Notes from a Traveler

February 25, 2009

I’m back!

We had a great — and very busy — trip to the sunshine of Arizona. 80 degrees meant swimming, hiking and just generally basking outdoors. Then we walked out of Newark Airport to 24 degrees and wind…welcome home!

So useful!

So useful!

I realized on my travels that one of the most indispensible items you can pack in your suitcase is a plastic bag. Whether for dirty laundry, wet bathing suits, sealing up something that may leak in your suitcase or even a stinky diaper, given their weightlessness, throw two or three into your luggage before you go so you’re always prepared for whatever the road throws at you.

Oscar Tales

We really were so busy on our trip I barely had time for anything but making it to the next scheduled gathering, so I only managed to see the Oscars toward the end. I was actually interested in watching them from a production standpoint, because I had heard they were trying to change things in up in an effort to stem the ratings drop that had been happening from year to year.

Nominees, this is your life...

Nominees, this is your life...

I liked having the five previous acting winners speak about the nominees — I know some people didn’t, but I thought it gave it some context and a personal spin that was more interesting than just reading the names. Of course, it would have been better if the presenters were a little more authentic. Shirley MacLaine’s tribute to Anne Hathaway was lovely and heartfelt but poor Adrien Brody pretty much admitted he had no idea who Richard Jenkins was until he googled him. (Ouch!) So let’s say in theory I liked the idea.

I don’t know why but I wanted Mickey Rourke to win (although I didn’t see The Wrestler or Milk so I can’t say I’m qualified to judge — but in that respect you could say I’m like most Oscar voters). And I have never been a Brad Pitt fan, he seems a little low rent and dim wattage for me (there I said it!) and the Angelina Jolie affair did nothing to up my opinion. But when he didn’t stand along with everyone else for Kate Winslet who was sitting two seats away, and Jolie, not known for her decorum, had to nudge him to get up, that pretty much cemented my negative feelings. What an overpaid baby, no Benjamin Button pun intended.

And kudos to Millburn High graduate Anne Hathaway, who was one of the few who seemed genuinely happy just to be nominated. Don’t go and get jaded on us.

Rant!

I read that stylist Rachel Zoe is trademarking her apparent catchphrase “bananas.” Now, as anyone who has known me at all can attest, I have been saying “bananas” FOREVER and I never felt the need to go and trademark the word. Lame.

I am SO over friend whores on Facebook. Just because you met someone once doesn’t mean they are your friend, real or cyber. You do not need to accumulate hundreds (or thousands) of FB friends to validate your worth. Everyone doesn’t need to know you are eating a steak or deciding what sweater to wear or helping your kid with his homework. Stop making a mockery of the word and keep it to your real friends who care. Please.

I feel so much better now!

As much as we love to travel, it’s always good to come home. I’m back to the regular posting schedule (Sunday – Thursday nights), so keep on coming back for fresh ideas and thoughts. Thanks for all of the support and kind words — even in Phoenix I heard from people how much they and others like the blog. So here’s to all of you! Hope you’re all well…

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