Post Stuffington. Turkey. Family. Balloons. All fun and happy after the Thanksgiving respite. And. Speaking of Post.
The New York Post has two front page stories about how the ugly scaffolding epidemic has blighted The City. The Scourge of Scaffolding. And. Why Scaffolding Stays Up So Long.
I did send them my blogs about it and the recent West Side Rag story. So. Maybe they got the idea from me?
Finished The Crown Season 3. Learned so much about the history of that time. The plight of coal mines, global crises which escaped our near-sighted American-centric focus. As is still true today. We are obsessed with impeachment while Iraq, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Hong Kong, NATO … For real news have to watch BBC.
Most importantly. Niners lost to Ravens. Maybe a re-match at SB?
We get one day off from Democrat-Run TV today. Yay. All networks gavel-to-gavel impeachment droning yesterday. Complaints all over the net. More tomorrow. Cable News isn’t enough?
Anyway. No worries. Deval Patrick has joined Mayor Mike now in the ever-growing Democrat scrum. Can Hillary be far behind? While Schiff & Co. grind along. It’s all nuts.
So. 4-hour binged Back to Life on Showtime. It’s not Fleabag. Daisy Haggard isn’t Phoebe Waller-Bridge. But. She’s good. As is the cast. It is absurdist earthy and in the end sweet.
Farm fresh tart apples from Upstate. In a flaky crust. Clean crisp air. Parades on Fifth Avenue. Yep. It’s Fall in the City.
Won’t spoil anything about Season Finale of Succession. Except to say it was perfect. The Politician on Netflix a quirky Falchuk-Paltrow vanity piece. Yet. Worth it for Ben Platt’s version of Joni Mitchell’s River.
Ann Patchett’s new novel The Dutch House a pretty good read. Her narrator Danny a bit flat. Guessing Margaret Atwood’s sequel will win the Man Booker prize. Find out at 4:30. Half right.
In other rumors. If Biden out. Bloomberg in.
Trump corruption. Worse than Watergate!
Carl Bernstein says so. Every night. On CNN. Then. Anderson Cooper asks him if he really really thinks it is worse than Watergate. And. He says so again. Then. Gloria Borger and David Gergen wax poetic about Carl’s investigative journalism a hundred years ago. When they were in their 20’s. Ah. Yes. They remember it well. The good old days of Deep Throat. And. Just for good measure. There’s a segment with Chris Cuomo and John Dean. Yup. You guessed it. Watergate.
If only we could bring back Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman.
How to get away from impeachment overload? Dive into a meandering tale along the Thames. Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield.
Where does Dr. Husband go to escape the book club discussion on a rainy day?
Museum of Natural History.
Emmy’s. Favorite wins. Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Fleabag. Peter Dinklage & Game of Thrones. Alex Borstein. Bill Hader. Ben Whishaw. Jesse Armstrong, writer of Succession. Most favorite. Jodie Comer of Killing Eve. Happy Nominated. Schitt’s Creek. Most annoying. John Oliver. Stupidest. Kardashians saying reality tv is real.
On Succession. Those poor Roy kids. Ruthless father. Disinterested mother. And. Marcia will be the key. Woman scorned. Never good.
NY Giants. Daniel Jones. Yay.
A lot can happen when you leave the City for a few days. Scaffolding gets erected. More of it everywhere every day. Leaves become etched with tinges of yellow. And on September 18th, the Upper West Side lost an independent 94-year old woman of substance. One who even wrote her own obit, “She was a Bronze Life Master in bridge, an avid reader and an incredibly talented writer… those who knew her loved her, those who didn’t missed out.” True. Adieu, Betsey Strahl Levine.
Elsewhere. Kids are let out of school to raise awareness and motivate action on Climate Change. As people gather in Nevada to investigate what really goes on at Area 51. Art Bell will surely be found there.
Yes. Life marches on. But the world will never be quite the same.