Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Well, I guess we can’t stop it anyway, and even though the city did a fairly good job of cleaning it up, we still had mounds of it in our driveways and entrance steps.
I took on the liberty of submitting a poem written by a Breezy neighbor in response to Helene Danzillo’s poetic thank you and query as to whom actually shoveled the much accumulated white fluff that drifted from the sky onto the Danzillo’s premises. I think it should be called "A Snow Job." Enjoy!
Thank You For Your Thank You
Old man winter just gave us a smear,
Someone shoveled your snow, I hear.
Could it be Robert, could it be Bob?
Could it be some other kind-hearted slob?
Old man winter, he couldn’t be meaner.
How do you know it wasn’t Taikina?
Who shoveled the snow? A path to nowhere.
Possibly Taikina, who’s losing her hair.
The mystery really remains unseen.
Could it have been my princess Arlene?
The time you take to make us smile,
Makes all that shoveling worthwhile.
Your witty rhymes and thoughtful prose,
Make me look forward to many more snows.
Assuming my back stays up to snuff,
I’ll be out there fighting that stuff.
The mystery is solved, the path was clear,
By ones who hold you both so dear.
A team effort was all it took,
Bob shoveled and Arlene looked.
Our love, Arlene and Bob
While most of you had to contend with the beautiful but hazardous weather, the city business continued as usual.
No rain or sleet will halt your columnist from covering special events in the big town.
In the world of professional sports, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett were inducted into the Hall of Fame and were open for discussion by the press at the New York Sheraton last week. Dave Winfield has been hailed as one of the most dynamically versatile athletes ever to play ball. He made history by becoming the only athlete ever drafted in three professional sports, basketball, football and baseball. On the baseball field he is one of five players to collect 3,000 hits and slam over 400 homeruns. While Dave was batting his way to superstar ranks of pro-baseball, he was also devoting himself tirelessly to philanthropic work. He started his own Windfield Foundation, which for 22 years has provided health care services and nutritional counseling to youth, scholarships, etc. to deserving students and community outreach programs for children beyond the six major league cities in which he played. He will always be held in high esteem for his continued good works.
Kirby Puckett, the roly-poly center fielder’s exuberant love of baseball made him one of the best-loved players in baseball. He batted .318 over his 12-year career and led the Minnesota Twins to two unlikely World Championships. He was born on March 14, the youngest of nine children and grew up in the housing projects of Chicago’s south side playing baseball with balls of rolled up aluminum foil. He held minor jobs and attended Kansas City Tryout Camp, where he was picked up by the baseball coach from Bradley University and finally the Minnesota Twins made Puckett the third pick of the January 1982 draft after batting .472 with 16 homers. His short, stocky, unusual physique never deterred him. He became the first player to sign a three million per year contract. His enthusiasm and humility made him one of the most respected players of his generation.
The W Hotels, 49 and Lexington and 38 and Lexington, known around town for its fantastic catered parties out did themselves at the opening of a new W Hotel located near Union Square at 17 street and Park avenue south. A beautiful hotel with a gracious welcoming curved staircase in the lobby to ascend you to the mezzanine floor. As we entered we were handed cosmopolitans and champagne, and caviar was available on the penthouse floor along with fresh seafood of shrimp, lobster, crab legs and clams and an ice block bar in one of the well-appointed suites. In another suite, crudités, cheese and fruit with an "anything you want" bar. Another bar on the mezzanine level overlooks the Olive Restaurant where guests were enjoying the buffets of various hot entrées prepared by Chef Todd English. If you brought your dancing shoes the second floor ballroom would be your choice to continue a fabulous New York opening evening of another much sought after W Hotel. We wish them great success.
This Monday night, I attended the fifth annual "Montreal on Ice" Fashions of Canada at the Rockefeller Center Sea Grill. Again another great evening. I look forward to this event every year especially the fabulous fashion show on the Rockefeller ice rink. The clothes were especially stunning this year. Designer Jean-Francois Morisette began his career with two years training in Quebec. He sharpened his skill as a clothier in used fur remodeling and tailor made creations. He launched an irresistible line of reversible Persian lamb coats for children followed by a men’s line of lambskin leather coats. Oscar Leopold stands out for his exquisite fur trimmed leathers. Lori Ann introduced her prom collection and Alfred Sung his bridesmaid’s collection. Micheline Paquette designs for the Luben woman. The children in this show are especially endearing. Their skills on the ice and adorableness in the fashions were just a thrill to watch. The young men and women models did a superb job as well in their ice dancing abilities and flair for showing pretty Canadian designer clothes so professionally.
The Gift Show is in town and I am not one to overlook it. Some of the things exhibited were spectacular, a tiny, tiny radio that weighs less than a pound with the volume and sound of a concert in Carnegie Hall. Unbelievable! You can carry it anywhere. It has its own earphones and clip for your belt. A great way to dull the noise of the subways. And, the price is around $10. For children’s safety there is a CD and tape called "Sparky the Firehouse 5" with 19 award winning fire safety songs for the little ones. This tape and CD may help save a life someday. Every child should have one. Roller Blade sneakers are a fun and convenient way to get around. The roller wheels pop in and out, as you need them. You can go anywhere with them because of their sneaker look. Not high priced either. They sell for close to $20, but that may be wholesale. I’ll be mentioning more of these unique items as the week goes by.
"Our Lacaya," a very upscale hotel/resort that just opened at the cost of over $4 million to build is in the grand Bahamas and offers over 1,300 handsomely decorated suites, 14 restaurants, championship golf course, golf, scuba diving and tennis lessons as well as all kinds of water sports, a heavenly spa to cover all your pampering needs and more. It is an outstanding beautiful place as we could see on the video screen at Cipriani’s. If you are looking for a vacation on a grand scale this is the spot for you.
January is a good get away month especially on the Caribbean Islands where many resorts are offering discounts and one night free up until February 10. Act now!
Book early and save up to $1,755 on Delta Queen cruises that travel through the south from jazzy New Orleans along the riverbanks of the Mississippi to bluesy Memphis, Tennessee. Enjoy the nation’s southern hospitality.
If you enjoy pageants you may consider special packages to the Miss Universe Pageant in mid-May in Puerto Rico...three nights for as low as $457 double per room, land only.
February 25...Holland America ms Westerdam, five day Caribbean special. Key West and the Bahamas from $499 ins/$599 OV from Fort Lauderdale RT.
February 24, Norwegian Norway, seven day Eastern Suite from $1,069 (save $1720).
Pay for category A and get a suite on the Norway, Norwegian Cruise Line, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) to March 24, seven-day Eastern Caribbean from $1,119 (save up to $1,640).
March 4 on Norwegian Sky, seven day western Caribbean from $949 ins., OV $1,149, suite $1,299.
16 day Mediterranean/transatlantic Dream, April 2 ins. $1,699, OV $2,199 seniors (55 and older) only.
15 day Panama Canal on Norwegian Sky, April 18 Miami to San Diego $1,499 (save $750).
Free air RT from JFK on 12-day Panama Canal on ms Veendam, April 29 from $1,789 out of Aruba to Los Angeles, CA.
February 10 and 17 Norwegian Wind $999 ($300 off per person).
Owner’s suite reduced February 24, seven day Caribbean $1,999 ($600 off), out of Fort Lauderdale.
Check UHF channels 26 and 35 for more travel specials.
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