I finished our latest book club venture, The Sheltering Sky. Wow, what a disturbing book. I loved it and thought it was excellent, but it was very disquieting. Next up is the latest Stephen King novel, Duma Key. Reader Lisa has already started it--no spoilers, Lisa! When you're done and I'm done, perhaps we'll discuss, but until then, let's keep it on the down-low.
For whatever reason, this past week I had a craving for taco salad, the cold kind. I like the hot kind, too, with melted cheese and all that good stuff, but sometimes I want the cold kind, with non-melted cheese, kidney beans, and Catalina dressing. Does anyone else eat this? I've seen recipes for it in various cookbooks, so it can't be too much of a local recipe!
This week, Dr. Will talked about one of my Top Five TV shows, "The Dick Van Dyke Show." I'll give you my take on it from a purely entertainment viewpoint, and then you can watch Dr. Will's psychological take on it. I love the show because there is SO much goofy humor in it. Dick Van Dyke was very much a physical comedian, but he had such a sweetness about him, too. I'm not sure why I'm speaking of him in the past tense--he's not dead. But you don't hear much about him lately, and his physical humor days are past him, I believe. Didn't you just love it when they would do a charity show, and everyone would get together at Rob and Laura's to rehearse? It was New York suburbia in the '60's, in the entertainment industry world. What fun stuff for a kid from the Midwest! As people in the entertainment industry, you'd expect a certain amount of sophistication, and while there was a little of that there, mostly they were just regular people with regular friends, and plenty of quirks. I still love watching the show when I happen to catch an episode, and it still makes me laugh. My favorite episode was the one where Laura's curiosity gets the better of her, and she opens a package--addressed to Rob--that contains an inflatable raft. It's a great show. And now, here's Dr. Will's wise words about the show, and what we can learn from it: