Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More donations

I would love to be a fly on the wall when the guys at Housing Works open the bag of donated clothes that includes two cassocks made by the papal tailor, Gammarelli, and one pair of glossy gunmetal polyurethane pants. You could wear them together, but the pants wouldn't show unless you wore the cassock unbuttoned....



Margot Gayle, Urban Preservationist and Crusader with Style, Dies at 100

Monday, September 29, 2008

30 Years of ties and 3 weird suits

Why have I not thrown out a single tie since the early 1970s? Viewed together, they are like cross sections of rock understood by geologists as indicators of different eras, ice ages, cosmic disturbances, and fossilization. I present them here in no particular order. Some were gifts from friends and staff. Some were my own choice. I felt obligated to them all. Swatches of cloth whose only purpose in life was to be pretty. Some succeeded more than others. Some had seasons of attraction longer than others. One or two of them never once left the closet. Some of them served faithfully to cheer the dreary world of work. Some of them were stained with coffee and lunch. Even those, I did not have the heart to pitch. I would dab at them with a wet sponge, ruining the silk for harsh light. Off they all go now to Housing Works, where ironic young men will match them jauntily with denim and sneakers, in order to accent what they might say about Kafka or Beuys.

Not pictured are the ones I will keep. The more conservative Brooks Brothers rep ties of my recent years. The Valentino, Hermes and Longchamp foulard prints from Paris that are forever rich and classic. And, a certain hand-painted one from C.

Unrelatedly, I am also pitching three weird suits acquired in three separate moments of vacation induced madness. The one on the left is totally iridescent. The one in the center is entirely silk. All three have huge padded shoulders and have never once been worn. I can't imagine who might want them, but I once did, and if they soon end up in a landfill, I doubt that I will have accrued any bad karma.

As I say goodbye to thirty years of ties and three weird suits, I do not feel that I have learned much of a lesson about the spending, the sporting, the clinging, the looking and the strutting we all do. The lesson I do feel is the one about giving it up, putting down baggage, laying to rest the past and not looking back. Learning that the words about these things are more valuable and enduring than the things themselves. Still, I hope I never lose these photos. Every few years, I may want to click on them to feel their full humor and horror and to enter the memory that all those brightly colored workday nooses carry, of co-workers and meetings and promotions and tensions and coffee and major reports due tomorrow and demanding bosses and politics and the glorious grinding halt and now from far away a plastic bag stuffed with it all and set next to the door. Lucky, free me.








Sunday, September 28, 2008

Barney Frank to the rescue.

From the outside looking in, it seems rather clear to me that an openly gay man is literally saving America.

I met him briefly at a New Year's Eve party in Provincetown. Having a mouthful of cheesecake, I said "Mffppynoo!"



(photo: Lauren Victoria Burke/Associated Press)

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

I laughed. C laughed.

Here's Nelly's husband, Bert, with back-up.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Nelly's Garden

Just what I don't need. Another fun read. Got here via a google search that washed up on my site meter.
Nelly is a 55 yr old menopausal woman in Ireland and interested in gardening.
She's got a potty mouth and her blog is exactly as old as mine.
And what a fine mind.
And, she's got an ear for everyday dialogue just like someone else we all know.
She makes me determined to use the word wee more often.
And, finally, the "favorite movies" listed in her profile are Repo Man, Shrek, Midnight Cowboy, Pulp Fiction, American History X ,Mama Mia!

Whoa, Nelly.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sound familiar?

C and I, preparing for our upcoming vacation in Buenos Aires, have been reading guidebooks including the Buenos Aires City Guide of the Lonely Planet series in which you will find this startling bit of history:

As an economic crisis deepened into a recession, voters turned to the mayor of Buenos Aires, Fernando de la Rua, and elected him president in 1999. He was faced with the need to cut public spending and hike taxes during the recession.

The economy stagnated further, investors panicked, the bond market teetered on the brink of oblivion and the country seemed unable to service its increasingly heavy international debt. Cavallo was brought back in as the Economy Minister, and in January 2001, rather than declaring a debt default, he sought more than US$20 million more in loans from the IMF.

