Stories written by Ernie Sochin

Like with most men, I am a wuss when it comes to pain


No, I am not pregnant! Good thing too because I, like most men, am a wuss when it comes to pain. You see, I recently had surgery to release my carpal tunnel pressure. It is basically a simple procedure requiring outpatient surgery and you go home the same day. Of course you are given “pain […]

People are starting to call me Retro-Ernie

Remember when a stewardess, as they were once called, offered you a drink and choice of meal.

People are starting to call me Retro-Ernie because of all my articles dealing with “The Good Old Days.” Well I can’t help myself; they really were good old days and to those young-uns reading this, let me tell you that some day you will be looking back on these present days as good old days. […]

Going first class: How the one percenters live


I just went to the theater (by myself — guess why) to see the latest version of James Cameron’s Titanic in 3D. I heartily recommend it. Don’t ask me why I — and so many others — am fascinated by this 100-year-old story, but I am. Part of it stems from thinking of people making […]

War museum coming soon to Miami-Dade County

Rendering of the Miami Military Museum

A war Museum (Miami Military Museum) is coming next to Zoo Miami and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Why a war museum? If you have ever visited the WW II War Museum in New Orleans you will know why. I could spend days there but my fellow historian limited me to only one. There is […]

I probably would have no patience for any patients


Luckily, I am not a doctor. A lot of my friends are, but they have patients; I have absolutely no patience, at least not any longer. I used to have some and would get upset with the person behind me at the red light who beeped at me because my foot did not react fast […]

Here are some suggestions for putting people back to work


I guess I would be remiss if, as a politician, I didn’t offer my “Jobs Program” so here it is: Call it the 10-10-10 or whatever number turns you on, but these ideas are guaranteed to work. First, let’s get rid of those expensive machines on the back of our trash and recycle trucks and […]

You don’t have to be history buff to appreciate Red Tails


Anyone who knows me knows that I am a WW II buff, having read perhaps thousands of books on the subject, and even having a room in my house called the “War Room” where I keep all my WW II stuff and spend hours watching the History and Military channels. In our travels, my traveling […]

Looking back to the future: Some new ideas from Ernie


While traipsing through Costco the other day and being the wiseacre that I am, I exclaimed to my shopping companion in a loud voice: “Look, honey, they have books made out of paper here!” She, of course, pretended not to know me, but fortunately there was another couple nearby with a gentleman as weird as […]

Once again I got called to the principal’s office


I got called to the principal’s office — again! This time it wasn’t to be disciplined (more on that later), but to be “Principal for the Day” at Centennial Middle School. What a treat that was. First, seeing my name up on their marquee and then going to “my office” to have a great school […]

More doctors, pills and other joys of growing old


By Ernie Sochin…. “Don’t grow old.” This is one of the few stupid things that I allow myself to say once each week. This time I said it to a bunch of younger coworkers at my place of business. One of them shouted out: “What is the alternative?” Of course I had no acceptable answer. […]

Goodbye, Andy Rooney; I’m going to miss you


By Ernie Sochin…. One of my favorite TV personalities just turned off his camera and microphone at CBS’ 60 Minutes. I say turned off, because he never used the word retire or leaving but it was his last regular appearance on the famous news show. I speak of course of my idol, Andy Rooney. Why […]

Chance meeting on a plane: What will happen to Sean?


By Ernie Sochin…. I shouldn’t really bother myself with this. Sean is a 7-year-old boy who happened to be my seatmate on a recent flight to Boston. My traveling companion as always chose the isle seat so I was stuck in the middle and prayed as passengers were coming down the isle, that the 400-pound […]

There a lot wrong with our ‘criminal injustice system’


By Ernie Sochin…. Okay, I threatened to write about it so here goes: “The Criminal Injustice System.” I probably will get a lot of flack from attorneys (including my daughter, who is among them). Most say our system is the best and it is working well. Sorry, but I disagree. Unless you are Casey Anthony […]

Solve the national debt by charging for emails


By Ernie Sochin…. I am about to solve the national deficit. After all those high-paid advisors have wasted their time working on the problem, I have a plan that is sure to work. Charge for emails! Now hold on. Don’t get your self in an uproar. Hear me out. By simply charging, let’s say 10 […]

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