Random Thoughts

Comments and observations of things I think about.

Yes, I was a DJ in college

In the basement of my freshman dorm at Wesleyan University was the studio for WESU-FM, the college radio station. In late 1982, I was trained (and licensed!) to be a disc jockey and did regular shows almost every week for the remaining four years at Wesleyan. As a result of being shut-in during the current

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When Lenny Bruce hit the stage at Carnegie Hall

From one of my favorite New York City Blogs, Ephemeral New York. I have owned this album since the early 1980’s and was a major influence, as well as a regular features on my weekly radio comedy show on WESU 88.1 FM at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. ===== Fifty-nine years ago in February 1961,

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Can we save the White-Lipped Peccary?

White-lipped peccaries travel in large packs throughout the forest. The hairy, pig-like creatures emit a distinctive musky smell that is not easy to forget, and play a crucial role in their ecosystems, dispersing seeds and creating habitats for insects and amphibians.

Peanut Butter Bandit Schmears The A Train Subway Poles Again

Wow… I hate when this happens… but perhaps the E-train was smeared with the Jelly? Last month, Gothamist reported on an unnervingly smooth campaign of terror in which someone had been spreading peanut butter on subway poles on the A train. There have been a few weeks of silence since then, but it seems that

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Do You Chat With Strangers On The Subway?

Like most New Yorkers, I enjoy that other New Yorkers exist… but I prefer not to force chatter upon them, particularly not of the small talk variety. I respect my fellow New Yorkers’ space, and they respect mine. Usually. It’s a fragile system, this one of respectfully ignoring each other, but it is one that

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Another Bucket List Item – COMPLETE

For many years – I honestly can’t recall how many – I have stated a personal goal of being a teacher.  I did not hold back in any conversation using either the old preface “If I were to win the lottery, I would…” or “My actual career goal is to…”  and the rejoinder was “…be

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