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Yes, There is a Wedding Food Truck.
Irene DeBlasio July 18, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Ruth, Food trucks have become so popular that there are now roundup areas in downtown, the beach andRead More the valley where you can make the rounds of many different types of food being cooked in catering trucks. I guess it makes perfect sense that with our glorious weather (three year drought) and an international population, the trucks can offer a great selection of foods from around the world at an affordable price. Trendy, casual and cheap. Belmont Shore is a perfect venue for a beach wedding. I promise to order my next lobster roll with butter. Thanks for putting in your two cents. I appreciate it.
Brian Moloney - The Freelance Retort July 19, 2014 at 07:05 am
Irene, fun piece...but since you're a former NY-er I find it hard to believe you would even have aRead More "favorite stand-up dining experiences on the streets of L.A". Nothing like mystery meat on a stick beneath the Empire State building, dodging pennies. I guess it's the same everywhere though. Difference is, people in L.A drive to stand on the street and eat....
Irene DeBlasio July 19, 2014 at 11:50 am
Guilty as charged. Just curious, how do people who live in upscale nabes like Greenwich,Read More Connecticut get to the Jersey Shore? That's quite a long walk, isn't it? We know that you Connecticut Yankees load up the trunk with goodies and spare no expense when it comes to that delicious seafood along the beach. Standing or not. Is that Stella cold enough to drink yet? LOL
Studdio City Starbuck's.  No room left to write
Irene DeBlasio July 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm
GD, If you belong to CSA, you just got the job. Good choice.
Katharine Albertson July 14, 2014 at 03:48 pm
You are surely way beyond a Starbuck's workshop.
Irene DeBlasio July 14, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Katharine Many thanks for the kudos. Can you help me get a cup of coffee AND a seat? Not a stool.Read More At a table?
Couples staying married.
Irene DeBlasio July 12, 2014 at 11:06 am
@Autumn You don't really need to sign up -- just keep the same old significant other you married.
Barbara Krause July 13, 2014 at 06:44 am
I am happy that my partner/boyfriend/whatever it is called dated for 2 years and then bought ourRead More Studio City house in 1989. We have no children although if we had met when we were younger marriage would have been a consideration. The legal system certainly did not work for me when I was younger; the ex sent perjured information to a judge, did not show up when he was court ordered to do so and no penaltys ad nausea.
Irene DeBlasio July 14, 2014 at 08:02 am
Barbara, I think most of us can relate to your story. I've never divorced but every couple I'veRead More been close friends with has split. Not that staying together is a perfect solution but there are so many children involved in being shuffled around between parents. I think it does something harmful to their psyches -- in many ways the children think it's their fault that their parents got divorced. I realize fully that you cannot raise happy, healthy and productive children when you're unhappy. Either way it's a catch-22. Thank you for revisiting my blog. New Patch is launching soon. Yay!
Senior Dating Ads
Irene DeBlasio July 6, 2014 at 09:13 am
@JohnnyRobish Please remember to respect your elders. The time will come when you'll be wearingRead More white shoes with a matching belt and think these ads are pretty hot.
GD July 6, 2014 at 09:20 am
My favorite is the one who boasts of having her original teeth but I do wonder if foxy lady wouldRead More settle for a gent with sandals and black socks. Very funny stuff.
Irene DeBlasio July 6, 2014 at 10:13 am
@GD Sandals worn with black (white or brown) socks is strictly considered casual wear. More formalRead More occasions require the white shoes with matching belt. This is a humble brag -- I still have all my original teeth too.
A Monday night gala in years gone by.
Irene DeBlasio July 1, 2014 at 05:22 pm
@GeorgeBiel By using the word culture, I did not mean yogurt. Sorry, that doesn't count. NiceRead More try.
Johnny Robish July 1, 2014 at 06:06 pm
Well written as well as thought provoking.
GD July 1, 2014 at 06:44 pm
It sounds like you lived through some very exciting times!
Fun new words to add to your vocabulary.
GD June 26, 2014 at 01:10 pm
Congrats. That's the first time I've ever seen "cray cray" used in such a matter-of-factRead More and funny manner.
