Some friendships are forged in pick-up games of basketball, neighborhood games of stickball or friendly games of tag. Mine were cemented in crime scene photos. I was about 13 and active in Boy Scouts. I was a mere Webelo at the time and we had to do some kind of photo essay for a photography … Continue reading Friendship Forged With Ketchup and Cameras
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein It was my first foray into the dating scene in more than 20 years. My first, first date in two decades … Continue reading Dating Again at 50: A Tale of Small Victories
A brilliantly written scene in an episode of the TV drama “Rescue Me” made me laugh and marvel at the insight of the writers. The firefighter character played by Denis Leary has this awkward, round-about conversation with his old man, played by the late Charles Durning. On the surface, they are talking banalities but subtitles … Continue reading Breaking the Man Speak Code
In “A Bronx Tale,” Chazz Palminteri’s mobster character, Sonny, says, “You’re only allowed three great women in your lifetime.” I agree, but I would amend it to say, “You’re only allowed three great loves in your lifetime.” And, with all due respect to all of the beautiful, amazing, smart, and loving women who have been … Continue reading My Three Great Loves
It comes as a slap in the face to most men. You wake up one morning, stumble out of bed, make your way to the bathroom and come face to face with your father staring back at you in the mirror. In this episode the About Men Posse discuss the inevitably of becoming your dad. … Continue reading AMR 03: Shadows of Our Dads
Just when you think you have things figured out, life throws you an off-speed pitch that takes you by surprise and changes the way you look at the world. I’m about to run out of my second stint of unemployment in the past two-and-a-half years and I’m not sure what direction I’m headed. Money is tight, … Continue reading Unemployment and Fatherhood
Two of the world’s great philosophers have weighed in about getting old. “Aging is for people who don’t know any better.” — Exercise guru Tony Horton, creator of the P90X workouts “Getting old sucks. I don’t recommend it.” — My old man I am rapidly moving toward being a man of a certain age *cough … Continue reading Will You Still Need Me? Will You Still Feed me?!?!
Broad generalization or not, most men really are simple creatures. A good meal, a vigorous rogering and a long nap pretty much describes a perfect day for a guy. In this episode Pedro Rafael, John and Gary are joined by Christopher Mele to discuss food and sex and are shocked to the core to learn … Continue reading AMR 02: Food, Sleep and Hot Sweaty Fun
In an earlier blog post I referenced an incident of some hilarity that took place when my buddy Pedro and I were emptying my then-girlfriend’s apartment on Staten Island about 30 years ago. We were working long into the night/early into the morning to get the task done so by the next day, I think … Continue reading Where’s the Kaboom?
So this is what happened: It is nearly 30 years ago. The mother of my then-girlfriend died. Her mom was buried on my girlfriend’s 18th birthday. Understandably she was devastated. My GF, who was living away at college at the time, faced the daunting challenge of emptying her mom’s apartment. (Her parents had divorced so … Continue reading Friendships and Brotherhood
My eleven-year-old daughter misplaced her beloved iPod today. After FaceTiming with her friends, she had some ice cream and then lost track of it. We searched the house in all the places she remembered she’d been to but no luck. Stump city! She even claimed that she had a blackout from some point on and … Continue reading Daddy Detective: The Case of the Missing Media Player
Dear fans of “Breaking Bad”: I realize that what I am about to say could get me dumped into a melt-resistant plastic barrel, my body bathed in a chemical stew and shipped off to hazardous waste facility somewhere but I have this to tell you after having just finished all five seasons: “Breaking Bad” was … Continue reading Was “Breaking Bad” The Best Ever? Not So Fast, Sparky…
In this first episode the crew of About Men Radio wrestle with the concept of what it means to “be a man” in this day and age of changing gender roles . They tackle this issue the only way they know how… by holing themselves up in a mountain man cave with microphones, recording equipment and … Continue reading AMR 01: Men Being Men
About Men Radio is a brand new Internet radio show and blog debuting in January of 2014. It’s not just about men. It’s how we live in the world, interact with our wives, kids, co-workers and each other and how they interact with us. It’s about how we live our lives in a changing, chaotic … Continue reading This is About Men Radio!