Introduction

Hi I’m Frank Priegue , I live in Queens with my wife Esther and our dog Chico.  I run, I write, I blog. I’ve blogged on and off for a few years my blog du jour, North Queens Runner is currently in on hiatus—I haven’t been posting.

pio pioEsther and I met in 2008, we married in 2010.  I married my best friend.  We have a good life sharing mutual interests, marathon running, cycling, travel, books and movies but one thing eluded us—a child.  That’s about to change.

Chico
Chico

Although we share many interests, we aren’t clones.  Esther is highly organized, meticulous; loves making lists (think OCD). She loves bed skirts, frilly curtains, and beds laden with large numbers of pillows—I think we are up to 10. She was raised to believe sarcasm is a bad thing.  Think Felix Unger.  If you don’t know who Felix Unger is check out the Odd Couple on Hulu, or read this.

I’m less organized and messy—Oscar Madison.  A bed should have two pillows max, maybe four if it’s a California King, and come from a long line of bed skirt less people.  My family is extremely sarcastic, many having no concept of what a filter is.

Esther and I in Central Park the day after finishing the 2010 New York City Marathon
Esther and I in Central Park the day after finishing the 2010 New York City Marathon

Being a dad at 50 scares me a little.  Most of my friends and family became parents in their 20’s and 30’s.  I’m waiting for the day when I’m asked, “How old is your grandson?”  I’ve had flashbacks of a recent party where I was mistaken for Esther’s father.  Its ok, she doesn’t call me Daddy.

Esther and I with New York Mets' broadcaster Howie Rose. My salt and pepper hair is now dyed brown.
Esther and I with New York Mets’ broadcaster Howie Rose. My salt and pepper hair is now dyed brown.

This blog is seen through the eyes of a sarcastic 50-year old first-time dad.  I’ve been by Esther’s side through doctor’s appointments, sonograms, baby showers and Lamaze classes and my mind has been racing throughout.  Time to blog.

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