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For most of my time in New York, I did without a car. After being poor and having cars break down on me at record pace, I was glad to be done with the world of automobiles. I was happy to leave the driving to New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, though the MTA is poorly… Read more »

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The Winter Olympic Games are taking place in Sochi, Russia at a time when New York (and Atlanta) have more snow. Few would have thought that Russia, known for its cold weather, would be having problems keeping snow on the ground for the winter Olympics. These are strange days. During the 2010 Olympics I nearly wiped… Read more »

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It’s always been my philosophy to engage in any and all adventure within reason. I have gone skydiving, hiked mountain trails, traveled to foreign lands, acted in a play, started a punk rock band and even had a bit part in a movie. The one adventure that still terrified the shit out of me was… Read more »

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Martin Luther King Jr. came to New York in 1958 and was stabbed by a crazy person. He almost died. The legacy of judging people by the content of their character has been treated no more respectfully in the intervening years. For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the history of the civil rights… Read more »

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New York State may soon embrace medical marijuana. We’d be better off if the government legalized it outright. Why talk half-steps when other states have already made cannabis legal? It was Tommy Chong who put it to New York via social media, saying that we were behind the high times. New York used to be… Read more »

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Early in the day on December 31st, visitors will begin pouring into the city to participate in the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration. If you plan to be among the one million people who will ring in the New Year with the ball drop at midnight consider this: you may stand in the cold… Read more »

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News from Long Island has come in that John A. Gotti, son of the more famous Mafia boss and a one-time Mafia boss himself, was stabbed on Long Island. He survived the attack. Gotti told the police he was stabbed while breaking up a fight between two strangers. Police find that about as believable as… Read more »