Evgeniya

Around 2015, Evgeniya and I were taking in some kind of street festival on Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria, when I caught the faintest glimpse of someone I thought I recognized. I took a another quick glance and, well, her hair was way different, but I think it’s her! It was...

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  • February 6, 2023
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At some point earlier in the year, I declared that my book would be published by the end of 2022. Absolutely, definitely, no-doubt-about-it that thing was as good as done, mark my words. However… …unless an extraordinary amount of unusual productivity happens in the next two days, I will have...

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  • December 30, 2022
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By the time you read this, it’ll be my oldest daughter Sasha’s fifth birthday. And thank God, too, because I’m sick of hearing about the plans for it. I’m not kidding. I think my wife Evi started talking about this shit in February. Over the months there were mentions of...

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  • October 24, 2022

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching the news with my family and learned that some hurricane–I already forgot its name–missed Florida entirely, but went up the Atlantic and inflicted extreme damage up in Canada. My only real thought at the time was: um…Canada? Yes, Canada. I made some...

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  • October 5, 2022
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In “The Firm”, John Grisham’s phenomenally successful early ‘90s book about a young lawyer who unwittingly took a job with a law firm owned by the mafia, there was a part near the end where the protagonist, Mitch McDeere, and his wife were hiding from both the FBI and mob...

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  • September 30, 2022
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I came home kinda late last night, like around 6:30 PM, to find both my daughters wearing princess costumes. This would probably be surprising to most people, but I didn’t bat an eye; my kids are always dressed up. I don’t know where they get this desire from, and I...

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  • September 22, 2022

Evi recently instituted a new policy wherein both our kids are graded on their behavior via a color-based system. There’s a letter paper-sized magnet on our refrigerator with horizontal color bars, the middle one being green (I think? I’m not getting up to go look) and as you go down...

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  • September 21, 2022

As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, our family has a…tradition?–yes, I guess it’s a tradition–of going on evening drives with the kids in order to get them to fall asleep. We’ve been getting diminishing returns. Last week we went on one where by the time we pulled back into the...

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  • August 16, 2022
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On August 5th, late evening had arrived when I realized I hadn’t yet posted a blog. It was a very busy day, and that was really the first chance I’d had to even think about writing. I had quite the streak going: I’d posted every single non-holiday weekday since early...

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  • August 15, 2022
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Last Tuesday, Evi woke up feeling so miserable she asked me to take Norah to her scheduled appointment with the pediatrician. “Park in the back,” my wife said. “I told them Norah hasn’t felt well, so they’re going to come out and give her a Covid test before letting her...

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  • August 1, 2022

Evi and I have more or less decided that two kids is enough. At my age, it’s probably too many, but since there’s nothing we can do about that, we’ve decided to control what we can control and shut the factory down. Here’s what’s weird: let’s say we have an...

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  • July 28, 2022
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Admit it, you thought I was going to skip yesterday, didn’t you? I almost did. I started writing early yesterday morning, got interrupted, then the day just kind of got away from me. It wasn’t until late last night that I was able to finish bitching about the book again....

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  • July 21, 2022

Okay, you know how I’d been bitching about how I went a month-and-a-half always having some stupid ailment? Well, the Saturday before last it was all over. I woke up, had a cup of coffee, and realized, holy shit, I feel great! Later that afternoon, while wading in the $32...

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  • July 18, 2022

Rooting around in the pantry looking for a snack yesterday, I could hear Norah crying about something. If you’ve ever had a two-year-old, you know that’s not unusual. It’s basically background noise you don’t hear anymore, like the air conditioner, the refrigerator, or a carjacking in the Bronx. But this...

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  • July 12, 2022

I finished off the Obi-Wan series on Disney this morning, and thank God I did, because I needed The Force this afternoon. Oh, everything started out well enough. We bought some water toys last night for the girls to play with in their inflatable pool, so they wanted to jump...

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  • July 11, 2022

Whenever I sit down to write one of these blog entries, there’s a good 85% chance I have no idea what I’ll write about. If you’ve been reading me since I rebooted this thing in February, you know I decided to make this a kind of daily diary. That way...

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  • July 6, 2022
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Ashley and Trevor, good friends of ours that live in the next neighborhood, have a Fourth of July party every year where they must spend thousands of dollars on fireworks. The show they put on rivals professional shows. When we get the invitation, it’s a no-brainer. Food? BYOB? Amazing fireworks?...

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  • July 5, 2022

A few months ago, my wife Evi mentioned that she’s never been bored in her entire life. “What? You’ve never been bored? Like, ever?” “I don’t remember the last time. Who has time to be bored? I’m always working on something.” I can certainly attest to that statement. In late...

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  • June 28, 2022
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