Archive | September, 2012

Dear Halloween Costume Planning: big surprise, I hate it

28 Sep

My sister has started planning her Halloween costume. Actually, the first email she sent me about this was way back in July. She took a break for a month or two and now she’s back at it. I’m pretty sure she thinks about it year-round but suppresses it so we don’t think she’s crazy.

This tricks me, every year, into believing that I, too (me too me too cried the younger siblings everywhere) want to think about Halloween costumes.

I don’t. I don’t want to think about Halloween costumes, now or ever. I’ve been known to reuse Halloween costumes in order to avoid thinking about it. Or go as a construction worker, which involved putting on an orange hat. Or my sister and I have both gone as a gypsy (which is not a PC costume, no longer approved), which involved putting on all the necklaces in the house (recycle that costume now as: Johnny Depp). As a child, I once went as a “Tutu” which is Hawaiian for grandmother– I wore a muumuu, one of my Tutu’s old hats, and a lot of leis.

I’m on the right.

I sort of ruined the effect by also carrying a bottle for most of the night.

That’s the costume I’m thinking about recycling this year (sans bottle). Muumuus are really comfortable, you guys.

You guys have heard about Heidi Klum and Seal’s Halloween party, right?!? Who do you think got it in the divorce? I bet that was the asset that required the most arbitration. Some of the costumes at that thing are amazing. That’s what I want– enough money that I can just pay someone to be creative about my costume for me, and then pay someone to make it. Of course, considering that’s what everyone at that party did– ummm not to be rude, but some people did not deserve their invitation. No “participation awards” at a pro event like this. Obviously Heidi & Seal are DQ’ed from the judging. Given that, I think Fergie takes gold, the Estradas silver, and the Blonds take bronze. Runner-up to Kyle MacLachlan.

But Heidi and Seal from the year before blow everyone (including their future selves) out of the water. You really can do a lot with a couple-costume. My sister’s extra giddy about Halloween this year because she and her boyfriend are doing something together.

Obviously I can’t reveal it here, you might copy her, and then she’d have to kill me and she’d for sure refuse to help me with my costume. Whereas right now she’s just unlikely to want to maybe choose it for me and definitely make it. (C’mon, pleeeeeeeeease?)

If you had unlimited funds, what would you be?

I think I’d go as Curiosity. Or Michael Phelps. Or Romney’s dog, strapped to the roof of a car.

The balloons were a nice touch, right?


Eartha Kitt teaching James Dean how to dance, early 1950s

24 Sep

photo by Dennis Stock

“[James Dean] said to me, ‘I want to move like you, can you teach me how to move my body like you do on stage?’ And I told him where to meet me, here in New York and that’s where we met for dance classes. And that’s where Jamie and I always met downstairs from that studio to have coffee, to have our little tete-a-tete conversations.

“He was like my brother. He had something in him that he didn’t understand. He wanted to learn from me how to move on the stage the way I do, so I taught him how to control his body and how to let the words physically carry you from this point to that point. I was in a play and he’d just done his first film so we were both becoming known at that time. It was a good time.”-Eartha Kitt




(from the Facebook page of Dangerous Minds)

Dear One Direction “Live While We’re Young”

22 Sep

Watching One Direction’s new video and all I can do is wonder which of their haircuts would look best on me. Because I’m pretty sure I could pull one of these off. I just have to figure out which one.


I’m thinking that chick hipster-artist-emo-bro that looks like Carrie Brownstein. Also I want his blazer. 


Anyone here a web designer?

19 Sep

Hey dear readers & friends,

Are any of you web designers? Know someone awesome with great work?

The time has come: Dear Mr. Postman needs a real, honest-to-goodness home. It needs a website made just for it, someplace cozy and well-designed, with lots of light.

A few notes:

  • I’ll pay the going rate.
  • I’m hosted on WordPress now, and wouldn’t mind staying here. (Just need to get off this “theme.”)
  • It *has* to be user-friendly on the back-end.
  • I want someone who can help with logos, images, graphics, colors, the works. I’m not an artist. You are?
  • I’ll happily credit/promote your work.
  • All of this stuff on here now….needs to move with us.

I’m in Seattle, and I’d prefer to work with someone who’s here, too. I don’t have a lot of things in mind, besides functionality (has to be friendly to lots of text) and hopefully a look with lots of personality.

Leave a comment with contact info or email me at


Dear Reykjavik: who elected a comedian to be mayor and we should probably all do the same

18 Sep

It’s a strange thing. People tend to favor the underdog, like in the movies we favor the underdog, but when it comes to voting, we vote for the bully. It’s so strange. We trust the bully much better than we trust the underdog. Maybe it’s in our nature, but it is so that all around the world there is this certain type that can succeed in politics and it’s people who are—alpha types? Alpha types of people: very logical and determined and ruthless. So if we are going to change democracy we have to find ways to get different types of people to enter into politics. But the system is not like that now. You have to be the alpha type.

–Jon Gnarr, Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland’s Most Famous Comedian & leader of the Best Party




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