Member since 2005. Provider of unfiltered and honest opinions.
Warning: This diary may be inappropriate for the thin-skinned, easily offended or those who feel victimized by life in general.
So who/what am I? Among other things:
Dog Rescue Advocate
Hospital & Healthcare Consultant
The last several weeks have been terribly busy, between work, travel and having to divert to attend the funeral for Joël Robuchon. Will try to get on more frequently, but just a quick note to say I am alive and well.Continue Reading...
They say the most common last words of a Redneck are, "Hey, y'all, watch me do this!" So the 4th presents the perfect opportunity for self-inflicted trauma. Deep-frying a turkey on Thanksgiving, with the attendant risks of setting themselves, and the house, on fire must be a close second. The J...Continue Reading...
My luggage takes a beating, as I usually fly twice a week. Years ago I started buying Tumi bags, as they have superior craftsmanship, and will usually take about 2-3 years of abuse. Most other brands, like Samsonite, etc. might give you half that. (Yet they are now owned by Samsonite!) The ol...Continue Reading...
The science is settled. The two biological sexes (and there are only two) are broadly (though by no means perfectly) coterminous with gender. This holds for nearly every species in the animal kingdom, even us, and for all societies on Earth. Close to 100 per cent of the human race is born with a ...Continue Reading...
My happiest times are spent in a city of water. I often say that my veins run with the waters of Łaguna de Venesia - the Venetian Lagoon. I love being near the water (which is good, as it's never very far away in Venice). Floating along a silent canal in a gondola, or crossing…Continue Reading...
Last night we drank a bottle of 2017 Bermejo Listán Negro Rosado from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. I can only describe this as a Rosé that drinks like a Red. Such wonderful complexity, nuance and balance - with a unique minerality from the volcanic soil. The environment there means that di...Continue Reading...
February 9, 1969 I can be specific about the date, because it was a blizzard that paralyzed NYC for days. I was 2 years and 10 months old. 15 inches of snow fell, and traffic disappeared. I recall looking out the window at the falling snow, watching it blanket Central Park. My father helped me...Continue Reading...
Anthony Bourdain was NOT a nice person. I know several people who have known and worked with him for decades. Pre- and post-fame, sober and strung out on heroin. And they all have said that his television persona was a complete act. In reality, the terms most often used to describe him were, ...Continue Reading...
Apparently, the cost of Nothing is $2.50 a liter in New York City. I now know this, as I bought some prior to a meeting.Continue Reading...
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