William Bauer June 27, 2014 at 04:07 pm
I'm glad you keep dinosaurs up on the latest lingo. We've come a long way fromRead More "hubba-hubba" and "groovy". Keem 'em coming.
Irene DeBlasio June 28, 2014 at 11:00 am
@WilliamBauer Dear old friend, I doubt that any of the words or phrases mentioned above will beRead More useful to us dinosaurs for any reason. The best part of life is having great old pals who are generous with their support. Thank you and keep coming back.
Doing two or more things at a time is hazardous to your health.
Irene DeBlasio June 24, 2014 at 05:24 pm
@JulieTheJarhead You may have misunderstood the piece. Harvard Medical School did a study ofRead More people who were attempting to perform too many tasks simultaneously -- the results showed that the people who try to do too many things at one time made numerous mistakes. They had memory and problem-solving difficulties and exhibited a lack of creativity. We were not discussing multitasking by computers. The study determined that people should focus their attention on one task until completion. Singletasking. Thanks for commenting.
William Bauer June 24, 2014 at 06:55 pm
I guess it's time to add my comments to this subject. This narration goes back about 12 years. IRead More had a .22 Beretta pistol I was cleaning after target shooting. I broke the cardinal rule. IE: Make sure the gun is fully unloaded. I had taken the magazine out but left a cartridge in the chamber. My wife, Renee, reminded me that I was supposed to record a program on the VCR. (Talk about the Dark Ages!) I proceeded to do just that forgetting about the round in the chamber of the gun. When I went back to cleaning it I pulled back the hammer to fully oil everything. When I set the gun down it went off, striking me in my left hand. To end this boring narrative I wound up in the hospital for 10 days and several weeks of re-hab. What I did then was just as bad as driving and texting today. PS: The police held my gun for 6 months while they determined I was not suicidal. So Irene, you are correct; multi-tasking can be fatal.
Irene DeBlasio June 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
@WilliamBauer I admire you so much for sharing that story with us. What a relief that the gunRead More discharging like that didn't kill you or a family member. We all get distracted once in a while and that's why it's vital to always attend to the task at hand and complete it before turning our attention to something else before finishing it. Thank you, dear friend for adding this very personal comment.
Laguna Beach, California
Irene DeBlasio June 22, 2014 at 01:26 pm
@KarolGlover There's nothing more beautiful than watching a glorious sunset from the beach. You'reRead More right about how lucky we Californians are to be blessed with so many works of nature and sunshine. I'm flattered that you took the time to read my poem and comment. Thank you.
Fritzi June 22, 2014 at 07:39 pm
How great it is!!! Greetings from the Jersey shore! A lovely day at the beach! Bill, I didn'tRead More know you were such a great poet!
Irene DeBlasio June 23, 2014 at 08:06 am
@Fritzi From the blue Pacific Ocean to the magnificent Atlantic we send you big splashes and hugs.Read More Hello New Joisey! Hope you have the best summer ever. Thanks for visiting.
Riding along the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Irene DeBlasio June 17, 2014 at 07:33 am
@WilliamBauer Maybe it's a generational thing but I never travel with anything digital except myRead More camera. I enjoy being in the present and taking in as much as I can in the way of scenery, customs, people, food, art, music and watching the interaction between locals and tourists. Give the Big Apple a hug for me. Thank you for reading me and commenting.
Rosemary Carpenite June 18, 2014 at 06:49 am
I am a dinosaur when it comes to electronic gadgets. I have a Tracfone and a 7 year old desk topRead More computer. As much as we think we might like to turn back the clock to when life was simpler, I'm not sure we'd be happy. Few of us had cars when we went to high school. But, wouldn't we have loved it if we did? Kids love the fast pace of life, we old fogies love the life we had. "Never the twain shall meet". Sigh.
Irene DeBlasio June 18, 2014 at 07:30 am
@RosemaryCarpenite You're right on target. We all love progress but hate change. I would find itRead More impossible to live without being connected to the Internet now. But, I yearn for the good old days of leaving the doors to your house unlocked and knowing everyone in your neighborhood. Thank you for adding your comment. The check is in the mail.
