Archive for January, 2010

Mayor’s Cup

Posted in Comings and goings, Diary, Family, Life, People I like with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2010 by erichason

NYC high school and middle school championship tournament held at the Harlem Armory.

Fifteen mats and lots of waiting for your turn.

My focus is on the William Alexander Middle School Generals, although the high school matches were outstanding.

Please note Sam surreptitiously giving me the finger.  I photoshopped it to a stump before distributing it to the other parents.

Before the tournament commenced, basic training at the Marine recruiting table.  I want to hear the adolescents tell the drill sergeant they are not doing homework.

Three generations of Slade…

Wounded warrior.

Adam and Geri make such a handsome couple.

Sam and Coach Streko

Detail of the photo I cropped out before emailing it to the coach.

Do we detect a theme?

Austin’s pin for the NYC Middle School 95 lb  division championship.

His dad is quick to point out there were only 3 entries and one of them was a girl.  I replied there are no asterisks or parenthesis in the record book;  Austin won his division and possibly had his greatest athletic accomplishment at the age of 12.

Sam shooting against a very tough opponent, wrestling up a weight class; 136 lbs.

We hope Sam gets into Midwood or Beacon HS so he can continue wrestling next season.


Randolph HS Qualifier

Posted in Comings and goings, Editorial, Family, Life, People I like with tags , on January 25, 2010 by erichason

Saturday January 23, NYC wrestling, a tournament to qualify for next week’s Mayor’s Cup.

Coach Strecko with Jacob and Sam, both qualifying for the Cup.

Beat the Streets is a not-for-profit that sponsors wrestling programs in NYC public schools.

School budgets are being slashed without mercy.  If it were not for Beat the Streets and coaches

donating their time schools would not have the resources to field teams.  The sport is an incredible outlet

for the kids teaching discipline, respect, and camaraderie focusing energy into a positive outlet.

These men and women are making a significant difference in the lives of our children.

Mutiny Within

Posted in Comings and goings, Diary, Family, People I like with tags , on January 25, 2010 by erichason

My second cousins’ band, Roadrunner recording artists Mutiny Within, on a national tour, played the Nokia Theater in Times Square on Friday night.

Their style of metal is a bit too hard for me but no denying their musical talent (at 19 and 21).

Their grandmother is a headbanger from back in the day.

Metal forever…. after the show.

AJ (bass) and grandma

Brandon (lead guitar) and yours truly.

Grandma, an evil laugh and a double Sign of the Horns outside the venue in Times Square.

Mike and Steve in Greenport.

Posted in Comings and goings, Diary, Food, Life, People I like with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by erichason

What a stressful week.  A weekend with two h.s. friends on the North Fork of Long Island put it all in perspective.

Mike greets us with Buffalo shrimp salad, vodka, beer and wine.

The troubadour.

Eggs and Advil are my friend.

Mike informed the barber “At the hardware store down the block your nickname is Choppy.”

The thought never crossed my mind.

Mike and Steve.

Nutella and peanut butter, a winning combination.