New York Fashion Week T LOunge

Posted on February 05, 2014

Lobby Bar, The Empire Hotel, NYC

Darlings, we’re heading out into the dreariest weather you could imagine just so we can perch on tiny seats next to pissed off fashion editors and watch hungry models stomp down a catwalk. In other words, it’s New York Fashion Week once again and we’re about to hop onto the Crazy Train and take y’all with us!

But travel time and check-in time and poledancing time (more on that in a sec) are unfortunately going to cut into our posting time, which means we’re leaving our kittens in the lurch until tomorrow. Thus the mid-week T LOunge, so you can congregate and come together as one in your bitterness.

And speaking of which, we had our very first reading and signing last night here in Philly and it was a HUGE success, with roughly a hundred or so Kittens showing up. We cannot tell you how gratifying it was to meet some of you face to face. And you all talked about what a wonderful community that’s sprung up here among Bitter Kittenkind. Feeling the love, darlings. Feeling the love. If anyone wants to share pictures from last night, let us know. Several people tweeted from the event and we wound up retweeting some pics, so you should check them out. Thank you SO MUCH to all the kittens who came out. It was an amazingly fun time. We wish we could do it every night.

Incidentally, you should be checking out our twitter all week long, because we’re giving you the full in-the-tents experience, filtered through T Lo eyes. Last season our twitter account was named the most influential during NYFW, with the widest reach. Yeah, that’s bragging, but it gives you some idea of how much tweeting we’ll be doing in the coming days.

Also: poledancing. We will be appearing once again on the Derek & Romaine show on Sirius XM 109 (free trial listen to be found here, if you don’t subscribe) at 8:20 PM eastern time, TONIGHT, 2/5. Any and all Bitter Kittens are encouraged to CALL IN as we’ll be chatting up our book and anything else that happens to pop up. No, seriously, you guys. Call in. 866-305-6887. We’re not fucking around here.

And, because we just won’t consider it a productive week if we don’t conquer all forms of media, we’ll be appearing on Joe Zee’s Sundance Channel series of fashion documentaries, “REVEALING” TONIGHT, in “REVEALING: CELEBUTANTE,” and as you can imagine, we have opinions on the topic.  That’s REVEALING CELEBUTANTE, TONIGHT ON SUNDANCE AT 9 EASTERN, with our big, smiling. bitch faces.

Also! Tomorrow night, FEBRUARY 6, at 6 PM, we will be doing our very first NYC SIGNING AND READING, at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren Street. NYC-area kittens, we would be ever so grateful and pleased if you braved the shitty weather and came out for a listen and to say hello. We’ll try to be fun and entertaining gays for you. We’ll wear cute outfits. We might even do a puppet show (not really).

ALSO-ALSO! Any style bloggers and such who are wandering around the tents at Fashion Week, please come up and say hello. We love interacting with the style blogging community at NYFW (in fact, it’s one of our favorite things), but too often we’ll see a tweet from some of y’all that says you saw us in the tents but never said hello. Darlings, that hurts our feelings. We’re not scary! We’re cuddly!

ALSO-ALSO-ALSO! Since we’ll be carting ourselves back and forth from the Empire Hotel to Lincoln Center  for the next week, any and all NYC kittens in the neighborhood should stop us to say hello if they see us. Hopefully, we won’t be ten minutes late for a show, but even so, we love meeting you guys!

Ciao, darlings!

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  • @Biting Panda

    4pm on a Wednesday and Uncles say to DRINK?!?! (That’s what lounges are for right?) Then by God, I’m going to drink!! I should probably leave work first, but rules are for pussies.

    • marlie

      I’m silent-laughing like a lunatic at my desk right now.

    • formerlyAnon

      Joie de vivre, that’s what you’ve got!

      • @Biting Panda

        Can my boss smell that on my breath???

        • formerlyAnon

          What are your boundaries for personal space?

        • deelup

          Peppermint schnapps smells kind of like Listerine… Not that I’ve tested it…

    • decormaven

      This week calls for strong drink. Good luck to the dear Uncles. Take a bite of the Big Apple but don’t let it take a bite out of you! Be sure to nab some fabulous show swag.

    • KinoEye

      “Rules are for pussies.” Quote of the day right there. I wish I already had the bottle of champagne I’m planning to buy after work for no reason other than I feel like drinking champagne.

      • Sarah

        I’ll toast you with my Wednesday night 12 pack of “no better reason than Wednesday to drink about 12 beers” beer.

        • KinoEye

          Ooooh, that also sounds good. What kind? I’m partial to Shiner, myself.

          • Sarah

            I am hopelessly ghetto. If it is me buying, I might get Bud Light. If it’s the Mr., we’re going with Natural Ice. In cans, of course. Quantity over quality, we always say.

          • KinoEye

            Beer is beer. Unless it’s Big Flats, the signature $3.00 beer of Walgreen’s. I don’t know what that is… but it isn’t any kind of alcohol I was previously familiar with.

          • Sarah

            OH, yeah, we tried that. It is great for making your brain feel like a dried-up walnut rattling around in its shell after peeing forty times an hour, but not so good for fun times.

          • EveEve

            Two best kinds of beer: 1. Cold 2. Free. That is all.

          • Sarah

            So true. Hence our many long-standing friendships with various bar owners and tenders in the neighborhood.

      • Anna

        Just because you feel like it is a good enough reason!

        • KinoEye

          Yes. I’m a die-hard Twin Peaks fan, and one of the reasons is this timeless advice: “I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair or two cups of good hot black coffee.” Of course, my champagne is semi-planned, but the sentiment rings true all the same.

          • Anna

            I love that too! Dying for a real drink, will just have to live vicariously through you BKs!

  • Democracy Diva

    Okay, fellow Bitter Kittens. I’m three weeks away from the bar exam but can’t put down TLo’s new book. Make me feel less guilty about this.

    • Anna

      Don’t feel guilty, I minored in procrastination when I was at university. I’d be doing the same thing!

      • decormaven

        Procrastination is part of my job description.

        • Anna

          Same!

      • demidaemon

        You only minored? You are a stronger person than I was.

        • KinoEye

          Right? I double-majored in Journalism and Procrastination. Seems like those two things would be at odds, but hey, Hunter S. Thompson made it work for him!

          • demidaemon

            I think everyone at my school majored in procrastination, but the English majors (including myself) received honors in Procrastination.

          • SierraDelta

            I double majored in Caffeine and Cigarettes and minored in English.

          • Anna

            My real-life major was journalism too :)

          • Jackie4g

            And invented gonzo Journalism along the way.

        • Anna

          Well, I was double-majoring in having a hopeless crush on and pining for the lead singer in my (at the time) favourite local band. Procrastination-related in many ways, but these were very specific areas of study.

          • demidaemon

            Indeed. I was minoring in crushing on the local 60s style straight douche and writing horrible poetry about it.

          • Anna

            I hear you. My first raked through broken glass heartbreak was courtesy of a ’60s-style douche (not the lead singer though).

      • rainwood1

        I graduated summa in procrastination, and I still use all that I learned to this day.

        • Anna

          Congratulations on your achievement! I thought about pursuing graduate study in it but decided to go with the on the job experience route, I applied it to the project I was assigned this afternoon.

    • Sobaika

      Good luck on the bar!

      • Democracy Diva

        <3 Thank you!

    • @Biting Panda

      You’re doing your brain a favor by pushing The Law stuff to the back for a bit of marination.
      And/Or it’s best to just read the book now, because if you don’t, you’ll study distracted.
      Better?

      • Democracy Diva

        That argument sounds brilliant. Maybe you should take the bar exam for me! :)

        • @Biting Panda

          I don’t want to brag, but as a child, my nickname was The Litigator. I don’t stop until I’ve won. Period.

          • formerlyAnon

            I love you as my blog sister, but I have to say you are scaring me as to what it’s like to be your parent, sibling or spouse.

          • @Biting Panda

            That’s fair.

          • decormaven

            Why am I not surprised?

        • marlie

          Biting Panda is right… you need a break from studying every once in a while anyway, otherwise you’ll burn yourself out. Good luck! xoxo

    • mjude

      you need a break every so often when you are working so hard. cheers darling, I am sure you will succeed!

    • sagecreek

      Your brain needs breaks! Seriously, studies show!

    • formerlyAnon

      Your brain needs a break.

      But I am more an object lesson than an inspiration when it comes to procrastination, so I’m not going to venture to define “a break.”

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      You’ll study better if you have breaks away from it.

    • Lilithcat

      I read Jane Austen while supposedly preparing for the bar exam. I passed. So will you!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Reading Jane is always,always appropriate.

      • rainwood1

        I believe Jane Austen is the answer to everything.

    • decormaven

      Good luck on the exam. Anything that keeps you away from mindless stress eating and/or drinking is a good thing. The book sounds like a fine way to ease the nerves.

    • Saturnine

      Oh, you’ll be as right as rain. Neurons work better when they can stretch their legs a bit. I just wish I had TLo’s book to read when I studied for mine.

      ((whisper: ***besides, we all know its the carefully-lined up troll dolls at your testing station that make you pass***))

      • formerlyAnon

        I am FASCINATED by this heretofore unknown to me testing aid. Is there a minimum number of troll dolls required?

        • Saturnine

          It was a few years ago, but I believe the minimum number of said devices is 6. The cognitive-enhancing properties of the troll doll are amplified exponentially by the number of sharpened no. 2 pencils, unwrapped-but-as-yet-uneaten jolly ranchers, and Walgreen’s tissue packs also on display.

    • EveEve

      The way I look at it, your brain needs time to tamp down all that minutia they toss at it during (shudder) Bar prep, to make room to cram more in. Not saying the new book doesnt take any brain power to read, but it does give the brain some relief, not to mention joy. What I am trying to say is that you are doing your brain a favor!

      • EveEve

        of course, it would help if I hit “refresh” more often: @biting Panda already said this!

        • @Biting Panda

          Yes, but you were more eloquent. Minutia is one of my favorite words.

          • SierraDelta

            Callipygian is one of my favorite words, but it’s unbelievably difficult to work into conversations.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            In the Lounge it is always possible to bring the conversation around to butts.

          • SierraDelta

            Well, the Uncles do like 35 cent college verbiage. . .

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Actually, I was working while studying for two of the three bar exams that I took back in the stone tablet and chisel for cuneiform days. The refresher that I remember best was seeing “Jaws” (yes, my 2nd bar exam was in the summer of 1975) the week before the test. Of course, when I then went to Charleston after that exam I wouldn’t go into the ocean past ankle depth!

      • rainwood1

        Hey, I knew there was a reason I liked you, fellow BK and JD. And obviously a masochist. Three bar exams is crazy. I thought about taking a second one, but fortunately they scheduled it for the same week as the one I had to take.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          1st bar exam taken in 1974, the summer after law school graduation because I thought I was getting a clerkship in that state with a state court judge. Job offer rescinded when the judge realized he could use the position for better political hay. 2nd bar exam taken the following summer while in the Law Department of The Soap House. 3rd bar exam taken in 1982, 8 years after graduation, because I was working for the first time at IP Central, an IP boutique law firm, and needed a NY license. Learning those 35 areas of the law for the NY bar, after practicing only IP for the previous 8 years…. well, I managed. Because I had to!

    • 3boysful

      Use it as a reward: a Bar/Bri (is that what the review book is called? It’s been a while) section, then a TLo chapter. Good luck!!

    • Elizabeth Duncan

      I avoided getting the book before the bar because I knew that would happen to me- too bad Netflix still exists.

    • Danielle

      Good luck on the bar, soon to be Democracy Diva, Attorney at Law!

      • Democracy Diva

        From your lips to the Bar Examiners’ ears! <3

    • rainwood1

      Biting Panda is right. Breaks are important to let things percolate. But my usual advice is don’t compare notes with any other bar takers during breaks or lunch or at the end of the day. Don’t discuss it until the whole thing is over, and probably not even then. Crazy is contagious, and you’ll just end up feeling bad and thinking you didn’t pass. Trust me on this.

  • Danielle

    Can I just say how much I fangirled when I saw you met Marlie? It’s like stars colliding.

    • sagecreek

      Awwwww. I want video!

    • alyce1213

      I want to meet Marlie too.

      • marlie

        I want to meet you guys too!

        • Danielle

          New avi! Love!!

    • marlie

      That’s sweet! One day all of us BKs will find a way to meet. :)

  • Sobaika

    I’ll see you nyc kittens tomorrow!! Can’t wait!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      And I’ll try to hunt you down in the BK scrum of booksigning attendees, Sobaika! Faces to names and Tom and Lorenzo as well. Quite an evening ahead.

      • Sobaika

        Look for someone miniature, harried-looking, and wearing lots of lipstick.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I have very, very short gray-to-white hair, big eyes and I’ll be wearing a large, unusual necklace that looks like ice cubes. And snow boots, don’t forget the boots…..

          • decormaven

            Someone must take a picture of this most unusual necklace- and you as well! I have such pictures in my mind as to what all of you look like. Of course, in my mind’s eye, all BKs look fabulous!

          • NDC_IPCentral

            I’m the 60+ year old that might look slightly OK if the picture’s blurry. Fabulous? Well, each to his or her own opinion! This necklace IS fun, though, and I always seem to receive compliments on it. I’ve decided that my eyes are not quite as big as my message might have suggested, but I use a fair amount of eye makeup to balance the little boy haircut. Holdover from my chemo appearance in 2012…..

    • Violina23

      Unfortunately the weather might be the final straw that totally kills my chances of coming tomorrow — my husband’s been working until all hours of the night and there’s no way he can take off early to relieve me of kidlet duty so I can trek to downtown Manhattan. I’m bummed, but such is the life of a mom with 2 young kids! Unfortunately the 7 month old hasn’t been trained to put herself to sleep yet ;-)

      Have a fabulous time, everyone, wish I could be there with all the NYC BK’s!

