July 22, 2017 | 08:41 AM
Good job. These people need to understand trucks on the beach is a tradition that will not be broken.
Thanks for sharing
July 22, 2017 | 08:29 AM
Thanks for sharing your beautifully articulate and touching story! I only hope my 89-year-old husband passes peacefully, unaffected by all the turmoil around him. Blessings and prayers for you and yours.
July 22, 2017 | 07:03 AM
Well done !
July 19, 2017 | 10:10 PM
Had him too! Didn't do your homework, death by beating or do it twice. Only one pass given. I got caught once. You had to stand up when answering. When asked to state the answer to my homework assignment i had forgotten to do. worked 50 hrs in a bakery. I just looked at him and said," No excuse Bro Ray." I got the stare and a perplexed look and was told to sit down and give him two tomorrow. Heard he taught at a girls school after
ST Augustine. I wonder what happened when he got his period, LOL
The Hamill Family
July 19, 2017 | 08:21 PM
Dennis, I met you at Kings Plaza when you were promoting one of your books
I am so happy that you are close with your family. Many families fight and don't talk to each other.
I love Pete Hamill. Heard him talk more than 20 times and I read all his books. I also read yours.
Too bad Pete Hamill couldn't be our president. Then our country might be on the right path. Keep up the good work
Erik Marcus. Kingoval20@aol.com
The Baseball Column
July 19, 2017 | 11:35 AM
A fellow Augustinite recently forwarded me a copy of this now 2 1/2 year old article which for me is timeless. As a Lancer myself,(Class of '69) I still eat standing up, instinctually distrust short, thin men in black robes and resent authority all as a result of high school experiences. But I wouldn't trade those experiences for all the...
July 18, 2017 | 10:27 PM
What ever you have you worked for and earned every bit.
Should be more people like you.
Where Have all the Flowers Gone
July 15, 2017 | 04:10 AM
Jerry ... Am I the only one who still comments here on INDY, or has everyone moved to your identical Facebook posts? Just wondering.
July 12, 2017 | 02:05 AM
Thanks for reprinting this Jerry. What a great and fun story. I don't ever remember, even once, my "ex"Ě (and mother of my daughters), the beautiful Josephina Anna Gianino, (aka "Joanne"Ě), ever yelling at me for anything. Joanne was always a very peaceful and genteel woman. She'd just give me that classically Italian female "look"Ě and I knew I was in trouble for something. You know "the look"Ě I mean. And with my classically English and feeble response usually being something like, "What then?"Ě, I usually wound up in even more trouble, because then she would think that I was just pretending to not know what I just did. Pulling a kind of "Mickey the Dunce"Ě routine, if you know what I mean. Moral of my story being ! Next time "The beautiful Judy Licht"Ě yells at you for something, whatever it is, just say "I'm sorry"Ě and move on. Because you can't win and, more importantly, women really love apologies from men. More "Grist for the mill"Ě of their future references. Like leaving the toilet seat up or shaving with their razors.. LOL ! Bill
July 10, 2017 | 01:11 PM
Grew up on Ocean Parkway and Ave R.
Went to Boody.
Your depiction of the days were exactly as I remember them as well.
Love your column.
My Mom and Her Death
July 09, 2017 | 01:11 PM
"I love you Mom and I'll be there tomorrow" I said on the phone. I love you too she said; come quick. Those were the last words I spoke with my mother on Memorial Day -- the call came at 6:30 a.m. on May 30th telling me she had died. She was at the WEsthampton Care Center after a fall at her assisted living home and a stay at Stony Brook Hospital.
A few days before the dietician had called to tell me she wasn't eating and was there anything special they could give her. I suggested tuna fish or hot dogs but then decided I would go at mealtime (which I normally didn't do) to see if I could get her to eat. That day was terrible -- she looked so tired and wouldn't eat anything -- she even spit food out and her eyes kept opening and closing and like you, Kitty, I would say, "can you hear me, Mom?"
I left that day and came home and cried and cried and even said out loud "It's okay Mom you can go". I'm even crying as I write this. I am an only child with a wonderful husband but no children of my own so my mother was everything to me -- even though the last few years she wasn't the mother she had been but she was always optimistic and cheerful and I know I was everything to her.
My mother died at 99 years old and barely spent a day in a hospital and unlike you and your Mom she died naturally and peacefully. You are not alone in this type of grief -- I am glad to have read what you wrote and will read Part Two although I already know the ending.
Ryan Growing Up
July 02, 2017 | 09:22 AM
Wonderful piece, Denis. There truly is a before 9/11 and after 9/11 life in this country. We have become numb to the news of bombings and threats; we take off our shoes at airports, show identification every morning at work and shrug off the police with their rifles and dogs in subways and terminals. I'm old enough to have had 50 years prior to that horrible day at the WTC and Pentagon and mourn the ease and happiness of those years. They were far from perfect but I still miss them.
