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Friday, January 20, 2017

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


Wahlburgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 Hamburgers anyone?  You know I love a good burger.  So we just had to try Wahlburger's. 

We were told the wait for a table would be about 30 minutes, but was much shorter because we agreed to sit in the bar area.   Service was a bit slow, but our server was friendly and efficient. 

The menu is very short, but interesting.  No appetizers, only a few sides (which must be ordered separately), a small dessert menu,  a few salads,  some very interesting sandwiches, and, of course, burgers.  The drink menu is much more extensive, and includes a variety of milkshakes and soft drinks as well as alcoholic beverages.  Purists will be happy to hear they have  Mexican Coke -- made with cane sugar -- in a glass bottle. 

I stuck to the basics, the house burger -- 1/3 pound hamburger on a potato bun, with lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, house made pickles and special sauce, to which I added caramelized onions.  the burger was juicy but not sloppy, the house sauce just slightly tangy, the pickles...well, they were crisp and tasty.  the bun was soft and fresh, but fell apart while I was eating the burger.

I added Yukon gold fries -- shoestring cut potatoes.  Nice, but not remarkable.

Overall I liked this place.  It's certainly not a "destination restaurant", but if I'm in the neighborhood again, I wouldn't hesitate to stop here for a burger.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

another this and that

Becca is very excited.  Her boyfriend, who until now has been living with his parents on Long Island,  will be moving to the city next month. He and his cousin found an apartment on the East Side, Lexington and 34th.  Becca lives on 43rd and 10th, she prefers the West Side, but certainly won't object to traveling across town to see him.

Jen hasn't said much about her boyfriend lately.  I don't know why they broke up, I don't know why they reconciled.  He's a nice guy, and if he makes her happy ...

So Drew and I went to see L last weekend.  Her physical circumstances have not changed, but her mindset is so different, much healthier, as she works on resolving her medical issues and moving towards the next stage of her life.  I'm glad. 

Meanwhile, Drew has had a setback in his own medical condition.  The most recent tests were not good.  He has an appointment with his doctor in about a month, but he's trying to get that moved up.

I'm growing more concerned about my mother...

My health insurance woes have resolved, I was able to sign up for coverage and should be getting my ID cards any day now. 

I think I will be dropping my Planet Fitness membership and rejoining the Jewish Community Center.  I was a JCC member for many years, when the girls were little.  I took a tour of the JCC last week, and I am impressed by their updated athletic facilities.  They have a great pool, lots of cardio equipment, an indoor track,  interesting classes.  The one place they're weak is circuit training/weight training equipment.  I'm mostly interested in the aqua aerobics and the yoga classes.  I'm really trying to stay fit and healthy.  And exercise is a good way to combat the winter blahs, isn't it?

We had another meditation program at our synagogue last week.  Much shorter than the one presented by Rabbi Roth, and geared towards beginners.  Our own rabbi will be giving the next presentation, at the end of this month, and I'm interested to hear his take on Kabbalah.  I'm finding the programs to be very interesting, very insightful.

I'll be heading to DC on Saturday, political activism at its finest.  I'll be sure to tell you all about it when I get back.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The circus ISN'T coming to town

They traveled by rail, all across America.  They set up their tents, did their shows, and moved on.  Trapeze artists.  Tight rope walkers.  Clowns.  Lion tamers.  Elephants. 

Every child knew what a circus was. 

It was a cliché that every child wanted to run away from home and join the circus.

Circuses were so much a part of our cultural fabric that they made movies about them:  The Greatest Show on Earth.  Roustabout.  Under the Big Top. Water for Elephants.

One of my favorite singers, Mickey Dolenz, got his start in a TV show called Circus Boy.

The life of P.T. Barnum became a Broadway musical.

But no longer.

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that it is closing up shop.  The last shows will be performed in May, right here on Long Island, at the Nassau Coliseum.  After that, you'll have to get your circus fix at the Ringling Brothers  museum in Florida, or the Barnum museum in Connecticut. 

Blame it on the elephants.

I mean, the elephants were the trademark of Ringling Brothers.  When the show came to NYC every year, the trains would head for a rail yard in Queens, and the elephants would march into Manhattan,  to Madison Square Garden, through the Midtown Tunnel. 

And then ....PETA.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 

They claimed the elephants were being abused.  Even went to court to try to prove it. 

Perhaps they were right, or perhaps they were traumatized by Disney's Dumbo.  They convinced a lot of people that the elephants should not be part of the circus.  And eventually Feld Entertainment, the owner of Ringling Brothers, agreed.  The elephants would be retired, the show would go on without them.

And ticket sales fell.    So Ringling Brothers is going out of business.

But wait, don't we have  other, smaller circuses? 

What about Cole Brothers-Clyde Beatty Circus? 

Nope.  They were also targeted by PETA, they canceled their 2016 tour. 

Well, we still have the Big Apple Circus, right?   They don't use elephants in their show, they manage to bring in the crowds without elephants. 

No, sadly, the Big Apple Circus filed for bankruptcy last year, there's an auction on February 7 to sell off the props and equipment. 

I guess it's not just the elephants, our tastes in entertainment have changed. 

I believe there are still a few small circuses travelling about, but their days are numbered.

I'll close out with a salute to P.T. Barnum, whose name is synonymous with "circus":

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I think the universe is trying to tell me something

So last night I was looking at Facebook, and a friend of mine posted that one of her good friends, A. F., had passed away.

A. F.?  I'd known someone by that name, back in college.  We'd been friends, but drifted apart, and I hadn't spoken to her for years.  Probably not since college.  Could it be the same person?

This morning there were photos, and a link to A. F.'s Facebook page.

Yes, it was the same person.

And from what my friends have to say, she was just as sweet and nice and loving as I remember her.  Had I known that my friends were close to her, I would have tried to reconnect with A. F.

She was 56, the same age as me.  Way too young.

She was overweight, diabetic, and apparently suffered a massive stroke.

In a few days I'm going to visit my friend L, who, as I've said before, is facing life-altering surgery due to the complications of diabetes. And you'll recall I went to a wake last month for R, who had a heart attack after years of dealing with diabetes.

I see myself reflected in these women, and it scares me.   Diabetes, heart attack and stroke.  All of those looming on the horizon...if that's not motivation to stick with my  exercise program, I don't know what is.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th, and a full moon?

Oh, my!

It's Friday the 13th.  It's also the full moon.

I'm not truly superstitious, but nevertheless...I will be on my guard today.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

winter blahs

So it's the second week of January, and the winter blahs are already setting in.  Sigh.  Spring seems so far away.

Not that I don't have things to look forward to in the cold weather.  Valentine's Day, Drew's birthday and my birthday all fall in February.  Lots of celebrating to come, I'm sure.

And at least I've lost all the weight I gained over the holidays.   If only the rest of my excess baggage would melt away like that!   Yes, I'm back in the groove.  Feels good.

But the cold weather is doing a real number on my skin and hair.  I think I've cornered the market on hand lotion and Chapstick, my newest survival tools.

How many weeks until spring is here?

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