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From the Forest to the Shore, Connecticut, USA
March 12
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Change is good...that's what I keep telling my colleagues. It's difficult and hard. It's challenging and rewarding. It's fraught with peril. It needs to be done...yesterday!


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FEBRUARY 8, 2013 2:33PM

Being caught in a blizzard. Don't try this, ever.

As I hunker down, for winter storm Nemo,  I remember the Blizzard of '78.  

My daughters would probably ask if was that eighteen or nineteen 78. Nineteen, thanks very much, girls. I was a 22 year old jock (the industry term for disc jockey or radio announcer) working… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 3, 2012 1:18PM

Why watching the debates are a waste of time.

In 1960, the first presidential election I have memory of, the first televised debate took place between Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy. Moderated by CBS's Howard K. Smith (one of the famous Murrow boys), viewers who were polled concluded that JFK was the winner of the debat… Read full post »

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AUGUST 24, 2012 10:50AM

Working in the shadow of the Empire State Building

Call it intuition, or a sixth sense. I travel through two of the biggest terrorist targets in New York City, Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station.

I work in the shadow of the Empire State Building. I easily could have been one of the shooting victims today outside the Empire State… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2011 11:46AM

Bold Predictions for 2012

The pundits will be out soon with their predictions for the new year. This is the third time I am making predictions. I did so in 2009 and 2010.

Here are my picks for the new year. Some may be right and some will be wrong. Your comments and your predictions… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 9:16AM

End of the line. 7 days, 11 hours without electricity.

At five thirty on Sunday morning August 28th, winds from Tropical Storm Irene caused several limbs to brake off a Tulip poplar tree which landed on powerlines and snapped the utility pole in half as if it were a toothpick.  This pole was located across the street from my house.

Th… Read full post »

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MAY 12, 2011 1:26PM

25 reasons to enjoy Armageddon Weekend

As a non-Christian, I watched with bemused detachment about the pronouncements that the world will end Saturday May 21st at 6 p.m. For some of us, we thought the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, started on January 20th, 1981.

While many might start viewing this date with… Read full post »

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APRIL 28, 2011 10:31AM

When a police officer wants to talk to you about your blog.

A few weeks ago I got a voicemail from my wife. "Sweetie, an MTA police officer stopped by to talk to you about your blog." I was in the tunnel that runs between Grand Central Terminal and 125th St and was without a cell signal.

I took a later train than usual… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2011 8:10AM

How I cut the deficit and saved the free world

Back in November, the New York Times featured an interactive webpage entitled Budget Puzzle: You fix the Deficit.

After watching the incompetence of the Republican leadership and Republican members of the House of Representatives, try to reduce the US budget by $100 billion in 2011, and do so in the m… Read full post »

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JANUARY 5, 2011 9:40AM

112th Congress: Welcome. What have you done for me lately?

Today the 112th Congress takes office. Congratulations. So where are the jobs you promised? Why isn't the deficit reduced? Why hasn't health care reform been repealed? How come the President hasn't been impeached?

Tick, tick, tick.

It is easier to criticize than it is to govern. To those wh… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 29, 2010 8:17AM

Remembering Leslie Nielsen

Poilce Squad  

Actor Leslie Nielsen, 84, passed away yesterday, apparently due to pneumonia various news outlet reported.

While he may have been known more for his comedy roles in Airplane!and the Naked Gun movies, Nielsen had a fairly successful career as a serious actor from the 1950s until hi… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 4:56PM

Open Salon Men on Top (in all their glory)

Ladies and women, fantasize all you want about those sexy men that are unattainable. They are, in fact unattainable. Is that what makes them sexy? The fact that you can't have them?

So lets look in the virtual world of Open Salon and see if there are any who make the list.… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 9:52AM

What's up with the Governor's Race in Connecticut?

You may or not know, that this race still remains too close to call, even though both candidates, Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley claim to be the state's 88th governor.

