On the Seaport, or Up in the Old Hotel

(My apologies to the late Joseph Mitchell for stealing the title) I interned at the South Street Seaport during the summer of 2003, then stayed on as a museum educator for a year because I absolutely loved that place. Growing up in the City of New York, I was surrounded by these wonderful old buildings with people coming and going at all times. It was … Continue reading On the Seaport, or Up in the Old Hotel

On Duane Reade’s Most Interesting Pharmacist, or My Harold Lederman Fantasy

I. Love. Harold Lederman. I love the fairness of his judging. I love how he wants the focus to be on the fight and not the talking heads in the circus surrounding the fight. I love how he’s the disembodied voice on HBO boxing broadcasts. I love how he prefaces each round’s score with a quick “Okay Jim” in that fantastic fast-talking Bronx accent that … Continue reading On Duane Reade’s Most Interesting Pharmacist, or My Harold Lederman Fantasy

On New Things, or Why Nothing Beats Star Wars

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.” My in-laws gave my kids a new train set (in the back ground) for New Years. The kids spent a few seconds with the train, looked at the box it came in, screamed “DEATH STAR!!!!”, then proceeded to grab their Legos and recreate the dog-fight scene at the end of Star Wars. The first one. The real … Continue reading On New Things, or Why Nothing Beats Star Wars

On Nostalgia, or Having a Blast While Watching Wrestle Kingdom 9

I fell asleep with the kids Saturday night around 6:30pm and woke up around midnight. As Fortune should have it, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) was airing its annual Wrestle Kingdom 9 event shortly after that. And this year – praise be to Solie, Monsoon, and the living legend Jim Ross — the show was presented with English commentary. Thanks, Jeff! As I watched the best … Continue reading On Nostalgia, or Having a Blast While Watching Wrestle Kingdom 9