It’s Friday and another weekend is almost here. This one is the last weekend of summer 2016 as fall officially begins on September 22nd!
After enjoying my getaway to South Carolina and Georgia, it was back to work this week and it wasn’t bad.
Thank you for checking out my “Random Friday Thoughts” and, as always, if you disagree with me, do it diplomatically.
COUGHING, “OVERHEATED”, AND PNEUMONIA
Last Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton left an event commemorating the fifteen-year anniversary of “9/11” because she felt “overheated”. She went to her daughter’s apartment in New York City and came out a short time later looking much better and waving to the crowd.
That evening, her doctor released a statement saying that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier and was finally going to take doctor’s order and rest a few days before carrying on with the presidential campaign.
All of this comes at a critical time in the race when some started questioning whether she’s healthy enough to run the country.
My final thoughts: I wish Clinton’s camp had just come out last Friday and said she had pneumonia instead of adding fire to the conspiracy theories.
However, pneumonia is very common with more than three million Americans getting it each year. As Clinton said, she tried to work through it and it got the best of her and that’s why she didn’t reveal it. I see the point. Would you want to know if she had a yeast infection or if Donald Trump had a urinary track infection?
While summer is winding down, we may still have some very warm days with humidity. So, I’ll talk about getting “overheated”, particularly since Clinton’s health scare was front and center last week.
Here are the facts and these aren’t political party facts, it’s science.
While temperatures in Central Park were around 80° at the time Clinton felt “overheated” last Sunday, New York City and Central Park had been dealing with stifling heat and humidity. Here are the actual high temperatures leading into last Sunday.
Once you factor in the humidity, those highs around 90° felt more like 95°-102° to the human body.
If you’re even somewhat familiar with heat, humidity, and the human body (and you don’t have to be a doctor or meteorologist), you know that heat exhaustion cases really rise after days of excessive heat and humidity, which was encountered in New York City — not just on the first hot day.
It’s less relevant that it was only 80° at the time.
As you know, I love food and writing about it.
My favorite restaurant is Patti’s 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.
Their Flowering Colossal Onion and Dark Beer-Battered Cheese Sticks appetizers are so tasty.
Their two-inch specialty pork chops are amazing and their desserts, especially the Sawdust Pie, make the seven-hour drive from the Quad Cities worth every bite.
My favorite meal ever was in Tel Aviv, Israel, right on the Mediterranean Sea, two years ago during my 50th birthday week at Benny the Fisherman.
This was just the “salad” part of the experience!
Now, I have a favorite entree to add to the list.
Last week, we walked an hour from our downtown hotel to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the “Chihuly in the Garden” exhibit, which was phenomenal.
I bought a Groupon for a four-course meal at Tavernpointe. It was roughly another hour’s walk from the Botanical Garden through the Ansley Park neighborhood to the Sherwood Forest restaurant and it was worth every step!
From the incredible service from Joey, the bartender who doubled as our waiter, to each of the four courses and the beer and wine pairing for each course, it was the most perfect evening.
My sensational entree was Sonoran Salmon (avocado soup, goat cheese-black bean cake, crema, pico).
Thank you, Tavernpointe (and Groupon — otherwise, we would have missed out on this culinary experience)!
WHY EAT AT PAULA DEEN’S?
I know that food mogul Paula Deen would love to put the talk about using the “n-word” and the accusations of racism behind her.
Two blogs ago, I wrote about Paula and shared my 2014 thoughts when her empire came crashing down.
Last week, I stated that I ate at her Savannah, Georgia, restaurant “The Lady and Sons” and it was amazing for good southern cooking.
Someone asked me on Facebook after reading the blog, “Can I ask why you went to Paula Deen’s restaurant after all the publicity about her racism and discrimination? Asked respectfully.”
Here’s my reply: “Because I wanted to. I know about her use of the n-word and the circumstances around her usage of it. However, “racism” is a whole new can of worms.”