Argentina had been living on credit and it could no longer sustain its lifestyle. The facade of a successful economy had been ripped away, and the indebted weak inner workings were exposed. As the storm clouds gathered, there was a run on the banks. Between July and November, Argentines withdrew about US$20 billion from the banks, hiding it under their mattresses or sending it abroad. In a last ditch effort to keep money in the country, the government imposed a limit of US$1000 a month on bank withdrawals. Called the "corralito" (little corral), the strategy crushed many informal sectors of the economy that function on cash (taxis, food markets), and rioters and looters took to the streets. As the government tried to hoard the remaining hard currency, all bank savings were converted to pesos and any remaining trust in the government was broken. Middle class protestors joined the fray in a series of pot-and-pan banging protests, and both Cavallo and then de la Rua resigned.

Two new presidents came and went in the same week, and the world's greatest default on public debt was declared.

The peso devalued rapidly and people's savings were reduced to a fraction of their earlier value. In January 2002, the banks were only open for a total of six days and confidence in the government was non-existent. The economy ceased to function: cash became scarce, imports stopped and demand for non-essential items flat-lined. More than half of the fiercely proud Argentine people found themselves below the national poverty line: the once comfortable middle class woke up in the lower classes and the former lower classes were plunged into destitution. Business people ate in soup kitchens and homelessness became rampant.


This story has a happy ending, with Argentina eventually settling its US$9.5 billion international debt in 2006. Still, inflation went crazy. The only thing that saved Argentina was international tourism.

Is it wrong to fear that New York City might be plunged into rioting and looting if nothing is done to stop the dominoes from falling in our current crisis?

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Tomorrow on Bilerico: "Can you love a gay priest?"

You will have to jump over to Bilerico tomorrow after 2PM to see my response to this letter:

From: XXXXXX
Email: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
IP: XX.XXX.XXX.XX

Message: Dear Father Tony,

I recently read something about a closeted gay pastor. After decades of service, he is being told to leave after coming out to his superiors. He is having to give up his job because his church decided he wasn’t fit to serve solely on the basis of his orientation. His choice was to be true to himself or fulfill his calling. We can only guess the pain and questioning he is experiencing.

What are your thoughts on gay clergy? What hope does this man or any LGBT person have in today’s religious climate?

Faithful Reader


Update: Here's my response.

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Beware the Single Daddy

Olivia Judson on androgenesis*. What she doesn't say is that the day will come when this won't be a fast route to extinction. The scientists of the future will allow for genetic recombinations that will make sex unnecessary. Men will reproduce alone, as will women. They will form two tribes. Eventually almost two different species. There will be strife. War. A battle for dominance. Which sex will gain the advantage and survive while the other one disappears? (This result I will probably not live to see, unless there are other concurrent medical advances that increase our life expectancies well into the next millenium.)

*And, Mr. Clinton, you'll be gratified by her definition of sex:

Sex, to get technical about it, is the mixing of genes from two parents to make a new individual that has a genetic contribution from both. Asexuality thus refers to any of a number of forms of reproduction that involve only one genetic parent.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Outing Mark Buse

First, pick your coverage:

Joe(fascinating comments)
Michaelangelo Signorile
blogactive
Daily Kos
Bilerico

Then, decide: should he be outed or not?

The interesting aspect of this situation is that it is more about Mark Buse than it is about McCain. Buse is the one we are after when we talk about hypocrisy. We know what McCain believes. What is unacceptable is the fact that a gay man would carry his train.

It is quite clear to me that we who are OK with outing this guy would feel the same way even if he were the Chief of Staff for Obama.

I know something about the thrill of being highly placed and closeted in a powerful organization that considers some people to be second class, and, that is homophobic. You really have no choice if you want to regain your integrity. You have to leave it.

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Taking it to an extreme

Talk about a bridge to nowhere. NSFW.

I am not sure I quite understand how this surgery is done. Is it turned inside out in the way that you turn a sleeve inside out? Or, is it sliced lengthwise with halves then flipped over so the external sides are facing each other. How is the urinary function either maintained or rerouted? Does the glans end up at the sunshine or the shadow end of the new business? Also, when an inversion placed inside gets erect, isn't there the risk that it will stab some nearby vital organ? Does anyone know a medical site with diagrams that can help me visual this? (Don't worry, baby, I'm not considering it. I'm just curious about how it is accomplished.)

