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Aug 17, 2022
Brooklyn Tech Parkies Reunion
Classes 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984, as well as transfers

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Zzyzx - Fri, Apr 10, 2015, 5:57 A
What’s The Haps This Summer?
I'm down for a road trip to anywhere in the USA or border region of Canada. A Ray's Kernfield re-union would be awsome in the fall, but I'm down for another trip too if it's not to far in the future.
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Zzyzx - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 9:56 P
Starting Band.
Alternate link.

View on Vimeo.

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Zzyzx - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 8:20 P
Starting Band.
Have a couple partners, a singer, and another woman who's got connections. We have a lot to do but we plan to be touring by next spring. So I pulled my Roland drum set out of the closet and set it up. This is the first time I've played in about 10 years.
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Zzyzx - Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 6:21 P
So, Let’s Some Catching Up!
Here's another shot from the wind farm, looking up the inside of a stanchion. The blue cable is a loop that is used to haul tools and stuff up. The other is for the safety harness.

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Zzyzx - Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 4:49 P
So, Let’s Some Catching Up!
Holy shit am I really wearing the same clothes in that shot as in the gallery?
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Zzyzx - Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 4:30 P
So, Let’s Some Catching Up!
Let me get the big one out of the way: I filed for divorce a couple weeks ago. No, it's a good thing, we both agree on, and we're handling it with a "no fangs" approach. Trying to set a good example for the kid - that you handle conflict peacefully, and that we're not breaking up the family, just the marriage.

I had been pretty depressed for a couple of years, isolating myself in front of various screens. My entire social life was spent on IRC bullshitting with people I know in SoCal. Then, about 6 months ago when it became clear that the split was imminent, I had a scary vision: sitting alone in an apartment with a vaporizor and a bottle of Jameson, playing GTA every night. I decided "fuck that" and shouted out to a local subreddit, asking where the best dives in town were. Next thing I knew, I was organizing events at Our group's motto is "Use the Internet to get off the Internet!"

Here's a shot from a road trip we did to the PSE wind farm, about 130 miles East of me.

Other than that, just keeping my head above water, trying to stay one step ahead of a smart-ass thirteen year old!

Who's next?
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Zzyzx - Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 4:08 P
Cool Photos, Dude.
Thanks! Is there any way for you to correct the mispelling in one of the captions?

Also, the thumbnails seem to be missing.
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mmuller - Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 10:45 A
Cool Photos, Dude.

Very nice. I'll see if I can upload one of me with my girlfriend's new grandson.
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mmuller - Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 10:43 A
This Site Seems Dead....
I just did another look and he's nowhere. It's amazing to think you can't find someone online these days. I even found "Burger" Joe Mielko on Facebook. He hasn't responded to me yet, but I found him. (He was camera 2 for the Brooklyn Army Terminal party.)
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mimart7 - Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 2:51 P
This Site seems dead....
Needless to say, we all wonder what happened to Marc.
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mmuller - Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 11:12 A
This Site seems dead....
Nope. Sometime around 2003 I called the company he used to work for. They said he'd left just months earlier, and they didn't know how to reach him. I hope he's ok.

Last time I saw him was on the street in NYC, maybe 1991 or so. He asked if he could borrow money. I gave him a $50 I happened to have in my wallet (I usually don't carry large bills, so it was weird) and handed it to him and said "Keep it. To be honest, I don't expect to see this money again. If you pay me back, fine, but don't worry about it. Just stay safe." I wish now that I'd offered him a place, or gave him my phone number.
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OrphonSoul - Wed, Aug 21, 2013, 2:57 A
This Site seems dead....
Has anyone found Marc Yet? I haven't seen him in years. I hope he is ok.
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Zzyzx - Thu, Apr 21, 2011, 2:33 A
Grace Hopper...
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Zzyzx - Sun, Apr 3, 2011, 10:59 P
This has been around a while, but since Dark Side binds all us Parkies together in some way or another I thought it deserved a post. It's 'performed' on a Nintendo Entertainment System.

