Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another celebrity sighting

During a rest break during Saturday's bicycle ride to Nyack, who should I spot walking unassumingly down the street of that quaint little town but actor/clown extraordinaire Bill Irwin (in a publicity photo at right from Topnews). I recognized him right away because he still had some facial growth like he does in this photo. "Waiting for Godot" (pronounced gawd-oh) runs through July 11, so he must retain his stubble. What a great show.

What I didn't recall was his name, until he was in the next block. If I had been thinking faster, I would have congratulated him on his incredible performance in Beckett's landmark play. As good as John Goodman, Nathan Lane and John Glover were, I thought Irwin gave the best performance. If you can't place him, he was most recently in the film "Rachel Getting Married," in which he played the father. You may also remember him joining Bobby McFerrin and Robin Williams in the 1988 music video "Don't Worry, Be Happy." He was the one wearing the top hat.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Familiar sites on morning commute

As I was pedaling to Central Park on 90th Street this morning, I saw Tim Gunn turning the corner north onto Broadway. He looks pretty much like this, at right, and like he does on Project Runway (which I've seen only because Mary and Rachel are big fans).

While I was riding in the park, I also saw some familiar names on the jersey of a fellow cyclist. If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see the name Bishop's Peak on the chest of a cycling jersey. That's the name of a winery in San Luis Obispo County, our former home. Oddly enough, the winery owners used the spelling not of the actual peak - named Bishop Peak - but of the misspelled Bishop's Peak Elementary School. The peak's name is without the apostrophe s. Oh well. I bet the wine is good.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Good bye, dear Emma

We had to say farewell to one of our cats today. Emma, the middle one, was 14 years old. She started to get very sick about 3 weeks ago, although she had been losing weight even before that (those of you who knew her know she had some weight to spare!).

Turns out she had a large tumor growing in her belly, so taking her to the vet today to be put to sleep was the right thing to do. Jeff and Mary were with her at the end.

Jeff got Emma from the animal shelter in Atascadero in 1996, when she was a year old. So she was part of our family for a long time.

Emma was a very sweet cat: good natured, easygoing, rather funny. She had a meow that sounded more like a bird chirping, kind of a squawk. She also loved to lick anything plastic, including bags or photos that happened to be lying around. Water was her favorite thing: anywhere, anytime. When Mary would take a bath, she would often stand with her paws on the edge and wait for bubbles to play with.

Chelsea and Sophia will surely miss their friend, as will we.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rerun Alert: Househunters International Program on our Paris Apartment

HGTV will rebroadcast the Househunters International episode Monday at 2 a.m. and 10 p.m.

For those of you who missed it, here's another chance to see what the place looks like. For those of you who have seen it once before and forgotten it, this is NOT the episode where Jerry, Kramer, Elaine and George get stuck on the roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe. I hope you'll all enjoy it anyway.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Get "Up" in 3D

OK, you've got to go see this fun movie. Amazing effects, cool story ... you won't be disappointed. We saw it in 3D and it's worth wearing those funky glasses. Take my word for it.

Go see this movie, now.