Day 1: E-ville to Philadelphia
Quote of the day:
I'm going to Radio Shack to buy one of those headsets like the broadcasters use. It seems as soon as you put them on, you get 100 times smarter.
Weather: Cool, little breeze, and then we got to Philly: Warm and touch humid
Pics: NY video art, THB and LHB take in a game in Oakland this week, the future home of the Emeryville A’s, sofa free in homage to LHB, Philly train station, local street art(?), Nan Zhou, fitness center
First, THB has to explain the video art that we bought on the recent NY trip: THB was enthralled by the video playing in the gallery, watching it over and over; turns out the video is free! Ooops, you have to buy one of the images from the video to get the free video. No problema: $800 later, THB and DB have their first piece of video art, and THB figures out to put magnets on the back of the pic and now it can hang on the steel TV case while the video plays. Damn!!!!
Flight on United in Premium Economy, very pleasant, take train from right in terminal to within 2-3 blocks of the Embassy Suites downtown. Nice room, complimentary breakfast and wi-fi. Dinner at Nan Zhou for hand drawn noodles (THB – thin, LHB – flat) and crispy (raw, spicy) turnip dish, $26.
Book Review: A Regular Guy by Mona Simpson. A fictionalized view of Steve Jobs as written by his biological sister, published in 1996, so before the I-craze started and Steve’s ascendancy to design God of the universe. A bit of a slog because, as Mona portrays Steve, he’s really not a very nice guy, always falling in love with a pretty young thing and finding a way to dump or cheat on the current woman in his life, and using money to solve relationship problems. Hey, wait, that’s Isaacson’s view of him also. Mona also makes her niece, Jane (Steve’s first child, real name Lisa, that he did not acknowledge as his for many years), a key part of the story. A good companion to the Isaacson book.