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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp (spoiler alert, of course)

If you follow the  Marvel Universe series of movies, you are no doubt familiar with Ant-Man.  The character was introduced to the Marvel movies in 2015's Ant-Man, and made an appearance in 2016's Captain America:Civil War, in which he fought on the side of the (traitorous) Captain America. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set two years after Civil War and shortly before The Avengers:Infinity War.  Our hero Scott is under house arrest, forced to wear an ankle monitor, as atonement for his participation in the Civil War.  Dr. Pym and Hope are fugitives, on the run because they supplied Scott with the Ant-Man suit.  That is, until Scott receives a message from Pym's wife, Janet Van Dyne, who has been trapped in the Quantum Realm for 30 years. 

What follows is a lighthearted action movie, lots of chase sequences and fight sequences and gentle humor:  Scott doing karaoke to the theme from The Partridge Family; a giant ant wearing Scott's ankle monitor and playing the drums; cars and buildings shrinking and growing back to normal size; Luis babbling on and on about Scott and hope after being given truth serum; and Stan Lee's cameo, of course.

And then....the post credit scene.

After such a lighthearted romp, we get....

Ant-Man has ventured into the Quantum Realm to retrieve quantum particles.  Pym, Hope and Janet are about to bring him back to normal size when...the Thanos snap (Infinity War) occurs.  Pym, Hope and Janet are all turned to dust, and Ant-Man is stranded in the Quantum Realm. 

So much for lighthearted action/adventure. 

But oh how much more does it make me anxious for the next Avengers movie.

Friday, July 20, 2018

#skywatchfriday -- Walkway Over the Hudson


We recently visited friends who live in Poughkeepsie, NY.  and they told us about this wonderful state park called Walkway Over the Hudson.

This was once a railroad bridge, but after a fire destroyed the tracks in the 1970's, the bridge remained unused and in a state of disrepair for many years.  Now it's a pedestrian walkway.  I'm told that from the parking lot on the Duchess County side to the parking lot in Ulster County is about a 2 mile walk; we stopped mid-span and turned around. 

Looking south you get incredible views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.





  Look north towards Albany and you get a lovely view as well.


The plaques tell the story.







The bridge, the views, the walk -- it was a great afternoon.




#skywatchfriday

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hawaiian Kitchen

Hawaiian Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Want something a little different for take-out?  Try Hawaiian.  Yes, Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Kitchen is a storefront fast food place in the King Kullen shopping center.  There are a handful of tables, most of the business is take-out, and yes, they deliver.  Staff is very friendly and efficient.

The menu includes beef, ribs, chicken, and seafood.  Entrees are grilled, barbecued or fried, and are served with rice, vegetable and macaroni salad.

We ordered two appetizers.  "Crispy shrimp" were perfectly fried, not greasy, and were served with a mildly spicy dipping sauce.  Fried calamari was tender, and served with the same sauce.

Our entrees included grilled beef and grilled shrimp.  The beef was tender and flavorful, but I thought the grilled shrimp was a bit bland.  I will probably try the barbecued shrimp next time.

The macaroni salad was a bit of a disappointment, but that's because it was warm and runny, a result of being served in the same container as the entree; next time I will ask that it be packed in a separate container, so that it stays properly chilled.


The rice was served with a spicy sweet sauce, served on the side. so you can add as much or as little as you like.  I really enjoyed the flavor of the sauce.

I wasn't brave enough to try the Spam musubi - rice topped with Spam and wrapped in seaweed.

Overall I enjoyed the meal.  Definitely worth a repeat visit.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday HodgePodge

From this Side of the Pond




 
If it's Wednesday, it's time for Joyce and the HodgePodge.



1. I feel most energized when I _______________________.

It depends.

But one of the things I know about myself ...I do my best writing when I am responding to something that has made me angry or upset.  In the early days of my career, my supervisor loved it when we'd get some  document from our adversaries that could only be referred to as bullsh...er, malarkey...and I'd have to write a response.  Some of my best legal briefs were written after I'd uttered the words: "I cannot believe he had the nerve to put this in writing!"

