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Friday, April 30, 2010
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margaret 4/30/2010 09:13:00 PM
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hello darlings, I know I never come around anymore but here I am now.
I just came back from a celebrity-studded PR event and am filled with despair.
When I was growing up I loved to read the Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker, especially the bits about silly PR events, where the reporter would take everything very seriously and write about what everyone had said in a very serious manner. That was what I wanted to do when I grew up. That was exactly what I wanted to do: attend silly New York City PR events and write silly but serious stories about them. I cannot stress this enough: this was my ideal, this was what I wanted to do.
When blogs came about it occurred to me that perhaps this would be my venue for writing serious stories about silly PR events, but I was never invited to any, that I was aware of, UNTIL TODAY.
The quintessential silly PR event! A Big Car Company (HA! this is MY blog so I will not give them the satisfaction of mentioning their name, although one of my brothers used to drive one of their cars and I thought it was the most wonderful car I had ever driven in) hosted a debate on global warming moderated by Sarah Silverman, with two debaters pro and con. Their new hybrid car was lovingly on display with lovely plants and there were plentiful free drinks and celebrities on hand: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Zach Braff, Maggie Gyllenhaal etc.
I was invited by my PR buddy, the young miss N, whose passion is really dance music, but we thought oooh free drinks whatever let's see what it is. And a part of me thought, hey it is the silly PR event you have been waiting for your entire life.
Yes, quite. I don't know. Free drinks. A lot of people were employed for this event! Bouncers, caterers, coat check girls, bartenders, djs, photographers, well done!
As we waited on line to be checked in, we saw Maggie Gyllenhaal being interviewed on camera but never saw her again at the party. Smart girl!
Sarah Silverman was very impressive. She had obviously done her homework, but the crowd was shallow. "I HATE YOU GUYS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!" She yelled, but it did not stop the background chatter that drowned out the debate.
Two young men who were accountants for the company that owned the space where the event was held (they thought it was great PR for the event space) told us they believed that global warming was real.
When asked if they considered themselves Democrats, Republicans or Independents they became quite animated and said that was a very deep question. They were both raised in New York City and said they considered themselves Republicans, with some reservations, but voted for Barack Obama and believed in regulating things. They did believe that something needed to be done about global warming.
We approached two men I recognized from The Daily Show and asked them if they believed in global warming. Wyatt Cenac, the absolutely AMAZING reporter for The Daily Show hated me completely and thought I was a global warming skeptic. Of course they both believed what the experts believed. Cenac, who was somewhat curmudgeonly ok I guess I would say shy and not at all his over-the-top Daily Show self, said he was there to support his friend Sarah Silverman, but that it was not the right venue, which clearly it was not. He asked me why I was there and I said free drinks and he was disgusted.
His buddy, another Daily Show reporter whose name I do not remember, abandoned him for more drinks. We saw him at the bar talking to some other women. Mr. Cenac excused himself to join his friend. I wish I had said "Flee!Flee!"
What I really wanted was to talk things over with Kevin Bacon, the last 15 years, really Kev what the hell happened these last 15 years let's talk about it.
Miss N threw herself at one of the stars of Why Did I Get Married but Miss N in general is quite good at things and naturally popular which is why she is in PR. We ran into her ex-boss who asked if we had to wait on line to get in. Oh snap!
margaret 3/31/2010 12:06:00 AM
Monday, September 07, 2009
While I'm on the subject of wacky but loveable Minnesotans, I want to post this video of Jill and Kevin Heinz's Wedding Entrance Dance:
Most people have probably seen it already, but in case you haven't, let me say it is the happiest most joyful youtube video evah! Even if it is a wedding. In Minnesota. But even New York Magazine had a piece on Why It Might Be the Best Theater You'll See All Year.
Not a lot of people have friends and family that would do this for them, or laugh while watching it and not tsk-tsk at the silliness. There's a couple who is obviously shy but still is dancing down the aisle just like everyone else. The awesome groom does a somersault and stands up, adjusts his tie, and leads his friends down the aisle, and then the camera zooms around, the music crescendos, everyone cheers and the bride appears looking ecstatic! She twirls down the aisle to the groom who takes her arm as they try to regain their dignity and composure before standing at the altar.
These are awesome people. And Al Franken is their senator!
margaret 9/07/2009 07:15:00 PM
Sunday, September 06, 2009
It's not all bad news. Al Franken is a senator hahahahaha!
margaret 9/06/2009 06:15:00 PM
Friday, August 21, 2009
Actual things said by actual people in two separate interviews for a bookkeeper today:
1. "I just need a job because I'm seriously in debt right now."
2. "Most of the time I don't use my brain, I just use a calculator."
margaret 8/21/2009 01:19:00 PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Check out my post on Recessionwire.com about learning to cook
margaret 7/22/2009 08:21:00 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Hulu: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
I just discovered this, although it is not new. It's not a blog, it is a moving 42 minute web only musical black comedy with superheroes, starring Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, who wants to join the Evil League of Evil, defeat his nemesis Captain Hammer and win the girl of his dreams. It's been haunting me since I watched it; I wake up with a funny feeling and can't put my finger on it, then I remember watching this.
From Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other TV shows that many people love but I have never seen.
margaret 6/14/2009 05:42:00 PM