The Rittenhouse Review

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Thursday, April 22, 2004  

Something a Little Different

I thought today I might try short-form blogging, something I’ve not done much of in the past, probably adding to this post as the day passes. We’ll see how it goes.

QUEEN MARY 2 ARRIVES IN NEW YORK: The Queen Mary 2, the world’s largest cruise ship arrived in New York today, successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, again, since the ship made the trip already, having docked in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in January. At least twice, now. Not like that other big ship way back when.

Hey, want to entertain a favorite four-year-old? Learn the words to the little ditty that begins, “O they built the ship Titanic to sail the ocean blue . . .” The line, “Uncles and aunts, little children wet their pants,” gets a big laugh every time, though sometimes just from me.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?: The New York Times reports General Electric Co. and Siemans A.G., citing security concerns, are pulling out of Iraq, thus dropping out of the reconstruction effort. More business for Halliburton Co., I suppose.

TINA BROWN THURSDAY: In “Bucks Without the Buzz,” former magazine editor Tina Brown offers Washington Post “Style” section readers nearly 1,000 words of, well, who knows what.

Here’s a stellar T.B. insight: “In the city of Seinfeld, Letterman[,] and Bette Midler [Ed.: Brown is referring here to New York.] they [Ed.: The Kerry campaign and the Democratic National Committee.] choose [sic] “Body Heat” sex bomb retiree Kathleen Turner to introduce Teresa Heinz Kerry, and the dryly cerebral former Treasury secretary Bob Rubin to introduce the candidate.”

Worse, Brown says: “Kerry’s hair seems to be a problem again.” Not to worry, though, as Brown adds, parenthetically: “(The CEO of an advertising company tells me he is going to advise the senator to get a buzz cut.)”

Keep at it, Tina. One of the days you’ll get it right. Or at least close.

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