I have been noticing an uptick in gas prices over the last few weeks and then Colonial Pipeline happened. What I am most intrigued by is that we North-Easterners didn’t panic, didn’t cause gas lines or even put gas in plastic bags. So why were those in the south panicking? Was it political panic?
My ears perked up about all this and I wanted to go to a resource you probably see on your local road, Triple-A! I welcomed Robert Sinclair of AAA to discuss the gas crisis and the congestion pricing drama going on between NY and NJ!
Everybody who has a personality enjoyed saying ‘May the 4th Be With You’ this past week. It’s a take on Star Wars ‘May the Force Be With You’! In a way I feel God is pushing me to discuss another issue I and many others tackle with FORCE daily!
Skywalker fought Darth VADER , while many real people fight VATER Association! Have you ever heard of it? If not, you are not alone! Personally, it’s kinda wild to be considered a once in 10k-40k newborn chance to be born with VATER. Yes one baby out of a maximum of 40k births could be born with VATER.
I wince when I’m asked ‘what were you born with’. I don’t even like to think I was born with a condition. However, my face beams when I discuss having VATER and tackling it with FORCE! VATER has been the reason for a life-saving colostomy bag and not even that brings me down! Most definitely God has been the reason why I have been given the ability for rollerblading with one leg came to be , but saddling my body with VATER has built me stronger!
This was a joyous moment! The whole process of being vaccinated was in a sense magical. Two weeks ago, I completed the final dose of Pfizer thanks to NYC Health and Hospitals+ ! Hence I am fully vaccinated! Or so I thought , I’ll get to that in a bit.
However, the walk-in process felt special and right now, walk-in appointments are available if you so desire to become vaccinated! (http://on.nyc.gov/walkupvax)
I utilize this platform to simply encourage , not judge you if you don’t want to get a vaccine due to health concerns and the news surrounding after-effects. Trust me, I was nervous of side-effects of vaccine two as well. I also don’t believe in threats against resuming society if not every person is vaccinated.
Not every person gets the flu vaccine, and they have that right , why not the right in this instance as well as COVID cases decline?
My journey of what I believed is considered fully vaccinated feels exciting moving forward. Will we really need a third shot? Will I get that third shot if so? Time will tell. For now, I’m excited to just get back to the ballyard for baseball this summer . Excited to roll around the city a little more carefree than before and just enjoy a BETTER normal in our city, NEW YORK CITY. Let’s bring it back baby!
I just hope that America is not held hostage by the idea of the vaccine. We have freedoms in this country and thank GOD we haven’t mandated legislatively this vaccine. Yet, the pressures told to us that we can’t get back to normal unless we all get vaccinated is such a pressure campaign, it disheartens me.
The Oscars had everyone vaccinated, but why aren’t these stars doing ANYTHING to ease the distrust some of America still has? The President and the VP got the vaccine on CAMERA, yet they too don’t encourage us to get the vaccine , only threatening us if we don’t get that shot in the arm!
So if pressuring and bullying is what our leaders will resort to, I say just let us live! Heck, let us be vaxxed if so desired and enjoy those benefits. But, most importantly let us be adults in the room, Americans CAN handle themselves!
As I watched the funeral of Prince Philip, I felt an honest pang in my soul. It was one that made me realize the Royal Family are first and foremost PEOPLE. ‘Why do we always gossip over these people? ‘ I thought to myself. I also realized the Royal Family honored the 99 year old Duke of Edinburgh with a funeral mass because they turned to God, as any family would, in this time of grief. Yet, the networks would rather have shown the family over the words of the Bible and that’s what fired me up the most yesterday.
The Royal Family are looking to God. God brought Prince Harry back and broke the ice between him and his brother Prince William. That was GOD’s doing in a time where everyone else miles away from Buckingham Palace would rather fill tabloids with speculation about Megxit. The fact that the Queen and Prince Philip were married 67 years meant they not only committed to themselves but the moral grounding of commitment to God to love each other was obviously present.
Divorce is such a gossip topic also, and it shouldn’t be. People always speculate on celebrity divorces, instead of praying for them and asking why maybe one of them could not stay committed to the vows they make in His house.
Many also bemoan the idea about how sideways society has gotten yet still give ratings to networks that put Gossip over the Gospel. Let’s put the Gospel and put God over Gossip.
If networks so choose to run the funeral yesterday, then I believe these same networks should full-on advocate for pastors that have been struggling to get through to their congregation amidst the lockdown. These networks should highlight Churches who benefit the community not just on Sunday but EVERY DAY!
These networks should stop putting God in the backseat in general and then wonder why evil exists! Maybe it’s because material has taken over the spiritual and we must reverse that tide. It’s not always just the gun, it’s the person’s heart behind that trigger. Anybody who believes they can carry an AK-47 or AR-15 around regular people has evil in their heart. I also happen to believe those weapons should be banned from regular use! Yet, the knee-jerk reaction to focus on the gun and not the human is part of society’s decaying. The gossiping of ‘why’d he/she do it?’ or ‘what’s the motive?’ is just chatter and doesn’t solve the bigger issues of our times.
