Whitney and Fredrick In India; Lois and Eliot at a Drag Charity Party

Whitney and Fredrick are in India at a friend’s wedding. The bride went to school with Whitney at Carnegie Mellon. 

The second set of photos are from tonight’s charity event we attended at The Sanctuary Church in Ft. Lauderdale for the Julian Fountain of Youth in Haiti. Our friends Randy Bridges and Ron Moorman invited us.

Whitney’s tattoo

The bride arrives

Back in Ft. Lauderdale.

Getting ready for the drag show

Randy and me.

Randy let’s go!

Randy and Ron on left with friends



This is the list for our yahrzeit memorial candles. Please let us know if we missed anyone. This is very important to us. We think of these special people all the time. Thank you 

Ruth and Willie Schneider

Rhoda and Milton Hess

Jerry Hess

Kenny Hess

Sarah and Max Schneider

Elsie and Jacob Yabkowitz

Sophie and Nathan Hess

Lillian and George Kaplan

Dotty and Ruby Young

Esther and Effie Young 

Barbara and Lenny Weinberger

Roz and Mel Schneider

Ruth and Henry Jacobs

Helen and Jack Cohen

Laurie, Larry and Lewis Cohen

Miriam and Irv Kaplan

Julie Berens 

Esta and Willie Hess

Scott Hess

Ruth and David Gottlieb 

Linda Berk Sklaw

Rene Berk 

Lillian and Jack Richer

Jill and Sam Strauss

Richard and Devon Strauss

S.David Feir

Manning Greenberg

Aaron Neretin and Karen Fisher

Linda Goldstein  

Len Marks

John Hollands

Art Levis

Andrew Sager

Stan Weston

Teddy Baum

Lynn Barnard 

Eddie Guskind

John Davis

Xavier Poretzky 

Billy Horn

Richard Selby

Ken Furst

Gucci, Blondie, Coco, Bixby,

Goldie, Robbie, Jeffrey Jacobson

Miriam and Harry Katz

Harold Marx

Irv Shaw

Esther and Freddie Krieger

Dottie and Seidman

Dora & Irving Fenster

Anne & Jack Mark

Steve Jobs

Stella Austi 

Migel Elias

Jeff Fiella

Bruce Alpert

Andrew Scott

Jane and Warren Zorek

Jerry Kalov

Harry and Morris Franco 

Artie Bach

Ronnie and Murray Singer

Jack Wayman

Linda Foa

Cathy Davis

Lissa Smith 

Martha Dickey

Arthur Cleveland 

Eli and Saul Ashkenazi

Lee Schwartz 

Ethel Kaye

Diane and Karen Rothman

Robot Farms 

More bad news for the human race. Robots are becoming farmers. The good news is that robots are capable of increasing efficiency. I read a story in Digital Trends that said drones and self-driving machines are taking over. There is one farm in rural England that is completely operated by robots.

You can read all about it here. The story explains how the Harper Adams University in the United Kingdom, along with an agricultural company named Precision Decisions, are conducting a experiment to remove humans from farming.

Robots now know how to plow, plant, fertilize, and harvest. Watch the video to see farm robots in action.

No more jokes about the farmer’s daughter.



Amazon’s Physical Activity 

The online company that has put so many retailers out of business, is now expanding its operation with many different types of physical locations. 

I used to think that an online business truly meant online. Nope. Amazon now has physical locations in malls, shopping districts, and in industrial complexes.

The many different Amazon businesses  include:

  . Amazon Bookstores 

 . Amazon Instant

· Amazon Lockers

· Amazon Pop-Up

· Amazon Home Services

· Amazon acquired Whole Foods

· Amazon partners with Kohl’s and will start accepting Amazon returns at 82 stores in Chicago and Los Angeles. Ten stores will feature an “Amazon smart home experience.”

Business Insider recently did a great wrap up on all that Amazon has become. You can read it here.

Amazon never ceases to amaze.

Benefit For The New York Pops 

We attended a benefit for the New York Pops tonight at Feinstein’s 54 Below. The star of the cabaret-type show was our pal Lucie Arnaz, accompanied by our other good friend, Ron Abel. The headliner, Lucie, really sold out the house. It was standing room only. Lucie is married to actor Larry Luckinbill. They have five children.  

Eliot and I won this in the silent auction, a day with Random House authors. Maybe they can help me finish my book.

