Remulak Trek

Is Jake a downtown spy? I think I saw him infiltrating an apartment building near Wall Street today. Has he converted the Pound Ridge clan? Speaking of clans, local police report today’s Gazette, “A woman driving on Sylvester Road in Florence reported 9:57 pm last night that she saw 2 men standing behind a truck on the side of the road wearing cone-shaped hats with cloth hanging down to their shoulders. No officers were available to investigate.”

LeBron to Heat, Espana tiene calor, tambien. Viva. Why do Western Massachusetts people think NYC is so alien and far away? One word. Amtrak. Auto 2 1/2 hours, door-to-door; train 5 1/2 if you’re lucky, not including horrible station time. Reedick! I’ll never complain about Dr.Maniac’s driving again.

Ben Day

Happy 21st Ben! As is typical of you, the day will be spent working for Senator Gillibrand, helping her constituents get tax refunds, war medals and researching funding and tax policy.  Soon you will be the sole undergrad student on the committee to choose the new Dean of NYU’s Liberal Arts College. President Sexton has good taste. A summer article appears in the Washington Square News where you will complete your term as Opinion Editor this Fall.

As you near graduation you’ve already accomplished more than most. To say that I am proud is obvious. Over the years we’ve learned a lot from each other. I gain insights and perspective from you all the time. I am happy that you still seek my advice as well as your Dad’s. We love that we remain resources even if you’ve eclipsed us in your knowledge of technology, economics and many other fields.

Can’t believe it has been 21 years since I walked across Lafayette Park in SanFran to get you born. Apologies for the indulgent post, but’s it’s my blog and I’ll kvell if I want to. Happy Birthday Benjamin Philip Joseph!


A cluster of important birthdays this week, Lindzer Torte 21, Colby CoCo 16, Grandma C still holding at 39, and BPJ 21 as well, more on that tomorrow. Linds is always 26 hours older and as she insists wiser, Stonehill’s tennis captain and a regional champion. Colby is an accomplished thespian and has developed a voice worthy of State-wide acclaim. Gma an artist with a following from Toronto to Tampa, her watercolors wonderful. Happy to all.

Nobu seems to be in, Billy Clinton, Wolfie, Katie et al at South Africa branch. Russian spy ring, are we in the right decade? Has anyone seen James Bond? Another CP rant, can we get a new adjective, pleez? Everything and everyone cannot be “amazing”.

Weekend Kicks

Jake and his Dad entertained cuzin Will over a couple of brewskis at South Street Seaport on Friday afternoon. U.S.-England World Cup match will be the focus of sports fans Saturday. GemQueen and A-Man are taking in a Yankees game at the new stadium, undaunted by the weather in luxury box seats. Celts and Lakers break the tie Sunday, sorry to say Celts have yet to take my fashion advice. Tiger’s got a new blonde, will she be in tow at Pebble Beach?

World Cup memories: 1966 I was at Blenheim Palace taking a tour when pandemonium broke out. Guards, guests, guides left their posts to whoop it up, yelling and screaming with joy. I asked my chaperone Hazel what was going on. She started doing a jig herself and said, “England won!” I think that was the last time.  In 1990, I was at a hotel in the Leidseplein in Amsterdam getting no sleep as the entire city seemed to be partying outside my window. Netherlands had beaten some country on its way to losing to West Germany eventually. Unless you are there, you cannot imagine how an entire country rallies around “football” outside of the U.S.

The Side Trek – Lobster Roll

Going to the Williamsburg lobster shack tomorrow for fresh lobster or clam roll, c’mon over Lindsey. Today meat loaf since it’ll be stormin’ soon, so leftover hamburger meat can’t be grilled, see Recipe Detours. Meanwhile, the kids are taking over pro golf. Dr. Husband does not like to play weekend golf so Hornet’s Nest out at the back table until it rains.

The Side Trek magazine article from 2008 talks about the lobster shack and more, read it here.