Flying home to New York today, after a spectacular week in Northern and then Southern California with friends.
As much as I wouldn’t want to live here (Earthquakes, traffic, smog, etc.), I do love visiting California when I can. So much beauty, and so much to offer. And on this trip, I got to see friends I rarely see and meet some adorable tykes (including the 2-year-old football fan who told me he loves the USC quarterback “Matt Broccoli.” His real name is Matt Barkley, but who am I to correct him?)
Finished our tour with a trip to the Getty Museum in L.A. on Tuesday; I’ve been there a few times and it’s truly one of my favorite places in America. Such incredible views (like the one above) of Los Angeles, terrific art, sculptures and photography inside, and just a wonderfully quiet piece of solitude and serenity in a city not known for such.
Also have to admit that as a pop culture geek I’m excited that Wednesday on the way to the airport we’re going to the Santa Monica pier, which of course you know is where they filmed the opening sequence to “Three’s Company.” (Maybe I’ll see Mr. Furley on the carousel!)
Yes, I know I’m a dork. But a happy, contented one after a week of vacation.
**Well, I guess it had to happen. After everyone else in the GOP presidential primary field got their chance to be the frontrunner over the last nine months, the only guy left who hadn’t gotten the spotlight got his chance Tuesday.
Rick Santorum, a man who thinks contraception is wrong, a man who once compared gay love to bestiality, a man who angered people so much that when you Google him, check out what comes up first, a man who was considered so much an afterthought for the last six months that he barely even got to stand on stage with the others, somehow tied for first in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday.
As I write this, four votes separate Santorum and Mitt Romney, out of almost 100,000 cast. Ron Paul, who I was really rooting for to win because it would’ve pissed off ALL sections of the Republican Party, came in third at 21 percent, four percent behind the leaders.
I have to say I’m stunned that anyone could think Santorum would make a good dog-catcher, much less a president. And I find it hilarious that now he’ll get all the media attention as a “front-runner,” and more Americans will get to find out just what a nutjob the former Senator from Pennsylvania is.
Couple other quick-hit caucus thoughts:
— Rick Perry, thank you for a few solid months of laughter. You can go home to Texas now.
— Michele Bachmann, ditto. Though I was always admire your choots-pa.
— Ron Paul as a third-party candidate? I could easily see him getting 15 percent in a general and ruining someone’s chances of being President.