Thursday, August 14, 2008

Please allow me to introduce myself

This is my first blog. I've been thinking about doing something like this for many years, but I've always found excuses. Among them: I'm not too comfortable with high technology (never took a programming class, for example); I'm a late bloomer; the plants needed watering.
But now that I have more time on my hands than I want, having been laid off from the job I held for the past ten years, all my excuses are gone.
I'm not sure yet what this blog will center on. Perhaps like many new blogs, it will serve as a forum for whatever is buzzing around my brain at the moment. Such as how to cope psychologically with being laid off after a certain age. Or what it was like growing up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, during the 1950s.
Most likely future subjects will include politics and economics; journalism (especially responses to columnists); food (everybody in my family of four is a foodie); and books.
So let's start with the latter. The three most important books I have read in the past few years are Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation; and John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. That should give some sense of my political leanings.
More on this tomorrow. Or next week. See you all then.

1 comment:

Rebs said...

Hi dad,
I read your blog and I can't wait to read your next posting. As the daughter of a born and bred New Yorker and being one myself, I would be interested in hearing some of your thoughts on grownig up in Burough Park, Brooklyn. I can't imagine the changes you must see and feel from NY when you were a kid to now. Though I have only lived in New York for 21 years and have been conscience of New York since maybe age 4, I have noticed the city changing and it makes me sad. Old time establishments getting kicked out because of the high rents, bank chains and boutiques opening up everywhere; I can see the city becoming homogenous. It has become too expensive for diversity, both economic and social. Being politically oriented au gauche, I think you could offer some good insight or at least personal reflections on our changing city. I am sure I will hear about it from you over the dinner table, but I want to read it online too. Till next time...