A Book is Born

In another couple of days I’m going to announce the release of my memoir. Yikes.

About a dozen years ago my Dad made me go to the doctor to get a colonoscopy. My Dad doesn’t know the first thing about medicine but he knows a lot about worrying, and my Dad wanted to be sure all his kids got colonoscopies when they turned 40, just in case. As it turned out the colonoscopy revealed nothing. But still my whole life wound up accidentally getting flipped upside down, and faster than you can say “holy Toledo” I learned I had lymphatic cancer, I broke up my 11 year marriage, my hometown got attacked and I lost my business and sole source of income. That’s all in my — dare I say — sometimes comic memoir. Okay, I dared, and that’s all I care to say about the book right now.

Instead,  I’d like to turn my attention to something else that shook up my world this past couple weeks…..the emergence of Jeremy Lin. I’m hopelessly caught up in Linsanity. I watch the Knicks on TV and then I race to the NY Times webpage to read the coverage of each game, as if I hadn’t already just watched and listened to it being totally over-analyzed and picked through for every possible morsel related to Jeremy Lin. Sometimes I’ve even made up errands that require me to use my car (alas driving is not a big part of where I live) so that I can tune into sports radio and listen to whatever Bob from the Bronx and Sal from Seaford are thinking about the Knicks while I buy more pet food. I haven’t gone so far as to call in to ESPN, but I’m as close to it as a guy who hates being put on hold can get without actually dialing the digits. Why am I so obsessed? Well for one, I’m a lifelong Knick fan, and they have been horrible for over a decade. But mostly, I love good stories, and Lin is a GREAT story, no matter how you feel about his religious convictions and the expression of them thereof, which I won’t get into but you can probably sense where I come in on the spectrum of publicly expressed religious beliefs. Okay, I will get into it briefly. I still remember watching a post-game interview with several Knicks back in 1999 when Allan Houston thanked God for the victory, and then Larry Johnson came on and  thanked Allah. I was thinking that the Knicks could have used a Jewish and a Buddhist player just to be sure that Yahweh and Gautama didn’t feel left out. But mostly I was thinking that religion, and military flyovers for that matter, are best left out of the world of spectator sports. And public schools as well, while we’re at it. Go Knicks! Go Jeremy! But please go to church or to synagogue or to a quiet room if you need to thank your Deity for an assist. “Mike from Jersey City, you’re on the Fan……”



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