  • HM3

    *Le sigh.* I want your life. Sounds fab. Enjoy the week!

  • mjude

    if I was in NYC I would go out the shitty weather because it would make me feel right at home. I am with you in spirit bitter kittens! we are going to have a long week with our uncles away :(

  • Aidan B

    SO enjoyed meeting you last night, uncles! Enjoy NYFW and your NYC signing! xoxo

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      Loved meeting you too, doll!

      • Aidan B

        Maybe I’ll see you at Farmicia sometime!

  • sagecreek

    I have resisted Twitter until now, but you unks just might break me.

    • @Biting Panda

      Do it. Do it. Do it. follow me Do it. Do it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Remember, she won’t give up. Save time. Fold now. ;-)

    • alyce1213

      I broke down. I follow T-Lo on Twitter,
      Also Albert Brooks.

    • DinaSews

      Their Twitter commentary is really the best. Random thoughts and pictures make you feel like you are carrying their bags!

    • formerlyAnon

      I have two twitter accounts, mostly just follow. There’s no penalty for ignoring them until something is going on with someone you follow that want to find out about. Well, except for the part where if you never post you have no followers. But that’s not a big deal for me.

      • decormaven

        That may be my tack on Twitter. I feel like it will be a better way to keep up with the dear uncles’ FW escapades. I give them kudos for Twitter posting on the phone/IPad while navigating the lunacy of runway shows. I can’t see how they post on the web site after tromping around all day. Gives me a headache just thinking about it.

      • marlie

        I have 2 accounts too. One is private, and that’s where I actually post things and communicate with friends. I also have a public one, but that’s largely when I need to communicate with the outside world, like telling the Streets department that my street hasn’t been plowed yet.

        • Sobaika

          What is your twitter??

          • marlie

            @msatch Are we already following each other?

          • Sobaika

            We are, I was just confirming – a few BKs followed at the same time and I wasn’t sure who was who.

            Except for @foodycatalicia:disqus who thankfully has the same avatar and username across the board :)

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Yeah – I have no idea who most of the kittens are!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        What is your twitter name?

        • formerlyAnon

          I followed you. I’m a vampire follower though. I read your tweets and laugh but hardly ever contribute.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Fair enough!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Do it!

  • homespunner

    Enjoying the shitty weather in Boston right now. Please say you’ll head this way sometime during your book tour. We’re cuddly too.

  • Anna

    Safe travels and enjoy! So jealous of everyone who went or is going to the signings. I’d fly in to NYC from Toronto but my flight probably would be cancelled on account of the goddamn snow that doesn’t seem to end.

    • MilaXX

      Today we’re drowning in rain. I’m just happy to no live where they lost power.

      • Anna

        Indeed. Had the pleasure of dealing with power outages during the ice storm before Christmas.

        I normally tolerate snow, but my day started off with a spectacular fall on a patch of ice while trying to catch the bus and then getting to work to discover that I’d lost my metropass sometime during the commute. Fit. To. Be. Tied.

        • MilaXX

          Oh sorry for the tumble. Be careful out there.

          • Anna

            Thanks! I’m punctual to a fault and need to remember that being late to work sometimes isn’t the end of the world.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Do be careful-ice is not nice when it’s on sidewalks and streets.

          • SRQkitten

            Ice is for drinks, not sidewalks.

            Yes, I’m a FL girl.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Exactly- ice belongs in drinks.Period.

          • Anna

            Thanks! And yes, the only places for ice are in cocktails and tea or coffee in the summer.

        • decormaven

          Ouch! Hope you soaked in a tub after a day like that. It’s medicinal.

          • Anna

            I probably should’ve, I’m not a bath person though. I know there’s all sorts of lovely soaps and pillows and other accessories, but I just can’t get into it. But maybe that’s more to do with the fact that I hate the bathtub in my apartment. I’d love one of those glamorous clawfoot or whirlpool ones!

  • Latin Buddy

    You guys PLEASE do a full post review on the new Siriano collection?

  • alyce1213

    The dreariest weather couldn’t keep me away tomorrow. Can’t wait to see you in the flesh and hear your voices.

  • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/the-downton-abbey-dish-season-4-episode-5/ Gotham Tomato

    If you’re going to be in town tonight, and you’ll be in your hotel room, you’ll be able to see me being interviewed on PBS WLIW21′s EastEnders pledge breaks (10pm-11:30pm, though my bits are at 10:30 & 11:15). Despite a face for radio and a bad hair day I soldiered on bravely.

    –GothamTomato

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      I don’t know what the words after PBS mean, but it sounds VERY impressive!

      • MilaXX

        Public Broadcasting Station. Sort of like televisions’s NPR.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          That was the bit I understood! Thanks to the Simpsons episode where Big Bird hunts Homer. It was “WLIW21′s EastEnders pledge breaks” that confused the foreigner.

          • alyce1213

            I know the LI is for Long Island, the W’s are radio stuff. I suppose they interrupted EastEnders for fundraising breaks.
            Eta: . . . because public tv’s funding has been cut and cut and cut.

          • MilaXX

            Because Public tv is free they don’t have commercials which is where network tv makes their money, and they are pay cable channels. They occasionally have fundraiser’s where viewers can call in and Pledge to make donations that help support the station. it’s common to have special guest in the station during the pledge breaks. Typically they are somehow connected to whatever show is being shown. So an EastEnder’s pledge break likely means they are airing an EastEnder’s marathon and GT will chat about the show with the on air personalities while also encouraging viewers to pledge generously.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Thank you! That makes sense.

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/the-downton-abbey-dish-season-4-episode-5/ Gotham Tomato

        LOL, it’s not that impressive, but WLIW, channel 21 is the name of the PBS station.

        –GothamTomato

      • Lisa_Co

        It’s the Long Island arm of PBS (WLIW, Channel 21). In contrast, the NYC arm of PBS is WNET, channel 13. WLIW. Is great because they carry many British shows (like EastEnders) that WNET doesn’t show.

      • Jackie4g

        That’s the call sign of the Long Island Public TV station. WLIL, channel 21, which of course comes in as channel 17 on my system!

    • alyce1213

      Yay for public television.

    • Lisa_Co

      Ok, I watched. Are you Debbie or Susan (blond or brunette) for the station or the person ( sorry didn’t catch the name) talking more about the show?

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/the-downton-abbey-dish-season-4-episode-5/ Gotham Tomato

        Yes, I was the one with the badly frizzed out hair who is clearly not professional.

