Treks for Thought

If you’ve overdosed on pajama-grams or the nordic combined, here are some diverse treks for thought:

Local hero- Dr. Ian Goodman went from Springfield, MA to Haiti last week to rescue severely injured children.  He was able to bring eight of those who could be most helped back to Massachusetts.   A former pediatric resident, Ian is currently an ER fellow at the Baystate Medical Children’s Hospital (Tufts University) in Springfield.  His story is inspirational.

The Moth, is a story telling organization.  It was founded in 1997 by George Dawes Green, poet and novelist from Georgia, to recreate summer evening porch stories, told by everyday folks.  Now a New York City institution, you can hear the famous and not-famous recount their personal tales.  It could be replicated in any local community’s school, senior center, theater group.

If you like Sarah Palin, don’t read this provocative editorial from NYU’s Washington Square News.

CandyPants Rant:  Does anybody understand the ice skating scoring?  I liked the chauvinistic, corrupt but simple 9’s and 10’s.  And what’s with the mogul ski guys lounging on futons?


Weekend Treks- Olympic Wasteland

Opening Ceremonies: Torchurous
Nordic Combined:  Eating ice cream and Drinking frozen Vodka
Downhill: Too much of the above
Slalom: Navigating commercials
Luge: Phlegmy Cough
Bobsled: What about?
Triple Axle: 3 times spinning on the butt
Curling: Merry Maids Gone Wild
Snowboarding: Full Pipe
Hockey: Pucks

CandyPants Rant:  Valentine’s Day.

From the frig: Six minute shrimp scampi for 4- see Recipe Detours

ETrek Theater, Sightings, Lunch

Liberty Square Review:  NY- “Time Stands Still”, Donald Margulies’ play about an Iraq war-torn couple features Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James.  They struggle with the psychological and physical toll of their experiences, as Alicia Silverstone, a “spritely” girlfriend of their friend, steals the show.

Sightings- Joey “Three Sticks” at Via Quadronno on 73rd and Mad, sipping wine with his lovely companion and a high profile criminal attorney during the blizzard Wednesday afternoon… a prominent insurance lawyer from Springfield recently dining at Commerce in the West Village with a lively group… local Judge & real estate exec canoodling on St. John…AND a very happy bday to the “hottest” business magnate in San Francisco

Movies:  Word is that Benicio del “Lobo” will cause nightmares for weeks in the new “Wolfman” remake.

From the frig, Zucchini “Cordon Bleu”: (sort of), for lunch:  See Recipe Detours.

CandyPants(on the Ground)Rant:  Why all these new commercials featuring old people with big bellies in 50’s underwear?  eeeeuuuu

Weekend Treks-Superbowl Omelette

Superbowl:  I’m saying Saints by 2.  House “fan” says Colts by 9.  Want to know your favorite or least favorite commercial. Update 9:58 P.M. 7 Feb:  Great Game.  Clash of the Paytons (Peytons).  Ballsy move by Saints’ Head Coach Payton, onside kick in the 3rd quarter.  How to take psychological control!  Brilliant.

CandyPantsSuperbowlRant:  The Who at halftime-geezer rock at its worst.  They should have sent in substitution singers.

Sunday Smoked Salmon Omelette for 2- RecipeDetours.com

CandyPants Rant:  After watching  American Idol, Kitchen Nightmares and major network news covering Sarah Palin addressing a “tea party crowd” of 1,000 people, I’m convinced people are overdosing on a new drug:  deluded

The Side Trek- Launch

Happy 2010. A mAd friend Michael said I should start a blog. This is it.

The Side Trek~ ‘Back Roads Thoughts’

First Post:

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.

Success Treks- MSKCC “Bridges”

Communties can now be created electronically to share both burdens and successes.   Blogs, newsletters, websites.

“Bridges” is the quarterly newsletter of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Center in New York for cancer survivors and their families.  It’s a forum to tell personal stories, find an instant support group, learn about new treatments and hear from experts- a must read for anyone who has survived cancer or knows someone who has.  www.mskcc.org/bridges.  Eileen Gould created this wonderful publication in the summer of 2008.  She is a model of personal triumph over a lifetime of  challenges.

Duane Bailey-Castro was her inspiration for the name “Bridges“.  Duane did a series of photographs of bridges in NYC while recovering from his second stem cell transplant at MSKCC.  He wanted to be outside with a project, but not near other humans for fear of germs.  Eileen calls him one of the most amazing people she’s ever met.   www.journalofaprizefighter.blogspot.com