Venus and Mars


  1. I said to my wife "Hey. This guy is built like me." She said "Which one? Oh yeah. The guy with the green head."

    Ah love.

  2. Ah isn't that the truth.

    This just goes to show you...

    Love 101, sir:

    "Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Connors. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger, and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway."

    Judith Viorst, sir.

  3. As fine an intellect and a diplomat as he may have been at the height of his career, Henry Kissinger would not have been my first choice---way too controversial nowadays! (I wonder how his wives, Ann and Nancy, feel about him.) I understand that there are many who have little love for the gentleman in view of his role in many controversial and unsavory foreign policy decisions during his time as US Secretary of State under President Nixon. (The secret massive bombing campaign of Cambodia was a contributing factor in the Cambodian Civil War and the coming to power of the genocidal Pol Pot regime in 1975.) I could have paraphrased and rewritten Mrs. Viorst's bon mot somewhat, of course. But I like to give credit where credit is due. Besides, it wouldn't have been fair to Mrs. Viorst---whose husband's writings as a journalist---a brilliant man, sir---earned him a place on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

  4. Not all of us are Jimmy Durante. (Though we may lack his talent and money.)

    Henry the K was a man about town, and appears to be a proof positive that power attracts the opposite. Young starlets wanted to get it on with the homely Harvard prof. This was not related to anything innate about the old man. It was pure association with the man at the top, the pres. Though Tricky was no Kennedy. Who had enough senior stars and starlets and gun malls of his own to handle.

    While Henry the K may be a decent example of Washington bon vivants I still hope he is arrested if he travels abroad. He too, like his boss, would like to fortify his legacy. LBJ at least knew he blew it, and was realistic enough to die, finally, of depression. Not so Tricky and certainly Henry the K. But I'm sure none of this comes as news or a surprise to our bartender. Even if he doesn't agree with me.