I want to tell you about my DePalma.
My DePalma is the bycicle you see pictured at the top of the page. The only bike I've ridden for the past 15 years. I've regularly threatened to replace it with something sportier but I just couldn't. Until today. In honor of and in anticipation of the Ride next weekend, I'm finally doing it.
But before I send my DePalma out into the world of semi-retirement I want to tell you about how I came to have him in the first place. A kind of farewell honorarium. It's a good story. Sometimes how you got somewhere is more important than where you're going.
In the first years of the new millenium (remember that?) my 4-year old daughter and I lived in an apartment building in Greenwich Village. Built in 1929, 1 Fifth Avenue has a long and storied history, particularly because of the interesting and creative people who have always lived there. The director Brian DePalma is one of them.
At the time Brian's daughter was just a little older than my daughter Joey, and as is so often the case when you live in NYC, we all met in the elevator. The girls hit it off and the next thing you know Brian and I were making dates to take our kids swimming at the Thompson Street pool.
Now if you don't live in New York, or maybe even if you do, you may not know that there's an outdoor swimming pool hiding in the Vesuvio Playground in Soho, right between Spring and Prince Streets. Sometimes on hot summer days Brian and I would slowly walk our kids through Washington Square Park and the leafy corridors of Thompson Street to the pool, me in my bathing suit and cover up, he in long pants, shirt and ubiquitous khaki jacket no matter what the temperature. In the few minutes it took to cross Canal we would talk about all kinds of parent things. We were both older parents and I think that's what bonded us. Sometimes we would talk about being a director, he for film, me for the stage, sometimes we would talk about particular actors, but looking back on it we never talked much about work. Looking back, not nearly enough...
Anyway, one day Brian invited us upstairs to his apartment and that's when I met my DePalma for the first time. It looked like a bikelane SUV, sleek with an arching center bar and a very stable attitude. Just the kind of bike, I mused, that someone with Brian's physique would ride. It was leaning against the wall in his dining room. At the time I was mourning the death by dismemberment of my fantastic old green Schwinn, the bike I had used to take my daughter to pre-school every day, rain or shine, the bike I lovingly tried to ship to Buffalo for our first summer here only to receive it irretrievably dismanteled.
To be honest, I had a hard time imagining Brian riding around New York on this thing but almost immediately he told me that he had no intention of doing so. The bike had been in the same place since the moment it arrived, a gift to encourage him to exercise. It wasn't working. "Brian," I said, "do it! It's fun, this is a great bike." Without hesitation he said, "Do you want it"?
And that's how Brian's Windstream became my DePalma.
I'm excited to have a new bike, a real sporty thing that will get me where I'm going easier and faster. I have to admit I do feel a bit out of place wearing my bike shorts on the DePalma. But sometimes the beauty of riding a bike is not knowing exactly where you're going, isn't it? Sometimes you just have to get on and go for a ride.
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I am so pleased to announce that thanks to the matching generosity of my new team leader, Joseph Curatolo, I have exceeded my 2nd fundraising goal. Thank you so much Joseph, and for inviting me to join the Ride's #2 Team, Kids Just Want To Have Fun!!
With the $2000 mark now so close I can taste it I am writing to you once again to ask for just a little more.... With only $215 to go to reach that goal I need your positive energy, your well wishes, your cheers and, most importantly, your sponsorship. We can do this!
The Ride is only a few weeks away now and I never dreamed when I started this that I would so grateful and so excited. Come June 23 it will be just me, my bike, 26 international miles and 7,000+ riders raising millions to fight cancer. COME WITH ME! If you have not already donated please consider making a donation, size is not important!
WE CAN DO THIS!
A HUGE thank you to my friends who have already donated:
Gloria Leschen, Joanne Boris, Mark Goldberg, Amy Bonnami, Daniela Vancourova, Robin Erichsen, Scott Luksch, Mark Criden, Bruce Whitacre, Babs Glazier, Blanche Goldenberg, Katie Watkin, Rob Spillman, Betty Hyman, Cabby Bloss, Maria Scrivani and John Lipsitz, Margy Zeckhauser, Bill Abrams, Bill Clarke, Doug Taylor.
Thank you so much, you inspire me every day!
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Hello One and All!
I AM SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that I was able to reach my $1000 fundraising goal in just 5 days. I'm overwhelmed.
Thank you for your generosity, your willingness to join with me in the fight against cancer - a fight that I believe we can win - and your confidence that I can ride 26 miles on a bicycle. Participating in The Ride for Roswell is something I've wanted to do for years. Thanks to you I'm making that happen.
Why? Because 10 years ago I had cancer and I rarely think about it today. That luxury is because of the countless unseen people who have dedicated their lives to cancer research and cancer care. 22 years ago, when Mitch Flynn and Ellen Goldstein sat around hand-making flyers for the very first Ride for Roswell, it was a very different cancer landscape out there.
Today, new discoveries and cutting edge technologies are benefitting millions and I know that the Ride for Roswell has made a difference in helping to fund a whole new landscape. Your incredibly speedy and generous donations have set me on fire! and inspired me to try to raise even more - my new fundraising goal is $1500! To those who have already donated, I can't thank you enough. And if you haven't yet had a chance, please consider becoming a part of my ride. I'd love to have you along. It's a matter of life and death.
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For the first time I will be participating in The Ride For Roswell on Saturday, June 23. I have chosen a 26 mile international route, beginning in downtown Buffalo, then riding across the Peace Bridge into Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is much more than a bike ride for me, even more than my commitment to the fight to end cancer. It is in honor of my friends Ellen Goldstein and Mitch Flynn - The Flynnsteins - who worked together to create this fundraising event in 1996 and 22 years later have raised more than $43 milliion dollars towards the fight against cancer! That is a truly remarkable achievement, matched only by the beautiful expansion and international recognition that has come to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care Center itself.
The route I chose has a $500 minimum fundraising goal but I know that with your caring and generosity I can double it. So I have pledged $1000 - don't let me down! I believe that with the help of my wonderful friends I can raise critically needed funds for the cutting-edge cancer research and compassionate patient-care programs that Roswell provides. Your donation to my ride might provide the funding that the researchers at Roswell Park need in order to investigate new treatment options that can save lives - maybe our lives. These therapies can provide cutting-edge treatment choices to patients in our own community and in cancer centers worldwide.
You will absolutely make a difference in the fight against cancer by supporting our fundraising efforts for the Ride for Roswell. In fact, for every dollar donated, Roswell Park can leverage an additional $13 in new grant funding!
Please consider making a donation today to help me reach (and exceed) my fundraising goal. Together, we can help find cancer cures and save lives. And some day maybe you'll come to Buffalo and ride with me!