Prescription drugs being doled out to children too often when other help is needed.
Geraldo Cruz June 13, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Horrible and horrifying, Ms. D. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. God knows the media (forRead More the most part) isn't.
William Bauer June 13, 2014 at 02:54 pm
This is truly a revelation. It's tough enough for children to be sold mind altering drugs byRead More unscrupulous dealers, but to be given them without their knowledge under the guise of doctor's concern for health is unforgivable. Taking "perks" for prescribing drugs for these kids makes them no better than pushers. Thanks for this most informative post.
Irene DeBlasio June 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm
@WilliamBauer I agree -- children and teens are being put on anti-psychotic drugs when they haven'tRead More been properly diagnosed. This is shocking -- someone needs to protect foster kids. Someone needs to be protecting all our children -- this is why I developed the children's task force and have sent it to President Obama as well as many of our elected representatives. Now we have thousands of illegal immigrant children pouring into our borders being placed at our military bases. We are taking care of them as best we can with emergency shelter, medical care, food and personnel to care for them. I hope we can continue to do it but I think we'll be overwhelmed. Many thanks for being such a wonderful friend and source of support.
A hot dog with ice cold lemonade.
Johnny Robish June 10, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Loved it! Very cute!
William Bauer June 11, 2014 at 08:19 am
Dear Den Mom,telling me I rock Makes me want to contribute with my own bit of schlock Compared toRead More your poem this is poorly written But I hope dear lady you'll regard it as fitten' I've got a drawer full of ties and socks And oodles of slippers still in their box I failed Mr. Neely's course in typing So I have no interest in texting or skyeping I truly am content with love on this Day How many I have left I really can't say A champagne brunch for me isn't the way I go by the adage: "I'm not drinking today". The idea of hoo? dogs and lemonade suits me just great Nothing too fattening as I still watch my weight So let me send this missive on its way To quote Dirty Harry you do:"Make my Day!
Irene DeBlasio June 11, 2014 at 11:59 am
@WilliamBauer Kudos to you! You have officially become a poet! Bravo, I'm so proud!
Michelle Maria, Gioia Cristina and me under the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
Nancy Crueger June 5, 2014 at 02:36 pm
nancycrueger@aol.com
William Bauer June 6, 2014 at 05:47 am
I did not realize that your daughter was born on the same day as we began the rescue of our Allies.Read More It is truly wonderful that you remember both her and this momentous event in this truly moving and timely poem.
Irene DeBlasio June 6, 2014 at 05:41 pm
@WilliamBauer It means so much to me having dear old friends and classmates who still express theirRead More warmth and appreciation after all these years. I just received the prettiest flowers from Franny and Frank. Michelle Maria would have loved them. Thank you so much for showing your support and caring. I hope Pennsylvania is warm and sunny by now. Blessings and Hugs, Den Mom
Senator Dianne Feinstein -- Senate Intel Committee
Irene DeBlasio June 5, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Bowe Bergdahl committed jihad in 2010. He is now a traitor.
Geraldo Cruz June 5, 2014 at 07:54 pm
Ms. D what about the code the military has of never leaving a soldier behind?
Irene DeBlasio June 5, 2014 at 08:44 pm
@GeraldoCruz "Honorable" is the key word missing from President Obama's quote. Hagel andRead More Kerry are probably the only cabinet-level people who have served in the military. I don't believe the President (nor Jay Carney) has served so they can say the words but completely miss the point. Several soldiers were sent to find Bowe Bergdahl and a few were killed in the process. There are anti-American quotes attributed to Bergdahl before he left his unit and went searching for the Taliban. He ended up with the Haqqani. In any case, he is not considered a soldier who served honorably. Certainly not with honor and distinction. (Period, full stop) In addition, the release of 5 top-level terrorists encourages this group to kidnap more Americans to use in the future as hostages in a trade for KSM -- now endangering us all.
The Angel Returns.
