Almost Ready For Tomorrow's Sunday Brunch Here

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    Oct 28, 2017 3:08 PM GMT
    One more trip to the supermarket today (Sat) should do it. A gallon of milk, now that we have refrigerator room with his food prepping. I'll get the flowers, too. And then some more liquor for our bar, to accommodate everyone.

    At least the red placemats and napkins we already own washed up well this morning, avoiding the cost of buying new. This simple "brunch" has already run me over $400! To me that's big money for a breakfast. icon_razz.gif

    But then these are good friends, to whom we are indebted in many ways, even if not monetarily. OK, I guess the cost and our labor is the right thing to do. Friendship & reputation comes with a price & obligations, as really it should.

    One of our guests was victimized by a predatory gay couple. Who were notorious around here for having floor slipping "accidents" in gay clubs, and then suing for big settlements. They're barred from most places now.

    They're one of the reasons we always "bookend" our friend at any bar now, sitting on both sides of him. Because guys, and especially twinks, will approach him and weasal free drinks out of him.

    One time this larcenous couple invited him to their home for dinner. And then afterwards told him he owed them $25 for his portion! Our friend paid them, because he's elderly, very meek and easy to manipulate. Another reason we "bookend" him at clubs. A few have still barged-in and tried, but my part-Sicilian husband chased them off with all the fire you see in movies. Don't mess with him!

    Well, tomorrow our friend is the one who gets treated, and he won't be given a bill. We've also taken him down to Key West to a clothing optional gay resort, made all the arragements for him, got him our special discounted price, I drove.

    He said it was the most wonderful week of his life. I could easily tell that, by the way he couldn't keep his eyes off all the naked hunks walking around. My husband and him had tricked a few times in Boston 60 years ago. Doesn't bother me at all, I like the idea that they've located each other and are friends again this late in life.

    And there are similar backstories with these other friends we're having here tomorrow (Sun). Guys we like. So we're really treating ourselves, as much as them.
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    Oct 28, 2017 4:28 PM GMT
    So here's what we're serving:

    Eggs any way you want them, with scrambled already prepared. I'll have those in an attractive electric crock pot set to low, since our silver chaffing servers are really too cold. More for fancy show, with 2 ineffective tea candles under each of them.

    Other breakfast items will include bacon, lox (smoked salmon), sausage, toast, muffins (he's already baked blueberry, orange-cranberry, and strussel). There'll be blueberry pancakes, French toast, plain toast and bagels with assorted cream cheeses. If they'd like a bowl of cereal I can accommodate them with 3 types.

    Also a full veggie tray with dip when they arrive, as well as corn chips with salsa dip, and Ruffles chips with an onion dip he makes himself. Also shrimp with my own cocktail sauce (beware!) Not to mention my prosciutto-wrapped hearts of palm hors d'oeuvres.

    Drinks will include mimosas, plain champagne, Bloody Marys (again, beware my original blend if you value your tonsils), rum & Cokes, red & white wines, assorted beers. Or to order, within reason. We're not a tavern! And of course non-alcoholic orange juice, milk, and coffee. I don't wanna overplay the booze, since 3 of our guests will be driving their cars.

    Then into more of the lunch there'll be ham, roast beef, stuffed mushrooms, steamed veggies, maybe some mashed potatoes if we have time, and tortellini (he had to slip in an Italian food somewhere). And we're not entirely done yet.

    I know, sounds like we're feeding an army, but he doesn't know any other way. Once he's in a cooking frenzy he can't stop. Why I've tried to redirect him into baking and other foods he can jar or package and give away to others. Eating a meal at his table will bust your gut. Mangia, mangia!
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    Oct 28, 2017 7:20 PM GMT
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    art_deco saidSo here's what we're serving:

    Eggs any way you want them, with scrambled already prepared. I'll have those in an attractive electric crock pot set to low, since our silver chaffing servers are really too cold. More for fancy show, with 2 ineffective tea candles under each of them.

    Other breakfast items will include bacon, lox (smoked salmon), sausage, toast, muffins (he's already baked blueberry, orange-cranberry, and strussel). There'll be blueberry pancakes, French toast, plain toast and bagels with assorted cream cheeses. If they'd like a bowl of cereal I can accommodate them with 3 types.

