Carpetbagger: What I resent most about Donald Trump
New York City, Day Three, Part Two: Here's one of my favorite things to do in NYC -- go eat rice pudding at B&H Dairy on Second Avenue. Met a friend there and we talked. The 14th Street cross-town bus took forever to get there. I could have walked faster. At B&H, I told my friend about all the latest soap opera back in Berkeley and she caught me up on Lower East Side news.
"There's a lot of construction going on here in Manhattan right now," she said, "and also all over the world. There's a lot of money-laundering out there apparently and building construction is the best way to do it. Even in Ramallah, buildings are going up like crazy." Even in Berkeley. 10,000 units of housing. They build it and then sell it off to the Saudis or else to the Chinese." I just gotta write a blog post about that! http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-real-estate-boom-in-nyc-money.html
My friend looked great by the way. What's her secret?
"There was a big explosion next to the B&H last year and B&H was shut down as a result. The whole neighborhood rallied, even started a Go-Fund-Me site and saved B&H!" So there I was, still eating B&H rice pudding thanks to my friend and the neighborhood. The owners needed the money to rewire their gas lines before they could reopen.
Then I dealt with the subway and transferred two times without getting lost. Boo-yah! Aster Place to 14th Street to 34th Street and Eighth Avenue.
Next? A panel discussion at the Book Expo on how to sell one's book to Hollywood. I asked them, "How do I sell my book to Studio Ghibli in Japan?" Nobody on the panel even knew who Studio Ghibli was. Humph.
Now I'm waiting in line with the rest of the media to get into see Hillary Rodham Clinton. There are about 50 of us. We've already been sniffed by bomb-sniffing dogs. Now it's just wait and see. There are hundreds of people here who actually came (and actually paid good money) to see Killery explain all those dead babies who were murdered on her watch. Gross. But I'm not going to say anything -- at least not until I get home to blog my heart out. Trump may be hitting America over the head with a hammer -- but Hillary and her Deep State friends would have us die slowly by a thousand (budget) cuts. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2017/06/hillary-clintons-bea-speech-gettin.html
Someone just handed me a glass of white wine. I wonder if they will serve food. I wonder if there are any press people here that I know. Probably not. I wonder if the Secret Service is here too. And then the crowd starts moving and I'm inside the auditorium, in the front but off to the side. No food.
Tomorrow Senator Al Franken is going to speak. Should I get up early enough to go to the children's authors' breakfast too? Nah. No free food that I can eat.
Carolyn Reedy of Simon and Schuster was the introducer. "She's a major best-selling author. She's published all five of her books with us -- and a new one is coming soon. Cheryl Strayed, an author in her own right, will interview her. Remember that 65,000,000 people voted for Hillary Clinton and if only a small percentage of those buy her book…."
HRC came out. She got an actual standing ovation -- except for from me. "Do you know how much we love you?" Not me. Not after the slaughter in Libya and Syria. She talked about the re-publications of "It Takes a Village".
"I never know what they are attacking me for," regarding the Republicans. Her other new book is "a personal deep experience and catharsis". It's a book of sayings and quotations. "People shared their own stories with me. Moments when people grab your hand and tell you their stories. That was incredibly meaningful to me." Did Kaddafi grab your hand and tell you his story before you murdered him? "The courage to get back up when you've been knocked down. It was incredibly painful." The book doesn't have a title yet.
"Writing it was cathartic. Resilience is a great gift." Tell that to the Syrians, why don't you? "Whatever gives you that faith to keep going. The extraordinary capacity to keep going." Like the dead people in Libya, Ukraine, Syria, etc. all have?
"One person told me how he was struck down by the landing gear of the plane on 9-11." And lived to tell about it? And why exactly was the landing gear down? "There are challenges every step of the way. A lot are rooted in family and friends but a lot is my own determination and resilience. One foot in front of another. For the part that is larger than myself. I work in the little farmhouse we have." You mean the 5,600-square-foot 2.5 million-dollar cottage with the swimming pool and guest house on acres of land just outside of Brooklyn?
She's going a lot farther in her new book than she had. "This is my truth, no matter what others say. How I saw it, felt and thought. You cannot make up what happened! This is how I experienced it. Pulling the curtain back on running for president. You will find out." She also said something about America's need to come to grips with the future. I definitely agree with her on that one.
The hardest part for HRC was understanding what she didn't do well or what would have worked better. "The more you understand what happened, the more we understand what we need to know. Russia. Russia's interference. I am worried about my country. The way this White House is behaving is deeply troubling. The lies. What happened that was totally unprecedented." The foreign country that actually interfered in our elections? What about Israel and Saudi Arabia? Or the lies she told about Libya? Gag me with a spoon. If she hadn't lied and murdered her way through the world as Secretary of State, then perhaps people would have voted for her instead of Bernie or The Donald or Jill Stein. But then that's just me. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2017/06/hillary-clintons-bea-speech-gettin.html
"I'm fine as a person after this election but I'm worried as an American. Being an American was important when I was growing up. It was an open time. The world was out there waiting for us." She then names Kennedy, Eisenhower. "That's how we were raised. And I always loved reading. Nancy Drew, a girl who thought for herself." Literature as inspiration and also distraction. She likes murder mysteries too so she can't be all bad.
Hope? Is she hopeful? Yes, but hope needs to be linked to strategy, kindness. She was deeply troubled by the white racist in Portland -- breaking through the veneer of civilization. A level of behavior should be expected of everyone. To unleash a level of vitriol is dangerous -- and yet that's exactly what she did with regard to Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Libya, etc.
"As Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady, I've traveled and it doesn't take much to rip off the level of civilization. I've seen it in Bosnia and Rwanda. Find your role. Get involved. People of reason -- there's been a deliberate assault on Truth and Reason." God I wish she'd shut up.
Advice to the first woman president? "Read my book! Plus our system is the most difficult in the world. We don't have a parliamentary system where peers, colleagues and constituents know you first. Here you have to raise a lot of money and run a gauntlet. It's the hardest job in the world -- at least it used to be." Plus women also have the double standard. I've experienced it."
She is now reading "Jersey Brothers" which has authentic dialogue. And she loves independent booksellers. Of course she does. She's talking to an audience full of them. Then she made some snarky remarks about Trump and then asked "How can we be kinder?" Stop bombing countries all over the world? "We are now very divided in America, harder to cross over between each side, the Big Sort. Take it out of politics and put it in the realm of citizenship. Fund more opportunities for conversations like this one."
Then she stated that she was going to do everything she could to support The Resistance, from the ground level up. School boards, county commissions, etc. "I'm going to be active. That's who I am. That's my DNA." Standing ovation, Queen Elizabeth wave.
Then I had a nice walk home to The Jane hotel, ate take-away dinner at the corner deli, showered, popped into bed, watched TV and read some more of Colin Cotterill's new book.
Stop Wall Street and War Street from destroying our world. And while you're at it, please buy my books! http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/2016/04/our-top-best-seller-right-now-is-bring.html
Plus here's a sneak preview of my latest book, a thrilling murder mystery entitled "Road Trip to Damascus," hopefully coming out by the end of 2017: http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-book-by-straitwell-press-coming-out.html