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This time of year, I usually look to gather lists of summer concerts, many free, to recommend. Not this year. Often, the discussions about music involve what great show got canceled, postponed or rescheduled. Not sure how many texts and emails I’ve exchanged with my friend Jason about changes involving shows planned at Jones Beach this year. We’ve talked about things such as drive-in concerts – not something either one of us consider an acceptable option; a drive-in movie inv...
11 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Friday, I was finally able to set up outside. I even tweeted about it (See pic above left.). This morning I expect to get some final pieces in place for the deck. It requires a curbside pickup but I prefer not endure a weekday delivery and interference with my workdays/week upcoming It was great to take breakfast yesterday morning and actually read my papers on my reclining chaise lounge; even broke out my outside coffee maker! We got out that afternoon and participated in...
18 days ago 23 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Mother’s Day
Funny how last weekend I “occupied” my outside spaces; one might think the days that followed would offer more of the same; not a chance; it even snowed – really – while I grilled steaks last night to enjoy with the #1 mom in my life. I decided to plan something special today but cannot share it until later. I hope to pull it off. Normally it’d would appear on a certain calendar but that would blow the surprise.   She deserves her day!   Happy Mother’s Day sweet Shelly!   Ha...
25 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Finally a really nice day. It's a good morning...and I'm feelin' fine.   I prepared for it for several weeks, setting up my deck aka the outside office (as I outlined in a prior blog). I made Shelly and this correspondent my specialty omelets (sauteed onions, garlic and ginger) topped with Muenster Cheese. Shelly has hers with a toasted English Muffin; I preferred the Bialys. We both enjoyed my morning brew (hers was a second helping as she prefers Dunkin’). After our tasty ...
Looking back several weeks I wrote of concert plans. Earlier this week I emailed with my friend Jason about the postponement of an amazing show scheduled for last Thursday at the Kings Theatre; we had plans to see John Fogerty; from Fogerty’s site we knew for a few weeks of the show’s postponement but LiveNation only emailed something formal this week (that remains a whole other discussion and I read that many ticket holders expressed upset how many events continue to hold th...
39 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Shut in some but how can I complain when many experience worse things. I spent parts of the last two and this weekend setting up what I call my outside office. Unfortunately, the weather cooperated not at all in terms of making use of it. What remains for this afternoon involves a power washing of the stairs to the yard but the office space stands ready. My simple goal today involves the power washing and leaving the outside office looking ready. I’ll continue listening t...
46 days ago 18 comments Categories: Games Tags: Knight of Pythias, basketball
We got to hang with some good friends last eve. It was fun to catch up. It was not in person but technology made it seem like we gathered at our place or one of their homes. Usually I see the men one or two times a week for basketball in a program my Knight of Pythias (FDR) lodge sponsors. There’s been no ball for a month and we have no clue when the game returns. We play in a school gym which mean no ball through April (maybe the end of June after the Governor and the May...
So my thoughts focus on when we can get together again.   You might ask why but I suspect most know.   After all, in other times, many would be looking forward to hosting or visiting family towards the end of this week into next weekend. Usually a big meal serves as the centerpiece. Instead, this time any meal involves those in the immediate household; at best we can employ video technology to perhaps widen the size of the gathering and connect family and friends around a vir...
The phrase titling this blog comes from lyrics in a John Lennon tune. If I just chose the first two words, it recalls the title of The Doors’ second LP, Strange Days, featuring their second hit, “People Are Strange.”   We keep reading how less busy those not working in “critical” aka “essential” functions find themselves. Perhaps. Not here. Since things came to a head one would think some us would have more time. In meetings of my Gotham Network (which hosts this and six othe...
67 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Gotham, Nutmeggers
I had looked forward to to a few road trips – well long rides – using my songs of the road playlist but it seems like many plans a lot of us looked forward to – Postponed. Indeed, over the last few week, many events I helped planned and/or planned to attend got the new “P” word; in a few circumstances, another word applied – “canceled.” I prefer postponed.   In any event, this applies in all facets of my world, professional, networking, non-profit, fraternal, recreation (over...
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