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Fear and Loathing in New York

By Bob on October 27, 2014 4:20 AM

Charlotte and I flew up to NYC to celebrate our son Cole's birthday. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Bob, how could you leave Dallas during its time of need? We saw on CNN how Ebola is turning Dallas into the LAST DAYS OF POMPEII and all that shit. Where's your civic pride?" 

You know what I said internets?

I said, "My civic pride is in ROW 12 SEATS D and C on AA Flight #1140 to LaGuardia, that's where." 

Then I told 'em to calm the Eff down. Dallas is going to be OK. I mean, we've got the former Ad Executive on the Taco Bell account as our mayor for Pete's sake. You think anything gets past THAT GUY?

Yo Quiero Taco Bell!

We got this.

Everybody's got something to hide except these two

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We weren't going let a little pandemic fear and loathing mess up our trip. We were bearing a gift from someone who knows what FEAR and LOATHING are all about. I'm talking about Hunter S. Thompson's favorite artist: Ralph Steadman. 

Didn't see that one coming did you!

Lemme 'splain. 

 Let's get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?

When Cole landed the Copy Chief job at a Big City Magazine, the first issue he edited featured an illustrated cover by Ralph Steadman. The illustration was (is) cool and I thought it'd be even cooler if we could get Mr. Steadman to autograph it for Cole. 

Cue the CSI music **KA Chung**. 

I found Mr. Steadman's address ...packaged up the cover...included a letter and entrusted the large manila envelope to the U.S. Postal Service. Then I promptly forgot about it (one of the great things about middle age). 

SPOILER ALERT he graciously replied with a personalized autographed cover. He even paid the return postage (that's a MY BAD...I included U.S. return postage and Mr. Steadman as it turns out lives in the UK). But hey, that's WHAT A GREAT GUY HE IS. Man's got class, what can I say?

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We gave Cole the framed autographed cover for his birthday. He was, in a word, surprised.

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"What...how...?" he asked.

I turned to Charlotte and smiled like I was channeling the Mayor of Dallas. And you know what I said Internets? 

"I got this."

Want to know more about Ralph Steadman? Take a look here...

While in NYC we caught the Jeff Koons exhibit at The Whitney Museum. Yes, it was weird, in a wonderfully weird way...

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If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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