Bagger Woods

Sports’ tragedy of the ages. Talented toddler phenom, Tiger Woods. He grew up and had it all. Majors Champ with potential to smash every record. Happy family. Fame, fortune. He earned it with hard work and great values. Or so it seemed.

‘Roids and whiskey and wild wild women destroyed the body, the career, the dream. More importantly, the life. Now, he’s bagged his loyal Stevie. When Quijote and Sancho were slaying windmills, there was a glow on the TV screen. Fade to dull grey, bye bye PGA.

Jack Treks

What would I do without Jack Cafferty? He makes dinner prep fun. As I’m chopping and stirring, he gets me laughing and thinking. His jaundiced slant on events of the day are typically aligned with mine. It seems reciprocal. He reads my pithy points on the air often. There’s a whole page on my blog to prove it. Soon CNN’s Situation Room will be moving from 5-7 to 4-6pm. I hope Jack’s Cafferty File will still be there. I’d follow him anywhere.

“What’s your greatest fear if the U.S. fails to raise the debt ceiling? He asked last night and read what I said: “As a former international banker, I’m not scared at all. It’s a global economy. We all need each other. Rating agencies have become meaningless. Life will go on. What scares me is how dug in the ‘tea party’ is in wanting to eliminate government. But, don’t take away their Medicare.”

HuntsMen

Mormon wars? Huntsman v. Romney? Jon Huntsman, Sr. and I go back to 1986 in the banking bizness. Jon, Jr. dipped in and out of  Huntsman Chemical, and was on hand when his Dad gave me a salute at the family’s Park City ski lodge in 1994. Not surprised that Jon Jr. would run for Prez, but shocked that he’d do it this year against another Mormon. That doesn’t happen in LDS-land. Huntsmans and Romneys have deep ties to each other and the Church. Huntsman’s campaign advisors come from the McCain camp. There’s gotta be more to this story… 

Carol in Northampton, Ma., made her 24th appearance on the Cafferty File, 6/22. “Could a Mormon Ever be Elected President of the U.S.?”

Weekend Treks – Dadz

Fathers are the best. I’m married to one of the finest, 29 years to the day. Papa, Daddy, Bro Joe’s all supreme in their ways. Ellis somewhere knows he has a new great grandson, William Ezra. Dadz rarely get their proper PR. It’s the time to appreciate and remember. I’m a Daddy’s girl forever. Another Father’s Day, another U.S. Open. Can Rory keep up the crazy pace? 11 under after the second round?! Ok, he hit into the drink on 18, but hey. We’ll be celebrating Dadz, Anniversaries, watching golf, missing Tiger. I know, but I do.

SideBikeTrek on Governor’s Island. – BPJ Photo. 

U.S. Open Update: Rory McIlroy my kinda golf guy. No waddles, hinks, spider squats. Steps up, takes the shot. Broke so many records. Ror heard round the world, good for you at 22. btw. Why did NBC edit Pledge of Allegiance before the broadcast Sunday? Jack asked, read my response on-air.

1 Rm Riv Vu

Hudson River and City from 25th Floor. Congrats to Ben on his new home! Doorman, pool, tennis courts, gym, roof deck. Just a coupla blocks from work. It’s good to be Ben. He’s earned it.

More SanFran Buzz. Northampton’s former Circa owner, Dane Boryta’s new restaurant Bottle Cap is slated to open in a week at the site of Ed Moose’s old ‘WashBag‘ in North Beach. See Travel Treks for more Bay Area Treks. Last night Jack asked if Repubs will go light on social issues in order to win in 2012. He read what C. said.   Can we finally kiss that weiner goodbye?

May Beary

Home from a wonderful week in New York. Grad glow indulged. I’m a proud Mama Bear, what can I say?
Re-entry. Started A.S. Byatt’s, The Children’s Book. Cubistic Carroll-esque journey, but I digress.

So, I’m quietly reading on the porch, and look up to see Goldilocks’ family crossing the street! We don’t live in Manhattan, but geez. Where’s my banjo? Mama took her cubs to play in our back yard. It’s a Mama moment.
And Dr. Dad’s wonderful photos, of course.

Violet Glory

 On stage at the Javits Center stands Ben with 3 other honored undergrads behind faculty illuminati during NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences graduation. 1,800 classmates cheer him on from the floor as he is introduced recipient of the Borgman-Phi Beta Kappa prize for most outstanding undergrad honors thesis: ‘Functional Data Analysis of Economic Bubbles: Creating a Coherent Shape of Inflationary Phenomena’.

As Ben crosses the stage with his diploma in Economics (highest honors) and Journalism (magna cum laude), President John Sexton reaches for a heartfelt hug. Ben says, ‘Thank you, John’. John replies, ‘Thank you, Ben’. Kleenex please. 

Next day, Violets in Yankee Stadium? A sea of purple stands. Joe’s smilin’. No, not joltin’ Joe. He’s there too with E.A. and Ellis. Bill Clinton emerges from the dugout right in front of Ben & Co. Bill’s speech had that politically charged Clintonesque touch of pure inspiration. Best of all, no purple rain.

May Trix

May playing plenty of tricks on the mind. Matrix=something from within or from which something else originates, develops or takes form. May reflects that definition in many mirrors I see. Birth marks. Anniversary shells. Milestones. Academic closure. Decades turning. Careers gestating. Memories. Anticipation. Guess that Buddha book got to me. Ohmmmmm.

Jack Cafferty asked if Trump’s run for Prez is over. Check out what I said, on air. Remember when names were nouns? Moroccan?

Mad World

Crazy Masters Sunday. Rory’s wreckage gave way to divine intervention for Schwartzel’s chips, abetted by Tiger’s timidity on the greens. Aussies acquitted themselves admirably at Augusta. Youth displayed character and class. Best thing about Masters coverage, no creepy commercials with old couples in bath tubs.

Speaking of Masters’ sponsors, loved Ogilvy & Mather’s new IBM campaign. Can they resurrect the Gap brand as well? MadBen’s new MadMen team.

No Trump Bid

Little slam. Trump for Prez? I facetiously said he’d say ‘you’re fired’ to lobbyists and extraneous government staff. But, what is up with this absurd ‘birther’ bent?! Is it just a publicity play? Could be. My theory is that Trump and Oprah are in cahoots to get the wacky right to vote for Trump and split the Republicans so Obama slides in. Giving them too much credit?

Butler, it’s called BASKET ball. Will Tiger be a factor at all in the Masters? I say no. If Phil wins back-to-back, who’ll put the green jacket on him?