2. Where were you ten years ago?

Hmmm....2008...Jen  graduated from high school and started her freshman year of college.  Becca finished her sophomore year of high school and was starting to come into her own.  Drew and I had ceased hostilities and agreed to be friends again, though I couldn't imagine at that time how things would evolve.    My father was still alive, and my parents were actively enjoying their retirement years.

It was also a scary time.  Remember, that was the year the big recession started.  And my employer was one of the companies that the government had to bail out,  I had over $3,000 worth of company stock which became virtually worthless overnight; thanks to a reverse stock split, I now hold exactly two shares of stock in that company, and I periodically get $.64 dividend checks.  It's not fun when your teenage daughter tells you: "Mom, you can't read the headline on the cover of the Daily News..."  Or when Michael Moore shows up at your company's headquarters asking for money.   I'm just grateful I didn't lose my job.

And it was the year I started this blog.  I just went back and re-read my 2008 entries.  I wrote a lot about my kids, our family cats, my commute into NYC, Christmas decorations, and even a bit of politics -- we were all full of hope after the presidential election that year.  How times have changed.


3. July 17th is World Emoji Day. Do you use emojis? Which one's your favorite? Your most used?

Image result for roll eyes emoji

I can be sarcastic without saying a word.

4. What song would you put on a wedding DO NOT PLAY list?





5. What deserves less of your attention? More of your attention?


I spend far too much time playing on my iPad...Facebook, Instagram, games like solitaire and Candy Crush, , and far too little time reading books and newspapers.  Less Facebook, more real books, would be beneficial, I think.


6. Insert your own random thought here.

Summer is flying by way too fast. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All Star Game!

Tonight Major League Baseball will present the annual All Star Game. The most famous names in baseball will be there, including my current favorite, Jacob deGrom (Let's go Mets!). It will be an impressive display meant to entertain and inspire the fans.

Last week Drew and I went to another All Star Game, one on a much smaller scale, but still a lot of fun.

Our Long Island Ducks are part of an independent baseball league, the Atlantic League of Professionall Baseball.  The league is composed of 8 teams, divided into two divisions, Liberty and Freedom.  The Ducks play in the Liberty Division.  This year, the Ducks hosted the league's All Star Game. 



It was a sold-out game, of course.  Capacity crowd, and lots of newcomers to our ballpark -- we actually had to get an usher because someone inadvertently took our seats instead of their own.

The evening started with a Home Run Derby, won by a player named  Deibison Romero.

There was professional entertainment, before the game and between innings.   Bucket Ruckus is the drum act, the Amazing Tyler is the balancing act:















The players and coaches were introduced with great formality.  Freedom first:



And then Liberty:



I cried when Buddy Harrelson made his way onto the field, it's the first time we've seen him all summer.

And then there were the mascots. 



Even a flyover by a pair of helicopters (only caught one of them on camera).




Robbie Rosen sang the national anthem. 

And then it was time to play ball.

The mascots with the Heroes of the Game:

And this guy made his way up to our section.  He's very entertaining.







There was even a mascot race -- first time all summer Quackerjack has won a race.



And a dance-off, too.
Yes, I am easily entertained.

I should, at this point, talk about the 50/50.

The Ducks run a 50/50 raffle at every home game.  A 50/50 is a very simple raffle.  The winning ticket takes home half of the proceeds of the raffle, and the other half goes to the Ducks' charitable foundation.  The more tickets that are sold, the bigger the pot.  We were at a Ducks game on July 7 -- a Saturday night -- and the woman sitting directly behind us won the 50/50, about $700.  At the All Star game a few days later, the people sitting directly in front of us won the 50/50, this time over $1,000.    And should I mention that the people sitting in front of us at the All Star game were sitting in the seats we'd normally buy? 

It was a good game.  Liberty took and early 1-0 lead, then Freedom scored three runs. The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 9th.  It looked like the game would go into extra innings, and then Liberty won the game on a two-out RBI single.    The MVP was Alfredo Rodriguez, who was responsbile for the RBI's that tied the game as well as for the RBI that won the game for Liberty.

Had a few technical difficulties with the after-game firewaorks.  But they were fun to watch:


Monday, July 16, 2018

OMG

Elvis is alive and being held prisoner in a Chinese fotune cookie factorry.

