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Happy Birthday to me [Mar. 19th, 2017|03:12 pm]
ljn317
On Friday, I turned 67.
Many New Yorkers of Irish ancestry held a parade up Fifth Avenue in my honor.
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election [Nov. 10th, 2016|07:57 am]
ljn317
I voted for Gary Johnson on Tuesday. It was reasonable to hope that he would break through the 5% barrier this year, but he wound up with only 3%. Even in his home state of New Mexico, where he was once elected governor, he only got 9% of the vote. Very sad.
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Blue and White [Sep. 27th, 2016|06:40 am]
ljn317
On Sunday, September 25th:

I was in MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and saw the national amateur baseball team of Israel win the World Baseball Classic Qualifying tournament by beating the national amateur baseball team of Great Britain by the score of 9-1.

While in the stands there, I kept checking the Dodgers' score. The Dodgers had a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie their game, and then a home run with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning to win it. That game clinched the NL West for the Dodgers, their fourth consecutive NL West title.

Victory for the teams in Blue and White on both coasts.
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It is official [Sep. 7th, 2016|07:35 am]
ljn317
As of September 1, 2016, I am officially retired. :)
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wedding [Jun. 20th, 2016|04:51 pm]
ljn317
For the first time in my (sheltered?) life on Saturday I attended a gay wedding. One of the grooms was a former colleague at Fordham University. The ceremony was held on the roof top garden of a hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was perfect and the ceremony was very moving. It was performed by a former Catholic, now Episcopal priest, married to another man himself.

Asbury Park has changed quite a lot since I was there last. Not a surprise, since I was there last in 1963 for my cousin Donald's bar mitzvah.
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Social Security [Apr. 21st, 2016|08:47 am]
ljn317
Yesterday I got my first payment from Social Security, $2,468 by direct deposit into my checking account. I have been paying in to SS since the summer of 1968, so it feels great to finally be collecting.
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Blizzard [Jan. 21st, 2016|04:52 pm]
ljn317
New York City is expected to get 5 to 8 inches of snow on Saturday, but that is not my problem. My problem is that I was supposed to visit my mother (age 94) in Baltimore this weekend. Baltimore is predicted to get 24 to 30 inches of snow, with winds of 25 to 35mph, gusting to 50mph. I will have to call her and tell her that I won't be able to visit. That is very sad.
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last class [Dec. 8th, 2015|10:27 pm]
ljn317
I have taught my last class of the semester. :) Final exams begin next week.
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classes began [Sep. 13th, 2015|05:59 am]
ljn317
Classes have begun in what will be my last year teaching before retirement.
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Coney Island [Jul. 3rd, 2015|05:57 pm]
ljn317
Went to the beach today at Coney Island. Will be back there tomorrow and Sunday. :)
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