Freezing in NJ

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????

New On Netflix

If you are like me, you are dazed and confused when you try to find what is new on Netflix

I’m always trying figure out what’s new and what’s coming up “New” available by streaming.

I know I’ve written about Netflix Roulette, but the site Decider peaked my interest.

what I liked:

  • A week by week overview of what’s coming available
  • Recaps of popular shows on Netflix and seasonal recaps
  • Movies by favorite stars  (My personal favorite is Meg Ryan)
  • Stream worthy for Kids

Another bonus of Decider is that if you don’t have Netflix there are separate sites for Hulu, You Tube, iTunes, HBO,  Amazon and much much more!.

What do you think of Decider?

Do you have other sites that help you get through the maze I call Netflix?

Don’t be shy..

Ebola in NY

Today when I heard that a doctor in NY may have contracted Ebola, it shook me up. Fortunately, the doctor self contained himself by isolating himself and called authorities so they could take him to the hospital. This doctor was working with “Doctors without Borders” and he was trying to save the victims of the Ebola ravage in Liberia.

Now, here’s what I fear that, even with all the right things this doctor did? How many people did he come into contact with in NYC before he realized he was infected. As you know, in NY in the regular course of life, you will come into contact with hundreds if not thousands of people..

My biggest fear is that this no matter what the CDC or the government says, this Ebola crisis has the potential to be a pandemic. Now that is a scary thought.

Another amazing thing I heard is that the pharma companies are working on a vaccination for this disease, but won’t have anything for human trials till first quarter of 2015! How many people will be infected before that time?

I do pray for the well being for all the nurses and the doctor that has contracted ebola. May god watch over them and make them well!

Summer of 2014 – Where have you gone?

I know, Dad’s Taxi has been on hiatus.. No updates in quite a while.. It doesn’t mean that I’m not here.

Honestly the past almost two years have been the most chaotic and dysfuncational time of my life. It’s been a long and winding road to where I am today.. Working to be at peace with myself… I never thought that would be a possibility, but as a friend of my said to me a few days ago on the tennis court.. “it’s a process which needs to be understood”. No idea how this applied during our tennis, but it sure applied to me in my life!

Sometimes in life, it’s best to step back and reflect internally and not publicize things that are happening in your life. At least until you are ready to publicize..  Let’s just leave it at that for now.

It’s hard to believe how fast this summer has gone by.. I blinked my eyes and it’s Mid-August. Only a few more weeks to Labor day and the “unofficial” end of the summer of 2014.

My Summer accomplishments (in no particular order) 

  • Recovering from multiple injuries (self-inflicted via Tennis and some stupidity when it comes to stairs!)
  • Going to the Movies (by myself) whenever possible
  • Spending time with my kids (when they had time for me).
  • Spending time with my best friends doing things like hiking, tennis and just hanging out
  • Taking my first vacation (a mini-vacation actually) to Wildwood and Capy May County NJ!. This was the highlight of this summer. Dad’s taxi was truly a taxi for my girls on this vacation!
  • Going to Binghamton, NY to see a tennis tournament
  • Getting in touch with my soul by meditation and connecting with god. This was something I really needed to do! With the chaos going on in my life, this was the only thing that kept me from going over the edge..
  • I actually went off-line Facebook for almost a month.. Of course I posted some pictures, but I was not logging in to see what others were doing. This self imposed Facebook boycott was the most difficult thing for me to do. I realized that I had become such a facebook h
    • First few weeks, I found myself gravitating to my smartphone to see how many “pokes” I had, whose “Birthday” was today, and just basically looking into the lives of my friends.. At first I thought I was being selfish, but I realized, that not being active in social media, allowed me to “go off the grid” and focus on myself!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going to Dallas for my annual visit.. for both fun and business!

Stay tuned as Dad’s Taxi “evolves”..

Netflix Roulette

When I watch Netflix on any of my devices, I’m always at a loss for what to watch..I spend at least 10 minutes deciding what to watch.. And if I have my kids around, this time is exponentially elongated to make sure everyone agrees to watch the selected democratic choice

Yes I do have my personal list, but I’m always hunting for something that will catch my interest.

Today I came across this site called Netflix Roulette. This is great because all I do is press spin and a selection is randomly made for me. It’s such a simple site.. I’m going to put it in my favorites!

Of course what that means is that my Instant Queue will never become empty and I’ll never get to my Instant Queue.  It also means, I can’t waste at least 15 minutes trying to find a movie or TV show that I absolutely have to watch and don’t know the name of it.  What am I going to do with all this time I just got back?

Now I’m looking for a site that will tell me what is NEW on a weekly basis on NetFlix so I can flip through that and waste time there!

Now I just need this to be available as an app for my iPhone..

Kids and Their Test Answers

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How to get an F in tests.. Answer this way.

My Brother shared this link with me today and it truly shows the uniqueness of how kids answer test questions.. Some of the answers are truly off the wall. Some would venture to say they are very very clever. Even if you have no clue to what the answer is, these kids answered with their unique brand of logic..

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that will make you wonder what’s better – the correct answer or the answer the kids gave.

Test Answers from Smart Kids

I wish I knew some of these answers when I was in school, perhaps I’d have done better with my grades..

 

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