7/23/12 (5:20PM)

I just want to scream, hello
My g0d its been so long, never dreamed you'd return
But now here you are, and here I am

Elderly Woman Behind A Counter, Pearl Jam

Just like Cal Ripken Jr., all streaks must come to an end. After working 495 straight days (not including Jewish holidays, Thanksgiving and a snow day), I finally took a day off. My last off day was August 6,2010. Zyke asked me if I wanted to go with the Center camp to Washington D.C. to see the Mets play the Nationals. The Mets lost in 10 innings 5-4. Iwas sitting right behind the Mason sign in this photo when Valdespin hit his homerun to the tie the game.

A lot has changed since the last time I went away. The buses now have electric outlets and wifi. I don't have to worry about my phone running out of battery. The other thing that has changed is now I have an iPad. I also don't have to worry about reading the Daily News because I have the app. Also, I was able to listen to Howard Stern on my SiriusXM App. And before I went to sleep, I told Siri to set my alarm and it worked perfectly.

Recently I have been teaching a couple of older people how to use an iPhone and iPad. Sometimes it could get a little frustrating but I enjoy doing it so much.

Since my last entry here is a little update of what is going on. I am officially coaching at Flatbush. I co-coached the 7th grade team which lost in the finals. I also assisted on JV and Varsity even though for a short period of time I was not allowed to. This year, I will be coaching 6th, 7th, JV and Varsity.

I know some one who has a terrible habit of saying "what" after every sentence you say to him. It gets very annoying. So I am trying to cure him by the way I was taught when I was younger. Every time he now says "what", I hit him. So far it has been having a positive effect.

People have been asking me why the orignalboat has been on hiatus. I just want to let everyone know that the boat is all right. He went to see a nurse but tells me he maybe feeling better soon.

First it was the walker that bothered me in shul.  Now it is the amplifier. That is the person that prays certain words out loud when the hazzan (cantor) says them.

Here are a couple of apps to get.

Fast customer -  connects you automatically to most companies.

MTA EZ Travel - tells you the traffic.

ABC Eats - gives you the restaurant ratings of any store near you

NYC Map

Here are the must watch shows of the summer.

Breaking Bad - AMC

NY MED - ABC

The Franchise. Miami Marlins

Scroll down for my completer television schedule.

This past television season, I fell behind two shows. Grey's Anatomy and Glee. My Tivo was so full that I actually missed a few episodes of each show. That is the first time that I could remember that happening. Due to my coaching schedule, I will try to not watch any new shows because I have no time. As of today, my Tivo is empty.


7/25/11 (5:30PM)
Here is a letter that an anonymous person asked me to post on the site.

This is an open letter to all the girls of the greater Sephardic community between the ages of 28-37.

 As the jewels of the Female Species in the Continental USA and the world, I plead and implore that you do hold the line and don't give in and ever settle for a guy that is short of you're standards. Now, I am aware that these standards maybe just a tad high. That the guy must be good looking, in great shape, wealthy and while were at it let's throw in “he comes from great family”, would cater to every whim and need of yours, funny, smart, and what the heck why not also go shoes shopping with you. Settlements my dear girls are only acceptable to us the Jewish people in the lands of forefathers where the Kingdom Of Judah once reigned. Places like Eli, Itamar, Efrat and Shiloh though they maybe referred to as settlements. To us, they are indispensable parts of the greater Land of Israel. I do apologize that you're dream guy may have gotten away, be it the star QB, or banker or real estate mogul's son, but stay positive! We the Jewish people have waited 2000 years in the Diaspora to return to the land God has given us as it is written in Genesis "to you (Abraham) I will give this land". And these promises are being fulfilled every day in the form of "Shevat Zion". Remember that "us guys" also dream and aspire to be with mediocre looking girls who are bossy, demanding, have great expectations, and seldom put out, but the "us guys” are a settlement. This world is inhabited by great guys and unlike heaven where our fellow cousins whom are promised paradise and 72 virgins in return for "martyrdom"- the Virgins have run out- OK maybe only the really hot ones that they are promised ran out, but that great guy is here somewhere. When the doctors showed Jimmy Valvano the x-ray on his back, it was all black and indicated cancer. Valvano told him "doc you forgot to use the flash"- But he never gave up and urged everyone "to never give up". My message to you  "Don't Dream, Be The Dream.......... 

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #327. I'm writing this vanity card in Israel.



6/22/11 (6:00PM)
I got a great birthday present from my family, an IPAD 2. I had a feeling that I was going to get it but if I didn’t, I was going to buy it myself.  With my IPHONE, I was too cheap to buy an app.   With my credit card, I have a lot of points that I could buy stuff with which I never used. I noticed that I could purchase ITunes gift cards so I bought $100 worth of cards. The apps that I bought so far are Logmein (control other computers), pages (word) and numbers (excels).  But the best app so far is the New York Daily News. It is the exact paper page for page. I no longer have to buy the paper. So far it cost me $1.99 to try it out for the month. A yearly subscription costs $11.99. I used to buy the paper five days a week that came out to around $130 a years. The only day I may have to buy it is on Fridays so I could read it that night. Now if I ever decide to go away, it will never be a problem reading the paper.

