Man Overboard

December 4, 2018

I went to the Health Fair at work a couple weeks ago, where all the medical plan insurance companies get together and fight over me. They are so friendly when I am healthy, I just don’t have the heart to tell them that even though I seem like a mess on the exterior, the interior is probably worse.

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Last Sunday we went on a fundraising cruise in support of the Sing Sing Prison Museum, a project which is starting to take shape on the site of the legendary correctional facility in Ossining. It will tell stories from many different sides, the ones you’ve heard and the ones you haven’t. “Old ...

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We went to see a fine production of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theater last week. The show was adapted fairly faithfully by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and featured a capable cast led by Jeff Daniels. I had read the book when I was a wee lad but didn’t remember ...

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A few thoughts are about all I can rally before I get a severe headache. I’ve never been a particularly political person. I’ve voted Republican, I’ve voted Democrat, and I’ve voted third-party. I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid overt politics here, other than to make a joke or two that I ...

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What did you do for Halloween? I love a party on the Saturday before Halloween for all sorts of reasons, and the most important of those is the prevalence of candy that does not try to pretend to be good for you. Just give me a Kit Kat bar, a Butterfingers, some peanut M & Ms and a Three ...

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Twice a year the Tarrytown Music Hall hosts a Family Fun Day, where parents and kids can stop by and get a close-up look at the theater. As a Music Hall volunteer, I often help out on those days so I can keep in touch with the community and sit in seats that I'm normally too cheap to purchase.

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Most people know how to sing, many people like to sing and some people love to sing. It’s an unique diversion that lies at the intersection of many disparate disciplines. There is usually a tune involved, and whatever artistry that comes with it. There are usually lyrics, and so meaning and context ...

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Last Saturday the Somers Volunteer Fire Department held an open house, where they invited residents to come over and take a closer look at what they do and how they do it. I brought the ever-furry Gidget-the-dog with me, to see if she might take to the lifestyle and consider becoming a firedog.

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Last Sunday your faithful travel correspondent (that’s me) took a ride to the town of Tuxedo to check out the New York Renaissance Faire. We had never been up there, and had no idea what to expect. The Faire is a bit of a mish-mosh of all kinds of fantasy and reality, but I had already temporarily ...

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Local business is the economic driver that keeps most towns moving. Entrepreneur Magazine says that small businesses provide 60 to 80 percent of all U.S. jobs. And last Saturday they got a chance to meet their customers at Celebrate Somers, set up by the Chamber of Commerce. The Towne Center was ...

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This is the kind of thing that runs through my mind on a daily basis, and FYI, I am not proud of it: I was thinking the other day that somewhere in a glass office in the Googleplex, there’s a guy in the Self-Driving Car Division who heads a department that oversees the development of an algorithm ...

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There’s a chill in the air, a tart briskness that seems like you could shatter it with a hammer. Most people would reach for a pullover, but that chill causes me to break into a sweat. Even after all these years, the first time I feel Jack Frost nipping at my nose, an abject panic sets in and I ...

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We went to see a musical comedy at the Belasco Theater last Thursday, and I want to give it a shout out because it was nonstop fun, and it’s called “Gettin’ the Band Back Together.” I won’t give too much of the plot away, even though when we saw the play they gave the whole plot away anyway by the ...

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It’s becoming harder and harder to keep your kids entertained today. Even taking them to a Major League Baseball game can mean a serious cash outlay, and it’ll cost you even more if you bring them back. I read on the internet that if you factor in ticket prices, parking, scorecards, food, drinks ...

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Fire Island is one of the three barrier islands that run parallel to the southern Long Island shore. Our friends Jenn and Jeff have been going there since childhood, and they arranged an awesome summer rental right on the ocean. We were about 75 feet from the water, so you didn’t even need ...

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Yesterday evening I worked up quite a thirst and had a hankering to visit the local watering hole. There’s a saloon right up Route 22 that has a country feel to it, so I saddled up and went on over. The first thing I do when I walk into a place like that is look up and check out the chandeliers.

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As a public service to my readers I like to go to a place I’ve never been before, spend a couple days, see the sights and file a full report so you can decide for yourself if you want to go there. And since I’m not there any more, this would be a great opportunity for you to go. This time we ...

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Last week it was announced that the Daily News had laid off half its editorial staff. The parent company, the aptly named Tronc, Inc., explained that the layoffs were necessary in order to focus on its online media. If you plan to get all your news online, you probably know by now that the internet ...

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I had such fun being a stagehand last time at the Pleasantville Music Festival, I decided to join Adam and the group again this year. It’s a day of music, community, food and a relaxed atmosphere that’s conducive to just hanging out with friends, old or new. There were popular headliners, great ...

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Last Friday was such a nice day we decided to head down to Tarrytown and take in some jazz in Pierson Park for the Friday Evening Concert Series. If you’re in the mood for it, a little jazz can be just the thing. Much of it is instrumental, so you don’t even have to sing along. Every time I see a ...

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Last week, on the 4th of July, America turned 241 years old. Did you bring a birthday present? What do you get for the country that has everything? It has amber waves of grain, it has purple mountain majesties, it has oceans white with foam. Most of these  assets are highly leveraged to the Chinese ...

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Ask anyone from any foreign country what their favorite sport is, and they will answer quickly and enthusiastically: FOOTBALL! Unfortunately, they’re not talking about real football, they’re referring to that silly game Europeans play, where they run from one side of a large field to another, ...

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My sisters and I get together every year for a weekend at the Jersey Shore, with their kids and spouses, and this year we decided to do something a little different. We signed up for one of those “escape rooms,” where they put a group of you into a room and you have to figure your way out using ...

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Welcome back to our little trip across these great United States. We left off somewhere on Route 90, heading out of Cleveland. So glad to have you following along, and frankly, if you’re following I’m just glad you’re not the cops. On the way to Chicago I found myself driving 70 miles an hour, ...

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Nothing captures the imagination of the American traveler like a good old-fashioned road trip. It reminds me of when I was a kid, packing the car for our annual family trip to Atlantic City. My primary function was to complain that there was not enough snacks and Hawaiian Punch to last the epic ...

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My neighbor’s son and daughter-in-law had a “reveal party” last Saturday. I already know that my neighbor’s kid is a boy, so the reveal must have been for their grandkid. When it was time for the big event, the soon-to-be Dad lined himself up, took a nice backswing and hit a golf ball, which ...

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A stink bug landed in my coffee cup. This was disconcerting to me because I then had to add another Sweet’n Low. The bug didn’t seem to notice. These pests have once again infiltrated our house, in spite of a complicated security system that includes an attack dog that cannot, repeat CANNOT be ...

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Because of my deadline, I’m writing this before the fact, but I never received my invitation to the royal nuptials last Saturday. Not even ONE invitation. Nothing. I was camped out at the mailbox all week, and even had a tip for the mailman, and also one from Christmas, which must have gotten lost ...

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I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic for the bygone era of listening to a baseball game on a crappy-sounding transistor radio. I define nostalgia as the feeling you get when your memory of something is better than what it actually was. I don’t need to bother mustering any warm feelings for the ...

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March Madness seems to be getting madder and madder each year, and there’s going to come a time when the whole month is given a full mental evaluation and finally committed to a psychiatric institution. It’s no secret that March is bipolar. One day it’s acting like a lion. The next day it’s ...

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