        –GothamTomato

  • Sarah

    I have a work meeting on the 20th, so despite a simply ecstatic few weeks of planning to meet other BK’s in DC, alas, I cannot make it (DAMNIT ALL TO HELL). And, because of the Target debit card scandal, my bank sent me a new card, and I forgot I pre-ordered on my OLD card number, so my book didn’t ship yesterday, and I had to re-order with Amazon. THWARTATION IS MINE. Gasp. Sigh. I shall imagine I’m at NYFW with T and Lo being smashed up against sweaty celebs and wishing I had one billion more dollars to my name for all the clothes I want to buy fresh off the runways!

    • decormaven

      Dreaming is free. Indulge yourself!

    • kimmeister

      Aw man, expectation postponed! I got a new bank card thanks to the Target hacker thing too, boo! And it was literally the one time all year I used my debit card at Target, I normally use my Target card to get the 5% discount but needed cashback that day. But, I never saw any fraudulent charges, so at least there’s that.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, me either. I was like “wtf you sent me a new card? I didn’t ask for that.” And then my old one stopped working one day, so I called them. They said “didn’t you get the new one we sent you? There was a letter explaining why we sent it that arrived separately.” I told the lady I don’t open mail, because ain’t nobody got time for that. She seemed to think I was an idiot. She might have been right.

        • formerlyAnon

          I do that not opening mail sometimes. ‘Cause I’m busy, right? And 90% of the time you know what’s in that envelope and know you don’t need it At All. But. Yes. Empirical evidence shows that there will inevitably consequences, if you let the not opening go on too long. (I have run multiple longitudinal studies, all of which confirm this.)

          • Sarah

            You are correct. I have also done these studies. I suspect that my former lifestyle as a subversive drifter has filtered down to small acts of rebellion like not opening U.S. mail (scandalous!) and refusing to pay parking tickets (egad!) Rather weak tea, I’m afraid.

          • formerlyAnon

            My former sister-in-law’s ex-husband (how’s that for modern marital ties?), back in the day when not all the parties involved were even married yet, got stopped for a speeding ticket. Except, when they ran his license plate and found he had thousands of dollars in unpaid parking tickets, he didn’t get a just a speeding ticket. He went to jail and his car was impounded. I don’t know if they do that everywhere, but I remember it every time I get such a ticket.

            (edited for not making sense)

          • Sarah

            I got my license revoked to drive in GA (where I went to college the first time) for having too many unpaid parking tickets. I had moved away by that time, though, and never went back. I keep it to one, now, usually a $10 “meter expired” type thing, so that I can feel harried every time they send me a reminder in the mail, in bright yellow – then RED – envelopes. Nobody feels like a badass with a boot on their car, however, so I try to avoid that eventuality.

          • formerlyAnon

            Must be a GA thing. A friend left Georgia for 12 years with several hundred dollars in unpaid tickets, and when she returned and tried to get a driver’s license, her old one was suspended and she had to clear up that little matter before getting a new one. She, however, had managed the mail and moving thing so she had never gotten the notice so unlike in your case, it was a total surprise.

          • Sarah

            It was kind of a surprise for me, too. The car was registered to my parents, so I got a msg from Mom (stationed in San Diego) left at my friend’s house (I was on tour with the Dead) telling me that I owed an ungodly amount of money and I couldn’t drive in GA anymore. Good thing I wasn’t heading back there…

          • formerlyAnon

            Girl, if I’m ever in the (Richmond(?) area – you needn’t confirm or deny) we are having drinks. On me. I live by the theory that there is no one without an interesting story if you just figure out how to ask. I don’t think there’s a wrong way to ask you.

            Just slip that “I was on tour with the Dead” in there? For a year or so I used to hang with roadies when we all came home to our parents’ houses between tours in their case, school & jobs in mine. (Back when the earth was cooling and we were all very young and broke.) I can think of at least 6 ways to be on tour with the Dead. Stories worth hearing accompany each.

          • Sarah

            So down for drinks, my friend. I confirm Richmond, and I’m a dyed-in-the-wool homemade patchwork hippie tour kid, so that’s what’s up with that.

          • formerlyAnon

            Hot damn.

          • MilaXX

            Philly is $25 after 7 days if you don’t pay the fee goes up.

          • MilaXX

            I religiously avoid getting and if need be pay parking tickets immediately because Philadelphia Parking Authority are the most low down bastard scum on the face of the earth.

          • Sarah

            Richmond doesn’t really give a crap. But, I feel you. Savannah (see other posts) is BRUTAL.

          • MilaXX

            Philly was bad enough to be on that reality show Parking Wars. I once saw a meter guy ticket and out of town car 5 mins before the meter expired and when the woman walked up to him and complained he walked away telling her to. “fight it.”
            They are scum.

          • Sarah

            For real – complete and total scum.

        • kimmeister

          I open mail, but my problem is not opening email. I forgot that I had switched to a paperless bill from AT&T and then wondered why I suddenly got hit with a late charge for not paying it for 3 months. I think I saw the AT&T email but figured it was spam, so deleted it. That’s why I went back to killing trees by getting the paper bill in the mail.

          • Sarah

            Um, yeah – email. I have seven email addresses – I think. One of them is from my college. I just was checking it, for the first time in weeks, and there was a rather stern email from my History of Furniture professor telling me that I have not contacted him since the beginning of the semester and if I don’t then I’ll be dropped from the class. I’ve been working on the paper that’s due at the end of the week, but I guess I forgot to actually introduce myself to him…oops.

    • formerlyAnon

      “Thwartation”
      Word of the week!

    • mjude

      girl, I would love to pour you a drink.. name what ever is your poison. so I will live in my fantasy world this week while our uncles are gone. hey Milaxx please join us! stupid target, I too have a new card & number.

      • Sarah

        Southern Comfort and ginger ale, please. With a lime, if you’re nasty ;)

        • mjude

          I am polar vortex nasty :)

        • @Biting Panda

          Ugh. Just reading the words Southern Comfort made me throw up in my mouth a little. It’s been 20 years, but the effects of the last time I drank it (it being the entire bottle) still send my body into revulsion.

          • Sobaika

            I once had such an abominably overdone night on Jose Cuervo that the mere mention of it gives me the shudders.

          • MilaXX

            My poison was Ouzo. I rarely get hangovers, but this one gave me such an awful one even my teeth hurt. The only booze I ever swore never gain.

          • Sarah

            Well, indeed – upchucking a beverage does turn one off of it. SoCo for me is something I came to late in life, through boozy lingerie-filled nights with the mister, so I don’t have any bad associations. I cannot, however, consume rum (heinous barfing all over high school pal’s upstairs while her parents had a hurricane party in the yard) or tequila (heinous barfing followed by UNCONSCIOUS URINATION – more than once!) You see now why I stick with friendly beer.

          • SierraDelta

            Cold duck. It was a horrid, cheap, syrupy sweet, “wine” popular with impoverished students and dinosaurs when I was in college. Biting Panda, Sobaika, and Sarah, your memories are NOTHING compared to mine. *shuddering violently and trying once again to block out those parts of the ’60s and ’70s college experience*

          • Sarah

            Ha. Familiarity with the Cold Duck is something we also share, unfortunately. And no, I’d prefer not to have any more of that, either.