I wonder how many men would be aroused by such a creature. I wonder how many actually pay him for sex. If he still has a reversed 8.5" dick, as he claims, does it shoot blanks, and if so, in what direction?

I wonder about medical ethics when I read about people like him. If I went to a doctor and said that I had always felt like more of an amphibian than a human, could he conceivably web my fingers and toes and still keep his license? What if I told a surgeon that I had always felt like an eggplant trapped inside a man's body, and would he please remove my appendages and smooth my surfaces and fill in my crevices and color my skin purple....

Thinking about these things can really help us get to the heart of what essentials define an individual and what are merely accidentals. Personally, I might be among those who would be able to have sex with this guy depending on how he used the entire composition of his identity. His total "personhood" would either make or break the desirability of his topography.

Fashion Trend Alert - Cuffed Jeans

Fashion is largely an attempt at amusement through affectation and application. Its statements are sometimes also signals that, unlike the mythical phoenix, mutate when resuscitated. "Cuffed jeans" are a good example of fashion's modified messaging. In the 1950s, the exaggerated cuff was the mark of a young male prostitute working in New York City. Those cuffs probably telegraphed "I'm young, a hayseed, poor and wearing hand-me-downs from taller older brothers." Today's cuffage telegraphs "I'm young (or, would like to be considered such), moneyed and hip enough to know exactly how wide my cuffs ought to be."

Caution: do not confuse cuffs with rolls. Rolled jeans signify the proximity of high water, a bicycle or Mayberry. Cuffs are a deliberation for those unconcerned with the bail-outs of financial institutions or whether or not Frank Rich's coinage of the word truthiness meaning political mendacity will catch fire.

Caution: these cuffs should be applied exclusively to long legs. The short among us will not be permitted to adjust the width of the cuff proportionally.

Caution: cuffed denim shorts, like smallpox supposedly eradicated worldwide, reappeared on the streets of Manhattan toward the end of the summer. Black suited men jumping out of Crown Victorias snatched the guys wearing these off the sidewalks. I think they have it under control, but we won't know for sure until next summer.

On Saturday, on Bear Hill in Central Park, Ned cuffs:


Nick also cuffs:


The kids, Corey and Matt, still in knickers and therefore unable to cuff, were delighted with a new tee shirt from Lululemon that changes color wherever you chew it.

I myself own two Lululemon tee shirts. One has silver threads that supposedly absorb odor. They do. I smell like a locker room when I wear it. The second one was marketed as being made of seaweed. This was exposed as a hoax. I am remorseful when I wear this shirt. It is indeed a Lulu Lemon. I don't shop there anymore.

With no regard for appearances fashionable or un, our group fell into its usual shenanigans


Darkness surprised us, its equinocturnal army claiming our unguarded citadel while we were in a nearby valley throwing the frisbee. I think that next summer we will modify this game. The frisbee will be thrown from one group to another (rather than from one Sprite-addled blogger to the next) with individual teammates fighting for it. I suggest we call this new game "Catch the Bouquet".

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hence the phrase

Hence the phrase "Holy Toledo, that can't be right!".

Friday, September 19, 2008

Last day

I found this bit of ephemera on the beach this morning. It will be gone with the high tide, and so will I.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Later today, on Bilerico

You might want to go here after 2PM to see how absurd I can be when writing against a weekly deadline while sun-and-fun-addled here in Ptown.

It's called

The feet,
Of Rene Magritte,
In the sand,
With friends at hand.


I don't care how absurd it may be. I got it done.

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Not everything in this town is beautiful

This what you get when you apply Brutalist architecture to Cape Cod Style. Take note of the Brutalist mailbox station in the foreground, the irritating juniper rugs that never quite cover the dump-it-and-fuhgetaboutit mulch, the pre-cast retaining suburban mall-wall, and the positioning of the car parking apron front and center.

This complex is aptly named "Gale Force".

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Provincetown grammar

I took a close look at this apocatastrophe hoping that the speck in front of the "s" would turn out to be just a bit of dirt, but unfortunately....



Also, the "s" isn't needed because the sign refers to a single intersection.