Grim numbers for newspapers, magazines

Due to lack of athlete participation, the Sephardic Center will not be going to Boston for the Maccabi Games. I think that since we were only going to take eight basketball players and no one from any other sport was going there was a lack of interest. Also, I think some players thought that $1300 was too much to pay for one week.

Another one of my letters got printed in the
NY Daily News Voice of the People. (3rd letter down)

I get scared just from watching this.

Recently someone who I will call “Brutus” went to a family member of mine and asked him why do people hate me. Now I don’t know why Brutus is talking about me but that’s besidethe point. I never said people hate me. What I did mention is that people treat me differently then they do other people. I have rabbi’s who I know that walk by an ignore me. I have people who are talking to people that I know completely ignore me. The answer that Brutus gave to me was that I was not approachable. I don’t want to be approachable. I don’t like talking to strangers. It’s the people that I know who would give a stranger a phony hello ignore me. Another example is someone said that they don’t want to talk to me. I have no problem with that. But when that person invites me somewhere and I say that I am not going, I get accused of trying to be a martyr.



I know that I keep on plugging his blog but if you haven’t already, you must read theorignalboat. I hope someone from Hollywood like Chuck Lorre would start to read it and make it into a sitcom. It would be a top 20 show.


If you are going to stay by someone for the weekends in the summer, here are a few rules that I was taught:

1.   You can’t go the first weekend that they moved in because they are settling in

2.  You can’t go the last weekend because they are packing to move back.

3.  You can’t go back-to-back weekends because then you become a bother.

4.  You can’t get there to early on a Friday. You should arrive after 12:00.

5.  You can’t go during the Nine days

6.  You can’t stay by one family more then another family member. Must be equal amount of time.

The only problem I had staying in Brooklyn for the summer was finding a place to pray on Saturdays. During the rest of the year, the place I pray starts at 9:30 and finish around 11:15.  They finally started the same kind of minyan for the summer. I love walking to shul and not having that awkward hello when you see someone coming your way.  I also got called up to the Torah, which I don’t like to do. My hands usually get sweaty and I feel bad for the people that shake my hand. Its not that I get nervous going up its just that I start to think about my hands being sweaty. By going up the first weekend, I could relax now that I got it out of the way.



The day that Anthony Weiner resigned, I didn’t realize that he was having his press conference a blockaway from where I get my lunch. I saw a bunch of police officers but had no idea what there were there for. If I knew about it, I would have been able to meet Benjy Bronk from the Howard Stern show. He wasthe one that heckled Weiner but not the one who yelled out that he was a pervert.You could watch it here.


When I bought my bike, the salesman sold me on these tires called Armadillo which cost $60 to put on. The way I heard it explain to me, he said these tires are the strongest out there and I should rarely get flats. This past week, I got a flat on my back tire two days in a row. The first flat tire must have been going on for a while because I felt like I wasn’t going as fast as I usually do. They were nice enough not to charge me the second day I went to have it fix which saved me $12.


5/12/11 (10:00AM) Here is an update on my bicycle ticket. I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and showed the ticket to the clerk. She said she couldn’t believe that the cop gave me this ticket. The amount of the ticket was for $40. She was familiar with the officer because she gets a lot of people who get tickets like this from him.  She told me to plead guilty and to go see the judge to get my ticket reduced. The judge saw me right and I showed him the receipt for the bell that I bought. He checked to see if I could get it dismissed but was unable to do it. He was able to reduce the ticket $5. The whole thing took me around 15 minutes to get resolved.

Recently, my portable Sirius radio started not to work well in my home docking station. I have a friend who bought one at the same time I did. A few years ago, he turned real religious so I knew that he wasn’t using it anymore. I asked him if I could have his. He said no because he doesn’t want me listening to the things that I shouldn’t be. Now, I have no problem with people turning religious. But when it gets to a situation like this is when I have a problem.

As you can see by my television schedule, there are less shows that I am watching. I know I said I was going to stop watching new shows but I did add one more. It is called The Killing on AMC. It is great.

The NY Daily News is getting smaller and smaller. They went form three pages of comics to just two. The paper itself is also getting smaller. It use to take me a lot longer to finish reading the whole paper.

The new game app that I am addicted to is Trees of Doom. My new high score is 4252. The goal right now is to get to 5000. I can’t stop playing it.

Protecting your online reputation. After you read the article, go to this web site called Reppler.

23-Year-Old Makes $100K Off Osama's Death

Bin Laden Assassination Nets 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur $300K

Bikini babe loses her top at beach

Here is another plug for a great blog to read


2/21/11 (10:00AM) Most of the time when I ride my bike, I ride the same direction as the traffic is going. The other day, after I picked up my lunch from Blue Mango, I missed the light crossing Coney Island Ave so I went against traffic going maybe three mile per hour being very careful. All of a sudden a cop coming my way flashes his lights and asks for my I.D. He said, “You know that you are going against traffic”. I told him was right and that I just missed the light. He tells me to wait on the sidewalk while he looks at my license that I gave him. After around five minutes, he calls me over and hands me a Traffic Ticket. He said he would take it easy on me on only site me for not having a bell on my bike. As of today, I don’t know how much I have to pay. I contacted my lawyer Cezy and he told me wait to see how much the ticket is and then he will let me know what to do. I did see an article about this in the NY Post.

