My only memories of John F. Kennedy’s assassination are my mother’s.
Here’s her story.
Mom was mopping the kitchen floor with the radio on. Only nine months old, I was watching the proceedings from my perch in my high chair.
A radio announcer broke into the music with the news of the President’s death in Dallas. Mom immediately dropped her mop and walked out into the front yard. All the other moms on her street were standing in their yards, sobbing.
Much later she remembered I was sitting alone in the kitchen, surrounded by drying suds.
I think I can cut her some slack.
Posted in Family, History, Life, News, Politics, Relationships
Tagged assassination, Dallas, family, high chair, history, John F Kennedy, John F. Kennedy assassination, life, mopping, news, politics, radio, radio announcer, Relationships
I follow a lot of entertainment magazines on Twitter…probably too many. And if I’m willing to admit that, they should meet me half way and admit they use the following headline way, way, way too much:
“____________ is barely recognizable [in new hair cut] [in hat] [after losing weight]
Either that, or their reporters, writers and editors are BLIND AS BATS.
Exhibit A: US Weekly found Pam Anderson ‘barely recognizable’ after she cut her trademark long locks into a short pixie.
Even with her shades on, I think it looks exactly like Pam Anderson…just with shorter hair.
Perhaps I am just more observant. And adaptable. And brilliant.
I am willing to own that.
Exhibit B: Another publication struggled to identify Anne Hathaway when she donned a beige sock top while out on a smoothie run.
I don’t know — maybe I do have amazing powers of deduction.
‘Cause I think it’s pretty obvious.
Maybe I have missed my true calling and should be an annoying member of the paparazzi. Or perhaps I should just blame the copy editor for using hyperbole — instead of creativity — to drive folks to their websites.
Although I do like the idea that I have super powers.
Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Magazines, News, Photography
Tagged Anne Hathaway, barely recognizable, celebrities, creativity, do you see what I see, editors, entertainment, hair cut, hat, Humor, hyperbole, Internet, life, magazines, news, Pam Anderson, paparazzi, photography, powers of deduction, reporters, sock top, super powers, Twitter, US Weekly, website, writers
I’m no gamer, but even I’ve heard of Grand Theft Auto.
Candy Crush Saga, it’s not.
It’s criminals or criminal-wannabes in the big city, trying to rise through the ranks in organized crime. Underworld kingpins give you different missions to complete, and violence ensues.
It wouldn’t be my cup of tea, and I’m sure a lot of parents wouldn’t want their kids playing it either.
But Grand Theft Auto V has another problem — it allows players to ‘run over, behead and kill animals’ as part of the game.
Jack Carone of In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, is calling for a boycott of GTA because of this senseless inclusion of animal violence.
If you agree that there should be a GTA boycott — as I do — vote “YES” in the poll at the end of the TMZ article.
Speak up for those without a voice!
Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Children, Games, Internet, Life, News, Technology
Tagged animal violence, animals, automobiles, Candy Crush Saga, children, criminals, gamer, games, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA, GTA boycott, IDA, In Defense of Animals, Internet, Jack Carone, kingpin, life, news, organized crime, technology, TMZ, underworld, violence
We’ve all read “News of the Weird” stories, but one actually happened on my block yesterday.
My dry cleaner saw the whole thing.
A man was innocently walking down the street when an air conditioner suddenly fell from an apartment window overhead and hit him on the arm — instant compound fracture.
Of course it could have been a hundred times worse. It could have hit him on the head and killed him…like Greg Kinnear in the movie Ghost Town.
But my dry cleaner said all the conversation at the scene was about the insurance claim.
I smell lawsuit!
Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Life, News
Tagged air conditioner, chill in the air, comedy, compound fracture, dry cleaner, entertainment, Ghost Town movie, Greg Kinnear, Humor, insurance claim, lawsuit, life, New York City, news, news of the weird
If you’re like me, you get your news online or on TV, and don’t buy a daily newspaper. So you may wonder…
Do we really need them anymore?
This image from Leslee Cortez on Picstache.com answers that question once and for all –
How else would we give folks ‘newspaper head’ without ‘em?
Posted in Comedy, Design, Entertainment, Humor, Life, News
Tagged comedy, design, entertainment, get my hands dirty, Humor, life, news, newspaper, newspaper head, online, Pistache.com, TV
I have often argued that, when it comes to televised sports, golf is way more exciting to watch than baseball.
And now I’ve got numbers to prove it.
In a Wall Street Journal stop watch experiment, an average three-hour baseball game contained roughly 18 minutes of actual action. They defined action as anything going on — any pitch, any fake pitch, even the meandering home run trots around the bases.
The rest of the time was split, on average, between down-town between pitches (1:14:49), time between batters (33:39) and time between innings (42:41). And they clocked more than one game, guys.
(Then they probably fell asleep.)
Posted in Commentary, Humor, Internet, Life, News, Sports, Television
Tagged actual action, baseball, baseball bases, baseball batter, baseball game, baseball innings, baseball pitch, down time, experiment, golf, golf course, home run, Humor, Internet, life, news, Sports, stop watch, take me out to the ball game, televised sports, Television, Wall Street Journal
What are you waiting for?
Join the party!
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Education, Family, Holiday, Love, News, Relationships
Tagged animals, Dogs, education, family, Holiday, love, National Dog Day, news, woof
If you’ve read The Sticky Egg this week, you know I’m playing the lotto again – ’cause the jackpot is huge — even though I know a big city chick like myself has little-to-no chance.
Some folks have supported my views; others wanted more evidence, which I am happy to provide below.
Exhibit A: The list of lottery winners over the past 12 months from my New York City neighborhood, courtesy of nylottery.org. (Hint: I live on the west side of Central Park…near the red balloon.)
That’s of any dollar amount, people. Encouraging, don’t you think?
Exhibit B: I played Mega Millions yesterday, even though it had a paltry $12 million jackpot. Didn’t win. Again.
(No one else did either…but still.)
Exhibit C: I have a ticket for tonight’s $235 million Powerball jackpot — the impetus for my renewed interest in the lottery. If there are any lottery officials reading this –
About time for some random winners in my ‘hood…don’t cha think?
Posted in Finances, Humor, Life, News, Travel
Tagged big city chick, Central Park, evidence, exhibit, finances, green initiative, Humor, jackpot, life, little-to-no chance, lottery officials, lotto, Mega Millions, New York City, news, nylottery.org, Powerball, Stickegg.com, Travel
Have you seen this week’s New Yorker cover?
Subtle, it is not.
But magazines are not the only things that are attempting to make a statement about the Anthony Weiner scandal — locally grown produce, for instance.
And a cherry tomato no less…
Posted in Food, Humor, Life, Magazines, News, Photography, Politics
Tagged Anthony Weiner, cherry tomato, Humor, life, locally grown produce, love apple, magazines, New Yorker, news, photography, politics, scandal
There’s another big Powerball jackpot looming on Wednesday — $235 million — so I’ll be buying a ticket along with every other optimist out there.
Except I’m not so optimistic this time.
I’ve seen who wins the lottery, and it’s not people who live in Manhattan. The system maybe random, but let’s face it –
In this case ‘random’ appears to like small town stories. I’ve decided I need to take a train out of town and buy my ticket to have any kind of chance.
So, where should I go before Wednesday’s drawing? Remember –
We’re looking for local color that attracts GREEN.
Posted in Finances, Humor, Life, News, Travel
Tagged finances, green, Humor, jackpot, life, local color, lottery, lottery ticket, Manhattan, money, New York City, optimist, Powerball, random drawing, small town stories, small towns, train, Travel