    Also a full veggie tray with dip when they arrive, as well as corn chips with salsa dip, and Ruffles chips with an onion dip he makes himself. Also shrimp with my own cocktail sauce (beware!) Not to mention my prosciutto-wrapped hearts of palm hors d'oeuvres.

    Drinks will include mimosas, plain champagne, Bloody Marys (again, beware my original blend if you value your tonsils), rum & Cokes, red & white wines, assorted beers. Or to order, within reason. We're not a tavern! And of course non-alcoholic orange juice, milk, and coffee. I don't wanna overplay the booze, since 3 of our guests will be driving their cars.

    Then into more of the lunch there'll be ham, roast beef, stuffed mushrooms, steamed veggies, maybe some mashed potatoes if we have time, and tortellini (he had to slip in an Italian food somewhere). And we're not entirely done yet.

    I know, sounds like we're feeding an army, but he doesn't know any other way. Once he's in a cooking frenzy he can't stop. Why I've tried to redirect him into baking and other foods he can jar or package and give away to others. Eating a meal at his table will bust your gut. Mangia, mangia!


    Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. You are SO GAY!

    #EndOfYourDailyNeedForSelfValidationThatYouAreGayEvenThoughYouHaveBeenMarriedToSeveralWomenAndFatheredChildren

    Truly gay. But..............not homo. Heaven's to Betsy, greatful I don't have to put so much energy, into being such a try hard gay, of the village.
    All cooked by two fat ladies.
    Served by an armless, black lesbian.
    Sunday roast, here today.
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    Oct 28, 2017 8:52 PM GMT
    I LOVE these bloggish posts! Pure escapism. Nothing wrong with hopeful glimpses into our gay futures. How could readers possibly find this stuff boring? What straight woman would host an expensive brunch and plan trips with her husband's sex parter 60 years ago? In the end unless we gay parent we're kind of the only family we got.
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    Oct 28, 2017 9:18 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    I LOVE these bloggish posts! Pure escapism. Nothing wrong with hopeful glimpses into our gay futures. How could readers possibly find this stuff boring? What straight woman would host an expensive brunch and plan trips with her husband's sex parter 60 years ago? In the end unless we gay parent we're kind of the only family we got.

    Thanks! It's true I do often treat these forums like personal blogs. And I enjoy hearing tales from others. Yourself included!

    But I also have other motivations, besides self-gratification. There's always information, and perhaps lessons I want to share, tucked away in my posts. On purpose; I'll always have a teacher's passion for sharing knowledge. And acquiring it from others. My Father was the same way.
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    Oct 28, 2017 9:56 PM GMT
    SOAKED TO THE SKIN! Rain was pouring from the brim of my Aussie hat like off a roof! It's both a sunscreen and a wearable umbrella for me. To its credit not a drop of water got on my eyeglasses, something I hate. Like looking through a car windshield in a storm without the wipers working.

    We had gone to the supermarket, for what I hope is the last time for this Sunday's brunch, but first to the liquor store. Got hit with a 3-digit charge, so add that to the total I've spent, now topping $500+. I'm telling him I'm subtracting this from his Christmas gifts from me.

    As we left the supermarket there was a downpour. I told him to remain in the entrance lobby while I loaded the trunk. Fortunately we had a handicapped parking space near the door. But I still had to stand in this deluge while unloading the shopping cart.

    Then I had to reverse the procedure into our own cart when we got home. I dropped him off at the back door so he could again avoid the rain, hardly got wet at all.

    I've never been so thoroughly drenched in all my 44 years of coming to Florida, even riding my motorcycles & scooter. I had to strip to the skin at home, and towel myself dry. My boxers were dripping! Emptied my pockets of phone, wallet, calling card case, etc, so they could dry out. Then dressed in gym wear I'm still in.

    But I was laughing about it the whole time. It was so silly and absurd. Not gonna hurt me, just an inconvenient mess. This brunch is costing me more than time & money. Next time he comes up with one of these brilliant ideas I'm gonna try to shut it down.