June 28, 2017 | 05:44 AM
You don't have to be American to love Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue - witness the best movie opening scene ever:
God Bless My America
June 28, 2017 | 01:45 AM
First, the best thing about this July 4th holiday and Kate Smith is that she's dead. Next, that they'll still play her old recording of "God Bless America"Ě instead of our National Anthem before every NY Yankees game this weekend (much shorter, with no five-minute contemporary performance bullshit). And last, that I don't have to go anywhere or see any boring people I don't like. A couple of Wendy's "Baconators"Ě with fries from across my street and I'm all set. That's my America.
What a Hilarious Story
June 26, 2017 | 09:30 PM
Jerry, I need to get a box of tissues whenever I read your articles, I laugh so hard, it brings me to tears.
June 26, 2017 | 08:16 AM
As a young college grad working in my first PR job I had to go to dinner with some executives, all men, and I remember as I walked into the restaurant my heel got caught on the carpet and I landed in the ma√ģtre 'de's arms. Today I would be laughing out loud, but then I just wanted to crawl under the rug!
June 22, 2017 | 08:57 AM
I know I'm only a small fish in the pond, but people are not getting replies from Lee Zeldin about why it is failing. Since 2010 when Republicans regained control of the House and Senate, they have done everything that they can to defund ACA and undermine the insurance industry's confidence in the system. They have filed lawsuits against ACA which has made insurance companies nervous. They have consistently forced President Obama to delay the Cadillac tax which represents 40% of the funding. MONEY makes the system work. Now, President Trump refuses to enforce the mandate. The system that was put in place under ACA is not perfect just like most other laws, but it can be made to work. Unfortunately, each time I asked Mr. Zeldin he never has a response.
Imagine the conversation we would be having right now if both parties supported it and allowed the system to work. I really don't think we would be talking about high deductibles or higher premiums or insurance companies leaving States. Funding and confidence in the system makes it work. Since 2010 both have been sorely lacking.
The Double Kiss Thing
June 21, 2017 | 01:09 AM
Very funny column Jerry ! especially the parts about the double-cheek kiss. Where you once tried to pull it off; lost your balance; and wound up putting your hand on the woman's breast and kissing her nose to avoid a fall. Or, on another occasion, where you almost swallowed a woman's earring. Been there; done that. But somewhere in the "ė90s, after years of watching women do it to each other, I discovered the key to success ! the "air kiss"Ě. No actual physical kissing with lips but rather, just two heads bobbing around each other like two chickens pecking at the same kernel of corn at the same time. And upon further personal thought and investigation about why women always did the "air kiss"Ě, I eventually learned the truth ! their MAKEUP. That is, one errant and actual to-cheek-to-cheek contact could ruin everything that took hours to achieve. Hence, the "air kiss"Ě. Most guys will never know this (although women know it's true), so the next time you encounter a woman offering you the "double kiss"Ě greeting thing, just aim for her shoulders and you'll be OK ""especially if she has a mustache. Your friend and loyal helper, Bill
June 19, 2017 | 09:27 PM
I vill make you Secretary of State, since you are a famous advertising man, you will head all the propaganda news for the other countries. Forget two country merge, eventually one global country, no borders.
June 18, 2017 | 02:13 PM
Colo Title 38-12-207. MOBILE HOME PARK ACT " Security deposits - legal process. (1) The owner of a mobile home park or
his agents may charge a security deposit not greater than the amount of one month's rent or two
month's rent for multiwide units.
(2) Legal process, other than eviction, shall be used for the collection of utility charges
and incidental service charges other than those provided by the rental agreement."- Quote me 1 law that justifies your $1500 "move out deposit". Or one that gives you the right to "enter the premises without notice or right to cure" like the memo YOUR MANAGER posted in Front Range?
38-12-503. Warranty of habitability. "(1) In every rental agreement, the landlord is
deemed to warrant that the residential premises is fit for human habitation.
(2) A landlord breaches the warranty of habitability set forth in subsection (1) of this
(a) A residential premises is uninhabitable as described in section 38-12-505 or
otherwise unfit for human habitation; and
(b) The residential premises is in a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to
the tenant's life, health, or safety
(5) Except as set forth in this part 5, any agreement waiving or modifying the warranty of
habitability shall be void as contrary to public policy." Would you like me to quote the terms in EVERY CONTRACT YOU CLAIM ADHERES TO THE MHPA THAT CONTRADICTS THIS?
