Monday, October 22, 2012

John Hiatt - Lyle Lovett

Bonnie Raitt Austin City Limits

How Medicine Used to Be

With all the debate over the Affordable Care Act (I refuse to call it "O........" primarily because if I recall, Michele the Facist nut from Minnesota coined the phrase when it was being debated) I thought it appropriate to post a tribute to how medicine used to be, by W. Eugene Smith, one of my two favorite photographers. The other one, by the way, is Walker Evans and if you've never read "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," by Evans and James Agee, I recommend it, it's about that 47 percent, except back in the mid-30s.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A quiet day

It is, as is generally the case, a quiet Sunday. A balmy day, almost definitively so, with a light breeze drifting about. Rex and I went for a long walk, perhaps three miles or so, though we stopped a park near us so he could play with his friends.

Now, he's stretched out, relaxing and I'm doing what I'm doing, typing. There was an intrusion on this otherwise lovely day: The shooting in Minnesota. It brought to mind the lack of responsibility of our government with regard to gun control and and the almost absolute abdication of commitment by both candidates in the last debate on the issue. I'm hoping Bob Schieffer brings it up tomorrow night and presses the hell out it. He's good at that.

I have voted, by the way and hope that if you haven't, you don't follow the lead of our leaders and abdicate your responsibility. I encourage to vote for the incumbent and I assure you that if you do otherwise and the opponent wins, your life will return to that of the "Bush years" and our nation will quickly, or as quickly as a monolth can move, still the waves, that will become tidal, of a recession.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

They Don't Make News Events Like This Anymore

On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called Saturday Night Massacre, President Nixon abolished the office of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, accepted the resignation of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and fired Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus.

Again with the online dating

Yet again, Online Dating
Well, I haven't faired to well. I suppose my "profile" is doing the trick. Unlike most up on Match, it's absolutely candid; my defense mechanism so to speak, to let potentially interested women know exactly who and what I am (intellectually oriented with a propensity to talk about our deep, dark fears and secrets, a bit stock, to say nothing of old and one who likes quiet conversations while watching a movie).
It seems the women who interest me all like long walks on the beach, five star dining and financial security, or even have the temerity to request certain income ranges, which I find offense.
I went out with one with whom I wander about an outdoor market so she could talk with her friends. I knew it wasn't going anywhere and became quickly bored. The second seemed to talk quite a bit about herself and rarely asked a question.These are women who have apparently "grown up." While I have remarkable company and what many think is a fascinating business (it's high profile), it doesn't seem to interest them.
At this point, from their profiles it seems they're all seeking someone to support them or many are in any event.
My sense of humor is a bit off kilter and cyncal at times. It short, pushing 70 there are clearly parts of my psyche that have "grown up." All the women in their late 50s and early 60s have done so…and for me, that's not much fun.Really, long walks on the beach, five-star dining and first class traveling? That tells me "You better have dough son, 'cause I'm expensive." Definitely not my cup of tea and more on this tomorrow.
Here's my profile from Match:

I like long walks on the beaches, five star restaurants and hotels, Europe in the Fall, New York City and Sydney in the Spring, the Bolshevik Revolution and Ernest Borgnine.

Well, I do like Ernest Borgnine especially for his perfomance in "Marty." I live every day with this consideration: If things aren't funny then they're exactly what they are; and then they're like a long dental appointment.

You've probably figured out at this point, this is not a profile typical of what one sees on Match. The simple reason is that I want to be categorically succinct about who I am, what I believe, how I perceive myself and who I am. No hyperbole here. But who knows? If my profile appeals to you, neither of us may have to look further.

I'm kind of a "raggedy" fellow who prefers old jeans to anything else, though I have been known to "dress appropriately." I'm neither tall, athletic nor toned: I'm "stocky," witty, empathetic and engaging. I am slightly taller than Woody Allen, Nathan Lane and Richard Dreyfuss (we're all short Jewish guys from New York). I could stand to lose a bit of weight. That noted, I do not intend my last meal to a tuna sandwich.

My greatest accomplishment: Raising my two sons as a sole custodian, single parent from the ages of 6 and 3. They are my best friends, along with, of course, Rex, my 11 year old Cocker Spaniel.

Listening is something at which I believe I excel and want a partner who has depth, to be a bit poetic, beyond the the deepness of the dark; who can discuss any problems she may have without fear of judgement and who will know that while I may not be able to solve them, I'll always be there to listen. Equally important, you've got have a sense of humor, tinged with a bit of cyncism about the world and not afraid to ask any question. That you may be on the "other side of the aisle" than me on an issue isn't important. It's important that you are interested in issues that effect us on a daily basis and want to discuss them, rationally. "Idealogues" need not apply.

For me, it is important that you have heart, empathy, a good, if not quick wit, a broad sense of humor and intelligence, as well as a serious interest in the world around you.

I have the heart and soul of a poet, and write pretty good poems as well. I would rather grab a hotdog at Pink's, or a pastrami on rye at the Greenberg's than attend Bouchon; dress down, rather than up. I've done the "fine dining" gig, it bores me now, though I do enjoy Bouchon more than any other top restaurant in town. What can I say, save quote Popeye: "I yam what I yam."

My favorite movies are "A Thousand Clowns" and "Nobody's Fool." If you're a fan of these two movies, or even seen them, we could well be an immediate match and if you've seen the original "Breathless", that would be extrordinary, apropos of which, we ought to "...steal a car and drive to Rome." I'm not a fan of movie theatres, as I think it's more fun to pause a movie and exchange comments on it as it moves along. It'd be great to find someone willing to order in Chinese and just watch an old movie; sort of a New York thing.

At this point, you're probably thinking, "Who the h*** is this fellow?" Well, I was a reporter in Washington, DC for longer than I care to remember for one of the two top newspapers in the nation. I run a crisis management business, and have for years. I was quite good at the first, and nationally known in my current business. So for those of you looking for "financially stable," I am. Mentally so, were she still alive, my Mother, who was a psychiatrist, would debate.

So, there it is. If you're interested, let's chat on the phone for a bit and see where it goes. If it goes somewhere, well, give me almost any menu you want, I'll cook it for you and we'll take it from there. Want to know more about me, check

The line I will NOT cross: I will not go out with an addict of any sort, no matter how long "sober."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Rose Garden Comment

For those of you who watched the debate tonight and think perhaps the President was prevaricating with regard to the "Rose Garden" comment about Libya and terrorists, there's the video:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The "Debate?"

It occurred to me that there's no reason to watch the Biden-Ryan debate tonight, as the media seems to have posed all the questions that will be asked and answered them, as well.

Not even a close decision for me: I'll watch the Yankees take the Division Series against Baltimore tonight.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012