One highlight of the evening was that Lucie sang “Until Now,” created by Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan. Since Eliot and I are friends with all three, it was  a thrill to hear it. It’s such a gorgeous song that I hope you share it with others.

The other highlight of the evening was when Lucie sang “They’re Playing Our Song,” from the Broadway musical of the same name. She was the female lead and Robert Klein was her costar. The book  was written by Neil Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, and music by Marvin Hamlisch.


A writer I worked with 40 plus years ago recently sent these puns to me. It’s amazing how you can keep in touch with someone for so many years now because of the internet. Thank you Walter Salm for putting a smile on my face.

1) The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 

2) I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3) She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still. 

4) A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption. 

5) No matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery. 

6) A dog that gave birth to puppies near the road was cited for littering. 

7) A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France resulted in linoleum blown apart. 

8) Two silk worms had a race and ended up in a tie. 

9) A hole in the wall was found at a the nudist camp and police are looking into it. 

10) Time flies like an arrow, while fruit flies like a banana. 

11) Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 

12) Two hats hung on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, “You stay here. I’ll go on a head.” 

13) I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me! 

14) A sign on the front lawn at a drug rehab center: “Keep off the grass.” 

15) The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. 

16) The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. 

17) A backward poet writes inverse. 

18) In a democracy, it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism, it’s your count that votes. 

19) When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. 

20) If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine. 

21) A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boarded an airplane. The flight attendant looked at him and said, “Sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”

22) Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, “Dam!”

23) Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire inthe craft. Not surprisingly, it sank, proving that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too. 

24) Two hydrogen atoms met. One said, “I’ve lost my electron.” The other said, “Are you sure?” The first atom replied, “Yes, I’m positive.”

25) Someone sent ten puns to friends, hoping at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

A Talking Garbage Can  

I hate touching my garbage can. First of all, my hands are usually greasy and I don’t want any of it getting on the can itself. On the other hand, I don’t want any remnants left on the garbage can getting on me. 


I have found a great solution.  The Simplehuman voice-activated sensor trash can.  For $179.00, I can buy a garbage can that I can talk to.  If I say  “open” the top of the can will open.  I can also wave my hand in front of the sensor and the lid will open.  Special sensors for voice and motion do all the work.

The Simplehuman trash cans come in a variety of sizes, colors and prices. Colors include silver, white, rose gold and black . 

Read more about the Simplehuman trash can in Digital Trends  

The Game of Phones 


You have to stop what you are doing and watch  this video. I have never experienced what I felt when I first saw it. I remember how to dial a phone, yet is seems like a lifetime ago. It looks familiar, yet it seems so strange. 

That’s the word that describes how I feel, strange. This video almost gives me the creeps. I’m watching one famous person, after another famous person, dialing a phone, and then eventually pressing buttons  I’m sure there  is some deep psychological meaning behind this video. For me, it’s spooky. Everyone looks they are a child playing with a toy..

I came across the video when I was searching for new art exhibits in NYC. I found out that the Paula Cooper Gallery is presenting Christian Marclay’s “Phones” at its New York venue. The exhibition entitled “Phones,” includes the early works by Christian Marclay comprising sculptures and a video. 

I’m anxious to hear your reaction to the video. It may put a smile on your face, while you may start crying inside. Technology has changed so much. And we have lived to see it all.

The Future In Camping  

Eliot and I will be traveling to Paris next month for a mini CES tech show that showcases start-up companies. I am very excited because I am anxious to see the new innovative products coming from the French. 

I first noticed that France was very innovative productwise at the last CES in Las Vegas when I witnessed a football field of French companies showing off their creative wares. There were lots of start-ups from many other nations, but France had the most. A few years ago, it was Israel. I guess, it’s all very cyclical.

One company that has caught my attention recently is France’s Green Cat Technologies. They just unveiled the sCarabane, one of the most unique camper trailers you have ever seen. When it’s on the road, it looks like a 26-foot silver mobile truck, but it unfolds into a useful, 420-square-foot tiny house.

Watch the video. It will surprise you.

At the campsite, the sCarabane sits on a circular stand that allows it to rotate. The tiny house features a front deck, two rear bedrooms and a very modern kitchen.  An adjustable bubble window features a reflective shade to control natural light and heat. 

No word on pricing.