July 28 – Aug. 4
Back in NYC after three glorious weeks in Portland, Or. I’ve been making my yearly sojourn for a long time. When I first went to Portland, the temperature was a perfect 72 degrees and no humidity. Since then it’s climbed. This time at least seven of the days were 95 degrees. Nothing like experiencing global warming to know it’s not a figment of the imagination.
We went to a Saturday night concert at the Oregon Zoo. It was packed. The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band strummed and sang for about two hours to the delight of the enormous crowd. We were armed with beer, wine, corn dogs and umbrellas/parasols to ward off the before mentioned global warming.
Table talk. For years I’ve spotted portable tables with at least six people racing around Portland. It’s the Peddle Club.
People sit around a table equipped with pedals and peddle their table through Portland while they drink great Portland beer and wine. I’ve been told that it exists in NYC but I’ve never seen it in action.
Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned a murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner being stabbed while Kulchek was buying cigarettes? Escaping an attempted car bombing? His hated boss, Captain Dick Holbrook, being a trustee of the Windsor School? Losing his girlfriend to Holbrook?
Graphic Lessons: What do a teacher, a nine-year-old and an eighteen year old have in common? Murder. Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old, the only witness to the stabbing and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man..
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in Singapore? She tells Millie.
Mary Jo Robertiello