Quote of the Day

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

-John Barrymore

What do I have in common with Prince, Allen Iverson, Tom Jones, James Braddock, Thurman Munson, Anna Kournikova, Bill Hader, and Dean Martin?

(Image provided by Al Powers)

We were all born on this day, June 7th.

Have you ever heard the expression, “you’re only as old as you feel“?

Well it’s true!

This morning I woke up a little earlier with an extra bounce in my step.

Today I turn 48 and I just can’t believe it.

I mean when I was a young kid hanging out on 9th avenue, I had no clue what it would be like to be 48.

Age is just a number, right?

Long as you feel good, what does it matter how old you are?

Sure the hair is disappearing, getting grey and well, the skin changes with each day; but that sort of stuff doesn’t bug me.

To me, it’s all about getting up every morning and having something meaningful to do.

It’s about kicking ass everyday and living life to its fullest.

It’s about learning and growing!

Each day it’s about understanding people, treating people right and keep on keepin’ on.



I am pinching myself this morning…



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30 Responses to 48 AND FEELIN’ GREAT

  1. Charles Kawas says:

    Happy Birthday!

  2. John Langton says:

    Don’t pinch yourself too much – you’ll leave a bruise and they don’t disappear as quickly as they used to! Have a great day Steve, and as always, thanks for the Diaries!

  3. Maureen Rice (Flanagan) says:

    Happy Birthday, Steve- when I think I wanna complain about getting older, I stop and think of all the people in my life who never had that opportunity- and then I just STFU!

  4. hoopscoach says:

    Thanks Maureen, hope all is well.

  5. H.Mills says:

    Happy Birthday, Coach—-Many more !

  6. David Cullen says:

    Happy B Day, hoopscoach. I turned 47 in April, and the key to me feeling alright is focusing on what I do have and NOT on what I don’t have. Count the things that I feel grateful for and it’s amazing how much better I feel. Enjoy number 48 and keep kicking butt!!!


    Made 67 last week and my wife took me to Broadway of all places!


    Oh and Happy Birthday Steve!

  9. Maureen (Sullivan) Parrinello says:

    Happy Birthday Steve! All the best!

  10. patrick fenton says:

    Have a wonderful birthday, Steve. And keep keeping our old neighborhood alive on Container Diaries. Sadly, most old neighborhoods just fade away with time. Not ours. And you’re a big part of that.
    your friend,
    Pat Fenton

  11. Kenny Whelan says:

    Happy birthday !
    Turn 56 on Tuesday. How the $&@@? did that happen?

  12. Al Powers says:

    Happy Birthday….I hope you had a great day….I’m honored that you used my photo on your birthday..

    • hoopscoach says:

      Not a problem Al, I was waiting for a special blog entry to post that shot. That’s epic my man, unreal!

  13. Glenn Thomas says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day!

  14. Jack Kelly says:

    A day late but just the same Happy Birthday Coach.

  15. Joe Pisculli says:

    Happy Birthday

  16. JOHNNY SEILER says:


  17. Brooklynati64 says:

    Right behind you kid. 48 in August.

  18. Gene Green says:

    Hope the Birthday was memorable. Even 10yrs in age difference so much in common because of the area and schools we grew up with.

  19. Fr. Peter says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Steve! You will be in my prayers as I celebrate Mass

    • hoopscoach says:

      Fr. Peter,

      Thanks so much.

      Hope you are well.

      • Peter Rayder says:

        Thanks Steve!
        I’m getting back to 100% slowly!
        I had three heart operations since August 1 and I am finally feeling better! Time heals!
        Continue doing the great work you are doing! You make a difference in peoples lives!!!!

      • mike slavin says:


  20. G Trapp says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Red, Keep up the good works!

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