My annual Jersey shopping list
11/29/2013 7:06:00 PM
It's that time of year again. The turkey, and the leftovers, are just about gone, and it's time to begin the Holiday shopping season. So naughty or nice, let's get right to the list for 2013.
For Governor Chris Christie: his re-election in November was the greatest gift of all. We have to include some new SMALLER suits, though, since it looks like that diet and surgery are working.
For the Jersey Shore: how about year without hurricanes or fires, and let's get some of that FEMA and insurance money moving in so homes can be lifted, beaches can be protected, and LIVES can be resumed.
For Rutgers: the end of bullying allegations, stability in both athletics and academics, a bowl for the football team and WINS for both basketball teams.
For The Meadowlands: a nice, dry day in February for the BIG football game, and something...ANYTHING...to replace that hideous ...
New Jersey and you...and guns. Perfect together?
11/5/2013 1:29:00 PM
A TSA agent is shot dead at Los Angeles International Airport. A lone gunman enters the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus just as it's closing, and is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two events, thousands of miles apart, but at the same time, frighteningly close to home. In both of these instances, the gunmen hailed from New Jersey. The LAX shooter, after killing a TSA agent and wounding 2 others, remains hospitalized following a gun battle with police, while at the time of this writing, the investigation on the Garden State Plaza is ongoing, with all signs pointing to a suicide attempt from the start. One shooter from North Jersey, one from South Jersey. What is going on with people from New Jersey and guns? What could drive someone from New Jersey to use weapons to kill others? Now I'm from New Jersey, and let's pretend there's ...
10/14/2013 4:17:00 PM
It's no secret that "Boardwalk Empire" is one of my favorite shows. The set-in-Jersey bio-drama (which is why I watch) has offered everything in its first few seasons; death, betrayal, murder, romance, and of course, GREAT Jersey references! But this season has saddened me a great deal with the death of Nucky's trustworthy assistant, Eddie. Here's a guy that took a bullet...literally...for his boss, and was one of the most stand-up guys on TV. Now with his guilt and shame-ridden suicide taking place, the show has lost a uniquely terrific character. But my blog this time isn't all about Eddie, but also about Anthony Laciura, the man who portrayed him. Anthony is a good friend, and as the accompanying photo shows, he has been on the show before. He's NOT an actor, yet managed to land one of the most attractive roles on TV. Thrown in your first acting gig ...
What we can all learn from Eric LeGrand
9/16/2013 5:48:00 AM
Eric LeGrand's #52 jersey was retired this Saturday at halftime of RU's win over Eastern Michigan. This is an honor usually reserved for champions, or players who are legends on the field. But Eric's contributions go far beyond the gridiron. His teams never won any National Championships or Conference Titles. Never sat at #1 in some national poll. Heck, not even an outright Big East Championship. But what Eric LeGrand brings is bigger than any 4th-and-goal stop; it's the courage and determination to press on, no matter what setbacks life may throw you. Here's a kid who made 1 simple mistake on a tackle, and his life is forever changed as a result. He needs help with everything in his everyday life. But every time I see that kid, I swear to you, he is smiling. Smiling! How many of us complain about the most insignificant things, like Facebook being ...
Jersey @ 4 AM
9/3/2013 5:19:00 AM
Let's just say doing the morning show at WCTC has given me a new perspective on the world around me. No longer do I wonder what's happening in the wee hours of the day, because I'm now part of this dedicated, but unusual tribe of people. Want to know what life is like in Jersey at 4 AM? Here's my perspective. First of all, the crickets outnumber the birds, at least until sunrise. Then the birds make most of the noise. There are lots of possums on the road. Some living, some not quite as...active. Then there are the truckers, listening to Red Eye Radio and maintaining a steady, if faster than posted, speed on the highways. I marvel at just how many trucks are on the Jersey roadways at night, and imagine how impossible traffic would be if they all slept in one day. How about my fellow motorists ...