Friday, May 17, 2024

Bicyclists Should Respect Pedestrians and Use Common Sense


I would like to add to an entry I wrote in November 2020 on bicycle safety November 2020 on bicycle safety.  Many bicyclists just don't know courtesy.  Yesterday I was walking along a narrow sidewalk and a bicycle just whizzed by me.  I yelled at home saying "You can say excuse me". but he didn't turn around.  This was an adult, not a kid.  A law in NYC states that anyone over 12 years old may not ride a bike on a sidewalk.  Obviously, it can not be enforced.  At times, I see adults riding bicycles in the garage area in my development.  They appear to be riding recreationally, not to get from point A to point B.  On Union Street in Flushing, there is a bike path but cyclists still ride on the sidewalk.  They rarely obey red lights and stop signs.

There is just nothing that can be done about this.  There cannot be a cop on every street.  I've read that the police have confiscated e-bikes that are ridden on sidewalks in downtown Flushing.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Talking Baseball at Caring Kind Today


CaringKind is New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving.  Once a month I go with a group of members of the Casey Stengel Chapter of SABR to talk baseball with early-onset Alzheimer's patients.  This is part of SABR's Baseball Memories Project.

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Mets Beat the Braves 4-3 on a Brandon Nimmo Walk-Off Home Run


At the end of the seventh inning, the score was tied at 2-2. Marcell Ozuna's second tiebreaking single of the night gave the Braves a 3-2 lead in the eighth.  Jeff McNeil sparked a ninth-inning rally as he bunted for a single.  Tomas Nido then bunted him over to second.  I assumed that the Mets were playing for a tie.  Brandon Nimmo did not start the game since he had tweaked his intercostal -- a small but crucial midsection muscle -- in a loss to the Braves the day before.  He entered the game as a pinch runner in the seventh inning and then played left field.  When his turn to bat came up in the ninth with Nido on second, Nimmo hit a walk-off home run as seen above.

As the late Bob Murphy would say "Happy Recap".

Saturday, May 11, 2024

My Ways of Keeping Active in Retirement


I never dreamed of an active retirement, I actually planned for it before I made the life transition in 2018. It is hard to believe that it is over six years.  I was always interested in baseball, so I thought I would take this and other interests to a higher level.  I joined the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and am now active in three endeavors:
  1. Editing a newsletter for the local Casey Stengel Chapter
  2. Indexing articles for the Baseball Index
  3. Coordinating the fact-checking for the Games Project
I also attend more ball games now than I did before I retired.

I am more active in my Bob Dylan pursuits.  I started an online chat group that meets monthly and have taken two trips to Tulsa for a conference and to visit the Bob Dylan Center.

I do a lot more recreational reading than I did in the past.  If you see me on a park bench I will be reading, not staring out aimlessly into space.

The still have those crazy dreams about returning to work.  I can do without that.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Obscure Oldie of the Day - Down at Papa Joes by the Dixie Belles


I don't know why I thought of this song today.  I haven't heard it for years.  It reached #9 on the Billboard chart in 1963 and was played on WABC and WMCA back in the day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

The College Point Multiplex Will Close Permanently Today

On January 6, 2024, I reported in this journal about the demise of movie theaters in Queens.  Today is the last day for the College Point Multiplex.  Star Wars the Phantom Menace was the first movie I saw there in 1999 while Ghost Busters Frozen Empire was the last one I saw about a month ago.  I estimate that I saw 800-1000 movies there in its 25 years.  It was always nice to have a movie theater within walking distance of home, especially on a cold and rainy day when there was nothing else to do.

My major criticism is that they only featured the mass appeal movies that are appropriate for a younger audience.  Many Academy Award-winning films were never shown there.  Very often,  I had to travel to Manhattan or other parts of Queens to see an independent film that is suited for older adults.

Life goes on and in the future, I will have to go to Bayside or Fresh Meadows to see a movie.

 Noourulain Kawaja of NY1 reported on the closing of the theater.  A 30-year-old man she interviewed was heartbroken.  I had the pleasure of meeting her when she interviewed me for a story on the future of Whitestone Lanes.

I assume the theater owners will try to sell about 1000 seats in the 12 auditoriums in the complex.  Then the building will be torn down and replaced by a large warehouse.


Monday, May 6, 2024

Random Thoughts of the Day - May 6, 2024

On Saturday Lee and I drove from Flushing to Bayside to eat at Ben's Deli I saw five Amazon delivery vehicles.  My experience with deliveries from Amazon has usually been good, but I think they lost one of my deliveries.  I received an email stating it was delivered to my apartment.  I didn't get it.  I assume it was brought to the wrong apartment.  Hopefully, the neighbor who received it by mistake will bring it to my apartment. If not, I'll ask for a refund.

The dining room was almost empty when we went to Ben's on Saturday night at about 5 PM.  I hate to see that since as reported in this journal before so many Kosher Delis in Queens have closed over the years. If Ben's closes there will be none left.

My three SABR projects have kept me busy lately.

Tonight, I will juggle Jeopardy (regular show and Masters Tournament), the Knicks, and the Mets.  The post-season tournaments will last until June.  The more games they play, the more money they make.  Tickets at Madison Square Garden in the 200 level can cost $500.  There will always be a sellout.


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