Monday, June 30, 2008

i'm addicted


it's 'deliverance' all over again at my house.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

my girls

how lucky am i?!!

i don't know!



lynn, jaden, and beth at the redding country club

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

i did it! i did it!


Ohhhhh Yeah! looky looky...just left of my double-chin...i finally made it to the big-time. that's a crisp, clean, three-digit 1-0-0 buckaroos for gas. a personal goal i have been trying to reach for a month or two. thanks mobil.

Monday, June 23, 2008

go to a bar mitzvah, get a caricature drawing, play some football



mazel tov rick e.!!! our cousin celebrated his bar mitzvah this weekend up in connecticut. jaden was the token baby at the party...you know how that goes. everyone oogling and googling with her. she was adorable as usual. (i will post some video soon.) she sat with cathy for this portrait, and those cheeks and those eyes are pretty spot-on!

it was a weekend event, with family in from every corner of the country, so we did the hotel thing friday night, but left and came back home after the party on saturday night.

why'd we leave? a ocouple of reasons: 1. bedford is a stone's throw away from ridgefield and redding, so why not come home. 2. (the real reason) the elms inn in ridgefield has a pretty awful smell in general, but especially in room 30. it's a cute room...nice living room, good size bath, hard mattress (which i like), but man did it stink in there. cute place, though, nice staff, and part of quaint ridgefield. i can't speak for all of the other rooms, but no one else had voiced any problems.

then, jaden and cathy and i drove back up on sunday for brunch with rick and the family in redding. jackson spent friday and saturday night in norwalk at the marriott with his cousins david and zachary and their families (up from florida and atlanta). he and zach are jocks, so they roped rick and me into a football game in the backyard. so that's me, two eight-year olds, and one twelve year old playing a very aggressive game of two-hand touch on a pretty good size piece of grass in harvey's backyard. seemed like at least a 40 or 50 yard field to me. can you anticipate the problem coming up in the next sentence? right! age. my age. all my clothes are covered with grass stains. all my bones hurt. all my muscles are sore. but, in the end, after a 35-21 deficit, the pinsky boys came back with a vengeance, and scored twice in the final seconds to tie the score and save our reputation! this isn't just a baseball family.

jackson's eagle eyes

jackson picked up his new blue specs today. handsome, grown-up, intelligent...all the things he was before, but better.

Friday, June 20, 2008

one louder

ah, the number 11...

...made most famous by spinal tap's state-of the art guitar amps that go all the way up to 11.

and my 11/11 birthday.

and today, 11 is for mr. cayo pinsky. happy birthday ol' pal!

yellow corn, green peas, and one red-headed ham


Thursday, June 19, 2008

plus one!



one of my all-time favorite clans just got bigger! hugs to sasha and hillary, and a big welcome cyber kiss to little miss eliyah sati last night. i miss that whole family!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

tribute.

i am in st. pete for some work at h.s.n., and in between time at the tv studios i have this whole day to myself. it's a great opportunity to spend time with me, and to reflect on what's important in my life.

it's father's day. i am a thousand miles away from my kids and my dads ( i have a few). no family around. and at about 1:30 this afternoon, while i was floating in the gulf of mexico just off of sand key, looking up at the sun overhead and an awesome, looming thundercloud just to the east, i realized that today is my best father's day so far.

every day i have moments of awesome recognition: where i am in my life, how great it is to be me every moment: jackson, jaden, all of my parents, friends, and family, and most of all cathy. yet today, without anyone around, those moments turned into joyous, bountiful spans of time, where i was able to soak up hours of awareness and truly feel fulfilled, grateful and blessed. most importantly i recognized that all the choices i have ever made for myself have made my life what it is today. i gave myself credit, and then marveled at everyone else i've ever known, as every encounter has had an influence on my choices, which affect who i am and the life i have. tribute.

today has put fatherhood into a different perspective -- i want to explore what it means to be a father in a deeper way than the past 8 years with jackson and 18 months with jaden. i am not sure about all of the elements in this new perspective; i am not sure if i even want to know 'all of the elements', as the exploration of the concept of 'father' seems more fun to me than coming up with a finite definition. for me it's a journey that encompasses all of our lives, especially if you are a guy with a kid (the generally accepted definition of 'father'), but the concept is way beyond that. i think we are all fathers in one way or another at some time in our lives. what does 'father' mean to you?

so this blog entry is tribute to all fathers, especially my dad, and vince, and alan. they all do the best they can as fathers, every day.

i also want to acknowledge a few things that have inspired this post, which have had an affect on the meaning i have made about this day.

first, tim russert. i am surprised and affected by what i have learned about him in the few days since his death, and i am motivated to learn more about him. i've learned that there was so much more to tim russert than the fascinating interviews i would catch on an occasional sunday morning, and this realization makes me want to learn more about people, in general. his values, as expressed in the last 48 hours by his closest friends and colleagues, encompass a true compassion and connection with the people he knew, friend or foe, and i admire those qualities deeply.

how many interactions do we have with people, every single day, without bothering to notice or learn something deeper about them? there's always something there, no matter who the person is, that will have value for us in our own lives. even the ones we don't like. i call that humanity. look for humanity in others and you will see it in yourself.


second (another surprise): facebook. today i realized that social networking is more than just a fun way to keep in touch. it's a representation of our real-life relationships far and wide -- relationships that have made us who we are. facebook or not, they're all out there, some in our daily lives, some occasional acquaintances, or some just in our memories from years or decades ago. now, with the online social-networking phenomenon, we can choose to make a deliberate, two-way connection with another person, in a way never before possible until technology made it so. it's no substitute for the real thing, but it's easier to connect than ever before. maybe technology in-general is the real focus of this acknowledgment; facebook is just one of many ways the virtual world can help us recognize what we share with everyone.

in closing i will echo the subtitle of my self-named blog, and revise it with an exclamation mark celebrating today:



Friday, June 13, 2008

mom always wanted me to be an oceanographer


Jackson: Killer Whales Presentation from jono pinsky on Vimeo.
today we got to see jackson give an expert presentation on killer whales. it was part of his class's study of the ocean, and each student covered a different sea animal. enjoy!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

irrational fear?


i am afraid of kraft "singles" american cheese. i am more afraid of the yellow kind than the white kind, but they both freak me out.

actually, all pre-wrapped, square, single american cheese product gives me the willies.

for some reason, something like boar's head american cheese from a deli, sliced on the spot, doesn't bother me nearly as much. i wouldn't eat a plain cold slice, but it's the kind i choose for my cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

i am also afraid of people touching me or touching objects that i need to come into contact with, after they have handled kraft singles. there's always some filmy smelly greasy substance left behind when you touch that cheese and then touch something else. friggin' gross.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

stats

 for the ol' u.s. of a.:

One birth every.......................... 7 seconds
One death every.......................... 13 seconds
One international migrant (net) every.... 29 seconds
Net gain of one person every............. 10 seconds

Saturday, June 7, 2008

bali high

home video of the ritz carlton in bali! i love my bro, but the music has got to go. more from bali later i am sure, as this is the ocean, and they move inland in a few days.

update: ok it's not the ritz carlton. it's the four seasons. ritz carlton doesn't even have a property in bali, i don't think. thanks for the correction, jason.


Bali High from jono pinsky on Vimeo.

Monday, June 2, 2008

for mom

funny for all, including pahmer who posted this to my facebook funwall a while back. but especially funny to me and mom.