Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Brain Freeze

It's been very difficult to put complete thoughts together. It is colder here in New York City than it's been in twenty years.  I always judge cold by my nose hairs.  If I feel them burning and freezing, it is really cold.  I've only had that experience three times.  The first was around 30 years ago, second, a trip to Toronto in the dead of Winter, and third, Sunday night.  It was so bloody cold.  Three degrees at 8:00pm and a wind chill below zero.  Forehead frozen even with a hat on and we aren't getting the worst of it.  

The good news, there's been lots of great television to get us through the weekend.  I loved the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary.  It wasn't perfection, but for a show that was 3 1/2 hours long, it was fantastic.  In recent years, I can hardly make it through their usual Saturday Night show clocking in at 90 minutes, so 3 1/2 hours....Amazingly entertaining.  The old clips were by far better than anything in recent memory.  Really sad to see the stream of people that died from the show, really sad.  I, personally, haven't gotten over losing Gilda Radner.  One of the great comic geniuses of my lifetime and left too soon.  If you missed it, it's definitely worth trying to get On Demand.

Downton Abbey and Spoiler Alert....Lord Grantham's dog is dying. At the end of this past week's episode, he won't make it through the night.  People are so upset with the turn of events, but I don't think they had a choice. Unfortunately, when the show began they couldn't have foreseen the future.  The sweet beautiful, loyal dog's name...?  Isis.  I haven't read anything, but can only figure that they didn't want that name attached to the show, interpreted as an homage, or any other subtle honor to the most heinous, evil group of men since Adolf Hitler's regime.  It's so sad for the storyline and the fans.  All of us dog owners felt this so deeply, but I don't think they had a choice.  I'm willing to be wrong, but don't think so.  If anyone reads anything contrary, let me know.

The Bachelor is winding down, but this past weekend we got five hours of glorious, embarrassing, television.  It's hard to pick out one single moment, but when Jade, one of four women left, admitted to and showed Chris, the bachelor, her Playboy photo shoot...awkward doesn't cut it.  She sat with her laptop and showed him photo after photo.  He said it didn't matter, but come on....He lives in a town with 450 people!  No chance could she be the chosen one.  By the way, no matter what happens in the end, there's no possibility that any one of the women left will survive Arlington, Iowa.  There is nothing and, I mean, nothing.  It is almost three hours from Des Moines.  It is in the middle of nowhere. No restaurant. No movie theatre.  When the girls made a surprise visit, all the doors were locked on the two blocks of downtown, including the church.  No way.  It's a total handicap.

Still catching up on John Oliver and Episodes.  Tonight is the final night of the Westminster Dog Show.  I wonder who will be Best in Show.  Heard that Patty Hearst has the winning toy breed.  Never ceases to surprise me where she shows up.  What's next?  Maybe she can do Dancing With the Stars....

For the people in the Boston area and North, I know that as cold and snowy as it's been here, it pales in comparison.  May your cars start, your roofs hold, and your pipes stay whole.  This has been some Winter AND heard that other than the Northeast and upper midwest, this has been one of the warmest winters.  Hard to believe, isn't it?  

I feel remiss if I don't mention the terror and anti-semitic attacks over the weekend.  The first in Copenhagen.    At a seminar/speech about freedom of speech led by the cartoonist and satirist, Lars Vilks, multiple shots fired. One dead, plus injuries.  They didn't get Lars Vilks, who, as you may remember, was the cartoonist who drew a controversial cartoon about Muhammad that got some Islamists calling for his death years ago.  Then a synagogue was shot up and a Jewish man guarding the synagogue was killed. In all there were three dead and five wounded. In France, vandals/terrorists destroyed a Jewish cemetery.  In both cases, the leaders of the countries stood up loudly and immediately.  

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