Irene DeBlasio June 1, 2014 at 08:55 pm
This afternoon I was seated at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion before the opera "Thais" byRead More Massenet was about to begin. I was looking through my program anticipating hearing the sublime tenor of Placido Domingo and the "Meditation" intermezzo when a white envelope floated down on the Founder's Circle. A man who happened to be standing in the aisle about four rows in front of me caught the envelope, looked at the front and back then opened it. An usher walked by at that moment. The man pulled out several bills and said, "Dollars, quite a few dollars" and handed the envelope to the usher. We all applauded. The Angel had done it again.
Suzen Pettit June 4, 2014 at 05:30 am
it seems as though the angel has targeted you and those around you for a reason. sometimes itRead More doesn't pay to ask why, but simply to accept with a thank you. heartening to think the world can be a kind place with no strings attached
Irene DeBlasio June 4, 2014 at 03:41 pm
@SuzenPettit What a beautiful comment. I appreciate you and the Angel. You're so right -- there'sRead More enough violence, rage and discord in the world. We can celebrate good and happy experiences. Thank you for registering your opinion.
Divorce Party Cakes
Barbara Krause May 30, 2014 at 02:50 pm
Sounds as if this would bring more sadness to the couple but if it helps with closure so be it.
Ruth Salvatierra May 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm
OY! If they'd taken their marriage half as seriously as the uncoupling celebration........just whenRead More one thinks they have heard of everything.....this is all too sad and certainly not cause for celebration...but then what do I know. I was only married 39 years and wished it could have been more but my husband died 10 years ago.
Irene DeBlasio May 31, 2014 at 09:52 pm
@RuthSalvatierra You're right. Some people think of marriage as a sort of extended date, getRead More married too soon and get bored. I'm not taking the divorce party seriously at all. It's probably something of a gimmick which someone came up with as a dopey novelty. I can't imagine anybody actually planning or executing it in all seriousness. Thank you for reading me and taking the time to comment.
Los Angeles Beaches scored high grades except for 3.
Irene DeBlasio May 25, 2014 at 07:30 am
@RuthSalvatierra When life hands you jellyfish, make jelly! I can recall during my childhoodRead More spending summers at beaches on Long Island Sound, We had to wait until the tide came in. There was always one period when the water was full of horseshoe crabs. We were petrified of them. The appearance of anything odd in the water was enough to scare the kids for a few days. One adult had to assure us that the horseshoe crabs were gone, then we'd be back in the water until we turned blue again. Thanks for chiming in here. Heal the Bay does a fantastic job. If it weren't for them our beaches would be chock full of debris.
Geraldo Cruz May 25, 2014 at 08:59 am
The jellyfish line made me laugh, Ms. D. :)
Sayona May 25, 2014 at 09:52 am
Sounds like your beaches would benefit from the presence of some horseshoe crabs, Mrs. DeBlasio.Read More They used to scare us kids on Chatham Crest, too. Yet, as you just posted a "tobacco cures cancer thread", just wondered if anyone realized that our mutual beach adversaries have also been found invaluable for cancer treatment-- http://www.horseshoecrab.org/med/med.html And out of coal, comes diamonds.
Medical Vouchers for our veterans.
William Bauer May 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Dear Irene, Once again you were ahead of the curve ball and brought this awful situation to theRead More forefront. Keep 'em coming!
Irene DeBlasio May 25, 2014 at 03:16 pm
@WilliamBauer You certainly know how to flatter an old bag. I feel so strongly about this one.Read More Some V.A.s do amazing work like the Loma Linda Veteran's Administration and others have failed our vets for decades. Los Angeles County had 28 dead veterans in the morgue and recently buried them. So many are sick and homeless. They need medical vouchers so they can get proper care at any hospital immediately. This is an emergency. We can assign blame later but I doubt that we need to spend 5 million to investigate a fiasco that's been dragging on for decades by both Republican and Democratic administrations. The upper echelon must be suspended and our military needs help. Thanks for always supporting me.
Irene DeBlasio May 30, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Now that General Shinseki has stepped down, we have the opportunity to dismantle the VeteransRead More Administration and revamp it to served all our veterans. It's got to be run efficiently to serve our wounded warriors and all the heroes who have defended our great country. We don't need to continue assigning blame. These problems have gone on for several decades.
