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.


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.


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

Signs of the Times

Two lawn signs. Same house. Hatfield, Massachusetts. May 2016. When I saw them I said, Stop! We have to get a shot of this.

A woman opened the front door with her toddler as we pulled over to take the photo. Told us her husband was Trump. She Bernie. Asked us if we thought they’d still be married after the election.

Turned out Bernie got aced out by Hillary at the Convention that year. Will it be different in 2020? Horizontal class structure. Not vertical political parties. A rural New England couple seems to have forecasted what was coming in this country.

Bonaparte on the Park

cpw bldgOn a balmy afternoon. Just take a walk around the block. Our neighborhood affords architectural gems. The Kenilworth. Its mansards from France’s Second Empire. Transported to days of Louis-Napoléon and Eugénie. One of many landmark buildings close to home.

Olympics are so boring anyway.

Pivot Points

Media pivoting as predicted by conservative conspiracy theorists. From Morning Joe to NYTimes. Those who have been giving him cover. Turning to Trump-bashing. Now that he’s won the nomination and blown up the Republican party. Full-on Hillary propping up has begun.

Time to speed up Game of Thrones. SNL had it right. Yawn. Fell asleep. C’mon. Dragons! Action! Please. Can’t follow plot from Season One.

Mother’s Day spent with Icelandic glaciers and geysers. Breaded pigs ears in Reykjavik. Vicariously texting with mAdBen. Fun!

Topsy Turvy

President Obama trashes Trump during State of the Union. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley also trashes Trump during her Republican Response.

Ted Cruz criticizes Trump for having New York values. Jeb Bush makes fun of Rubio’s Cuban high heeled boots. Trump says Cruz is a Cuban-Canadian.

Bernie Sanders, a 74-year old Socialist from Vermont who sounds like Larry David is beating Hillary with Democrat youth. Hillary is sending out Chelsea as her new attack dog. Bill Cosby took hubby off the table.

Oil is below $30 a barrel. PowerBall is over $1 billion.

2016 Predilections

Starbucks on every corner.
Adam Driver disintegrates Hannah. Solo.
Trump-Palin v. Hillary-Warren.
MadMen returns. Season 8.
Manhattan view.
Great new novels. City on Fire not yet.
SuperBowl. Anybody but the Pats.
Freshest fish.

Little Blue Corvette. Wish I’d kept my 1963 baby blue split-window fast-back Stingray with the Hurst stick shift. The one Seinfeld and Obama had coffee and comedy in. Would’ve been a lucrative bet.

2016 Predictions

Foxbots ditch décolletage for bikinis on the anchor couch.
Donald Trump gilds early voting State Houses.
Marco Rubio sweat slides him into oblivion.
Hillary feels the Bern and goes home.
Bills Cosby and Clinton join Junior League.
Brady and Belichick get married.
Cam Newton dances at their wedding.
Tiger caddies for Jordan Spieth at the Masters.
Ray Donovan has an affair with Helen and Alison.

Real Housewives open boutiques all over the Middle East…
drive ISIS out running and screaming.

Family First

A lofty level of fathers making career decisions to put family first. From Joe Biden’s need to take care of his clan as they grieve led him to leave the Presidency on the table. Paul Ryan’s conditional acceptance of the Speaker role to see his kids on weekends sets him apart from the pack. Proof that personal priorities for both genders make work/life balance rough. Only if you are in demand, can you make demands. Woman or man. Otherwise, tough.

Speaking of Familia. Murphy Ruth. Mets! Wow. Rout. Sorry. McFly.

Jersey Girls & Boys

Let’s hear it for the girls. Women’s USA soccer champs. Not only did they win with a Jersey girl hat trick, but garnered the largest television audience for any FIFA match. Including Men’s World Cup. I didn’t see any falling fakery or operatic hijinks. Just solid play. In this case, pay should equal be.

Jerry Weintraub, producer of the original Jersey Boys, died today. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Oceans Eleven. A wife who got along really well with his mistress. Used to see him at Jilly’s with Old Blue Eyes. You go, guy.

Never to be bridge-and-tunneled. Have I mentioned how funny BravoTv’s new scripted show Odd Mom Out is? Really. Good. Broad City-ish.