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I woke up this morning to a breaking news alert on my phone from the NYTimes that all Boston residents were on a “lockdown.” As I got on my computer to investigate further as to what had happened now, I called my sister who lives very close to the Cambridge/Watertown line.
Relieved to hear her voice I asked her what the hell was going on. Upon hearing that everything was going down with in blocks of her apartment my anxiety levels started to grow. My sister is fine. But I have never wanted to hug her, hold her and just be with her more.
My sister and I don’t always see eye to eye, in fact, we rarely ever do, but the idea of her being so close to danger is legitimately gut wrenching. I know she’ll be fine and I know that this awful, awful, awful human being will be brought to justice. I believe that because I believe that there is more love and more good in this world than there is hatred and evil.
I know that she will be okay, but what I hope I can remember, is how strong the love I have for her truly is and to continue to embrace that and embody that in our every day conversations and interactions.
My heart is with all of you in Boston.
If you’ve been following my blog over the months, you know that I’m a huge fan of AMC’s ‘Mad Men.’ I have been ever since season 2 was unfolding. While the wait for this season has been, AGAIN, excruciatingly long, I’m ecstatic for Season 6 to begin this Sunday.
If you are one of the few that haven’t caught ‘Mad Men’ fever or the wait has just left blanks in your memory as to what happened last season, Rolling Stone’s character cheat sheet will bring you up to speed in no time! Enjoy Sunday’s two hour premier!!!
One of the many reasons Mad Men has kept us hooked for five-plus seasons is its ability to cram (approximately) an entire year’s worth of action into 13 episodes, and yet the last moments of every season finale make it seem as if the drama is just beginning. In Season Three, we ended on the first day of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s existence. Season Four it wasDon and Megan‘s surprise engagement. But it was the bleak Season Five (one episode was called “Dark Shadows,” for heaven’s sake!) that gave us Mad Men’s most cliffhanger-esque finale to date: For a good nine months, we’ve been dying to know what Don’s answer to that mysterious blonde in the bar was – or what year the show will even be in when it returns this Sunday. So as we wait with bated breath for what the sixth season premiere will yield, here’s a cheat sheet of the SCDP crew’s most pernicious antics from May 1966 to spring 1967.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FROM SEASON FIVE AHEAD
Throughout Season Five, many viewers had one repeated question for Jon Hamm’s alter ego: “Who are you and what have you done with Don Draper?” Aside from a spooky fever dream in which he slept with and killed a former conquest, Don, for the first time in Mad Men’s history, maintained a sole sexual partner for a whole season – his sultry new wife, Megan. But any fair-weather viewer could see how much of a struggle fidelity was for Don, no matter how many times Megan flashed her boobs in the office or serenaded him with “Zou Bisou Bisou.” By the season’s end, Don, racked with guilt over Lane Pryce‘s suicide (which manifests in visions of his also-dead-by-a-self-inflicted-hanging half-brother, Adam Whitman), found himself potentially exiting his marriage stage left – illustrated in the now-iconic shot of the camera pulling away from Megan about to shoot her first commercial as Don walks off the set – and toward a crossroads. Our final view of Don is of him contemplating the loaded question posed by a female stranger in a bar: “Are you alone?”
She broke through the countless glass ceilings at both Sterling Cooper and SCDP, but Peggy’s lack of a penis continued to thwart her climb up the corporate ladder. Between her protégé, the outspoken, loud-jacketed Michael Ginsberg, usurping her success and Don disrespecting her opinions by tossing a wad of cash in her face, Peggy decided she’d had enough and got herself a shiny new copy chief position at rival firm Cutler, Gleason and Chaough. When we last see her, she is luxuriating in her Richmond, Virginia, hotel room, having experienced her first-ever plane ride and business trip, ostensibly for the account that would become Virginia Slims cigarettes. Peggy’s relationship with brash journalist Abe Drexler reached a new level in the fifth season as well. During a romantic dinner at Minetta Tavern, he proposed – that they move in together. Although traditional-minded Peggy was disappointed that there was no ring in the offing, she accepted, causing a rift between her and her staunchly Catholic mother in the process.
While the word “faithful” could never be used to describe the SCDP junior partner’s attitude toward his marriage, Season Five saw Pete pick up the tortured-womanizer torch Don left behind once he tied the knot with Megan. Pete brought in more business than ever before, but he paid the price with his personal life. Bored with Trudy, her revolving wardrobe of frumpy housecoats and their quiet life in suburban Cos Cob, Connecticut, city boy Pete struck up a flirtation with a high school coed, sought the company of hookers and eventually entered into an affair with his commuting buddy’s wife, Beth Dawes. But no amount of surreptitious hearts drawn in a foggy car window could save this ill-fated romance: When Beth voluntarily underwent electro-shock therapy, her entire memory of Pete was erased. A despondent Pete subsequently got into a fistfight with Howard Dawes on the train, prompting Trudy, who thinks Pete’s bruised face is the result of yet another car accident due to fatigue, to suggest her husband take a pied à terre in Manhattan. What Trudy doesn’t realize is she’s just delivered Pete straight into the arms of more adultery.
