Saturday, May 2, 2015

Service with a shrug© The tale of the cranky card shop curmudgeon


I didn't set out to snap at anyone.  I popped into a local card emporium. Seeking a vintage PS post card for a friend. When I asked… well - that's when it all went to hell.  "WE'RE NOT A SOUVENIR SHOP!" was the answer I got kind of barked at me.

I, regrettably, snapped back "I know you're not a souvenir shop. I just thought that you might have postcards since you carry so many greeting cards and stationery items." I was told, TOLD, to go across the street to a PS novelty shop for postcards, which I proceeded to do with haste.

Here's the problem…  Your shop is named Greetings. It's a card shop. A greeting card shop. 1000s of fun and serious and inane and elegant cards and all kinds of (as Mom would say) shittery. Telling me that you get asked for postcards 100s of times each day does not excuse your snappy response and unpleasant expression.

A card shop that's asked 100s of times per day if they have postcards - may just want to add a few postcards to the collection of chandeliers, Big Penis books, fart-in-a-jar, menopause kits, clocks, CDs, mints, etc…  OR - at least exhibit the polite tone and demeanor of a shop keep. Not someone exasperated and put upon by a simple question regardless of how many times you it has to be answered.

Most importantly. I am a local. I live here 12 months - not just season. Season is over. Think.

Or - I'll just remember to skip this shop and bring ALL my business to JustFabulous down the street - where the folks are always gracious and helpful. Service with a shrug© indeed!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Don't make 'em like they used to...

Oh my goodness…

How cool is this?

LOVE all the secret bars, desks and cubbies...

EVEN a picnic table [bar] with stools. The backseat even folds down for utility. Seriously. Posh - but obviously meant to be a workhorse.

FUN!  Clever. The name is just so, so!  The Countryman by Radford.
I mean?!?
now - that's a cupholder!
mobile office
cocktails? charcuterie?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What I would've said...

To the careless, rushing drivers too busy to stop for a moment to allow an old lady to cross a crazy 6-lane road today.

Especially to the one who almost rear-ended me and the jerk in the Volvo convertible who saw the old woman and what I was trying to do (let her safely cross the street) and just blew through - I would've said…

I hope that when you're moving slowing in your dotage and you're making your way to the clinic or pharmacy or grocery store or bridge club or Xbox match, that drivers are kinder and more considerate of you than you were of this woman today.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

OH what a night… Great way to kick off Modernism courtesy of Traditional Home

Such a fun evening. Cool, breezy, stylish and easy.

 A fine welcome home.
 Nothing like an uplit palm!
 I want to go to there. And dine there with neat designer Nancy Price.

 Fixture detail
Serene master…  and master patio

Swellegant soiree all around.
Check it out:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

AND - on the same evening… another farewell

I don't know how to explain how this made me feel. At once wistful and inspired. He's a cool character and this is just really, really neat. Somehow freeing. 
- only have to watch through, ironically, 4 mins. 20 sec. 

He also has a really cool voice.

Friday, December 19, 2014

End of an era… Sad to see this Christmas tradition go...

Wonderful Christmas tradition… a behind the scenes look and a bit heartbreaking at the same time.…/darlene-loves-final-late-show-chr…/ Yep. Teared up for sure.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cheers to Target… A few entertaining things that caught my eye.

Leave it to the red bullseye to quietly offer surprisingly stylish accessories for home entertaining…

There - on the back (usually clearance) end caps were several amazing finds.  The bar cart was on the main aisle - but sort of plopped down with some nice looking mid-mod chairs. Not the compelling visual story they deserved - but - still caught my eye as I am certifiably mad for bar carts these days.

Copper. Trend. Sharp. Yes, thank you.

Take a look at these cool finds…