Everyday Life in New York City

April 14, 2014

Life in New York City

The Metropolitan Diary of the New York Times continues to offer humorous real-life stories and experiences of natives and visitors to New York City that often show the human side of New Yorkers. When I read most of them, I can’t help but laugh, sometimes very loudly and sometimes, depending on my surroundings, attracting a little too much attention. Others just make me feel good about being a New Yorker. A recent edition includes a cabbie having lunch to go, two-timing dog grooming, and cycling for a dollar beer. So, try it for therapy, stress relief, or to assure yourself that there still is a good side to people – just don’t laugh or cry too loudly: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/category/metropolitan-diary/.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway Musicals?

April 8, 2014

Sam Waterston

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “Give My Regards To Broadway” that I posted 2 weeks ago:
1. In 2008 “the word” was you could catch the kids of Rydell High at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in this show. – What is “Grease?”
2. This man scene here [above] hit the Great White Way in 1993 as “Abe Lincoln in Illinois.” – Who is Sam Waterston?
3. Oh yah, in 1988, pre-Fargo,” she was Stellllla! In “A Streetcar Named Desire,” dontcha know. – Who is Frances McDormand?
4. Before midnight, the stage ran red as Ethan Hawke opened as this tragic thane in 2013. – Who is “Macbeth?”5. In 1979 Angela Lansbury wowed ‘em as Mrs. Lovett, partner of this “Demon Dude.” – Who is “Sweeney Todd?”

I got all of them correct, with the help of a couple of guesses. How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:
Death on Broadway
Death Beneath the Streets
Death in Central Park
Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)
Nathan Hale

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

It’s April Fool’s Day

April 1, 2014

April Fool

But I’m not going to write something to fool you or pull any pranks. Maybe.

I have seen some good ones, though. Years ago when I lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, I was a faithful listener of the Mike and Dave Morning Show on WRFY radio. On this particular day, I turned on the radio in my car on the way to work, only to find that the late morning DJ was hosting the early show. I heard no mention of the change for several minutes. Finally, an announcement came on air that Mike and Dave were no longer employed by the station. Now, they (particularly Dave) had a reputation of pushing the airwave envelope – not to the point of being shock jocks, but pushing it nevertheless – so their termination did not surprise me. But it really disappointed me. In fact, I was really in a funk the rest of the day. The next morning, I heard their familiar voices on the radio. And then it occurred to me that the day before was April 1! I called them and let them know that they “got” me. They just laughed and said that was the point. So go ahead and play your pranks…as long as they’re harmless…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

March 24, 2014

Sam Waterston

One of the categories on Jeopardy! recently was “Give My Regards To Broadway;” here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll post the questions in a few days:

1. In 2008 “the word” was you could catch the kids of Rydell High at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in this show.
2. This man scene here [above] hit the Great White Way in 1993 as “Abe Lincoln in Illinois.”
3. Oh yah, in 1988, pre-Fargo,” she was Stellllla! In “A Streetcar Named Desire,” dontcha know.
4. Before midnight, the stage ran red as Ethan Hawke opened as this tragic thane in 2013.
5. In 1979 Angela Lansbury wowed ‘em as Mrs. Lovett, partner of this “Demon Dude.”

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014

St. Patrick’s Parade
This seems to be an appropriate time to write about St. Patrick’s Day, so I will. Today is the national holiday of Ireland, and celebrates the life of Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary who lived in the 4th and 5th centuries. It began as a religious holiday, and became a public holiday in 1903. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston in 1737, but the longest-running and largest parade is in New York, which has run every year since 1762, and today attracts two million spectators and 150,000 marchers. And green is the color of choice, with a river dyed green in Chicago, a canal in Indianapolis, and fountains in Savannah. Even those not of Irish ancestry participate in the festivities (in fact, I’ve gone to several “St. Paddy’s Day” parties in the past few years, and I’ve got only one connection – McCracken – and that name hails from Northern Ireland). So regardless of your background, enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

What’s the Most Annoying Phrase You Hear?

