Locked Out – A Photo Journey Of My Forced Time Outside

Yesterday I made the brilliant mistake of locking myself out of the apartment as I left for a quick lunch break.  I work from home so normally I try to head out for a few minutes to pretend I am a person who enjoys social interaction.  Plus it reminds me that I am not in New York City anymore and I don’t have to worry about randomly winding up in a choke-hold by the NYPD for some arbitrary violation.  Continue reading “Locked Out – A Photo Journey Of My Forced Time Outside”

A New Challenge

(This was originally written as a Facebook post but then it got too long. It still reads like one.) In 2009 the legal department at Sony Music took a chance and hired me to help conceptualize and build a Quality Assurance team to integrate with the D2C group there in an effort to both help regulate the legalities of Sony Music across the products offered, and to ensure a better product was being produced. Over the years we built a formidable team and contributed to some really fantastic projects that, even though years later they are a bit outdated, I still look back on and think, “wow, we did that!”  Continue reading “A New Challenge”

Understanding Israel & Palestine. What The Fuck Is Going On Over There?

There is an impossible to ignore conflict going on in the middle east right now between Israel and Palestine.  For many years I have blindly sided with Israel because I was raised a Jew and an American and that’s just what we do.  In light of the recent events, a lot of people I respect and organizations I follow have been outspoken against Israel and what’s happening in Gaza.

Because of my respect for those who have been speaking out and my blind support being self-admittedly less-than credible, I decided that I would take an objective look into the history of the state, the creation of the modern Israel and the details of the current conflict.  I am not a scientist but I do know fact from opinion. These are my notes on trying to get the real story. Continue reading “Understanding Israel & Palestine. What The Fuck Is Going On Over There?”

“I Love You Very Much, You Know That. No Matter What Happens.”

It’s a bittersweet sentence said to me by my grandmother the last time I would see her in person which would be little more than a half a year before her death.  I have agonized over that sentence from the moment she said it until the moment I got the news that she had passed.  Not a day has gone by where I haven’t though about that woman, sitting there in the living room of my mother’s house knowing that her time was coming to an end.  I can barely handle typing about it now.  Continue reading ““I Love You Very Much, You Know That. No Matter What Happens.””

A YEAR IN FINLAND

One year ago today I arrived in a different part of the world, ready to take on new challenges and seek new adventures.   I left a city full of friends, bands and places that I love, a country that my family calls home, and a lifestyle that I was used to.  Three weeks later I had moved into a new apartment in Helsinki, Finland, got married, started a new job and found myself sitting on the bank of the river Spree in Berlin, Germany thinking to myself, “wow.”  I honestly still can’t believe how many major life changes happened in such a short period of time.  ‘Rip the band-aid off’ as they say…  Continue reading “A YEAR IN FINLAND”

A World vs. The Pope: Is The Old Bearded Guy In The Sky Mad At Francis, Or Just Some Old Bearded Guy In A Robe On The Ground?

Catholics are attacking their infallible leader. I can’t help but be entertained. He doesn’t do or say what you want him to and therefore he’s not a good pope? Do these people not realize their story of Jesus was that of a person doing considerably more liberal things than what the Catholic church leader is currently doing? Continue reading “A World vs. The Pope: Is The Old Bearded Guy In The Sky Mad At Francis, Or Just Some Old Bearded Guy In A Robe On The Ground?”

The Death Of An Actor

Paul Walker is an actor and he is dead. This is terrible for his family and my sincerest condolences go out to them. Facebook, Twitter & all forms of modern micro-blogging are a-glow with the world coming together to share their pain.  Yesterday, 20,864 people died of starvation. Today 20,864 are dying of starvation. Tomorrow 20,864 will die of starvation. Continue reading “The Death Of An Actor”

Observations After Living In Finland For Four Months

Pussi.  Sounds offensive right?  The word ‘pussi’ means ‘bag’ in the Finnish language.    You can imagine how often you will hear it in common conversation.  Every time you’re at the supermarket or every time you’re shopping for… well, anything.  For Finns it’s nothing to say pussi this or pussi that, but for this foreigner it still grabs my attention every time I hear it.  Imagine a mother talking to her child in the store about packing the groceries…

The language is pretty fun and interesting at times and that description applies to my overall Finnish experience so far.  I decided to put this post together because there are some significant differences to what I am used to and I thought it would be fun to document a few. That and I haven’t posted much about my experience and I have to start somewhere!  Continue reading “Observations After Living In Finland For Four Months”