Junior Achievement of New Jersey

Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) – April 30, 2015

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Bowl and Donate to Junior Achievement of New Jersey! I am a team captain!

If you like to bowl and would like to bowl for a great cause, join Dad’s taxi on April 30th at 5:30 at Harmony Lanes.

Yes.. you can actually meet and greet Dad’s Taxi in real life now!

Donate your tax deductible contribution via the following URL:

https://fundraising.intelis.com/janj/?A=293092

Help Me Support JANJ!

Junior Achievement is an organization whose mission I truly believe in – to help each child reach his/her full potential.  JA empowers young people to own their economic success through their trained volunteers who deliver real-world learning opportunities through a combination of classroom experiences, simulations, college and career readiness days, job shadow events and more.

I am hosting a JA Bowl-a-thon on Thursday, April 30th at Harmony Lanes in Middletown, NJ!).  This is a major fund raiser for Junior Achievement   There will be other major corporations participating as well – some you may recognize such as Cisco, Verizon and Alcatel-Lucent.

JA will provide pizza, bowling shoes and soft drinks and we hope to have raffles as well.  It will be a great social event and will give us an opportunity to have some fun and make a real difference to others at the same time.  We are striving to recruit between 12 and 18 teams of 6 people each across the state.  Each team should solicit sponsors and it would be great if they could collect $660/team in donations.

 Do you want to donate to a really good cause.. Here’s your chance!

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Spring Blooms: Changes in the Wind

timeforchangeSo spring started a few weeks ago, but when you step outside, it’s still feels like early winter. What is going on? I’m still wearing my heavy winter jackets and still can’t go outside without freezing!

I think I have the answer. Mother Nature does not want us to forget that she controls the weather and now the new norm is controlled by her. i’m ok with that, but come on! This is April already and I want to put my winter stuff away and take out my spring/summer stuff.

I wanted to share with my followers that I’ve come to a T junction of my life and I’ve decided to make a left turn.. That turn leads me to… India!

 I”ve decided leave New Jersey and move to India so I can get closer to my roots. I need to know more about my cultural heritage and moving to Mumbai will enable to get closer to my real self.. It doesn’t mean Dad’s taxi will stop.. It’ll be just rename to the Mumbai Taxi…

It’s been fun writing about Dad’s Taxi adventures in NJ, but after long and careful deliberation, I think that this is the best for my long term happiness to go back to my roots. It’s been a great few years, but in a few months, I’ll be posting my unique perspective on life from my mother land… India..

Thanks to all my friends for all you support as wrestled with this decision…

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That was my version of April’s Fool for my readers.. Did you really think I’d go back? Not. Have a great April Fools Day all.

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Ocean Grove: Hunt for Hearts

chocloversDad’s Taxi went yesterday for the first time to Ocean Grove, NJ. Considering that Dad has been living on the Jersey shore for over 15 years and has never visited Ocean Grove is totally different story.

Ocean Grove is located one town over from Asbury Park.. As a matter of park you an walk down the boardwalk from Asbury Park to Ocean Grove. Of course I’ve never done that either. Well let me tell you my visit to Ocean Grove was truly delightful and I plan on going there again soon. Ocean Grove is a very old town on the Jersey shore which has a beautiful boardwalk, quaint little bed and breakfast hotels, and a lot of history!

I went to Ocean Grove with a few my friends. Lee, Cris, Cara and myself. I was meeting Cara for the first time and Lee is my best friend.. He’s my partner in crime in all things related to Tennis. Lee, Cris and I work for the same company. Cris bought along Cara as they are lifelong friends! It was a true pleasure meeting Cara!  As you know it’s my normal practice to not use people’s real names so I can protect their privacy and prevent them from being more embarassed from making my blog.

I absolutely loved Ocean Grove! the history was everywhere. It was in the architecture of the houses, the feel of a small town and just the coziness of the town. I felt like I had gone back in time to the early 20th century when I looked at the houses and surroundings. Anyway, I’m getting distracted with my own observations, back to the reason for this posting, and my perspective on the “Hunt for Hearts”!