Here's something odd. Both of these were in a public restroom in the center of town. I cannot come up with any expla nation for this very curio us spa cing.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I sometimes wonder

I do sometimes wonder, while I'm plunked down on the sand working on one of these, if maybe I see everything prettier than it really is. Was Pollyanna invincibly certain by nature that the world is wonderful, or is hers just another form of rage against all things broken, imperfect and dismal? Anyway, this is what I saw today.

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Walk. Slowly.


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Monday, September 15, 2008

I'll finish it tomorrow

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Two beautiful, wonderful women of Provincetown

When I first started writing stories, I would print out a section of something and trot across the dirt road from our house in Provincetown to Kelly's house where I would toss a few folded pages onto the driver's seat of her car. I don't know why I singled her out for the responsibility of being the taster who tells you if you've added too much salt to, or have undercooked something, but I did. Maybe I trusted her judgment. Maybe the sound of her glorious laughter from the far side of the high hedge always made me want to know what she had just heard. Made me put down the spade, leave my garden, and cross the road to her. Maybe it was the far away places in her clear blue eyes that seemed to hold open old photo albums, and to sit on the porch beside her was to be invited to slowly turn the pages of those albums and to find myself among the ghosts of a family we have all known too well and a home we have all shared and never left. She seemed to have had the nonsense burned out of her by whatever previous life had tossed her up onto these shores. I think we had that in common. She wasn't a goofy sitcom neighbor. She was simply wise and kind and fascinated with everything and everyone around her. And the thing that I do not understand is the fact that I always wanted to be sharper, funnier and more dazzling when I was with her, even though she was never judgmental or pontifical or demanding. It was just so much fun to delight her.

In those days, Luanne, her partner, was still living mostly In New Jersey where she had a career and two kids to raise. Having successfully discharged those responsibilities, she is now in Provincetown year round. They make a gorgeous couple, and to see them again after an absence of several years is grand. (Kelly is on the left in this photo.)



Kelly has written a book called Jack of Nine Tales. It is about her cat, Jack. I who am not at all a "cat person" love this cat. Jack would frequently saunter into my garden and leap up onto my shoulder to watch me grill a piece of salmon. Other times, he'd come over while I would have a book in my hand. He would collapse on the sunny stones of the patio next to my chair and stretch himself out with all paws in the air, as if to say, "I am bored. You got new?" Jack had charm and I often found myself talking to him, I am sorry to have to admit. I'd ask him where he had been and for details about what everyone else was doing. When I opened the sliders, he was in the house in a flash, and I knew that he was familiar with the interior of every other house in the vicinity and that it was probably a good thing that he could not talk.

Jack is still living with Kelly and Luanne. In addition to his book, there are "Jack" stuffed animals and a line of "Jack" accessories.



Some folks are fond of talking about the differences among LGBT people. About the differences between the gay men and lesbians who live in Provincetown. About who has control of the town today. About how the lesbians kept the place alive during the earliest years of the AIDS epidemic. About how the east end is for them and the west end is for us. These two beautiful, wonderful women prove that this is worthless chatter, and more than the sky and the sea and the wealth, Kelly and Luanne and Jack are what this town is all about, and why I still miss it.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

I had forgotten why

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Easy is the descent into silly.

BJ is on the couch here in Ptown and he reads aloud the following:

She died the year after her arrest in a badly lit jail cell.

My prognosis:

"Yeech. There is no amount of punctuation that can save that sentence."

We make the grand promenade down Commercial. Nothing much has changed. Stopped to chat with many old friends. More tomorrow. Meanwhile, here is my traveling companion priming his pump and chatting up a potential vacation fling:


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Friday, September 12, 2008

An important speculation

The Brazil Nut. Doesn't it have a real name? Surely they call it something more familial, more endearing, more personal in Rio. Consider the pecan which is North American. Maybe it is referred to as the America Nut elsewhere, but we certainly would not call it that in Peoria. Right?

Delightful slice, dice and ice.

The ladies of The View sliced and diced John McCain and iced his wife Cindy on their show today. Even the conservative bimbo set him up on Roe v Wade.

Find a video of the session because the transcript is not enough. You need to see Barbara Walter's face. You need to see Whoopi freak out about what McCain said about the Constitution. And, you need to see the totally non-verbal freeze-job they did on the woman who would be First Lady.

