Saturday at Art Miami

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Went to Art Miami on Saturday with a friend, one of the Art Basel satellite shows on the Miami side of the causeway – Basel is on the other side, in Miami Beach.

Saw lots of people we knew, it’s a big community affair and it’s usually that way.

Lots of famous people attend, but the only one I spotted was Nicole Scherzinger, all dolled up in a fluffy fur coat, just as you would expect to see her.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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I was watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” last night and as I watched, I scrolled through social media and I could see so many others watching, too. It’s amazing how this 1965 cartoon is Christmas.

I’m sure we know all the words by heart. My two favorite parts are where they are dancing on the stage and the end where they sing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” I love the way Charlie Brown jumps back when he sees the tree.

It’s comforting knowing millions of people are watching the show along with me and enjoying it and making it part of their holiday season.

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I want to be Ray Donovan

I’m into Ray Donovan these days. Big time.

My cousin –  actually many people –  have been telling me about the show for years, but I never watched. I’m not sure why because I used to watch all those Sunday night shows at that time period over the years – True Blood, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire ….

ray-donovan1Anyway, I started watching season 6 this year when the new season started. I didn’t really know the characters, but I was following the story. Well, my cousin had a conniption fit. “You have to start from season 1, episode 1, how can you just start watching at season 6?” he asked.

I told him I didn’t know, but I was enjoying it. He insisted that I had to stop watching the new episodes and start from the beginning. So I did that.

When I got back to Miami from NY, I started watching the episodes from scratch on demand and I stopped watching the new episodes on Sunday nights. I had a plan to watch one a week, sort of like as if it was a fresh show being shown weekly, or maybe even every night, watch one episode at 7 pm nightly, but I’m too hooked now. I’ve been binge watching a bunch of shows at a time. I am so hooked. I want to be Ray Donovan!

I did this with Breaking Bad. For some reason, I never watched the first run shows but one day I was flipping channels and as fate would have it, I caught episode one, number one coming on at that very moment. So I watched from the beginning. And I was hooked after 10 minutes!

The shows were on demand and I watched all of them in order and when AMC tv does a marathon, I watch those, too. Now I watch them in any order whenever I catch them. My two favorite episodes is when Fring gets his at the nursing home and the train one – where they are stealing the meth. They are the two most memorable to me.

I want to visit Albuquerque now, thanks to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul – yup, I watch that now, too. Another cousin of mine didn’t realize that Better Call Saul is the prequel to Breaking Bad. He mentioned that to me on Thanksgiving. I’m not sure what he thought of all the same characters from Breaking Bad being on the show or that they were in the same location, but now he knows.

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Holidays in Small Town America

We spent Saturday in Southhampton, NY, one of the Hamptons at the eastern end of Long Island. They had a Christmas parade and tree lighting with fireworks. Something so special in this small, quint town. 

People crowded the parade route by the thousands, they hung out of bars with drinks, all bundled up from the cold, mind you.

At the end of the parade, just like clockwork, everyone moved to the end of the block to a park where the tree was ready to be lit. After a few speeches, there was a countdown and the tree was lit.

Then there were fireworks behind the tree for about 15-20 minutes. So much fun. Small town America during the holidays!

Warhol at the Whitney

I finally got around to going to the new Whitney Museum in NYC. They have an Andy Warhol exhibit going on, which I love. But Andy was so prolific, that I have seen so much of his work before in different museums and venues. 

Ironically, I ended up at Union Square after leaving the Whitney – it’s sort of right down 14th Street from one place to the other and while there, I checked out the old Factorys – Andy’s studios. 

Two are at Union Square, I believe there were four in all. There is one at 33 Union Square West and another a block or so away at 860 Broadway, which covered the 1960s and 1970s, up until 1984, I believe for Warhol.

When I stand outside those buildings, I stare at the front entrances and try to picture all the people that went in and out at those very locations. I never did hang out at these places when it was the Factorys all those years ago. I’m thinking I could have hung out right outside and seen who came and went, maybe look like a lost kid hanging out there and be invited inside.

I usually get Mr. Softee right outside the 33 Union Square West location now, there’s usually a truck right on that corner in the summer.

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Thanksgiving week in NYC

I’m back in NYC for Thanksgiving week. I noticed that one of my best friends, Santi, is in town from Miami, I saw his posts on Instagram, not sure why he didn’t notify me but we’ll hang out and have fun. This video above is last night’s ice skating at Bryant Park, it’s a little long, but I had hoped the music could be heard because the skating is so in sync with the music – Barry White singing, “Can’t Get Enough of You.” It was so loud, filling up the park, but for some reason, it is not very loud here.

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A few Octobers ago, Santi and I ended up here together, too. His wife was coming but she got sick and there was a Nor’easter or hurricane or something on the way, so she never made it. Luckily neither did the hurricane.

So Santi and I and some of his friends had a ball. We were all over the city every hour of the day.He showed me so many things I had not seen or known before, and I thought I knew every inch of the city. I saw the Lady in Gold at the Neue Galerie, which I had never seen before, the painting or the gallery. I remember him getting into an argument with some tourists who were from a country who as supposedly communist at the time, he just started yelling at them in the museum when he heard they were from whatever country it was.

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Since it was October, four of us went to this Oktoberfest at a German restaurant in the east 80s, I believe. We drank a lot of beer and ordered this pile of meat. It was a huge platter full of everything you can imagine – pork chops, steak, knockwurst, whatever, tons of meat! And I try not to eat much meat in my daily life, so it was something for all of us to get through the pile of that meat.

It was a fun week, he had stayed at a friend’s in Greenwich Village so we spent a lot of time down there. I’m hoping for a repeat of all that this time. We’ll see. I may drag him to one of my favorite museums today – the Museum of the City of New York, which is in Spanish Harlem, a quirky neighborhood I think he would love. 

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