Because life is too short to be mugged by reality, here is a random collection of my favorite, not-quite-favorite, and potentially favorite diversions. In fives, of course, and in no particular order.

Museums I Want To Visit Again… And Over And Over Again

  1. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield
  2. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  3. FC Barcelona Museum, Barcelona
  4. Noguchi Museum, New York City
  5. Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Museums I Hope To Attend Someday

  1. Barack Obama Presidential Library, Chicago
  2. The Museum of Bad Art, Brookline and Smoerville
  3. The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
  4. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Delhi
  5. Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Florence

Places In The World Not Named Santa Fe, NM

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Merida, Mexico
  3. Gili Air, Indonesia
  4. The Bay Area
  5. New York City

Because You Shouldn’t Trust Anyone Who Doesn’t Drink Espresso

  1. Pergerine Espresso, Washington, DC
  2. Iconik Roasters, Santa Fe
  3. Black Velvet Espresso Bar, Mammoth Lakes
  4. Joe Bean Roasters, Rochester
  5. Menagerie Coffee, Philadelphia

Because You Shouldn’t Trust Anyone Who Doesn’t Drink Nitro Cold Brew

  1. Good Seed Coffee Boutique, Solvang
  2. Zeke’s Coffee, Washington, D.C.
  3. Stageline Brewing, Frederick
  4. Backyard Beans Coffee Company, Landsale
  5. Alchmeist Coffee, Washington, D.C.

Beloved Point Guards Of My Lifetime

  1. Avery Johnson
  2. Immanuel Quickley
  3. Frank Ntilikina
  4. Jason Williams
  5. Steve Nash

Basketball Coaches Rumored To Walk On Water

  1. Brad Stevens
  2. Quinn Snyder
  3. Tom Thibodeau
  4. Jim Boeheim
  5. John Wooden

Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Cal Pep, Barcelona
  2. The Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Middleburg
  3. Apoala, Merida
  4. Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.
  5. Via Vai, New York City

Desserts I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Barbuzzo’s Salted Caramel Budino, Philadelphia
  2. Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk, Washington, D.C.
  3. Fabrica dos Pastesis’s Pastel de Nata, Evora
  4. Rapanui’s Glaciar de Coco, Buenos Aires
  5. Cal Pep’s Crema Catalana, Barcelona

Fast Casual Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Brassica, Columbus
  2. MizLala, Hollywood
  3. Vinaigrette, Santa Fe
  4. Ekiben, Baltimore
  5. Bumble Bee’s, Santa Fe

Carnivore Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Jocko’s, Nipomo
  2. JewBoy Burgers, Austin
  3. Melt, Leesburg
  4. La Carniceria, Buenos Aires
  5. Cane, Washington, D.C.

Bakeries and Pattiseries I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Sacre Sucre, Baltimore
  2. Clafoutis, Santa Fe
  3. Call Your Mother, Washington, D.C.
  4. Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery, Solvang
  5. Demasie, Barcelona

Brunch Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Milktooth, Indianapolis
  2. Rustic Roots, Burlington
  3. Biscuit Head, Asheville
  4. Le Diplomate, Washington, D.C.
  5. Dolina Bakery & Cafe, Santa Fe

Indian Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Chai Pani, Asheville
  2. Maja Raja, Cartagena
  3. Rasika, Washington, D.C.
  4. Tayyabs, London
  5. Paper Dosa, Santa Fe

Asian Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Thai X-ing, Washington, D.C.
  2. Kittiwat Thai, Frederick
  3. Ekiben, Baltimore
  4. Yu/Mi Sushi, Beverly Hills
  5. Tsunami, Annapolis

Pizzerias I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
  2. Bettina, Santa Barbara
  3. All-Purpose, Washington, D.C.
  4. Barbuzzo’s, Philadelphia
  5. Via 313 Pizza, Austin

Mexican Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Tres Colores, Santa Fe
  2. Papas & Beer, Hendersonville
  3. Cafe Pasqual’s, Santa Fe
  4. Salsa & Beer, North Hollywood
  5. El Fogon, Playa del Carmen

(New) American Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year Of Life For

  1. Preserve, Annapolis
  2. The Tasting Room, Frederick
  3. Gryphon, Savannah
  4. Thacher & Rye, Frederick
  5. Phoenicia Diner, Phoenicia

Dishes That Take A Year Off My Life

  1. The Red Hen’s Chopped Chicken Liver, Washington, D.C.
  2. The Pantry’s Green and Red Chile Breakfast Burrito, Santa Fe
  3. Cabo Bob’s Brisket Burrito, Austin
  4. Obed & Isaac’s Horseshoe, Springfield
  5. Anything at Gourdough’s, Austin

Bookshops I Want To Live In For A Week

  1. Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
  2. The Strand, New York City
  3. Collected Works, Santa Fe
  4. WonderBooks, Frederick
  5. Malaprop’s, Asheville

Most Beautiful Teams Of My Lifetime

  1. The 1998 Yankees
  2. The 1998-99 Knicks
  3. The 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team
  4. The 2000-01 Kings
  5. The 2005-06 Suns

Most Beautiful Systems Of My Lifetime

  1. The Syracuse 2-3 zone
  2. The checks and balances and separation of powers of the U.S. Constitution
  3. The Gregg Popovich motion
  4. Liberal democracies of the world
  5. The queen’s pawn opening

 Books About U.S. Presidents

  1. Washington, Ron Chernow
  2. The Audacity of Hoop, Alexander Wolff
  3. The River of Doubt, Candice Millard
  4. American Lion, Jon Meachem
  5. Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Memoirs That Read Like Novels

  1. The Speechwriter, Barton Swaim
  2. If This is a Man, Primo Levi
  3. My Losing Season, Pat Conroy
  4. Educated, Tara Westover
  5. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah

Books That Opened My Eyes And Mind

  1. Philosophy and Social Hope, Richard Rorty
  2. The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt
  3. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  4. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  5. The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt

T.V. Shows That Made Me Forget I Was Watching a Show

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. The Wire
  3. This Close
  4. The Affair
  5. Ted Lasso

Movies That Made Me Forget I Was Watching A Movie

  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  2. Life is Beautiful
  3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  4. The Great Debaters
  5. 12 Angry Men

Novels That Should Be Required Reading

  1. I am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe
  2. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  4. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  5. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier

Documentaries That Should Be Required Viewing

  1. Best of Enemies, 2015
  2. Hoop Dreams, 1994
  3. Time: The Kalief Browder Story, 2017
  4. Man on Wire, 2008
  5. Grizzly Man, 2005

Poetry That Speak To Me

  1. Lincoln Monument: Washington, Langston Hughes
  2. The Vacation, Wendell Berry
  3. This is Just to Say, William Williams
  4. The Tobacconist, Fernando Pessoa
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Web-Sites I Check 5x a Day, To The Dismay Of My Wife And Kids

  1. Chess.com
  2. Currentaffairs.org
  3. TheDispatch.com
  4. TheAthletic.com
  5. TheRinger.com