2000-12-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne...

Dorothy Dunne...

Christmastime birthdays are still coming in and the latest are: Holly A. Cassino who was born December 21, the daughter of Linda and James Cassino of Belle Harbor and she will be 18. Debra Hearth is a real Christmas baby born on December 25 and this marks her 50th birthday. If she can kick and shout, "I’m fifty" the same way Molley Sullivan does on Saturday Night Live she may be eligible as a contestant in my Golden Girl Pageant.

Shirley Hanrahan has been exonerated from all parking tickets accrued on my stolen car and has retrieved her own car that was towed away.

At Cipriani’s on 42 street the "Made in Italy" Awards were presented. Italy’s outstanding actress, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, who is highly acclaimed for her performance in the most recent James Bond movie and The Postman, was there.

At the Tao Restaurant El Magazine introduced me to Serena Williams, who appears on the cover of this month’s issue with her twin sister.

Many of you are disappointed in the outcome of the election but it was the only right thing to do. Spoke to a man who was at the counting of ballots in Broward County in Florida and he said holes were poked into dimple chads and dangling chads fell on the floor. The only thing left dangling were the American people. How can you count and recount when the country has no one to count on? Once a voter casts a vote if he does not do it properly it is a lost vote. How can you go back and try to figure out his intent? Granted the voting machines are antiquated. This is a wake up call for our nation to revamp and computerize our system. If the audience on The Millionaire TV Show can have their decisions counted in three seconds why does it take over a month to count votes in Florida? There will be change in our future and definitely for the better. Let’s not have this mess happen again. Hi tech is here to stay.

Click right, click left, double click, drop draw are all part of the computer process I am trying to learn in a more sophisticated way than I knew before. While still fumbling through, this is the third do-over due to two previous frozen documents. Perhaps that is the reason last week’s column read "Tate" instead of Barbara and Billy Genoese who left for Acapulco for three months. Their daughter Mary has recovered nicely as mentioned last week.

My thanks to Sandy Bernstein, who has the patience of a saint. He is my mentor and is sharing his computer expertise with me. Without him I wouldn’t be able to get my column to you. God should be good to you, Sandy.

While speaking about computers this Christmastime ditty clicked into my head:

Here comes Santa Clause

Here comes Santa Clause

Just a click away

Here comes Santa Clause

Here comes Santa Clause

Bringing gifts without a sleigh

You can catch him yet

On the net

In a "window" on display

From his head to his toes

In his warm red clothes

Chuckling Ho! Ho! Hoes

Taking orders galore

From those who want more

Than they thought they ordered before.

Old St. Nick

Whom we hold so dear

Bringing gladness and cheer

This time of year

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to all my Rockaway readers and friends at the WAVE and at

WNYX-TV (now Channels 26 and 35)

May the holidays bring each and everyone of you happiness but more than that may they bring you joy...

TRAVEL...

Amtrak rolled out its brand new Acela speed train last week with runs to and from New York and Washington in record time. It took them two and half hours instead of the usual time of more than three hours. We could use more speed trains throughout the states. This seems to be the beginning of a good thing.

Rome, Florence, Paris, London RT Air/Land seven days/five nights $599

Virgin Atlantic has a new upper class with seats that recline to a 6’8" bed, a spa with five massage treatments and manicures. Ultra light that simulates eight moods, drive in check in and a larger bar. And, with their lower prices, how can you beat it?

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is starting new cruises to Alaska. They claim they will have the largest dome cars of all the lines.

January 2 10 days to Mexico from San Diego $999

February 19 Norwegian Sea $429 four day RT Miami.

February 9 and 17 eight day Caribbean $799 RT Ft. Lauderdale.

February 2 seven day Caribbean, Veendam $499.

March 3, 10 day Mexican Riviera on Statendam $999.

January 14 limited time five day Key West Bahamas $399 Sock Hop on the ms Westerdam.

February 25 March 15 and April 8 $529 five-day Caribbean includes port charges.

Check WNYX-TV Monday to Friday at 12 noon on UHF Channels 26 and 35.

Give me a call and away we go!


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