Stories written by Ernie Sochin

You all may wonder how I get to be so smart

You all may wonder how I get to be so smart

People often ask me how I manage to remain so well informed. (Full disclosure: one person did ask me this some time ago.) This is my secret. Firstly, when reading the newspaper I skip over all of the unimportant stuff like Syria, Lebanon, and the Middle East, etc., in search of those items that are […]

Just when you think you’ve learned it all…

Just when you think you’ve learned it all...

I had hoped that by finally reaching my present age, I had learned everything that there was to know. Each time I attend the League of Cities annual conference, I sit through sessions given by people with many more letters after their name than I have, so it pays to listen more attentively. This year […]

Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you…

Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you...

Who but me would write an entire article for a major newspaper dealing with nuts? No, I am not talking about drivers in Dade County or the people we see getting arrested each night on the 11 O’clock News. I am talking about real edible nuts, the kind we like to eat and enjoy. The […]

Do you know who I am? Fame is a mixed blessing

We all read about Reese Witherspoon’s question a few weeks ago to a police officer: “Do you know who I am?” Well heck, us famous people deserve to be recognized and not have to tell people just how important we really are. Most times when I am shopping in Cutler Bay and happen to be […]

The life of ER-KNEE: Give me a Bengal tiger any day

The life of ER-KNEE: Give me a Bengal tiger any day

I recently watched what I thought was a wonderful movie, The Life of Pi. Don’t miss it! It is a story about a young Indian man who somehow ends up trapped on a lifeboat at sea with a huge Bengal tiger. I thought why not offer my own version based on my experience of having […]

What happens when you spend a lifetime accumulating stuff?

What happens when you spend a lifetime accumulating stuff?

  One of my all-time favorite comedians was George Carlin, who passed away a few years ago. George did a standup routine back then, which he referred to one of his problems in having too much stuff. One of his solutions to having too much stuff was to move to a larger house, which would […]

Just read the local newspapers: It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world

Just read the local newspapers: It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world

When I was a kid I used to love reading Mad Magazine. Now that I am a mature and rational human being I no longer feel the need, besides the daily newspapers fill whatever desire I might have had for the benign and ridiculous. I recently read where a young student was suspended from school […]

Thoughts on life, death and Jonathan Livingston Buzzard

Thoughts on life, death and Jonathan Livingston Buzzard

A while back I read a fascinating bestseller book called Jonathan Livingston Seagull by author Richard Bach. Being the renowned writer and columnist that I am I thought I might try doing the same thing. I began by watching the buzzards, a type of vulture that inhabits our area this time of year. The first […]

I have a great appreciation for professionalism and all that jazz

I have a great appreciation for professionalism and all that jazz

Are we lucky or what? Being a longtime fan of jazz music I was thrilled to hear that our own South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center would be featuring a show called “Live at Birdland.” Some time ago I, as many others have done, got to go to Birdland in New York and see Dizzy Gillespie […]

As I get older, all the noise seems to get louder

As I get older, all the noise seems to get louder

I recently was chatting with an attorney friend of mine, who is much younger than I am, about going to bar mitzvahs and similar events. He stated that he dreaded getting invited to these affairs because unlike the “good old days,” these functions usually involve a deejay with super large speakers and a megawatt amplifier […]

Fireworks, Hip-Hop, Rock and Roll: How to make it in the music biz

Fireworks, Hip-Hop, Rock and Roll: How to make it in the music biz

I don’t know about you but whenever I am invited to a birthday party involving a cake and candles I tend to worry about what might happen should one of the candles fall over and possibly start a fire. Would I set fireworks off inside my house? Are you kidding? What if I had a […]

What will our grandchildren tell their grandchildren?

What will our grandchildren tell their grandchildren?

On a recent visit to my favorite restaurant in Florida City, Capri, I was speaking to the owner, Jimmy Accursio, about how lucky we were to live in our respective generations. We bragged about walking or riding our bicycles to school, not locking the doors at night, etc. — things not too common nowadays. I […]

Everybody loves Ernie; well not everybody!

There always seems to be a few who really hate me and are not afraid to tell me so. Those few that I have come into contact with or otherwise met seem like the type that are angry with everyone and everything. I am not sure what makes them this way, but the fact that […]

If you want some controversy just bring up one of the 3 ‘G’s’

If you want some controversy just

Back when I did my radio show we often referred to the 3 “G’s” as the hot-button topics. They still are. Let’s begin with the first G — God. I really wish that I were able to truly believe in the big man in the sky with the long flowing robes who punished the wicked […]

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