I will keep you updated on what happened. I can’t believe I got a ticket for riding my bike before I ever got one for driving my car.

I remember when I bought my Timberland boots 16 years ago that it came with a lifetime warranty on being waterproof. When I received my new boots, I called them up and they told me to send back the old ones and they will inspect it. After a few weeks, I got call from Timberland and they told me that they would give a  $70 credit that I could use on any shoe or apparel. Now the only thing that I have to do is decide on what to use the credit on. I am leaning towards a winter coat for next year since the one that I have now is three years old that I bought for 10 dollars.

I went into Walgreens and bought Lays Baked Potato Chips. Usually I get the Lays Classic Potato Chips which I can’t stop eating. When I got home, I noticed that there was no kosher certification on the bag. I called up the Frito Lays Company and told them that I bought the item by mistake. She told me to return the bag that I bought and that she will send a free $3.99 coupon along with a complete guide to all there kosher products.

One of the best shows in television history, Friday Night Lights is over.

I tried to watch American Idol but only made it through 20 minutes of it. I also deleted it from my season pass on Tivo. It is not the same without Simon Cowell.

Zig Ziglar On Saying Yes To Children

In this day of two-working-parent families... time constraints make it easier for us to automatically respond with a "no" when our children ask for little things. Solution: In an article published in BETTER FAMILIES, Dr. Kay Kuzma offers some practical approaches we can use. She suggests we can say "yes" on many occasions, and it's more effective because it also teaches valuable lessons.

For example, your child might ask, "Am I going to get to watch my favorite television show tonight?" You have a chance to say, "Yes, as soon as you have dried the dishes and put them away," or "Yes, as soon as you have called Sally and apologized for your behavior this afternoon."
This approach changes you in the child's eyes from being a person who wants to deny him or her a pleasure to a parent who is interested in helping the child perform in a better, more mature way.
Your teenager might ask to use the car to run a few errands. You can say, "Yes, as soon as you wash it and if you will stop by the service station and fill it with gas on your way home." This way you're teaching your child responsibility.

Dr. Kuzma also points out that when a child asks, "May I have dessert?" you can say, "Yes, as soon as you have finished your salad or vegetables." This way you are attaching a small reward to a fulfilled responsibility. The child ends up with the temporary pleasure and some long-term benefits.

Practice Dr. Kuzma's suggestions, and you will have taken a giant step toward raising a positive, courteous, responsible child.


1/17/11 (10:00AM)
Now you can read this blog here and at www.danmiz.blogspot.com. On that site, you can create a RSS feed and when I update the site, it will automatically go to your inbox. I also started a website for my 5th grade basketball team called SCC Stallions. This will be my last year coaching the 5th grade. I just had enough of it. I hope to continue helping out at Flatbush.  I also created a couple of other site just so that I have the names. They are Flatbush Falcons, Magen David Warriors, MDY Basketball.

After a great New York Jet victory, I decided to update the blog. Now, if the Jets don’t beat Pittsburgh, this game won’t mean much. They have to at least get to the Super Bowl. I have been criticized by a couple of people on why can’t I be like the Orignal Boat and update it more frequently or reveal more personal stuff. Would I like to write about the person who stopped talking to me? Or write about the person who calls me when they only need a favor?  First of all, I am not like the Boat who has a lot going on. After reading his blog, I wonder when he has time to sleep. Secondly, a major school and family have tried to shut this blog down.

A few weeks ago, someone texted me that he heard Howard Stern was retiring but it was a hoax. I did get a little scared thinking that if he did retire; whom would I listen to in the morning. Now I don’t have to worry about that for at least five more years. Also, I now get to listen to his show on my IPHONE using the Sirius App. So when I am riding my bike to work, I wont miss the show. Howard has started to end his show an hour earlier. I use to start listening to the West Coast feed starting at 9. Now I start listening to it live at 9 and catch the replay starting at 11:15.

The other day in shul, I reach for wallet to give the guy that collects for charity. It wasn’t in my pocket. I was going to leave shul early to look for it but decided stay till the end. I rushed home and couldn’t find it. I though I lost it, but I didn’t freak out a lot. I then checked my jeans that I wore the night before and it was there.  I recommend that you make a copy of what you have in your wallet so if you do lose it, you know what is missing.

For the first time in around 15 years, I bought new black Timberlands . My old ones stopped being waterproof and it got pretty annoying have wet feet. I have no idea why I didn’t buy new boots years ago.

My letter made it into the NY Daily News
.  It is the 4th one from the top.

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Please read this it's Important, makes sense, and seems to be a good advice!

This is definitely worth passing on! Please read.


THIRTEEN THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I
unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at http://www.faketv.com/)

8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again... If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVsor gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebookpage. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book 'Burglars on the Job'.

Protection for you and your home:

If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):

WASP SPRAY

A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection... Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE

On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."

Maybe even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Please pass this on even IF you've read it before. It's a reminder

Please share this with all the people in your life.