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Big Game Bingo!

Yes, it's buzzword bingo. Which overhyped cliches -- from 'Richard Sherman went to Stanford' to 'Peyton Manning's Legacy' to 'Look, it's Chris Christie'  -- will get flogged to death by the announcers, who just can't help themselves?

Feel free to print these out and bring them with you to your own Super Bowl watching party for hours of amusement. Check off squares whenever one of the 50 on-air announcers says the words or phrases on your card. It's absolutely free as long as the NFL doesn't sue me, and all sales are final.

Link to the printable cards -- http://bit.ly/1fKuY5u
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Just wanted to share the heartfelt animation my daughters and their friend Darcy created for Mother's Day. What a great present for their moms. Enjoy!
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The knife stayed sheathed. Phew!

Hope y'all had a great Presidents Day weekend. I went with my family to Hunter, where the wife and kids went skiing. I'd brought a bag of books and planned to do some Olympic-caliber loafing, but felt vaguely guilty about being the only one in our family not getting any exercise, so I decided to get eaten by bears instead.

I settled on climbing one of the local snow-covered mountains, Windham High Peak -- elevation 3540 ft. I was fully equipped with water, a granola bar, and a Swiss Army knife (just in case I had to do what the guy did in '127 Hours').

It turned out to be a great hike, and the longest one by far I've ever taken solo. I discovered several useful things: 1) sometimes when you start sliding down a snowy, rocky path you should just go with it rather than slamming on the brakes; 2) if you're tired and there are about 1000 feet still to climb, a brief dose of 'How you like me now' by the Heavy on your iPod does a great job of firing you up (and drowning out those annoying bird songs); 3) a hike that takes nearly three hours to go up can be done in about 45 minutes on the way back down when you're sufficiently motivated by the vision of a book, a comfy chair and a cappuccino.
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Bereft this weekend while explaining to my kids why the Newtown killings happened, when I'm not so clear on how that's possible for a (technically) human being to commit that kind of act either.
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Best High Holiday Sermon Joke

Before I forget, I wanted to share this joke that someone in our congregation told during her sermon in our Yom Kippur service. She credited it to comedian Emo Phillips.

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me."
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HumbleBrag Alert!

I successfully removed a hard drive and swapped in a new one on my iMac G5 last night, since the old one had more bad sectors than Damascus.

A) It now works better than ever, and B) I only found two screws afterwards that probably should be inside the computer, not on my carpet.

Apple, send me my Genius t-shirt now!
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Definitely showing my age -- I can still do the same stuff, but it definitely takes me longer to heal. Went on a rafting trip last weekend, and my paddling shoulder just stopped aching, and the ankle I had tucked under the seat ahead of mine so I wouldn't fall out in the rapids is still grumbling. Great trip though. The first time it hasn't rained on an Oheb Shalom Mens Club rafting trip down the Lehigh River in the five years we've been doing them.
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Help me name a new national holiday!

As we all know, +NCAA March Madness  basketball and the brackets and pools thereof can consume a workplace, especially at the beginning of the tournament.

I'm part of a small but (hopefully) growing group that takes a vacation day on the first Friday of March Madness to watch games at a sports bar from opening tip-off at around noon to the closing buzzer late that night.

But should I have to take a vacation day? I think not. Clearly, this should be a national holiday so everyone can enjoy the day and so we can stop reading the annual articles about how the masses are killing American productivity with an excess of bracket sheet comparisons and online score-watching.

But what to call it? That's the question.

March Madness Day?

National Bracketology Day?

The Richmond Spiders or Some Other School You've Never Heard of Ruins Your Pool Day?

Open to suggestions...

(And if you're in NJ, join us at O'Reillys in Maplewood on March 22!)
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The unkindest cut of all comes from the checkout lady

Last night at the grocery store, I faced the harshest insult I've ever gotten from another person. Now bear in mind, I've been insulted before. I've been zinged by my fraternity brothers back at Syracuse, shouted at in NYC traffic dust-ups, and received hateful rants from anti-Israel and anti-Semitic tweeters in response to my Jewish twitter feeds.

But last night, I was doing the weekly family grocery shopping and (wait -- if you've got any kids reading over your shoulder, now's the time to shoo them away) was waiting for the cashier to tell me the total I owed. And then this pleasant-seeming white-haired checkout lady hammered me. "Sir, did you know that today's Monday? Shoppers ages 55 and up get a 5% discount."

Oy.
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25th Anniversary of March for Soviet Jewry in Washington
One of the great moments of solidarity by the North American Jewish community.

And for me personally, as a college freshman from Syracuse (yes, do the math, I'm that old), this massive rally was a real pivotal moment in understanding that I could be part of a larger Jewish world that made a difference.
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I know; I've been in NY/NJ for 20 years, but I'm still a Cincinnatian in my heart (and in my chili). Former book editor and news service editor, now doing the virtuous thing these days for the Jewish Federations.