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Lastly ...

0 Comments · Thursday, December 27, 2001
As mentioned in this space last week, this week's column will be the last to fill this space on a weekly basis and should not be looked for, even in alternate spaces, in subsequent weeks. In other w  

The End: The Beginning

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
It's time to go. To move on. To hit the road. And for the first time in this column's run, I'll warn you off of looking for a punchline to that. There isn't one. I'm not kidding. At long last. That  

Décor Meltdown

0 Comments · Thursday, December 13, 2001
They look innocent enough. Or at least benign. They bear no skulls and crossbones. No warnings from the Surgeon General. No HazMat symbols. Yet, from past experience, I know that what's inside these  

Mullahs into Moolah

0 Comments · Thursday, December 6, 2001
A few weeks ago, the good people at Topps, in a burst of inspiration and creativity, discovered an exciting new, patriotic way to profit from the tragedy of war. With Enduring Freedom Trading Cards.  

Christmas Stalkings

0 Comments · Thursday, November 29, 2001
As a social gadabout, inveterate bon vivant and all-around man of good cheer, this is the time of year I live for. Because from about now 'til Jan. 2, the good times will roll. With parties, events,  

Bad Times Made Gooder

1 Comments · Wednesday, November 21, 2001
"Are we in a recession?" the journalist asks the government official, the economist, the securities analyst and a host of other financial experts from A (accountants) to Z (zombie accountants). And   

Best Seller-Outer List

0 Comments · Thursday, November 15, 2001
Fay Weldon's new book, The Bulgari Connection, is just arriving in stores and, not surprisingly, causing a fair amount of buzz. Not because of the plot twists or her brilliant turns of phrase, but b  


0 Comments · Thursday, November 8, 2001
Check-in chafes. I can't simply be polite, I have to be friendly; I can't merely transact business, I have to meet our "hosts;" I can't just be interested in getting to our room, I have to feign int  

Boo Coup

0 Comments · Thursday, November 1, 2001
I like Halloween. I like it a lot. Largely that's because it's the one day of the year that my sitting around on the front porch in Kiss make-up, hair rollers, a Speedo, leather cape and tittie clam  

Spooked in America

0 Comments · Thursday, October 25, 2001
'Twas Halloween evening and all through the house, The martinis were stirring (you see, I'm a souse). The candy'd been purchased, the Kit Kats and Snickers, I dumped them in bowls for the treaters