 

Seriously, I found this fortune in my cookie...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mortified

So last night we went to the movies.  And afterwards we decided to grab a bite at the diner.

(Long Island is blessed with a plethora of diners.  New Jersey may be the diner capital of the world, but we place a close second.)

So we got to the diner and we’re seated in a booth that had an actual juke box.  Nice selection of music, from Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel to Blackeyed Peas.  And the Yankee game was on the TV.    And the paper placemats had pictures of all the cocktails the bartender could make.  

Drew ordered one of his favorites, eggs Benedict, and a cup of coffee.  I ordered a burger and fries.  And a Diet Coke, of course.

And we ate, and chatted, and drank.

And the waiter asked if I wanted a refill.  

And I said yes.  

And he brought my refill.

And I said “thank you.”

And he put the glass on the table.

And I picked up the glass, to bring it closer so I wouldn’t spill it.

And the glass slipped out of my hand ...

An entire glass of Diet Coke spilled onto the table and the bench.

And my face turned as red as the ketchup on my fries.








I left a very generous tip.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

C-c-c-cold

So, one of the perks of living in Drew’s neighborhood is the community pool.  Or, rather, pools.   I usually go to the pool nearest Drew’s house, but there are several locations I can use.

Today I drove over to the pool for a swim.  When I got there, the pool was nearly deserted.  One o’clock on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and the pool is nearly empty?  I couldn’t imagine what was up.

Until I dipped a toe into the water.

It was freezing.

I mean, like “Rose, you stay on this bit of floating debris and wait for the lifeboat while I stay in the water and literally freeze to death” cold.

Like putting my face into a bucket of ice cold.

And then the lifeguard told me that “We have a leak in the system, and they have to add water every night.  A lot of people are going to the [other community pool] instead.”

Guess where I’ll be headed next time ...

Recently spotted at a local diner

1970 AMC Ambassador — I believe it was American Motors’ top-of-the-line sedan.











Friday, July 13, 2018

#skywatchfriday --Citi Field

So it occurred to me...

Whenever I post about being at Citi Field, I always have to mention the airplanes.

Well. the planes are very much a part of the Citi Field experience.

If you look at the map, you can see why.




That area of the map marked "East Elmhurst", that's La Guardia Airport.    the flight path often goes right over the ball park.

So this is a common site:









And once I actually caught this shot:


 #skywatchfriday

I'm sure you've all seen Men In Black.  The original film, not the sequels.

My favorite scene takes place at Shea Stadium, Citi Field's predecessor.  (Keep in mind, Citi Field was built in the Shea parking lot, the current parking lot for Citi Field is on the site of the former Shea Stadium.)    The bug, having taken a flying saucer from the ruins of the New York State Pavilion, a remnant of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, and flies over Shea.  There's a ball game in progress, and an outfielder misses a play because he sees the saucer.  But no one else in the stadium reacts. they all must have assumed it was just another plane.

It's a funny scene, of course.  But if you know that the Pavilion is thisclose to the ball park (if you look at the map, you'll see the site of the Pavilion right near the Hall of Science and the Queens Museum), and if you know how close the ball park is to the airport, and how many planes fly overhead,  the scene is absolutely hysterical.

Just another NYC curiosity ...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Flip Flop!!!!

Liz at Laws of Gravity is a multi-talented lady, witty and charming and very entertaining.  She primarily blogs about the trials and tribulations of a substitute teacher, but she also has a happy talent for knitting and crochet.

I couldn't help but fall in love with this little item, had to order one:






Great job, Liz.  I am so happy with my new keychain.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday HodgePodge







This week's questions from Joyce.




1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?

The clutter.  It seems to breed, to multiply, to grow....

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.

Interesting question.  I've had two moments recently.

I graduated from high school in 1978.  Right now my classmates are planning a 40th reunion.  I can't go to the reunion, but I did join a Facebook group.  And my classmates are all posting pictures from our yearbook and from other high school events.

And another, very different moment.  My younger daughter turned 26 on Sunday, and I kept thinking about the day she was born, and what life was like when she was a baby.

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?

Oh my, you are cruel!  OK then, my three apps are Facebook, Fitbit and Newsday.

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What's the last thing you baked?

I like blueberry muffins.  They're not my favorite -- that would be chocolate chip -- but blueberry comes in a close second.

