Thursday, October 29, 2009


New York has been rainy and gloomy this week. I’ve been enjoying my new desk by the window, though. Rain outside makes me feel cozy inside, even when I’m at work.

Here’s a little update on things:

1. My friend from Tampa, who I was so worried about offending, answered my note of apology yesterday. Among other things, she said, “Honestly, I have no memory of you saying that. If I got mad every time somebody from New York said something obnoxious about Florida it would take an awful lot of energy. You like tall buildings, I like seeing stars at night. To each his own.” Well, amen to that! Funny how I produced a crisis in my mind that apparently didn’t exist at all. Have I learned nothing from my Zen practice?

2. I’m reading “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” and loving it. I’m about halfway through, and I literally can’t wait to come home at night and read.

3. Last night I got a free ticket, courtesy my friend Bill, to see “Superior Donuts,” Tracy Letts’ new play on Broadway. It is EXCELLENT. Letts is a brilliant playwright. Never a dull or dragging moment, and terrific performances all around, led by Michael McKean.

4. My stalker has yet to identify him or herself.

5. Jesus sums up the health-care industry.

(Photo: Bank window, E. 27th Street, Oct. 2009)


  1. Weird about the stalker - I never check my stats ... well ... I check them once a year. It makes me much happier not to know.

  2. Don't forget to tell everyone that your birthday is coming up! I'm picking up your present tomorrow...and I'll start cooking Saturday.

    Oh, I found a GREAT salad for our Thanksgiving dinner too!

    Love you,

  3. I'm glad your worries on behalf of the Tampa resident were unfounded. Sometimes we just worry too much, don't you think?

    As for the stalker, you may never know. I learned the identity of 2 such readers of mine after putting out a similar appeal, so don't give up hope. Are you continuing to see this person's presence? Can you tell where the person is from?

    I can't wait to hear about your birthday celebration. I'm sure the food will be outstanding. I love Dave's enthusiasm!

  4. nice update

    i've been enjoying catching up here