Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
En route to Arizona for a family emergency, so postings will be light for remainder of week. My mom had major back surgery on Thursday -- nine hours under, we were all terrified -- and while we were busy exhaling that she seemed to make it through it all right, slowly improving each day after, my stepfather suffered a heart attack while taking care of her bedside. While it sounds horrendous on paper, I'm looking at the glass as half full. It was great that Gary was already at the hospital when he started feeling chest pains. And while he can no longer take care of my mom right now, I am more than happy to step into the role -- and also be there for the man who raised me when he gets discharged in a day or two. Think of me when you hug a loved one today. xo
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Check out the trailer for "The Butcher's Wife" by Scott Alexander Hess, author of "Diary of a Sex Addict" and "Bergdorf Boys."
DESCRIPTION: Bound by blood but separated by secrets,brothers—Dickie, Walt and Adlai—run a butcher shop for their alcoholic father, whose broken spirit has isolated him from the world. When Dickie makes a rash decision, involving an organized crime family, a chain of events ensues that changes the brothers’ lives and forces them to come together—at first, with a sense of camaraderie, but ultimately, with something much fiercer, more brutal. "The Butcher’s Sons" is a gritty, intimate portrait of three young Irish-American brothers whose lives irrevocably change during a heat wave in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, circa 1930.
Novak Djokovic looked unstoppable during his week in Monte Carlo. Here's hoping he takes a dive before Roland Garros so he doesn't pull a Martina '83 or a(nother) Martina '97!
Speaking of which -- did you see Hingis in her return to singles this weekend? I only saw the match against Agnieszka Radwańska, but it was a fascinating thing to watch. At first I was kind of in awe at how well Martina -- who hadn't played a tour-level singles match since 2007 -- was keeping up with the current top player, who admittedly is a better match for her than one of Radwanska's more powerful peers. Hingis was all over the net and hitting winners from all over the court, serving at 40-love to level it at 5-all when suddenly everything fell apart, and Aga swept seven straight games for the win. It was only in the second set that I realized Aga was probably just too uptight at first -- playing someone who it would be REALLY embarrassing to lose to, and in front of a home crowd -- and that Hingis really was outclassed, as would be expected. That Hingis all but beat Aga's lower-ranked sister shows how remarkable Hingis still is -- her doubles prowess backs this up -- but both matches ultimately hearkened back to what became a pattern for the Swiss Miss, especially in her comeback: she became really bad at closing things out and I don't think all the match toughness in the world would change that.