No Exaggeration, I’ve Been Waiting Almost a Year For This Book

Published by Simon & Schuster, available on Amazon on February 7th (available now for preorder).

People vs. Donald Trump is a fascinating inside account of the attempt to prosecute former president Donald Trump, written by one of the lawyers who worked on the case and resigned in protest when Manhattan’s district attorney refused to act.

Mark Pomerantz was a retired lawyer living a calm suburban life when he accepted an unexpected offer to join the staff of the district attorney of New York County in February 2021 to work on the investigation of former president Donald Trump….

These two paragraphs are direct quotes from the Amazon website’s book introduction. I, however, take issue with the statement that Mark was just “one of the lawyers who worked on the case”. They neglect to mention any of Mark’s impressive accomplishments which made him uniquely qualified for this role such as his having served as head of the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office where he oversaw major securities fraud causes, including the prosecution of mob boss John Gotti. He was also a white collar defense attorney working on behalf of Martha Stewart and Sam Wachsell contributing to his highly respected reputation as an expert on both sides

Full disclosure, the Pomerantz family lived next door to my daughter and son-in-law and their two children for 28 years. The families became friends as well as neighbors and over the years the two sets of Pomerantz twins (yes, two sets of twins!) babysat for my grandchildren. So, not only was this high-profile role he undertook (pro bono) of interest to me as a voracious political junkie but it was also personal. I was hoping against hope that Mark would write this book so I/we could learn, first-hand, exactly how this investigation unfolded then unraveled, and he did!

As you can see, my statement that I’ve been waiting for this book for almost a year is not an exaggeration!

Maybe You Had To Be There

   A caveat, this does not in any way express my personal feelings so I hope no one is offended, I just thought it was too good not to share.

   This past Sunday I spent the day in CT at a friend’s beautiful home. Every summer she graciously invites a few of us to come for a day of relaxation and pampering. The invitation includes lunch, swimming & exercising in her pool, cocktails, dinner and watching the sun set over the gorge below on one of her exquisite terraces. The only sounds ever disturbing this idyllic scene are those of happy chatter and bursts of laughter. Tough right?!

   As we were sitting on lounge chairs admiring the view we started to discuss travel.  One friend is going to Southeast Asia for Christmas and I asked her if she’d ever been to Nepal.

   “No” she replied “I could never go because of the altitude”. “Well” another friend quipped immediately “I have my limits too, I never go to the East Side because of the attitude”!  This remark struck me as hysterically funny and I’d only had a few sips of wine.

    I repeat maybe you had to be there so no groaning please, 🙂

Look Closely At The Top And Bottom of the Drinking Fountain

I was sitting on a bench in Central Park this afternoon quietly reading when I noticed a pigeon, unfazed by my presence, drinking water from the bottom of the fountain right next to me. As I watched in fascination a sparrow landed on the spout on top where humans would bend over to get a drink. As soon as the sparrow landed the water magically started to flow. Puzzled by this I looked closer and realized the “magic” was activated by a sensor so all any thirsty human had to do was bend over and the water would start to flow. As you can see in this video, the sparrow, who was in a hurry, knew the secret so he/she didn’t have to wait for the pigeon to finish.

Central Park obviously goes out of its way to keep all creatures hydrated during these hot summer days 🙂

If There’s A Dr. On Board Please Press Your Call Button

Not the announcement anyone wants to hear at any time but especially not when your international flight from Mexico City to New York has just reached cruising altitude over the Pacific Ocean.

This however is exactly what happened as my granddaughter Rian and her new husband Adam were flying home from their delayed honeymoon this past Memorial Day. They were comfortably settled in their seats, ear buds in place anticipating long naps when their audio was suddenly interrupted by that electrifying announcement. 

In an amazing series of events Adam had not only just graduated medical school, one week and five days ago to be exact, but had also packed his stethoscope and pen light in his backpack! 

Barely missing a beat, he was instantly out of his seat and sprinting towards the source of the alarming screams. First he had to assure the distressed passenger’s partner that he was a Doctor so she would stop terrifying the entire plane, next he had to quickly assess whether the disoriented man was experiencing a life threatening event, in which case the pilot would have to turn the plane around and make an emergency landing.

  Fortunately for everyone on board, passengers and crew alike, as unnerving as this crisis was, it was no match for Adam’s skill, training and overall natural cool! He was quickly able to determine the disoriented, semi- conscious passenger was not suffering a life threatening event but instead was extremely dehydrated and there was no need to return to Mexico City. 

Having turned around to see where her husband was heading Rian noticed that the three guys in the row directly behind theirs looked vaguely familiar. They were busily texting about the crazy incident occurring on their plane when she asked if by any chance they knew her brother Eli. In the category of amazing coincidences, almost equal to that of having a newly minted Doctor traveling with his stethoscope and pen light on board a flight during a medical emergency, it turns out the three guys did know Eli and quickly, through the wonders of 21st century technology, added him to their group text!

When the situation was under control and Dr. Adam returned to his seat, in addition to the obvious pride of his new bride, he received accolades from his fellow passengers and a bucket of champagne from an extremely grateful crew.

After all the time and money he saved the airlines I think, in addition to champagne he should have been given two free first class tickets to anywhere the airline flies-just sayin’!

Strawberry Moon

As seen last night outside my apartment window. It was hard to capture the intensity of the full moon but I thought the photo of the City I love was worthy of a post anyway

FYI, June’s full moon is commonly known as the strawberry moon, a name that comes from the Algonquin Native American tribe in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada and refers to the region’s strawberry harvesting season (not the moon’s actual hue).

Singalong on Lincoln Center Plaza Yesterday

NYC knows how to celebrate and who could resist this invitation in the West Side Rag, especially since this was happening in my backyard! Snippets of videos of joyful NYers attached (they do play I promise, some have to be clicked twice)

“The Young People’s Chorus of New York City headlines this joyous outdoor performance and singalong, kicking off Summer for the City,” Lincoln Center’s three-month summer program, presenting 300+ free performances, a press release announced. “We offer this warm welcome to come together after so much time apart,” said Shanta Thake, chief artistic officer.

Welcome to the Lincoln Center Singalong

Amore!! What a way to begin

(I had to stop the video when a woman kept walking straight at me no matter where I moved!)

Remember Moonstruck? Parts were filmed right here

What great moves! Watching him ya gotta smile and wonder at the nonchalance of the NYers around him

And for the GRAND FINALE….. welcome back NYC (sorry it’s sideways but worth watching)!