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. The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  3. FC Barcelona Museum, Barcelona
  4. American History Museum, Washington, D.C.
  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. World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis
  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. La Colombe, Washington, DC
  5. Soap Company, Jacksonville, IL

Beloved Point Guards In My Lifetime

  1. Avery Johnson
  2. Vonteego Cummings
  3. Frank Nvitlina
  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

Restaurants I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

  1. Cal Pep, Barcelona
  2. Olio, St. Louis
  3. Apoala, Merida
  4. Indigo, Washington, D.C.
  5. JamonJamon, Obidos

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. Clafoutis, Santa Fe

Pizzerias I Will Give Up A Year of Life For

  1. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
  2. Menomale, Washington, D.C.
  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. Taqueria Habanero, College Park
  4. La Taqueria, San Francisco
  5. Taqueria Moroleon, Springfield

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

 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. Politics, Aristotle

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 Usual Suspects
  5. Ben Hur

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. Lord of the Flies, William Golding

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. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, William Williams
  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. CleaningTheGlass.com
  5. TheRinger.com