Changing Screens

Ubiquitous host on multiple television screens, Ryan Seacrest is teetering on the brink. American Idol, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Red Carpet, Live With Kelly! employees must be shaking in their boots. Lots of paychecks at stake if he gets yanked.

Screening gun sales. A hot topic at today’s meeting with Trump and lawmakers. Support for a bill that expands background checks to include gun shows aiming to help thwart the wrong hands on firearms. Unfortunately. They also seem to believe that the answer to Americans having too many guns is more guns! Wild Wild West mentality perseverates.

Look for Hope Hicks as the newest Fox Bot on your cable news screens.

More Yellin’

Janet Yellin left the Fed Chair chair and then sent the markets reelin’. She just spoke the truth. From her it was tellin’. Markets are overvalued. But. February 6, 2017 stocks were at 20,000. So.

More yellin’ about pets on airplanes. Broken record alert! Thanks though to David Leonhardt in the NYTimes for makin’ the case so well. ” It is one of the downsides of a modern culture that too often fetishizes individual preference and expression over communal well-being. ”

Poor Gronk was robbed! Insult to injury. Maybe somebody’s tellin’ him to retire. And what was Chris Christie doin’ in the beach audience of Live with Kelly & Ryan at the Atlantis?

Down Treks 2017

Petulant Adolescent President
TTSD (Traumatic Trump Stress Disorder) worsens

Comey’s covert agenda
Media overreach
Russia obsession

Shallow bench
Lack of message

Sexual Perps
Reining men
Politicizing harassment

Snowflakes against free speech
Hurricanes & Fires

Twin Peaks redux sucked

NFL violence cripples players & loses fans

Pets overrunning public places

Up Treks 2017

Dr. Husband’s great photos every year
New York City Marathon Eve –
fireworks display

Central Park
Hidden treks

Mangia buonissimo

Schitt’s Creek
Big Little Lies
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GOT Dragons
McCarthy as Spicey

García wins Masters
Young Yankees Team
Tiger tries another return

October on the Forks

Russo’s Fools novels
Book Group


Broadway- mixed

Liev Schreiber- Les Liaisons Dangereuses ***
Cate Blanchett- The Present ****
Amy Schumer- Meteor Shower ****
Uma Thurman- The Parisian Woman, liaisons undangerous **

Looking forward to Mark Rylance in Farinelli & the King next week!

Curb Your Traditions

Sinterklaas Eve. Dutch tradition. December 5th. Putting carrots out for Sint Niklaas so he will fill the wooden shoes with candy for the children. No chimneys involved. Nor toys. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could leave it at that? Done! Kids can get toys & games all year long now anyway. On Amazon. Not only is bricks & mortar retail on its last gasp. So soon is consumer Christmas! Back to families, carols & food. Yay.

Larry David & Lin Manuel Miranda’s Fatwa! the Musical. Please. Broadway!

btw Deutsche Bank isn’t Dutch.

The Upside Down

9 hours of Stranger Things. An allegorical sci-fi thriller with an exorcism thrown in. Kids are good actors. Weekend diversion. Another season assured. Follow the Three Musketeers wrapper to Dustin’s buddy d’Artagnan crashing an upside down Snow Ball dance. Now-memories.

Downside up. As discussed, the #MeToo movement may have unintended consequences. Sheryl Sandberg agrees. Men may eschew women in the workplace. Dating done?

Upside. Claire Underwood lives! House of Cards continues. Frank killed off?!
And. Christiane Amanpour. Replacing Charlie Rose on PBS.

Holiday photo by G. Levine:   Shelburne Centre, Western Massachusetts. 

Slick Sliding Away

Sliders out. Homeruns in. Slicker World Series balls pitchers say. Can’t throw strikeouts with their usual grips. Lots and lots and lots of hits. Little league scores. Bullpens depleted. But. It sure was fun to watch all that slugging. Even into 1:40 am.

Who will be indicted today. Greasy Manafort or sleazy Flynn. Will they flip and turn others in.

Ray Donovan finale slips into New York for a different point of view.