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I Remember Miracle on the Hudson

When we travel, we hope that our trip will be uneventful and we will arrive at our final destination without any issues.

The passengers on US Airways Flight 1549 boarded a flight to Charlotte on January 15th, 2009. They didn’t expect to join the history books that day.

I remember that day, otherwise known as Miracle on the Hudson. At that time, I was working for company whose office was located in Midtown Manhattan. Because we were on a higher number floor, we were able to see the plane crash into the Hudson River.

By the grace of G-d, a luck of fate and the quick actions of the first responders, none of the passengers or crew lost their lives that day.

I’m not usually a believe in miracles. They seem to be dreamlike, almost too good to be true. But a miracle occurred on January 15th, 2009 and for that, I believe in miracles.

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If You Want To Win The 2020 Election, I Suggest That You Find A Way To Re-Open The Government

As the government shutdown continues on, the frustration from all walks of life in this country is palpable.

The latest anxiety is that if TSA absences continue, this will create multiple issues at our nation’s airports.

The fact is that the government has to re-open at some point. We cannot continue to allow this orange hued man baby to continue to take an adult tantrum and holds the paychecks of government workers hostage.

 

While keeping our borders secure is a non-negotiable issue, we should not be wasting $5 Billion dollars to build the wall and then waste even more money for security and maintenance.

On this morning’s Brian Lehrer Show, US Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) proposed a plan to re-open the government while continuing with negotiations in regards to the wall and border security. I personally think that it is best of both worlds, but I am not the final decision maker in this process.

The fact is that the American voter has a long memory, especially when it comes to elections and more specifically, Presidential elections. We vote with our wallets as much as we vote with our cultural/social/religious beliefs. If he wants to become a two President and not a one term President, he had better find a way to compromise and re-open the government. Otherwise he might be a one term President.

 

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A Gift to Remember: A Novel Book Review

Sometimes, the dream of romance does not match the reality.

In the 2013 novel, A Gift to Remember: A Novel, by Melissa Hill, Darcy Archer is dreamy-eyed bookworm. She works in an independent bookstore in Manhattan and is looking for her version of the romantic fictional hero.

On her way to work one day, Darcy hits a guy with her bicycle. As he is taken to the hospital, Darcy decides that the best thing to do in the short term is to take in his dog. Her plan is to return the dog to his master, whose name she discovers is Aidan. As Aidan recovers in the hospital and tries to regain his memory, Darcy tries to piece together who this man is. Along the way, she starts to put together a picture of who he is, which may or may not be correct. She also starts to wonder if Aidan the guy she has been looking for.

I have mixed feelings about this book. While I appreciate that Darcy has a deep appreciation for books, I wish there was more to her. I also find it inconceivable that one can live in Manhattan on a retail salary without living with multiple roommates or living in an apartment the size of a shoe box.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State Comedy Review

Comedy has a way of allowing the audience to expel their anxieties about the world around them via laughter.

In New York City’s Minetta Lane Theater, SNL alumni Colin Quinn is talking about the state of politics in this country as only he can in his one man comedy show, Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State.

I was excited to see this comedy show because politics has always been rife for comedic satire and Quinn, having been on SNL, is a master of political satire. Unfortunately, my expectations did not meet with reality. While Quinn has his reputation as a comedian for a reason, the show is funny, but uneven at best.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State is playing at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC until March 3rd, 2019. Check the website for showtimes and tickets. 

 

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Thoughts On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Dancing And Rashida Tlaib’s Impeachment Comment

When dynamics shift in government and a new party or leader takes control, the party or leader that was previously in control has to get used to change, whether they like it or not.

Earlier this week, the new members of Congress were sworn in and already, there is controversy.

Members of the GOP are in uproar because a video new Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) dancing was released to social media. One commentator on Twitter labelled it as a high school-ish behavior. The irony of their social media pearls clutching moment is that the video was made when she was in high school.

The night after Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) was sworn in, made the following comment to her supporters, expletive included:

“And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf—–.”

While I would love to see you know who gone from office, I think that the Democratic leadership should not solely be focusing on impeachment, especially with the 2020 election not too far off. If they are to win the election next fall, they have to win the hearts and minds of the voters, especially those who still believe in you know who. By solely focusing on impeachment, this continues to prove that theory that they are out to take him down and therefore drive voters to support/vote for him.

The thing that I realize about this topic is that these women make the GOP nervous. They are minority women of color who are representing their communities for the first time and the GOP who are traditionally Caucasian, male, Christian and straight cannot get their heads around that fact.

America is changing. Those who have traditionally held power are no longer solely in charge and they have no way of handling except for shaming and ridicule.

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Best Movies Of 2018

2018 has been an interesting year for movies. Below is my list of the top ten movies of 2018

  1. Widows: Women in action movies are at best the romantic significant other and at worst, the damsel in distress. Widows flips the genre and the expected narrative on its head and tells the story of four women who take fate into their own hands after the deaths of their criminal husbands.
  2. The Wife: Based on a book by Meg Wolitzer, Glenn Close plays a woman who questions her life choices as her husband reaches the peak of his career.
  3. Ralph Breaks The Internet: The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) as they journey from their world of arcade games to the Internet.
  4. The Party: A group of friends get together to celebrate the professional success of one of them. In the process, hard emotional truths are revealed.
  5. Black Panther: Based on the comic book of the same name, an African King must fight for his throne while leading his country into the future.
  6. Vice: A biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
  7. The Favourite: Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman) may sit on the throne of England, but she is not the one who is really leading country. Two women in her court vie to be her favorite and to gain power that only comes from being close to Queen.
  8. A Star Is Born: A Star Is Born is the 3rd reboot of a narrative that audiences have seen since the 1930’s. Unknown Ally (Lady Gaga) sees her career dreams turn into reality while her mentor/lover’s career flails due to addiction issues.
  9. Crazy Rich Asians: Based on a book by Kevin Kwan, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) travels from New York City to meet her boyfriend’s family for the first time. The visit is a bit more turbulent than Rachel expects.
  10. Aquaman: Based on the comic book of the same name, Jason Mamoa plays Arthur Reed, a man who is born of two worlds and must choose where he belongs.

