January 4th, 2008


Iowa Day Conclusion

The big winners of the Iowa caucuses were, on the Democratic side, Barack Obama, and on the Republican side, Mike Huckabee.

Firecracker speeches, by the way, from John Edwards, who placed second on the Democratic side, Obama and Huckabee. What was amazing about them was how inclusive and populist they were. The speeches only increased my respect for all three men.

On the other hand, Hillary Clinton's speech, as third place winner among the Democrats, was completely partisan and filled with buzz words. I stand by my opinion that she is the political machine in human form.

Mitt Romney came in second on the Republican side, but I didn't hear his speech because, like a petulant child, he decided to hold his at the same time Huckabee did.

Fred Thompson barely squeaked by John McCain to take third place on the Republican side. This means he'll probably stay in the race at least through the New Hampshire primary in five days. I expect he'll place lower there and drop out shortly after.

Chris Dodd and Joe Biden, both Democratic candidates, dropped out of the race immediately. I only caught a snippet of Biden's speech, and it was so awkward and confused I actually felt a bit of relief that he was dropping out.

Also, Chuck Norris was there!


A fantastic new lounge opened in my neighborhood this month: Deity. One of the things I really like about it is that it's inside an old synagogue that dates back to the 1800s. It lends the space a gothic, historic feel, much like the old Limelight used to have -- though Deity is cleaner. Much cleaner. It's got a really great, classy feel to it. As you can see from the website, it's semi-goth decorated, too. Black furniture, stained glass, candles, black velvet curtains in the rest rooms (along with actual linen hand towels!), really big wine glasses, etc. Pretty good selection of music too -- everything from trance to Johnny Cash -- but with a really mild, relaxed feel. Prices run a bit high (my glass of South African cabernet was $10), but they're a generous pour and manager Kenneth Oglesby (also a customer at the video store!) makes you feel right at home. He had them bring us big glasses of water with lemon wedges without our even having to ask.

Apparently the place has been three years in the making, with some truly mind-boggling excavation and renovation work required (you can see more about this on the website). All that work and expense completely paid off. I'm not usually one for lounges, but I loved the vibe of this place and will definitely be going back. I'm considering having my birthday party there in February.

New places like this tend to survive due to word of mouth, so if you live in Brooklyn, or live in the New York City area and are considering traveling to Brooklyn sometime, definitely check out Deity. It's a great place to spend the evening, or even just to stop for a drink during a Brooklyn bar hop