My name is Mark Kaplowitz. I am a humor writer and blogger. I grew up on New York’s Long Island wanting to write humorous personal essays, but I needed some life experience first. So I worked at a convenience store, studied economics, played beer pong, lived as an Orthodox Jew, went to law school, got married, and moved to New York’s Capital Region, around the block from my in-laws.
With plenty of material, I started writing essays about my experiences, such as these pieces that were published in the Times Union. I also started this blog, at schlabadoo.com, that reflects on those bygone days when people wrote on paper, garbage was not sorted, and containers could be opened by ordinary humans. It is now listed by WordPress.com as a Recommended Blog, under Culture.
The editors at WordPress also selected the following three posts to be Freshly Pressed. To a blogger, this is like being king for a day. Or in my case, a king for three days.
I also wrote a guest post about Z. Cavaricci pants for the Life and Times of Gen X at eduClaytion.com, hosted by Pittsburgh-based teacher, speaker and writer Clay Morgan. And I wrote “My First Grade Teacher Must Have Had Stock in Crayola” for Lessons From Teachers and Twits, hosted by Rochester-based teacher and writer Renée Schuls-Jacobson.
I think of this blog as an online newspaper that contains only one column. That isn’t very much material, but foreign correspondents are expensive these days, and my entire Washington bureau is still watching last year’s Oscars. I have found, however, that if you read these pieces with many interruptions from spouses who want to talk about budgets during your well-earned moments of zen, it takes about as long to read a post as it does to read the New York Times.
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Your most humble servant,