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10 days ago 28 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I live on the North Shore of Long Island and when I sit in my back yard I notice the never ending, clockwork pattern of big jets passing high above, somewhat to the South in an East/West pattern. I imagine they are coming from Europe and guess they are on the way to JFK.I have actually timed them and the intervals are around a minute and a half.  It gets monotonous to the point that it is actually less noticeable.  However, I can only imagine how it is on the South Shore near...
17 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Have you ever noticed that two people present at the same event oft times have different memories?I had that experience last week when I had dinner with a high school friend who, unbeknownst to me, is a reader of my Friday With Fred Blog. The first word out of his mouth was Zelig.  I took the bait and said I’m like Zelig and have been witness to many interesting events. He responded that "The (1960) Patterson/Johansson fight was at the Polo Grounds, not Yankee Stadium." Rash...
31 days ago 38 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
If you knew today was your last day on earth what would you do?Who would you be with?Who would you reach out to talk to?What would you say that you haven’t said?What credit or praise would give that you haven’t given. What wrongs would you try to right?What debts would you pay?What gifts would you give?Who would you tell of your love?What self indulgences would you allow?What would you do that you haven’t done?...
38 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Preface: This story is written from the perspective of our dog Charcoal who was visited upon for a week by Lucy, our son’s vacationing family’s fellow Schnoodle:I’m Charcoal in color and fellow female Lucy is White .  Lucy is a year or two older than me and when I came on the scene as a hyperactive puppy my recollection is that she was not too welcomingand I’ve spent 6 years making it up to her.  Challenging her, nipping at her heels, eating out of her dog dish, sleeping in h...
52 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Sometimes my eyes open in the predawn hour and I sample the silence and as I lay there I hear a chirp and then an answer and the silence is sweetly broken. Soon our dog Charcoal stirs as if on signal and the first cracks of dawn emerge and the sweet chirping increases. It is an ordinary, but highly over looked (or slept through), sensual experience which is timeless and perfect-the simple sounds of Nature!...
80 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!

87 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 ...
94 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......
101 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...
108 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...
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