- I just found out that Edith Beale died two weeks ago!! For those who are not familiar with the cult doco "Grey Gardens", Edith - or Little Edie as she's called - was the very eccentric cousin of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, who moved back in w/her aging mother, "Big Edie" at Grey Gardens - a wonderfully yet horribly decaying mansion (it was declared a health hazzard in the 70's while they were still living there). In any case, this is so timely -- as the Mayle's brother's wonderful documentary has had a big resurgence lately (the DVD has interviews with several celebs and fashion designers citing Edie as an inspiration, and Rufus Wainwright wrote a song about them). If you haven't seen this documentary - see it! You'll be amazed. (A good amazed, not shocked amazed. Contrary to what critics say, there is triumph in the movie.)... Also, it looks as though finally a good tribute site is up, GreyGardens.com, courtesy of smut magnate David K.
- Over the course of three cocktails with Rachel and Lyle last night, we made a remarkable discovery: Women can lift chairs with their heads placed against a wall while men cannot. This trick is to be tried while standing 3 paces back and leaning against the wall with your head - try lifting a chair. Can't be done. In any case - kudos to Lyle for digging this one from an All in the Family episode.
- Lorah sent me an interesting update from her high school chum who has chosen to live in terrarium-like biosphere. Details and soon-to-be livecam are here - but let me tell ya, this is a dream job! Where else do you get to poo in bags and interract with other species?