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Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day

Got my $.66 cup of coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.  Yeah!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

another this and that

As the MLB season comes to a close, the Mets are in first place in the race for the wild card, so it looks like we may see some October baseball....

Which is good news, considering the Ducks lost game 1 of their championship series to the Skeeters.

And it looks like we may need to wear our rain gear to the game Friday night. It's supposed to be rainy and windy all weekend.

I miss Jen.  Yes, we live in the same house, but we're both so busy lately that I hardly get to see her.  When I got home last night, she was getting ready for bed and was too tired to talk.  I hope she has fun this weekend in Baltimore -- a group of her friends are going there to see a Ravens' game.  I'm glad she's getting out of the house more often.

Drew and I will be taking Becca out to dinner soon.  He's never seen her apartment, and she wants to show it off a bit.

Sometimes it's hard to believe my babies are all grown up, with lives of their own.

So my friend who has spent the last few months in and out of the hospital is currently staying at a friend's house.  She can't go back to her own home, she lives in a basement apartment and cannot manage the stairs.  Her medical situation has not improved, and the doctor has suggested she consider amputation of her left foot.  That would be very much a life-altering experience, especially for her.  I've known others who have regained most, if not all, of their mobility while using a prosthetic foot or leg, but somehow I don't think my friend will be able to do that. Right now she needs an electric scooter to get around, and I'm afraid that will be a permanent change....I hope she can prove me wrong...

I start a yoga class tomorrow.  I've been using yoga videos for awhile now, but there's nothing like instruction from a real, live teacher.  I'm feeling strong  and healthy and anxious to take on this new activity.


It was one of those days you can never forget: January 15, 2009. 

I was sitting in my cubicle when someone said "There's  a plane down, it's in the Hudson!" 

I got up from my desk, walked over to the window, where a crowd had gathered, and looked at the river.

From our vantage point in Jersey City, 20 stories up, we could see the plane, we could see the ferries and the first responders in their boats.  But we were too far away to see any of the passengers.

Later that day, the plane drifted downriver, coming to rest at the World Financial Center, just across from my office. 

And there was Mayor Bloomberg, all over the TV, applauding the "Miracle On the Hudson".

So yes, of course I had to see the new Tom Hanks movie, Sully.

The movie begins after the crash, during the NTSB investigation.  We ultimately see the crash in flashback, during Sully's testimony before the board.

Watching a movie based on a real incident, one you remember, is an intense experience.  I was pulled in, involved, emotional.

Objectively, it's a decent movie.  Good characterizations, excellent acting (Tom Hanks is amazing), realistic special effects.    Definitely worth seeing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The news of the day

Well-prepared woman wipes the floor with misogynistic bully.

Dare we say "Madame President"?

Monday, September 26, 2016

September baseball

So...with a week to go in the season, the Mets (last year's National League champs) are chasing after a wild card spot.  Yesterday they played a real laugher against the Phillies -- final score 17-0. 

Tonight they play the Miami Marlins.  The mood in Miami will be somber -- yesterday the Marlins' ace, Jose Fernandez, was killed in a boating accident.    Fernandez was supposed to pitch against the Braves yesterday, but the manager decided to give him an extra day of rest and allow him to pitch against the Mets instead.  If he'd been expected to pitch Sunday afternoon, he would not have gone boating Saturday night/Sunday morning.  What a twist of fate...

But on the local about them Ducks?

Because the Atlantic League is so small -- only 8 teams --how the playoffs and championship are decided is a bit different than in Major League Baseball.

The league is divided into two divisions, Liberty and Freedom.  The Ducks play in the Liberty Division.

Atlantic League divides its season into halves.  Whoever is in first place  at the All Star Break (yes, there is an Atlantic League All Star game) is the "first half champion" of their division. Winner of the first half  meets the winner of the second half in a "best of five" to win the division.  then the division winners meet in a "best of five" to determine the league championship.

The Ducks easily won the first half, securing a place in the playoffs, but played abysmally in the second half.    The first two playoff games would be "away" games, but games 3, 4 and 5 would be played on Long Island.   Drew was very skeptical they could succeed in the playoffs. We decided to buy tickets for game 3 anyhow, it would be a fun way to spend a Friday night.

So the first two games against the Somerset Patriots did not go well for the Ducks.  They returned home with an 0-2 deficit.  When we got to the ballpark Friday night, each of us was handed a "rally towel", which Drew quipped would likely become a "crying towel" by the end of the evening.

He was so wrong.

My rally towel got quite a workout.

The Ducks beat the Patriots by a score of 7-1.

On the way out of the ballpark, Drew said to me "If they win tomorrow night, would you want to see Game 5 on Sunday?" 

Of course I said yes.

They won Saturday night, score was 2-0.

We headed to the ballpark Sunday night for Game 5.

I now have a matched set of rally towels.

Attendance was low -- only about 2200 fans in a ballpark that can seat about 6,000 -- but those of us who were there are very devoted fans.

Starting in the bottom of the 1st, and continuing throughout the game, you could hear drumming from the Ducks' dugout.  One of the coaches was using an empty water jug as a war drum...instead of "Drums Along the Mohawk", we had "Drums Along the Great South Bay".

The Ducks scored early in the game, and never let go of the lead.  Going into the top of the 9th, the score was 5-1, and I said the champagne was going to flow in a little while.

Drew said "They're not going to be drinking champagne....they're going to drink Cold Duck."


The Ducks now face the Sugarland Skeeters in a "best of five" for the league championship.  First two games are in Texas, with games 3, 4 and 5 here on Long Island Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We have tickets for Friday night.

They have to win the title  Friday or Saturday, I can't go to game 5 -- Sunday night is the first night of Rosh Hashanah.



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shun Lee

Shun Lee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We were in Lincoln Center, and wanted Chinese food.  We decided on Shun Lee.  Debated whether to go for the traditional restaurant or the dim sum cafĂ© next door.  Settled on the more traditional restaurant.    Decided to go for the traditional restaurant.

We were not disappointed. The place is a bit pricey -- but that's understandable, considering the location. 

We ordered two dishes, duck with vegetables and "Ants on a Tree".  The "Ants" turned out to be  cellophane noodles with bits of spicy beef served over greens.  Spicy but not overpowering.  The duck was served sliced, with bok choy, carrots and baby corn -- very flavorful and not at all greasy. The brown rice that accompanied the dishes was perfectly cooked.

Service was uneven.  My water glass was never left empty, but I had to remind the waiter to bring me my tea, and my friend was never asked if she'd like another ginger ale.    And sadly, my fortune cookie was stale. 

I think next time we'll do the dim sum...

Saturday, September 24, 2016


'Wichcraft Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We were headed to Lincoln Center for a performance, and wanted to grab a snack before the show. Starbucks just seemed too frenetic, so we decided to try 'Witchcraft instead.

Nice surroundings -- an atrium with plants growing on the walls, and soothing music piped in.   The place was fairly busy but not overly crowded, and we had no problem finding a table.  We ordered our sandwiches at the counter, and the food was brought to us a short time later. 

My sandwich was an interesting mix -- grilled ham and cheese, with cooked pears, on white.  I'd never tried fruit on a ham and cheese sandwich before, but I will definitely think about that combination again.  The pears were soft but not mushy, and gave a unique accent to an otherwise ordinary sandwich. 

The menu has many sandwich choices, an a nice selection of hot and cold beverages.  Nice place for a quick bite, I will be back.

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