We were given a map of the participating stores/businesses that were partaking in the heart hunt. There were 29 stores in a proxemity of a mile to two miles. The objective was to walk into a business and find a hidden heart somewhere in the business. Once the heart was found the counter person would initialize your paper to signify your success at that location!

As we we walked around and searched for the hearts, many of the businesses made it easy to find the heart, but some places, made it very challenging. Of cours I was just interested in finding real chocolate and THEN the heart, as I have a notorious sweet tooth. My friend Lee was on the lookout for brownies.. The antique and thrift shops we walked into had such history and such amazing trinkets that I felt I had stepped back into time. I was really more interested in exploring the antique stores than finding hearts. Yet I know I didn’t want to be out done by my partners in crime for today, Lee, Cris, and Cara respectively.

redheartWe had some great conversations and the highlight of the hunt was Lee getting a marriage proposal from Cara (In jest of course). Since Lee is retirement eligible and has health benefits, Cara proposed marriage to Lee so she can get health benefits (See Mr. Obama what your Obama Care has done to the people?). Lee of course declined this proposal but I truly wonder he made the right decision. Cara is a very sweet and humorous individual. Her sense of humor was quite apparent during our jaunt hunting for the red hearts in the stores.

Along the way during our hunt, we all loaded up on chocolate (kisses, mini milky way and other chocolate treats). I must state here that it was mainly me that was loading up on chocolate treats. Cara, Cris and Lee were being very precise and sometimes too fast in finding the hidden red chocolates in the businesses we visited.

I was so enamored with the stores and the pleasant home feel of Ocean Grove, I had a sense of deja vu that I had been there before? Past life? who knows?

The weather was great after our last snow storm from the day before and we were jumping over puddles left over from the melting snow. I tell you the walk and the hunt was truly fun! I felt like a kid again when I walked into the store and was actually trying to find the hidden hearts!

After about 2 hour we found all the hearts and returned to the tourist center to fill out our entry to the raffle, Even this place had an old world charm to it!

We ate lunch at a really nice diner/luncheonette called Nagle’s . For $10 you had an amazing meal and you were sitting at a table where the table had on it under glass an newspaper extract from the late 1800’s. We sat next to the wall where there were authentic manual typewriters.. The whole place had an air of a luncheonette and the service and food were outstanding!

We visited some amazing Bread and Breakfast places across from the beach and let me tell you.. I plan on visiting and staying at these places in the near future!

The best part of this day was being with dear friend Lee and meeting Cris and Cara (for the first time). These people really are so down to earth and are so easy to spend time with. I do hope I have the chance to do this again.. I told Cara about Dad’s taxi and she will probably be reading this blog. I hope you leave a comment Cara!

Now it’s time for me to review my stash of candy that I got yesterday and finish them before my kids come over and finish it for me.

Ocean Grove is a treasure trove of history and I plan on visiting this historical little town again in the near future!

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How many phone#’s do you have?

my phonesToday I realized that I have way too many phone numbers, that people can contact me with. I need to go off the grid, but I can’t with so many phone numbers that people have associated with me.

Here’s my list.. How many numbers do you have? Hopefully not as many as me.

  1. VOIP Number – Cable company said.. a triple play was cheaper than double play..I didn’t need a phone at home, but hey it works! I wrote this number down, but now I can’t find where I put it.
  2. Personal Cell – This my main iPhone.. yes.. I finally got the iPhone 6. Didn’t go for the 6+ as I didn’t feel like carrying a man purse to carry that around
  3. Work Cell – Cell given to me by company.. This one is an iPhone 5. Finally I can use one cable to charge both personal and work phone
  4. Magic Jack – this is my virtual number that I bought many years ago.. and I can access it from my iPhones as well as my tablet
  5. Old Home Number – Not with me anymore.. but when people call that number they will still get a Dad’s taxi passenger.
  6. Gmail Number – Ok.. this one is too much.. It’s on my signature on Gmail and I still don’t know how to use it well.
  7. Work Phone – My desktop phone at work..
  8. Skype – when I want to communicate with my relatives back home in the motherland.. I use this.