    My problem is that I indulge his chef fantasies too much. And frankly, we simply can't afford it. Since they earn us no money, just stratospherically high bills to be paid. Entertaining friends and underwriting his cooking "hobby" are good, but I can see he needs to tone it down a bit.
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    Oct 29, 2017 6:26 AM GMT
    I set the table tonight. Or as the Brits will say, I "laid" the table. Well, whether I was setting it or laying it (how kinky) it's mostly done. With small details left for tomorrow.

    And I did choose the red & white theme, rather than the blue. So according to roadrageRob that must make me a Republican. icon_eek.gif

    He said selecting a blue theme, that I had considered and have often used for breakfast, meant I was displaying my Liberal leanings. You know, Blue and Red States, and all that. But I simply had more matching red things for 6 people. If we were 4 I woulda gone blue.

    Yah know, when I'm setting (laying) a table, the last thought on my mind is political implications. Blue is simply my favorite color, a US Army Officer's color, and I think it's perfect for a morning breakfast. But this is a brunch around 1 PM, when a little red "snap" is OK.

    In any case, I got the table mostly finished, and asked hubby if he approved. He did. But I won't put the flowers out, at each setting, until tomorrow. I avoided a centerpiece to keep the table open, and no candles at midday.

    This brunch will involve a lot of platters & bowls, and the table isn't that large. Gotta keep it open, no room for useless candles. But everyone will have his own red flowers in small vases, that match the red settings and their decorated place cards.

    And the flower vase shape even matches their water glasses. A fanatical attention to detail that is both military, and gay.

    And BTW, the only round things I permit on the table are drinking glasses. All the service must be square or rectangular. Even the candles, when I use them, are square and color-matched to the setting, and sit on square holders.

    My tables are always praised. And I've been told I should make it a business, doing other tables that people or organizations need.

    No, I don't want the hassle of dealing with committees or Boca Bitches. Who might hire you, but then decide they know more than you do. I don't need their money or grief, and so I'm happier working for myself, and my husband.
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    Oct 29, 2017 6:37 AM GMT
    art_deco saidI set the table tonight. Or as the Brits will say, I "laid" the table. Well, whether I was setting it or laying it (how kinky) it's mostly done. With small details left for tomorrow.

    And I did chose the red & white theme, rather than the blue. So according to roadrageRob that must make me a Republican. icon_eek.gif

    He said selecting a blue theme, that I had considered and have often used for breakfast, meant I was displaying my Liberal leanings. You know, Blue and Red States, and all that. But I simply had more matching red things for 6 people. If we were 4 I woulda gone blue.

    Yah know, when I'm setting (laying) a table, the last thought on my mind is political implications. Blue is simply my favorite color, a US Army Officer's color, and I think it's perfect for a morning breakfast. But this is a brunch around 1 PM, when a little red "snap" is OK.

    In any case, I got the table mostly finished, and asked hubby if he approved. He did. And I won't put the flowers out, at each setting, until tomorrow. I avoided a centerpiece to keep the table open, and no candles at midday.

    This brunch will involve a lot of platters & bowls, and the table isn't that large. Gotta keep it open, no room for useless candles. But everyone will have his own red flowers in small vases, that match the settings and their decorated place cards.

    And the flower vase shape even matches their water glasses. A fanatical attention to detail that is both military, and gay.

    And BTW, the only round things I permit on the table are drinking glasses. All the service must be square or rectangular. Even the candles, when I use them, are square and color-matched to the setting, and sit on square holders.

    My tables are always praised. And I've been told I should make it a business, doing other tables that people or organizations need.

    No, I don't want the hassle of dealing with committees or Boca Bitches. Who might hire you, but then decide they know more than you do. I don't need their money or grief, and so I'm happier working for myself, and my husband.

    Self praise is no recommendation, dearest half brother.
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    Oct 29, 2017 11:55 PM GMT
    I hesitate to mention this, but a truly classy dinner party would never, never have a red theme. A tasteful dinner-party uses only white linen. Red is such a tacky color, indicative of those whose background derives from the lower orders. But I suppose in this day and age anything goes, especially for a "brunch". In former days, gay gentlemen of good breeding and discrimination would only have hosted a formal evening dinner, but nowadays in these times of declining social g races, I suppose that such innovations as "brunch" have become the norm. Evidently one can get away with that sort of thing in Florida.

