Snow, snow, snow and we had slush, slush, slush everywhere but God was good to us. It didn’t come down till the day after Christmas, after all our shopping and holiday activities were over. Kids were off from school, but it was so hard to get around.
Things did slow down for most of the city, especially in the Boroughs. The New York City Sanitation did not do its job. However, the main streets and roads throughout Roxbury, Rockaway Point and Breezy Point were clear and passable due to the excellent job of their Field Department. They should be rewarded and applauded. (Mayor Bloomberg needs a few lessons from them.) The residents certainly didn’t have trouble getting to Kennedy’s on the Bay Restaurant to liven up their holiday spirits.
Even though I was not able to make it there until this past Sunday, the young football fans with their high energy filled the bar. But, I did spot one of my generation’s old timers, Eddy Hymes, whom I haven’t seen in a while. He was reminiscing about the “Corner Bachelors” I used to write about: Eddy Ruoff is wintering in Florida; Bobby Keiley is still around and doing fine; and Bob O’Brien, whom I haven’t seen in years, is still out and about, but does not pop into Kennedy’s that often. (We miss you, Bobby.) My best to you and all for an abundance of good health and wealth this new year 2011. When you do stop into Kennedy’s try their baked clams. Their best buy on the bar menu is their delicious onion soup $5. Many rave about the Sunday Special Pork Loin dinner at $15. Kennedy’s is warm, cozy and filled with friendly people. It was especially welcoming decorated for the Holidays.
This is the time of the year when you have got to watch you’re spending and watch your bills. Do check them twice. I told you about my experience with bank errors. Scrutinize your credit card for added fees and small charges you did not make.
It’s a proven fact that people who get hold of your credit card number illegally often make small purchases (so that you don’t notice) on your credit card. Beware!
I have another complaint. When my computer crashed recently, I put in an emergency call to the manufacturer (DELL) to get help, since my computer was still under warranty.
For hours and hours and hours and even days and days, I was on the phone with the Dell technician.
The tech support people take over your computer and walk you through each process.
However, in order to do that, you have to turn over private information, like yrou credit card number. DON’T DO WHAT I DID!
I gave the information to them and wondered why I did that.
Never give private information such as your social security number or credit card number. They asked for my mother’s maiden name. I gave them that, too. I questioned why? They told me they were unable to proceed if I didn’t.
In the meantime, I had trouble installing the protection system I had bought on sale for half price, and the Dell technician (unbeknownst to me) put in an order for another McAfee disk at double the price.
When online remotely, he took over my computer and he was also able to put in my password. DO NOT DO THIS. They have complete control over you. It took hours and days of my time to finally resolve this issue and get a refund, but it cost me lots of frustration and anxiety.
There is no need to give out your private information. When I called again for help I refused to give them private information and they were still able to fix it. That technician did a nice job. Beware of these pitfalls and I hope you experience better service than I did. I missed one sit down dinner and a reception because of all this. That’s what really hurts.
I did make Quebec, Canada at the Hotel 57th Street. Quebec is a vibrant City and it has its great celebration from January 28 to February 13 for Carnival. You are just in time to book a trip there to join in all the festivities. You’ll love it!
If you are looking for a warmer climate, you may want to visit one of the Caribbean Islands like St. Martin. They have non-stop flights from Miami and New York. St. Martin has its Dutch side and French side. They do speak English on both sides, as well as French and Spanish.
The island of Aruba, found 15 miles from the South American coast is full of fun, with sailing, dinner cruises and all water sports activities. Travel deals: Aer Lingus is celebrating their 75th Birthday and they have come out with deals. NY/Dublin e199ew; Orlando e219ew; Dublin/London e19.99; Paris e29.99
I managed to get to 150 W 56th St where they introduced new vodka called Karlsson’s Gold. They specified cocktail attire but I really didn’t see much of it. The Vodka had a good kick to it, but they should have had more food for the crowd.
Christmas Day you found me with my son, Jimmy Matuozzi and two grandchildren, Erika and Michael at Maloney and Porcelli on East 50th St NYC. The food was good but I was disappointed in the service. In honesty, I cannot recommend this restaurant for a holiday.