          • formerlyAnon

            Cold Duck. 1977. I recall . . .

            Though my worst hangovers have been red wine and gin (separately and together) , and I keep coming back to each. Sometimes it needed a bit of a break, I admit.

          • SierraDelta

            *moaning softly and free associating* Gin. Mother’s ruin. Fraternity parties. Mystic punch. Sarah’s heinous barfing. . .

            How did we make it out of the ’70s?!

          • formerlyAnon

            Good luck, good genes, good friends?

            And in my case, having a low tolerance for interpersonal drama and a streak of control freak in me. Or, as one of my dear friends said to me “You know, I don’t think hallucinogens are going to work well for you.”

          • SierraDelta

            *snort!*

          • formerlyAnon

            Dammit. Now I’m thinking about gin. Gin & soda, lots of lime. Mmmmm. I love that smell.

            Time to close out the open documents and go to bed. Tomorrow is another day. And gin now will not improve it.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            My worst ever hangover was strawberry margaritas. I bravely got back in the saddle.

          • formerlyAnon

            That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Or, maybe not. But stronger than a strawberry margarita!

        • decormaven

          Martinis are off my list after a long, long ago college Halloween party. Shame, because I love the barware.

    • demidaemon

      Yeah, my mom also got caught with that scandal, only it was with her actual Target credit card. I feel for you.

      • Sarah

        No biggie, except now I don’t know my pin (separate mail I didn’t see/open) and I have to memorize a new card # for impulse online buys when I don’t have my wallet on me.

        • demidaemon

          I know how that is. I was mugged years ago and lost everything, including my debit card at the time. I still actually haven’t replaced my SS card, which is something I should really do but dread. The only good part of that whole experience (besides recovering the bookbag the assholes took with my wallet) was talking to the nicest customer representative ever to get it all replaced. Luckily, at the time, they let me keep the same pin for some reason.

          • Sarah

            I don’t have a SS card or a birth certificate because my parents got robbed when I was out of the house but my pertinents were still stored with them. I didn’t care, but it does become a problem when you’re getting a passport, because they will not take a copy (even a notarized one) at the passport office. Pain. In. Ass. I did NOT have friendly customer helpers during that. Glad it was better for you!

          • kimmeister

            You talked to a helpful, nice customer service rep? Was it wondrous, like seeing a unicorn?

          • demidaemon

            Oh yes, it was a magical moment, like waking up from a nightmare to go surfing on a rainbow. And it has never happened again.

          • Sarah

            Heeeey. I AM in customer service. And despite my snarky online nature, I am sweet as can be in person. Not that any of these ungrateful jerks deserve it. (Haha)

          • kimmeister

            You are clearly a unicorn in cat’s clothing.

          • Sarah

            I dunno, if I was on the phone, it would be different maybe. I represent the Public Library: Bastion of Democracy, Literacy, and All Things Right With The World, so I have to be nice. I have to admit, I’ve been so incensed with telephone reps I’ve actually been known to foam at the mouth, so it is a whole other level, I guess.

          • kimmeister

            Oh yes, I am totally directing all of my animus at the phone reps (not that I do it when actually on the phone with them).

          • formerlyAnon

            I am always shocked when someone in a library is less than helpful and gracious. It happens so rarely.

          • formerlyAnon

            I had to produce a SS card to work for someone whose grant money came from the feds last year. I was like, REALLY? I have decades of tax returns, driver’s license, passport, my SSN is in my institutional records, YOU NEED TO SEE THE DAMN PIECE OF CARD STOCK???? But they did. Replacing documents and getting new ones is harder (more documentation required) and easier (online forms) than it once was. Don’t stress, but really, spend a little time on it when you can. Or you’ll be kicking yourself when you’re setting up a book signing for your novel in Montreal.

          • demidaemon

            I know. I had to use my passport for my work forms when I started my current job. However, that is now out of date as well. I really need to get this paperwork situation sorted out. I HATE PAPERWORK.

          • formerlyAnon

            Try to think of it as a present to your future self, who will not be rushing around doing twice the paperwork and paying expedite fees. (Yeah. Doesn’t work that often for me, either.)

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Well I am disappointed for you that work will keep you from meeting BK’s in DC, and how frustrating to be dealing with the Target card mess.Aargh

      • Sarah

        I was not dealing with it – the bank dealt me the mess haha. The missing TLo in DC is far worse. I will be wracked with disappointment that day. I truly have no way out of it, or I would lie & cheat to get there, believe me.

  • MilaXX

    Be safe. Stay warm and tweet until your finger bleed! We live vicariously through you guys.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    How about a T LOunge pic with the actual TLo in a lounge, drinks in hand, for once? Yes? Being in NYC makes that opportunity convenient.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Yes! A TLounge selfie! Even if it’s just sitting in front of the minibar in your hotel room.

      • decormaven

        I like this idea a lot. Better make use of the minibar- many hotels are removing them and looking for other forms of revenue stream.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          The £6 pack of pringles has definitely had its day.

    • 3boysful

      yes, please!

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    A friend in Germany posted the most amazing looking drink on Facebook this week – hot hard cider, whiskey, cinnamon and caramel syrup, topped with whipped cream. I think a round of those would go down well!

    • Sarah

      Oooh..yes, have some.

    • Lilithcat

      That sounds perfect for today’s (this week’s, this month’s, this entire winter’s) cold and snowy weather.

    • marlie

      I’ll have a double, please.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        The one she posted seemed to be served in a pint glass. But a double seems reasonable!

    • marlie

      Also, I know exactly what I’m going to be stocking up on, just in case we get MORE snow this weekend.

    • Jackie4g

      Given my druthers, I’d go for an Irish coffee.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I’ve never had a good Irish coffee. I like coffee, I like whiskey, I like cream but somehow together they don’t work for me. Do you have a secret recipe?

        • Jackie4g

          Alas, no recipe beyond knowing it requires Bushmills or Jamiesons. There are several Irish pubs in the immediate area, and I enjoy the drink there.

    • Danielle

      Jack Daniel’s came out with a poor man’s version of this a couple of months ago. It’s in a silver bottle and made to be heated in the microwave and sipped.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Was that the Winter Jack? That sounded great, but I never saw it on sale over here.

        • Danielle

          Yes! I never saw it on sale here either, but that’s no surprise since we can’t even buy wine in a grocery store.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            It was such a shock when I moved to the UK and saw rows and rows of wine in the supermarket. You don’t get that in Australia either!

  • demidaemon

    Man, I don’t even know what to say. Have fun, guys, drink lots of fluids, and stay warm. Going weather for the next five days is : SNOW.

    Also, I have had perfect attendance for the past four weeks of classes and a notorious no-show come in for a tutoring session. My coworker and I feel pigs may be flying soon.

    • formerlyAnon

      FOUR WEEKS!?!?
      Tell the truth. You slaughtered puppies during the first class and told them it could be them, right?

