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My First Car Was Uglier Than Yours!

I can say with confidence that your first car wasn’t as ugly as mine. Even if it came close, I still have you slam-dunk-beat for sheer ridiculousness.   My first car was not an Audi. No, I was about $200 short for the Audi, and wound up settling for the cheapest thing on the lot.…

Angst galore.

Teen Angst Parts I-II-III

Three short videos from my 50th Birthday, about 12 minutes total. Teen Angst Part I: Meeting Mariani. A reminiscence about a good friend in high school. This introduces the main character of Part II. Teen Angst Part II: Smoking In Bed. A tasteless prank. Sets up Part III. Teen Angst Part III: Embarrassing Encounter With…

Circle Liner, Brooklyn Bridge

Fathers & Ferries, Birthdays & Boats

When my Cub Scout den mate Marc Brownstein turned 9, his birthday party consisted of a ride on the Circle Line, a day cruise around Manhattan. It was the best day ever. I begged for a similar party when I turned 9 the following spring. Dad took a “We’ll see” position. By April, I understood…

Racine Downtown Apt

Everything’s Gonna Be All Right: 2

“Which parent do you feel closest to?” He was a caricature of a child psychologist: sandy, side-parted hair, large wire-rimmed glasses, dressed like Mr. Rodgers. He spoke with a soft, low, monotonous voice, barely above a whisper. I considered carefully, looking off to one side, and answered very slowly, “I’d have to say… my mother……