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My Buddy   Leave a comment

I have been remiss in not posting this picture sooner. This event took place last summer, an encounter I will never forget. I finally met a man I had dreamed of meeting, and yet, never knew I would ever have the chance to meet.

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His name is Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. He has his own pasta sauce, his own radio show, his own car and driver, and is a convicted felon. He will tell you these things himself, unprompted. He is the former Mayor of Providence, serving over 21 years, in two separate stints.

The way we get to meeting “Buddy” is long and drawn out. Spare me some leeway, and I will explain.

My second marriage ceremony, to the same beautiful woman, took place on Block Island. The location, known as the Spring House, is owned by Frank DiBiase, a childhood friend of the former Mayor’s. In hind sight, I should have tried to get Buddy to officiate our second ceremony…maybe when we renew for our 10 yr. Anyway, being a frequent visitor to the Spring House, with its beautiful views and superb food, we got to know the owner, Frank. Along the way, we must have shared stories with him. One of my stories being my grandfather serving as a Providence City Councilman for over 20 years back in the 60’s and 70’s. Frank referenced his relationship with Buddy Cianci, the “Prince of Providence.” I told Frank I’d love to meet him one day. Well, Frank picked up the phone, called Buddy, and decided to let my wife speak with him right then and there. Ha.

This took place a few years ago. Fast forward to last year, Buddy wrote a book, “Politics and Pasta,” which I read quickly. I saw Frank that spring, at the Spring House, and asked if he could get my book signed by the Mayor. He said of course. As the summer rolled on, I kept forgetting to bring the book up with me. Until Labor Day weekend. For whatever reason, I packed the book. And on that long weekend, wife and I stopped by the Spring House to see Frank. He was not there. On our way back into town, there was Frank, on his moped. I literally ran over to him. I said, Frank, I’ve got my book for you to get autographed by the Mayor…I will never forget what Frank said to me next…he said, get it signed yourself, he is on my back deck now. Buddy was ON Block Island…I was literally shaking. I was finally going to meet this man. Wife and I hopped in our car, followed Frank back to the Spring House, and went to Frank’s private home behind the Spring House. As we approached his back deck, Frank called out “Buddy…you’ve got a visitor, he wants you to sign his book.” And with that…Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci comes around the corner, and I had a date with destiny! I shook his hand, told him I was a big fan, and he said “well come over, sit down, let’s chat.” My wife, Frank, myself, and the Mayor sat and talked for about an hour, about all sorts of things, but mostly I wanted to hear what it was like being Mayor, and his general impressions on politics and politicians. He is a very bright man.

Needless to say, I got my book signed, along with a personal note on the inside cover. I look forward to seeing him again on the Island…we just missed him this 4th of July…Frank told us the day after that Buddy had been there. But now I am not worried…next time around meeting him, I will get him to agree to campaign for me on his radio show.  What I am running for I have no idea yet…but that’s not important right now.

Posted July 19, 2013 by mayday76 in Uncategorized

Time flies…and so do I   Leave a comment

Well it has been a year since we sent Tica to Heaven, I know she’s in good company.  

I am on my way to the airport for a one day trip to Kansas.  I can’t for my life explain why…they say it’s orientation…I’m a new hire and need to meet “the Team,” well I say let’s move the Team closer to civilization…this “orientation” should start with a little geography lesson, cuz I had to google maps Kansas…and I’ll save you all the trouble…it’s in the middle…of NOWHERE.

 

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The above pic is a repeat on this blog I think, but she’s beautiful and worth showing more than once! To Tica: I know you read this blog, I love you and miss you everyday!

It’s also worth noting how I hate flying. I don’t trust these jokers.

Posted July 14, 2013 by mayday76 in Uncategorized

10K   1 comment

So, I’ve really done it.  10,000 miles on a bike.  Not in a week, or a month.  Not even a year.  This took me 2 years and some change.  But just this past week, I accomplished something that wasn’t even a goal (It’s interesting, to me, writing that I’ve achieved something I didn’t set out to achieve in the first place). It’s more of a milestone.  A 10,000 milestone.  This happens to coincide nicely with another milestone of mine some of you may be familiar with.   In August, the second anniversary of my new life will be here.  The old life was, well…something of a mess.  A giant mess.  Before I took charge of what was left of my life in August of 2011, I lost a lot that I won’t ever get back.  Frank Sinatra says “regrets, I’ve had a few” and well, so have I, who hasn’t? I’m not going to throw myself a pity party.  I’m going to keep biking, cooking, and soon, I’ll run for office.  I’ll win.  Then later on I’ll undoubtedly be caght up in some scandal.  I wont be charged with any crime, but I’ll have to leave office, disgraced.  A year later, I’ll be back, but this time ill just do the lecture tour, charging groups like alumni associations and high school graduations to hear me speak about values.  That’s what I envision, sounds great, yes?

 

There was a lot that went into what saved me from myself (you all know who you are), I’m blessed in so many ways.  One thing is certain, were it not for those that decided for me that I had had enough, I wouldn’t be here typing that I’ve just ridden 10,000 miles on a bike…I just simply wouldn’t be here, period.  Thank you isn’t enough, there is no word that captures the extent of my gratitude to those that intervened.  My thanks, the only way I can show my appreciation for what’s been done for me, is to be here, in the present, able to continue writing this silly blog, continue riding my silly bike, and cooking Bolognese for those in need. When I’m elected, ill hand out favors to those most needy of you.  Maybe that’s the scandal ill get swept up in…bribes and kickbacks.  Most likely that’s not enough (even though my Bolognese is pretty damn good), but for now it will have to do.

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It is 8 years today since my mother passed into Heaven…that is almost as long as it took for me to get the degree I am holding in my hand in the pic above….I know I made my parents proud…their last child Graduate…all 7 of us got degrees, some took longer than others…thats okay.  I know she is watching over me, most especially these last few years.  I love you and miss you Mom!

 

Posted July 10, 2013 by mayday76 in Uncategorized