Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Okay, maybe paraphrasing it, there is something in play that's been promised for a long time (since April 2007 to be exact).
It's all for the better, my friends...that's it for now.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Due to reasons beyond our control we must close Grampy’s Downtown Delicatessen.
This was not an easy decision to make
and it was a sad one.
We have serviced our many friends and customers
for 14 years and will miss all of you!
These economic times are not easy for any of us. Unfortunately, what is going on in our Country has directly affected our ability to operate.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
On their site, http://remix.nin.com -- there's the opportunity to remix their music... mighty friendly in this age of lawyers and C&D's and takedown notices.
So, with their virtual blessing, I remixed their song, "The Hand That Feeds" -- and I'm sharing the results with all of you. Being a hip-hop head, I decided to give my remix an old-school hip-hop twist. Hope you like it...
The Hand That Feeds (strippedmix) (free registration may be required)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
It's funny, how much of my family's life revolves around food. Anything in life that happens is cause for a family get-together for a meal.
This is the morning of February 22. My dad's mother had died earlier, and there were plans to make. After dropping him off at the funeral home, I went back to my parents' place to pick up the rest of the family to join him for brunch at Bollinger's in Farmingdale.
Even though he was up late the night before; even though my dad's mind was racing with what to do next, he still had the presence of mind to call the immediate family together for brunch.
It was bittersweet, that meal. I wish I could tell you what I had, but I don't remember.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
- I work at a college, and "the crunch" is most definitely upon us. This year is especially challenging because of construction, faculty and students coming back at the same time.
- Mason is headed back to school on Tuesday, which means...I won't lie...someone's going to be looking after him. It's hard to work and watch after a bored kid at the same time.
- My wife got some startling news from a recent doctor's visit. I'll update you more when we know for sure, but it's definitely bigger than the common cold treatment she went in for.
- My summer was good -- got a chance to take a couple of weekend trips. I still have too much vacation time left over. Rats.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
What's that? You have no idea what I'm talking about? Sheesh, I thought you guys were more faithful at reading this blog! Way back in June, I submitted a question regarding one of our cars (I'm not going to tell you what I called about, because I want you guys to listen to the episode!) to the Car Talk line. Apparently, they liked what I had to say (must be all of my drama training from high school, thanks Mr. Kirby...) because they wrote back:
Hey, we got your call and we liked it.
Now...we need to talk to you further. And then...maybe we can get your question onto Car Talk!
I'm so excited. I hope that I make it to the next round... I'll post more info once I get it...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
What else could we do to create a frenzy? Label them 'Limited Editions' and tell them 'Only One Will Survive'. Sprinkle in online voting with some Flash graphics and a telephone poll and voila! The illusion of a democracy, oops, I meant DEWmocracy!
The only problem is this: The other two flavors are bland, boring, and lack the (excuse the pun) 'pop' that Voltage has. They're not even close! What combinations did they choose for the bogus flavors? Strawberry-Melon, and Mixed Berry? What?!? Some Juicy Fruit gum and a yogurt flavor? WTF?!?
I think Mountain Dew's plan was to release Voltage anyway, and threw together some quickie flavors to give the illusion that it could be decided by the people. Like there would be a full-time web staff updating the results hourly -- this is soda, for chrissakes, not CNN people.
Don't believe me? Think I'm off my rocker? That's fine, but even the fanboys are onto it, check the DEWmocracy forums...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I swear, this video is horrendous. It's so bad that the director actually fades the music down to a dull mumble halfway through the video it's as if he wanted to make it less of a music video and more like an overproduced high school 'day in the life' video. Want more proof?
- Loads of 80s-era One-hit wonders? Check.
- The occasional Cosby Show kid? Check.
- "This is scripted, but we're gonna act all spontaneous" crap? Check.
- Bubbles the chimp? Check.
- Paula Abdul? Check.
- Steve Guttenberg and Dan Akroyd as two motorcycle cops? Check and Check.
- Sherman Hemsley dancing? Check. Enough of my babbling... peep it and see:
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
What's on the card:
"iCards goes away tomorrow, to make room for Mobile Me.
