I can remove myself from my involvement with This is Us and say with confidence that this week’s episode, Memphis, is the one of the top saddest, most beautiful episodes I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen at least ten to fifteen episodes of television. Morrison and I cried so much that Cracker literally came over just to see if we were okay. You have to watch it to get the significance of these Ducks, which are heartbreaking and breathtaking when they appear at the end, in a way that regular old ducks never quite have been. Clearly it has gone to these ducks’ heads, as they now have a TWITTER PAGE.
Today, on Cadbury Eggs And the People who Love Them: Shout out to my unmatchable will power. Just realized I’ve had this guy, a departing NC present from my Dad, in my backpack for over a week and have yet to even sniff it. PEOPLE CAN CHANGE
Today, on it’s as if we planned it: this. Apparently last night, This Is Us was filming downtown. Across the street, a woman and man were assaulted by a robber. He knocked the man unconscious and grabbed the woman’s purse. He then proceeded to run, trying to escape, STRAIGHT onto our set….at which point our second AD Colin TACKLED AND RESTRAINED HIM UNTIL COPS ARRIVED. So we are not only bringing tears but FIGHTING CRIME. Of course. OF COURSE!
That time the local news called your Dad To see if you’d be up for an interview about This is Us and you just happened to be Home for your brother’s baby’s shower and next thing you know you’re sitting in your parents living room surrounded by teddy bears lit by bright lights rambling expressively about episodic television (BUT REALLY IT WAS A LOT OF FUN)
I don’t want to be a sensationalist or a future fear-er, but frightening and terrifyingly efficient things are happening at the Delta terminal at LGA. An iPad just brought me a cappuccino and a Cobb salad and then I’m pretty sure it charged me $3 for doing so. WHAT NEXT.
Woke up to day to news that a nor’easter was about to blow through NYC today with crazy wind and rain / started to cancel all my meetings and plans / THEN REMEMBERED THAT IN NYC YOU GO OUTSIDE AND DO YOUR THINGS ABSOLUTELY NO MATTER WHAT. THANKS PATAGONIA!
One of my favorite things about Thailand was Gae, our guide for the bike tour / cave hike. We’d been in Thailand for about four days at that point, and all the Thai people we encountered spoke little to no English. Enter Gae, married to an American, nearly fluent in English, with a LIMITLESS AND INFECTIOUS ENERGY, SOMEHOW NEVER SWEATY, and lastly, with a deep love of selfies:
I was able to ask her all the questions that had been accumulating in my mind about everything from Thailand’s monks to the Burmese people to how Shrimp happen. In turn, she kept taking pictures of us like we were famous people. HEY LOVE BIRDS! GO OVER THERE! SIT THERE, IN LOVE! She’d say, and point her phone at us. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
Once satisfied: OKAY, WE GOT IT!
Spent the day trekking up to see the Big Buddha on Lantau island. It’s meant to symbolize ‘the harmony between man and nature’ but you basically have to walk through TWO MALLS SCREAMING WITH LATTES AND HIKING VESTS AND TINY LEGGINGS AND BUDDHA MAGNETS AND FUN SKIRTS AND FESTIVE HANDBAGS to get to him. But once you reach him, he is, in fact, arresting in the calmest of ways. The monks chanting nearby remind you of baptist hymns and bring tears that have nothing to do with allergies. You follow the sound and watch the holy men, though you’re maybe not supposed to. You spot one scratching his head. And then he spots you. You step back behind the door and question everything.
China is designed for small to regular sized people, and so the only place Morrison fits on the tram is the TINY STAIRWELL BY WHICH I MEAN HIS ACTUAL NIGHTMARE DESPITE HIS BRAVE FACE.
Hong Kong is a beautiful and very much alive city with a vibrant and eclectic mix of cultures and charming bakeries with things called ‘wife cakes,’ all feeling quite French, but mostly it’s very attractive young Asians standing in front of things having their picture taken while they stare off into space, either blankly or mildly amused. Allow us to demonstrate: