After dreaming about it, I was moved to Google-streetview the old apartment on Telegraph Avenue. It’s still there! And it’s still got the adult bookstore on its ground floor. So funny!
Those bay windows on the second floor are the ones Danny jumps out of. The tree, though, was the merest sapling when I lived there.
Dreamed that Max (my oldest son) and I were running around on the subway. And I was in an odd, petulant, resentful mood – Max was not paying enough attention to me! So at some point when he was running to catch a train, I deliberately dawdled behind so that I missed the train. And then it occurred to me that I didn’t have the slightest idea where I was. That the subway system had changed dramatically since the last time I’d been on it. I was now quite lost.
In the dream, Max was very excited because he’d just adopted Justin. (Robin’s high school best friend who committed suicide his first year in college.) “It’s a weird thing to do, I know,” he told me. “But I’m absolutely convinced I can save him.”
Weather has turned spectacular, so I’ve been spending as much time as I can outside, soaking up that Vitamin D.
The Goddess of Smartphones has got her fountain back:
She really is the Goddess of Smartphones, as you can see from this highly pixilated close-up:
Smartphones would not be invented for another 100 years when this statue was created, so credit those Vanderbilts with prescience as well as with obscene amounts of money.
RTT is a bit disturbed by the fact that his father hasn’t contacted him since his father has been in Europe.
What if that woman murdered dad? he texted.
This was the first I’d heard that Ben was flying off to Europe to meet a woman.
I found it pretty amusing that he would keep that info from me. Honestly, B – after all this time, do you think I really care?
B’s always had the capacity to get completely caught up in the adventure of the moment to the exclusion of everything else – particularly when the moment has a female costar.
I’ve seen this numerous times, but this is the first time RTT has experienced it.
I debated explaining it to him: This is the way your father reinvents himself when he finds his present reality too constraining. Likely he’s telling the woman – whoever she is – a complicated series of lies. He’s a bestselling novelist in the States! Or maybe a ghostwriter for a bestselling novelist. Or maybe a lion tamer with a traveling circus.
Avowals of grand passion will be exchanged: I never thought I would feel this way again! I don’t see how I can live without you.
At my present remove, I find this behavior almost endearing.
It wasn’t always.
But then I realized it benefits Robin in no way whatsoever to learn these truths about his father. So I texted him back, Trips are really ABSORBING as you know. I’m sure he’s fine. He’s living a life that’s outside his daily routine and reveling in it, you know?
Robin and Ben have a curiously codependent relationship in which Ben nags Robin relentlessly and continuously.
I’m sure it does feel strange to Robin to have that nagging disappear so suddenly.
But Robin is 22 years old now.
He shouldn’t need to be nagged.