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Anna Albanese – 1920!

Today would have been my grandmother’s 95th birthday! She was eight when the stock market crashed and started the Depression, and she was eighteen when World War II started. She was 21 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and she was 24 when the United Stated dropped the atom bomb and ended the war. Nana […]

Nike Gator Free Trainer 5.0

Earlier this month I read about the release of a new Gator-themed Nike sneaker on the Alligator Army website. (Follow them on Twitter @AlligatorArmy.) I jokingly tweeted a link to the story and wrote something about wanting someone to buy me a pair. Last week a pair appeared on my doorstep, direct from Nike HQ […]

Happy Birthday, Jenny!

I seriously cannot believe that my little sister is forty years old. I love you with all my heart, Jenny. I couldn’t have asked for a better playmate and it still bothers me that you turned out to be way cooler than me. I’m so proud of you and hope that you have a fantastic […]

Los Angeles Monorail

Did you know that way, way back in 1963 Alweg Research Corp. — the company that built the Disneyland monorail — offered to give a monorail system to the city of Los Angeles? I’ve ridden both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World monorails hundreds of times in my life and I’ve wasted thousands of […]

Friday Five: Steaks

steakThe five best steaks I’ve ever had:

  • Lakeside Golf Club — Burbank, CA
  • Oceanside Country Club — Ormond Beach, FL
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — Lahaina, HI
  • The Palm — Hollywood, CA
  • TIE:
    • California Grill — Walt Disney World Resort, FL
    • Mr. Chow — Beverly Hills, CA

May 2015 Update: I’ve replaced Spago in Beverly Hills, CA with the California Grill at Disney based on one of the best filets I’ve ever had in my life.

Friday Five: Dreaming to Run

Nike Free 4.0Here are five places where I’d really like to go on a nice long run some day:

  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Rome, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, MA
Friday Five: Home

Five places I’ve called home:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Bristol, RI
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Boston, MA
Friday Five: Advice

Five random things I’d like my son to remember:

  • Few things in life are as frequently useful as a good Swiss Army knife (or Leatherman pocket tool). I always have one handy and still own the first one your great-grandmother, Nana Rainy, gave me when I was in fifth or sixth grade.
  • I have never regretted not going to a funeral, but I have often regretted not visiting someone before they died.
  • Brush and floss at least twice every day. No excuses. Just do it.
  • Be passionate about music and be open to hearing new songs. You will not like every song you hear, but you might really like a song you haven’t heard yet.
  • Call your mother. She misses you.
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Friday Five: Thanksgiving Leftovers

TurkeyMy five favorite Thanksgiving leftovers:

  1. string bean casserole
  2. stuffing
  3. candied yams
  4. turkey
  5. apple pie
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Friday Five: Disneyland Rides

Jungle CruiseMy five favorite rides at Disneyland:

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. It’s a Small World
  3. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Gadget’s Go Coaster
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Friday Five: Disneyland Rides

It's a Small WorldMy son’s five favorite rides at Disneyland, and what he calls them:

  1. It’s a Small World — “Issa Small World the Ride”
  2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh — “Pooh!”
  3. Gadget’s Go Coaster — “Baby Roller Coaster”
  4. Storybook Land Canal Boats — “Whale Belly”
  5. Alice in Wonderland — “Alices”
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Friday Five: Reasons to Celebrate October 10th
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Happy Anniversary, My Love!

  • It’s the anniversary of my wedding day.
  • It’s the anniversary of my wife’s wedding day.
  • It’s the anniversary of the day my wife and I were married.
  • It’s the anniversary of the day my wife became Mrs. Gagne.
  • It’s the anniversary of the #1 Florida Gators 13 to 3 victory in Baton Rouge over the then #4 LSU Tigers in 2009.
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