March 11, 2014

Annoying Phrases

       A couple of years ago I wrote about the results of a Marist College poll of the most annoying conversational word or phrase – which are really nonwords – to about 1,000 US residents.  Then just the other day I saw the 2013 results of the same poll.  Here’s how they compare:

2011

2013

Whatever – 38%

Whatever – 38%

Like – 20%

Like – 22%

You know – 19%

You know – 18%

Just sayin – 11%

Just sayin – 14%

Seriously – 7%

Obviously – 6%

Then I saw a list of most annoying words and phrases from Reader’s Digest.  Among that list were:

Fairly unique

Then it’s not really unique!

I personally

Is ‘”I” ever not personal?

At this moment in time

As opposed to this moment in space?

24-7

That was annoying to me 20 years ago!

Shouldn’t of

Just plain incorrect English.

Is there a word or phrase that really gets to you?  If so, please share it in a comment…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway Musicals?

March 5, 2014

Broadway

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers about shows in the category “Broadway Musicals” that I posted 2 weeks ago:

1. Tunes in this ‘50s Broadway classic include “Gee, Officer Krupke” & “Cool.” – What is “West Side Story?”
2. Mary Bridget Davies belts out “Me & Bobby McGee” in the 2013 show “A Night With” her. – Who is Janis Joplin?
3. This show with a street in it’s title had songs like “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.” – What is “Avenue Q?”
4. “I Meant You No Harm” is a song for James Thunder Early in this ‘60s & ‘70s-set show..– What is Dream Girls?”
5. “(Ya Got) trouble” when ya go to see this hill of a show. – What is “The Music Man?”

I got three of them correct, but I even saw one of the ones I missed! How did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

Happy February 27th Birthday!

February 27, 2014

Randolph Mase Blogging Tips 2

It’s February 27, so a hearty Happy Birthday wish to (past and present) to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, David Sarnoff, John Steinbeck and Gene Sarazen (same year), Joanne Woodward, Elizabeth Taylor, Van Williams and Ralph Nader (same year), Howard Hesseman, Mary Fran, Chelsea Clinton, Josh Groban, and…me!  I’m not being narcissistic; I just realized that I’m in pretty good company, and two of us were born in New   York.  If you want to find out what famous people share your birthday, one resource is http://www.famousbirthdays.com.  But you won’t find me on the February 27 list…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway Musicals?

February 20, 2014

Broadway

One of the categories on Jeopardy! recently was “Broadway Musicals,” which is perfect for my blog – here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each. I’ll post the questions in a few days:

1. Tunes in this ‘50s Broadway classic include “Gee, Officer Krupke” & “Cool.”
2. Mary Bridget Davies belts out “Me & Bobby McGee” in the 2013 show “A Night With” her.
3. This show with a street in it’s title had songs like “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.”
4. “I Meant You No Harm” is a song for James Thunder Early in this ‘60s & ‘70s-set show.
5. “(Ya Got) trouble” when ya go to see this hill of a show.

How well do you know Broadway? Come back later for the questions…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Most of us know that today is Valentine’s Day (technically Saint Valentine’s Day, but that name is popularly shortened).  And many of us here in the United States have read about the infamous Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, when on this date in 1929, gangs led by Al Capone and Bugs Moran clashed in Chicago, killing seven people.  And I heard a fact on the radio the other day that the group of people who receive the most Valentine’s Day cards are teachers.

And that has really become the spirit of this day – the giving of cards, as well as candy.  That tradition dates back to the 1800s in Great   Britain, and in 1847 it spread to the United States when Esther Howland created her home-based Valentine’s Day card business in Worcester, Massachusetts.  It’s estimated today that more than one billion cards are sent on this day worldwide, ranking second to only Christmas.  That’s a lot.  So weather you send a card or flowers or candy, or you receive them, enjoy this day, and enjoy that special person in your life!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

And to view updated blogs in real-time, go to http://kadency.com – it’s a great site!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale


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