2000-05-27 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

I just loved it! The quote of a lifetime had to come this past week from
Mayor Giuliani when he decided to abandon his race for the United States Senate. The mayor stated that for a long time he thought that because he was a politician, he believed that politics was his life. He said, as if realizing it for the first time, "You know, I had a life before I became a
politician. Politics isn't life. Life is Life!" Say what you will about
Rudy; but you've got to just love a guy who, as he is in the midst of a
multitude of crisis, realizes before our eyes that his life has a deeper

Personally, I was disappointed that he withdrew. I suppose that for our
own selfish reasons we wanted Rudy the warrior to stay in. Just the notion
that a first lady would enter into a political race was unprecedented; and
to go up against one of the toughest, and for many, beloved, politicians was better than any sport I could think of to watch! Here we had the
quintessential New York mayor who is always speaking his mind and often getting into so much trouble for doing so; but never taking himself too
seriously like when he went on Saturday Night Live dressed in drag. And then Mrs. Clinton decides to show her love of the game by putting on the Yankees cap. That really did it! And Giuliani's jokes made us all have a good laugh. He makes no apologies for wanting to rather be at an opening day Yankee game
than at some Senate hearing. With "New Yawk humor", he showed us that we're just not like people from other places. We're a different breed! Our own rare spice that you just can't get anywhere else. You can go to Coney Island for a hot dog; but there's a difference if you spent your life "getting there" by subway or Limo. Rick Lazio may not have the celebrity of Hillary Clinton; but he doesn't need a map to get to Tarrytown.

***The Rockaway Artists Alliance will host their third annual Building Fund Benefit on Saturday, July 1 from 7 p.m. until midnight (and beyond!) at Fort Tilden (Building T-149). This is perhaps the best annual party in Rockaway where there will be art, music, dance, food, friendship, and a lot of fun. Reservations must be made by June 15 as the Alliance is not permitted by Gateway National Park to accept monies at the door. Tickets are $30 per person. Please make checks payable to the Rockaway Artists Alliance and mail
to 260 Beach 116 street. If you are a member and wish to donate your work for the raffle, contact Maureen McGuire. RAA members are also urged to display their artwork at the fundraiser. Contact Susan Hartenstein. Let me just say, this is a Rockaway "happening" that you
won't want to miss. The setting is so nice, up there, on the grounds of Fort
Tilden in an old rustic bunker by the ocean; and the purpose is to promote
art! The Rockaway Theater Company will be there as they've collaborated on many projects with the Alliance. So, in raising funds for the arts in our
community, you are invited to come up to Fort Tilden and raise the roof! And have a lot of fun at the same time. Hope to see you there!

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