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2330 days ago 10 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
On the morning after our December 3rd Holiday Party (where we named the recipient of our hallowed "Red Bandana" Award, named two new Networkers of the Year and our Foundation handed out four $5000 grants to worthy and appreciative recipients) it came to me that, more than anything else, the characteristic which distinguishes Gotham from other groups, networking or otherwise, is that we have SOUL!SOUL is defined as the Spiritual part of a human being regarded as immortal. In m...
2331 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I don't know whether he told them to do it or whether he knew. The answer to the popular question of the last few days -- "Do you think he knew?” -- largely depends on what you thought of him in the first place. What's ironic is that, by most accounts, he's been doing a pretty good job. And don't hold the fact that he has political ambitions against him. What troubles me most is that it seems that a culture existed that put political retribution of an individual over the...
2332 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
A story today indicated that the NSA has surveillance over 100,000 computers world wide including some that aren't even connected to the internet.     This comes on the heels of the Edward Snowden situation where Snowden (whistleblower or traitor?) revealed NSA secrets wreaking havoc on our geopolitical and diplomatic relationships.  Other whislteblowers have generated various levels of fame/infamy with revelations.     Normally one would think that the more the people know t...
2333 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
No, I am not suggesting a new Gotham group or outing. But, in New York this week, hundreds of people took the “No Pants Subway Ride”. Here is how it worked, I am told. Get on the subway with a group of people. When the moment is called, drop your pants, act as if nothing is happening – and then watch your fellow subway riders react. This phenomenon was not limited to New York. More than 60 US cities and over 25 countries participated in the synchronized pants dropping...
2334 days ago 8 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
I have recently “discovered” On Demand television. Through On Demand, my husband, stepson, and I have become huge fans of Homeland, having binge watched the entire first season during the recent blizzard weekend. We are about to begin season two. I have also discovered the television show, Episodes, and have found myself laughing out loud while watching the show. The only drawback of our late discovery of these shows is the possibility of knowing what will occur in fu...
2335 days ago 8 comments Categories: Baby Blogs Tags:
Having nothing of any importance planned last night I offered babysitting services to my daughter and son in law in Brooklyn. They were happy to have an adult night to themselves. I was even happier to have a night with the little one year old. I had a lot of time with her this week. Last weekend was her one year birthday party. Tuesday night they came to my step fathers 83rd birthday dinner. And Thursday I went over for my weekly visit. My mother used to say ...
2336 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's the new year and time for Magical Mitch's predictions for 2014. Since 2007 your trusty soothsayer has been making predictions with a pretty good track record. I'm 13 for 22. That's like batting .590...In the MLB I'd be earning at least 50 million a year.   But first, let's review... In 2007 I was 1 for 7. (my rookie year:) For 2008 I was a perfect 1 for 1 (gutsy picking one but it was spot on) In 2009 I was 3 for 5 For 2010 I was 2 for 3 In 2011 I was 3 for 3!!! For 201...
2337 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Inasmuch Wednesday would have been Elvis's 79th birthday. Following is a poem that I wrote in his memory.     THE KING!   I saw the Great Elvis today encapsulated on film written off and explained away and I tried to cry, cry for him or cry for me or was there something else? Or what is gone, or never happened, or will never be again and is lost forever?   He was the shooting Star of the Fifties when we were young and he sroked my stirring adolescence. He could sing, Man co...
2338 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It has become an all-too-frequent scene. I notice across the restaurant a couple enjoying a nice quiet dinner. Then I see the smart phones, either on the table or in the hands of one (or both) of the diners. “What could possibly be so important?” I wonder. And then the lyrics of Stephen Stills flow melodically through my mind. “...and if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” I am tempted to go over to them and sing the lyrics - but I have an aw...
2339 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently a tech company came out and acknowledged that they were behind a series of crops circles that had been left in various farms throughout an area.  It had been an ongoing controversy/point of interest in several communities and had been investigated by authorities.  They hired a professional company to create unusual designs that were not immediately decipherable to the public.  It turnd out to be some form of logo representing the company.       Is this a great market...
2340 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Well, maybe just for me. As we were driving to dinner on New Year’s Eve, I turned to my family and reminded them that I was once again expecting everyone to share a resolution as the evening progressed. I have long been a fan of resolutions and in general, setting goals. I believe that saying it out loud has much to do with making it happen. Almost in unison, they turned to me and made it clear that I was very much alone in the resolution making process – again -- and t...
2341 days ago 12 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
My family and I spent Christmas week at an all inclusive resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico, a beautiful location. Part of the fun at an all inclusive resort is that all alcohol is included in the price of the hotel. The first day at the beach my family and I had a blast trying all of the frozen concoctions. From the Blue Hawaiian to the Iceberg, we tasted them all. That first evening, as we sat in one of the lounges, the cocktail waitress told me that the bartender would ...
2342 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The lead article in the Times this morning is about loosening restrictions in New York for the sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes.  That is a long time coming.  About twenty states allow its limited sale.   Some states, such as New Jersey, have very restrictive laws.  You can only be prescribed pot if you show that you have exhausted all conventional treatments.  Debating whether it should be legalized for recreational use seems fair to me, but to not allow it for medic...
2343 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I awoke yesterday morning at about 7:15AM to a blanket of white and the sounds of snow throwers...another suburban moment.   I threw on jeans, T-shirt, heavy socks, a hoodie, ski jacket and boots. Got my gloves and trundled down into the garage to fire up my snow thrower and join the fun. After trying to start it by hand a couple of times I plugged it in and pressed the button for the electric starter. Within a couple of minutes it rumbled to life.   As I started to plow the ...
2344 days ago 44 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Today is my Father's birthday and 18 years after his passing I am just starting to miss him. 

Why am I just starting to miss him? He was a "Damon Runyon" ("Guys and Dolls") character, emphasis on character, to the outside world. Although he was a tough SOB and especially hard on his first born son he is finally starting to get through to me. In the early 80s I wrote a painful piece about him and here are some excerpts which will impart some of his "flavor":   A short, bald...
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