This will be my last post of 2018. Thank you so much for visiting and reading my blog, your support means the world. Wherever you are this New Years Eve, have a safe and happy one. I will see you in 2019.

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Best Books Of 2018

I’ve read quite a few books in 2018. Below is the list of the best books of 2018, at least from my perspective.

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama: Mrs Obama’s autobiography is insightful, down to earth and one of the best autobiographies that I have read in a long time.
  2. House of Gold by Natasha Solomons: House of Gold was described by another reviewer as a Jewish version of Downton Abbey. I couldn’t think of another description if I made it up myself.
  3. Pride by Ibi Zoboi: A modern-day Pride and Prejudice set in New York City, this Jane Austen adaptation feels old and new at the same time.
  4. We Are Going to Be Lucky A World War II Love Story in Letters by Elizabeth L. Fox: The story of a marriage during World War II told in a series of letter that will make you believe in love.
  5. My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie by Todd Fisher: When Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds departed this world two years ago, no one knew them better than their brother and son. The book is a love letter to them by one of the people who knew and loved them best.
  6. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah: A young girl growing up in the wilds of Alaska learns some hard truths about life, love and marriage.
  7. American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives by Anthony Atamanuik and Neil Casey: Based on the character created by Anthony Atamanuik on The President Show, it is a what if story in regards to the fictional Presidential library of you know who.
  8. Not Out Kind: A Novel by Kitty Zeldis: Just after the end of World War II, two women from vastly different worlds meet in New York City and forever change each other’s lives in the process.
  9. Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux: 150 years after the publication of Little Women, the book still resonates with readers across the globe and across the cultural landscape.
  10. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict: Behind every genius is a supportive and loving spouse. But what happens when the spouse is denied her own genius because she is a woman?

That’s my list, what are your favorite books of 2018?

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Gulliver’s Gate Review

Gulliver’s Travels is one of the most unusual narratives ever introduced into the world of literature.

Inspired by the book, the exhibit, Gulliver’s Gate is one of the more unique experiences in New York City.

Visiting Gulliver’s Gate is akin to traveling the world without needing a passport or getting on an airplane. The visitor walks through realistic looking and technologically awe-inspiring miniatures of over twenty cities spread over five continents.

Ask anyone who lives in New York City and they will probably tell you that they avoid Times Square like the plague. But for Gulliver’s Gate, I would brave the crowd in Times Square just to revisit this amazing exhibit. It is fun for all ages, interactive and feels like you are traveling the world without leaving New York City.

I absolutely recommend it.

Gulliver’s Gate is at 216 W 44th Street in New York City and will be open until December 31st, 2019. Check the website for ticket availability and prices. 

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Tell Me Again Why We Are Wasting Billions Of Dollars On A Border Wall?

While on the campaign trail, candidates often make promises about what they will do when they get into office. Many of these promises fall by the wayside once the election is over and winner of the election starts his or her job in the position that they were elected into.

You know who is threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the $5.7 billion dollars that he says is needed to build the border wall he promised during the election.  While the House Of Representatives approved the funding, the Senate is expected to deny the funding.

As usual, he says one thing that suits him at the time. Then he turns around and says something else. First he said during the meeting with Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he would take the blame for the shutdown if he didn’t get funding for the wall. Now he says that he will blame the Democrats for the shutdown.

From my perspective, this is a colossal waste of money. There is so much we can do with $5.7 billion dollars. There are roads and school buildings that need to be kept up. We can use that money to keep Medicaid going and to ensure that there is money to fund SNAP.  Or even, provide the funds needed to repair the buildings under the NYCHA system.

On a another note, the environmental damage to the area that they are proposing to build the wall on could be catastrophic.

So tell me again, why we are wasting billions of dollars on a border wall?

P.S. If someone wants to use their own money to donate to the building and upkeep of the wall, that is their choice. But do not use my tax dollars to do so.

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Flashback Friday- Loser (2000)

Who one has as a college roommate is often a toss-up. On one hand, this roommate can become your lifelong friend. On the other hand, this person can also be your worst nightmare.

In the 2000 movie, Loser, Paul (Jason Biggs) has just started college in New York City. Originally from upstate New York, Paul is on scholarship and must keep his grades up. But his roommates brand him as a loser because he is not there to party all the time. Then he meets Dora (Mena Suvari). Dora is having both financial and romantic troubles. She needs to pay for school and is also having an affair with their arrogant literature professor, Edward Alcott (Greg Kinnear). After Dora passes out after being slipped drugs at a party, Paul helps her to recover. They become friends and Paul’s feelings for Dora quickly develop. Will Dora return his feelings and will Paul be able to ditch his destructive roommates?

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, the critics were not kind to the film. However, from my perspective, I have to disagree with the critics. Yes, the film has its idiotic moments, but the message of the film is that nice people who work hard succeed while those who party all the time and take advantage of others are doomed to fail. While the message overall is a little too preachy, it works for the film.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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