Thursday, May 24, 2018

What Do These 3 Distinguished Gentlemen Have In Common?

Ethan Shapiro who is my grand nephew of Walnut Creek, California

Rich Appel of Wayne, NJ.  Radio Host of That Thing with Rich Appel

Bob Dylan - I think I have written enough about him

All three are celebrating birthdays today.  Ethan is 3 years old, Rich is 61, and Bob is 77.  May they all stay Forever Young.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Adventures in Movie Going

For the last two days, I tried to see one movie but ended up seeing another.  On Tuesdays, the AMC Bay Terrace theaters offer all movies for $5.00.  The only film over there that was aimed at an older audience is Book Club with Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton.  When I arrived at the theater there were about 10 seniors on the line.  When it was my turn, the seller said that there were only seats in the first row.  Since I didn't want to sit so close to the screen, I decided to drive back home and check the College Point Multiplex.  I found a film called Overboard which seemed a little silly after I viewed the trailer.  It wasn't the worst movie that I ever saw, but I found out that it was a remake of a movie with the same name in 1987 starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Early this morning I had to take Lee to the doctor for a routine checkup.  Everything is OK.  I got home at 11 AM and thought that I had plenty of time to get to the Angelika Film Center in Greenwich Village to catch the 12:25 showing of On Chesil Beach.  The #7 train was somewhat slow (what else is new) so I knew I couldn't get there in time.  I decided to stop at the IFC Center where there was a 12:45 showing of Let The Sunshine In, a French film with English subtitles.

Sooner or later I'll get to see Book Club and On Chesil Beach.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Thinking of Taxes in May

I am the Taxman and you are working for no one but me.

Since I retired I get income from TIAA (my pension) and Social Security every month.  I indicated a certain amount of New York State and federal taxes to be deducted from TIAA, but I can't get anything deducted from Social Security.  In February I received a payout for unused sick time over 25 years.  I was concerned that I had too little withheld this year, so I consulted with my accountant today.  He suggested that I send estimated taxes to the state and federal governments in June, September, and January.  This way I would not get hit with a big tax bill in 2019.  I was also afraid that I could get a big penalty if I underpaid. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mets 4 Diamondbacks 1 As the Home Run Apple Rises 3 Times

The demise of the 2018 New York Mets has been greatly exaggerated by sport radio callers, Facebook posters, and newspaper reporters.  Many have called for the team to trade star pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom and start to rebuild.  Noah allowed 1 run and 6 hits with 7 strikeouts in 7 innings to get his 4th victory.  The Mets scored all their runs by homers.  Amed Rosario hit his first two home runs of the single, but the highlight was a two-run homer by Asrubel Cabrera who pinch hit for the pitcher in the 7th inning.  Robert Gsellman got his first career save of his career by retiring the last 5 Diamondbacks.

Game recap

Friday, May 18, 2018

This Year's Vacation Will Be in Phoenix

In recent years we have visited a city with a major league baseball team.  We find a hotel in the downtown area and either walk or take public transportation to the stadium.  The cities include:

·         Houston

·         Denver

·         Atlanta

·         Baltimore

·         San Francisco

·         Los Angeles – here I had to rent a car, but I hated driving in Southern California

During the day we visit museums and other tourist attractions.

This year we are going to Phoenix to see the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.  Maybe we'll eventually see every major league ballpark.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I am Glad I Didn't Go To Today's Met Game as They Lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 12-1 in the Rain

Since I am now retired I really wanted to go to several weekday afternoon games this season.  It is always easy to get good seats on the day of the game.  Since the weather forecast called for rain, I decided not to go.  At about 11 AM a light, but steady rain started.  I turned the TV on and saw that the game was started at 1 PM in the rain.  It seems that they wanted to play the game in since it would be very difficult to make it up.  In the third inning, there was a delay as the groundskeepers put many bags of "Diamond Dry" on the infield.  After that Met pitcher, Zach Wheeler fell apart.  At the end of 5 innings when the game became official the Mets were losing 6-0.  The umpires should have called the game at that point.  The final score was 12-1.

Game recap

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Media Coverage of the Royal Wedding is Excessive

The Royal Wedding on Saturday, May 19th is the number one story on the news these days.  Even local TV stations are sending reporters to cover the big event.  I can understand the British being thrilled about this, but why must the media brainwash the American public about the importance of these nuptials?  It must be a ploy to increase TV ratings.  My response has to be to ignore all the TV reports.  I guess I can watch something else.
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