I've been using iCards for a long, long time. In fact, I've been sending them since 2000, when they were a part of Apple's iTools. I sent my wedding announcements through them, as well as many birthday and anniversary cards as well [sic]. They were always, in my opinion, classier than the other Flash-based drivel on the internet.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
This aerial shot shows a former Drive-In movie theater in Waterford, CT (the next town over from the town I work in, New London, CT).
It's now it's a vacant lot next to a supermarket. I can't wait to go snooping around, taking
Is it still called "Urban Exploration" if it's in the suburbs?
Monday, June 30, 2008
I'm so excited! This is awesome! I'll post more info if I hear back...
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Suddenly, out of the blue, came this torrential downpour and hailstorm. It was wild!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Ballmer egged in Hungary by ZDNet's Larry Dignan -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was egged at a Hungarian University and had to take cover under a desk. The find, via CNET’s Matt Asay, is crazy. Ballmer took it in stride, but makes you wonder. What if this guy had something much worse than eggs on him? In any case, it’s worth a view.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We went to the local bike shop (Benidorm Bikes in Canton, CT) and allowed him to pick out any one of the pre-owned (pre-loved?) bikes there.
He passed over 10- and 18-speed bikes for a simple single-speed BMX bike. The price? $10 -- couldn't be beat!
He's happy, we're happy, and we won't feel so bad when his latest growth spurt makes this bike too small once again.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
And last, but certainly not least, the man who made a cameo appearance in thirty-seven of his own films, mostly in inconspicuous walk-on parts, The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Here’s a compilation of most of his cameos:
In my opinion, much classier than all those M. Night Shyamalan cameos...
Friday, May 02, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
"My name is Kyle, and I would like to tell you about my grandmother. Now she was never called Grandmother, Nana, or Oma. It was Grandma. Now, the story was that when my sister, Erika was born, my two grandmothers had gotten together to decide on what they should be called. Somehow they determined that my mother’s mom should be called “Granny”, because she looked more like a Granny, and my father’s mom should then be called “Grandma”, because she looked more like a Grandma. My mother’s father was called “Grandpa” – my father’s father had passed away before we were born.
When we got “the call” from my brother-in-law, Jerry at Daleview that Grandma’s time was near, I rushed here from Connecticut, where I live. Sitting vigil that night, my family and I started trading stories about Grandma to pass the time. Afterwards, my dad said, “you know, you should share some of them at her memorial service,” – and I thought about it. I mean, there’s no overreaching arc to tie the whole story together. My dad said it didn’t matter. So, here are some of the stories I told that long night in February:
- The simple pack of playing cards were very important to my family. I was never told why, but I’m sure it had something to do with my grandparents and the great depression, or that it was a compact game you could carry in your pocket or whatever. I do know, that if Grandma sat down with someone else, she ask, “well, where’s the cards?”
- Whenever there would be a family get-together like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a weekend, there would be my Granny, my Grandma, and my Grandpa. Looking back then, it was really a poor environment for us kids. We had smoking, drinking and gambling going on – usually it was all three at the same time! Even though it was penny-ante poker, it was played with all the ferocity of the high-stakes table at Atlantic City. To get under Grandma’s skin, Granny would call Grandma “Betsy” a bastardization of her Americanized name ‘Elizabeth’ – which bugged my Grandma to no end. To get back at her, Grandma would call Granny ‘Irma’ – her real name, but she preferred ‘Impi’. It was never malicious, and after the game was over, there would be no hard feelings.
- Now, again, these were penny-ante poker games… we’re talking 2 or 3 cents a hand. If they were holding a good hand, they’d maybe raise it to 4 cents… and a hush would fall over the table. What ended up happening is that we’d have huge containers of pennies throughout the house as a kid, as if the bank would take $400 in pennies…
- She taught us to play card games like solitaire, go-fish, gin-rummy, and gin. At the family marathon poker games, I’d sit down and watch and try to absorb this rich tradition of poker being played. Being the card sharks they were, though – none of my grandparents would share those tricks with me. Apparently that was too sacred for family.
