Midweek Special

Some stuff from the NY Times – weird stuff.

An article on Condoleeza Rice’s life as the single secretary of state.  The writer Helene Cooper got on a bit much, I daresay, as she wrote:

There are perils to being unattached in the stodgy world of diplomacy[…]

The single, sophisticated American secretary of state once drew notice for wearing black stiletto knee-high boots with an above-the-knee black skirt while reviewing American troops in Germany, so she is bound to attract gossip. [….]

But it took a two-hour flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week, followed by a 90-minute motorcade north up Highway 102 to Pictou County, for Ms. Rice to find herself linked to someone with similar star appeal: Peter MacKay of Canada, the single, sophisticated foreign minister, routinely named Canada’s sexiest M.P. by The Hill Times in Ottawa, and the closest thing to eye candy on the diplomatic circuit. Tall, athletic, young, blond and recently dumped by his girlfriend, a fellow member of Parliament, Belinda Stronach, who parted with him when she switched parties, Mr. MacKay does not look like your usual foreign minister.

He has a tan and the build of someone who spends his time on the rugby field, not holed up reading G-8 communiqués. Sure, at 40 years old, he is younger than Ms. Rice, who is 51, but that did not stop gossips from engaging in baseless speculating.

Even the protesters who routinely show up wherever Ms. Rice goes got in on the act. “Pete, Condi, Make Love Not War,” read one sign, carried by a grinning demonstrator who had roused himself to take a position early Tuesday morning in front of the Museum of Industry here, where the two spoke to local leaders and the press.

O.K., there needs to be a disclaimer right here. Foreign ministers rarely have a lot of alone time together. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Ms. Rice and Mr. MacKay are linked by anything more than their shared status as singletons. [….]

So, Cooper proceeds to write about how all this gossip entertains those poor bored foreign correspondents covering the diplomat beat.  But, the odd pictures of “Condi” and “Pete” holding hands (probably all very innocent) and ending the article with:

On Tuesday morning, Ms. Rice and Mr. MacKay strolled up to their side-by-side daises to talk to the folks here. “I am just delighted to have Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, here in my hometown,” gushed a beaming Mr. MacKay, wearing a pearl gray suit, pink and blue striped tie.

He switched to bad French, even to some American ears, and said something about Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline.” He mentioned Nova Scotia’s rich black history, citing the “black loyalist community, Canada’s oldest community of African heritage.”

Then, he said, “Something else I’ve learned about Secretary Rice is she loves the cool Atlantic breezes here in Nova Scotia, and she left the window open last night.” The audience tittered.

At the end of his speech, he took off his glasses, turned to Ms. Rice and said, “Please come back again.”

Ms. Rice, clad in a yellow jacket, black pencil skirt and black heels, also offered plenty of fodder. She repeatedly called Mr. MacKay “Peter” (he called her “Secretary Rice” or “Miss Rice”), confirmed the sleeping-with-the-window-open bit, and told the assembled local leaders that Mr. MacKay had introduced her to his family, including his father and stepmother, the night before.

Family is important, she said, with a sly smile, because “they remind you of the things you did when you were 5 years old.” Beside her, Mr. MacKay grinned and blushed.

Uh, ok.  This is a strange NY Tiimes article.  Are the reporters that bored?

Plus, the Times is a bit behind the times: everybody in NYC already knows that the Mets are THE team.  All those jerseys of “Wright” and “Beltran” and “Reyes” kind of prove that.  That and the whole thing about all the eyes of women in town fluttering at Mr. Wright (yes, he’s such a cutie! 😉 but I guess that means I’m not better than anyone else…)  – no, what it comes down to is that they’re Amazin’, that’s what.  That photo of Mr. Met – aww.  He seems happy.  The Times caring about Mr. Met?  That’s sweet.  Let’s Go Mets!
An article on tea and tea bags.  Me, the tea addict.  Me happy.

On the DL Again

They weren’t kidding about the Dog year not being too good for me. I picked up a really strange stomach bug Sunday night – severe chills, fever, running to the bathroom continuously. However, no sore throat or throwing up. Waiting for the doctor’s appointment at 3 today to figure out what it is.