    I do hope that you thought to provide separate glasses for the red and white wines. And had some piano music playing softly in the background, though not loud enough to interfere with the fascinating conversations, which doubtless ensued.
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    Oct 30, 2017 1:49 AM GMT
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    I hesitate to mention this, but a truly classy dinner party would never, never have a red theme. A tasteful dinner-party uses only white linen. Red is such a tacky color, indicative of those whose background derives from the lower orders. But I suppose in this day and age anything goes, especially for a "brunch". In former days, gay gentlemen of good breeding and discrimination would only have hosted a formal evening dinner, but nowadays in these times of declining social g races, I suppose that such innovations as "brunch" have become the norm. Evidently one can get away with that sort of thing in Florida.

    I do hope that you thought to provide separate glasses for the red and white wines. And had some piano music playing softly in the background, though not loud enough to interfere with the fascinating conversations, which doubtless ensued.

    Well, aren't you special. I suppose you've never been to a fine English country home, for a breakfast buffet with the gentry. Which is very much like a brunch. And I did this as a mix between a buffet, with additional items served at table.

    Were it a formal evening affair I likely would have done all white. But this was rather casual, with Florida friends, some dressed in shorts and sandals. But I do enjoy mostly white at the breakfast table, too, it just seems appropriate to morning, with perhaps a little splash of color. And again a reminder for you - this was NOT a dinner party.

    Yes, there was music on my Bose. All from Baroque and Classicial periods. But playing softly; these are indeed interesting people, one visiting from Maryland whom I met for the first time, and I wanted to listen to them. Rather than to music I know by heart, having even performed some of these pieces myself.

    I agree red is a bit strong. But it did provide snap, despite being just the accent to the mostly white. The table did receive great compliments, but then these were gay guys, so what do they know about "good breeding" (what an offensive term), being from the "lower orders" (now there's an elitist phrase), or know about discrimination?

    The latter term being one with which you are evidently well versed, in all its meanings. One thing I learned for my Speech degree was to fashion your presentation to your audience. That holds true in other situations, as well. Like when having Florida friends over to a buffet brunch. And more about that in my next post.
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    Oct 30, 2017 2:17 AM GMT
    carew28 saidI hesitate to mention this, but a truly classy dinner party would never, never have a red theme. A tasteful dinner-party uses only white linen. Red is such a tacky color, indicative of those whose background derives from the lower orders. But I suppose in this day and age anything goes, especially for a "brunch". In former days, gay gentlemen of good breeding and discrimination would only have hosted a formal evening dinner, but nowadays in these times of declining social g races, I suppose that such innovations as "brunch" have become the norm. Evidently one can get away with that sort of thing in Florida.

    I do hope that you thought to provide separate glasses for the red and white wines. And had some piano music playing softly in the background, though not loud enough to interfere with the fascinating conversations, which doubtless ensued.

    Must be why one has no red. Lot's of white line, and formal, mostly cause, they are out doors, and not in some closeted condo.
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    Oct 30, 2017 2:28 AM GMT
    The Sunday buffet brunch was a great success, according to our guests. They loved the food, couldn't believe the variety & quantity. Even the restaurant owner was overwhelmed, and I had been concerned about him being our toughest critic.

    And always I go for the visual "WOW!" The fact that the small accent plate pattern, red against all-white service, was replicated in the 6 individual mini flower vases. And in turn mirrored in the design of the place cards I created & computer printed for each of them; that really impressed.

    I love that kind of stylistic unity, that harmony in design. I'm not into mishmash eclectic - I like a unified theme.

    But they were pleased even more by my husband's cooking. He's still got the knack. And eating is what they came for, not simply looking.

    He made so much stuff, and so many different things, that we'll have leftovers until Thanksgiving, if they keep. We both collapsed after our guests departed, he taking a nap in the bed, me simply nodding off in the chair at this computer.

    One of our friends brought a very special bottle of champagne. It came in a beautiful presentation box with a lock on it. We all toasted with that, a rather wonderful champagne.

    I think that contributed to our getting overcome by our fatigue after our guests departed, even though that single glass to make a toast was the only alcohol the 2 of us had. We were too busy for drinking.
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    Oct 30, 2017 2:45 AM GMT
    art_deco saidThe Sunday buffet brunch was a great success, according to our guests. They loved the food, couldn't believe the variety. Even the restaurant owner was overwhelmed, and I had been concerned about him being our toughest critic.

