2002-06-08 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

On The Beachâ026 With Beverly Baxter

This is really just too much! The American Civil Liberities Union, a.k.a "All Crackpots Love Us" has just announced that they will sue three major airlines who acted on ethnic profiling when they "asked" five passengers of Arab descent to get off of the planes they were about to fly simple because they didn't like, or rather, trust their "looks". While you have the A.C.L.U. suing the airlines to protect the rights of the Arabs, the FBI and the CIA are only looking to hire people of Arab descent because they are unable to intercept and understand the thousands of communications they receive. It hardly makes sense, and it certainly doesn't matter at all to all those who died and to those who mourn them, regarding who knew what, when. The notion that someone, or some agency, could have anticipated such a surreal event is nothing less than naive. It is absolutely obscene and the height of such bad taste to politicize this tragedy and leverage the blame for some political gain.

Indeed, New York is a very scary place to be right now. Our innocence has been pierced and forever changed.   We wonder what we have to actually hold on to. Terrorism is fear. It's the fear of not knowing when and where "they" will strikeâ026again, and hurt us. How do we live in fear? It isn't possible without purging the innocence and experience of the moment. Some of you may know "Louie the Lawyer". I used to love to be in his company and listen to his theories on how to accomplish world peace. His answer was always this: we need to all blend with each other. The Arabs and the Jews, the English and the Irish, etc...Louie always says that we all have to become the same. Well, try right now to suggest to the Jewish girl in Tel Aviv who is waving her Israeli Flag that she must somehow fall in love with the young Arab man who is waving his Palestinian Flag in Ramallah! I hardly think that mere talk and theories would work. Indeed, they hate us and will continue to attack us just as we will continue to attack and impose our best interests on them. It will continue for as long as we continue to only see what differentiates us rather than that which makes us the same. If any real and lasting good comes out of the World Trade Center tragedy it will only be the quest to solve and answer that question.

***If you haven't been to The (Newest) Irish Circle, then you're in for quite a unique surprise! The restaurant has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and is practically unrecognizable except for the spirit that has made it a Rockaway landmark for over fifty years. I must admit that although I'd heard so much about it, I really didn't expect to be so impressed. The moment you walk in through its grand entrance, it's the ambiance that makes its entrance to you. You enter into what feels very much like an "old world" men's fraternity very much reminiscent of the exclusivity of The Century and Friar's Club. The New Irish Circle knows exactly what it wants to be. The ambiance is masculine elegance with dark wood everywhere and crown molding and wainscoting. There are state-of-the-art television screens everywhere where one could watch the Lakers (beat the Nets!), the Yankees, and the races; however, this is hardly your regular rowdy sports bar.

Although one can bet on the races, OTB is set tastefully apart behind a dark wood counter in its own area that connects the two dining rooms. The menu is eclectic and boasts selections from Steaks and Chops to the freshest Seafood and Pastas. I had the Chilean Sea Bass on a bed of Spinach basted with a tomato pesto sauce. Our waitress Beth Ann made a wonderful suggestion. As for the spirits, they offer an extensive wine list in addition to fine liquor and a wide variety of cold domestic and imported beers on tap. The very gracious Frankie Walker came over to our table and spoke in enthusiastic detail about the design and renovations and how he could have kept going on and on with more improvements...and never open! But, after several long months......finally, The New Irish Circle! Best wishes to Frankie and his partner Jerry Perich. Bon Appetite!

***Who says there's so little romance these days! A handsome young man by the name of Joe asked me to tell his girlfriend Rita that she is the love of his life and that he loves you with all his heart!

***See you this weekend...On the Beach...at the Art Frenzy!

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