It seems that there were problems with not enough ballots to go around in the state's largest city, Bridgeport.… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 8:33AM

Opening the Polls in Connecticut at 6:00 a.m. ET

I drove up Bulldog Drive  at 5:45 a.m. to Bunnell High School to cast my first vote as a Connecticut resident. I was not the first person at the polling place. I was about 12th in line. One of the election officials was confirming people's addresses so that they would go… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 8:01AM

Atheists know more about God than Evangelical Christians Do

Laurie Goodstein in the New York Times today writes that a Pew Forum on Religious and Public life conducted a telephone poll of 3,400 Americans on the Bible, Christianity and other world religions with surprising results. 

On average about half surveyed answered more question… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 11:02AM

Where 9/11 began: Portland, Maine


Ask anyone on September 10, 2001 from what city a terror attack would launched, and Portland, Maine probably wouldn't be on their list.

However, that evening at 5:43 p.m., Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari checked in to the Comfort Inn at 90 Maine Mall Road less than 1000… Read full post »

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AUGUST 10, 2010 9:17AM

Flight Attendant arrested after Airplane Chuting

By now you've probably heard the story of Steven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant who abruptly resigned after being allegedly assaulted by a passenger as the plane taxied to the JFK terminal following a flight to Pittsburgh.

According to reports, Slater had an altercation with a passenger… Read full post »

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JULY 23, 2010 2:24PM

A microcosm of America in a 59 mile train ride.

Dear reader, here's another post that I started in April, shortly after the Times Square bomber was apprehended. It's finished now.

 Yogi Berra is purported to have said, " You can observe a lot by just watching."

I've previously written about my commuter experience here. It was a funRead full post »

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MAY 30, 2010 12:03PM

The Legend of the Sheepdog Burger

You are what you eat. If I came back as a food group it would be as a burger. You also develop your tastes for food, much like your values, at an early age. Of course significant emotional events will change your values. As well as your gastronomic outlook on life.… Read full post »

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MARCH 18, 2010 8:44AM

Another part of late 20th Century Americana dies

In the New York Times obituaries  yesterday was this.  Ron Lundy for 32 years was a presence on New York city radio from 1965 to 1997. as a personality jock (never use the term DJ or disk jockey) on WABC 77 until their format changed from rock to talk and then on the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 22, 2010 11:01AM

NBC's Olympic coverage and other disasters

I tried not to write this post. But as each day of Olympic coverages passes, like the proverbial kidney stone, I can't let this post go unwritten.

There are three types of Olympics viewer, the fanatic who has been glued to the tube since the opening ceremonies, the casual observer, and the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 18, 2010 11:07AM

Strangers on a Train -- New Haven Division


It's been almost four months since I started commuting from Connecticut. I used to commute from Yonkers into New York on a different branch of Metro-North, the Hudson line. I wrote about that experience here.

This commute takes a little longer, about 79 minutes to go the 59 miles from… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 1:52PM

Married to a Sociopath: Revenge is served on the next victim

I married way too young the first time. I was emotionally immature and I thought I was in love. She chased after me. She was physically attractive, and she told me how much I meant to her. My low self esteem got pumped right up. She wouldn't stop calling me. I was… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 8, 2010 9:24AM

The Who halftime show -- A generational analysis

Other than Peyton Manning losing another big game, and the Saints win being the feel good story of the decade, there wasn't much else to like at Super Bowl 44 (Roman numerals are so first century).

The Who got wheeled in for the halftime show and in a fourteen minute performance demonstrated… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2010 8:13AM

Why the terrorism trial needs to be held in NYC

Republicans and former Republicans have been calling for a change of venue for the terrorist trial in lower Manhattan, one of the sites of the September 11th attacks.


Republican representative Peter King, and former Republican now independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg are calling the location fo… Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2010 8:19AM

Chris Dodd retiring as Connecticut's senior US Senator

The New York Times reports that Christopher Dodd, senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut will likely not seek re-election and will retire after serving five terms.

As a new resident of Connecticut, I find this very good news. Dodd who allegedly got a sweetheart mortgage deal from the subprime lend… Read full post »