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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bill O'Reilly and Harlem

Bill O'Reilly went to Sylvia's Restaurant with Al Sharpton. This is what he had to say. (Notice I put his photo on the right.)

"I had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful. ... And I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship. It was the same, and that's really what this society's all about now here in the U.S.A. There's no difference."

"I went to the concert by Anita Baker at Radio City Music Hall ... and the blacks were well-dressed," O'Reilly said. "The band was excellent, but they were dressed in tuxedoes, and this is what white America doesn't know, particularly people who don't have a lot of interaction with black Americans." Then he went back to Sylvia's, where he said, "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' ... It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."

So, I though a poll was in order. Please respond and comment too.

Friday Five on Saturday

ReverendMother says "Well friends, as I prepare for the birth of Bonus Baby, it's time to simplify life, step back from the Friday Five, and let one of the other capable and creative RevGals take the helm. It's been a great almost 17 months of co-hosting the F5, but it's time to say goodbye... so here's my swan song." These are the questions she asks.

On Endings and Goodbyes:

1. Best ending of a movie/book/TV show:
Would have to be the ending for "Six Feet Under." a true wrap up which shows the demise of all of the characters.

2. Worst ending of a movie/book/TV show:
And on another channel it would have to be the "Sopranos" well you know why.

3. Tell about a memorable goodbye you've experienced:
A great love of came back into my my young live (after an unwanted hiatus) and was on her way to Alaska. I though that when she returned it would be happy ever after...boy was I wrong. She drove me to visit my parents in Ohio and we had a great weekend, then we said goodbye at the end of the driveway. I saw her years later. And she took my damned guitar!

4. Is it true that "all good things must come to an end"? Apparently.

5. "Everything I ever let go of has claw marks on it." --Anne Lamott
Not for me. I like change. My current job of 10 years is the longest I've ever had-and with a transfer to a different town to make it bearable. And throwing things out-wonderful for making room for new things!

Bonus: "It isn't over until the fat lady sings." I've never loved this expression. So propose an alternative: "It isn't over until giving credit where credit is due, Kate Smith sings!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Back to work

I'm returning to work today after a full week home sick with hep A. I'm still easily fatigued. I've done some short forays into the community, on Sunday a walk into the village where I ran into a colleague from another office, Saturday a visit to some bookstores, yesterday a visit with my shrink. All trips started with public transportation, but ended with a cab ride home. Yesterday took me into the Wall St. area and I thought I'd visit a bookstore I like down there, but when I was finished with my apt. I was too tired even to stop for lunch.
Well, today I have a seminar in the morning in Manhattan, then off to work in the pm in Brooklyn where I work. I wonder how I'll do? I don't like this feeling of wearing down and the need to lay down. And the cab fares, oy!
And there's the pile of stuff on my desk...

Side note: As I was looking for an illustration for a cartoon of a woman at a desk on google images, the cartoons that came up all seemed to be men. When I narrowed my search to women, the women all seemed to be secretaries, clerks and with many more black women than had been in the general search. Hmm, google pictures as a microcosm of life.