Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our Recovery Summer: We Could Use Those Jaws of Life About Now.

We dined last night on the very beach where Jaws was filmed! Butt more on that later. Yesterday was jam packed. Breakfast, then a bicycle ride for the whole family for a whole hour. Then Big guy played a round with Mayor Bloomberg and Vern Jordan -  golf, that is. Lady M took lunch, went to her spa treatments, and enjoyed afternoon cocktails and snacks before dressing for dinner.

noon feeding“Oooohhh boys! I think she's come back for her noon feeding.” Prof. Hooper

Which unfortunately I’m not permitted to release any pictures of, but trust me: it’s just as well.

baggie britches brigadeThe mayor forgot to pack golf pants, and had to borrow a pair from MO. And look! Room in the back pockets for two Blackberries – with space to spare !

Big Guy’s day was not all play however. He took a conference call on the plummeting rate of GDP growth; and then chatted Mayor Bloomberg up in the clubhouse for 15 minutes about the economy before hitting the links:

“The president and Mayor Bloomberg took the opportunity to discuss plans for short- and long-term economic growth at a pivotal point in our recovery,”

I wasn’t there, but I heard they discussed Bloomie’s business interests in Dubai, and how we might want to expand the new Finance Bill to include some aspects of Shari’a finance law. You know, to improve our understanding of the religion of peace? Besides, China might get tired of buying our toxic debt and we’ll need to find a new candy man.

But like I said, I wasn’t there. It’s just hearsay.

bloomberg“I'm familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass.” Prof. Hooper ( Photo from LIFE via BNI)

and, “I'm familiar with the fact that [YOU, TOO] are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass:”

HousingStartsQ22010 Housing Starts? More like housing stops. Lowest levels since – well, the graph doesn’t really go back that far.

We capped the day off with a dinner visit to the fishing community of Menemsha, where some of the actual scenes from the 1975 Steven Spielberg blockbuster "Jaws" were filmed. But don’t think the president of the Free (for now) World is intimidated by sharks.

girly man “You’ve got city hands, Mr. Hooper”

No sir!They’ve been swimming around him for years. 

And because we wanted to be sure to catch the sunset at the Beach Plum (owned by eco-filmmaker and environmentalist Bob Nixon – my goodness there’s a lot of money in that eco-business!), we had to skip the NAACP event hosted elsewhere on the Rock, as well as the dinner beforehand. A shame too, because Big Guy’s Harvard BFF, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was attending. Gosh! We haven’t had a chance to catch up with him since he was arrested last year by those racist cops in Cambridge.

beer summit Proof that Big Guy’s NOT a Muslim. (Having a beer with Prof. Gates and Stupid, last August.)

But we had a lovely dinner at the the Beach Plum Inn. As their Website explains: “Since we are located in one of the many dry towns on Martha's Vineyard, feel free to BYOB.” So we did.

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I know it seems like a lot, but ValJar came with us. And although the restaurant is famous for their gorgeous sunsets over the ocean, somehow, we missed it.

No biggie. We revolve around our own Orb.