Max has been potty-trained for about 4 days.
My mom and I got there early, which was great, so we could all be together before the party animals arrived.
Coincidentally, Dan's late father was named Millard "Mike" G Deming. Another person who had no business dying so young. 62, I think.
Finally! John McCain said he wasn't gonna endorse him.
They're having a party for a very nice man who's dying of cancer. Just as my writer friend Kym died yesterday of cancer.
Susan Axt.Will never forget when her husband Marshall called to tell me. Hadn't realized he was an actor.
Rob, who's half -Italian and half- Puerto Rican was the first to leave Staten Island. Over the years, his family followed. You were the pioneer, I said.
"O Pioneers" was required reading in high school. Did not like it at all, though I LOVE the mostly forgotten author Willa Cather.
Told him I'd watched (1) a documentary about the amazing country of 300,000 people (Rob had mentioned with very little crime - was it this? - and (2) also a Netflix film about Iceland being occupied by Russia.
Actually it's a Norwegian film and was quite good.
He didn't, so I asked Latif. Tariq now runs an IT school and does very well.
Stagger stagger stagger. Lee.
He came into the room, looked at me and said Hello. Then, You have no idea who I am.
A J ?
Oh, my, oh, my. He's a year younger than Dan but was in town to drop his son Jovan at the boarding school in Bryn Athyn, PA.
His family lives in Albany, state capital of New York.
Mom, who's hard of hearing, did mention that her nephew, my cousin Mark, was an art prof at SUNY Albany, now retired and living in The Big Apple.
Anita brought a crock full of a spicy lentil dish. She and Mom talked about the sweet and sour lentils my Grandma Lily and also my mom used to make. Nothin like it. From the Settlement Cookbook, which Mom said is in shreds now.
Rob works from home - most of the guys are in I T, like Dan - so he keeps his own schedule and has trouble sleeping.
Did that ring a bell! At our ND meeting, we discussed that. Many of our folks take melatonin. Rob has tried it but it doesn't really work.
Why don't you drink wine, I suggested.
I'm an excellent sleeper and usually fall asleep as soon as I turn on a movie. I can get along with very little sleep but then I make up for it.
Scott just came over, said Judgment at Nuremburg is on Channel 12, so I'll go over and watch shortly.
Hope I can stay awake, he said. Scott has a permanent sleep deficit from working the night shift on SEPTA. Here's a story I got published about him and his friends when they were kids. I also emailed it to Pauly, featured in the story, who is deaf, and wondered if he'd feel bad about what I wrote.
I had a sip of his rye whiskey. Delicious!
The shot glass was long and thin and beautiful, like a model.
The blue cans are seltzer water.
A decent 205, which will gradually descend by itself.
Tough to see in the dark and the mist when I drove Mom home.
We made it!
Now.... bringing my Trail mix to Scott's to watch Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, and Judy Garland who plays a traumatized woman.
Great film, made in 1960, a necessary antidote against the evils of the war age.
She arrived at her brother's
party, cake plate in hand,
after babysitting her
best friend's daughter,
after stopping at the
gym where she works,
then catching a taxi,
called 'a car' in
Brooklyn, who drove her
to the train station,
then stepping carefully
aboard those slippery
steps in the rain,
arranging her white
fishnet stockings before
she sat down - what those
would go for in the war
years where her Grampa had
served as a Marine
Taxiing to the party house
lit up in the twilight
greeted as she entered
by the calico cake
and then entering like
a beauty queen into the
kitchen to resounding
yays and applause.
Was the cake any good?
Do the planets still
revolve around the sun
or the leaves fall
off in autumn?
Yes. That good. Damn good.