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, California
  5. New York City

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

  1. Pergerine Espresso, Washington, DC
  2. Iconik Roasters, Santa Fe
  3. Dublin Roasters, Frederick
  4. Joe Bean, Rochester
  5. Menagerie, Philadelphia

Beloved Point Guards Of My Lifetime

  1. Avery Johnson
  2. Vonteego Cummings
  3. Frank Ntilikina
  4. Jason Williams
  5. Steve Nash

Basketball Coaches Rumored To Walk On Water

  1. Brad Stevens
  2. Quinn Snyder
  3. Steve Kerr
  4. Jim Boeheim
  5. John Wooden

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

Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

  1. Cal Pep, Barcelona
  2. Via Vai, New York City
  3. Apoala, Merida
  4. Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.
  5. La Carniceria, Buenos Aires

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

  1. Brassica, Columbus
  2. In-N-Out, Irvine
  3. Good Stuff Eatery, Washington, D.C.
  4. Melt, Leesburg
  5. Bumble Bee’s, Santa Fe

Brunch Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

  1. Milktooth, Indianapolis
  2. Brenda’s French Soul Food, San Francisco
  3. Silver Diner, Frederick
  4. Le Diplomate, Washington, D.C.
  5. Dolina Bakery & Cafe, Santa Fe

Indian Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

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

Pizzerias I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

  1. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
  2. Barbuzzo, Philadelphia
  3. All-Purpose, Washington, D.C.
  4. Pretzel and Pizza Creations, Frederick
  5. Grimaldi’s, New York City

Mexican Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

  1. La Choza, Santa Fe
  2. Cafe Pasqual’s, Santa Fe
  3. Taco Bar, Frederick
  4. La Taqueria, San Francisco
  5. El Fogon, Playa del Carmen

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. Anything at Gourdough’s, Austin
  5. Obed & Isaac’s Horseshoe, Springfield

Bookshops I Want To Live In For A Week

  1. Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
  2. Tattered Cover, Denver
  3. Collected Works, Santa Fe
  4. The Strand, New York
  5. BookPeople, Austin

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. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  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. Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke
  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. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  5. Friday Night Lights

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. Reservoir Dogs
  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. NationalReview.com
  4. TheAthletic.com
  5. TheRinger.com