Category Archives: Life as I Know it

Column: One more thing before I go

This will be the final edition of “Life As I Know It” and the last edition of the Review on which I will serve as deputy editor. After two years with Home Town Media Group, the parent company of this newspaper, I am moving on to another opportunity, but, before I go, I thought I’d […]

Column: The power of the punched key

As journalists, particularly East Coast journalists, we’re usually expected to worship at one, or both, of two alters, Woodward and Berstein and Jimmy Breslin. For my part, I can say I’ve always loved the idea that the road to President Nixon’s resignation began not with two crusading journalists looking to bring him down, but with […]

Column: The politics of location, location, location

They say—they know everything, don’t they—they say, in real estate, the three most important factors are location, location and location. As a knower of a few things myself, I’d throw timing into that mix as well because, as we’ve all seen, the real estate market can be a place for buyers or a place for […]

Column: I hate traffic. No, like, really a lot

Let me tell you how I feel about being caught in traffic and then you can decide whether or not I’m a sociopath. That’ll be a fun game, right? When I’m caught in traffic, particularly on a weekend, particularly over the last two or so years, it doesn’t just frustrate me, as I assume it […]

Column: I’m probably about halfway there now

Last week, I told you I should write a whole column just about aging one of these weeks. That week is this week. As I believe I’ve bemoaned in this space before, I’m going to turn 40 later this year. That means, if I’m lucky, my life is probably about half over or, if I […]

Column: I used to be more of a Kirk

When I was a kid, Star Trek was something fun to watch on a Saturday evening on what was then WPIX, channel 11. When I was about 19 or so, Star Trek was basically my religion. I was never one of those guys who put on pointed ears or dressed up as Andorian Ambassador Shras […]

Column: I learned from my father after all

This past Sunday, my sister, 10 years my junior, and I took our father to Citi Field to see the Mets mop the grass with the Miami Marlins. We went to the game to celebrate our dad’s upcoming 70th birthday, so, naturally, I got to thinking about the man and our relationship. I never thought […]

Column: Dinner cruise through the nexus of life

The MacGuffin of the 1994 movie “Star Trek: Generations” is a place called The Nexus, a place in a reality beyond ours in which a person’s perfect life is manifest. One of the key conceits of The Nexus is time doesn’t pass there; each person who enters it always existed and always will. I think […]

Column: A new obsession, just in time

I am a man of great, but specific, enthusiasms. Let’s start there. Mack Bolan. Any idea who that is? You might have, but I didn’t until a few weeks ago and now he’s almost all I think about. I’ll explain, shall I? As we’ve discussed to some extent before, I love pulp fiction. We just […]