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Big news of the week involved so many of us – including this commentator – losing power last week.  Lost ours around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  I reported to Con Edison via text message. Interestingly the text “process” never yield an approximate power up time.  News stories Wednesday suggested today.  Ouch! I worked with my local NY City Council Member Barry Grodenchik to help get my community up and running (I am “acting President” of my North Bellerose Civic Assocation; anothe...
9 days ago 16 comments Categories: Music Tags:
Summer’s almost gone   Yeah it’s almost gone.   Above are lyrics from song of the first phrase by the Doors. The LP is Waiting for the Sun.   It goes back 52 years.   It concludes with a question,“where will we be?   In this summer of Covid what do you wish for the fall and winter. In part I post the question as we continue to face limits on some activities we covet/miss and the sooner time passes, and we endure, perhaps solutions to what we face this summer and faced last Sp...
16 days ago 16 comments Categories: Health Tags:
We are proud of our children and their work. Jonathan works at Guttmacher Institute and Marisa at AJC (American Jewish Committee) New York. Marisa often arranges and participates in meetings with public officials and their staffs who I know and interact with. Jonathan researches and writes studies in the public health sphere, and his latest effort inspired today’s blog: Jonathan is lead author on a study that got published last week in Lancet Global Health.   Early Wednesday...
23 days ago 10 comments Categories: Games Tags: Mets, Yankees, Baseball, Citifield, September 11
Baseball is back this weekend. For real.  The Mets hosted the Yankees in a summer exhibition game.  Last night's outcome confused. It included players I do not expect nor want to play when the games count but it was nice to experience it via the telly. There’s more tonight. Did you check it out last night?   Do you plan to watch it tonight? It also makes me excited to think about those same teams playing against each other for real on September 11, 2021, when Gotham and my...
30 days ago 28 comments Categories: Music Tags:
Two weeks ago on this "page" this blogger shared how he enjoyed sitting outide, even during a heavy rain (when otherwise protected from the elemented).  I mused since about a rain song playlist and compiled a list of songs I enjoy listening to (and have on vinyl -- if the music "aged" well.).  It almost appeared last week but another topic mused me more.  Today I share that list.  23 tunes on Apple Music and 25 on YouTube (because two selections only appear on John Fogerty's ...
As the daylight on the 4th ended Shelly noticed the full moon and pointed in out. It still hung low and later it moved me to take a shot as I sat out back watching an array of fireworks, likely less than legal blocks away, sometimes closer in every direction. I do not recall ever seeing such an investment by neighborhood folk in risky activity, no matter how attractive the results appear from the apparent safety of my yard. News reports this year certainly noted an unusual up...
The title represents one of two relevant song titles I considered after deciding on this blog. You see I had another topic in mind – another discussion – perhaps another day, certainly another blog. When I retired for Friday eve, I opted to bring the laptop upstairs to leave on the dining room table for easy outside deployment yesterday. The laptop allows me to deploy the larger external monitor that, in many ways represents the outside office covered in some of my prior blog...
51 days ago 31 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Father's Day
Once again I get to take advantage of a Sunday blog gig falling on a day where we give thanks; this time to our dads (I even qualify for this one.). Let me start with a tradition I started sharing a wonderful song for this special day by current Poco bassist and vocalist Jack Sundrud.   After my morning coffee outside (See spot in pice at left.).  We plan to celebrate with a BBQ, our usual tradition. Last year at this time, my daughter lived a coast away; this year she’s home...
58 days ago 16 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Government, politics, editorials, op-eds, high school, partisan
Friday’s blogger opined this past Friday how politics unintentionally crept into the comments to his blog that ran the week before. Bloggers on this platform agree not to cross into politics when the opine. Though I worked in government, advise many affected by its actions, serving in it or seeking to serve I find comfort in my ability to muse about topics not involving politics. BUT that does not mean that blogs posted here – including mine – need to avoid being political. ...
65 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: MacBook, Mets, Mariners, MLB
The week just past I got to enjoy my outside office a bit more. Interestingly an important component failed midweek. My external monitor just went kaput. Fortunately, I had a temporary backup at hand. The week before Marisa asked me if I had an extra external monitor. I did but not on site. I was able to retrieve it before last weekend; I kept it deployed elsewhere (the photo upper left suggests it location) for when set up shop at client’s office nearby. It turned out the ne...
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