ready to play!

30 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of my earliest memories is hiding my eyes, looking away and cowering behind a movie seat upon watching the appearance of the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz with my mother.  Truth be told, the shock and horror has never left me.   I looked away and my over stimulated youthful imagination nearly destroyed me.  The same thing happened years later while watching Psycho.   Well, last Saturday night I saw a mashup of the Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of ...
37 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I’ve come to the realization that there are three stages of life: Youth, Middle Age and “You Look Good!” I can’t resist that line when someone tells me I look good.   Actually, in my case, the third stage is what I call my Afterlife.   No matter how long I live I will never retire.  Rather, I will revel in this stage as a sort of enjoyable, no holds barred Afterlife.   My friend Jay Gould said it best re this Afterlife: So true.  My real self, not my roles......
44 days ago 32 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I saw The Killer rip it up atop his piano in 1957 to close the show at Alan Freed’s Brooklyn Paramount after Screaming Jay Hawkins rose from his coffin to put an eternal spell on me.  That same year I saw Althea Gibson make everlasting history by winning the Women’s Tennis Singles Final at the old Forest Hills.  I was alone with my idol Elvis at a Vegas crap table in the early 60s, greeted there by sad eyed former Heavy Weight Champion Joe Louis, played pool with Keef, shared...
51 days ago 34 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As blogged last week, Saturday was my birthday and it was a very very nice day.   Thank you all for your happy birthday wishes through blog comments, emails, texts, cards, phone calls  and Facebook messages! Presents came too.  Examples are cool Roy Orbison/Sun records and Batman tees plus significant numeral art work from Jo, a chilled bottle of my favorite Veuve Clicquot champagne, and a coveted painting (pictured) from my favorite local artist.   A favorite family traditi...
58 days ago 42 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Tomorrow is my birthday and that means I’ve experienced over 28,000 days on this earth.   That’s a lot of days and and experiences and I’m fortunate to say that most of them have been good ones.   I’m an early riser and welcome every day and its challenges with vigor.   On this first day of the rest of my life I can look forward to how many more days and challenges in my ongoing quest to remain Forever Young?...
65 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young I was one lazy slacker, warranting the nickname “Klein with the big behind”.   At some point in high school self loathing caused a light to go off and I started to play sports, do push ups and other exercises which I continue to do daily to this day.   Then came the running boom and I was hooked, running distance every day for almost 2 years.  They say the endorphins generated by exercise are addictive.   If it is an addiction it is a positive addiction! Now ...
72 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In Key West there is a practice called the “Local Discount” of 10% for “Locals”.   We somehow qualify and appreciate it.  Usually we are noticed as “Locals” and automatically receive it.  When we are not, I sometimes request it.   A discount is certain amount or percentage deducted from the usual or posted price (a whole blog could be written on what is the actual price) of something.   Discounts are given, for instance, to Senior citizens, active military members, students, ...
79 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In the sports world, being benched is not a good thing as you are taken off the playing field and assigned to “riding the pine” and hopefully motivated to think “Put me in Coach I’m ready to play!”  However, in real life, a lot can go on while one is sitting on a bench (even, I suppose, in sports).   As pictured, the center of Key West society sits at a bench across from the prime live rock and roll venue Green Parrot Bar on Friday nights at 5:30 for “Sound Check”.  For those...
93 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young, except for sports stories and related trivia, I was pretty empty headed.  And maybe that was a good thing, as there may now be less useless information clogging  my cranial band width.   Passing on how I got from there and then to here and now (maybe a story for another time), it is indisputable that I presently suffer from an unquenchable thirst for facts, knowledge, gossip and trivia.   I can’t get enough of it! Sometimes this gets me in trouble, as I’m co...
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