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New York – Where are You?

 Those who know me, know that I love our city and consider it to be the greatest city on earth. Not that I have visited every city on earth and can make that claim with verifiable proof, I just know it in my bones. But recently I have had some ominous feelings about our city. I’m usually the first to shrug off all the bad karma that has been happening. And I agree that there is a lot of awful stuff happening living within this science-fiction-pandemic movie with political and anarchist side plots everywhere. Driving through Manhattan recently brought tears to my eyes as to how things could have...

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Ancestral Plots

 Recently the mermaid was going through some documents and came across four documents that were not immediately clear as to what they were. They all seemed to be deeds for plots in Calvary cemetery. The mermaid descendants, on her mother’s side, from a long line of Hendersons. An Ancestry.com search years ago confirmed that the Hendersons were a mix of Irish, Scottish and British ancestry, but we could not go back any further than early 1900s when the family ran a funeral parlor on the West Side of Manhattan. That was a good business to be in, then and now, because as they say, people are just...

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Whatcha’ say?

 Alrighty, alrighty, don’t get your knickers in a knot! Ever hear that saying? No one uses the term “knickers” anymore, but in the “olden” days, it referred to your shorts, underwear that is. And the saying meant don’t get all excited and uptight…you know, like bunched up underwear, very uncomfortable. My grand old father-in-law, Big Bill Stogey, used to say, “ok kids, go play in traffic.” Now before you get all politically correct on me, he was usually talking to the adults when he said that, not kids, and it was an old way of saying “why don’t you take a long walk off a short pier.” I kind...

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The Lazer Speaks: Been There, Dunne That

 Real Rockaway residents will remember the long-time Wave columnist Dorothy Dunne. Dorothy’s column centered around events in Rockaway and Breezy Point, mostly parties of friends and family that she would drop in at and then report on. I think it was special for those folks to see their names in print. You knew you had arrived if you made a Dorothy column. I didn’t know her or her friends, but it was always a guilty pleasure to read her column and feel like you were a guest at the party. Well, in that vein, I offer the following observations from recent events. I was on the beach this past weekend...

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Rockaway Caribe

 The spectacular picture taken by Robbie Ostrander gracing the front cover of The Rockaway Times last week only confirms what every Rockaway resident can testify to: that the water in and around Rockaway is out of this world. The drone photo seems to show a huge sand bar just outside of the main tide, creating this patch of crystal blue aquamarine tropically- warmed ocean for us all to enjoy. And if you have had the pleasure of staring at this in real time, it’s just magical. Not to mention that dipping one’s toes into the ocean is akin to stepping into the pool of the movie Cocoon which provided...

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Rockaway Phase II

 I feel like I’m living in an episode of Seinfeld with Jerry’s parents in Del Boca Vista Phase II development in Florida. Phase II in Rockaway, what does it mean? Well, let me tell you about my day last week after the opening of Phase II. I did things that I haven’t been able to do in a while; and yes, I did them with a mask on, but I did them nonetheless, and that made me feel a little bit normal, whatever that is these days. I was thrilled to get an oil change at Waterview on Beach Channel Drive. Drove right up, got the oil changed in twenty minutes, happy to see the regular folks there who...

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One Sheet at a Time

 There has been so much happening over the last months that it’s hard to piece it all together. The world’s health was at a precipice; the country’s moral compass was not heading true north. Those things will hopefully be worked out, they have to if we are all to live together with each other. My thoughts run to the more mundane today, and perhaps this thought has occurred to you, too, during the quarantine. Allow me to set the stage. One of the mysteries of the pandemic has been the unexplained shortage of toilet paper. Many have offered possible answers including breakdowns of the supply chain;...

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Tales from the Pandemic

 Everyone has a story about how this pandemic has affected them. Many are sad, but some are so absurd that the only thing you can do is laugh. As things have begun to loosen up around here, I’ve become more aware of these absurdities. Because of the three-person limit at Ace Hardware, the line stretched out down the block and it was impossible to get in. I love Ace Hardware, I love the people that work there, I love the little discounts you get in the mail, they always have what you need. But during the three-person limit, it was a better bet to drive to Lowe’s near Kings Plaza. Or so I thought. First...

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Zooming In, Zooming Out

 This pandemic has brought us all together in ways we would never have imagined! In addition to appreciating all our healthcare workers and everyday people in our lives, we have become connected to each other “virtually,” in many cases through the application called Zoom. I was first introduced to Zoom through a west coast Silicon Valley client a few years back as a way to work virtually with a team that was spread out geographically. I remembered trying to use technologies like this at the NYSE years ago, but the technologies were not yet mature or economical enough to truly work. Not anymore....

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