SkippyHollow

Ichabod Crane. Dark knights. Must be that time of year again. Achieved a pumpkin-free zone. No gourds, dried stalks or Indian corn either. Okay. Cheap candy for kids. Trick or treat. All Hallow’s Eve. Once. Not an entire week.

Orange is the old black. I’ll be the usual. Rhymes with witch. Yeah. I rehearse all year. So. Just no. Crinkly Hillary cleavage. Ebola hazmat suits. Headless horsemen of Isis. Not too soon. Never. Make it stop. Is it Kranky Kristmas yet?

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E Trades

Emotional trade-offs. Ian McEwan’s The Children Act is packed full of them. An English family law judge struggles with making the best of lousy situations. She is a detached woman, necessary for her work yet it spills over into her marriage. A study of rigid religious and social constructs so easily shattered. One simple word or gesture can change everything. The novel is ultimately unsettling.

Ebola trades. Science vs. psychology. Quarantines overly constrain. Self-monitoring causes strange side effects like having a hankering to get on a cruise ship, airplane, or subway train. The major issue is resources. Hospital staff, law enforcement to track down potential contacts, proper facilities. Exponentially expensive. In the meantime, stay away from those e-bowling shoes.

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OktoberFest

Not the München one. Rest easy. I won’t be wearing my dirndl in the küchen. Nor is Dr.H sporting his favorite lederhosen. But, we are making our own festival of Fall tastes from late farm stand treats of the Valley. Potato Turnip Leek Soup with horseradish and chives. Red Cabbage Apple Soup with sesame seeds, maple syrup and Asian spice.  Potages d’Octobre.  RecipeDetours.

Local autumn brews, too. Oktoberfest Lager. Berkshire Brewing Company. Octoberfest Märzen. Sam Adams. Red Oktober Ale. Wandering Star. Slug a large stein as you sip a small glass of fragrant rich soup on a cool dark afternoon. Bon weekend.

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SideLines

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s new book, Off the Sidelines. Navigating life on the political playing field. Her long drive from motherhood to congressional leadership. Can’t do it from the bleachers. On other gridirons, Peyton Manning managed to make history with most touchdown passes. After his SuperBowl pummeling, a better legacy. Even if SanFran handed it to him. Cowboys rise again. Old rivalries recalled as baseball Giants series begins.

Gone Plots. The Affair is a derivative of Gillian Flynn’s he-said, she-said psychological thriller. Alison v. Noah. Amy v. Nick. Love The Affair’s familiar scenes at Lunch, the enduring Lobster Roll diner. A frequent stop over our 33 years driving to Amagansett along the Montauk Highway. cropped-dsc_00991.jpg

On Homeland, Carrie has gone back to employing her basic instincts in edgy espionage and seductive recruiting. Blurry lines.

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DizzyWorld

A quarter century ago today. mAdBen started life on a natural roller coaster. Big Quake of ’89 bounced him around the nursery at 4-months old in SanFran. That seemed like enough of a ride. After 25 years business finally got mAdBen to Disney World. Bad mamma never took him to Orlando. Or Epcot. What?

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Giants back in the World Series. Thursday night football seems silly, but Pats-Jets game was close and despite a Lovely effort New England eked it out. EbolaNews free zone. Bon weekend.

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Crisis of Competence

Casting aspersions on healthcare workers who contracted Ebola in Dallas for not following proper protocols. Blaming the victims. The real culprit is the politically correct jerk who runs the CDC. He cares more about economies in West Africa. Blames nurse for getting on a commercial airplane. Turns out, his people gave her the okay to fly even after she alerted them that she had a fever. Even if no symptoms, she treated a guy who died from Ebola. Common sense, anyone?

It is one thing when the guy bagging groceries puts eggs on the bottom of the bag with wet ice cream and bread. Incompetence seems pervasive these days. But, when it’s life or death. It’s not okay anymore.

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ShockingStrands

Pope Francis made an earth-shattering revelation. He actually took a page from the Good Book. God loves all those who love each other. Now Catholics can, too.

Doctors should not be spokespersons for Ebola messaging. Medical speak can be both inflammatory and misunderstood. Panic ensues. And speaking of shocks. Pauley Perrette, an actress on NCIS had a severe allergic reaction to her black hair dye. It can be deadly. Ring. Ring.

If you believe your Master Card debt is held at the savings & loan around the corner, read Jake Halpern’s new book Bad Paper. Even small community banks are bundling and selling off assets. So, don’t expect your nice neighbor at the customer service desk to call you when your payment is late.

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