The girl from Ipanema, Notoberfest, Joe…
So all this Argentina talk got me to thinking about Rio de Janeiro and how we probably ought to get back there sometime. On the couple of visits we made, we hooked up with Jose Carvalhos, who was running the private car service out of the Inter-Continental on Sao Conrado beach. Having a driver in a place like Rio makes a lot of sense because you get transportation and security, along with a lot of insight. Part of the security stems from the fact that you tend to blend in with the locals a lot easier if you don’t show up on a tour bus. Rio is a great place to be relieved of your valuables, so that’s important.
Anyway, the subject of “the girl from Ipanema” came up in our conversation and Jose said that not only was she still around, but she was still quite beautiful — which is darn good when you’re in your 60s. I’m guessing that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s pal in Buenos Aires is quite a bit younger and that it’s only a matter of time before some enterprising papparazzi will be fleshing out some of the details on that, so we’ll all have to keep an eye on the grocery store tabloid covers for a couple of weeks. In the meantime and still speaking of South American women, here’s a 2006 picture the actual “girl from Ipanema” who inspired the song when she was 15. She’s shown with her daughter — and as Jose indicated, she’s held up very well:
As for Governor Sanford, well, Sen. John Ensign should be thanking him profusely… … For single-handedly taking Ensign out of the news by having a much more intriguing storyline.
Joe the Plumber appears at the Plaza tonight, but I think I’ll be blowing that off in favor of “Notoberfest,” which is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club featuring food, live music and lots of fun at the Granite Peak Sundance Ski Chalet on Rib Mountain from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. For more info, go to:
Tickets are $25 a pop, which is not too bad, as these things go. So maybe we will see you there and in the meantime, I leave you with a shot of Rio from Sugarloaf, which was well worth the price of the cable car ride to get it and there was even a live monkey working the crowd at the first stop.
“Tall and tan and young and lovely the girl from Ipanema goes walking…”