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Day And Night

It has long been said that opposites attract, however, there is one dichotomy of lifestyle that has long been the bane of happiness within our household at the end of West 12th Road, and that is our individual sleeping habits. The problem stems from the fact that my beloved Grace (aka – she who must be obeyed) is a “night owl” who rarely retires until well after midnight and arises several hours past sunrise. Unfortunately, I am a member of that much rarer avian species, the lark, often-times referred to as the “early bird,” prone to becoming very drowsy in the...

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A great big shout out to my neighbor across the street, Joan Marie DelaHunt, who lost her home seven years ago when Hurricane Irene blew through our area. Joan had worked for the better part of a year, immediately after Irene, playing chutes and ladders with FEMA and the insurance companies when on October 29, 2012, Sandy’s storm surge rolled through the neighborhood, negating all her efforts to date and sending her back down the chute to start a brand new game, this time with New York City’s Build it Back Program. A brand new modular house was recently emplaced on the raised pilings...

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Weather Woes

This past weekend, as we slogged our way through the rain of what remained of Hurricane Gordon, we also experienced several periods of coastal flooding with spring tides coming off a new moon abetted by a continual northeast wind and accompanying high surf. Once again, I am happy to report that with its new bulkhead, storm and sewer infrastructure, and raised roadway, tidal street flooding on West 12th Road was insignificant. We did experience some tidal inundation stemming from tidal water breaching several properties as a result of damaged, or in some cases missing, canal bulkheads at the...

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Little Seasoning

Although Labor Day has come and gone, as it does every year, I am always amazed at how so many of my neighbors actually think that, with the passing of Labor Day, forecasted cooler temperatures should be de rigueur on the part of those weather mavens out there in charge of our climate.  Hate to be the bearer of bad news but Labor Day does not constitute an official change of seasons. Yeah, it means that the kids will soon be going back to school, parking spaces will slowly start to reappear as beach traffic eases up, the Q53 bus will pass through Broad Channel on its way to Rockaway and will...

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This Is Crackers

Well, we all should have seen this coming. After 116 years, Mondelez International, Nabisco’s parent company, has ceded to the onslaught of ethical complaints lodged by PETA against the packaging on Barnum’s Animals Crackers depicting exotic animals in circus cages on the box of crackers which is, of course, in this day and age quite politically incorrect. Now, instead of showing the animals in cages (implying that they’re traveling in boxcars for the circus), the newly-designed boxes feature a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe, and a gorilla wandering side-by-side, enjoying their...

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Birthday Love

Happy birthday to my beloved Grace. The big 39. Another candle on your cake, but it’s so much more than that. Another year of amazing memories, inside jokes, uncontrollable laughter, crazed children, demented dogs, unhinged cats, humpbacked lizards, rude turtles, and whistling guinea pigs, but more importantly, another year of having you by my side each and every day. I spent days upon days thinking about what in the world I could possibly do for you that would make this birthday amazing. I spent hours upon hours trying to figure out what in the world to get a woman who gives me everything....

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Change Of Pace

I am not a big fan of dining out but when I do decide to visit a food establishment, I want to be treated like a human being and not like a number. The Cracker Barrel Restaurant chain had this customer relations thing down to a science and I used to frequent these restaurants a lot in years gone by. Every Cracker Barrel also had a big fireplace replete with a bearskin rug, which I absolutely loved, but unfortunately the management of Cracker Barrel has a policy prohibiting customers from taking naked selfies on their bearskin rug. Suffice it to say, I am not allowed to frequent Cracker Barrel...

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Pigs And Tight Spaces

Just a quick reminder to all of you out there that the Broad Channel VFW Post 260 will be hosting it’s annual “Pig Roast” this Saturday (July 14) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone I speak to who intends to attend this porcine gala has been psyched and why shouldn’t they be? After all, the same old hot dogs and hamburgers get old after a while, but put on a pig roast and you’ve got a show! The most often asked question is “Will the pig have an apple in its mouth?” It will not.  Other queries have ranged from how much the pig weighs, how long it took to cook...

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Climate For A Roast

This past Sunday, I happened to bump into one of my younger neighbors and, after exchanging pleasantries, I blurted out, “Hot enough for you?” As soon as the question left my mouth, I immediately regretted asking it as I knew full well that this particular neighbor is a not only a die-hard vegan and a card-carrying tree-hugger, but also a devout disciple of the religion of pending apocalyptic climate change. “Better get used to it…”, my friend replied, “Climate change is a global matter. The planet is warming because of the growing level of greenhouse gas...

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