Musings from Beaver Creek

N1367580064_8795 I came out early to hang with Jessica for a few days.  Great to catch up and see what's happening in her world and have a little one on one.  Her vacation is different than Josh and Emily. 

Luckily it snowed yesterday, a decent ski run was hard to find.  Slim pickings.  Good news it snowed, bad news all flights were canceled.  Jessica spent some time at Eagle Airport  waiting to fly out on Friday and then returned to Beaver Creek for another night before taking off this morning.  Not a happy camper. 

We went to Juniper for dinner.  Not as memorable as I remember actually not that good.  Why do some chefs just try too hard to come up with creations that don't work together?  We both sat down and I ordered us both a glass of wine.  The waitress asked for Jessica's ID which she did not have with her.  It is a fake ID, she's 19.  Would the waitress have confiscated it or give me a hard time for allowing that type of behavior?  It is absolutely ridiculous that I can't go to a nice restaurant with my 19 year old daughter – who can vote and be drafted – and not have a glass of wine with her.  There is definitely something wrong with the laws about alcohol in this country.  They missed out on revenues.  Neither of us had a glass.

We saw the Green Zone with Matt Damon.  Disturbing film.  Granted the film skews to the liberal left but I left the film with an even bigger disdain for politics and George Bush's administration when I walked out.  Jess and I spent the evening talking about politics. 

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After dropping Jessica off at the airport for the first time, I swung by the grocery store to fill up for the week.  The prices are much better here than NYC.  No surprises there.  This is my cart. 

I bought a huge brisket that was really 3 briskets in one and not prepped by a butcher.  It looked like a side of a cow.  I cut it up and put in the oven around 3PM at 350.  At 9, it still wasn't done.  I made a huge mess in the kitchen.  The brisket juice dripped all over the floor and in the bottom of the oven.  I sliced up the brisket, put it back in a new pan, covered it with tin foil and put it back in the oven at 930PM at 160 and let it hang out in the oven until I woke up this morning.  I had to get up early to get Jess to the airport, again, so I took the brisket out around 645AM.  Figuring the worse case scenario it was awful and I'd toss it.  Slow roast wins the award.  Except for the huge mess, the brisket came out perfect.  15 hours later.

I got pulled over by a cop after leaving Eagle Airport this morning.  I was in the right hand lane, we are talking a country road that divides when someone wants to make a right turn, and I didn't make the turn.  I didn't even realize it.  I actually veered into it so I could clean my windshield which was fogged up.  I wasn't even sure it was a cop behind me.  The car looked like an old black 4 door Vega that had been souped up.  The car had red and blue lights everywhere.  I couldn't decide if it was a kid or a cop.  Eventually I pulled over.  He wasn't happy with me for not pulling over but I told him that I wasn't sure if it was a police car or a souped-up car.  He gave me a warning.  First time I have pulled over in 20 years. 

21steele-articleInline Great article on Lockhart Steele in the New York Times Sunday magazine.  Who couldn't love a guy with a name like Lockhart?  Full disclosure, I am an investor in Curbed

Hoping health care passes tomorrow.  Might not be the best bill but it will be altered over time.  Jessica used that term, altered.  Perfect word for it. 

The rest of the crew comes in later today.  Looking forward to hitting the slopes tomorrow. 

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  1. rebeccastees

    I bet your brisket will be good.My mom loves to cook when she goes on vacation also.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Not so sure I love to cook on vacation as much as I hate going out with abig crew for a mediocre overly priced meal.

  2. ellen

    If they served Jessica even though she was with her Mom and an official of the city or town saw it here in Newton, the rest. would be fined and might get a closure of up to a week.As for tickets I get them all the time. It was 2am and I was driving down Parker Street. A week before I got a ticket for going 32 in a 30 mile zone on the same street. This time I was going 15 to 20 miles an hour. We are talking no one but me and what I thought was a black suv behind me. That car followed me past my house and back going on the same street Parker Street going in the opposite direction. Why was I going in the opposite direction? I was frightened that a rapist was following me and I decided to head for the Newton Police station. Red and black light starts going on. Rookie Cop says Ma’am “Why are you driving in circles and so slow?” Are you casing the neighborhood? You just can’t win in my city.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I have doubts that an official from the city would waltz into a super nicerestaurants but….you never know.Tickets are the best revenue driver these days. It is out of control.

  3. David Noël

    Watched Green Zone last night. Truly disturbing, especially after just watching Karl Rove on Charlie Rose followed by Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass right after (speaking about the film), also on RoseRove:…Damon & Greengrass:

    1. Gotham Gal

      The movie almost hit too close to reality. Maybe it was reality.

      1. David Noël

        In the Rose interview they speak about real parts of the story. Damon justsaid that our of his unit in the movie, close to all were actual soldierswho just returned from Iraq before joining the movie.Incredible how the entire world went with along with this…

        1. Gotham Gal

          Shocking actually that everyone went along with the war in Iraq. Just shows the power of the Government vs the people. I believe the Democrats wanted to back the President up which is what you should do. Interesting enough, the Republicans do not seem to show the same respect.

          1. David Noël

            Good point.In Europe it was Blair leading the pack and urging everyone to follow.Interestingly, Greengrass speaks about remembering the live coverage ofBlair’s speech at the House of Commons saying they have all the evidenceright there and Damon says: There was a sense of urgency suddenly appearingwhich today feels like pure pressure. the governments coming with up withall that evidence out of nowhere with the need to act right this second.What makes me sad about it, is that what really happened now just seems likea season of a tv series: “Oh what, Iraq? That was under Bush and Blair,that’s years ago. Let’s move on, there’s a new season running”

          2. David Noël

            Correction: it makes me angry.

          3. Gotham Gal

            Me too. It made me angry when it happened and it makes me even more angrytoday.

  4. jruthw

    Your book reviews are honest. The food you love is brilliant. And you’re pro health care. I’m so glad my friend told me about your blog…. I’ll be reading regularly!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks…glad to have another reader…and commenter!