Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Long Live The Iceman

If someone is doing an Internet search about Kenneth Kromer, C.B. call sign KZB-4454, "The Iceman", and comes across this post... Please leave a message for me in the comments...

I'm interested in contacting his son, or any survivors, just for some closure.

We met in our Westview Park days with wife Mary (The Icicle) at the "Igloo Base" in 1970s Baltimore.

I was a teenaged CB junkie that he took under his wing. Great pals.

We stayed in touch all the way up through Ken's second marriage to Elsie and his living in PA.

He was a devoted husband to both!

Kenneth W. Kromer, Sr.

Then, we abruptly lost communication... He was getting quite elderly at that point... Anybody know the details?

Long live "The Iceman"... "We're 10-8, and 10-10. We're clear..."

(Leave a way to contact you in the comments... I moderate the comments, so don't worry, I won't publish your email address or other contact details. I'll get the details and will delete before publishing... Unless it's just a plain reminiscence meant to be shared...)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rest in Peace: Betty Bacall

"I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses, and you know what you learn if you’re a New Yorker? The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing.”
- Lauren Bacall, (1924-2014)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Best Advice for August

Turn off your television sets. Stop watching TV news. Especially in August. It will only make you nuts. Watch Bewitched reruns on Hulu Plus instead. ...Seriously.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Rant on Social Media

Tried that new in-your-face Facebook Messenger app on my tablet for a few minutes this morning... It tried to hijack my address book, then it tried to get me to allow people everywhere to search me by my phone number... Apparently, it didn't like these same settings that I had set previously in Facebook... It also defaulted to making me visible, when I've clearly told FB many times I want to be invisible... From the days of AOL Instant Messaging, I never liked being interrupted by incoming messages... Feel the same way about the phone. Hate when it rings. All are instruments of intrusion... Send me an email... I'll get to it eventually... Urgent? Send a text... I liked when FB Messages ran like email, and abhor that it's trying to act like SMS and phone now... I like my Internet compartmentalized... These providers don't... They want to be my everything... Even Tumblr is trying to act like Twitter and Facebook... Instagram is also an amalgam of platforms... Flickr looks like the others now, too. Keep it up guys, and soon people will refuse to register with ANY of you...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer 2014: Well in Progress

Only one week left til July ends, August begins, and the September return-to-work looms... Day at a time...

Already been to the beach twice... For five days each... Weather was gorgeous for the first trip... Not so gorgeous for the second, but salvageable...

Off to Helldersburg next week... Crabs, hon. Folks, hon. I thank God everyday for their continuing good health and independence... The folks, not the crabs.

In the meanwhile... Went to Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden  to see Sue. And we strolled through Prospect Heights and sampled the Salted Crack Caramel at Ample Hills Creamery. Amazing... Very sweet top, with a bitter crunchy bottom bite... You gotta try this...

Weiwei was Mehmeh, IMHO.

As is customary, in the summer I get involved browsing Etsy and Ebay and collecting collectibles.

I desperately need to reorganize my lone curio tower and install risers to get as much in there as possible...

I'd love to get ALL things Pinocchio in there... Getting weary of the scattered approach to the collection...

Not enough room in this apartment... Or something...

Leather couch is wearing... The pity of it, is the whole thing is tip top... Just the tops of the seat cushions are cracking and tearing... But an easy fix is not easy...  Decorator Dan is helping gather information from various vendors and suppliers, and latest plot is to redo the top panel of each seat cushion...

IF this can be done, and if the estimate works out... Lisa chides: "Just get a new couch"... We'll see.

So, I'm reading an article on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and I'm obsessing at the moment...

Meantime... my Swatch lost 20 minutes... A sign of a dying battery?? Or time to get a new watch... More and more, people choose to forgo the watch using their smartphone as a timepiece... I'm thinking...

I got a zillion tasks yet to accomplish inside the apartment and I want to knock off at least a billion of them today...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Set the Tone: Formula for Failure

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure—try to please everybody.” - Herbert Bayard Swope

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Assailant Sought from Assault on 55th and Ninth Avenue

The assault occurred at 6:30 p.m. last night, at the corner of West 55th Street and 9th Avenue. Police say, "The suspect punched the victim in the face with a closed fist causing the victim to fall to the ground. The victim struck his head on the pavement and sustained a serious head injury."


See this Gothamist clip or this New York Post article

Police describe the suspect as being in his 30s, approximately 5'10" tall, weighing 170 lbs., with curly blonde hair. He last seen wearing gray sneakers and a turquoise t-shirt and blue shorts.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers website is WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or Texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

That's a Lot of Play Dough: Jeff Koons at the Whitney



Love him or hate him, the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibit at the Whitney is worth a visit! Fun for the whole family, although ask ahead of time where the XXX rated "Made in Heaven" section is located so you can steer your kiddos to something more appropriate like a balloon animal....This longtime location of the Whitney, at 945 Madison Avenue, will close in October and re-locate. This current Museum space will be used by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a satellite of their main location a few blocks away. And for the visually impaired and blind, they have a monthly verbal description and touch tour of the Koons show available. The Jeff Koons show allows photography! LOve that. *** Highly Recommend. (Photo by Me on my Flickr page)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Set the Tone: Match Your Vision

"When your sense of worth exceeds your conditions, conditions will
shift to match your vision". — Alan Cohen

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Summer Vacay: Day At A Time

The way the calendar worked out this year, I was able to high tail it outta here after the closing bell at work for a long weekend at the beach...

Now, am back, just in time for Hurricane Arthur, well, the remnants or the after effects of Arthur...

When I hear the name Arthur I always think of Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched... Maybe this hurricane is a practical joker?

The last time I remember the first hurricane of the season affecting the East Coast was Hurricane Agnes. Agnes was, in her day, the costliest hurricane ever to hit the US in recorded history. She did quite a number on Maryland.

Actually, we were driving home from a Florida family vacation and had her effects the whole drive up from Saint Augustine. That was 1972.

Yes, I'm old... Actually, older... But, we'll leave it at that, please...

Hurricanes are good for staying in and de-cluttering, and cleaning, and going paperless... Or trying to go paperless... It's a process...

Just starting my list of summer vacay stuff to do: Museums, art galleries, movies, theater, cabaret, restaurants, more beach trips, a trip to see family in the land of pleasant living....

And what else??...

Day at a time.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Set the Tone: Curriculum for Your Soul

"Every relationship, every situation is part of a divinely created and highly specific curriculum for your soul growth." - Marianne Williamson