Baking isn't one of my strongest skills.  I can tell you where all the good bakeries are, but as for baking something myself...well, the last thing I  baked was probably from a mix.

5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?

This question requires too much introspection for a hot summer day.
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6. Insert your own random thought here.


We're going to a baseball game tonight.  Yes, again.  Tonight we are seeing the All Star Game for the Atlantic League.  Liberty Division vs. Freedom Division.   And fireworks after the game. It's something a little different from our usual, and should be fun.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The tickets for our show came in an envelope with a $10 coupon for Planet Hollywood.  We hadn't been there in a very long time, so we decided to give it a try.

This location is a relatively small restaurant.  If you're looking for the full memorabilia experience, you're better off going to Hard Rock Cafe, just down the street.  Still, we did get to see a few items:






It was a Friday night, after the theater, and the restaurant was relatively deserted.  Service was a bit slow and less than efficient.  Still,, the food was delicious, if overpriced.  I ordered a cheeseburger -- a half pound of meat on a sesame seed bun.  It was served with shoestring fries, served in a miniature fry basket.




He ordered the steak, which was well prepared, but he found the steak fries a bit disappointing -- he does not like fries where the potatoes were not peeled.

Overall a decent experience, and yes, I'd go back.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Movie madness

I really enjoy seeing a movie in an actual movie theater, especially blockbusters that rely on special effects, like The Avengers or Jurassic World.

In the not-too-distant past, seeing a blockbuster meant we arrived at the theater over an hour before showtime, so that we’d be first in line to choose our seats.  And there would inevitably be folks who showed up to a sold-out show just before the movie began and expect to sit together — and had the nerve to ask if we’d mind switching seats to accommodate them.

Now our local multiplex has comfy chairs and assigned seating.  Much better experience.

But I wish some people would leave their cell phones at home.  Honestly. No matter how many times the theater plays that cutesy reminder with the M & M’s, there’s always someone texting, or reading an email, or whatever, after the house lights go down.  Very distracting to those sitting nearby.

But the phone incident when we saw Jurassic World ...OMG.  The previews ended, the movie began, and someone)s phone rang.  And the selfish, entitled idiot actually answered the phone and carried on a conversation! The entire audience was angry, idiot just narrowly avoided death.

Now, what happened at the refreshment stand ...

Since he paid for the movie tickets, I paid for the refreshments. We walked up to the counter, and I asked him what he wanted.  He said “A large popcorn with butter and a large Coke.” 

 Drew handed his loyalty card to the server.  I told the server behind the counter, “A large popcorn with butter, large Coke, a bottle of water and a small popcorn no butter.”

Simple order, right?

Not so simple.

I saw the server ring up the large popcorn and both drinks, but not the small popcorn.  So, as he handed the Coke to Drew, I repeated,  “Small popcorn, no butter.”

He didn’t ring up the small popcorn.  Instead he  swiped the loyalty card and handed it back to Drew.  

Drew said, “Can you layer the popcorn and the butter?”.  I repeated, “And the small one doesn’t get any butter.”    The server went to get the popcorn.

He handed Drew the large popcorn, and I repeated, “Small popcorn, no butter?”

“Oh, did you still want that?”



“Yes, I still want that.  I don’t like butter on my popcorn.  I asked for a large popcorn with butter and a small popcorn no butter.”

Clearly our server was not the sharpest knife in the drawer.








Sunday, July 8, 2018

Another this and that

We are having a barbecue today, the first of the season. We usually host a barbecue around Memorial Day, but had to cancel this year.  So I’m happy that we get to see everyone today.

We didn’t have a barbecue on the 4th.  Instead, we went out to lunch with friends, to a seafood restaurant.  Had to have some lobster ... 

But otherwise we stayed home on the 3rd and the 4th.  Sometimes you just need to stay home and relax.

And we caught up on some TV.  We DVR’d a few things — the NBC special presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar from last Easter, an episode of “Live From Lincoln Center” starring Sutton Foster, and a PBS special about a Jewish town in Greece that was decimated in the Holocaust.  Drew had a special interest in the Greek Jews, his mother’s family emigrated from Greece.  And Sutton Foster - well, we had seen her in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie; she’s one of our favorite Broadway stars.


