Yup. The burden of blogging has beaten me again. I believed my blog was blossoming but blo and behold I’m falling behind. I’m 36 years old and I have the confidence, wisdom and arrogance of someone who has 36 year old dentures. I’m not a ‘New Yorker’ as you might think but I do have very strong views about this city, it’s residents and the surrounding ‘mis en scene’. Whether I like it or not, despite all the city has to offer and regardless of the great amount of respect I have for it… two components that are inextricably linked to life here are THE HAMPTONS and BON JOVI. Stop. I know, you hate them both and so do I. There two experiences I know less about and could care less about than ‘Summering in The Hamptons’ or ‘Living on a Prayer with Bon Jovi’. I did both this summer and I’m better because of it. Great line in the NY Times Sunday Magazine today. The article was a memoir about a recovering addict — who was a writer and actually wrote the article. Ohh yeah.. last line…”I now inhabit a life I do not deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end anytime soon.” David Carr (2008) Tell that to GREG NORMAN who is leading the British Open at 53 years old.
Flying commercial is torture. Just because most of us have to do it — for work or pleasure –doesn’t make it civilized. Imagine pulling right up to the door of an airplane without checking in, or waiting for security. Imagine no baggage checking, no mysterious mechanical delays and absolutely no chance you have middle seat or you are sitting next to….a crying baby or way too overweight close talker or a woman applying nail polish or …. you get the picture. Many folks fly like this….including me….today.
Today I was fortunate enough to fly with Mets 80’s superstar Lenny Dykstra on his private jet. We started in New York City and made our way to the home of Laverne and Shirley – Mil-wau-ka-hey, Wisconsin. At the stunningly beautiful stadium, Miller Field, we watched His son Cutter take a tryout with the team. Cutter is 18 years old and an sensational baseball player in addition to being a quality person. Having been around big time sports for many years I wasn’t too excited to watch prospects run through drills but I was totally mesmerized. To see young men, athletes walk onto to as professional field for the first time — not for money, not for ego but out of respect for the opportunity. It was one of the most authentic, genuine sports experiences I have ever had.
As I sit in my hotel watching the first-ever prime time Ultimate Fighting match on network television (and the first match I have ever seen) I want to feel sad for sports. Those young wide eyed kids in Wisconsin performing in an empty stadium and these barbarians thrust on TV to promote violence.
I wonder how I would feel if my next chance to fly private was with Kimbo Slice?
Last week I was in Green River, Wyoming producing a pilot for The History Channel for No Regrets Entertaintment. The shoot took place in the FMC Trona mine 1600 feet underground. This is one of the largest mines in America over 20 square miles. The mined trona is processed into soda ash which is used to make glass, soap and baking soda. That night you can bet I celebrated the fact that I don’t have to go into that mine everyday for work!