Long silence this week due to wonderful visit from Boston dear friends Mike & Deb - Mike was the PD at WGBH when I applied for a job there; he hired me and promptly left the station, but we became good friends, and he and Deb were a very important part of my life in Boston - in fact, he held one pole of the chuppa at our Legal Wedding in 2004 - and that's Deb's sleeve you see in the background of the photo posted in Kelly Cogswell
's terrific article on Delia & me in this week's Gay City News
(thanks to Sarah Smith
for the photo - and to Jim Freund for editing it & posting it on Picasa along with the other ones from the NYRSF reading
last week! Kelly C. was at the reading, and I was also delighted to see she got such nice quotes from some of the other folks in attendance).
With Mike & Deb we went up to the celebrated Arthur Avenue old Italian district in the Bronx, and brought home just about everything we couldn't eat on the spot. Deb & Delia prepared bronzino with fennel & fresh linguine (which Mike must've stood online for for over an hour!) w/fresh mozarella & zucchini. We were nearly too full for the ricotta pie. Nearly.
On Thursday, Delia & I did our now-annual trip to St Bart's to pay our respects to her parents in the crypt - miraculously, the organist began practicing for the Christmas service as we walked in the doors, so we got a great big glorious blast of that as lagniappe. Then we wandered up Fifth Ave. looking for the perfect place for tea, but the St Regis was fully booked - we couldn't even snag a seat in the King Cole Bar
, so we fell back on the little basement cafe at Bergdorf Goodman, which while short on decor has amazingly good food & nice staff. Convenient, too, for looking at the store's holiday windows, which are, as usual, spectacular this year. I tweeted a bunch of the Fifth Ave. windows - you can see links to all of them here
, I think (also the pony-riding goats
at the Big Apple Circus, which is where we went yesterday!). And, oh, yeah, then we went to Tiffany's for a wedding gift for D's cousin - you wouldn't believe the price of silver, now! Delia wanted to send some as it's what her mother would have done (groom's mother recently told very funny story about mailman in small town Louisiana actually trembling
as he delivered her high school graduation box from Tiffany's [a small pin]) - so we settled on a very pretty little crystal vase instead. And then, whaddayaknow - Tiffany's was giving out hot chocolate & candy & cookies to all! It was very impressive. I had a reindeer, and then a bird in blue icing, which you can see in this photo I took
of the entire impressive setup.
Lessee, what else? Daniel Rabuzzi
sent me a link to Annie Lennox's new video God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
(which title it took me years to realize is not "God rest you, merry gentleman" but "God rest you merry, gentlemen!"), saying: Brings to mind Thomas the Rhymer, and Greer [Gilman]'s work.
- oh, yes! And if you youngsters don't already know Eurythmics/Annie Lennox's Here Comes the Rain Again
and Walking on Broken Glass
videos (yes, that is Hugh Laurie as her dorkish 18c beau), consider them my gift to you this year. (And sorry about the commercials - YouTube wtf is up with that??!)
Finally: This piece by Susan Dominus in the NYTimes on today's wedding anniversary of four longtime friends
just made me grin (and read every other line to Delia at the breakfast table!). It also contains some remarkable truths & insights about my parents' generation. Read it and be glad they were and are with us all.