July 6, 2016

I’m not sure when I met Mark. Although we were the same grade at the same elementary school, we were never in the same class (that I remember) and we grew up in different neighborhoods. We were “friends of friends”, Mike being the conduit. Through Junior High and High School, our mutual friends brought us more »

June 29, 2016

One of the plus/minuses of moving is I’m always going through the flotsam of my past. I keep like 95% of the letters/cards/whatnot that I get from people. Usually it’s a little painful, and this time is no different. I found a larger trove of cards and letters from a friend than I expected and more »

June 21, 2016

I feel like I have little control over much of my life these days. I’m sure that is a common sentiment for people in all walks of life; even people whose schedule and habits are so ritualized probably feel some level of helplessness over at least certain aspects of their lives. Still, I feel I’m more »

May 20th, 2016

Second guessing is a habit that very few people ever learn to overcome. What can make the situation even worse is when we have too much time to reconsider our choices. Many times our actions have an immediate result and the best we can do is say “Oh well” and move on. Occasionally, however, we more »

May 11, 2016

One of the loudest nights I ever spent was in one of the quietest places I’ve ever been. Many years ago, when dinosaurs walked the Earth and I lived on the Upper West Side, I found myself with an unexpected week off from work. I decided to take advantage of the time and visit my more »

May 2, 2016

Years of tending bar in Key West has made it a habit of mine to ask people where they are from not long after they settle into their bar stools. This is a habit that has been a hard one to temper over the last several months. It isn’t necessarily a bad way to start more »

April 21, 2016

I never did write a blog about that jackass from Harrisburg who sat at a dirty bar spot and then demanded service, to the point where he trashed my friend and co-worker simply for doing his job. Truth is if I had a dollar for every blog I was going/supposed/had to write I’d be a more »

April 9, 2016

I turn 21 today. Now I know what many of you may be thinking. “Ummm, I’m pretty sure you passed that milestone years back.” Some of you may even have known me for more than 21 years. Yes, that is all true. Think of it not as an actual 21st birthday, but more of a more »

March 25, 2016

I was just outside raking a friend’s garden and no, that’s no a euphemism for anything. I’m at a friend’s house, I went outside got her rake and started raking her garden. Not really sure why I did it; certainly it’s not because I’m a nice guy. I guess it’s because I knew it needed more »

March 14, 2016

In a lifetime full of saying odd things, this may just be the oddest: The subway station smelled like piss this morning, and I realized I kind of missed that. (A couple of things to clear up before I continue. First of all, that is not the opening statement in a blog that will reveal more »