It was the 50th birthday party that didn’t happen.
Well, not as planned.
I flew to Cincinnati today to attend a surprise party for my best friend from college. Her family had gone all out, and she was totally in the dark.
Then the weather dumped its own surprise on us — ice and snow that made the roads too dangerous.
So we had to reschedule the party for Saturday and let her in on it.
A smaller group of us ended up at her next door neighbors house tonight for an impromptu dinner, which was loads of fun…so really, she is getting TWO parties.
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Tagged birthday, Cincinnati, family, friends, Humor, life, party, snow, surprise, weather
Happy 15th Birthday, Rory Dog!
Now that you have vanquished the beaches at Montauk, let’s head to the mean streets of Manhattan that we call home.
Thanks, as always, for making the journey with me!
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Tagged birthday, Dogs, family, Humor, lif, Long Island, Montauk
That pretty much sums it up.
We watched movies and ordered pizza; we’re watching football right now. All and all…
A good day.
Posted in Family, Humor, Life, Travel, Weather
Tagged family, football, Holiday, Humor, life, Montauk, Movies, pizza, rain, Travel, weather
Thanksgiving was a travel day for Lou, Rory and me.
Train, plane and rental car brought us to Montauk this afternoon. After we settled into our cottage, Lou and I enjoyed a holiday feast at Harvest on Fort Pond.
Yes, I think we’re gonna like it here.
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Tagged cottage, family, feast, food, Harvest on Fort Pond, Holiday, Humor, life, Long Island, Montauk, plane, rental car, restaurant, Thanksgiving, train, Travel, travel day
I’ve seen this acronym on the Internet from time to time:
I had a pretty good idea what it was all about from the context, but Google just provided its literal meaning: “Not For Showing Wife.”
That’s just wrong.
And it’s being thrown around all the time in conversation — casually, with a wink and a smile.
Shame on all of us.
Posted in Commentary, Family, Friends, Humor, Internet, Life, Love, Relationships, Writing
Tagged acronym, casual conversation, commentary, context, family, friends, Google, Humor, Internet, life, literal, love, NFSW, Not for Showing Wife, OK, Relationships, wink, words, writing
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
When Rory and I were walking home from Central Park this morning, we crossed paths with a women and her young son, who were presumably on their way to school.
She was explaining what each of the letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) in school meant, to which he replied:
“Why is there no E?”
Huh. Good question.
She said, “There simply isn’t one,” which I didn’t think was a very satisfactory reply.
But I didn’t know the answer either, so I asked the Google machine.
Turns out until the middle of the 20th Century, most schools in the United States used the four letter grading system E, S, N, U — Excellent, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory.
When they transitioned to the current system, they eliminated the E to avoid confusion.
So, ma’am, that’s what you should have told your little boy.
Gonna have to mark you down for a lack of research.
Posted in Children, Education, Family, Humor, Life, Walking
Tagged Central Park, children, dog, e for effort, education, family, Google, grades, Humor, letter E, letter grading system, life, mother, New York City, school, son, walking
I shared a bedroom with my sister as child. She slept with her eyes open.
It was creepy.
Now my dog, who is almost 15 years old, has adopted thst same half-open, watchful stare while he snoozes.
Guess it runs in the family. Still freaks me out.
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Tagged Dogs, eyes, family, Humor, nap, sister, sleeping
When I was eight years old, I sat down at the dining room table with my mother and shared my plans to move the family to New York City.
While impressed, she decided to stay in Kentucky.
But the dream remained and I finally made it — have been living here for seven years, in fact.
Watching the movie Tangled on Disney Channel reminded me of that dream.
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Tagged animation, art, cartoon, Disney Channel, dreams, entertainment, family, Humor, I've Got a Dream song, Kentucky, Movies, New York City, Saturday, Tangled movie, Television