Monday, September 28, 2009
Another Trip to Amherst
11:35 am edt
Last Friday, I played a round
of golf at Amherst Country Club in NH. This Saturday, I'm doing a comedy show there. Based on how I played golf, I must do
a better job at comedy than I did at golf.
I had some good shots, but managed to waste them with my mistakes.
Comedy is similar to that. You can get the big laughs, then lose it all right after. There is a very fine line between success
and failure in comedy and golf. Both are very challenging and provide a great degree of satisfaction when I'm on, but frustration
when things don't go well.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Park a Little Closer
12:22 am edt
Two places I go to a lot
are my health club and the local super market. Both have huge parking lots. I go out of my way to park a distance from other
cars. I don't mind walking an extra few steps, especially if it will keep me from getting my car doors nicked by the one next
When I go to my club, the parking lot is pretty empty. No matter where I park, I always seem to have someone
who parks next to me. Don't they realize there are tons of other spaces? The same thing happens at the market.
I'm not trying to be anti-social, but I want to be my myself. My car doen't need company from
anyone. Yesterday, someone parked so close that I still have no idea how they got out of their car. Some how they didn't nick
my door. It's bound to happen sooner or later in spite of my efforts.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Don't Rush the Season
6:05 pm edt
It's only two days into autumn and they
are throwing the holidays at us. I get tons of junk mail. I'll never be able to stop it. It will keep coming long after I'm
gone. This is the third time I've received holiday cards and gift tags. I have no desire to send these cards to anyone. I'm
very fussy about the cards I send to people at the holidays. I just end up recycling all of this stuff.
same with the address labels. I get them year round. I could never possibly send out enough mail to use all of them up. The
calendars are arriving too. I must have recycled 10 already.
I like to make donations to charities of my choosing,
but I wish they would quit selling my name to everyone. I get stuff from veterans groups, environmental organizations and
just about every disease out there.
I guess I'm providing job security to the U.S. Postal Service. They should
thanks me at the holidays.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
9:24 am edt
I had a chance to host a comedy
show last night with three other comics. They were younger guys. I couldn't help but notice that we all wore dress shirts.
The difference was that I was the only one who tucked their shirt in. What is the age limit on wearing your shirt untucked?
Younger guys always look ok with their shirt untucked. You always see Tom Brady and Matt Damon running around like
that. When I do it, I look like a slob. It's the same with shaving. I'm usually twice a day. Younger guys might wait a couple
of days and they end up on the cover of GQ. If I wait two days, it looks like I've been partying too much.
I was younger, being untucked wasn't in style. Given the opportunity now, I think I would still tuck my shirt in.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
What Was He Thinking?
12:20 am edt
While watching the news tonight,
I heard a story that sounded so stupid. A guy was arrested for DWI while driving a lawn mower on a street late at night. Why
would he do that? He probably has a suspended license from another offense and gets around on his lawn mower. How often
does he do it? It certainly must make a lot of noise as he cruises the street. No wonder the police pulled him over. They
probably wrote him up for a loud exhaust system.
If you drive a lawn mower drunk at night down a street, there
is nothing positive that will come from that. I've never done it and don't know anyone who has.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Not everyone Knows
12:00 am edt
I was watching the news tonight
on channel 5. There was a story about a soldier from Raynham who was being awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his
heroics in Iraq. This is our nation's highest military honor. It has a long history since the Civil War.
the story, the anchor said " to learn more about the Medal of Honor, go to our website where you can learn about its
history and how it is awarded".
I guess there are people out there who have no clue about this.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It Finally Paid To be Older
5:46 pm edt
played 9 holes of golf today. It costs $21. My friend who is 63 asked about a senior discount. The guy behind the register
said "you get a discount if you are over 55". I said "that's me". I ended up paying $17. What a
Can't Always Judge the Crowd
12:16 am edt
was doing a comedy show in Salisbury tonight. We had about 20 in the audience, mostly young people. I've been working
on new material talking about my prior job. I didn't think this crowd would be into it, but I wanted to try
They were a great audience.
Everything seem to work fine. Whenever I get that type of reaction from the audience, I get energized and just seem to do
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Biggest Day in History
9:14 am edt
There was a lot of media coverage about
the recent anniversary of September 11th. It was certainly one of the biggest days in our lives. That's not the case for everyone.
Some kids in school were not around when it happened. Seniors in high school were in the third grade. There is talk underway
that 9/11 should be taught in the classroom.
As the years go forward, we will move further away from September
11, 2001. President Kennedy was assassinated 46 years ago. You would have to be over 50 to have any recollection of that day.
Anyone over 50 certainly has those days burned deep into their memory. For so many other people, the date is something you
December 7, 1941, "the day of infamy" when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, is only remembered
if you are over 75.
When I was younger I never thought anything would be bigger than when JFK died. It's hard to
compare. For many it's 9/11.
If you ask somebody older than 75 the same question, I'm sure you would get an interesting
answer. They have certainly witnessed a great deal of history.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
4:32 pm edt
My cable service died last week.
I thought I caused a problem when I unplugged my cable box while cleaning. It didn't work when I plugged it back in. I called
the 800 number. They sent a refresh signal to my box, but no luck. I spoke to a customer service rep who tested the box over
the phone and said my box needed to be replaced.
Because of the holiday, I waited until yesterday. I tried another
box, but with no luck. I was now up against the dreaded service call. Naturally, they give a four hour window from 12-4. The
guy showed up at 3:45. He tested the box. It was ok. He went outside to the central box coming into my aprtment building.
I had been disconnected by another technician. This is the 4th time it has happened in three years. It seems like they disconnect
me every time they hook up a new customer. I'm sure it will happen again.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Summer is Over
8:57 am edt
Labor Day weekend, the end of summer. Kids are back in school. You can feel the touch of autumn in the air. I'm done with
my air conditioner. It's been pulled out and put away until next year. Now I can get some fresh air back in my rooms.
I'm not big on air conditioning. I put up with it. It's needed on those hot and humid days, but I don't see us having many
more. I'll take my chances.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Time is Flying By
9:42 am edt
Eight months ago today, I retired
from my job and began my new career. It has certainly lived up to my expectations. I always want to do more, but there are
only so many hours in the day. I've read 22 books which is a good start. I've worked out more and lost eight pounds. I need
to lose a few more. I've done more comedy shows. Most of my travel has been local. I keep thinking of my list of day trips
and need to do them.
The biggest problem is that the days go by too fast. When I was working, time would
drag, especially early in the week. Now, I feel my life is on an accelerated schedule. I can't believe it's September and
summer is almost over. The weather is going to cool off and the days will be shorter. I only have eight weeks until I run
the New York City Marathon.
I can't turn the clock back or slow it down. I'm just trying to take it all in
and enjoy every moment.