Best political interview of the season.

Update: You can see it here on JoeMyGod.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Provincetown again

On Saturday, I'll be driving the Smartcar (and Miss Daisy) to Provincetown for a week. I will bike, kayak, draw and remember. Anyone gonna be there?

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Voting for skin

Tonight I watched the "Presidential Candidate Forum on National Service". One of the commercial sponsors was an anti-wrinkle product with Retinol. Both of the candidates wore heavy make-up. I am so disappointed that neither of them would wave away the make-up artist saying "Let them see the real me."

I want a scrubbed and unscripted and unvetted candidate. I would like a candidate in a tee shirt and jeans who is so focused on our national problems that he doesn't have time to knot a tie or apply deodorant or get a haircut. I just want him to be clean. In every way. And strong. And efficient. And to think of things that I have not thought of.

Oh well.

Read this today

If you read anything today, read this.

C pointed this out to me knowing that I rarely get to the opinion columns in The Times. Roger Cohen says it all. I hope it is not too late.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thursday on Bilerico: $10 sex you will never forget

You will have to go to Bilerico at 2PM tomorrow to find my response to the following letter:

Hello,
I read about you first on Joe.my.god and now more regularly on Bilerico. I visited your farmboyz blog today and read "The Pepsi Challenge".
I am surely dense on this but can you tell me what is that "a favorite turnstile venue" ? A name and/or address too :)

tank u
--
baophac@gmail.com
===
bão - to keep, to hold, to embrace
phác - natural, innocent, simple

Here's the answer

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Men's Fashion Alert

The cardigan sweater will be Fall's darling, with the elongated and belted models able to bridge the season by performing as one all-weather layer out of many that will move a man from indoors to sidewalk to vehicle and back in adjustable comfort. This one by Ralph Lauren is nifty but costs $1450 more than I'd be willing to pay. (I have a black wool cardigan with seriously caressable black buttons. It was made by the Pope's tailor, Annibale Gammarelli. I'll be wearing it shirtlessly at The Eagle.)


Accessories made of real or simulated crocodile will be everywhere. There's something happy about the patterning of crocodile hide. Those young rakes who would be sardonic and irreverent will choose it in white.


Long have I lusted for a pair of blackish jeans with a polished finish, and that are crinkled and glisten like oil cloth. On Sunday, they found me. They are made by G-star, and they are the only new jeans worth buying. Admit it. You already own enough jeans. You need an exceptional reason to part with a sack of money for yet another pair, but that is what I did. C and I got on our bikes and coasted down fifty blocks ( with me yelling at the taxis and tourists) of Broadway to the G-star store where a very sweet and young Miguel guessed that I had a 30" or maybe 31" waist....I thanked him and said that we probably ought to start with the 33" ones but he wouldn't hear of it and I left with a pair of 32X30s that Miguel promises will not shrink. He was adamant about this and said that he would personally buy them back if they did shrink and that he'd give me his number to back up this promise. This made C snort. Here's a photo from the G-star website. I've got two words for those among you who might think my acquisition is age-inappropriate.


The nerdiest of plaids are back in town, as are the puffiest of parkas, but some things must not be dignified with photos. Also, it is a sign of cultural poverty, but there is no denying the yawning fact that black is the new black.

Speaking of plaid, I am wistful about the old Abercrombie & Fitch. Before they killed it. Many years ago, I walked into an A&F store and saw a classic plaid shirt that I coveted. The salesman came up to me and tried to be helpful but I assured him that I would never pay that much money for a plaid shirt. He told me that the quality made it worth the money. I agreed to purchase it and asked for a "large" while grumbling about the fact that it would probably shrink down to a dollish size. He gave me the "medium" and told me that A&F shirts do not shrink or fade and that if I ever had a problem with the shirt I could certainly return it. He was absolutely right. I love that shirt. It is indestructible. It has never faded or shrunk. I bet they can't say the same about the stuff they sell today.


While on the subject of the classics, here I am with Eddie, proving that even in the Carhartt store, if one has fashion sense, even brutalistic detachable hoods seem to fly off the shelf.



