Collateral Sadness

Bea and Ariane. Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s daughters. 13 and 11. They are the true victims of their parent’s suicides this week. Their loss is exacerbated by a future of questions and abandonment. Whether intended or not. Also feel for Eric Ripert who found his pal Tony. It’s not something he’ll ever forget. Guilt. Remorse. Who knows. For other family and loved ones as well. These acts take such a toll.

Bourdain’s poetic storytelling was masterful. He brought people from far away cultures into our homes. His joie de vivre was contagious. It seemed. But, his dark side crept out in many journeys as he recalled past demons of substance abuse. Credit him with shining a bright light on the opioid epidemic in Western Massachusetts. It was a catalyst to delve into the rural crises which became a national focus in the 2016 campaign.

Parts unknown. Indeed. Sad sad days.

Terrible’s

Road trip through the Great American South West. Summer of 2002. Grand Canyon. Sedona. Troon North. Scottsdale. Las Vegas. All the usual stops. But. True destination was Pahrump, Nevada. To find Art Bell. His double-wide. Where he broadcasted his overnight radio show. UFO’s. Militias. Ghosts. Witches. Crop Circles. Chem-trails. An insomniac’s aphrodisiac.

Arrived in Pahrump after a ridiculously long drive from Las Vegas. Every saloon, casino, convenience store, gas station had the same name. Terrible’s. We went to each one asking customers and management alike if they knew where Art Bell lived. They all gave us a disinterested or ignorant fake-shake of the head. Some provided directions. Which were all different. So. We drove around a while and finally gave up.

Godspeed Art. Midnights in the Desert will never be the same. Apologies to Crystal Gayle.

Speaking of terrible. Crying Comey makes Trump look like an adult.

Up Treks 2017

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

Central Park
Hidden treks

Citarella
Mangia buonissimo

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

Sports
García wins Masters
Young Yankees Team
Tiger tries another return

Travel
October on the Forks

Books
Russo’s Fools novels
Book Group

Covfefe

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!

Pivot Points

Media pivoting as predicted by conservative conspiracy theorists. From Morning Joe to NYTimes. Those who have been giving him cover. Turning to Trump-bashing. Now that he’s won the nomination and blown up the Republican party. Full-on Hillary propping up has begun.

Time to speed up Game of Thrones. SNL had it right. Yawn. Fell asleep. C’mon. Dragons! Action! Please. Can’t follow plot from Season One.

Mother’s Day spent with Icelandic glaciers and geysers. Breaded pigs ears in Reykjavik. Vicariously texting with mAdBen. Fun!

Wing Ding

So. Wrong about Rube to the O. He woke up. Slung some zingers. Trump seemed sick and tired. Literally. Wolfie couldn’t control cross talk. Cage fight. Lots of hissy fits. What a wingding. If you like comic relief. Fun night. Kasich the only grownup. I know. Boring.

Speaking of wings. Airlines need to get a grip. Kid with severe allergic reaction to dog gets kicked off flight to the delight of passengers. Horrible story. A wise woman suggests that airlines have special flights for people who bring on pets and smoke. Peanuts will be served!

Oscars. Spotlight. Bon Weekend.

CoupCoup d’état

Kevin McCarthy out. Is there anyone in Congress who isn’t on the take or the make? So to Speaker. Of the House. Has this finally cratered Benghazi crazies? Special interests. Financial and personal. So to Speaker. Credit this CoupCoup d’état to Senator Cruz. As he slipstreams Trump, Ted continues to incite the Freedom Revolutionaries in the House. Unlikely stuff will get done soon.

Got away from the cuckoo’s nest. Autumn sojourn to Conway and Ashfield. Travel Treks. Maybe Krusty the Klown could be the next Speaker.

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