My Monday Morning Musings 7/5/21

July 5, 2021 at 12:26 am (Comfortably Zoned in a Vat o' Pine Tar, My Monday Morning Musings)

The book I’m writing with George Grimm is complete. Here are our acknowledgements to those who were instrumental in making it happen.


The authors would like to thank David Hubler for his editing expertise and Noel Hynd for preparing the book for publication.

George Grimm:

I’d like to start by thanking my late parents, Grace and George Grimm for instilling in me the joy of reading and the value of books. I’m also very grateful to Dr. Andrew Prince for getting me through my latest round of glaucoma related vision problems.This project required me to spend many hours at my desk, wearing headphones, listening to podcasts. And even though she was probably glad to get me out of her hair for those hours, I want to thank my wife, Theresa, for giving me the time and space I needed to work on the book. I’m also grateful to all of Ralph’s co-hosts and guests for having such interesting stories to tell. They held my interest and made a tedious task more enjoyable.And finally I want to thank Ralph Zig Tyko for tabbing me for this project. I learned a lot, laughed a lot and made a new friend. You can’t beat that.

Ralph Zig Tyko

There are three words that describe how well George Grimm and I play [never work, on my part] together. “WE HAVE FUN!!” Thank you, sir.

Ms. Strocker, a terrific English teacher at Newtown High School, taught me to memorize, analyze, and recite poems [Richard Corey and Invictus]] in front of the class. My ideology was formed, and my communication skills were developed. I can’t thank this woman enough. Elizabeth Ann Youngberg and the late, Margaret [Maggie to me] Wolfson Nearing, helped get me in front of Sy Berger with Topps Baseball Cards. I spent much of the 1980s and ’90s as the West Coast Representative, covering the California and the Northwest Leagues. Thanks to a letter of introduction that Sy wrote, I was NEVER “big leagued.” During those years, the late Diane Satin gave me a son, Phillip Tyko. What a terrific gift!! My dear friend, Suzy Vincent, led me to podcasting. Those that were instrumental in helping me form the CZRN include, Tony De Angelo [my gawdfather] Wayne Unger, Ron Rabinovitz, Marty Rose, Mark Littell, Mark Addleman [a technical genius], Peter Trunk, Alan Blumkin, Heshie Bock, George Case, and Peter Golenbock. Tony Camin helped me design the book cover. Finally, Talie Olson, the love of my life, softened my heart.

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My Monday Morning Musings 6/14/21

June 13, 2021 at 8:56 pm (My Monday Morning Musings)

First and foremost, some GREAT news. Our George Grimm made some terrific strides, toward complete recovery from some harrowing eye surgery. The book we wrote together, during the pandemic, is completed and being edited as I type.

In February of this year, I started a new podcast. All of our offerings are archived on YouTube, here.

In addition to my daily wake and bake, hour long walk [at a pretty good pace], puttering, napping, and my ‘computee,’ I’m breaking in my new gamer.

Finally, some free advice. Don’t pass on all of your neurosis to your child. They’ll be getting their fair share from your mate.

Life is good when you’re a child at heart.

As you were… rzt

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My Monday Morning Musings 5/31/21

May 31, 2021 at 6:26 am (Comfortably Zoned, My Monday Morning Musings)

Al Blumkin, has recovered from major back surgery and re-hab. We at the Comfortably Zoned family, are thrilled, beyond belief.

My Pandemic Tail:

The co-author of my upcoming book, George Grimm is making a [slower than expected], recovery from eye surgery. Love, luck, and good vibes, go out.

This cartoon, puts it all in perspective.

Finally, Baseball’s beloved Lou Piniella, is struggling with his health. Good luck for a speedy recovery.

… as you were. -rzt

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My Monday Morning Musings 5/24/21

May 23, 2021 at 8:27 pm (Comfortably Zoned, My Monday Morning Musings)

That Alan Blumkin, is healthy enough to return to podcasting after back surgery and re-hab, assures a terrific week for me. Welcome back, SABR Superstar, you’ve been missed, beyond belief.

Little known fact;
Jesus, not Nike, invented cross-trainers.

1Steven Ambrozat

Good, bad or indifferent, Bengi not Biden, is still the Dog, wagging the Israeli tail.

Also coming off the I.L. is our David Hubler, recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

A KCBS radio report, made me laugh:
“A respected Bay Area astrologist…”

I can’t tell you how much I love this picture of Joan Baez and Dr. Fauchi.

I’ve a good memory… short and selective.

Me Mets suffered the worse rash of injuries, in a week, in their history. Miraculously, they’ve held up. Manager, Louis Rojas, son of Felipe Alou, has been terrific, as has the Bullpen. High priced soignee, Lindor? Not so much so.

Don’t pass on all of your neurosis to your child. They’ll be getting their fair share from your mate.

Finally, the great George Grimm is recovering, nicely, from eye surgery. Sweet!!

… as you were. RZT

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My Monday Morning Musings 5/17/21

May 17, 2021 at 6:12 am (Comfortably Zoned, Comfortably Zoned in a Vat o' Pine Tar, My Monday Morning Musings)

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for posting a satirical meme, on Facebook, bemoaning potential losses of my “Gaza By The Sea,” time share. Totally inappropriate, I tell ya… not because of it’s content, but because I, posted it in a non-political group. I wasn’t thinking [#720,423].

Sunday’s game, completing a sweep by the Rays, was VERY costly. Conforto, and McNeil [two of their best players] both pulled hammys, early in the game. “Stretch much,?” is my first response.

We made GREAT strides in the editing process, this week. Publication date is August, 2021.

Finally, some REALLY good news. Our Al Blumkin, recovering from back surgery, and rehab, will be going home, shortly!!

One lat thing: This would be a good time to forgive ALL student debt. It would boost the economy, beyond belief.

… as you were, troops.

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My Monday Morning Musings 5/10/21

May 10, 2021 at 2:58 am (My Monday Morning Musings)

If you haven’t checked this out, please do.

With cautious optimism about the Covid situation and it’s effect on Baseball, for the first time in a long time, I’ve allowed myself the pleasure enjoying the game, again. I’ve a rooting interest in four teams, the Mets [of course], as well as the Giants, Angels, A’s and Yankees. It’s akin with reuniting with an old lover… remarkably uplifting, until reality sets in. Recent rule changes have made extra innings games, a travesty. If that isn’t bad enough, Commissioner Manfred likes the idea of deciding tie games with a “home run derby.” I understand the seven inning, double header crapola, but not if it continues after this year.

Mother’s Day brought back memories [good and bad]. Viv was the best Den Mother in Cub Scout history, and a terrific granny. I’ll leave it at that.

(Circa ’74) Viv does Vegas… In the ’40s, she was the first bra-burning protester in Mt. Kisco, New Yawk. She later admitted that she would have been better served to take the bra off, first. Oh, well. In any event, Happy Mother’s Day and RIP.

… as you were.

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