About

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.

Remember When Cameras Used Film? (1/19/2011)

Remember When You Could Bring Lip Gloss on an Airplane? (3/7/2011)

Remember When There Was Only One Type of Post-It Note? (7/25/2012)

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.

Feel free to subscribe if you like what you see.  The subscription box is on the right side, towards the top of the page, just above my photograph.  That photo is really me.  It was taken on my wedding day, and is the best I have ever looked.

I am also on Facebook and Twitter, and can even be reached by email at kaplowitz(dot)mark(at)gmail(dot)com if you are really old fashioned.

Your most humble servant,

Mark Kaplowitz

11 responses to “About

  1. I really enjoyed your post – a perfect blend of humor and eloquence, with a dash of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Well done!

  2. The Smile Scavenger

    Random question – do you still try orthodox? My girlfriend is Jewish but (obviously) not orthodox. But the orthodox members of her family certainly provide a good deal of humor to our lives! I bet you got some great material there. 🙂

    • I am no longer practicing orthodox Judaism but I did certainly learn a lot and broaden my horizons, as they say. I’m still trying to figure out a way to write about my experience.

  3. I really like your writing style! Can’t wait to read more!

  4. I am thrilled Mark to have found your witty blog. Hey, is it fair to say that you gained a ton of life experience working at that convenience store? It’s a great way to learn about humankind. Anyhow, I am looking forward to reading more. Thanks Mark.

  5. HI,
    Found you via Diana’s Friday pick. I’m very curious about your decision to not follow Orthodox Judaism- my sons have become Orthodox after being raised secular. Were you raised Orthodox?
    I’m trying to write about the whole thing and would love to talk to you.
    my email is lisakwinkler@gmail.com

    • I was raised secular as well, and had virtually no contact with Orthodox Judaism until I tried it myself. I will email with more details. Thanks for stopping by – glad to hear you found me through Diana.
      Mark

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