September 11th: Thirteen Years Later

It happens every year. Summer ends and it’s September all over again. And then it’s September 11th.

This time, it’s thirteen years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that I witnessed from my window that one September morning as a junior attending New York University.

This is the second anniversary since I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Melissa and I will be going back to visit my family in New York later this month. Among other things, we plan on visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum.


I think that will be a good thing, although I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be feeling when I’m actually back at what I can only continue to think of as Ground Zero.

I was still in New York as the Freedom Tower went up and I was so happy to see progress in that construction and the first steps to completing the memorial that was already by then long overdue. Now that the 9/11 Museum is complete I think, just like my yearly trips there following for several years on the anniversary to reflect, that I should go and see the permanent tribute to those we lost that day.

I’ve just started talking about my experience that day in any form that lasts more than a few minutes. Not often and usually just before September 11th if someone asks, but that’s something. It still hurts to remember… but I will never forget.

ALSO: Check out Rex Sorgatz’s Life Atop Ground Zero which details the transition at Ground Zero over the last 13 years in realistic detail that offers some hope for the future of the site.

REVIEW: The Wild Hunt by Ashley Jeffery

[I received The Wild Hunt free of charge as a participant of a Blog Friendly PR campaign in order to publish this review. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.]


thewildhuntJust finished reading The Wild Hunt by Ashley Jeffery, the first book in The Wild Hunt Series, and thought I’d share my thoughts in case you’d like to read the book too. Plus, keep reading for a chance to win a book and swag pack giveaway!

This is supernatural fantasy genre novel is written from the perspective of the main character Lorelai, who we quickly find out has the ability to see ghosts. And not just your Ghost Whisperer disembodied white  wispy ghouls, but rather gorey, gut-spilling, stuck-in-the-state-they-died zombie-like ghosts.

Lorelai, or “Lo” as almost all the other characters call her, starts to grow on you as you come to understand the trauma she has been through and how heavily it weighs on her day-to-day life.  While she is a heavily-flawed teenager and rough around the edges, it is fun accompanying her on her journey as she begins to find out about strange occurrences happening around town.

wildhunt2The other characters Lo interacts with are of varied depth and interest, but one could argue this mirrors real life. Not everyone is captivating, but the characters in this novel that do grab your interest leave you wondering what their motives are and whether they are there to help or hurt Lo.

To go on without mentioning the passing similarities to elements of and characters from Twilight and The Vampire Diaries would be a disservice. At the same time, this novel is it’s own story and doesn’t try to “be” anything else. And actually, if you enjoy those series, you’ll probably enjoy The Wild Hunt as well.  And no, this isn’t a vampire story, in case you’ve drawn that conclusion. But it is a supernatural fantasy, so maybe some overlapping elements just can’t be helped.

The story does leave you wanting more, which is a good thing, considering this is the first book in the series. Because the first book sets up all the characters, my guess is that the next one will flow more quickly.

One drawback to this self-published novel is that it lacks the benefits of a going through the proofreader’s eyes. There are many punctuation, spacing, and spelling errors throughout the text that actually became distracting. So much so that I actually had to go back and re-read portions just to make sure I understood what was going on. Now that being said, it doesn’t take anything away from the story, however  it does detract a bit from the overall experience.

Overall, The Wild Hunt is a wild ride of self-discovery filled with gruesome ghosts and supernatural beings. Can’t wait to see where the next book takes them…


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Life in Los Angeles

So what’s it like to be a New Yorker in California? 

In July, Melissa and I packed up a rental truck and drove 3000+ miles across these United States — all the way from New York to California. It was quite an experience.

And now we both live on the same side of the country — namely the West Coast side — in Los Angeles.

I tweeted the trip and life here since and I’ve been actively instagramming as well, so check it out if you have a chance.

I’ll also be back here at writing updates that consist of more than 140 characters or a single photo, so bookmark this site now and check back :)

Interviewing Council about their September 27th Citi Field appearance

The rock band Council will be appearing at Citi Field for a pre-game concert on September 27th, when the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds.

Rock band Council

I will be doing an interview with the band that will appear on and (as well as re-posted here) that should be up within the next few days.

I’m excited to find out more about the three-brother band and how they view their upcoming appearance at the stadium. Look for it to be published very soon!

[If any other Mets-related blogs are interested in republishing the article (with proper credit) please contact me through the comments or email me.]

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Well it was bound to happen — a complete redesign of

And you’re looking it at.

This very site has gone through many different looks throughout the years, since I started blogging back in 2000.

What you see here is the design I am most proud of, not only because it is the most awesome one yet, but also because I was finally able to incorporate some of my favorite memories in photographic form.

A lot of important things in my life have changed in the past 2 years or so and more are on the way. I’m happy to bring them to you via this updated design.

Of course what brings you here (besides Google searches for “Conan O’Brien guests“, “definition of cynicism“, and “Citi Field ribs“) is my witty retelling of real life stories through the eyes of a New Yorker. And no worries, all of that is still here too and will continue to be.

If you have any suggestions about things I should write about in the future, or if you’d like to collaborate between blogs, drop me a line in the comments and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Until then, thanks for stopping by, from a New Yorker who doesn’t know when to quit!

Trying this all month blogging thing again

November is National Blog Posting Month, or as people in the know call it, NaBloPoMo.

Blogging once a day, every day for a month is something I’ve done here at before, sometimes not even during November. But November is the tradition. And since another very talented blogger, Miss from, literally challenged me to a blog-off the next 30 days, I AM IN!

I love blogging and lately I’ve had a difficult time finding enough time to write consistently lately, so this challenge may be just what I need.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to use a theme, like the 30 Days of Truth meme that’s going around, but we’ll see what I come up with.

Happy November (I’ve gotta go find a sweatshirt, its getting cold here in New York) — and feel free to join the NaBloPoMo challange along with me!

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