    And always I go for the visual "WOW!" The fact that the small accent plate pattern, against all-white service, was replicated in the 6 individual mini flower vases, and in turn mirrored in the design of the place cards I created & printed for each of them, really impressed.

    I love that kind of stylistic unity, that harmony in design. I'm not into mishmash eclectic - I like a unified theme.

    But they were impressed even more by my husband's cooking. He's still got the knack. And eating is what they came for, not simply looking.

    He made so much stuff, and so many different things, that we'll have leftovers until Thanksgiving, if they keep. We both collapsed after our guests departed, he taking a nap in the bed, me simply nodding off at this computer.

    One of our friends brought a very special bottle of champagne. It came in a beautiful presentation box with a lock on it. We all toasted with that, a rather wonderful champagne.


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    Oct 30, 2017 7:45 AM GMT
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    art_deco saidI set the table tonight. Or as the Brits will say, I "laid" the table. Well, whether I was setting it or laying it (how kinky) it's mostly done. With small details left for tomorrow.

    And I did chose the red & white theme, rather than the blue. So according to roadrageRob that must make me a Republican. icon_eek.gif

    He said selecting a blue theme, that I had considered and have often used for breakfast, meant I was displaying my Liberal leanings. You know, Blue and Red States, and all that. But I simply had more matching red things for 6 people. If we were 4 I woulda gone blue.

    Yah know, when I'm setting (laying) a table, the last thought on my mind is political implications. Blue is simply my favorite color, a US Army Officer's color, and I think it's perfect for a morning breakfast. But this is a brunch around 1 PM, when a little red "snap" is OK.

    In any case, I got the table mostly finished, and asked hubby if he approved. He did. But I won't put the flowers out, at each setting, until tomorrow. I avoided a centerpiece to keep the table open, and no candles at midday.

    This brunch will involve a lot of platters & bowls, and the table isn't that large. Gotta keep it open, no room for useless candles. But everyone will have his own red flowers in small vases, that match the red settings and their decorated place cards.

    And the flower vase shape even matches their water glasses. A fanatical attention to detail that is both military, and gay.

    And BTW, the only round things I permit on the table are drinking glasses. All the service must be square or rectangular. Even the candles, when I use them, are square and color-matched to the setting, and sit on square holders.

    My tables are always praised. And I've been told I should make it a business, doing other tables that people or organizations need.

    No, I don't want the hassle of dealing with committees or Boca Bitches. Who might hire you, but then decide they know more than you do. I don't need their money or grief, and so I'm happier working for myself, and my husband.


    When are you actually going to get married? Until then, he is not your "husband" at all.

    Decos made the lifestyle choice, not to marry again.
    Thus not making his boyfriend, a husband.
    Deco does seem to have a strong sence of self entitlement.
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    Nov 12, 2017 9:03 PM GMT
    In all honesty, no fine English country home would be caught dead displaying red table linen. Not even Hyacinth Bucket would countenance such a public display of boorish poor taste. The very idea is too appalling to dwell on. My sympathies go out to your poor helpmeet, who had to face the consequences of such a deplorable situation. Not to mention the guests who, albeit clad in shorts and sandals, had to endure such a frightful undertaking. The concept of a champagne brunch entails a certain degree of graciousness, and simple elegance ought always to be preferred to gaudiness. I hope that you will refrain from such an outlandish presentation in the future.

    Napkin rings are a late and vulgar affectation. They originated with the lower classes, who did not always launder their table linen after each use, and consequently had to distinguish to whom each napkin was assigned. They are never found upon a truly refined dining-table, and are properly utilized in a picnic or potluck setting.

    Nevertheless, we live now in times of diminishing civility, and I suppose that your effort to put forth an entertainment in your home must be commended, in spite of its many deficiencies. I was cheered to see that your little Halloween gathering was accounted such a success. The menu sounded outstanding. You are indeed fortunate that your significant other is such a good cook, and that the guests were able to leave the premises satisfied and well-fed, notwithstanding the condition of the hosts passed out elsewhere, and the abominable presentation to which they were subjected.

