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16 days ago 20 comments Categories: Books Tags:
We vacationed last week at the shore and I found it the perfect opportunity to read “Two Women In The Trunk” a “Sergeant Markie Mystery” written and self published by Tony Celano. Tony Celano?  Yes our Tony Celano, long time Gotham member and former Chair of our legendary Bandit Group. To my knowledge, "Trunk" is Tony’s initial writing effort and it draws heavily on his many years of service in the New York City Police Force as a Detective Squad Commander and assignment to th...
17 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It is a small theater in the Berkshires and we settled into our seats looking forward to the show. Soon after we were seated, a patron came in and sat behind us. The gentleman carried a portable oxygen concentrator that was providing air flow to the tubes leading to his nose. As he sat and the lights dimmed the noise - a whirring sound - coming from the portable unit was undeniable. The man’s wife suggested that he turn the fan down and he did. It was annoying to those...
18 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Eleanor Roosevelt said "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." I had the priveldge of visiting two distinct beaches along the New Jersey shore this summer and each beach and its corresponding town carried its own specific vibe. Where does the vibe come from? I believe its a compilation of various energies, but the most influential could be its human population. Standing in line at Sundea's Best, I heard a group of people talking ...
19 days ago 8 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
Gilroy California, El Paso Texas, Dayton Ohio. The 20th, 21st and 22nd mass shootings in our country just in 2019 alone. 3 + 22 + 9 = 34 people whose lives were cut short. They were mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, brothers, sisters – to someone. I am so angry at all of this that I can’t find the right words. These atrocities are acts of hate against innocent people. While I so very much appreciate the way communities come together to support each other in the f...
20 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I am not a singer. In fact, I am a bit envious of those people who can sing.     The only time you might “catch” me singing would be alone in my car, with the windows closed, when certain songs are played on the radio. It happened to me on Friday afternoon as I drove home from work. It had been a good week at work and I was in a particularly good mood. Suddenly, “I’m Into Something Good,” sung by Herman’s Hermits came on the radio. With my car windows tightly closed I hap...
21 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: DOKK, Knights of Pythias, TSA, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Gotham
Last weekend we enjoyed the first use of our verified TSA enrollments. It involved a short flight to Roanoke. As to the lines, we appeared not to save much time, since we caught a not so busy time. Nonetheless, I enjoyed not needing to shed my sneakers and unpack the Mac, iPad and iPhone. And we enjoyed that same convenience on the return trip. Lightning, however, grounded our plane a few hours and marred my plans to attend the “famous” Gotham “Quad” Long Island meeting – rea...
22 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I'm always amazed how our mind works.    You can see someone you haven't met with in a long time and all the memories and feelings you had with that person fly in and it feels like you are in those moments again.   Maybe it's a scent, an image or even a deja vu and we are transported to a time and place that feels familiar. Unfortunatley it can also take you back to a place that's painful. (I've had a few of those) It's like time has no relevance, our mind relives moments th...
23 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Like the song says, It’s Summertime and the living is easy. You could alter the words a bit and say It's Summertime and the commuting is easy, as once school ends for the Summer and people migrate to the beaches, my daily drive from Nassau County to Long Island City becomes far easier and quicker (as much as a half hour each way). In a way it is a vacation in itself from icy congested roads.  Even the subway cars are looser. I tell myself to enjoy it while I can.  Labor Day i...
24 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's summer and that means t-shirts and hats. I have too many t-shirts and too many hats. Many reminders of places visited. Something about probably being meaningful when I got them. Last weekend we were in the Berkshires and I donned a t-shirt from Tobay - the South Shore beach of the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island --- and my baseball cap blazen with “Tanglewood”. There is something about certain messages in certain places. First someone came up to me at the Far...
25 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Nothing gets me more annoyed and exhausted than trying to communicate with a person “hard-of-hearing” and I don’t mean “hearing” in the literal sense of the word. Have you ever had a colleague, friend or co-worker that did all of the talking and ZERO listening? (Notice my past tense word choice) Even when they ask a question, they don’t even listen to your reply! Ugh! I tend not to keep them around. Active listening is to listen with all of your senses. When I have a conver...
26 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I just finished a great book but that’s not the point of my blog. I read this book in so many different medium – on my phone, on my iPad, on my kindle. Even a little audiobook along the way. It made me think about the old days when a book had pages to turn that you could feel. I liked that. There is nothing like the sound of a book bending backwards to open for the first time. It’s kind of like the noise you make with your first coffee in the morning. Well, at least I ma...
27 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
How often are you thankful that you thought before you typed? This week I was so happy that I did.   I received an email this week from another attorney that viciously attacked me, both personally and professionally. To call the email unprofessional would be a massive understatement. The email, which also attacked my client, was cc’d to the two other attorneys in the case, each of whom represent the two parties’ children. Clearly, the goal of the email was to discredit me, a...
28 days ago 10 comments Categories: Games Tags:
The Baseball season appears not to be going the way I’d prefer. Many friends probably agree, if they root for the team based in Queens.   Still, many things remain to root for. One player, Jeff McNeil, pursues a batting title. Peter Alonso won the Home Run contest, shattered several Mets records for rookies (Homers, RBIs XBHs) and remains much in play for leading MLB in home runs. Thursday, I watched Jacob deGrom pitch seven shutout innings. I even "discovered" Gotham Plaza o...
29 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's the face of today's multi (or mini) millionaire.    This six-year-old South Korean YouTube star named Boram makes an estimated 2.9 million dollars a month reviewing toys. Her two YT channels - a video blog and a series of toy reviews - have more than 30 million subscribers.   She's the highest earning South Korean YouTuber.   Amazing......
30 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A high school friend who is a reader of my Friday With Fred blog sent me the following email last weekend:You always do great “starters” and I thought if you had remembrances of yours [First Friend] it might qualify for a prompt for your followers.  I began thinking about my happy childhood and those who contributed to memories that made it “fond”, when I first began,unknowingly, to feel warmth towards those outside of my immediately family. Looking back those memories remain...
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