I learned something pretty cool about my cousin when I was in Chicago a few weekends ago: she worked as a producer on this album with Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick and was friends with Whitney Houston’s mom (Sissy), Dionne’s cousin.
She is my mom’s first cousin and my sisters and I have always been pretty close to her. She lived in New York in the mid- to late-60s working for Columbia Records as a producer. After a very brief marriage she moved to Chicago and worked writing and producing music for advertising and opened her own agency two years later.
When I was a kid I would watch Mary Tyler Moore and think it was about her (they looked a lot alike too) and each Christmas she would send us her agency sample tapes. I would listen to the commercials over and over and over — her agency did the State Farm “And like a good neighbor…" jingle, the Gum Fighter for Hubba Bubba and the "Ho! Ho! Ho!" voice of the Jolly Green Giant was a family friend.
As a Bay Area resident, I’m starting to enjoy the negative attention. With every slight from Fox Sports commentator Tim McCarver, I feel more fortunate to have a team of local broadcasters whose values (and cultural references) aren’t stuck in the 1920s. Every group of baseball fans who publicly make fun of Lincecum’s body type or teeth means one less team we have to worry about when the pitcher hits free agency.
I know that I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Who cares if someone in Pennsylvania doesn’t appreciate the musical contributions of Huey Lewis? Is it better or worse to live in a place where you’re allowed to paddle your protest raft into the water beyond right field?
San Francisco is often mocked as the home of dope-smoking socialists, but when the Giants meet the American League champion Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the Series on Wednesday evening, AT&T Park will be filled to overflowing with capitalist buccaneers. And not just on the field.
And as season-ticket holders set a price tag on their loyalty, high-rollers swarmed onto websites willing to pay up to $5,000 for a pair of box seats. This left fans like Jesse Walker, a carpenter from Santa Clara who attended 25 regular-season games, fuming.
Amid 10 pages of ads for Giants tickets — many of them the most expensive offerings seen on Craigslist since the website stopped ads for prostitutes — Walker’s plaintive cry for the little guy stood out.
God I love Craig’s List! Fascinating insight to the freaks of this world.
Grooming Circle - w4mm
Date: 2009-05-11, 5:20PM EDT
I am a woman seeking a group of 4-6 men to brush my hair in what i like to refer to as my “grooming circle.”
I have not cut my hair since age 14. I am 5’8” and my nut-brown locks fall well past the small of my back, terminating just below the buttocks. I am 32 years old but often get i.d.’d when i buy wine spritzer by the case. I work in elder-care, and several of my male charges have described me as both “comely” and a “handsome woman.” I used to permit these fellows to brush my hair until i was reprimanded by my superiors.
This is how the “grooming circle” works. I will distribute to each man a numbered brush from my array of fine boar’s head bristle brushes (2 have ivory handles, 4 have tortoise shell). Each man will gather around me and take hold of a lock of hair approx 1/4 inch in diameter. Each man will then spread out from me in what i refer to as the “maypole formation.” I will let out a long sigh as a signal to commence brushing in tandem. I may need to periodically give notes, and will refer to each man by brush number.
Please do not suggest music. We will be listening to the Gypsy Kings.
We will all be clothed. This is not overtly sexual in nature. You may take off your shoes but not your socks.
All I require is that you be of sound mind, have clean finger nails, no callouses, and a steady hand. A steady hand is essential to proper brushing rythmn.
For those first-timers who have never participated in a “grooming circle” before and are feeling nervous, I will offer you a ladyfinger soaked in peach schnopps to calm you. I also have wine spritzer if that is more to your taste. Again, there is nothing so offputting as an unsteady hand.
I will provide refreshments afterwords: ginger snaps, necco wafers, and fresca.
Do not bring in any outside brushes.
Please email me your responses and a photo of your hands.
PS I have no grey hairs (at least not on my head).
Location: Upper East Side
it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
1) Boy can I drink! A lot. Eeesh! I am feeling every drop of it today. Such a great game and hope the Giants close it out today. I can’t imagine the energy in the City if they go to the World Series.
2) What the f*ck is up with with idiots at the park getting in fights with opposing fans?!?! I saw three different fights there and the guy in front of us (there with his wife & kids) got jumped in the bathroom and came back with a bloodied face.
I get heckling Philly fans but what kind of trash hits someone because of the team they support? That’s just not San Francisco to me.