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.
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!
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?
We gave Cole the framed autographed cover for his birthday. He was, in a word, surprised.
"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."
While in NYC we caught the Jeff Koons exhibit at The Whitney Museum. Yes, it was weird, in a wonderfully weird way...