You may (or may not) have wondered what ever happened to The Ho-Ho-Kus Cogitator blog that I irregularly published from 2007 through the fall of 2012 on Google’s blogspot. Along the way, I became involved and overwhelmed with the writing, photography and publishing my book, The Oy Way, on how to learn Yiddish while exercising. If so inclined, you can find its web site here.
Next came the marketing and selling of the book and although that effort consumed even more time, I wrote and “starred” in four YouTube videos demonstrating exercises. These were shot first in noisy Los Angeles, and then in the serene quiet of Japanese Gardens in San Jose. You can find those videos here.
By the time I returned to writing this blog in the middle of 2013, I had misplaced and forgotten my password to get into my blogspot site. I diligently tried to contact anyone at Google for help, and did so by email and phone, and also tried my many tech expert contacts in the Silicon Valley, but it was to no avail. I had already written several new posts so I was not at a loss for words, but was at a loss as to where I could place them. The complete ghoulish Google tale can be found here on my Huffington Post site.
Since the last blog post appeared on September 24, 2012, much has happened in my world, your world, and other worlds.
In October 2012, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and the Olympics were held in London. In November, Barak Obama was reelected President, and many Tea Party candidates were elected to Congress. They currently hold the country as a hostage, stomping their feet and turning purple holding their breath, trying to get their way.
On December 14, 2012, innocent children and others were murdered in Newtown, and in January 27, 2013, Spain defeated Denmark to win the 2013 Men’s World Handball Championship. There was no noticeable reaction from my Spanish-born wife. On February 13, 2013, the San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl, and there was no reaction from me. In March 2013, we went to Esalen in Big Sur for our annual spring Tai Ji weekend, and we also vigorously celebrated Armenian Red Cross Month. I fondly remember my Armenian friends from the early 1970s including former Dean Art Margosian at Fresno State who offered to take me back if I didn’t like Detroit, and Roger Tatarian who was once editor-in-chief of United Press International, and brought the UPI’s man in Moscow to our classes. I also remember, I also remember Kazar Kazarian and Nicholas T. Nicholas.
On April 1, 2013, the first smelling television was unveiled in Japan, and on April 16, the deranged bomber brothers killed three and injured 183 at the Boston Marathon. On May 23, I was punched hard in the chest during a table tennis match, and on May 27, the largest flag ever made, at five tons and forty-four miles of thread, was unveiled in Romania. On June 25, 2013, our Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, helping members of Congress in safe, gerrymandered districts to sleep better and work less between then and the 2014 elections.
In July, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, and I was in my hometown to celebrate the 60th anniversary reunion of my high school graduating class. In August, I was told that many physical activities could be conducive to improving my health, including sex, but I was warned against having such contact with either a much younger woman, or another man’s or another woman’s wife. In September, my wife and I celebrated Rosh Hashanah at our annual retreat at Beth Yosemite, and October began with the shutdown of the U.S. Government. It’s a shame we can’t hold the 2014 elections this November and shut up and shut down those in Congress who believe that America is strictly their country, and doesn’t belong to the American people.
In a last ditch effort, I created a new Ho-Ho-Kus Cogitator blog that you are now reading, and more than fifty earlier posts can be found here.
In the future, there will be other posts on a variety of profound subjects including a Midwestern Rule of Proper Etiquette; geography lessons for Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief officer; how the medical system works against you (even if you aren’t involved with the Affordable Health Act); and how to trim the branches of a tall Santa Rosa Plum tree, even if you are not very tall.
When in the mood, please visit this site again.