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This self-deprecating goofball had me three years back when he said of the moon, “It’s a beautiful planet.” For the 2017 season, Hud is the most reliably entertaining part of a Royals broadcast. And an emerging critic, too: Will our boys ever learn the nice, compact swing?
With the sad passing of Gwen Ifill a week after the election, I wondered how this team would continue to cover our hyper-partisan times. Turns out, by remaining calm and asking smart people great questions. Let cable news host the yelling matches. Judy Woodruff, Hari Sreenivasan, Jeffrey Brown and company — it seems like a tiny newsroom — tell the world’s story without a hint of pretense or swagger.
Fire & Spice Sauce
Kansas City’s Original Juan Specialty Foods got this one right. Want herbs with your heat? Smoke with your blaze? A 10-ounce bottle will last until next summer, a few dabs at a time.
Two months ago I was at my desk fishing through a bulging wallet for, I don’t know, internet passwords or something. A colleague stared and muttered: “You’ve got to be kidding.” That billfold was the size of a meatball sandwich.
I’ll plead to being a decade behind fashion trends, but my new wallet is a revelation. Three-quarters of an inch thick, tops. I get by daily with an ATM card, driver’s license, insurance ID, Hen House rewards card and a little cash. Dudes, Google “minimalist wallets” and unclutter yourselves.
TCM Wine Club
It may prove to be a mistake, as my wife and I are only four bottles into a case after joining three months ago. But we love the Turner Classic Movies channel, especially now seeing “The Essentials” host Alec Baldwin spar with a bushy-bearded David Letterman. So we’ve decided to toast this wholly pompous idea of pairing a certain movie with an OK wine.
With Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons,” we followed the club’s pick of a 2015 Welles Signature Merlot with its “velvety texture and soft tannins.” Like the film, right? Only if TCM says so. See tcmwineclub.com.