SCDP’s director of agency operations embodied feminist empowerment at the start of this season – and then became the subject of endless debate as she traded on her sex appeal for money, power and security. We all applauded new mother Joan for kicking her hotheaded bully of a husband, Greg, to the curb in the fourth episode – even though I still feel that by not mentioning that baby Kevin was, in fact, Roger‘s son was a missed opportunity in Greg’s deserved emasculation. But reality for Joan quickly set in, as she realized she is now a single mother who needs to provide for her child. Enter Pete with the answer to her prayers, disguised as an indecent proposal: Spend one night in heaven with a Jaguar exec, and the account will be SCDP’s. After a drunken heart-to-heart with Don (who cautioned her against whoring herself out for the sake of the company) and an honest financial discussion with Lane, Joan named her price – a partnership – and ultimately did the deed. In the season finale, as Joan shows her fellow partners around SCDP’s potential new second floor, she marks her territory as an executive with a can of red spray paint and by wearing a bright crimson dress.
Betty’s petty jealousies got progressively worse during season five, in spite of the character’s limited appearances due to January Jones’ real-life pregnancy. The character scored a brief moment of audience sympathy when she had a cancer scare in an early episode, but she quickly reverted back to her selfish behavior once she got the all-clear. Now battling significant weight gain, Betty redirected her wrath toward Don’s “child bride,” Megan, mainly because the new Mrs. Draper is younger, sexier and Sally‘s preferred female companion of late. In an attempt to drive a wedge between Don, Megan and Sally, Betty goes all middle school mean girl by casually mentioning to Sally that her dad had a “first wife” named Anna. But Betty learns she doesn’t need to resort to childish games when it comes to her daughter’s love. When Sally panics after getting her first period while away from home, she rushes back to Rye to seek comfort in her mother’s embrace.
Ever since Roger lost the Lucky Strike account in Season Four, he has continued to wander around his professional and personal life in an aimless search for youth and relevance. The fifth season saw him with an empty appointment book, spurring him to pathetically horn in on Pete’s business deals. His second marriage wasn’t faring any better, as an eye-opening LSD trip – taken with his wife, Jane – only made the two realize how unhappy they were (their penchant for matching hot-pink towel turbans notwithstanding), and they separated soon afterward. After his brief detour into the valley of the twentysomethings, Roger turned his attention back onto someone more age-appropriate, Megan’s mother, Marie Calvet. But even Marie wasn’t interested in babying the infantile adman, declining his invitation to take LSD together. So Roger, having found yet another escape route from this thing we call life, closed out the season by dropping acid in a hotel room. Naked and alone.
To the casual observer, especially a female one in 1966, Megan Calvet Draper had hit the jackpot. In the span of one year, she went from SCDP receptionist to partner’s wife – receiving a considerable promotion to junior copywriter in the process. Her marriage to Don also garnered her a fabulous Park Avenue pad, a closetful of designer minidresses and an intimacy not previously awarded Betty: Don brought Megan up to speed on that whole Dick Whitman identity thing sometime between the engagement and their walk down the aisle. But wealth and nepotism still don’t buy happiness. Midway through the season, Megan, despite an innate knack for the advertising game, decided to resume her previously nonexistent acting career. After a few months of failed auditions and a rejected screen test, Megan asked Don for a leg up, which she got in the form of a starring role in a Butler Shoes (a SCDP client) “Beauty and the Beast” commercial. As Don walked off the set and away from his dirndl-clad wife, his detachment suggested Megan’s independence and success could lead to the downfall of their marriage.
Oh, Sally. This poor kid can’t find a comfort zone no matter where she goes. If she stays in Rye, she gets to be verbally abused by Betty and drugged with Seconal by her demented step-grandma Pauline Francis. If she goes to New York, sure, her new BFF Megan will outfit her in the latest adolescent mod wear, but there’s also the chance of Sally witnessing her other step-grandma, Marie, give Roger a blow job at an advertising gala. The budding teenager is still carrying on her illicit relationship with her kinda-sorta-but-not-really boyfriend, Glen Bishop, now a prep-school student at Hotchkiss, but it wasn’t until the penultimate episode that they moved beyond late-night telephone calls. On the most unromantic date ever at the Museum of Natural History, puberty struck in the bathroom, and a go-go-booted Sally ditched Glen for a hot water bottle and some mother-daughter bonding with Betty.
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Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate holding company perhaps most well known for its powerful CEO and chairman, Warren Buffett, has acquired 28 daily newspapers in the past 15 months at a cost of $344 million, according to this Inc.com article.
Why would a successful company buy newspapers? They’re dead…or aren’t they?
