After a few peripatetic years (actually, decades) - and more than my share of failed marriages - I returned, about 20 years ago,to the neighborhood in which I was born. I am not likely to leave other than prone and, as Cleopatra once said, "I am not prone to argue."
The strange thing about that attribution is, the English language and its puns did not exist at the time of Cleopatra - and would not, for a few thousand years more.
Regardless, back home again, I have found the occupation, the avocation and even the wife I had long sought under other moons and in other clothes.
In the first few days of 1994, my last business partner took off with contents of the bank account and bankrupted the company we had struggled to create. On the way home from the closed and locked office, a chance encounter on the subway with an old friend got me involved in building and hosting web sites.
I now have clients in 7 countries. Some of those clients have been with me since I started.
Along the way I have continued the freelance writing that has gotten me published in some very fine publications.
I have 5 wonderful children, each as handsome or beautiful as anyone has a right. Each is successful and respected. If any has ever been in jail, I am unaware of that, as they have had the good sense not to call me for bail.
There are also 6 excellent grandchildren. Some of those have already shown great skills and talents. All are seriously loved and respected.
I am blessed, which is quite an admission, coming from a stone atheist.
Since early 2013, I have been exercising my rights as a senile citizen by exploring paths that were passed by 60 years ago when I was 20.
First, I became a Finalist in Hoboken's Annual Frank Sinatra Contest. Then I began studying singing with a really excellent teacher. I also began auditioning for musical theater, plays and movies in and around NYC.
Since my first acting audition, this past September, I have appeared in 16 (yes, SIXTEEN) short and students films. Some were non-pay, some paid expenses and some actually paid a few bucks. In early March 2014 I worked (for genuine money) as a character in a commercial made by MTV World, for Intel (the computer company).
I'm still auditioning for NYC musical theater roles. It's tough, the competition is strong and highly talented but I love it and I still think I can get on stage.