      (No, I don’t really think you’d do that. But I do think the pigs are already aloft. You just haven’t spotted one yet.)

      • demidaemon

        To be fair, there are only nine of them and they only have to show up once a week, but still. I had worse attendance last semester with only six students. By the end, I was down to two.

        No, I didn’t slaughter puppies. I could never do that. To tell the truth, I feel like I’m entering the Twilight Academic Zone.

    • SierraDelta

      I live in Minnesota, so I consider “snow” to be a four-letter word of the grossest kind. There have been winters with such profuse amounts of frozen water deposited in my driveway that I have been unable to clearly enunciate the simple sentence “I am going outside AGAIN to shovel snow” — it always comes out “snovel show.”

      • demidaemon

        That’s probably what it is for the rest of your family and neighbors: a snovel show.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Oh, I didn’t see your home-base reference before I posted above. We’re not neighbors, alas.

        • SierraDelta

          We’re the western outpost for each of our families. Mine are primarily in northern NJ, but my husband’s are in NY — we have a brother-in-law and a niece and nephew in White Plains, and my late father-in-law was a school superintendent in Dobbs Ferry. We’ve endured many a holiday driving back and forth across the GW Bridge, with a mother at each end burning dinner to protest the amount of time we’d spent with the other’s family. . .

  • tallgirl1204

    so, did anyone else listen to the Tim Gunn interview on Fresh Air? I so appreciate Tim’s willingness to talk about his teenage struggles, and his heartfelt plea to kids to “get help” if they need it at the end of the interview brought tears to my eyes. He is so charming. And dang it, but those big words he uses seem to be entirely unscripted.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Am planning on listening to it tonight at 9; had another commitment at the 2PM airing here.

    • kimmeister

      Did he use his go-to words, viscera and obfuscate?

    • Lilithcat

      No! I didn’t know about it. But I just checked, and I can listen to it on WBEZ’s website. Or the re-run tonight. But I usually watch Chicago P.D. then, though I could catch that tomorrow on On Demand.

      Decisions, decisions.

    • SRQkitten

      Yes! I heard it most of it on the drive home, the one time when my wretchedly long commute pays off. I <3 Tim even if Under the Gunn is not perhaps all it might be. He was so honest about his teen years and I loved the mental picture I had of him at Woodstock! (Yes. That Woodstock!) Terry Gross does a great interview.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Tim Gunn went to Woodstock?? I cannot believe it.

        “Hippies? Gather ’round please! It’s a rock concert first: You only have 5 hours to smoke this truckload of pot. Make it work!”

        • formerlyAnon

          Apparently there was a group of them from the private boarding school he was at that time attending, and they were all in SCHOOL UNIFORM. (he is very gracious about his parents, but it sounds like a “more money than healthy emotional connection” deal).

    • formerlyAnon

      I just heard it. He really was astonishingly forthcoming for someone who presents such a correct and controlled face to the world. And you could hear in his voice that at some points it was emotional for him. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Teri Gross ask an interviewee more than once to let her know if they were uncomfortable with her questions.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Snow day at IP Central; the weather here in Westchester County was just too treacherous for the office’s personnel’s commuting. I baked German ginger cookies that are still perfuming my apartment — mmm!

    Hoping to noodle down to the B&N booksigning in Tribeca tomorrow night, but weather will be a factor in the decision. It sure will affect the footwear and outerwear, as I know it’ll be slushy, snowy, treacherous at the curbs and cold. If I attend, I’ll be looking forward to meeting other brother and sister BKs. Yow… faces and real names to attach to Disqus handles – how unsettling!

    • alyce1213

      I’ve already resigned myself to snow-worthy boots.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      If you go, sensible, safe snow boots with good tread will be a necessity-sometimes fashion just has to go by the wayside.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Oh, B3, those sensible waterproof boots with a serious tread are all ready for the wearing; they’ve been doing yeoman’s duty all week. Boots are not my preferred footwear in any event, uncomfortable on my high-arched, high instep feet, and too darn warm. But the sturdy ones as bulwarks against the slush and mounds of snow – my besties.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I hope you’re able to attend the book signing tomorrow-with your sensible boots!

    • Lisa_Co

      Make sure the subways are running NDC. The West side lines (#1,2 & 3) were suspended for hours this morning.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I know, I know! I was hearing that and realizing that I’d have to use the 4 or 5 and do some walking if I can’t use the 1 or 3. Thank goodness for HopStop!

        • Lisa_Co

          NDC the #2 also goes to Chambers st. Express, same as the #3. As for me, we live on RSD at 95th St. And it is a MESS up here. The sidewalks aren’t too bad but every intersection is an ankle deep lake; our car is totally snowed in due to the plowing). Given the conditions (which are supposed to get very icy tonight) I don’t know if I’ll make it tomorrow:(

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Some great apartments up there! Yes, the 2, too.

            Lisa, the crummy going underfoot is part of what is giving me pause about the trek from Westchester south. And let me tell you, years and years ago, when I worked in the City and was a much younger sprout than I am now, I crossed 48th or 49th at Lex when the street was full of deep puddles and stepped into a hidden deep pothole that took me down – I had back spasms for months. Caution on these treacherous streets is the watchword. Hope you can make it; I’ll have to leave work around 4:30 to arrive in good time, but… well, we’ll just see. If it sounds polar apocalyptic I may have to resign myself to fond memories of meeting Tom and Lorenzo back at Emmett McCarthy’s in December 2007.

  • Pennymac

    God,I wanna be in New York!!!!! Love you guys! Smooches!

  • kimmeister

    Dang it all to heck, I recently switched cable/internet providers and no longer get the Sundance channel, although I apparently get every single Latino channel on earth.

    • Coolekat

      That is funny. Had a similar incident years ago :)

    • Sarah

      How dare you indeed! Haha. Poor Japanese lady. She should find her local Japanese market and chat them up. I have one around the corner, and I go there because I used to live in Japan and I love to eat certain foods that only that store carries, but I can’t speak Japanese, and I feel bad that the lady who runs the store can’t talk with me, really. Unless I wanted to ask her where the toilet was, or something else highly rudimentary.

      • SierraDelta

        I got my first job out of college in Chicago. I have an interchangeable Irish face, and men I always suspected were IRA fundraisers used to buttonhole me on the street, trying to guilt me into contributing to charities in “the old country.” When I refused (it was the ’70s and I was taking home $97 a week), they’d swear at me in Gaelic. I’d come right back at them with The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, delivered in my most sorceress-cursing-you-and-your-family-for-untold-generations-to-come voice, at which point they’d usually slowly back away, looking for a less cranky Irish Girl Walking to target.

        • Sarah

          Wow, I’m impressed! I’m Scots-Irish, but nobody has ever regaled me with Gaelicisms.

        • kimmeister

          That’s awesome. I’m imagining the sorceress voice to be akin to that of Maleficent when she turned into the dragon.

          • SierraDelta

            Ah, if only. . .

