Who will prevail? Michelle Obama spent most of Letterman’s show last week talking about parenting and her work with childhood obesity and Veteran’s needs. She was funny and real. She should stay. Her friend Valerie Jarrett is her President Husband’s closest advisor. She should go. I said so, NYTimes.
Ann Romney got some good reviews at the RNC, but lamenting rising gas and grocery prices fell flat given her reality. In our local Gazette, a letter recounted an appearance by the then Massachusetts First Lady. At a gathering of low-income Moms, Ann told the group how she could relate as the mother of five sons. Why, one time she and Mitt were playing mixed doubles at the Belmont Tennis Club, and she had to leave in the middle of her set to calm a sibling feud. No.
Filed under Politics, Women
It’s easy to recognize a non-native of the Pioneer Valley. They usually pronounce the H in Amherst, our neighboring town and college. We say AmErst. A local comedy troupe Side of Toast has created an online soap opera based on this colloquial quirk: “Silent H, Deadly H”. Just in time for A-Man’s birthday week.
Christie endorses Zzzomney. Perry toast. Who should Romney pick as his running mate to liven things up? Think outside the box. We don’t want the winter and campaign to be a snooze-a-thon. Should Obama name a new running mate? Yes. Otherwise, he may be toast.
On several dusky evenings recently we’d spotted a gray fox darting back and forth across the yard and under the front porch where a skunk family is in residence. Today’s Gazette reports that this same Foxy Loxy, apparently rabid, was killed by a croquet mallet in Williamsburg.
Foxy Loxy met his violent fate after wreaking havoc in the kitchen at A-1 Pizza. The staff chased him down the stairs where Foxy bashed through the screen door. Then Foxy decided to bite a poor unsuspecting customer in the parking lot. Poor teen was visiting his grandparents from Pennsylvania. Foxy’s last hurrah up the road was harassing little tots in their backyard pool. Dad. Croquet Mallet. Yuk.
It’s a good day to reprise my 4/27/10 post- favorite obit headline ever: ‘Helen Lavalle, 94, Advised Elizabeth Taylor’. “Amongst her many jobs, Helen was a waitress at the former Williams House, where she was the only waitress who could tell Elizabeth Taylor that one lobster was enough.” -Gazette
Elizabeth Taylor was here at Smith College in the 60′s filming “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, with Richard Burton. Assume that’s when she may have tried to indulge in local lobster binge-ing and Helen would have none of it. The old Williams House in nearby Williamsburg, Massachusetts, was famous for its haute cuisine brought to the Valley by Jim Wolf, featured in Table’s Edge.
Pioneer Valley newspaper Daily Hampshire Gazette featured TheSideTrek in Phoebe Mitchell’s “Blog Spotter” report. Cool! Great article. Read it here, the link works now, thanks to Noah:
‘Florence Woman Makes Mark on CNN Blog, and Her Own’. Ms. Mitchell highlighted frequent on-air Cafferty File comments, Recipe Detours, 2010 best TrekBooks and eclectic ramblings including the Hopper exhibit at the Whitney. Nod to GemQueen. Mitchell cited snarky “Skippy Hallow” post, and liked that Alicat and I fought over the neck and gizzard on Thanksgiving.
James Franco hosting Oscars, Ben’s NYU Econ Honors thesis acclaim and now this, good times. Thanks for your 14,000 visits and comment away into 2011!
Is Jake a downtown spy? I think I saw him infiltrating an apartment building near Wall Street today. Has he converted the Pound Ridge clan? Speaking of clans, local police report today’s Gazette, “A woman driving on Sylvester Road in Florence reported 9:57 pm last night that she saw 2 men standing behind a truck on the side of the road wearing cone-shaped hats with cloth hanging down to their shoulders. No officers were available to investigate.”
LeBron to Heat, Espana tiene calor, tambien. Viva. Why do Western Massachusetts people think NYC is so alien and far away? One word. Amtrak. Auto 2 1/2 hours, door-to-door; train 5 1/2 if you’re lucky, not including horrible station time. Reedick! I’ll never complain about Dr.Maniac’s driving again.
Filed under Sports, Travel
Local newspaper, Daily Hampshire Gazette, has taken to putting headlines above each obituary. This one caught my eye the other day, “Helen Lavalle, 94, advised Elizabeth Taylor”. Amongst her many jobs, Helen was a waitress at the former Williams House, where “she was the only waitress who could tell Elizabeth Taylor that one lobster was enough.” Therein lies her illustrious advisory career.
Ms. Taylor was here at Smith College in the 60′s filming “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, assume that’s when she may have tried to indulge in local lobster binge-ing. Of course, the old Williams House was famous for its haute cuisine brought to the Valley by Jim Wolf, both featured in Table’s Edge.
Good news, Alice Waters is coming to television, the pioneer of green cuisine actually started the notion that real food is better than all the processed crap we were brought up on. We do need new cooking people on t.v., cannot stand Rachel, Paula, Emeril. Now that aging hair and skin have been covered, it’s time to talk diets. Shorts season is upon us. I have gone back to actually skipping dinner, rather than pretending to skip dinner, and it’s helped. Last night’s Final Jeopardy was about Danielle Steel’s book “The Ghost”. It’s the only Steel book I’ve ever read, really. But, it was well researched about the French-Indian-Anglo skirmishes around Deerfield, Ma. It was fun and I learned stuff.
Filed under Books, Film, History
Northampton, Massachusetts isn’t New York or San Francisco, but this week: Monday night, Jay Leno read the police log from our local newspaper. He remarked to Kevin Eubanks, “I think we’ve got the white trash trifecta here”: – A Florence Road resident reported at 7:30 a.m. that someone had broken into his home overnight while he was out drinking with his dog in his sister’s parking lot, and stole his snow blower
Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains, is holding a benefit concert for Haiti with local musicians in Shelburne Falls this weekend. He lives in the nearby town of Williamsburg.
The horrible Mel Gibson’s horrible new movie “Edge of Darkness” has scenes of Northampton’s Main Street and Court House, and a magnificent view of the Pioneer Valley from Mount Sugarloaf just 15 minutes up 91 in Deerfield.
We hear that… An up and coming executive at Ralph Lauren is celebrating her 25th birthday at La Palma in the West Village.
From the frig- 10 minute dinner: Thai Noodle Soup, for 2-4, from leftover chicken or pork. RecipeDetours Cookbook. Bon Weekend.