Stories written by Ernie Sochin

Don’t say that I didn’t warn you about the demise of Twinkies

Don’t say that I didn’t warn you about the demise of Twinkies

While most of us were involved with selecting a new president, worrying about global warming, and concerned about possible war in the Middle East, a real crisis has befallen us. In my article on June 26, 2012, I warned of the eventual demise of Twinkies. Well it has finally happened. Who caused this horrible event […]

Many residents expressed views on town during recent election

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Hopefully the best man won the presidential race. As I have written in previous articles, I honestly don’t think that the major problems facing our country can be solved by a president. The problems that we are seeing here in the United States are the same as we see in other countries throughout the world. […]

Followup: More beautiful days in the neighborhood

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  A while back, I wrote about some squatters that had moved in next door to me. Here is the “Rest of the Story” as the late Paul Harvey would say. After many months of haggling, the owner’s parents were able to get a judge to order them out after a certain period of time. […]

What recession? I just visited the American Girl Store

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The recession is over! At least it appeared that way to me when I recently visited a new store called American Girl at the Falls Shopping Center. I had heard and read about this fabulous place but had to see it for myself. I suggested to my grandchildren’s grandmother, who happens to share my checkbook, […]

I ask: What’s the matter with kids today?

You all remember the movie Bye, Bye, Birdie from the 1960s — or perhaps you don’t! Well I do and I remember Dick Van Dyke singing: What the devil’s wrong with these kids today? Kids! Who could guess they would turn out that way! Why can’t they be like we were, Perfect in every way? […]

When it comes to my diet please tell me what to do

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The other day, while supermarket shopping with my home nutritionist, I heard a child whining to her mother: “You never let me by any of the cookies or candies that I like!” My wife/nutritionist said, “Do you hear that? That is exactly how you sound when we go shopping.” It is sheer agony and frustration […]

New Florida driving manual: How Floridians really drive

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It has come to my attention after watching the 11 o’clock news and reading the daily newspapers that it is time for a new Florida driving manual. After a great deal of research I have come up with the following new rules of the road: PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS Should you inadvertently strike a pedestrian or […]

Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay wonderful community partner

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Each time I drive around South Florida and see one of those license plate frames that say “Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay” I beam with pride. What fabulous publicity for our town. This prodded me to want to learn more about this wonderful business partner within our town. I sat down to talk with general manager […]

If you haven’t noticed, women are taking over

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In case you haven’t noticed, they are all around us! I even have one living in my house. Why should we be concerned about this? Because if you watch the Olympics you’ll see that the women athletes seem to be doing much better than the men. Fact: Women have won 53 percent of all U.S. […]

For reality TV there’s nothing like a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

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Just the type of TV show that I would watch and that my home companion would ask me to close the door to my TV room so that she doesn’t even hear the show. She was frankly glad that the series was over so that I would stop talking about it. We just learned that […]

Oh My Papa — To me he was so wonderful

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Perhaps some of you remember Eddie Fisher singing that song some years ago. If not, Google it and listen to or read the lyrics. Even though I am now a grandpa, I still think back to my wonderful childhood. I probably didn’t realize then just how wonderful it was. Few of us do. My father […]

It usually is a beautiful day in my neighborhood

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For those who don’t remember: It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor, Would you be mine? Could you be mine? — Sung by Mr. Rogers for many years.   It usually is a beautiful day in my neighborhood. I have some of the best neighbors in the world…almost. Let […]

Dessert is my reward for finishing my meal

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So New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to limit sugary sodas to one 16- ounce can. What if I buy two cans? Michelle Obama is on a mission to limit junk foods for kids. Walt Disney no longer will accept junk food ads. I have even heard (tell me it is not true) that […]

Beware: The end of the world (as we know it) is near

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I recently watched a TV show about the Great Depression. I tend to watch these things and my TV companion says I am wasting my time. Perhaps she is right. The show starts out showing America in our heydays of the Roaring Twenties when everyone seemed to have all they needed or wanted and then […]