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May 31, 2009


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Frank Sinatra, Jr., Tony Bennett, the Obamas - please. I can go one better. This morning I rubbed elbows with Mr. Waltemeyer who owns the tractor repair shop, while getting coffee at Rutter's convenience store. Top THAT, I say!

LOL, LO! It really was one of those great date nights, I must say. And it was amazing and wonderful to see so many young people in the audience and later waiting in line for Jr's second show. Luck was a lady last night. When I asked one of the cops why he and so many others were there (before we realized what was going on) "Street fair," he said. "The President's having a corn-dog." But you could feel the love.

I am a thrift store junkie myself. It's pure poetry going into, say, the Fireman's Thrift Store, and finding a little stuffed bald eagle, a cookie tin, a $1 hoody (I love hoodies; I love the word hoody), and s stack of tacky postcards.

That's so funny he referred to his dad as "Sinatra." Sounds like he gave a pretty good show.

Martha, come to NYC and we'll make the thrift store rounds. There is (still) so much wealth here that people donate things they've only worn once, or that they've never worn. Someone at the Housing Works has a Jones for Ferragamo shoes - in my size - so I've lucked out there. It's also a great place to buy housewares. Never pay retail for a pot or a pan or drinking glasses, that's my motto! And David looks mighty handsome in his Paul Stuart jacket, pre-alterations.

Thank you, Martha. And kudos on your poems in the new (Fall / Winter 2009) "Crab Creek Review."

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