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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A New Tradition Begins

Yesterday, Black Friday 2010, was the perfect day to see a Broadway show!  All of the tourists and shoppers were downtown while Jackie and I enjoyed the light crowds in midtown.  "Elf, the Musical" was the object of our adventure.  It did not disappoint us, roaring good fun. 

We met at the Marriott Marquis in Times square, for a light lunch, then hustled over to the Hirschfeld Theatre for the 2 p.m. matinee. After the show, we walked over to the Nintendo store for some quick shopping.  Then we hailed a cab over to Fresco by Scotto for great calamari and mac & cheese.  On the way back to Jersey, we laughed; totaled our expenses for the day, and laughed some more.  We plan to do this again on future Black Fridays.  It was a great day and we did our bit to bolster the economy.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Clovis 4/13/92-11/11/2010

Clovis ran the house from the day she was born.

Jackie brought home a stray cat, suspiciously fat. A few weeks later, her bedroom closet was home to the mom and four (?) kittens.  Clovis was the largest, loudest and first able to climb out of their box :-) Jackie begged to keep her, so we found homes for the mom and the others and Clovis became part of our family.

Her name came from Stephen King's film "Sleepwalkers."  Jackie was into her horror film period.  Clovis was deputy Andy's cat.  In the film, the cat is the heroin who saves Tanya from vampire Charles and then leads the pack of cats, which had been gathering nearby, into an attack on vampire Mary thus saving Tanya again.  Jackie was 13 years old when she named Clovis.  I guess she felt that she needed protection from vampires.

Our Clovis was a character.  She is missed and remembered with love.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace

Eighteen AcresEighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Life in the White House(the 18 acres of the title and the pinnacle of U.S. government) is the subject of this first novel driven by the lives of Charlotte, first woman to be President; Melanie, a White House veteran and Charlotte's chief of staff; and Dale, TV correspondent covering the White House and Mistress of Peter, Charlotte's husband. The story is an unexpected page-turner! Melanie was my favorite character, but I was always turning pages to keep up with Charlotte and Dale as well. It's girlish and gossipy. At the highest levels of government, girls will be girls.  And, they play politics a bit differently than men. Sort of beach book goes to Washington, I really enjoyed this story.

Nicolle Wallace, former political analyst for CBS news and communications director in the George W. Busch administration writes well about a subject she knows in her debut novel.

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