- My parents’ anniversary is on July 5th. For some unknown reason around that date, they’d go off on a vacation without my sister and I to a place called the Stouffer’s Inn in Westchester county. My parents would drop us off at Grandma’s house to watch us.
- Since Grandma was working at the phone company back then, she would wake us up early in the morning, make us breakfast, then drop us off at Granny’s house for the day before heading off to work. When you’re used to fruit loops or frosted flakes every morning, having fresh scrambled eggs cooked in real butter (no margarine!), toast and bacon – was a fantastic way to start the day.
- After work, she’d pick us up from Granny’s house. Now, keep in mind that this was around July 4th, so there’s plenty of leftover illegal fireworks around. Behind her house was a small park, where the local teenagers hung out at. There would be the screeching of bottle rockets, and the steady thunder of firecrackers scaring the beejeezus out of us kids. To help us get to sleep, she invite my sister and I into her bed. We played this game together: she would start a spooky ghost story, and just at the cliffhanger, she’d pass the story onto my sister, who would continue onto the next cliffhanger, and she’d pass it onto me. When I was done with my segment, I’d pass it onto Grandma. Eventually, my sister and I fell asleep. Somehow we ended up kicking Grandma out of her own bed – and she would sleep in the guest room.
• “The Penguin”
- Later on in life, I was in my late teens or early twenties. My dad would take the family out to dinner. As was the case, everyone would pair up: my mom and dad, Erika and Jerry. Since I was driving now, I’d ultimately get paired with Grandma.
- I didn’t like it much at first, wanting to have a mate of my own. Eventually, after a few dinners out, I came to enjoy being paired up with her. I would practice my suave moves on Grandma, helping her with her coat or chair. Remembering that she liked “2 fingers” of Coke in her glass. She ate it up, her comment was, “Kyle, you’re a gentleman and a scholar”. I never found out what that meant. It was a ‘grandma-ism’ whose meaning was lost to time, like “Macdollahs” or “for Pete’s sake”.
- It was a rainy night leaving the Red Lobster in Farmingdale. I was trying to be chivalrous and hold out my umbrella so we could walk back to the car under it. Problem was, Grandma was about 2 feet shorter than I was. As a result, she’d have to take 4 steps for every one of mine to remain in sync and stay under the umbrella. I remarked that her shuffling along reminded me of a penguin, and she howled with laughter in the parking lot. So, I nicknamed her “The Penguin” and she would sign her letters or cards to me with the letter “P” only.
• Whale watching
- 2 weeks in the summer, my parents vacation in Cape Cod. Grandma would be invited, and she’d be miserable the whole time there, because she wasn’t able to nap and her schedule being thrown off. My dad would insist, “relax, ma – it’s a vacation,” but she couldn’t. it wasn’t her house.
- My dad took us on a whale-watching trip departing from Provincetown. He stayed on shore, and sent the rest of us onboard. Now, to see the whales, you have to travel great distances at high speed to get out into the ocean area. My sister became violently seasick and wanted to stay below deck. My mom said to me, “where’s Grandma?” and sent me to go searching for her. Now this old lady, whom you’d figure would be hanging on to some table below deck, or clutching the rail as the boat flew high into the air on these giant ocean waves… was at the bow of the boat with the biggest smile on her face. So, I stood with her, feeling every wave splash us in the face and getting that funny feeling in your tummy as the bow rose and fell in the swells of the ocean. It was awesome.
So, those are some of the fond, fond memories I have of my Grandma. I hope you get a better understanding of how I saw her and how she touched my life.
Grandma, I speak for all of the CT DeMilo’s in saying we all miss you very much.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I'm always telling my son that the "things" you have to do in life can be divided into two categories: stuff you want to do, and stuff you have to do.
I tell him, "You might want to play video games, but you have to do you homework. It's better to get the stuff you have to do out of the way first, so you have more time for the stuff you want to do."
Where am I going with this? Well, after my Grandma died, my dad and his brother decided to have a memorial service instead of the usual funeral (she wasn't a religious person). He asked if I would want to say anything at the service. My dad said there were times when he had been asked to say something at a similar service for others and said nothing, then regretting not having done it.
