Two dear friends that I knew when I worked at my last (and worst) corporate job — one was in essence my business partner at work and the other was someone we both met at a trade show — came to Brooklyn Wednesday just to have dinner with me. PG, my workmate, flew several hours and Vince drove several hours. They are both people I am so grateful to know and to have in my life and I can’t believe their generosity in coming all that way just for dinner with me — and the Dowager Duchess. We went out in Sheepshead Bay at a great Greek restaurant. My mother and I have been there before, and Vince coincidentally knows the owners’ son. I of course had my camera. Did I think to take any pictures of us or our meal? No! But I did take a picture of a local resident.
|ONE OF THE DUCHESS’ NEIGHBORS OUT FOR AN EVENING STROLL.
(HER PERSONAL ASSISTANT CARRIED HER KIDS IN A CLOTH SACK.)
Our table was near broad French doors that opened onto a dining patio, the street, and the fishing port across the way. At one point, Vince gasped (I think he actually said, “Holy crap!” and then apologized to The Duchess for his language. I turned around to see a guy with a very large iguana on his shoulder. My mother turned and said, as if iguanas were a very common sight in Brooklyn, “Oh, I see them all the time. He walks her on a leash.” Vince and I went outside for pictures. The restaurant owner and some staff went outside to pet the iguana. The owner of the iguana had several baby iguanas in a sack. He was selling them for $150 a piece. I offered to buy one for The Duchess. She turned me down… without even a “thank you very much.”
|THE IGUANA’S OWNER (IN THE YANKEES CAP) AND THE RESTAURANT MAÎTRE D.|
When The Duchess shopped at Trader Joe’s Tuesday morning, she returned with a Spanish Cheese Tapas Sampler to make me feel more at home. I didn’t have any. She had some on a bagel with breakfast Thursday morning. Just the way they serve tapas in Sevilla?
|THE PERFECT CHEESE FOR A NEW YORK BAGEL.|
|WHAT A NEW YORK DINER LOOKS LIKE.|
|THE BETTER-LOOKING SON AND THE DOWAGER DUCHESS.
INSIDE PARKVIEW DINER. (WE COULDN’T BELIEVE HE LET HER REST HER HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER.)