There were fireworks in the neighborhood, of course.  It’s illegal here in New York, but people do it anyway.  We watched the Macy’s fireworks on TV,  and then we watched more fireworks, from Washington, D.C., on PBS.

But we had to wait until last night to see LIVE professional fireworks.  There was a show after the Ducks game.  We tend to pick games that include fireworks.


26 years ago, Drew and Jen and I had the chance to see the Macy’s fireworks live, but had to decline the offer. I was working in Jersey City at the time, in a building with windows overlooking the Hudson, and the fireworks were presented on the Hudson that year.  My employer opened up the office that night so employees and their families could watch the fireworks in comfort.   But my due date was July 4, and I was on maternity leave,  and I didn’t want to be so far away from our home in Queens “just in case”.  So we stood on the balcony of our apartment and watched the fireworks in the neighborhood instead.  We hoped there would be another opportunity to see the fireworks live, but that never happened. Maybe someday we’ll do the Macy’s fireworks live ...

Yes, we missed the fireworks because Becca was on the way.  Overdue, actually.  Today is Becca’s 26th birthday.  I won’t get to see my baby today, she’s celebrating with her boyfriend. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (spoiler alert)

Of course we had to see this summer’s dinosaur movie.

The premise of the movie is that the dinosaurs are about to go extinct again, the island that is their habitat will be destroyed by a volcano.

So Claire and Owen, our heroes from the first Jurassic World movie, join a mission to rescue the dinosaurs and relocate them to another island.  

Only, things don’t go exactly as planned.  Seems that someone has other plans for the dinos — weaponizing them and selling them to the highest bidder.

The fun part of the movie is the action scenes and special effects — the dinosaur stampede as they try to outrun the lava flow; the mad dash by Owen, Claire and Franklin to board the ship as it is leaving; dinosaurs fighting each other; chaos at the dinosaur auction; Maisey climbing across the roof of her home.

And, of course, watching the dinos “take care of” all the bad guys.  Some of those scenes are especially satisfying.  

Well, except for BD Wong’s character, Dr. Henry Lu.  That bad guy has to survive, because there’s going to be a third movie ...

And the good guys ... well, almost all of them ... survive.

But what makes the movie truly interesting are the themes of ecology and science, whether we should bring back extinct species, whether we should preserve a species brought back from extinction.  They’ve given the ethics discussion to Jeff Goldblum’s character, who opens and closes the film with his testimony on those subjects before Congress.

The post-credit scene sets us up for the third movie: a dinosaur atop the Eiffel Tower (in Las Vegas) let’s us know exactly how the world has changed.

I enjoyed this movie, cannot wait for the next one.


Friday, July 6, 2018

#skywatchfriday Cloudy Day at Jones Beach

Enough with the heavy political musings. It's Friday, and that means blog hopping to Skywatch Friday:





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Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July musings

So, one of my all-time favorite musicals is 1776.  I’ve seen the movie countless times.  I saw the Broadway revival starring Brent Spiner in the 90’s.  I saw a production at a regional theater here on Long Island a few years ago.  And there was a concert version at City Center, done in modern dress, with John Laroquette as Ben Franklin.

The play takes a few liberties in order to simplify the plot line and heighten drama, but overall it is historically accurate.  

Little known fact:  the song “Cool, Considerate Men” was cut from the movie at the request of then-President Nixon, but the Director’s Cut has restored that scene.

So, why was that song cut?

Well, it was a criticism of conservative thinking and reminder that Franklin, Adams and Jefferson, and the like, were considered left-wing radicals.  The more conservative Americans of the era (especially men of property) sought reconciliation with England.

Remember that these revolutionaries rejected the notion that the King had been appointed by God to rule over the people (a notion supported by the religious institutions of Europe), but rather, that there was a social contract whereby leaders rule with the consent of the governed.

Leaders who were not afraid to try something new for the benefit of their fellow Americans.

The Declaration of Independence contains much of the philosophy of Locke and Rousseau.  It contains almost no mention of God, and no references to the Bible.  

Tell that to your conservative friends the next time they say this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the responses NPR got when it tweeted passages from the Declaration of Independence; Trumpsters accused NPR of tweeting the type of anti-Trump  “propaganda” which would result in the government defunding NPR programs.

