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One ringy dingy

Finally — some good news!

Lily Tomlin

The very funny Lily Tomlin will be presented with the Live Achievement Award at tonight’s SAG Awards.

Since Lily’s parents are from Paducah, Kentucky — a city very close to my hometown — this feels like a big win for small town girls everywhere.

I saw Lily in Paducah. She was eating with a friend at Chuck e Cheese. The waitress recognized her, and then she was very quickly surrounded by fans. She was really nice about it, which made me like her even more.

Actually, any celebrity that eats at Chuck e Cheese is a friend of mine.

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Hairy situation

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All the long beards I have seen of late?

They’ve got nothing on this guy.

And he’s from way back when. (And spends his time now in a steakhouse…where real men go to die).

We’re not gonna pay rent

I love my Upper West Side neighborhood.

But today, I have a major beef.

ditch plains uws

Ditch Plains, a wonderful restaurant across the street from my apartment, has closed. And the rents in my neighborhood are to blame.

Owner Marc Murphy did everything right when they opened three years ago. Their ‘soft open’ lasted a month, offering the entire menu at half-price and free appetizers and desserts. By the time they officially opened their doors, the entire neighborhood was hooked. On the menu. The atmosphere. The friendly vibe.

During the past three years, I have been a loyal customer, and from my unique vantage point, I have seen them maintain a healthy business — far more popular with people of all ages than the two previous restaurants that occupied that same space for brief spans of time. But like their predecessors, Ditch Plains’ success still couldn’t scale the exorbitant rents in my neighborhood.

And they are no more.

If you visit my neighborhood, you will see several empty storefronts. They no doubt are victims, too.

This is just the first to hit so close to home.

Happy?

What does happiness look like?

McDonald’s says this:

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He’s the new mascot for their Happy Meal.

New to the States, I should say. He’s been repping the kid’s menu in France since 2009, and Latin America and Europe since.

I think he looks a bit like the Kool-Aid mascot who crashed through walls when I was a youngun. But many online  find the meal mascot a bit scary…and are creating memes to prove their point.

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Yeah, I feel you.

What makes it all better

My cold won’t go away.

It’s been two weeks.  I don’t mean to be rude, but…

LEAVE already.

I felt poopy all day but had to work hard. With congestion. And coughing.

This sounds like a job for…

ditch plains friend picklesFried pickles.

Thanks, Ditch Plains.

Montauk: Day One

Thanksgiving was a travel day for Lou, Rory and me.

Train, plane and rental car brought us to Montauk this afternoon. After we settled into our cottage, Lou and I enjoyed a holiday feast at Harvest on Fort Pond.

harvest on fort pondYes, I think we’re gonna like it here.

Towne treat

I had adult cotton candy at dinner tonight. What made it adult?

The maple flavoring.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaple cotton candy is on the dessert menu at Towne Boston. It has the same consistency as any other cotton candy you have ever eaten — and looks a bit like attic insulation — but the maple flavor is so much better than anything a vendor ever tossed at me at the bottom of the eighth.

That doesn’t mean we didn’t play with it.  It was awfully fun to shape the wispy treat into little pads of sugar.  I even dropped it into my hot tea, just to see how fast it would dissolve.

Answer:  really fast.