Sorry about not posting yesterday - I did intend to, but it's getting toward the end of January and my hermit-like tendencies are beginning to erode away, so my landlady and her boyfriend and her fabulously gay cousin were able to drag me out again last night. It went a little something like this:
Around 10pm, my landlady knocks on my door and asks if I want to go out with them in about half an hour to a nightclub where some friend of theirs is DJing. I decide that the good people at Amex can damn well wait for my next payment in favour of me having a little fun right now, so I throw on some nightclub-appropriate garb and stroll out of my room, only to discover that everyone else is in sharp suits and that it's not a nightclub we're off to, it's some ridiculously posh bar - eek!!! So I dive back into my room and change outfits faster than anyone you've ever seen - seriously, I was like frickin' Wonder Woman, it was that quick. Biker boots off, fabulous boots on. Skirt and top off, little black dress on. Grabbed a tasteful necklace on the way out the door and I was done - seriously, less than a minute. (And the only reason this was possible is that the perfect LBD happened to be hanging in my closet and for that I must thank my friend, the Glam Miss R. Not only does she have an uncanny nose for a bargain, we have similar hourglass figures (admittedly, hers is due to a fabulous rack and mine is due to being built like a linebacker with a small waist, but whatever, tomayto, tomahto), and I know that what looks good on her usually also looks good on me, so when she found the perfect LBD in an upscale Toronto boutique for half-price, I promptly purchased one for myself as well. So, thank you Miss R!)
Anyway, we turned up at this private party at the bar and all of fashionable Paris was there. Here are just a few of the things I observed:
- Off-duty models (there to make the rest of us feel bad about ourselves - mission accomplished, ladies!).
- Intellectuals air-kissing and then back-stabbing each other.
- A long-haired guy in a white cable-knit sweater and (I swear to you) a kilt. And I'm pretty sure he wasn't Scottish, so I honestly have no idea what that was about, other than some low-rent homage to Highlander?
- A white-haired, very rich-looking tycoon type who couldn't have been a day under 60, who was there with his girlfriend, who couldn't have been a day over 20. Of course. I'm sure they're both in that relationship for the great conversation...
- Gay men cruising anything that moved.
Speaking of gay men, I must say the French ones are some biiiiiitchy queens (and as a card-carrying member of Bitches International, I say that with nothing but admiration, I assure you). This is a conversation I had with one of them:
Him: That guy Pierre over there? He thinks he's that writer - what's his name? New York in the 60s, bald, short, glasses?
Me: Truman Capote?
Him: Oui. Except Pierre is tall, French and has no talent.
It was a great opportunity to people-watch and eavesdrop (two of my favourite things), and I will leave you with another conversation, which I overheard in the lounge area outside the bar (where it was quiet enough to eavesdrop properly, luckily):
Man 1 - You okay?
Man 2 - No, my girlfriend dumped me.
Man 1 - Oh, too bad, sorry to hear that. [Pause.] How's your wife?
Man 2 - Yeah, yeah, she's good.