Archive for November 15th, 2013

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11.15.13 … What I think of politics … from ObamaCare to Maria Belen Chapur … Maybe we should all just watch Watch House of Cards! …

ObamaCare: Last month I completed my family’s 2014 healthcare sign up through my husband’s employer.  I have stewed ove this for a month.  I am ready to let it go … both figuratively and literally.

Our coverage was both more expensive again and less, much less, coverage … Our family paid thousands more in 2013 (one example: I paid $30 for a Prolia osteoporosis shot in 2012; I paid almost $1200 in 2013). I believe that there should be some form of, for lack of a better word, “universal” healthcare. But this is not it. If you are one of those who is pleased, I want to hear you acknowledge that you are pleased. Otherwise, I feel like I have been brutally beaten up and now must pay thousands for the privilege.

Maria Belen Chapur, holiday cards:  And on a more humorous note …

Maria Belen Chapur, the former mistress and current fiancée of garrulous, peripatetic ex–South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, granted an interview to, we assume, the lone publication to ask her for one. In a conversation with Infobae, an “Argentine multimedia company where she writes a column,” according to Politico, Chapur revealed some amusing, somewhat salacious tidbits about her continued relationship with the current South Carolina congressman.

First of all, it’s not about the money. (Psst! Maria: we said “power”—not “money.”) “It’s not about the money,” she said. “I can tell you that a governor makes $108,000 a year and from this you have to deduct a third in taxes, so from this he can’t even pay for private school for his children, without of course help from family or a fortune from before. And on the other hand, in the United States, you go to jail—there’s no bribery. You get compensated in another way.” Thanks to the Draconian no-bribery laws of this terrible nation, Mark Sanford, whose job requires regular votes on issues of public education, can barely afford for his children to attend private school.

But then again, it takes a morally invincible person like Sanford to dedicate his life to a selfless $108,000-per-year profession when he is gaining so little—$108,000 to be specific. As it happens, Mark Sanford is exactly this sort of morally invincible person: the sort of guy who sends a Christmas card to his future mistress even though they were not having sex at that time. Prior to the 2008 commencement of History’s Greatest Love Affair, “it was strictly friendship,” according to Chapur, who had known Sanford, the Petrarch of Beaufort, since 2001. “In fact, I would get a Christmas card with their family photo.” There you have it! “Happy holidays, from my family I am willing to destroy to yours. Love, Mark Sanford.”

via Mark Sanford Question Hour: Sending Your Family Christmas Card to Your Mistress—Do or Don’t? | Vanity Fair.

Maybe we should all just watch Watch House of Cards!

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11.15.13 … Another adventure … Woodstock Ga. Who knew!! … and $142.4 Million for a 1969 Francis Bacon Triptych, Seriously?? …

Woodstock GA, 11th Congressional District, Driving Mamma Lindsey, kith/kin:  Another adventure  … Woodstock Ga. Who knew!! On 11.13, we ventured up into the 11th Congress District.  Truly I am not sure I had ever heard of Woodstock Ga, but they must have a really good town planner, because it is delightful, charming and interesting.  I think it fits the definition of New Urbanism to the core.  I will return!

We ate at Canyon Burger which was good but I wish we had ventured out and found a local restaurant.

Woodstock Downtown

John Wieland’s Woodstock Downtown was really nice.

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At Woodstock Downtown, you can enjoy the small town feel of Cherokee County with easy access to I-575 and downtown Atlanta. A walkable live-work-play neighborhood, Woodstock Downtown offers the convenience of having shops, restaurants, offices and parks just a short stroll away from your front door.

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Classic homes combine traditionally inspired architecture and spacious interiors including gourmet kitchens with breakfast areas, formal dining rooms, second floor raised recreation rooms and luxurious owner’s suites.

via Woodstock Downtown | Woodstock, GA | Single Family HomesTownhomes.

ICE MARTINI & SUSHI BAR:  And I happened to see this in the Downtown development .  I was wondering if it was one of those 5 degrees bars where you rent a coat, etc.  No, but actually it looks fun.  And there is one in Buckhead, too.  Add Ice to my list.

Welcome to downtown Woodstock’s coolest spot. ICE Martini Bar is a little piece of Buckhead right in the heart of historic Woodstock, GA. Clean, airy, and ultramodern, it’s like no other place in town. Named for the tiny crystals of ice that form in a truly perfect martini, ICE reflects the fact that the smallest details are often as important as the whole experience.

Offering signature sushi and tapas, handcrafted cocktails, creative desserts and more, ICE—just like its namesake—changes in appearance depending on the time of day. Dinnertime draws a mixed casual and professional crowd enjoying a laid-back classic rock soundtrack, while later on we transition to classic pop and cocktails. On the weekends, after 10, the dance floor fills up with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen dancing to contemporary pop and hip hop, but the lounge atmosphere means conversation has a place, too.

Danny and Peggy Snow are the husband-and-wife team behind ICE. Danny, originally from the cold climates of New Brunswick, Canada and Peggy, a native of the cool tropics of the South Beach area of Miami, Florida, decided to fuse their backgrounds together to create the ICE concept.

via ICE MARTINI & SUSHI BAR | About Us.

 $142.4 Million, 1969 Francis Bacon Triptych, Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold, Christie’s Auctions, NYTimes.com:  I think these buyers need to have their heads examined. Seriously!

It took seven superrich bidders to propel a 1969 Francis Bacon triptych to $142.4 million at Christie’s on Tuesday night, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. William Acquavella, the New York dealer, is thought to have bought the painting on behalf of an unidentified client, from one of Christie’s skyboxes overlooking the auction.

Seven bidders battled for 10 minutes over Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud.” The 1969 work in three parts, hanging on the wall, was purchased by a dealer’s unidentified client.

The price for the painting, which depicts Lucian Freud, Bacon’s friend and rival, perched on a wooden chair, was more than the $85 million Christie’s had estimated. It also toppled the previous record set in May 2012 when Edvard Munch’s fabled pastel of “The Scream” sold at Sotheby’s for $119.9 million and broke the previous record for the artist at auction set at the peak of the market in May 2008, when Sotheby’s sold a triptych from 1976 to the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich for $86.2 million.

via At $142.4 Million, Triptych Is the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold at an Auction – NYTimes.com.




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