Yesterday a woman  climbed the Statue of Liberty to protest the current administration’s immigration  policies.  It was part of a planned protest, her colleagues brought a banner that read “Abolish ICE”, though her colleagues say she “went rogue” when she climbed up there.


Yes, I think her protest got a bit of media attention...

Makes my participation in last year’s Women’s March pale in comparison.

This fall I will be working on the campaigns of several Democrats, for state and local offices as well as Congress.  Putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak.

I will do my best to change the course, to get us back on track ....


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July

Yesterday a friend of mine posted in his blog about how wonderful the Fourth of July is, how the United States is the greatest country in the world, the only place that provides ‘the good life”.

If I had not seen his post about how we should not legalize recreational marijuana, I would ask him what he’s been smoking.  His personal circumstances suggest that he’s not living “the good life”, at least, not in the way his parents did ...

I love my country.  But I realize the United States is far from perfect.  Even before the disaster of 2016, we were falling behind the rest of the civilized world.

Have we lost our ideals?  Or just the energy to turn those ideals into reality?

When I go to a baseball game, and I hear our national anthem, I find myself in tears — tears of pride in all we have accomplished, tears of sorrow at our failures, and tears of fear, as I watch the fabric of our democracy unravel.

When I was admitted to the bar, I stood in a courtroom,raised my right hand, and swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

And I will continue to do so.

But it’s becoming so hard...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Pro bono friends and family

Back in law school I was introduced to the term “pro bono publico”.  That’s when an attorney donates his or her services to an indigent, a person unable to pay legal fees.

They never warned us about friends and family ...

I spent my morning in traffic court.

Someone (and I won’t mention his name) blew through a stop sign.  

The irony is, that the guilty party always complains about his neighbors ignoring stop signs.

I got him a decent plea bargain, a fine but no points on his license.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Duchess

My baby!



Sunday, July 1, 2018

Ultimate Blog Challenge

Yes, I am crazy.

I signed up for July’s ultimate blog challenge.

The premise is simple:  blog every day for an entire month.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Reunion

So I graduated from high school 40 years ago. 

Sometimes it's hard to believe it's been that long, and sometimes high school seems as remote as the Fall of Rome.

So I joined a Facebook page dedicated to the class of 1978 from my high school.  There were almost 900 of us in the graduating class, only a fraction of which are on Facebook.

I won't be going to the reunion in September -- we have tickets for a concert that night -- but I did want to see what everyone is up to these days.

And someone started a conversation about our classmates who have died. 

And the list is long.  Way too long.

Sigh...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

More this and that

Drew and I got married 31 years ago today.  I would never have imagined how things turned out, that we’d get divorced after 7 years of marriage, and that we’d find ourselves in a dating relationship again after such a nasty divorce.  But here we are.

He’s having a medical procedure today, and it involves anesthesia, so I have to drive him back and forth.  The doctors all assume I’m his wife, and we don’t disabuse them of that notion.

When the procedure is over, he’ll be starving because he wasn’t allowed to eat.  So we’ll probably head over to the diner.  Long Island has the best diners.

Yesterday I had a business meeting in the city, just a few blocks from Becca’s office, so of course I treated my daughter to lunch.  And Jen was dying for a cupcake, so I stopped at the famed Magnolia Bakery (there’s one in Penn Station now) on my way home.

Though I didn’t buy one for myself,  I’m watching what I eat these days.  Far too many of my friends are having health issues due to being overweight, having a poor diet, and not getting any exercise.    I can do without all that buttercream.

And I made my Fitbit happy yesterday, just by traveling in the city.  A lot of walking just to get from Point A to Point B.  My meeting yesterday was on 42nd Street, near Grand Central Station.  I took the Long Island Railroad into Penn Station, and had to walk through the entire station to the 7th Avenue subway.  Took the train one stop to Times Square, had to walk through the station to the crosstown shuttle.  Walked around Grand Central in search of a cup of coffee, then headed to my meeting at Lexington and 42nd.  After the meeting I walked up to 45th to meet Becca, and my Fitbit announced I’d met my step goal for the day.  And I still had to go back to Grand Central and take the subway back to Penn...

It occurs to me that I was much more active when I worked in the city full time, and I wasn’t even trying ...,

Something to think about, right?


Monday, June 25, 2018

another this and that

Drew DVR'd last Saturday's Mets game.  Seems the two of us were on TV.  The camera panned to the seats behind the Dogdgers dugout many times during the game, and on at least 6 of those occasions, the viewers could see Drew and me enjoying the game.

Tonight we're going to another Ducks game.  Yes, we do love baseball.

Drew doesn't bring his baseball mitt to the games anymore.  I guess that once you catch a foul ball and fulfill your childhood dream, you don't need to try to catch another ball.

Even with me eating like a pig at Citi Filed the other day, I still managed to lose weight this week.  I guess all that walking paid off. 

 I plan to go back to the beach and walk again this coming weekend.  I have to use my beach pass at least 7 times this summer to break even on the cost, and I've already used it four times.  So I think I'm ahead of the game.

And Drew got his pool pass for the community pool, so my first swim of the summer is coming up.

We decided to make the barbecue on July 8.  Should be fun.

Summer is definitely in full swing. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Let’s Go Mets

Outfit of the day:  jeans, my “Cooperstown” t-shirt ( the one with the Mets logo on the front and the names of all the Mets who’ve made it to the Hall of Fame on the back) and my Mike Piazza Jersey.

It’s been cloudy and cool all day, and rain is likely this evening, so my sweatshirt and rain poncho  are packed in my tote bag.





The drive is familiar.  We get off the highway at Flushing Meadow, Drive through the park to the lot on Roosevelt Avenue.  NYPD  won’t let us walk across the street, so we climb the steps to the elevated, then climb down on the other side of the street.  Welcome to Citi Field.  

We walk past the Home Run Apple (a relic of the late, lamented Shea Stadium), past the line of fans waiting to enter via the main rotunda. Our tickets allow us to use the Seaver Gate.  Bag search, metal detectors,and then we are inside.

Today’s giveaway:





You can actually make the Apple pop up, just like it does when one of our guys hits a homer. 

We find a place to eat.  Drew orders pastrami on rye (comes with a kosher pickle), I get sausage and peppers, and we both want Nathan’s fries.

The soft drinks come in souvenir cups.



What I paid for this meal could feed a family of four for a week (I’m only slightly exaggerating).  But oh how wonderful it tastes.  Especially the fries, straight out of the fryer.

Time for some people watching.  Mets fans in orange and blue.  A couple of Dodgers fans, here to watch the Kershaw/deGrom matchup. A guy in a Miami Marlins shirt. Boy is he confused.

And an old man in a cap and jacket, circa 1955, with the logo of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

A perk of field level seats.



The famed Apple:



Yes, we have a great view:




Six rows behind the visitor dugout.  In the middle of a cadre of Dodger fans.

I can hear the planes overhead, but it’s overcast and I can’t see them.  Last time I got a perfect photo of a plane’s shadow crossing the outfield.

The National Anthem, the first pitch, then the Mets take the field.

Play ball!

DeGrom is pitching tonight.







We seem to be sitting in an enclave of Dodgers fans. Ugh.  Feels like we wandered into enemy territory.

The Coca Cola Corner, out in right field



And further out, the Citi Pavilion and Shea Bridge



Drew walked to the bridge for a hot dog.  You can get a Nathan’s hot dog anywhere in the park.  But the place under the Corner cooks them in beer.

I had some crackerjack.






Yeah, that close.  NIMMO!

Kiss cam time.  No, Drew and I didn’t make the kiss cam.  This time.  (We were on the kiss cam about 6-7 years ago.). Tonight we saw a guy propose on the kiss cam.  Congrats to Kim and John. Getting engaged in front of 40,000 strangers ... 


Every time Chase Utley comes to bat, the crowd boos.  New Yorkers don’t forget.  

7th inning stretch





It was a good game ...until the top of the 8th, when Gsellman really blew it ...

The season started so well for the Mets. Now we fans are trying to figure out how it all fell apart.


Oh, well, at least we had the “Piano Man” singalong after the top of the 8th.

And a home run in the bottom of the 8th.







Not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.



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