Ok so that’s 8 ways that I can communicate with the world using the various communications devices I have. What’s the maximum number of contact numbers you can add for a contact on the iPhone? I gotta figure that one out.

One time.. my daughter facetime’d me and both phones at home went off and I couldn’t find either one.. Now that’s what you call frustration!

So how many phones do you carry? Now I have to learn all the texting Acronyms so I can text myself using LOL and OMG or if I wanted to share TMI.. I can text the outside world!

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Dad’s Fav link has been updated

As you know, when I find a site that I like and if I find a site that I really really like, I put a link to it on my Dad’s Fav Link’s page.

I made some updates to the Dad’s Fav links today to add some truly golden Amazon sites.

If you have any sites that you truly love, let me know and I’ll review and add them if they pass my test for value.. Ok.. If I like it.. I’ll put the link up!

Ok.. so for the folks that drop by.. (except for the spammers that keep on trying to SPAM), I’d like to hear from you!

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Spring is almost here!

After a very cold winter, I think winter is just around the corner for us in Central NJ. This has been one of the coldest winter’s I’ve seen in a long time.. Not much snow, but the cold has been brutal. I personally look forward to the Spring as a time of rebirth and a time of new beginnings.

I’ll be ready to share with the world the story of my rebirth over the next few months.. as I’ve been keeping quite a few things I’ve been going through over the past year to myself. I’m finally at a point in my life where Dad’s Taxi is ready to say,  my taxi of life is finally on the right path and making positive progress .

Spring time is a time for new beginnings, why not start here??

Tonight (March 8th) is the start of Daylight Savings Time and as we all say “Spring forward, Fall Back”, I’m finally ready to spring forward not just by one hour, but to truly begin the next part of my life this Spring.

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Ok.. we have 6 more weeks of winter.. Does that mean those six weeks have to be endless?

Today, I went to play Tennis as an “early-bird” and jeez, I kept saying to myself as I sloshed through the powdery stuff need my place.. “Why am I doing this?” I could be sleeping!  Keep in mind this was at about 7 AM today when it was still snowing from the overnight.. Now the temps had dropped and the winds were howling.

Since I drive a car that is over 10 year old, it takes longer to get the heat going, so I’m normally freezing during the short ride to the courts. I guess , since tennis has become an obsession with me, I am just a glutton for punishment, regardless of the weather.

Yesterday was Valentine’s day and I spent it reflecting and of course I went to the movies.. I saw Fifty Shades of Grey to see what all the talk was about.. Of course I had not read the book, so I was seeing this take on the movie without being prejudiced by the book. Overall, I liked the movie. The movie dragged on at points and it had of course the sex scenes that I expected, but I thought the scenes were well done.

I can’t believe I actually caught myself nodding off during the movie. I guess this was when the movie slowed down. The movie in general was slow paced and showed the obsessive nature of the relationship that was portrayed quite well by the stars.

The one thing I didn’t get was why would this guy who had so much money, be obsessed with a college student?  I could understand, but jeez when you have that much money, you can pick and choose which “toy”  you want.. I won’t say more, as many of my reader’s have not yet seen the  movie. If you have seen the movie, please do reply back to this posting and tell me what your take on the movie was..

I’ve spent most of the past few weeks, trying to catchup on my recorded programs, but this is just an ongoing infatuation with the boob tube for me.

So how has your winter of 2015 been thus far? I know I can’t wait till Spring, so I can go back into Red Bank on a daily basis …

Interview on Netflix this weekend

So have you seen “The Interview”? I know I have not, I just didn’t expect to see it available so soon on Netflix.

So I’m happy. I’m not wasting $13 to see  “The Interview”. It’s being released this weekend on Netflix. So now I can enjoy this comedy at home and see what the whole fuss” is about.. Gotta admit this movie got a lot of free publicity and earnings with the North Korea situation.  Proves again that a dictator can get free global publicity just by being himself.

Maybe we should have sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea to stabilize the situation.. He seems to be a pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Yeah we should start a position to make Dennis Rodman our ambassador to North Korea! We can then have celebrity basketball games everytime Kim Jong Un creates controversy!

