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
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...
Much Sturm und Drang from the Snowflakes over the Supreme Court decision regarding a wedding cake. I think the court is a crowd of out-of-touch geriatrics, but even so, baked goods discussions are not the best use of their time. Perhaps it’s my Libertarian streak, but I don’t think the baker, J...Continue Reading...
You can keep the necessities; it's the luxuries I cannot live without! Planning for our August Champagne & Caviar event, I was on the phone yesterday with the producer of the Osetra caviar. They offered me a wholesale account, which I accepted immediately. 1,000 grams (about 34 oz.) of Cla...Continue Reading...
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