World wide – when you hear 911, what comes to mind?
A universal memory.
Porsche 911 –
The Porsche 911 is a two-door, 2+2 high performance sports car made since 1963 by Porsche ….. In 1978, Porsche introduced the new version of the 911…
She asked to be called the Queen of Green.
(They called her the green goddess)
She arrived in her Smart Car, wearing a St. John’s Knit pantsuit, her hair-a curtain of silver. She just paid $100 for her weekly Brazilian blowout. With her PowerPoint, sage green handouts and brand-new Apple laptop, she was ready.
The Queen of Green was really the queen of consumerism Or: Just how big is that Manolo Blahnik footprint? There are eight cars in her vast garage. Then there’s the boat Lake Tahoe. There’s a VW at the condo in Mexico. And hubby has the massive Harley – boy toy.
Seeing Marvin slip into his Armani suit, sip an espresso, and climb into the big, sleek, black Mercedes sedan to go to the office on the 32nd floor of the Embarcadero made her green with envy.
It happens. Some ladies-who-lunch-and fail to launch-get bored staying at home. ‘Mother’ is another title, until your kids are in college the title no longer fits.
She tried painting classes, poetry classes, memoir writing classes and volunteering at the SPCA. She loved her constant companion, her sweet cat, Ms Kitty.
She was going slowly, silently, madly, crazy. Shopping no longer filled the need. The clerks at Nordstrom all recognized her. Not a good sign. One stance at a volunteer soup kitchen was sufficient to teacher she couldn’t do “poor. ” The yoga classes were too crowded with all those jazzy, lithe and limber thirty-somethings who easily flung legs hither and yon.
It came like a lightning bolt, as she watched her maid take the recycling to the curb. The blue bin almost spoke to her.
She could be the Queen of Green and teach all the neighbors in her sleepy community, and the world, how to be green. She loved Earth Day. She used cloth bags at the KentWoodlands market each week. She recycled her Vogue, Vanity Fair and People magazines. What she did in her backyard (Watering her lawn and plants, filling the swimming pool, the hot tub, and the fountain) was her business.
She would campaign to elect herself the “Queen of Green” at the Green Luncheon She invited the 20 most important women she knew. She spared no expense. It was a lavish luncheon and everything was green – from the Apple Martinis to the Insalata salads with Green Goddess dressing. It was fun and festive. However, she had agenda and before dessert she launched her plan. Each woman there was invited to join her board. They must make the world green again.
She would be the Queen of Green – there would be TV appearances, glamorous trips to Aspen, meetings -perhaps at the White House. Apple Martinis flowed. The green Kate Spade wallets, at each place setting, were deftly swept up and tucked away by the ladies.
All it took was one snarky reporter, a few deft clicks of the mouse, and the Greenhouse came tumbling down. She was found out. Her fleet of gas guzzling vehicles and extraordinarily high water bills were public knowledge. The facade cracked and she and Miss Kitty holed up at the Ritz to avoid the fray.
Daryl had been out of the dating scene for decades.
Bam! He woke up single with a closet full of schlumpy old man clothes. And he knew it. All the cool guys in the the condo complex were way groovier. He noticed…took notes and called for help.
His younger sister, Maya, flew out from Manhattan for a week end visit. She walked into his closet and told him to bring her five Hefty garbage bags. The old Samonsite luggage had to go. She filled them with ancient running shoes, worn belts and the beat up briefcase from law school.
Within an hour, she had culled the few classic wardrobe items (Keepers) and tossed the sad, old, worn-and-torn outdated pieces.
She then directed him to her favorite Men’s Fashion websites:
He went from dull and lifeless…Maya ordered a few Wardrobe Must Haves:
New Belts: Black and Brown
A new handsome leather Cross-body Bag
A much needed Jack Spade Briefcase
Two Very Cool Bow ties – for special occasions
His First Pocket Square (!)
(Happy birthday- There was a new pair of cufflinks in his future…)
And so it begins…the subtle make over for the Next Chapter.
Some of us were blessed with va-va-voom, hubba hubba bods.
Marilyn Monroe – the ultimate sweater girl had curves.
Mae West can teach everyone a thing or two
“I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.” Mae West
In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Dating 2016 and Mixed Signals
Need a compass, GPS, and a Map to traverse the complicated highways of Dating 2016?
Join the Club! Anna Logg, a Silly Valley Socialite and bon vivant is ready to throw in the towel.
She wrote to say: “Whats wrong with men today? Man buns? Kilts? There are as many men in my nail salon as women. I walk into “Let’s Face it,” My spa, -and there are five metro-sexuals in the waiting room all reading Men’s Fitness and Men’s Health. (Leading articles: “Best way to clean your bum” and “Best Vites for a Perky Penis”)
I want a guy, just the guy, who married dear old mom.
I want a fast talking, fast walking, Warrior.
I may have to move.
It was a Blind Date.
A friend said he was very wealthy, popular and opinionated.
I listened to him for an hour. He talked, ranted, raved, blathered.
He was a guy “who insults veterans, threatens a free press, mocks the handicapped, denigrates women, immigrants and all Muslims; a man who took more than a day to remember to disavow a supporter who advocates white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan; an infantile, bullying man who, depending on his mood, is willing to discard old and established alliances, treaties and long-standing relationships.“
I struggled to fly out of the booth at the restaurant and leap into my Uber escape vehicle as quickly as possible. What a nightmare.
*(excerpt form Ken Burns Commencement Speech at Stanford 2016)
We were a bunch of girls in a dorm – fueled by boredom and Sangria. We would make lists and dream up The Perfect Boyfriend.
The My Boyfriend Must Have List ran the gamut from:
A car – any car to get off campus
A credit card,
Soft lips and warm hands.
Eventually, we got serious and decided a passport and a trust fund were “Must Haves,” (followed by gales of laughter. Ole! More Sangria, por favor.)
Naturally, our answers changed with time; cool cars became more important.
One Man’s Shopping List – 2016
Trixie, 32, is recently divorced and new to online dating. She started dating has a man with a variation of ‘My Partner Must Have’ list. Hank created a very specific, lengthy catalogue of characteristics all his girl friends must have. Or else – hasta la vista, baby!
She asked me my professional opinion, was he “A keeper or too controlling?” You be the judge. Take a look at his list.
‘The Top 10 Must Have’ list from “Cool Dude in Palo Alto”
My perfect mate must have:
A healthy and fit body
You must maintain loving relations with long term and close friends, and family.
You must love children; you meet the challenges of parenting with empathy, humor, and wisdom
You must be financially solvent.
To keep up with me you have to have an active mind; you must have resolved the key issues of your life.
Must be emotionally very wise and comfortable
Must be emotionally warm, generous, and accessible
You must come from a happy home life, with parents who were happy and loved you.
You’ve must have been married, and know what it takes to make such a lifetime commitment work.
Is he Mr. Right or So wrong on many levels.
The list was preposterous…without wasting any time, I advised Trixie to delete and move on.
Any man with a shopping list that demanding and uber-specific – seeking a Barbie Doll, was barely worth the time it takes to hit the Delete button. She could do better. And have a lot more fun.
“The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.” Nietzsche