Moving on with the Reading

My co-worker, H, asked me earlier if I’ve been having “alzheimer” moments lately.  I said no and here I am after one.  I decided to step away from my desk for lunch and I instinctively picked up my book, “BLINK”, from the table and walked away.  I found a spot outside and sat down to read and then I suddenly realized I finished the book on the subway ride to work earlier.  So my brain cells are fading away.  That’s my “alzheimer” moment for the day.

I will begin reading Sue Monk Kidd’s THE MERMAID CHAIR later — the tome-size MY LIFE by Bill Clinton is waiting athome — it’s just too big for me to lug around and I hate wearing my books out.  If  you look at my bookshelf, not even the paperbacks have worn spines.  I open them at a 45 degree angle when I read them so that they don’t get damaged.  

Speaking of books, James “Jim” McGreevey, former governor of New Jersey is having a book signing at the 22nd street Barnes and Noble at 7PM on Friday, September 22.  McGreevey stepped down some 2 years ago after coming out of the closet — presumably pre-empting someone else’s scheme to out him.  I saw him on the news last night walking with his new partner by his side — and he is doing the talk shows circuit and the book is reportedly a candid account of (in his words) “his own mistakes,” and based on an excerpt reading on Oprah, speaks of his own realization about his sexuality.  I am neither a fan or a critic, but I always admire people who are able to admit to who and what they are, despite the backlash and consequences.  McGreevey had made the revelation that he was gay with his wife by his side, and while she is still referred to as “his wife,” it was obviously the end of “them”.  When asked, she had no comment on the book and simply stated her main concern was to protect their daughter at this time.

I am seriously thinking of attending because my last book signing, if I am not mistaken, was Caroline Kennedy’s “A PATRIOT’S HANDBOOK”.   (Or was it Tom Clancy’s TEETH OF THE TIGER?)  They are interesting events where the authors get to address their audience, and while personalization is frowned upon, they do sign the book and you are guaranteed a first edition print.  If I get to go, I’m having him sign 2 books — one for me, and one for my brother, Nikky.

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A Little Boy's Wish

It’s a slow day.. or at least my body is slow to react to the things I want to do.  No, I’m  not sick again.  It must just be the hormones.  So I thought I’d write early and put this away and get work done.  

I received an e-mail from Toni requesting for assistance in contacting the WWF wrestler, Batista, or his promoter to help his 3 year old cancer-stricken fan, Pyro, meet his idol.  (Read Toni’s post here).  Unfortunately, I don’t have special connections in that department but I told Toni that one of the entertainment columnists of Philippine Star had written about Batista not too long ago, although I cannot remember which one of them it was.  That is worth looking up, I think, because they can at least make a referral to the proper party to approach as far as his forthcoming appearance in Manila is concerned.

It makes me sad and scared to see children afflicted with such diseases so early.  The fact that technology is now more advanced and we are making great strides in treating most diseases is not a comfort.  I watch Angel and I always pray he stay healthy.   And I wish Pyro well… I hope he gets to get his wish and meet his idol.  It may not be a cure for the lung cancer they have been desperately trying to conquer, but it sure will make a difference in his young life for sure.

Kudos to Toni and all who have taken the time and effort to try to make Pyro’s wish come true.