38-12-509. Prohibition on retaliation. "(1) A landlord shall not retaliate against a tenant
for alleging a breach of the warranty of habitability by discriminatorily increasing rent or
decreasing services or by bringing or threatening to bring an action for possession in response to
the tenant having made a good faith complaint to the landlord or to a governmental agency
alleging a breach of the warranty of habitability."- Do you need a copy of the demand to remove my fence that was in compliance until 5 DAYS AFTER I FILED ON THIS??
38-12-203. Reasons for termination "(c), when the mobile home is owned by a person other than the owner
of the mobile home park, the mobile home is a separate unit of ownership, and regulations that
are adopted subsequent to the unit location in the park without the consent of the home owner
and that place restrictions or requirements on that separate unit are prima facie unreasonable" Can you provide one statement from a home owner, NOT made under duress, who agreed to the forced removal of our fences? I can bring over 200 that say they didn't!
Would you like to see a copy of the email your manager sent that demands residents sign your new illegal lease before they can use the pool? How about the clause in the lease which gives you the authority to take ownership of someone's home if there's no approved resident on lease when someone dies? Should we pull the court records of the suits you've lost, then repeated the same thing you were told by a judge you couldn't do A WEEK LATER. The residents aren't trying to get you all convicted under the organized crime acts in 5 states because we're petty, IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE CRIMINALS!!! The discrimination suits in Utah, (Hunter v. Kingsley settlement May 25,2017), California, Colorado, forgery conviction in Florida, EPA conviction in New York! We don't need half truths Mr. Sorenson, we've got the whole truth to combat your lies!
Billy Bear Jarrett
"leading scholar on pedophilia"? Trash!
June 17, 2017 | 07:33 PM
So this so-called expert on pedophilia refers to those who have abused children as "pedophiles," despite the fact that a pedophile is someone with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to children? He then states an old trope that was discredited along with Gene Abel (do a Wikipedia search on Gene Abel, and you see why he is discredited in the scientific community): The idea that the average child molester has many victims, when in fact it is less likely that they abuse children once caught: Recidivism is very, very low (Hanson and Bussiere, 1998).
Pedophilia is not a behavior, it is a feeling, yet this man calls it an obsession. On what basis? He uses the stigmatizing word cure, rather than recognizing that no one would even talk about curing heterosexuality, yet pedophilia is treated like a disease. This man obviously has never heard of Michael Seto or James Cantor, and has obviously never been to the Wikipedia page on pedophilia or child sexual abuse. How is he an expert on pedophilia in any definition of the word?
If this is what passes for journalism these days, then society is doomed to a state of misinformation. The source cited in this article is obviously biased, obviously using improper terminology, and obviously did not do any serious research into this issue. He cannot be called an expert.
Advocate for the Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
June 15, 2017 | 02:25 PM
I am a service member in the United States Navy, I am coordinating the 9/11 ceremony event, with your permission I would like to use part of your speech as a 9/11 remembrance while observing colors onboard NAVSTA Everett. Thank you.
June 15, 2017 | 12:45 PM
Sadly, the quarantine suggested is the only real answer.
June 14, 2017 | 06:29 AM
That scenario actually could happen, in a world where Peace is as profitable as War...
"The Vociferous Invasion"
June 14, 2017 | 02:26 AM
Just for the record Jerry, in case some of your readers don't realize it ... Your column here, "The Silent Invasion"Ě is obviously pure fiction and written for your personal entertainment. You voted for Hillary, yet you now seem to defend Trump ! and I don't get it. Firing and attacking Comey, who has NO actual or implied Russian connections whatsoever, and whomever is next. Possibly Rosenstein and Mueller after that. Complete non-sequiturs regarding the current Trump-Russia investigation relative to Flynn, Sessions, Kushner, Vladimir Putin, Oleg Deripaska, et al. But forget all that. I just want to know if Trump has tapes, or if he just bluffing as part of his on-going "Art of the Deal"Ě? It's a simple Yes or No question. And Trump could clear it up with one "Tweet"Ě right now. But he has enlisted private counsel, Marc Kasowitz, to circumvent Chief White House Counsel Donaled McGhan, and the plot thickens. And with all that AG Jeff Sessions said (or didn't) in his testimony today, which was basically, "I don't recall"Ě, James Comey seems like the least of our problems in America. Or, as my Mother used to say, "One lie leads to another."Ě
June 10, 2017 | 12:34 PM
Almost half the cars I see in upstate NY have Illinois plates! I pay a lot for my car insurance so I can be covered if something were to happen and they are getting by cheating the system.........unfair !Something needs to be done.
June 08, 2017 | 12:30 PM
Loved this intimate interview with Julie Andrews. I have always enjoyed her work, her voice...
Thank you for this look into the woman.