Monday, August 27, 2007

Highway 61 Revisted - 42nd Anniversary

Lee went into his music history book and read that today is the 42nd anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted.  Back in August 1965 I returned from a croo country bus tour of the USA.  I discovered Dylan at that time when Like a Rolling Stone was a big hit on the radio.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Take a Look at My Photos

Since this past week was so hectic with the Boston trip and Ralph's funeral, we decided to take it easy today.  We saw the movie Rush Hour 3 at the local multiplex.  It was nothing to get excited about.  I thought readers of this blog might want to see my photos from my last two vacations and Lee's trip to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.  Check it out at 

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Funeral Today

My sister's father-in-law Ralph Feuer passed away at the age of 88 on Tuesday.  He had sufferred with Alzheimers' for several years but the immediate cause of death was pneumonia.  I hadn't seen him since my nephew Adam's Bar Mitzvah about 5 years ago.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Back from Boston

We arrived at our motel in Qunicy, Mass Friday about 1:30 PM.  We took this motel since it was within walking distance of the subway.  The hotels in Boston were so expensive that I thought I could get a room much cheaper in the suburbs.  I went to the American Chemical Society meeting at the new convention center.  I spent most of my time at events of the Division of Chemical Information.  I learned about new and improved products on the market as well as how other chemistry librarians were teaching their students how to use web-based products.  There were several restaurants within walking distance of our motel.  We left this morning about 9 AM and arrived home shortly after 1 PM.  The speed limit for most of I-95 was 65 MPH.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Off to Boston tomorrow for the American Chemical Society Meeting

Once a year I like to wear my chemistry hat.  I received a masters degree in chemistry in 1974 but haven't worked as a labortory chemist since August 1977 about the same time that Elvis Presley died.  For many years I have been a science/engineering librarian specializing in chemical information.  Tommorow I am leaving for the American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston.  I am driving there with Karen and Leeand will be staying at a hotel in Quincy, Mass.  From there I can take the subway to the convention center.  Since the early 1990s I have gone to the August meeting in cities such as Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans, and Chicago.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sad Baseball New Today

Hall of Famer and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto passed away today at age 89.  He played his entire career for the Yankees.  From 1957-1996 Phil did radio and TV play by play for the Yankees.  He will be sorely missed by all baseball fans.

Library Conference Today

Since things are slow in August at the NJIT Library I decided to go to a library conference today at Baruch College in Manhattan.  It is always nice not to have to travel to Newark.  This conference was called a Library Camp.  It was different since the program was not set until today.  Participants could send via e-mail or a wiki their suggestions for a conference.  I attended three sessions:

Web 2.0 initiatives in libraries

Information Literacy

Virtual Reference

There was a good exchange with colleagues from other libraries.

The web site for this conference is

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Stormy Morning and the Dentist (2nd time)

This is a repeat what happened on July 18th which I didn't report on this blog. I was scheduled today for a dentists appointment at 10:30 AM in Forest Hills. I was planning to finish there by 11:30 and then go to work for 1/2 day. There were very strong thunderstorms in the NYC area this morning. There even was a possible tornado in Brooklyn. I was going to leave my apartment at 9:30 for the dentist. I phoned the office, but nobody was there yet. I decided to take a chance and take the subway there and hope that she will be there by 10:30. I took the #7 line to 74th Street. There was no underground service to Forest Hills, so I turned back to go home. The dentists office phone me and rescheduled my appointment for 4:30. I have plenty of sick time and there is nothing much doing in the summer anyway. Finally my dental work is completed for a few months at least.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

We Saw A-Rod's 500th Career Home Run

Back in February a bought tickets for two Yankee games.  I obviously could not predict what would happen 6 months in the future.  In the first inning today at Yankee Stadium Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run.  He is the youngest player ever to reach that milestone.  The Yankees went on to win 16-8 in a four hour game.  I just hate long games. There were many deep counts,  foul balls and pitching changes that made the game drag on,

Friday, August 3, 2007

My name was on WCBS-FM

I had sent news director Al Meredith an e-mail suggesting that newscasts be added at :30 in AM drive.  Al sent me back a nice e-mail saying that they are considering that.  Dan Taylor just read that I sent in a suggestion.
I do practice what I preach saying that I am thrilled that WCBS-FM is back, but I still want to listen to other radio stations.  My wife was listening to WCBS-FM in the dining room while I was listening to WFUV in the bedroom.  At 7:30, I turned on the Breeze.  I will now switch to WBGO.
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