Thank you for the big one, but...
Irene DeBlasio May 21, 2014 at 11:49 am
@RuthSalvatierra I hear that there are too many tight places for the motorized carts to fit. SoRead More far, many complaints about the tight aisles in quite a few places like the flower department. My hairdresser wanted to pick up some ice cream and she said the frozen food sections were gigantic and overwhelming. She says she ran out without her purchase. More complaints too about the length of the aisles without breaks too. I appreciate all the feedback. Keep those opinions coming.
T. Barrolo May 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm
This place is just too big. Between the tight parking garage, having to take an escalator up 2Read More flights to the store, and then walking really long aisles, it's a commitment to come here. I don't go to Costco to buy dinner, and I won't be going back to Ralph's.
Karl Gerber May 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm
I am sorry to say I won't use this market. It lacks cultural or historic relevance to my life.Read More Second, the garage does not have a height limit sign which I would think is illegal. Can't get a van in which is reason 2 not to go. Inside (I went once) it had extremely long and daunting aisles. It lacks a neighborhood supermarket experience. Although allegedly large it seems confined and claustrophobic. Everything is in an odd place. Ralphs, you screwed up at least for some generations of shoppers who are not into underground parking, unnatural ventilation, aisles the length of (not even Costco), and a feeling of being too far from an exit.
The tobacco plant which will cure cancer.
Rosemary Carpenite May 18, 2014 at 01:36 pm
Interesting research. Wonder what prompted scientists to even consider the tobacco plant as aRead More benefit. More to come I'm sure.
Alexandra Bylczynski May 18, 2014 at 01:44 pm
How ironic -- and exciting! Thank you for this fascinating information!
Irene DeBlasio May 19, 2014 at 08:16 am
La Trobe Institute in Australia is conducting scientific research specifically on the molecule NaD1Read More derived or extracted from the tobacco plant (Nicotiana alata) which is not the smoking tobacco. This in no way means that smoking is good for your health. Just wanted to clear that up
Our high school graduation - Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham, New York
Irene DeBlasio May 16, 2014 at 06:53 am
@RosemaryCarpenite What a lovely man he was -- one of the best and brightest. Thanks so much forRead More adding a comment, I appreciate you.
Katharine Albertson May 16, 2014 at 03:37 pm
Good job, Irene. Perfect.
Irene DeBlasio May 16, 2014 at 05:05 pm
@KatharineAlbertson If there's anything sweeter than hearing from childhood friends who went allRead More through high school with you I don't know what it could be. Thank you, Kitty. You made my day. Big hugs to you.
Metallica is okay -- "Hitler Sucks" is better.
Irene DeBlasio May 9, 2014 at 04:53 pm
@BenVitale Thanks so much. I hope it made you laugh, or at least smile.
William Bauer May 9, 2014 at 06:53 pm
Well Lady Irene you've done it again. You've left me in hysterics with your surefire methods to notRead More get a job. It should be a bible for those who want to be professional life time students. Keep them coming; you're fabulous!
Irene DeBlasio May 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm
@WilliamBauer Good news -- you've just been appointed President of my fan club. What a wonderfulRead More comment. It's only taken a lifetime of friendship to extract those compliments but who's counting? I forgot to mention the guys wearing untied tennis shoes -- another splendor of sartorial magnificence. Blessings and thanks to you, dear pal. The check is in the mail.
Flowers for my mom.
Barbara Krause May 7, 2014 at 02:57 am
The daughter of a boyfriend from over 25 years ago recently called to say that as a now 40 year oldRead More married mom of two that I have overall been the most positive influence in her life. I was surprised and delighted and plan to call for Mother's Day and make a date with her.
Irene DeBlasio May 7, 2014 at 06:20 am
@BarbaraKrause You sound like a real renaissance woman to me. You are obviously a positive roleRead More model. Happy Mother's Day to you. I'm so proud to have you as a reader and love it when you comment. Blessings.
