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2307 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently, a controversy (albeit a small one) erupted around Beyonce.  The singer was slotted to perform the National Anthem at the President's inauguration and someone, I'm assuming her, made the decision to pre-record it and lip-synch it. The ensuing fuss was probably more than was needed, but I found it not to be as indicative of her talent or wisdom as much as commentary on us.  The problem isn't whether she was good enough to perform it live, but rather our obsession wi...
2308 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It was time I suppose.  My more than five year old laptop was very good to me. But five years in technology years made my laptop more like a relic whose time had come.  So this weekend's project was to buy a new one.  Shopping wasn't so bad, it was fun actually. But the set up and adjustment has been particularly trying -- and time consuming -- I think in light of Windows 8, Microsoft's new operating system. To me, it is very different and not as intuitive as I had hoped.  D...
2309 days ago 5 comments Categories: Health Tags:
  I was an overweight child. Therefore, I found the story of Dara-Lynn Weiss and her seven year old daughter compelling.  Ms. Weiss put her seven year old overweight daughter on a strict diet  for health related reasons; the child had high blood pressure. Interestingly, the internet has exploded with blogs and articles condemning Ms. Weiss and her methods. A majority  of the criticism against Ms. Weiss has been levied at her choice of magazine to tell her story, Vogue. Th...
2310 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It looks like Carnival Cruise lines is in some hot water.  Not only from the lawsuits by angry passengers, but I would wager that their business has got to be bad for some period of time.  I think a lot of people are going to pick vacation choice number 2 instead of a cruise.  The national park service should run a counter-commercial with a couple in a car being attacked by a bear saying "we should have done this last year" as they flash back to their Carnival cruise and g...
2311 days ago 6 comments Categories: Sports Tags:
Tomorrow celebrates Michael Jordan's 50th birthday and the pundits and analysts were wondering on radio and TV if he is the best player of all time.   Names that are being tossed about; Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul Jabar and LeBron James. But for my money I'd have to say Bill Russell is/was the best. Although he was a Celtic (I'm a Knicks fan so he is not my favorite by far) he won 11 championships with them. He also won two consecutive NCAA championships and a gold medal a...
2312 days ago 13 comments Categories: Books Tags:
One of the duties-pleasures of being Grand Parents is having the kids over for a weekend (while the parents vacation). Recently we were on duty and on the first night my "6 and a 1/4" year old grandson carried a book over to me and asked "Grandpa would you read to me". How could I say no. It ends up he was lugging the third Harry Potter book which my son Alex had been reading to him. To be honest, I have never read the books or seen the movies, but I dove right in with enthus...
2313 days ago 8 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Happy Valentine's Day. I had been thinking about blogging about Valentine's Day. I even did a little research on the history and tradition that brought us to this day of declaring our love. The punch line would have asked about your plans for Valentine's Day.   But the announcement that wrestling was being removed as an Olympic sport trumps that blog. Speaking of tradition! I wrestled varsity in college (given the division we were in, it really wasn't a big deal) and, sinc...
2314 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I heard about it this year while watching the Super Bowl but I never really thought it to be a real possibility.  Playing the Super Bowl on a Saturday instead of on "Super Bowl Sunday."  Now they are talking about it for next year at Giants...er uh...Met Life Stadium. Really, it makes complete sense particularly since they extended the Super Bowl break to two weeks years back. It has become one of the biggest party days of the year (in my experience surpassing New Year's Eve)...
2315 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last week, the United States Post Office announced that come summertime, Saturday mail delivery will be a thing of the past.   Given the significantly over budget operation and the corresponding decline in physical mail, I understand the business decision.  While some in Congress are apparently trying to rekindle Saturday delivery, I am not optimistic for their success. The elimination of Saturday mail marks the end of an era which makes me sad.    Saturday is by far the best...
2316 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was shocked, the Thursday night before Nemo struck, at the sight of a large gas line on Hempstead Turnpike. My husband and I were leaving a restaurant and the line blocked the exit of the restaurant parking lot. When I asked the driver of the car that was blocking the exit to move his car a bit forward, he just ignored me and sat in his car until the gas line moved. And my husband and I sat in our car until he did so. In the past, while I recall running to the grocery s...
2317 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I had a laser procedure on my eye last week. My son asked me afterwards if I had Superman vision. You would think he is seven or eight. He is twenty three.  Boys will be boys.Naturally as a little boy I always wanted to be Superman. I would put on my long pajamas and then slip over them a pair of underwear. I didn't have red ones like the real Superman, I had to settle for white.  Then I put on long socks, also white, and a belt.  The best was my cape. I used a long bath towe...
2318 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I went to bed last night happy that I was going to be able to sleep a little later, have a good breakfast, write my blog and then go throw some snow around.   My neighbor Al, a nice guy, had a different plan. I awoke this morning at about 6 AM to the sounds of his Toro straining against the weight of over a foot of snow as he was clearing his driveway. His snow thrower even has a headlight on it.   So much for the quiet of Suburbia. At least I was going to wait until 9....
2319 days ago 9 comments Categories: Health Tags:
My father in law is a 92 year old WW II veteran and was my surrogate father when it mattered. To look at him you would never know. He has his hair and it is still mostly naturally brown. He has lost much of his belly, but his cheeks are full and he could be an ARRP poster boy. However, as it must for all of us, his body and mind are failing him. Anyone of a certain age has experienced it with their parents as they seemingly reverse roles with their children. At this juncture ...
2320 days ago 4 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
A few days ago, after a morning workout at the gym, I went to the snack bar for my "regular". The woman behind the counter greeted me with a smile and asked "The Regular?" A nod. Another nod and the breakfast smoothie with pineapple, mango, in orange juice, with a vanilla protein shot was under way. It's amazing how my "Regular" has morphed over the years. At different times -- with time and depending upon the time of day -- "Regular" has meant different things. It's b...
2321 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My 11 year-old son recently got accepted into the SOAR program at school, which is an after school group that focuses on engineering, flight and space.  We were both thrilled.   I was reminded of a conversation a couple of weeks earlier that we had in the car.  Out of nowhere on the way to a hockey game, he says, "You know dad, when they invent a teleportation device, a lot of people are going to lose their jobs," obviously referring to people who are employed in the massive ...
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