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2216 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Although married, Flo and I do not share last names. Among our three married children, one couple shares a last name, one couple has chosen to each retain their surname, and in one, my daughter-in-law has hyphenated her last name. Sometimes the different last names have not gone unnoticed. Once, a passport officer asked Flo why she didn't take my name. Flo responded by asking him to read my passport and try to pronounce it...and smiled. Over the years, I have become used...
2217 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We heard about the Rutgers scandal with basketball coach Mike Rice a couple months back.  He was fired for his abusive basketball style which was actually caught on video.  He was guilty of physically contacting kids in a detrimental manner and using homophobic slurs.   This week, former Rutgers coach Mike Rice was given a chance to address a basketball camp attended by top college and high school prospects preparing for the NBA draft.  He had spent the previous five weeks at...
2218 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You know those moments – the ones that we all pretend never happened. Here is my most recent entry in the “Book of Embarrassment”. Last week I had to be up really early on multiple mornings. Early morning is not my favorite, or best, time. By the end of the week, my morning commute was really just an extension of my nighttime sleep. And then one morning, as we approached Penn Station, I found myself waking up with a start to find my head comfortably nestled on the sho...
2219 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In an interview published this month in Vogue magazine, Katie Perry revealed that her now ex-husband Russell Brand told her he wanted a divorce via a text message. Similarly, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member, Porsha Stewart, revealed that she was told that her husband, NFL player Kordell Stewart, wanted a divorce via Twitter. Reading about the use of text messaging and social media to communicate such private matters, reminded me of a conversation I recently ove...
2220 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Two nights ago I sat outside on our small deck taking in the last light and fading blue sky.  It was 8:30.  I recalled a trip to the Canadian Rockies years ago when the high summer sun did not set until almost 10 pm.  And this morning I woke up early to blazing sun streaming through the blinds.  Nice.And then, as if I was hearing the music abruptly change in a movie when danger suddenly approaches, I realized the sun is now headed back the other way.  I don't mean to ruin you...
2221 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This past week, if anybody noticed, the Miami Heat won their 2nd straight NBA title. Or as the media puts it Lebron James won his second straight title. Some media outlets have indicated that it's the start of a dynasty. Others insist that the perverbial "monkey" is off his back.   There's no question in my mind he is the best player in basketball right now. His play during the series was outstanding and fun to watch. The comparisons are already flying around. Is he as good a...
2222 days ago 28 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
As many may know I have been a long adherent of the BlackBerry. Why? Mostly because of the keyboard which for me was far easier to use than a touchscreen. Then my trusty Blackberry went dead and when I went to the Verizon store to look at the newest model I learned, to my alarm, that it too had a touchscreen and not a keyboard.It was a true moment of truth. Go with the new Blackberry or crossover to the Apple product which everyone has been teasing me about and lauding?Maybe ...
2222 days ago 2 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
As many may know, I have been a long adherent of the BlackBerry. Why? Mostly because of the keyboard, which for me was far easier to use than a touchscreen. Then my trusty Blackberry went dead. When I went to the Verizon store to look at the newest Blackberry I learned, to my shock, that it too had a touchscreen and not a keyboard.It was a true moment of truth. Go with the new Blackberry or crossover to the Apple product which everyone has been teasing me about and lauding?Ma...
2223 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last night at the Cocktail Party, I spent most of my time on the right side --- the Bar Room.  It seems that at every event on the second floor of the Friars Club, the crowd prefers one side or the other. Or, maybe it’s just me. Last night seemed to find more people in the Bar Room. One little story captures so much about what Gotham is. Ester Horowitz tapped me on the shoulder to introduce me to a guest at the party ---someone “who worked at Beth Israel”.  Alejandro is ma...
2224 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I write this not to bash a company for an individual incident, but rather to shed light upon a policy that not only do many millions not know about, but also that all of the friends and relatives that I have who work for Citibank do not know about.  I also am curious if this is legal or standard policy among all other banks, as I have not yet decided if I am going to continue the 20+ year relationship that I have had with Citibank (my wife for over 30 years).   Attempting to ...
2225 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Apparently, here is what happened facilitated by a cell phone and You Tube. It was a long train ride, very long. A man sitting mostly by himself was engrossed in a cell phone call. We have all been there. One of those calls that the whole train can hear, word for word, intonation for intonation. This call was personal in nature, very personal, and anyone nearby quickly learned that this man was actively engaged in a relationship with a woman that was not his wife. At so...
2226 days ago 19 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Nancy’s recent blog about her daughter attending the prom inspired me to write this blog. Next Monday both my daughter and step-son will be attending their prom. Their preparations for the event could not be more different.   My daughter’s preparation began in early January. At that time, a Facebook page was posted wherein every girl attending the Oceanside prom would post a picture of the dress they had purchased so that no dress was duplicated. Sydney started putting pr...
2227 days ago 8 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  Continuing our Father's Day tradition, today is the Annual Father's Day Bernstein Cup Golf Tournament.  We missed one year when my younger son was not in town, and though we tried to reschedule the round on a different day it never happened.  So the new rule is that we play ON Father's Day, and whoever can't make it misses out.  Harsh, but necessary.  This year my son in law is out of town, so I will play with my two sons and one of their friends, Rande, who I have known si...
2228 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Like Don, we have been having a Father's Day Golf Outing for over the past 15 years. It started out as Me, My Dad, Norm and Austin. As the years rolled on Jake started attending and it felt good to have my Dad and my son with me.   Although my Dad passed almost three years ago I miss him. He was a gentle soul even though life was difficult for him growing up. I admired him and was very lucky to have spent a lot of time with him.   This year it's Jake and I. We start anew. A ...
2229 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I had planned to write about Gotham's 13th annual Bob Formica Golf Outing, but Mother Nature intervened on Monday and we were compelled to postpone it until August 19th.   During the course of my reading I oft times coming across a memorable quote which I write down in my diary for future reference.  I call them "Just Sayings" and here is this year's crop to date: 1) Multiply me by about quite a few million and you've got something big (Lady Bird Johnson) 2) Make no little pl...
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