Ruth Salvatierra May 9, 2014 at 11:40 am
Happy Mother's Day to you too and lots of hugs. Moms do the best they can with what they have toRead More work with and whatever life gives to them. I hope that I was a good daughter for my mom and let her know how much I appreciated all she did for me and all the sacrifices she made for me. For all of you whose mom is still alive don't miss the chance to tell her....AND not just on Mother.s Day but every day!!! You will truly miss her someday. I sure miss mine. Special hugs to you Ms. Irene. Thanks for sharing the poem.
Alphabet Soup 4 U
Irene DeBlasio May 1, 2014 at 05:24 pm
@PennyArevalo I am so honored to have a comment on my post from my editor. This is reallyRead More impressive! Thank you so much. (Tell Scotty Reston I said hi.)
Sayona May 2, 2014 at 06:23 pm
A good editor recognizes the gems in their midst.
Irene DeBlasio May 3, 2014 at 06:41 am
@Snow How flattering -- I'm always grateful to have supporters like you who take the time to writeRead More a comment, You are the gem.
Los Angeles
Irene DeBlasio May 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm
@AlexandraBylczynski I always got a kick from those full page ads he ran in the Los Angeles TimesRead More -- he always used a picture of himself several decades ago with the blurb calling attention to all his saintly missions. Same thing with the posters along Wilshire Boulevard where so many of his building are. I thought he was going to be the third saint canonized by Pope Francis. I can't understand how his intolerance is such a shock to so many people. They must have known. It's unfortunate that Los Angeles had such a mess with the McCorts owning the Dodgers. The wish list has grown. That fiasco is over. Now all we need is a good, responsible owner for the Clippers, a great new coach for the Lakers and an NFL team. Is that too much to ask? Oh yeah, and an apology from Donald Sterling. Thank you for registering your opinion. It is much appreciated.
Ruth Salvatierra May 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm
What bothers me the most about this Sterling fiasco is that I feel that he couldn't have succeededRead More w/o being surrounded by like thinking people OR people who just sucked up to him and his $$$$ and didn't call him on his bigotry. We all have a responsibility to speak up whenever we hear this kind of stuff. I am for sure not a perfect person but I will never understand this kind of thinking. Whatever happened to if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all? I feel badly for all those he hurt but, sadly, I think it is just us that are surprised by Sterling's behavior.
Irene DeBlasio May 4, 2014 at 10:54 am
@RuthSalvatierra There's a front page article in today's Los Angeles Times (Sunday, May4, 2014)Read More "Donald Sterling is known for making charitable contributions. Just ask Donald Sterling. Frequent ads for his foundation promoted the billionaire Clippers owner's good works, but verifying their claims isn't easy." And there you have it, in a nutshell. From what I gather most people realized long ago that he was probably an intolerant bigot but they put up with his shenanigans because of his wealth. You are exactly right. Let's hope that he is a dying breed, that this ignorance ends with his generation. We need to recognize and stress what unites us more often than our differences. Thank you for adding your voice. I appreciate you.
Live in your office.
Sayona April 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Did you realize there is something wrong with the Patch? They are going through updates and yourRead More blog is showing its no longer posted. The only way to find the most recent blogs now is to scroll down the pages until you find it- no more clicking on comments, etc- to get you there fast. I hope the Patch fixes that. I realize there is no connection between you and de Blasio- yet it is the reason I first noticed your blog because of the similarity and you mentioning him, and there are no fellow East Coasters in this neck of the woods. In case its not completely apparent- I miss Bloomberg.
Penny Arévalo April 29, 2014 at 04:23 pm
We did have updates. Should be working OK now!
Sayona April 29, 2014 at 05:08 pm
Now it only works if you hit the person's name, not the topic, so you have to scroll all throughRead More their posts to find the one you might have commented on. And the comments on our profiles stopped, and the bell that told you responses, so now carrying on conversations with others is next to impossible. You have no idea if someone answered you, or where someone you like to talk to has commented. Its a game of hide and seek now. I think it a huge mistake.
Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, Silicon Valley hangout.
