The Weekend Worthy Revisit: Think You Have Problems?

The Weekend Worthy Revisits are posts that I wrote a few years back that I think deserve another look. Here is one originally posted October 19, 2011 entitled “Think You Have Problems?” October 19, 2011 Very seldom do I ever complain. It is something that sometimes drives my wife crazy because she knows I am…

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Photos

Back in July, we went to the Hudson Valley Balloon festival on the banks of the Hudson River, in Poughkeepsie, NY. We got there late, and all of the balloons already left except for one that was giving “rides”. The “ride” consisted of getting into a tethered balloon that would rise up 100 ft for…

Hey Morning People, Have Some Consideration!

I am not a morning person until I have to be. I work late hours and usually, I dont wake up until 8:30 in the morning, and if I need to get to work early or am traveling for work, I don't get up until 7:00. I don't usually go to bed before 2:00 am…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: It’s Just Air

Originally posted October 10, 2011 What is it about vanity? No matter how any of us can profess we are not vain, we are at some intrinsic level. Some where deep inside even the humblest of people lies the vain gene. I don’t think of myself as a vain man, but to some extent, I…

The Visit

I heard a car which I did not recognize coming up my drive, and turning to look, I quickly scanned my memory for any forgotten appointments. None came to mind as a man, who I instantly recognized as my neighbor from down the street exited his car. “Hi there Basil” he said cheerfully as he…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: The Definition Of Me

Originally Posted on October 3, 2011 When I moved to the US 25 years ago, one of the things the struck me with the culture is people’s need to know what you did for a living. They would meet you, and immediately ask what type of work you did. I realized with time, that no…

What Lengths For Perfection

I originally wrote this in late spring Over the past week I have been observing the dandelions growing on my lawn, and admiring their strength and fortitude. I stand there looking at their beautiful yellow gleam in the new morning light, dew gently settled on their petals and wonder why people just get so upset…

Snapshots Of My Life: Making Friends In Ikea

Yesterday as I sat in the returns section of Ikea, waiting for my number to be called, a heavily “processed” woman, along with her “DUFF”, sat on the bench opposite to me. The only way I can describe the woman is that if goldfish made pornography, she would be the female lead. As I sat…

Yep, I Changed The Look Of My Blog Again

If you have been following my blog for some time, then you would realize that I change the visual theme of my blog about twice a year. I like to look at it as re-painting my home. Feel free to let me know if you like it. I am not too keen on the grey…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: Forgetting Buddy’s Birthday

  Originally Posted on September 17, 2011 I am great at remembering dates and numbers. I know obscure dates, phones numbers from my childhood, even most of my account numbers and credit card numbers. Today I realized I forgot Buddy’s Birthday. It was his birthday last August 28th, and I forgot. It’s pretty hard for…

Why Are We More Drawn To Endings Rather Than Beginnings?

My wife's niece gave birth to her second child yesterday, and I thought about how being born normal is such a crap shoot. The meridian of things that can go wrong in birth and in the fetal development is so high, that when a baby is born without any issues, it is truly a miracle….

I Am Not A Foodie, So Don’t Call Me One Because I Am A Chef

I am a formally trained chef. I attended the prestigious Culinary institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, the only college in the world dedicated solely to the culinary arts. I was on the Dean's list for every semester. I was, at the time, the only student ever recruited by the school to be a…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: Slap Me Again

Originally Posted September 24, 2011 For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every white there is black. For every wonderful day of weather you enjoy, there is probably going to be a rainy one or two coming up. The day must be followed by the night, and vice versa. No matter…