This is my third blog entry I’ve written while traveling on the Hampton Jitney. It’s a pretty decent place to write as they have free wifi, people are not allowed to talk on their cell phones, and chatter must be kept to a minimum. Also, it’s always a long ride – the length depending on what time of year it is, and which town you are coming from/going to. This weekend I was in Montauk, the farthest town on the map, but it’s offseason, so the traffic was light.
I was spending the weekend with friends, some old, some relatively new, but all of whom know how to eat well, drink the good wine, and stay physically fit (among this group I am the slacker.) However, when it comes to politics, we are all over the map. With the Senate hearings in our rearview mirror, a pact was made not to discuss the proceedings with the group. At first, it was difficult, as it kept coming up, but by the end of the weekend, I realized what a gift it was. We were able to spend time talking about music and books, food and travel, flowers and the worst jobs we’d ever had. There were no arguments, no insults, but there were a lot of laughs. These days, when politics divides us more than it brings us together, it’s important to remember why you are friends with the people in your life, and what brought you together in the first place. There is always time for healthy debate, but maybe not during one of the last beautiful Indian summer weekends.
I still continue with my weekly “quickie” sessions at Stretch’d. I can’t say enough good things about this place, and how I feel when I leave. And their small shop has been the source of all my recent gift purchases – they have a nice selection of CBD products.
Tuesday I started a 6 week refresher course in Bridge at The Honors Bridge Club. I’ve played bridge for years, but it’s always good to go back and review conventions and best play practices. I was also blown away by the spread they put out. In addition to a full breakfast, they had cookies, cakes and an unlimited supply of peanut M&M’s. That could be a problem.
Are you a reader of The Atlantic Magazine? It’s super informative and one of the best things they do is hold events on relevant topics that are free and open to the public. Tuesday night I went to one on Artificial Intelligence. It was very informative – the panel of experts were all women in tech, which I loved. The event lasted about 90 minutes and included drinks and apps before it started. It was hosted at the uber cool Neuehouse. Check out their upcoming events here: The Atlantic Events.
Tom and I enjoyed Wednesday night at the NYC Ballet. The new season opened recently and we were fortunate to see an evening of Balanchine with some incredible talent, old and new. And we were given the inside scoop on everything we needed to know at each intermission (there were two) from our friend and ballet expert Jacqueline. The season continues for the next two weeks: NYC Ballet.
Things I’m looking forward to this week: The new season of Poldark. If you haven’t, you must.
Child #4 returns from college for fall break and celebrating Tom’s birthday. I love it when he catches up to my age.
Have fun. Be bold.