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Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: July 18, 2013

To All Mets Fans

After watching our Amazing Mets beat the World Series championship San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 16 innings till 2:30 a.m., I wonder to myself about my dogged allegiance to this unusual New York baseball team.

I was a fanatical Brooklyn Dodger rooter in my early years, so I transferred my craziness to the Mets.  It has been a long-wild ride from 1962 to the present. The Mets combine a loving New York City vitality with a love of baseball, for our national pastime.  The deranged and maniacal devotion to this team is something that is not easily understood or comprehended.

N.Y. Yankee fans are much more sedate in their support for the team from the Bronx.  Yankee fans have won many more pennants and World Series triumphs than anyone else in baseball.  Sometimes I reckon that they feel entitled to win all 162 games and are truly disappointed when they loose.  As my grandson Lewis, who is seven-and-a-half years old, states: “We love the Mets but we respect the Yankees.”

We as Mets fans are never surprised at the myriad of ways our team can loose a game.  Some games seem “in the bag,” but somehow, someway – the games are lost.

It is New York pluck and grittiness that keeps our love for the Mets on the right track.

Citifield has replaced Shea Stadium, but the dream goes on.  We have had Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dystria, Ed Kranepool, Tug McGraw, Mookie Wilson, Bud Harrelson, Casey Stengel, Ron Swaboda, David Wright, Ike Davis, and many more great and not-so-great performers, but we love them all.

We have even won the World Series a couple of times.

Our present manager, Jerry Collins, is a tried and true baseball man with a heart for his players.  Staying at home, on the T.V. couch, I can spend a wonderful evening watching the Mets.  It is better than most T.V.

I have revealed to my readers a personal and inside look at my life, I hope you all understand me better now.

News

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has frustrated commuters for years with it’s ridiculous fares, limited trains and constant problems, especially during the rush hour ride home.

Though the MTA is making an effort to add more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

After surviving the “Cold Blooded” episode last week, the eight remaining contestants on Ink Master faced off in a “Flash Challenge” testing their ability to use finesse. The tougher the situation, the more finesse an artist needs to create a masterpiece, and this week was no exception.

Artists were given five hours to tattoo amputees. The residual limb left behind after an amputation can be badly traumatized, unusually shaped and scarred. The artists were challenged to create a phenomenal tattoo on the residual limb to make these amputees love the part of their body they are missing. Although all of the contestants created beautiful designs, Bethpage’s Erik Siuda’s incorporation of the scar tissue and pre-existing tattoo into his design showed the most finesse.


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