I can hear him now. Clear as a bell.
He always said it twice, con mucho gusto in the second iteration — for emphasis, natch.
“I hate to wait. I HATE to wait,” Pop always lamented in a long line or between extended pauses of meal courses at restaurants.
He was really just voicing a ...
It’s funny really, the wide variety of meanings a single word can convey.
For instance, take the word “curfew.”
For parents, this is a word that ensures healthy guidelines, necessary structure and some modicum of safety. It’s generally considered positive.
To teenagers it’s a ...
It worked for Zorro.
It works for all those singers on that oddly popular FOX-TV music show.
It’s the highlight of many a themed ball, not to mention being a requirement for Mardi Gras, Carnivale and, of course, my least favorite “holiday” — Halloween. (Don’t get me started on why ...
I don’t know anyone who thinks 2020 is a banner year.
In fact, it’s one for the books ... the horror genre, that is.
And though it might seem paltry compared to current world and national events — lots of humans also are dealing with regular, run-of-the-mill, everyday heartbreak ...
I really don’t remember a lot about what I was doing on June 14, 2019.
I know it was only 12 months ago, but at this point, it might as well have been 12 decades ago, am I right? I am wracking my brain trying to remember what a typical day was like last June.
As I recall, it was a rather ...
As the world tries to reinvent the way the humans work, play, function, maneuver, entertain and even feed ourselves, it’s clear: Some stuff just ain’t ever gonna be quite the same as it was before, a’ight?
I mean, it’s obvious that distancing — or what Pop used to call living under ...
Well, it finally happened. It was inevitable, really.
I mean, after this long, cold Groundhog’s Day of a winter (I swear it was March for 114 days!), we knew this time would come eventually. It just wasn’t clear exactly when ... and / or how stable a situation we’d be facing as it ...
Memorial Day weekend 2020.
On one hand, I think the fact that we’re all supposed to continue stay home, social distance from one another and observe all the other safe health practices that will help us crush that crummy curve offers one distinct benefit to this year’s ...
Well, it’s been two months. Like two, full flipping months.
How ya hangin’ in there, my peeps? Yeah, me, too.
I know there’s lots to be scared about out there in the big old pandemic world these days. Sick as we are of being in the casa, the thought of leaving it? ...
At least, I think it is.
It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between the earthly axis rotations right now, am I right?
In fact, for those of us in NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania, it’s pretty much still the dead of winter.
Come on, already, Mother Nature; I’m ...
Well, it’s been another week of wacky here on planet Earth.
California beaches were opened for 47 seconds before rule-breakers cramming the sands — and each other at a social distance of about .5 mm — ruined it for everyone.
Continuing controversy and drama surrounding the ...
Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE being home all the time, every single day, 24/7.
It’s nothing short of awesome, being confined to the house for work, play and every other imaginable human action.
Toss in the total fabulosity known as the daily (I’m sorry, not daily, hourly; no, wait, ...
I missed them.
I didn’t think I would, but I did. Well, I knew I’d miss Erika. She’s wicked cool, after all.
But the rest of them, I didn’t really plan on pining after.
Except the big B. Sure, I knew I’d be reeling from Bethenny withdrawals. She’s my favorite of all of them, BT ...
Most people don’t know this. Actually, I’m not sure anyone does — or they didn’t until now.
I’m a bit of an insomniac. That’s not the secret part. My poor sleep pattern is near legendary among my circle of humans, by the by.
No, the previously undisclosed info is that quite often ...
Well, the global Groundhog Day scenario continues, eh?
I feel you, friends.
And yep, there’s no denying it: Our current sitch here on the third rock is scaring the stuffings out of old PK.
So I feel the need to again remind everyone of the CDC COVID-19 Guidelines for ...
You know, now is when it finally pays off to be me.
Oh, I know, I’m a dork by all estimations and of fairly considerable percentage.
I don’t carry designer bags.
I buy formal dresswear exclusively from the clearance bin.
On the rare occasion you see nail polish on these man hands of ...
We’re not talking about it.
Okay, we technically are. But I’m not mentioning IT, specifically. Well, not by name, expressly. This week, anyway.
Not because I’m not taking it seriously. I am. Boy, am I.
It’s not because I’m not scared. I am. Man, am I.
It’s not that I don’t ...
You probably haven’t heard much about it yet in your area.
It’s a new thing, really. Just burst onto the scene about back in ... oh, late December, I believe.
Nah, I’m not referring to the whole deal with the super-jolly dude in red flying around on his big old sleigh with his cool ...
Fernando. Fred. Freddie. Hon.
Dad. Foh-pa. Bop.
Grandpa Marinucci. Honorary big brother.
Mr. Marinucci. Marinuch.
My father was called many different names by a myriad of folks. As for me? I called him Pop.
I was pretty much the only one who referred to him that way. I think that’s ...
It all happened so quickly. It was over nearly before it started.
“Are we the only ones in here?” I faintly heard one gal ask another from my stall at the far wall end of the ladies room.
“I think so,” came the somewhat muted reply as I tried to whip up a sham sneeze in attempts to ...