    Should you be contemplating a Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering in your home, even if only an informal one, I do hope that you will exhibit the good sense to use traditional white table linens, and take the time to fold the napkins properly. You might also consider enclosing a discreet note with the invitations recommending that the guests arrive suitably attired in slacks, collared shirt, and appropriate footwear. Even the common elements in Florida, provided that they are reasonably literate, ought to be able to appreciate the need to uphold the standards of a gay gentlemens' genteel dinner gathering.

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    Nov 12, 2017 11:18 PM GMT
    carew28 saidIn all honesty, no fine English country home would be caught dead displaying red table linen. Not even Hyacinth Bucket would countenance such a public display of boorish poor taste. The very idea is too appalling to dwell on. My sympathies go out to your poor helpmeet, who had to face the consequences of such a deplorable situation. Not to mention the guests who, albeit clad in shorts and sandals, had to endure such a frightful undertaking. The concept of a champagne brunch entails a certain degree of graciousness, and simple elegance ought always to be preferred to gaudiness. I hope that you will refrain from such an outlandish presentation in the future.

    Napkin rings are a late and vulgar affectation. They originated with the lower classes, who did not always launder their table linen after each use, and consequently had to distinguish to whom each napkin was assigned. They are never found upon a truly refined dining-table, and are properly utilized in a picnic or potluck setting.

    Nevertheless, we live now in times of diminishing civility, and I suppose that your effort to put forth an entertainment in your home must be commended, in spite of its many deficiencies. I was cheered to see that your little Halloween gathering was accounted such a success. The menu sounded outstanding. You are indeed fortunate that your significant other is such a good cook, and that the guests were able to leave the premises satisfied and well-fed, notwithstanding the condition of the hosts passed out elsewhere, and the abominable presentation to which they were subjected.

    Should you be contemplating a Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering in your home, even if only an informal one, I do hope that you will exhibit the good sense to use traditional white table linens, and take the time to fold the napkins properly. You might also consider enclosing a discreet note with the invitations recommending that the guests arrive suitably attired in slacks, collared shirt, and appropriate footwear. Even the common elements in Florida, provided that they are reasonably literate, ought to be able to appreciate the need to uphold the standards of a gay gentlemens' genteel dinner gathering.



    I love that show. Last night our PBS station from up in Binghamton showed the Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket.
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    carew28 saidIn all honesty, no fine English country home would be caught dead displaying red table linen. Not even Hyacinth Bucket would countenance such a public display of boorish poor taste. The very idea is too appalling to dwell on. My sympathies go out to your poor helpmeet, who had to face the consequences of such a deplorable situation. Not to mention the guests who, albeit clad in shorts and sandals, had to endure such a frightful undertaking. The concept of a champagne brunch entails a certain degree of graciousness, and simple elegance ought always to be preferred to gaudiness. I hope that you will refrain from such an outlandish presentation in the future.

    Napkin rings are a late and vulgar affectation. They originated with the lower classes, who did not always launder their table linen after each use, and consequently had to distinguish to whom each napkin was assigned. They are never found upon a truly refined dining-table, and are properly utilized in a picnic or potluck setting.

    Nevertheless, we live now in times of diminishing civility, and I suppose that your effort to put forth an entertainment in your home must be commended, in spite of its many deficiencies. I was cheered to see that your little Halloween gathering was accounted such a success. The menu sounded outstanding. You are indeed fortunate that your significant other is such a good cook, and that the guests were able to leave the premises satisfied and well-fed, notwithstanding the condition of the hosts passed out elsewhere, and the abominable presentation to which they were subjected.

    Should you be contemplating a Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering in your home, even if only an informal one, I do hope that you will exhibit the good sense to use traditional white table linens, and take the time to fold the napkins properly. You might also consider enclosing a discreet note with the invitations recommending that the guests arrive suitably attired in slacks, collared shirt, and appropriate footwear. Even the common elements in Florida, provided that they are reasonably literate, ought to be able to appreciate the need to uphold the standards of a gay gentlemens' genteel dinner gathering.



    I love that show. Last night our PBS station from up in Binghamton showed the Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket.

    This poor shop keepers son, never reached the highs Of Margaret Thatcher.