The northeast is getting crushed under tons of snow. Most places closed down. Definitely work places and schools.
Means the family is together for a whole 1-2 days.
Time for mom, dad and children to talk to each other. Yesterday, yes. Today, I do not know.
My yesterday goes back roughly 50 years. I loved the 1 or 2 snowstorms a year. Closed the office down before the big storm hit. Went home to join the wife and kids.
No computers, laptops, or cell phones back then. People had to talk to one another. Lite the fireplace and we sat around all day. Chatted about this and that. Played cards and games. Even ate together.
Hot chocolate time, also. My wife prepared hot chocolate. It fit the day.
Today, I sense everyone is engrossed in their computers and cell phones. Even mom and dad. Little personal communication.
Everything has changed. Except for the snowstorm.
I was all over Duval Street last night.
Started with the Chart Room. Should have skipped the place. A drunk obnoxious older woman got on my case. Insultingly. Loud. I don’t think I had said ten words to her. All polite, of course.
She had a hair up her ass. Even her husband could not get her to shut up.
I finally laid a bill on the bar and walked out.
The Chart Room has a new bartender monday-wednesday. Paul. Last employer, the Gecko.
He should have handled the situation. He did not.
John, Emily of days gone by, etc. would have first asked her politely to calm down and if she did not, called security.
I left without even finishing my first drink.
Headed over to Aqua. Should have gone there in the first place. Dueling Bartenders evening.
Tom Luna back. He has been gone for three weeks.
Met Ed. Retired here. We had similar backgrounds. We arrived to this stage of our lives by different paths. But, got here!
Ed a Long Island person. Went to Bowling Green. A track man. He was familiar with Manhattan College which I attended. Manhattan had a terrific track team back then.
Basketball his game, also.
Ed was in ROTC. Took a commission. Did a year in Vietnam. Left the service a captain.
His other life spent as a high school principal.
Today, Ed serves as Adjutant Commander of the VFW on North Roosevelt Boulevard. The one with the good cooking, as he described it. He was correct. I occasionally stop by.
Walked over to Bourbon Street from Aqua. Wanted to hear Bria sing. She starts at 8. I was too early. Two drinks away time wise for me. Too much.
Hunger beset me. Stopped at Mangoes. First time at the new Mangoes. Remodeled beautifully.
Sat at the bar. Met Peter who was sitting next to me. Peter interesting. Originally from Chelsea. For the unaware, part of New York City.
Peter works at Fogarty’s by day.
Enjoyed Peter’s company.
I did not enjoy my meal. Disappointed. Ordered nothing special. Wings. Tough. Over cooked. Difficult to bite, difficult to chew.
I am going to give Mangoes a break and not say I don’t recommend it. A place that beautiful can’t be serving poor food. I will be trying it again soon.
Service was excellent.
The new health care plans sounds like a winner. Fourteen million without coverage in one year. Twenty six million in ten years. Lowers taxes for the rich. Hits the old hard. Many will end up with insufficient care at a time when they most need care. Premiums and deductibles high.
My Facebook video I will be doing in a couple of hours will succinctly express my feelings.
Enjoy your day!