            The last time I heard spoken Middle English was on Sleepy Hollow last fall. Tom Mison’s accent, however, is way better than mine.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            You’re in Westchester? We’re neighbors!

      • kimmeister

        You used to live in Japan? Color me intrigued . . .

        • Sarah

          I’m a Navy brat. I was there from 89-92. I enjoyed it very much, but I lived on a base, so I didn’t really get immersed in the language, which is not exactly easy to “pick up.” Esp since most Japanese folks speak English and all the signs are in both languages.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      How funny! A friend of mine, born in the Philippines but with a very mixed ethnic background, gets that all over South East Asia. Doesn’t matter if it is China, Thailand or Malaysia they all have a go at her for not speaking the local language.

      • kimmeister

        My being Vietnamese but not looking it is very confusing for all Asians, it seems. I had an airport screener in Taiwan get mad at me for not responding to his command that was given in a language I didn’t understand. In Vietnam, vendors nearly pooped their pants when I answered them in Vietnamese after they’d spoken to me in broken English, since they all thought I was Korean or Japanese.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          I admit that a couple of times I have been thrown when I have seen an Asian-looking person and then they’ve started speaking French. Don’t know why the diaspora should be more surprising than seeing a Greek-looking person speaking with an Australian accent but it is a bit.

          • kimmeister

            You should see how the Latino community looks at me when I bust out perfect Spanish. :-D But I’m guilty of it too. In college there was a Brazilian exchange student in one of my classes with Japanese ancestry, and it tickled me excessively to hear English with a Brazilian accent come out of a Japanese face.

    • Saturnine

      You must have a friendly, let’s-go-have-coffee-and-chat, face. Those are good.

  • MarieLD

    This BK is sure she’d be too nervous to actually meet you in person. But I always feel happy when I know you guys are in New York (native NYer, mom’s doctor and hospital were on Fifth Avenue — I tell my mom that’s why I love shopping so much). You probably won’t get to wear those nice shoes you pictured too often. It’s so bloody slushy here. And “they’re” predicting 3″ or 3′ of snow for this weekend.

    • marlie

      Don’t be too shy! TLo and the rest of the bitter kittens are totally sweet!

      • Sarah

        Is that your head?? New Avatar!

        • marlie

          Finally, right?! Yes, that’s my head. :)

          • Sarah

            Heh. Nice dome :)

  • Wendi126

    Oh youngerthanme uncles, it was such a thrill to meet you last night! You are both so handsome and genuine, and I would share the pic of us. Tom, your family sat right behind me and I could feel them kvelling. Wonderful night. Great accomplishment. And I hope you got out of town without incident. The weather is indeed frightful.

    • formerlyAnon

      Knowing that family was there to enjoy TLo’s success is the BEST THING I’ve heard about the book release and attendant poledancing.

      (Which probably just proves that I am a mom & know what it’s like to be happier over my kids’ successes than my own.)

      • Wendi126

        I have two sons, one of whom is a writer and I wanted to turn to Tom’s mom (Tom looks like his mom) and say you must be so proud!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          You should have; I bet she’d have been quite pleased. Who doesn’t enjoy a heartfelt, genuine compliment?

  • unbornfawn

    BK’s who aren’t lucky enough to be in NY with our beloved gay uncles, are you reading the book? Am very busy but have finished two chapters and TLo’s voice comes through loud and clear and have gotten some good laughs out of it.

  • alyce1213

    My copy of the book was just delivered! It’s cold from the truck, maybe I’ll wrap it in a lovely scarf.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Coat porn for books!

  • Jacquie

    I was one of the Bitter Kittens at the book signing last night. It was so exciting to meet Tom and Lorenzo. They were fun, witty and totally down to earth. Made me lpve them even more. Plus, the book is awesome!

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Boston Bitter Kittens be sure to call Mr. Barnes and Mr. Noble and insist that TLo be brought in to cure our snow-day blues! It is absolutely not ok for them to miss us on the book tour.

  • Anna

    My order just shipped, HOORAY!!! That confirmation just turned my day around.

    I also had an eventful visit to my physiotherapist. She works out of my gym and there was a fire alarm (didn’t end up being serious). We were grabbing our stuff when an employee comes in declaring, “Ladies, there are firemen coming into the change room!” Got a good chuckle when a large number of ladies cheered the firemen’s arrival rather than get changed faster.

  • Kate4queen

    I’m all confused now, for a moment I thought it was Friday!! Now I do need a drink. LOL

  • Qitkat

    I have to pop in and out quickly tonight. Busy gathering my stuff and suitcase to go to my little three day outing at the Sewing Expo.
    And the BOOK did indeed arrive today, and looks wonderful.
    On the other hand, I went out without gloves, accidentally and nearly gave myself hypothermia and frostbite while pumping gas. That fast! Painful, but all is OK. We have been in single digits, and below zero for wind chill here in BroncosSadVille. But I know some of ya’ll may have lost your power, so I is a-counting my blessings.

    Oh my God TLo, what an awesome, overwhelming week you have in front of you! Best of luck guys, with everything. I will be flashing your book everywhere I go.

    • Sarah

      Yay for Sewing Expo! Have fun!

      • Qitkat

        Thanks! I will report in later in the week or weekend.

    • formerlyAnon

      You deserve your Expo break, enjoy!

      • Qitkat

        I agree ;) thanks!

  • Pamela Wess

    I soooo want to go, but I’m likely going to be at work, which happens to be right across the West Side Highway (so if you’re in the mood for some BBQ afterwards, come to Blue Smoke). Maybe they’ll cut me! Fingers crossed!

  • little_miss_strange

    God dammit WHY do I live on the west coast. Everything seems to be happening over there on the east coast right now. I WANT A FUCKING PUPPET SHOW.

    …… Okay I’ll settle for just seeing you fabulous bitches in person. You get on that publisher’s ass, you get your asses out of that cold weather and get on over here to California. Right MEOW.

  • Julaine Haraden Morley

    West Coast reporting in… just watched Revealing Celebutante, loved your commentary & faces, and look forward to your book being a fabulous success!

  • demidaemon

    So, I just finished watching the Top Chef finale, which had wholly disappointing results and I hope to god RPDR has a better conclusion or this years reality competition show results will be 1:4 with my winner taking it. (So, far, regular PR is the only one I stand by for this season’s crop). the bigger news, however, is that Peter Pilotto is doing a collection for Target and there were commercials. I know how I feel about PP, and how the BK consensus feels about PP, but my question for the community is, have you seen the commercial and would you buy his stuff at Target prices?

    • kerryev

      I am a sucker for the box store-designer collaborations and this time thought ‘great, I can finally sit one out.’ In the commercial I kind of could stand one blouse. Then I went and looked at the Target press site and found way too many things I might be buying on Saturday. No kidding, there are a bunch of pieces that just don’t fit the Frankenlabel I’ve come to expect from PP.
      (I’ll post the link separately since I imagine TLo has no time for vetting comments right now.)

