Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Tonight was a night for political junkies. And if you are a discerning person, you may have already teased out which way I lean politically. I try to keep it out of this arena, but surely it must leak through.
However, I was flipping through the three cable news channels and on one pass through the giddy anticipation fest on MSNBC I saw this guy:
Wow. Could that be ...
Why yes it is. It's Al Sharpton. This is how I see Sharpton.
I am still waiting on an apology for what he did and said in the whole Tawana Brawley affair but after thirty years it's time to give up expecting him to do the right thing. (Oops did I just tip my political hand? Well, not entirely unless expecting him to be a stand up guy is political.)
But let's give credit where credit is due.
Al Sharpton has lost more than 130 pounds! Down from over 300 to 167. He is not sick. As I used to say when folks asked if I had been sick, "No, I just got better."
He did it after his friend Bill Clinton (now that's a pair) lost so much weight
after his heart attack and went on a vegan diet.
Sharpton didn't go vegan, just vegetarian, but I must admit he looks good. And so does Ol' Billy Jeff Blythe.
Monday, November 05, 2012
I have gotten home safely. A five hour flight from LA to BWI was routine. No excitement, no drama. But my goodness I do so dislike sitting that long.
The food in the airport was surprisingly not good. Should it have been a surprise that airport food was bad? Usually I would say not, but usually I can find a couple of shops selling fruit and salads. But I found only one shop selling Red Delicious apples and overripe banana and one variety of salad. I opted for the turkey sandwich and the banana. I ate half the sandwich on the plane.
By 6PM I was home. YAY!
Now for the next four days I try to get back on my regular feed. Then I head to Dr Dani's in Corpus Christi on Friday so on Sunday I can run a half marathon.
November goes on and I am exhausted.
Monday, November 05, 2012
I must be brief tonight. The hotel her at LAX gas a very poor Internet connection so I am writing this on my iPhone for crying out loud.
Today Mike told us some good news. He has a photo shoot for a print ad that if all goes well may take him to Japan. And his work at the haunted house has gotten the attention of a major producer who would like to groom him. No real details yet so as far as I am concerned it is still a case of counting chickens before they hatch. But meetings have been "taken" and he asked for his passport. Hmmm
He took us to Rodeo Dr in the Hills of Beverly and while the Mom bought him an outfit at Brooks Bros. while he was trying it on someone told him that what he was wearing was "a cool look." He looked familiar and after he left the salesman told us that Billy Crystal thought Mike looked cool.
The drive to Malibu was miserable. But that's LA driving.
Mike is happy and working. I can't ask for more.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
To day was a travel day. We got our stuff packed up and out to the car early, had breakfast at the restaurant (egg white omelette with goat cheese, spinach and mushrooms), and headed over tot he meeting room. She(WMBO) was there in Phoenix for a Summit of employees, consultants, ans clients. Her boss, their CEO, and the company namesake was giving a lecture (which is part of what he does) called Going from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Some good stuff that I may try to share here over the next couple of weeks once my binder gets home. We had it shipped with a bunch of other folders She had sent home.
One of the things I hate about travel is eating. Not just eating in restaurants. That bugs me because I am not in control and yet at the same time, I want to be as "normal" as I can. I don;t want to be a drama queen about my food.
The airport s a whole other thing. So few good choices. And the conference center was a veritable mine field. There was fruit, but there was also granola, and muffins, and peanuts, and a whole host of things that have a false halo of healthy eating attached to them.
And I had some of them. At first I felt guilty. Then I thought ... you know, generally I eat very well, as in the correct thing. And I know the difference, so I know how I will get back into control in the coming days and weeks. Understanding what is happening is way better, I think, than just stuffing my face.
We got to LA this evening and we wen to the haunted house where Mike is working. I was duly impressed. And people who knew him pulled us aside to tell us what a great guy he is. I knew that, but it was nice to hear it from the people he has gotten to know here in LA.
Also, I saw a lot of people She works with in Phoenix who I have not seen in five years or more. It's nice to hear the compliments on my weight loss/regained health. I liked it.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
I must keep it short tonight, as I am really tired, sleepy, from a bad night last night.
They cancelled the NYC Marathon. I think that is a good idea. I don't think the runners were being insensitive. I think the Mayor and NYRR were being tone deaf. But the runners would have been doing what runners do, run. They paid their money, rented their hotel rooms, etc. (Rumors of hotels evicting storm victims in favor of marathoners are just that: rumors. I Google the issue every whichg way but Sunday, then I Google Sunday too and all I found was hoteliers *refusing* to evict victims. So my guess is it was a rumor, maybe with some scintilla of truth, maybe one hotel doing it, and it became an urban legend.) They just wanted to run. But as word spread and rumors spread and frustration and anger spread, it became, in my opinion very possible that some victims might lash out against a runner. Police would not be able to ensure safety of the runners. Best to cancel.
Sometimes, "it looks bad" is a good reason.
NBA Knicks, NBA Nets, NFL Giants, and Bette Midler's Hollyweird friends, they are or were safe behind walls. Somehow no one thinks it's insensitive for them to go about life as usual, but runners? Tsk Tsk Tsk.
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