Irene DeBlasio April 25, 2014 at 11:27 am
@RosemaryCarpenite Brava! You said it. Our generation was brought up with a great deal of goodRead More common sense. At Cosmopolitan Magazine (57th and 8th Avenue) we had a Manufacturers Trust Bank downstairs in our building where I held my account. My pay was so low even though we were paid twice a month (on the first and 15th) that I banked the bulk of it but needed just enough cash back to buy lunch. The tellers would always say, "Do you want your change in heads or tails?" They knew I wanted to squirrel away as much as possible. My pay was low but the company could have tied a broom to my back and I would happily have swept the halls on my way out. Nowadays decent jobs are so hard to find that workers are petrified to take vacation days for fear of losing the job. The latest report of a vacation survey showed that most people have about four vacation days left over at the end of the year. I agree completely with your assessment of the societal changes which took place. As far as I'm concerned you can stay up on your high horse if you care to. Remember, I've always got a soap box available for you to stand on right here on my blog. We will always welcome your opinion whether we agree with you or not.
Geraldo Cruz April 25, 2014 at 11:43 am
Hey Ms. D. I was just thinking... I will probably be dead by the time I take my next vacation.
Irene DeBlasio April 25, 2014 at 01:00 pm
@GeraldoCruz Sorry to hear that. I'll be sure to send you a copy of my book, "Things to do inRead More the Valley when you're dead" I'm counting on a lot of bucket list folks to buy copies. LOL Never give up hope -- you may win the lottery (fat chance). As long as you keep a reasonably happy and productive outlook eventually something wonderful will happen. Keep coming back. I appreciate you!
Studio City's Farmers Market - Erica's picks.
Geraldo Cruz April 19, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Thanks for the advice for my Mom, Ms. D. I'm afraid I must object to your pooh poohing of frozenRead More pizza. It's fast, it's easy, it's inexpensive and it's good. I would rather be comfy and have it done in three minutes than to drive over the hill, battle for a parking space and wait for an overpriced pizza that will be cold by the time I'm home. I've given up cigarettes, meat, chicken, soda, pain killers and I rarely drink. I draw the line at Chinese food and frozen pizza so enjoy your restaurant on Melrose (which sounds delicious, I'll admit) and I will enjoy my bad-for-you, fast-food-ish circle of happiness.
Irene DeBlasio April 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm
@Snow You're right about people adjusting their intake according to age and activity. This is whyRead More it's impossible to create a one-size-fits-all-diet. Kids needs carbs when they're more active. I think we can all take the time to get educated about nutrition and find our own baseline. Then we can adjust the diet. The problem is that most people tend to eat whatever they like until there's a health problem. Thanks so much for joining the conversation. I really appreciate it.
Irene DeBlasio April 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm
@GeraldoCruz I rarely eat pizza but it's one of my favorite foods. For me, when it's a specialRead More treat I'd rather treat myself to an authentic one that's been handmade and has just come out of the oven. Lido on Victory Boulevard, east of Sepulveda has handmade dough -- I recommend it. In any case, you mentioned your mom's eating habits. I thought you might want to know a few basic facts about frozen pizza. DiGiorno lists calories as 279 (lower than I would have guessed for a portion). At the same time it lists carbs at 30 grams and sodium at 806 -- enough to get your blood pressure pumping. I'm very impressed that you've managed to give up so many bad habits and problematic foods. It also sounds like you are a very disciplined person. A little frozen pizza should not be a problem. The scary thing, for example, is when someone starts a kale diet -- they juice it every morning, make a salad of it for lunch, and put it in soup for dinner. There was a cabbage soup craze several years ago and a couple I know had that soup three times a day for months. Yes, they both lost a lot of weight but ended up with severe health problems and moved away to Canada for healthcare. Your comments are always good and I appreciate having you as a loyal reader.
Ah, campus life.
