Dad in the Box

  • Extra Time

    July 7, 2018

    It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

    As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those ...

  • My So-Called Graduation

    The last of my children graduated from high school.  

     

    My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before ...

  • A Date with Destiny

    Leslie. . . it would be the bomb . . .  if we could go to prom . . . together.

     

    For the record, Leslie is my wife, and this is my openly public attempt at a ...

  • A Royal Pain

    I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

    I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about ...

  • Avenging Movie Credits

    Warning! Nothing you read here will spoil Avengers: Infinity Wars because I didn’t understand it.

    As a vibrant, relevant, totally hip and “with it” dad I am proud to say that I ...

  • Cluelessly Clueless

    I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations ...

  • My Life is an Open Facebook

    I find the possibility intriguing that I might be politically influenced just because I “liked” a few goofy cat videos on Facebook.  But then, I also find it intriguing that ...

  • Coffee, Tea or Fleas?

    Two ducks are on a flight to Miami.  The first duck says to the second, “you flying south for the winter?”  The second duck replies, “Oh wow, a talking emotional support ...

  • Get Smart

    I don’t want to be on a first name basis with my refrigerator.

     

    Oh don’t get me wrong, I am all for cool technology—when it works—but I draw the line at talking to ...

  • Let the Games Begin

    I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the ...

  • In the Driver's Seat

    Honey, I am going to take the Roadster out for a quick spin around the sun. I’ll be back in a few million years.

     

    That’s nice dear. While you are out, could you pick ...

  • A Super Bowl First Again

    Donald J Trump @realDonaldTrump

    So great to see the weak and out of control NFL finally come together to make AMERICA FIRST IN THE SUPER BOWL thanks to my tremendous efforts. So why has no one ...

  • Follow the Money

    In 2013 a man in the UK cleaned out his junk drawer and absently tossed an old hard drive dismantled from a Dell Computer into the trash.  The hard drive, rusting in landfill somewhere in Wales, ...

  • Accepting Yourself

    It is the beginning of January, which means college applications are due.

     

    This is the time where high school seniors all across the country place their academic souls on the line and ...

  • You're A Mean One . . .

    Seriously, Grinch?

     

    I am standing in line at the checkout counter of our local grocery store.  An obviously perturbed woman and her young daughter are staring at my cart.  It ...

  • The Thought that Counts

    The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

    Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

    What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

    No seriously, this article in the Times ...

  • The Price of Priceless

    I have a public admission to make.

     

    I am the buyer who purchased Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi at auction. 

     

    OK, I realize it is preposterous to think that I ...

  • The Last Game

    My daughter recently played the last soccer game of her career.  

     

    Yippee!  No more practices!  No more tournaments!  No more long drives to obscure fields!  ...

  • A Day at the Spa

    Recently I treated myself to a day at a spa, complete with mud baths, ice therapy, natural skin exfoliates, and ultra hyper-electrolysis.   Unfortunately, this particular spa treatment also ...

  • Wait. What?

    Don’t you have homework to do?

     

    My teenage daughter is watching TV, texting, facetiming, instagramming, listening to music, and typing on a laptop all at the same ...

  • I Got This

    I thought I was done with school projects.

     

    You know, the kind of projects that involve cardboard and paint and glue and styrofoam and a panicked run to the hobby store the night before ...

  • Give Me Some Credit

    I used to think I was special.  

     

    But it turns out I am not.  I am just one measly name in 143 million.  

     

    You see, that’s the number of lucky Americans ...

  • 23 Skidoo

    I am worried that my genetic Neanderthal variant might be embarrassingly high.

     

    Given my personality, this might not seem an unreasonable fear.  But I really don’t want it ...

  • The Road Trip Less Traveled

    “My cows,” announces my daughter. 

     

    From the passenger seat she is staring absently out the window at the lush farmland clipping by.  Her bare leg is pulled up tight ...

  • Staring at the Sun

    Sometime during the morning of August 21st, millions of Americans will crowd toe to toe on a narrow ribbon of land stretching across the continental United States for the opportunity to stand in the ...

  • Gone, But Not Forgotten

    Recently my dad showed me a plaque he had been awarded from his alma mater.  He graduated from a well-respected University in the Midwest after WWII.  It was where he met my mom.

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To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Summit Police Blotter

July 9, 2018

6/19 - Peter Ferguson, 31, of New York, New York was arrested on a contempt of court warrant out of Point Pleasant Beach. Mr. Ferguson posted bail and was provided a new court date.

6/22 - At 1552 hours a report was taken for a theft of one thousand (1,000) mops from Overlook Hospital. The reporting individual indicated the theft occurred between 6/10 and 6/21. Taken from a storage area ...

Challenge Your Children with the Summit YMCA's Fun-Size Development Program!

July 16, 2018

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today” - Malcolm X

The Summit Area YMCA recognizes the potential in every child. We strive to provide the environment and resources for all youth to learn, grow, and thrive. With nurturing and supportive staff, enriching curriculum and programs, and a strong built-in value system, children are able to not only reach ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Talks Netflix's Cash Burn as Company Reports Earnings

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on Cheddar.com discussing Netflix's earnings report and why the streaming service should dilute shareholders to plug its cash burn.

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​​​​​​For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been ...

Fear of Rising Rates? Remember The Reason You Own Bonds

If the current interest environment has you concerned about your bond portfolio, remember why you are investing in bonds.  The role bonds, or fixed income, play in a portfolio is not solely based on performance.  Bonds are used to offer stability, particularly when stock market volatility is rising. Rate hikes can dampen bond performance, but keep perspective on how rising rates impact ...

Are You Ready for Your Child to Turn 18?

If your son or daughter is turning 18, here are a few things you need to know:

If you have an UGMA/UTMA savings account for your child, did you know those assets are his/her legal property and once that instrument matures (most often 21 years old or 18, if you designated that at time of account creation), those assets are at your child’s disposal with no restrictions or ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.