Last week was a movie and play extravaganza!
Lorraine and I saw three movies and one play on consecutive nights. All four of these attractions were worthwhile, although they were worlds apart in their storyline and dramatic presentation.
1. The Social Network
The story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, played ably by Jesse Eisenberg. We are thrust into Harvard in 2003 in a dark, melancholy time in Zuckerberg’s life. He is a sophomore on the lowest level of the social stratifications. We see him as super-bright but obnoxious. His jerky actions drive him away from Erica, a lovely, intelligent girl whom he desires. Computers are his life and he speaks like a computer, in short bursts. He is hostile to his environment as a method of self-defense. I was also impressed by the acting of Justin Timberlake who played Sean Parker, founder of Napster. We see the outsider as he succeeds and yet fails.
In September I watched the annual fall migration in three different places on the Island and Queens: a marsh, a hawk observation platform and a wildlife refuge. This is how that busy week unfolded.
Due to a typographical error, an incorrect e-mail address was printed in the last column. However, some of my readers persevered and managed to get the correct answers to me.
The movies just keep pouring forth from Hollywood.
They have become an integral part of our lives.
People who love showers always demean us people who prefer baths in this manner: “How can you lie there in your own filth?”
People who love baths answer, “Don’t be silly, a bath is so much more relaxing. You wash leisurely and carefully but you are rested and less stressed.”
There is no doubt that a shower is faster. If you are going to work or time is a factor, a shower is much more practical. Actually both are used to wash your body and rinse your hair. I prefer to shave in the shower as all that rushing water affords a better and closer trim.
(Howard Weitzman is the former Nassau County Comptroller.)
No matter who won the last county election it was clear the County would be going down a tough financial road. A difficult economy, falling tax receipts, an increasing structural gap along with the political difficulty in raising additional revenues have combined to create a perfect storm for all local governments. But the new Mangano administration seems to be drowning in a fiscal tsunami, without a tree to climb. His rescue plan is based on an old copy of Tom Gullota’s guide to County government – borrow, over estimate revenues, under estimate expenses, sell property, and if that’s not enough borrow more.
The budget press release heralds a no-tax increase budget without the use of one shots – and then, in a shocking and frightening return to the past, proceeds to call for the biggest revenue one shot of all - $350 million in new borrowing for real estate tax refunds. When added to the $86 million borrowed for early retirements and the 2010 capital plan, the County Executive will have borrowed or proposed to borrow close to $500 million – a half a BILLION in new borrowing in his first nine months in office, over 85 percent of which is for operating expenses. This is like borrowing on your credit card to pay for your living expenses. Even for Nassau County this is a huge amount to be repaid by our children and grandchildren, and will certainly earn a negative reaction from the rating agencies, increasing Nassau’s cost of borrowings by millions.
We live in unprecedented and difficult economic times. Thousands of jobs have been lost, careers have been destroyed, and retirement savings have vanished. The value of our homes has decreased; more homes have been foreclosed in Nassau County than ever before. We are facing challenges that have not been seen in our County since its founding in 1899.
Yes, I am an election inspector.
Every primary election and on the first Tuesday in November I do my patriotic duty. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. to be at the polling place by 5 a.m. is the most unpleasant part of my duty. Sitting at the desk until 9 p.m. this year was particularly profound.
Fortunately, Hurricane Earl veered away from our shores and his damage was contained mainly to Long Island’s fragile beaches. Yet when he passed, those of us working in emergency services all wiped our brows and collectively let out a sigh of relief—because if this storm had veered only a few degrees to the west, Long Island would have felt its fury.
The 2010 baseball season is slowly drawing to its October close. Waiting in the wings and “rarin’ to go” are the football, basketball and even the hockey teams. America is blessed with so many wonderful sports teams and seasons to observe them.
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