Finally, the resurgence of the pea coat, which began last year, has now acquired hurricane strength. I'll soon be trotting out my authentic British navy model, purchased at an army/navy store for less than ten bucks many years ago.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Narchitecture!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

I'm wondering about three things

1) What do dogs think? I just know they are thinking something. They have opinions. Grudges. Feelings. they pass from this world with no protest. I want to learn from them, but they do not teach. They only show.

2) The seedless grape. Can any greater servitude to the human race be imagined than the production of fruit without seeds? How are more of these plants generated given the fact that they fire blanks? Does each seedless grape plant resent us? Do they feel like the eunuchs in the court of Cleopatra?

3) Sea water. I know we can't drink it, but why not? Some salt is good for us. We evolved from sea creatures. How could we have lost our relationship with sea water? It doesn't seem to follow the rules of evolution. What is in sea water that would kill us? Is it poison?

On Saturday night, at a party on Horatio Street, I had a spirited and exclusive dialogue with a reknowned author who thought my wondering about these things to be quaint. He also dismissed my desire to believe in some sort of god and some sort of afterlife. He is seventy-five years old and facing his mortality with both agile hands on all the gears of his brilliant mind, but when I asked him why he continued to do good in this world given his beliefs....

Friday, September 05, 2008

A Temporary Marriage of Convenience

There's something fascinating unfolding at Bilerico for those among us who can handle some lengthy posts and comments that are intelligent and thoughtful on the subject of LGBT unity and division, feminism and trans people (and that would be all of my readers).

First you ought to read Bil's post in which he admits to knowing not as much as he would like to know about feminism and trans people in order to better inform his writing. The comments are a graduate course in LGBT issues.

Then you should read Bil's follow-up post and the comments in which we discuss the nature of the LGBT community and dissect/dispute its unity.

I think that for a long time we have been afraid to admit that we gay men really don't have much in common with lesbians and trans people. You will find in my comments on Bil's posts that I feel that all the facets of the LGBT diamond together make for brilliance but that we are soldiers from different hamlets, recruited for a common battle which, when over, will allow us to return to our separate ways.

I know at least one rather well read blogger who turns up his nose at Bilerico saying that it is boring. I disagree. Focus, dear, and pay attention for longer than it takes to hit the bridge in a Neil Sedaka tune.

PS: don't miss the comment in which I am accused of being Andrea Dworkin.

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Smart New York

I think the SmartCar folks are trying to suck me into their cult. The following three items are from "Issue 15" of their newsletter. (Regarding the parking incentive, I doubt I will ever use it. One of the advantages of owning this car is wedging it into a tiny streetside parking space that no one else can negotiate).

NYC parking specials for the smart fortwo

The smart fortwo was built for cities around the world. Its small size allows urban dwellers to easily maneuver heavily congested streets and squeeze into the tightest of parking spots. People are starting to take notice of those customers who make responsible vehicle choices like the smart fortwo, especially as an urban solution.

Recently in New York City, Meyers Parking, the owner of parking garages near popular Manhattan attractions, has reduced its parking prices by 50% for smart fortwo owners. If you live in the tri-state area you can enjoy reduced parking rates at the following locations:

Madison Square Garden Area
218 W. 31st Street/225 W. 30th Street (between 7th and 8th)
212.736.8233

340 W. 31st Street (between 8th and 9th)
212.594.1915

Javits Center
323 W. 34th Street/334 W. 35th Street (between 8th and 9th)
212.279.7310

Broadway/Times Square
141 W. 43rd Street/146 W. 44th Street (between 6th and Broadway)
212.997.7690

Empire State Building/Midtown
9 W. 35th Street/12 W. 36th Street (between 5th and 6th)
212.268.8572

Upper East Side
154 E. 87th Street (between 3rd and Lexington)
212.722.6500



fashion fleet: the ultimate urban trunk show

Club Monaco, a global fashion brand, and smart USA are collaborating to bring inspiration and design to the urban professional with the launch of FASHION FLEET: The Ultimate Urban Trunk Show. The fleet showcases a caravan of chic Club Monaco designed smart fortwos and fall fashion, courtesy of Club Monaco.

