After an eventful weekend, Bailey bowed out early Sunday night. She missed an unbelievable episode of The Sopranos. I say unbelievable because, at the time of the accident, Tony and Christopher were on their way back to the greater Caldwell area from New York City. Yet they were taken to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville. This would bypass several closer major hospitals, and represent major inefficiencies in our health care system.
â€¢ Congratulations to our friend Jaime Levy Pessin, who was recently named one of the Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30.
â€¢ More praise, this time for our wedding videographer. Kevin Higgins â€“ at the time, a film student at Boston University and, more importantly, Ellen’s brother’s friend â€“ just sold his first movie to Warner Brothers. Plasterhead represents a departure from Mielke-English Wedding, and will be available for rent later this year.
â€¢ Last year, I provided a list of gifts not to get mom for Mother’s Day, some of which appeared on CNN.com. Here was the uncensored version, full of gifts we again avoided this year:
â€¢ Anti-Aging Cream. Unlike your birthday, Mother’s Day is not an occasion to reflect on how old you are, or how bad you’re looking.
â€¢ Virtual Flowers. Nothing says “I forgot to send you flowers” like virtual ones.
â€¢ Cadbury Cream Eggs. When you want to give chocolate, don’t buy off the Easter discount rack.
â€¢ Bad News. Now’s not the time to tell Mom you won’t be graduating with your class later this month. Wait until Monday.
â€¢ Swiffer Duster. Any household cleaning appliance is risky. Especially one you picked up in Aisle 10.
â€¢ Tacky ties. Bad for Father’s Day. Even worse for Mother’s Day.
â€¢ Live bait. Especially if she’s not big into fishing.
â€¢ A juicer. Sounds fun, until you realize eight oranges equal an eight-ounce glass. Then comes the clean-up.
â€¢ Replica O.J. Simpson #32 Buffalo Bills jersey. As a general rule, regardless of the occasion, steer clear of Juice memorabilia.
Hope nobody made one of the giving mistakes listed above. Happy Mother’s Day Mom (and mom-in-law)!