If God was such a focus for networks as showing glorious St. George Chapel in Windsor, than prove it. Fight the fines of those pastors that have been trying to preach in their own parking lots during the pandemic when it was safe. Argue for less arrests of pastors just trying to reach their congregation the best they can and maybe, just maybe, stop gossiping about those mega-churches!
The Royal Family turned to God to honor Prince Philip. Maybe today is a turning point for all of us think about how it will be God not Gossip that can steer us back in the right direction if we just honored Him in America !
While I thank God I have made it a year in a pandemic, I really would be feeling God’s work was honored if nursing home deaths were held accountable.
We can all pat ourselves on the back for surviving a year, or we can fight for justice for the families of loved ones that were killed due to heinous policy.
When NYS Attorney General Letitia James released her findings on Governor Cuomo’s March 24th, 2020 directive to put COVID positive patients back into nursing homes, the Governor’s bright lights started to dim into the accusations of sexual assault. Yet, let’s not forget the AP and others reporting nearly 20k underreported nursing home deaths in New York State! The Cuomo cover – up is worse than Nixon in that it hid DEATH! This is a criminal offense and obstruction that has eyes at the FBI and DOJ investigating right now!
The other underreported injustice is the fight to be free from domestic abuses amidst the lockdown. According to the IndexJournal reporting, the CDC, the very agency telling us how important and safe lockdowns would be, also reported that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced domestic abuse . (IndexJournal). This disturbing trend has to come to light. I read stories of pizza places becoming safe havens for the abused in their communities . Why would the CDC make citizens live in fear not just from a pandemic but from those who live right in the same house? Why didn’t this get much attention?!
Let’s also talk about how this year of pandemic led to many horrific cases of people contemplating suicide. According to the Washington Post, 1 in 4 young adults had at one point seriously considered suicide . (Washington Post) As far as actual suicide deaths a a result of the lockdown, numbers aren’t as prevalent . Yet, for the stories of those who have taken their lives during this time, their families must be recognized and cared for!
How could these government leaders not know putting COVID positive patients in nursing homes lead to deaths ? Oh wait they definitely did and criminally cooked the books as not to be tweeted by then-President Trump, are you kidding me? By the same token, how could the CDC not work harder to combat the affects of the lockdowns they mandated on this country ?
After the horrible death of George Floyd, fighting for justice is what 2020 ended up being about. The rallying cries of ‘no justice , no peace’ rang out and then riots broke out.
No riots, no protests for the families that lost loved ones in the nursing home disaster just because the media LOVED CUOMO. Let’s protest affects of these COVID policies which also led to injustice!
It’s very rare to have a two part conversation for my podcast , but the discussion with award-winning writer Nick Lyons about his new book , “Fire In the Straw” (Fire in the Straw) covered so much and is worth a two part series!
On my recent podcast, I introduced TigerHoodNYC, yes emblematic of Tiger Woods. Patrick Barr is the man behind TigerHoodNYC and one special block in Manhattan helps bring the community together through golf, milk cartons and overall positivity!
If you are or aren’t a golf enthusiast, I highly recommend giving this podcast episode a listen!
If you hadn’t seen it, Wollman Rink in New York City has had to be saved by the Central Park ice skating community.
How did we get here? When the de Blasio administration made the decision to cut contracts with all Trump organization institutions in New York City, they left Wollman rink staff, families, and kids in a state of panic that the very rink Trump saved could be taken away from out right from under their skates
Personally, not one skater on that ice should be held responsible for the insurrection of the Capitol on January 6th. Yet, that is what Mayor de Blasio is doing , and it shows his citizenry does not come first for him.
After a Change.org petition saved Wollman’s shutdown for just a few more weeks, there is a lot more work to be done!
New York City Parks Dept. Is holding bidding for a new owner to operate Wollman Rink, which by the way not just does winter skating but they do have outdoor activities for the community as well.
The one businessman I can see truly saving Wollman Rink is Rangers and Knicks owner James Dolan. The Rangers and Wollman are such a natural fit considering the rink and hockey ties. Just a few years ago, the Rangers held an outdoor practice at Wollman Rink and Garden of Dreams has often hosted galas .
If Dolan were to come along and save the rink, he really would be doing the Central Park ice skating community a service and the city should encourage it!
Fact of the matter is, I didn’t see one person on that rink really care about the Trump Organization name on the boards, on the concourse or anywhere, they just wanted to skate!
If the city ends up offering the operations but doesn’t encourage an actual buyer, then lives will be upended and I thought the Mayor of the City of New York is supposed to protect the citizenry, not tear it down!
I expanded on this in my latest Podcast on Spreaker !
On a recent podcast, I had the pleasure of welcoming Luigi ‘Squeegee’ Castillo. Luigi is a New York Yankees batboy alum and he takes us behind the scenes of that 90s clubhouse at a time when all the Yankees did was win World Series after World Series! He wrote about his experiences in ‘Clubhouse Confidential, A Yankee Batboy Insider’s Tale.
Take a listen to his story and how, with love and support from ‘The Boss’ George Steinbrenner, Ray Negron and David Cone, he adapted to become a beloved member of that Yankees clubhouse !