So all week, I've been working on my assignment. My Grandma lived a long and fruitful life, and I want my speech to reflect that. Funny, though -- I find myself avoiding doing it mainly because that would cause me to think about her. Do I miss her? You bet. I hope what I say up at the podium honors her memory for our families' sake.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
My mom said it best, "You've got to focus on the living" -- and she's right, you know. To dwell on my grandmother's death would be counter-productive. Besides, the kids know what's up, and we grown-ups have to be there to support them. They don't have the full palette of expression that grown folk do.
So, I will miss Grandma, I will mourn Grandma, but I will keep on living.
- I'm slowly getting back into the groove here, and should be producing a new "What The Hell Am I Eating?" episode soon.
- That end-of-2007 thing is coming soon, really -- I mean it!
- Check my twitter page for my latest brainfarts.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
We wanted to go somewhere for breakfast yesterday. Something low-key, and a local place (versus a big chain like IHOP or Denny's). Found the Liberty Diner and fell in love. Being 11:30, I couldn't decide on getting breakfast or lunch. I settled on a turkey club sandwich with a side of pancakes. Fantastic, and easy on the wallet. We'll definitely be back.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
If you were to tell me back in 1987 that these guys would be looked upon twenty years later as the elder statesmen of hip-hop culture, playing their own instruments, and fighting for human rights (versus your right to party)...
...I would have told you you were crazy.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
- I don't own a pair of jeans.
- My round-trip commute averages around 120 miles.
- The furthest west I've been has been Western New York.
- I've beta tested lots of software, but the only place my name appears is in the credits for Now Up-To-Date & Contact 4.
- I took the Pepsi Challenge and picked Coke.
- I bat righty, but cut my steak southpaw.
- I used to tawk like a Lawn Gylander.
- My first computer was a PowerBook 1400c/133
- My first car was a Toyota Tercel Hatchback
- The night of my first date with my future wife, only one other person knew where I was.
- I'm a quarter each: Lithuanian, German, Italian, and Finnish
- I've owned several cats in my life, but only 2 dogs: Poochie and Viking
- I like wooden roller coasters, but don't like steel ones
- I didn't like pickled beets until about 2 years ago
- I own a copy of "Mickey Mouse Disco"
- I found the (then new) 25th Anniversary Issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (with Kathy Ireland on the cover) on the way home from church. Yeah, I took it home. That can't be good for my soul.
- I played the trumpet and the cello as a kid.
- My parents were both music teachers, when I told them I wanted to play drums, they wouldn't have it. That was the end of that :(
- Sat on a yellowjacket once as a kid and it stung my butt.
- First hip-hop song I heard ever: "Roxanne Roxanne" by UTFO at United Skates of America. All the kids in school afterwards went around asking, "Did you take her to the beach?" the rest of the school year. It was cool.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
"What's the deal with that McKid kid anyway?"That's an awesome question, mom. Let's explore the history of this, shall we?
The McKid is a series of faces that are used as my rating system. There are 4 faces:
<-- From "Yuck" to "Yay!"
Why is this little dude called a "McKid" anyway? Well, I stole his image from my sister-in-law's McDonald's training manual (she worked there many summers ago). I was not sure what I would do with them at the time, but I squirreled them away in iPhoto for future use. Being a professional model for sure, his chipper mug makes a better representation of how I feel regarding the stuff I test in my videos.
So, that's the McKid system. Look for them exclusively on What The Hell Am I Eating -- or in your McDonald's training manual ;-)
Edited: Re-uploaded video to correct 'skipping' issue.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Normally, around last weekish, I would have come up with a year-end review. Careful readers will note that this did not happen. Why? Chalk it up to work and a really long commute. Add to that a new vidcast I'm working on (What The Hell Am I Eating?), and the mandatory family obligations, and you get the idea... no time whatsoever.
What should you do? Well, there's always reading up on ancient events I participated in back in high school, or you can always browse the archives, or check my posts on Twitter.
Don't worry, a majority of the 2007-in-review post is already done, I'm getting around to finishing it... really... before February rolls around... I promise!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I'm adding him to the sidebar as well. Look for him under 'Stuff I'm Reading'...