Crucial Mindless-Ness

Another month of social distancing? Too much to deal with. Stationary bike and weights. Good. The scared shitless diet is also working. And. It is crucial to tune out the news. So.

Final season of POP TV’s Schitt’s Creek so sweet. Will miss it.

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None on BBC 1 is kinda dumb but fun. Charles Dance is always worth a watch.

The Inn at Little Washington on PBS is a great diversionary story about a quirky chef going for his third Michelin star.

Homeland  would have been ripped from the headlines a few weeks ago. Now Afghanistan and Pakistan seem so quaint.

American Idol  singer/performer Just Sam aka Samantha Diaz is really a fabulous UWS story (even though they say she’s from Harlem cuz it sounds more hardscrabble). She slayed Selena last night.

So far we are the only people not watching Tiger King. There you go. Getting through another day.

Class vs. Crass

Queens Boys.

Andrew Cuomo, NY Gov, grew up in Queens. A street guy with a law degree. But. No Harvard he. Local NY education. Fordham. Albany. A strong presence welcome in these times. His daily pressers on Coronavirus pandemic must-see TV on all national networks. Calming yet assaulting the invisible enemy in the City & State.

Trump also grew up in Queens. A narcissistic bully who got a kick then head-start from daddy. Unlike Andrew’s poetic pol of a dad, Fred was a ruthless developer. Donald’s education at Wharton didn’t afford him a finishing school persona. The bulldozer caricature has never wavered.

Both from Queens. Class vs. Crass. Run Andrew Run!

Cook Off

Not easy to get a Fresh Direct delivery window. So when the food arrives, have to make it stretch. After everything has been wiped clean, including the packaging. Then. Have to cook it before it goes beyond the expiration date. So. Here are some recipes for these new times:

Skirt steak, soup, salmon, pork chops, chicken thighs.

Recipe Detours . com

Place Card

Sheltering in place. Day 10?

NY Gov Andrew Cuomo pre-empts The View. Which is fine. He is a leader and should run for President. Joe Dotard should step aside.

NJ Governor is a jerk and cuts into The Young & The Restless. My renewed few days on stationary bike have therefore withered away. Maybe today.

Celeste Ng’s novel has been made into a series on Hulu. It is great. Little Fires Everywhere. Kerry Washington is fabulous as is the whole cast.

Sappy & soppy but a feel-good diversion. American Idol. Where auditions and heart-break are still normal somewhere.   Just Sam!

Reading to the Rescue

Although NYC Book Club was postponed this week, still intend to read the pick Dear Edwardby Ann Napolitano.

But. That’s after I finish Mantel’s last Thomas Cromwell in her trilogy, which could take quite a while. On page 200, 500+ to go. So far it is rich, dense and captivating. Thanks, Hilary!

A lighter and shorter diversion is Bret Stephens’ portrait of his avant-garde artist grandmother in today’s NYTimes. Whatta woman! Mexico with Trotsky & Rivera just for starters.

Conjured recent novel by Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea. Her familial perspective of the Spanish Civil War and later migration to Chile. Political and historical context made it a worthwhile read.

Coronavirus Chronicles Vol. I

2 weeks ago:

Had birthday dinner at Gramercy Tavern. Now closed. Sat outside on a clear warm sunny day sipping Sauvignon Blanc at Tavern on the Green courtyard bar. Now closed.

A week ago:

Dr. Husband shopped as usual at Citarella. Aisles too narrow to go there now. Pioneer is better. And. Fresh Direct delivered with 2 days notice. Now windows are at least 10 days out.

Yesterday:

Next-door neighbor who is never home because she travels the world for work had a Peloton delivered. Luis our Doorman who usually gives me a hug was sitting behind the desk wearing a mask. I sprayed an Amazon box with Windex all-purpose cleaner before opening.

Today:

April baby shower for nephew/niece canceled. Positive reviews and calls for NY Gov Andrew Cuomo to run for President 2024. Maybe sooner?

Side Effects

Coronavirus asymptomatic City isolation side effects.

Parents appreciate teachers every hour of the day.
Misanthropes actually missing people.
Alternate side parking rules suspended.
No traffic. But. No place to go.
Noisy workmen across the street now sound sweet.
Garbage grinding at dawn’ll be missed if gone.
Walks in Central Park a necessary luxury.
Restaurants’ take-out & delivery vital godsends.
Fresh Direct toilet paper scarcer than steak.
Bridezillas getting arrested for large weddings.
Dogs kinda quarantined with owners.

Some better than others.