Check out how parts of On The Run sound very close to the original tones. It's funny, but in many ways the NES' synthesizer is more sophisticated than the gear they used to make the album.
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nyd - Tue, Mar 15, 2011, 5:49 A
Bear in Japan
Thanks for all the good vibes, Parkies. There have been two gas explosions on the street where my school is and I am considering giving up smoking...cigarettes, that is :D
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mmuller - Tue, Mar 15, 2011, 12:17 A
Bear in Japan
Following what's going on over there ... blown away. Nuclear reactors blowing up. Towns disappearing. Thousands dead. Unreal. Glad you're still with us, Dave.
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Frankelrivera - Mon, Mar 14, 2011, 6:13 P
Bear in Japan
Thanks Mik for keeping track, and posting this. Dave I'm glad to know you are ok.
All the best,
Elizabeth (Liz) Frankel
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nyd - Sun, Mar 13, 2011, 12:17 A
Hey Martin. I thought I had gotten used to the quakes in Japan, but this was a whopper! I was on the fifth floor of a fairly old building and that sucker shook like a strippers ass for at least three minutes! It felt like a whole lot longer. The next shock came about ten minutes later, it was a 7.2, and that got us scurrying out of the building. We all jumped in my van and watched the building sway for the next half an hour or so.
I live in the mountains so there wasn't any worry about floods. We had a few rock slides, but for the most part the city fared well.
Aftershocks were pretty strong...still are, but whiskey makes sleep possible ;)

I ain't too sure if they are gonna let us back into the building....It's slated for demolition in a year and this might just have moved the date up a couple of months.

Thanks bro,
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Martin - Sun, Mar 13, 2011, 12:00 A
Yo Rat
On behalf of all the Parkies, Rat, our thoughts are with you, and your family.
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Martin - Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 11:50 P
Hey Hair-Bear.
Congratulations on surviving that! Ive felt a 7 so I can only imagine what that 9 was like. Then the floods....
Did the shaking cause the most damage or the floods where you live? How long did the initial shaking last? I know those aftershocks make it hard to sleep, no?
Take care, Martin
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nyd - Sat, Mar 12, 2011, 10:30 P
Bear in Japan
Hi guys.
I am OK. Scariest thing I've ever experienced!! I live about 150 miles from the city they probably showed on the news. We had no power water or telephone lines even the internet was down so I had no way to get in touch with folks. The city is pretty banged up and there are over 200 people dead. I am really lucky I am not one of them!
thanks for your concern,

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Mik - Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 11:28 A
Bear in Japan
I don't know if you all have heard about the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan this morning. Crazy damage. The largest one over there in 140 years.

David "Bear" Rutella lives in Japan.

David, are you ok?
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Mik - Mon, Dec 27, 2010, 1:35 P
Happy Holidays!
My 10-year old daughter Ivy still believes, I think. However...

In the car on the way to their cousin's house last week we were listening to the How Christmas Works episode of the "Stuff You Should Know" podcast from (excellent podcast, BTW) when they came to the point about the history of Santa. They said that he originally came from Turkey, was worshiped by Italian sailors, who then took his bones and brought him to Italy and placed him in the alter of The Grandmother, worshiped for her gift giving during the winter solstice, essentially kicking her out of that alter and giving Nick her history. The podcast show hosts then commented that "there is no magic" with Santa.

Ivy nearly jumped out of her car seat and said "There is no Santa?!?" Her older sister Miette and I both said "No, no, no, there is a Santa Claus. Those guys were just joking around" as I shut the player off. There was about three minutes of silence while she processed. I wasn't sure if I'd just spoiled her innocence on the subject, and whether or not I'd catch serious hell from my ex.

Three days later, while at my parent's house on Christmas Eve, we were visited by one of Santa's Helpers, who handed out gifts to all the kids there. Later that night, as Ivy was getting in bed, she asked me if Santa was still coming later that night. I told her that he had already come and gave her a present. She said "No... I mean SANTA, not that guy in the suit from down the street."

So, I'm not sure if she still believes, or is going along with the program. If the day does come that she asks me the definitive yes or no question, I'll go with the following: Yes, he did in fact once exist a very long time ago, but his tale was a different one than the way he is now portrayed in the Christmas cartoons you watch on TV. His memory, and acts of giving and kindness are still celebrated today with each child's parents "helping" Santa continue his tradition.
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!an - Sat, Dec 25, 2010, 3:39 A
Happy Holidays!
Wait...what about the tooth-fairy?

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Zzyzx - Sat, Dec 25, 2010, 2:14 A
Happy Holidays!
My 9 year old daughter recently pinned me to the wall about Santa. I regret feeding her the myth, and the moment of truth had arrived. Some kids at school told her he was not real and she wanted answers.

I tried to hedge, by answering with questions like, "Well do you think he's real?", but she said, "Dad! It's a yes or no question!", while doing the karate chop to the open palm gesture.

So finally I admitted that he wasn't real and that it was a tradition etc.

This didn't go over too well. "Then why did I spend all that time writing those letters to him!? AND WHO ATE THE COOKIE AND DRANK THE MILK!???"

She cried for a few minutes. It broke my heart. She was so mad at me she wouldn't let me console her. Then she went into denial for a few days, but I think she's OK now.

It sucked. I'm telling you right now, my wife is going to be the one to deal with the tooth fairy.

Peace, and be well.

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