The Inc.com article discusses Buffett’s remarks to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway and his excitement about the recent acquisition of these newspapers.
I can honestly say this is one of the first positive things I’ve seen written about the newspaper industry in a very long, long time.
I think Buffett makes some key points though. Points I heard reference by my journalism teachers at Northeastern years ago.
Namely, the importance of local news.
“Wherever there is a pervasive sense of community, a paper that serves the special informational needs of that community will remain indispensable to a significant portion of its residents,” Buffett says.
I think this is a concept that is ironically proved by how powerful social media is. Social media is in itself all of these little micro communities where people share information, feelings, photos, etc. about a certain topic or idea or event.
I think newspapers have a great opportunity to become a leader of news within smaller communities. News but, as Buffett cites, not what we consider “breaking news.” Newspapers will probably never be the news breakers again, but that changed with the Kennedy assassination.
Buffett goes on to discus the challenge in making a business modle that will in fact make newspapers money, citing that the bigger papers like the New York Times have managed to make it work. I can testify that as I recently bought a subscription for my iPad.
I hope that newspapers DO stick around for some time. While I’m all about moving forward and reading the Times on my iPad, there is something very satisfying about sitting down with a New York Times and a cup of coffee.
Reason number 234987 why I love SF. Because on a typical run down the Embarcadero, the place I find the most peace after work these days, I just happened to get to see the world’s largest light scuplture in action.
While listening to all my favorite tunes getting lost in the crowds down by the bay, I happened to look up and see this spectacular. The view on a normal night at dusk is enough to make me smile through all the miles, but last night it was particularly special.
There are fewer places I feel whole then on the ocean. I wake up grateful every day that San Francisco is surrounded by the Pacific.
A new favorite covers an old favorite!
This is my favorite Bruce Springsteen song done by a new band I’ve recently really been digging. Love this classic track no matter who’s singing it but I especially like this version. Enjoy and have a great Saturday, and remember, everybody’s got a hungry heart.
The photo I was going to post today was of my brother and sister and I on Christmas morning when we were children. I will repost later this weekend, but it seemed inappropriate to do so today when the news is flooded with the loss of children.
My heart is broken for those families in Newtown, Connecticut affected by this tragedy.
I cannot fathom what makes a person want to rob someone of their life. Let alone a child’s. Let alone near Christmas. How sick do you have to be? How does that thought even enter your head?
I am so saddened and angered, feelings that are generally hard for me to come by at this time of year.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Connecticut who endured this epically tragic event.
President Obama’s remarks…
While searching for the perfect dress for my parents annual Christmas party, a past time I’ve always been a huge fan of ever since I was allowed to attend (circa 2005), I recently came across two new AMAZING, unique online stores.
Boden has a little bit of a J.Crew meets Banana Republic / Mad Men theme, only in a way that makes the clothes look very unlike a chain brand. For a throwback, classy party dress this is your site.
Now, if you’re looking for a little more Marilyn circa the President’s birthday meets Sharon Stone in Casino style, check out Richety Rack. Their holiday dresses are a little more edgier and sassier, while still be very reminiscent of the 60s/70s.
I absolutely adored Jack Kerouac’s, On the Road. Who didn’t? It wrote of freedoms most of us are incapable of possessing in this day and age. Not only due to hitch hiking laws, but because we have become dependent on routine and security.
Anyway, I’m skeptical about this incredible book being turned into a film, however this preview definitely made me want to reread the book!
Incased you missed the newly elected President’s speech last night, the New York Times has a video stream of the speech available. Below the video, the speech is transcribed in writing.
It’s an awesome way to get a recap of last night’s celebratory win. You can jump to parts of the speech and/or follow along with the speech on the screen while watching the video. It’s an awesome interactive way to relive the moment, if you want to. Just another reason why I love, love, love the New York Times.
I just came across this video of one of my all time favorite presidents, John F. Kennedy, reminding Americans to vote. His words spoke my exact sentiments about today.
“But there is one thing you CAN do. There is one way you can indicate your devotion to freedom. There is one way in which we can show how strongly we believe in our democracy…Show the world how strongly we believe in freedom, how strongly we believe in our country, how strongly we believe in democracy.”
What is most important to me on election day is that people do in fact vote. Your vote does matter. It’s a right we have in America that so many others in the world do not. To dismiss that right though it were non significant is a slap in the face to the freedoms and liberties we are granted daily.
Whether you agree with how our country’s political system works is not the issue. BECAUSE we live in a country where you can disagree with the political system if you choose, and speak openly about it, is in itself a reason to vote.
At the end of the day the fact remains that you are a ctizien of this country. If you can live here and pose your opinions about how much you dislike the country’s politics you should respect that. Respect that you have that freedom of speech. That you live in a democratic nation. That you are given the option of a choice and an opinion.
Respect those freedoms and please VOTE today!