Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Not Quite the End Yet

I have arrived safely in the United States. This means that I am now jolted awake by Morning Edition, rather than by The Today Programme. Morning Edition is very, very different from the Today Programme. And not necessarily worse. But not exactly better either.

And thus Greg's London Ramblings begins to draw to a close. There will be a few more entries, however, with pictures, an account of my leave-taking, and final thoughts.

For those of you keeping track, I will be down in SF in the week of January 16th. At the very latest, I will be there for the Pansy Division gig on the 20th. Then I will find an apartment, then go back to Seattle to drive my stuff down and move in around February 1.

This means I desperately need an invite for something fun on New Year's Eve in Seattle. Does anyone know anyone? I have taken to messaging random strangers on Friendster. This is uncharacteristically forward of me, but then again, I have nothing to lose.

With due apologies for exceeding the strict purview of this blog, I must point out two things about my three days spent in New York:

(1) I made a special trip to Bergdorf Goodman's to see the Thom Browne collection. I've been curious about Thom Browne ever since the Fantastic Man interview, in which he seemed to say so much that exactly echoed my thoughts about men's clothes -- the need for a "uniform," the abhorrence of costume, the short-hemmed trousers. And then I read this thing in the Grauniad, in which a blue Thom Browne suit is chosen as the men's look of the year for the UK Costume Museum. And seeing the cloths in person... well, I think he may just be what we've been looking for. Certainly if I had $6000 just lying around that I wasn't doing anything with, I know what I would be wearing every day.

(2) I saw Robert Rauchenberg. At an opening at the Met. An exclusive opening. He is old, and in a wheelchair. Thanks A—!

Let's review the famous people I've seen in the past 12 months:

Robert Rauchenberg
Dawn French (at the Andreas Scholl recital)
Alexander McQueen
Simon Pegg
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Eric Hobsbawm
Paul Smith
...and I think I might have seen Dan Savage walking down the street in Seattle a few days ago, but I'm not sure.
EDIT: and also...
Andy Bell from Erasure
The food guy from Queer Eye US
The decorator guy from Queer Eye UK

Yes, I know that last one is not an actual "celebrity" in any meaningful sense.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Andy Bell from Erasure too.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

And also the food guy from Queer Eye US, and the decorator guy from Queer Eye UK. I shall edit the main text...

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I still dare say that if you men want to make themselves look ultraprofessional but modern, they should couple their look with money clip wallets.

5:06 PM  

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