Welcome to the Weekly Rapport. A weekly guide of things I’m reading, doing, and experimenting with. Enjoy.
Quote of the Day
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
What I’m Reading
Although my fiancé is a Physician Assistant and literally tells me first hand stories about what goes on in the hospital every day, it’s hard to develop a picture of what it’s really like. I picked up an extra copy of This is Going to Hurt that was lying around in my office (pre-COVID) and actually gifted it to Lauren. She never read it…
So I picked it up. I figured now would be the perfect time to read in-depth about the everyday thoughts and experiences of a doctor. Adam Kay writes a hilarious diary of the types of stuff he dealt with as a resident in England, and finally as an OBGYN doctor in a major hospital. It’s dark humor and sarcasm keep you shocked and laughing the entire time.
What Else I’m Reading
They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
My buddy Crow recommened this one to me. We’ve traded book suggestions to each other a good amount but this was one of the first ones I had never heard of. Shep Gordon should be way more well-known than he is. His story is remarkable and he’s a fellow Long Island kid. He’s friends with just about every famous person – from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Douglas. He managed the careers of Alice Cooper and Kenny Loggins. He single-handedly made the “celebrity chef” a thing in America after seeing how chefs were treated like rockstars in Europe but like trash in the U.S. And he’s a super nice guy. Actor Mike Meyers even made a movie about Shep Gordon’s life (trailer below).
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Quarantine 📚recommends! Shep Gordon may be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. Aside from managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Tendy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and Kenny Loggins he’s also credited with creating the so-called “celebrity chefs” we now all know like Emeril and Wolfgang Puck. #books #bookstagram #booklover #alicecooper #shepgordon #supermensch #kennyloggins #read #reading #readersofinstagram #readmorebooks
What I’m Watching
ESPN’s The Last Dance
I don’t think I really need to talk about this. If you’re a sports fan and you’re NOT watching this then get off my blog and go watch this now. Michael Jordan was and is the greatest athlete in my lifetime. I’d probably put him and Tiger Woods side by side in that statement. We can debate plenty of others, but MJ is not a debate for me. He is greatness defined. There’s no doubt Lebron is more talented physically, but Jordan is just greater.
One of the best examples of just how different he was back then compared to say, Lebron James now: In the 90’s if you became a Chicago Bulls fan just because of Michael Jordan, no one called you a frontrunner or gave you shit. It was universally understood. That’s not happening with your coworker who went from a Cleveland fan, to a Miami fan, then Cleveland again, and is now a die-hard Lakers fan because of Lebron. That guy sucks.
I don’t think there’s ever been a more univerally hyped documentary. Tiger King taking a QUICK backseat.
New Product I’m Plugging
I know the science behind Tom Brady’s sleepwear is probably total bullshit. But what’s not bullshit is how damn comfortable this stuff is. Knowing we’ll be cooped up in our homes for a while I’m investing heavily into Lululemon and “athleisure.” And the ads following me around the internet are indicative of that. But these pants are not coming off any time soon.
Good Reads Across the Internet
- How Does a New Yawker Tawk: I originally started following this from Chris DeStefano’s Instagram page (@chrisdcomedy). Granted, a lot of people are putting it on for the show, but there are some excellent New York accents in there that are legit and ridiculous.
- Bill Gates Favorite Books: Every year I read at least one book from Bill Gates’ list of favorites. Last year was Factfulness (read it now if you haven’t!) and this year’s was Why We Sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker.
- Val Kilmer on His Wild Time Shooting Top Gun: This was an awesome article about Val Kilmer (Iceman) and his time on the set of Top Gun. One of the most classic 80’s movies ever made.
- 11 Numbers that Show How the Coronovirus has Changed N.Y.C.
This Has Me Cracking Up
I Miss Sports so Much
Have a great week y’all