Sayona April 16, 2014 at 10:04 am
Irene DeBlasio April 16, 2014 at 03:33 pm
@Snow I believe the horses are well taken care of and provided for. There have always been rulesRead More and regulations specifically for them. They are an iconic part of the New York experience. I worked on the John V. Lindsay campaign for Mayor of New York. When he won, he and Mary joined all his campaign workers on bicycles riding through Central Park -- he closed it down to vehicular traffic on Sundays. What a joyous experience - just the Hansom cabs and bike riders. Lindsay was a most inclusive Mayor. The new Mayor lacks the people skills to engage the cooperation he needs. I agree with you. It's not really about the horses, it's about money and power. New York is a great tourist destination -- it needs to have special attractions. I ice skated with my kids, visited the zoo and children's zoo, rode the carousel, climber Alice in Wonderland, sailed boats on the boat pond, went to the Paper Bag Players, museums, theater, Serendipity, you-name-it. I honestly love the carriage rides in Central Park -- there's no compromise. You might want to visit the post which follows this one. I just posted it this morning. See what you think about it. "Everything good is bad again"
Geraldo Cruz May 22, 2014 at 08:56 am
Ms. D. I read something similar recently by James Taranto and was wondering if you could tell me howRead More exactly these triggers are chosen (?). Who is the final authority?
Fort Hood - scene of tragedy again.
Irene DeBlasio April 5, 2014 at 05:17 pm
@GeraldoCruz Approximately 22 veteran per day are committing suicide -- about one per hour.Read More There's something terribly wrong with the system. I realize that thanks to skilled surgeons and medical advances wounded warriors are able to survive some horrific injuries. Now they need much more support coming back into society. The VA is overwhelmed but we need to refocus our attention on our own needs instead of using dollar diplomacy abroad.
William Bauer April 7, 2014 at 02:06 pm
You have once again cut to the root of the "Catch 22" problem. Today I only take bloodRead More pressure medication. Gone is the Xanax from my past which made me feel suicidal. Gone is my daughter's Abilify, which made her feel the same way. These are effective drugs if working in conjunction with close monitoring and feedback. All too often physicians use a scatter gun approach. IE: "Oh well, if this doesn't work let's try this instead". We are human beings, not automobiles where if changing one part doesn't correct the problem try another. All of the troubled shooters have the same common denominitor, troubled people given meds indiscriminately. We must monitor these people and especially our vets and give them the care they neeed and deserve. We owe them no less.
Irene DeBlasio April 7, 2014 at 04:47 pm
@WilliamBauer Big Pharma spends a lot of money on advertising. If you try to watch networkRead More programs you are constantly bombarded with commercials for drugs. It becomes so annoying to be subjected to cute animal youtube videos and nonsense during the supposed "news" interspersed with commercials for Cialis, Viagra, Axiron, etc. The side effects are listed in a matter-of-fact way. "If you're dead, stop taking the product." The drugs, especially the SSRIs are given to people who often stop taking their meds. It's a terrible dilemma -- patients must be monitored. Aside from the vets and others with psychological and mental problems we have the issue of gun-free zones. Why not paint a target on these places? If the troops at Fort Hood were trusted to go into battle why are they not permitted to carry guns? I would think that at least high-ranking officers should be allowed to carry. We can crack down on the sale of guns to people under medical treatment for mental illness but we probably cannot control the illegal sale of guns to people who really want them. I agree, our veterans deserve the highest level of care. Thank you, as always for your thoughtful comment.
Show me the pie chart.
Lucien Lacomb April 3, 2014 at 09:16 am
Americans was accountability for their hard-earned money. They want value for programs they areRead More paying for -- and leadership. With so many living in poverty, who can blame them?
William Bauer April 6, 2014 at 07:22 pm
Den Mom, once again your thinking outside the box should be relayed to the people who are running(?)Read More our country so they could at least learn the rudiments of here to begin. Your post should be required reading. Keep them coming!
Irene DeBlasio April 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm
@WilliamBauer For a second I thought you wrote "to the people who are ruining ourRead More country" which is also an apt phrase. I don't appreciate being told about all these cuts we must make to our military when people in office are spending millions to hobnob with the rich and famousl for a few hours and go globe-trekking around the world taking far too many vacations. When elected representatives are not even performing their jobs and recklessly spending hard-earned taxpayer money to go off on fundraising trips that's outrageous. Americans want to see the value we're getting instead of paying the nonstop bills for people with spending addictions. Especially those who try to bully us into accepting their ideas on how to live. Thank you dear friend for all your support.
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