32 Years

I was 21 years old the last time the Dodgers won the World Series. If someone had told me back then that I would surpass the half-century mark before they won again, I would have said, “Yeah, right. And I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.” Three years ago — in 2017 — I …

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Happy Birthday Mario Bros.!

In case you haven’t heard, Super Mario Bros. turned 35 this week. This past Thursday, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. 35, which allows 35 gamers to play simultaneously, each competing to be the last Mario standing. Apparently, the success of Fortnite and The Hunger Games isn’t lost on the people at Nintendo. Because I no …

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Zuni Not For Me

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a pretty big sissy when it comes to scary movies. Hell, I don’t even like scary events, like Great America’s “Halloween Haunt.” During the one and only time I went to the Haunt, my wife — who walks into each attraction like Buffy the Vampire Slayer …

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Lemonade, That Cool, Refreshing Drink

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” a proverb that’s used to encourage optimism in the face of life’s misfortunes. Years ago, as a seven-year-old second-grader, I did something that had the opposite effect. On a Sunday much like today, I made a very short trek to visit …

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Central Park Five

Yesterday my son asked, “Dad, when will the world end?” When a parent is on the receiving end of these questions, what I believe most parents attempt to do is take away the worry and fear. So my response to this question was, “Son, the world is never going to end.” Because he’s five years …

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Feels So Good

One of my biggest regrets is not taking up an instrument. Actually, that’s not entirely true. In the fourth grade, after a musician came to our classroom to show and demonstrate our instrument options, I decided on the flute. (I should have chosen the drums or clarinet.) While I’ve always maintained that I chose the …

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Cheers

For the past few weeks I’ve been on binge watching the sitcom Cheers on Netflix. After all of these years, it’s still funny. Sam Malone, still cool; Carla, still hilarious, Diane, still uptight; and Coach, still dumb. A few weeks prior to the show’s debut on September 30, 1982, I was wrapping-up my first season …

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76ers

Near the end of my junior year at Independence High School in 1984, our wrestling coach, Jesse Barajas, let the team know that a young stud, Marco Sanchez, an eighth grader from one of the feeder middle schools (Sheppard), would be coming to join the 76ers at IHS the following year. We didn’t know a …

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Juan Romero

There’s something about being held in times of need. Sometimes a short hug is enough, other times a much longer embrace is needed, and sometimes people need a human touch for much longer periods — hours, days, weeks, and even months at a time. The picture you see on the left was taken on June …

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