But, when I thought about it a little more, I realized that I had more to say about the lawsuit, race, and the use of that ugly “n-word”.
“I am appalled by that word and I don’t care what race is using it. As I’ve written before, if the woman [Deen] was a “racist” (and I don’t know her to know, but I suspect she is NOT), you can’t tell me that people would not have already come out of the wood works to back up Lisa Jackson’s claims.”
I concluded with this, “I was even thinking of this the day I was eating there. There were many African-Americans working that day, including our server. I cannot imagine that any one of them would value that job so much if they really thought that she felt that way about them. There are other restaurants in Savannah and I honestly don’t think they’d be there.”
Ever since I was an 11-year-old boy that got to pull the lever for Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential election (with my grandmother), I’ve idolized the former president and his wife, Rosalynn Carter.
While in Atlanta last week, I just missed seeing the Carters by mere days, but I did check out the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
The tour at the museum started with a movie of his life from his childhood in Plains, Georgia, to joining the U.S. Navy, heading back to Plains, and then entering the political arena (from Georgia State Senator to Georgia’s Governor to becoming the 39th President of the United States).
The amount of memorabilia displayed in the museum is incredible. It’s definitely a labor of love — not only to President Carter, but to his fans and the United States as a country.
It’s also nice to see all the displays of what the Carters have accomplished in life after they left the White House in 1981.
What an amazing couple!
CALLING OUT THE “MAINSTREAM MEDIA”
I’ve known of Canadian comedian Samantha Bee for some time.
She was on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” before leaving to host her own satirical news show on TBS, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”.
I finally caught her act criticizing the mainstream media for not calling out Donald Trump on his blatant lies. Kudos to you, Samantha.
If you’ve never watched Bee, check this out and, by the way, shame on you Matt Lauer!
I’ll definitely feature more of Bee in the future because she’s on to something.
Gallap reports thats only one in three Americans trust the media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly”. This is the lowest level since tracking started in 1972.
The Dixie Chicks put on an amazing show last night at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.
This was the second time I’ve seen them perform. The first was back in 2006, in Chicago, on the “Accidents and Accusations Tour”.
It was so great partying with Natalie, Martie, and Emily again!
On the afternoon of January 15, 2009, if you had your television on, you were likely watching the incredible, real life events unfolding on a bitterly cold afternoon in New York City.
US Airways Flight 1549 was ditched into the Hudson River after taking from LaGuardia Airport.
Shortly after take-off, the plane encountered a flock of Canadian geese causing engine failure.
57-year-old Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and 49-year-old First Officer Jeff Skiles skillfully saved all 155 passengers on board in this amazing, unpowered emergency water landing.
It’s now a #1 box office movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as “Sully” and Aaron Eckhart as Skiles.
As always, Hanks is incredible and while the movie covers the landing on the cold, icy waters, it focuses more on the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and whether Sully made the right decision on the water landing instead of trying to make it back to the airport.
In the conversation after the model, we debated and decided that while it was a strong and compelling role for Hanks, it probably won’t garner an Oscar nomination for Hanks. However, the Academy does like actors playing real-life heroes.
This summer, late-80s English pop star Rick Astley released his eighth studio album (his seventh was never released) conveniently called “50” since he turned 50 earlier this year.
It debuted at #1 in the U.K. and will be released here in the U.S. on October 7th.
Three singles have already been released in European markets and I’m featuring “Dance” as my pick hit today.
I have to admit that I crushed on Rick when I was in my early-20s and I have to say that he’s aging rather well at almost 51. (I’m slightly older — I turn 52 in October.)
Rick topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart here in the U.S. with his first two songs, “Never Gonna Give You Up” (March 1988) and “Together Forever” (June 1988).
He went on to score three more Top Ten hits, “It Would Take a Strong Strong Man” (#10, 1988), “She Wants To Dance With Me” (#6, 1988), and “Cry For Help” (#7, 1991).
Here’s a little music trivia for you. He also sang backing vocals on Elton John’s 1994 Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammy winning song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King”!
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!