Anyway, check out “The Interview” on Netflix:

End of 2014 – My last update

Hello friends, this is going to be my last blog post of 2014.

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I was not going to write today, but, as I sit here drinking my Chai, I cannot help but be reflective. I’m also inspired by other bloggers on WordPress that I follow for their unique perspective. Thanks to the bloggers for inspiring me to continue on this journey into the blogging sphere..

It seemed like only yesterday that it was the start of 2014 which can best be categorized as the “never ending winter‘.  For us in Central New Jersey, the winter did not end till mid April when we finally saw our lawns after the brutal cold and multiple snow storms. I got the best view of this from my back window where I saw the horses in my neighbor’s yard.. That image was surreal. Two horses playing in the snow. For me that was a zen-like moment during a year of turmoil.

Horses chiling in the snows of 2014 in Leonardo, NJ.

Horses Playing Horses chiling in the snows of 2014 in Leonardo, NJ.

Even though the year flew by in blink of an eye, for me, it could not have ended any sooner.  My life took a left turn as opposed to the normal right turns I usually take (which I call my status quo). I’m almost certain that 2015 will be a more promising year for me.

Over the past two years, as Dad’s Taxi, I’ve dealt with many changes in my life. I’ve dealt with dysfunction (much of which I manage to create), and the twists and turns of the road as a maneuver my taxi of life. Most of the events in 2014 have tested my resolve and my ability to maintain some sort of equilibrium on my thoughts. At times, I’ve succeeded, other times, I could have done better.

  • I lost my father to in January 2013. He  was in assisted living after Super Storm Sandy. He had Dementia. May his soul continue to rest in peace.
  • I had multiple residences in 2014 because of personal issues at home.. You can figure that one out for yourself.. No need for me to go into it here. “It is what it is” became my mantra and it helped me to transition to “next issue, move on“.
  • I finally have found a new beginning and I face 2015 with enthusiasm for “new beginnings”.

As I sit here looking out of my window and await the new year, I am truly ready to welcome in to my life 2015 which is about 24 hours from now.

In 2015, I will work on myself more and become who I want to be. As I transition from being Dad’s Taxi, to  “My Taxi”, I can consider myself to be  a “work in progress“, and what the end-game is “to be determined“.

The end of 2014 has presented me with opportunities for change which I have grabbed with gusto, at the same time, maintaining my unique perspective on life. I’ll continue to post with a stream of consciousness.. No matter how annoying that can get. That’s what make me unique I guess.

For 2015,  I have created a personal bucket list of goals (Topping the list is to got Wimbledon).

In the blogs coming, everyone will eventually find out what additional goals I’ve set for myself. For now, my journey to the future is rife with hope and self development.  So keep checking back to see it all unfold in my own unique way of expression. Trust me, it’ll always be amusing and at times entertaining.

Let me close this final post of 2014, by saying I wish all my friends, family and followers:  A safe, happy, healthy, positive, optimistic and great year ahead, and may it be everything you wish for it to be. You just need to work hard at it and never give up.

One of my goals for 2015 is to get more views on Dad’s Taxi and engage you my reader/follower. I haven’t really been successful with that, but hey let’s see how 2015 goes.. . Of course for the spammers that love to leave their comments, you will continue to be banned.

I am excited for another year filled with blogging as Dad’s Taxi.

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Who knows how 2015 will play out, but I plan on having some fun! What are your plans for 2015?

Wish each one of you the best for 2015.. Now I need some more Chai

2014 Au Revoir and Good Riddance

As 2014 comes to closure, Dad’s Taxi is in a reflective mode.

For Dad, 2014 was a time for change. For the people that know me,  the chaos in my life in 2014 that  I overcame has made me a stronger person. I guess “what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger”.   Much of the chaos is so personal/private that I cannot write about them here.. Perhaps in a few more months, I can let the world know what has been going on for the past 24 months of Dad’s Taxi.

2015 has an air of glimmer of light that I hope turns into reality

How was your 2014????