      • demidaemon

        Not that I’m the target audience or anything, but I did find the commercial weirdly riveting. I don’t know. It was as if he could take direction! I’m really afraid pigs might be flying all the time now.

    • rainwood1

      I was so disappointed in the Top Chef finale that I actually yelled “Oh no!” when they announced the winner. I rarely yell at the TV, but this was too much. Such disrespectful behavior in the kitchen and dining room by the winner, alone, was sufficient reason to lose. My theory is that whoever Tom Coluccio wants to win will win regardless of what the other judges think.

      • demidaemon

        Originally, I was going to disagree with you, but now I am not so sure. I can’t really say what happened, except that Nina’s last two courses seemed to have many more mistakes than the total some of Nick’s. It’s the only way I can handle it, though it does seem weird that he would push for Nick so much in the finale, seeing as how it seemed like he hated Nick by the time they were getting ready to select the final three.

        I still think Nina should have won. If only she had that ice cream machine…

        • Jacob Bowen

          I am just super upset by all of the people claiming that they are going to boycott Top Chef since Nick won. To me that seems like it’s invalidating all previous winners’ wins because they all claim that Colicchio just picks who he wants to win regardless of anyone else. Stephanie Izard has the BEST restaurant and her food is FANTASTIC, and her win shouldn’t be nullified because people are upset that Nick out-cooked Nina in the finals. I am pretty sure Padma has a say, because having seen her in interviews and when she’s mad, she seems to take a stand for herself.

          • demidaemon

            Oh, I totally agree with you. If you are going to boycott a show (say PR, for example), boycott it because of the way the entire show is set up, not because of the result. Nick won. Whether or not you agree with that result–and which we must depend on the judges and guests opinions for–is no reason to boycott the show. Top Chef has the most consistent judging of any reality competition show. Each challenge is judged separately from the rest. In this case, Nina, who had been a force to be reckoned with, just made too many mistakes to win and her positive output could not override that. Thinking about it now, knowing that it is a majority vote, and reading both Gail’s and Hugh’s blogs, I have to say that probably, in this case, Nick won fair and square. Do I wish Nina would have? Hell yeah. Am I going to boycott the show? Hell no. It’s a bit childish. I always compare it to a MMO I play, where people on the forums constantly threaten to quit over minor changes. It’s easy within the anonymity of the internet to make such threats, but I seriously doubt these people will actually go through with it. In other words, go cry in a corner and get over your self.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Amen. I mean, I for one actually liked Nick (partially because I have a crush on him…looks only, not his attitude) but I did LOVE Nina, especially with Travis when they were their little clique. She was an AWESOME chef and unfortunately made one too many mistakes on the last challenge. And Padma did say that it was the closest finale ever. People have FOUGHT me over saying congratulations to Nick…they do need to wear the dunce cap and shut their mouths.

          • demidaemon

            I actually supported him up until Stephanie was eliminated. He is cute, but that challenge’s results was hard to stomach, even though the same thing has played out in just about every other reality competition show. It always seems like the supposed frontrunner either gets too overly ambitious in the end of makes one too many mistakes. Like I said above, if only she had an ice cream machine…

            But Nick deserves the congratulations. He won the contest, and had some great dishes throughout.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Yeah, that whole Stephanie situation was unfortunate, but I understand why he didn’t give his immunity up. I mean, I feel like I’m a very nice and genuine person, but in that situation, where a win can MAKE a career, that’s an awfully hard decision.

  • rainwood1

    The insurance company has decided to cover the insanely expensive drug my husband is now on, and to reimburse us for the $10,000 we’ve already paid for a 1-month supply. Drinks are on me!

    Oh yes, and “Go Hawks!” That’s apparently the new way we say goodbye in Seattle.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Fantastic news! You must be so relieved.

    • decormaven

      Congrats indeed. Celebration time for sure.

    • formerlyAnon

      HOT F&CKING DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      This is hands down my BEST vicarious thrill for the week. (Sorry TLo, I know you’ll understand that The Book had to be demoted.)

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      That is great, great news!

    • Sabin

      I don’t post a lot, but I have read about your husband’s saga, and in a just so thrilled for you! Great news.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Delighted to learn that your insurer believes in health, not merely its bottom line. May your husband thrive under his treatment regimen.

  • kittentoes

    Let’s see, I’ll have all of it. With a bendy straw.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    MY BOOK IS HERE!

  • SewingSiren

    How I wish I could go to one of your book readings and signings. Unfortunately they are all a bit to far, believe me I’ve clocked the driving distance. I have driven more than 900 miles in a day , if it were only a one way trip it would work. Sad face. But super happy for you two. Have fun at Fashion Week. Looking forward to the pictures.

  • Jessica Freeman

    So happy for the Uncles! I finally delved into my book last night and love love love it. So many congratulations for you both!

  • Therese Bohn

    Have fun, boys!

  • alyce1213

    Not sure where to post this, but: Just came back from the reading/signing at B&N in NYC. Tom read “Attention Whoring,” which was quite hysterical. Such a treat to meet them in person and hear them speak.

    Tom & Lorenzo — THEY’RE REAL AND THEY’RE SPECTACULAR!!

    • Lisa_Co

      Had to miss it. Did you meet alot of BKs?

      • alyce1213

        Just a couple of BKs sitting near me. (I think we’re mostly a shy lot.)

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Too doggone shy — would have loved to have met you. I was the one engaged in the prolonged hug-fest with Lorenzo on the dais.

          • alyce1213

            Aw. Regrets now. I was in the second row, made the first comment after the reading.
            I was looking around at faces, trying to guess.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Jeepers, I was in the 2nd row, too – down at the open end. I think you and I were actually only a few seats apart. Ice-cube necklace and very short, boy-cut gray hair, that was me.

          • alyce1213

            Ah, I saw your head! I don’t think I got a look at the ice cube necklace, though.
            Speaking of the MTA, the bus outside my door took me right to B&N and back, which was a lucky break because I live where there’s not much public transportation. It was such fun!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, Lisa, for the #2 line tip – it was far more efficient to go GCT, S and then #2. I even managed to scoot north and make the 8PM Harlem Line train on the reverse. While the Warren St. Barnes & Noble may have been a bit far downtown for some, the public transportation servicing the area made the location very accessible.

        • Lisa_Co

          Glad it worked out for you. Had to miss the event – between the weather and having to deal with a stroke my FIL had 2 days ago it just wasn’t a good day to go.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Well, doggone, another BK with a name whom I didn’t meet last night. Of the handful of BKs with whom I spoke yesterday evening most said that they were lurkers who didn’t have Disqus handles. I did meet Jessica W, though, who was a lovely person.

      And I did wear my ice cube necklace. Praised by many!

      I should have just stood up and said, “Hey, BKs, we need to go down the line here (as we were lined up for the signing) and introduce ourselves.” Then again, that B&N handler running the show (did she ever smile?) clearly was very inflexible and probably would have done a Putin at spontaneous interaction.