The Club Monaco smart fortwos, ten in total, will feature images from the newly launched Fall 2008 Club Monaco Campaign as well as the brand’s iconic black and white crest. The Fall Collection and campaign were inspired by the idea of the downtown aristocrat who brings uptown elegance a downtown flare.

The partnership will launch during Fashion Week in New York City with the ultimate urban trunk show. Club Monaco designed smart fortwo vehicles will cruise New York City streets making stops at the landmark Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week locales. 75 lucky New Yorkers will receive gift bags with iconic pieces from Club Monaco’s Fall Collection at each stop, including cashmere scarves, sunglasses from the newly launched collection, statement jewelry and small Italian leather goods.

The ultimate urban trunk show will debut on Sunday, September 7 in the Meatpacking District and will continue with stops in SoHo, Wall Street, the Flatiron District, Midtown and Bryant Park on Monday and Tuesday during peak lunch-time hours. In addition, Club Monaco’s 57th Street Store window will be dedicated to the partnership throughout Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featuring a unique design and one of the Club Monaco designed smart fortwos.

The Club Monaco and smart USA collaboration generates a design philosophy that marries functionality and style; tradition and modernity. The result is a dynamic partnership that is not limited by age, price or location. It’s about iconic style.




New York/New Jersey Lookout

The smart owners group from the New York and New Jersey area just had their second meeting at the State Line Lookout at beautiful and scenic Palisades, NJ overlooking the Hudson River. Ten smart owners made the trip to celebrate their unique cars at the state border. The owners showed off their radios, antennas, cargo organizers and vanity plates - everything that makes them enthusiastic about their new smart fortwo.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tomorrow on Bilerico: "If you see something, say something?"

You will have to go to Bilerico on Thursday after 2PM to find my response to this letter from a parent who wonders about the merits of outing a teenager.


Dear Father Tony,

I’m in a quandary about limits.

I have a colleague whose teen son is acknowledged by his school friends to be gay. My kid says “everyone knows.” But since my colleague has said nothing, I have no idea if he knows. I’m willing to show him I’m supportive, but is it appropriate for me to say something? Is it possible that the boy’s father doesn’t know what all the boy’s friends know and seem to accept? Or, if the father hasn’t come to terms with his son’s sexuality, should I mention “in passing” supportive comments about acceptance?

And on a related but theoretical note, what would you do if you have a friend and discover that the spouse of that person is gay? Do you say something? To whom?

I don’t know where the line is between helpfulness and intrusion. I would really appreciate your take on this.

Perplexed

UPDATE: Per BJ's request, here's the answer.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Fashion trend alert

If, on a hot and sunny Labor Day weekend, while walking about Manhattan, one spies several anger-twinks wearing black and white keffiyeh (sometimes called "Arafat scarves") loosely about their necks and over tee shirts, obviously as accessories rather than for warmth, one might assume that a nascent fashion statement is being made.

This be odd. These twinks are not muslim. They have no urgent political opinions, but they must have something to say because they waddle down the street like malnourished ducks quacking into their cell phones. I bet they think they've just discovered a clever use for a Williams-Sonoma dish rag.

The keffiyeh are messy and fall off their little shoulders, fluttering in the breeze like threadbare bureau scarves by an open window in a cheap hotel.

Pale tee shirts, low jeans and brightly colored Vans either checkered or depicting musical heroes such as The Beatles who were history before these kids were born complete their look.

The young get away with murder.


(photo by Diego Lema)

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Monday, September 01, 2008

So what should you say when you leave? "Good night nurse!"?

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Sold

These paintings by Provincetown artists were on their way to a friend of mine who owns an auction business in Ptown, but they never made it. Other friends who were holding them for pick-up decided they wanted to keep them. I'm glad to know where they'll be should I ever want to see them again.

Clockwise from top left: an early watercolor by Harvey Dodd, an oil on canvas by Chuck Anzalone, an oil on canvas by Robert Hughes showing Flyer's boathouse (or the old "dick dock" depending on your point of view) and an oil painting on board of Mayo Bay by Blossom Newman.



Also included in the sale was a gorgeous painting by Greta Waldrop, a Cape Cod artist and art teacher.

A strange feeling. The selling of a painting. The transaction is a sequestered and anesthetized reality. Like painless dentistry.

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