Skip to comments.WILLIE BROWN: Sign of good times: Big bashes are back
Posted on 11/29/2009 8:35:55 AM PST by SmithL
Here's an economic indicator you won't see on the business pages - the big parties are back.
After a year when being ostentatious was out, bling is back in and the big names are busting out the tents and big-budget bashes for the holiday season.
Gordon Getty pulled the plug last year on his annual combination birthday and Christmas party. This year, it's on.
Dede Wilsey is readying the retractable roof of her home for her annual winter wonderland, and Ron Cowan has booked Teatro ZinZanni for a holiday party. In fact, there appears to be a solid month of parties ahead of us.
Some may resent the return of pre-meltdown parties, but remember - they're a healthy boost to the hundreds of waiters, bartenders, caterers, entertainers, valet car parkers and everyone else who makes a living in the hospitality business in the city....
At that big White House state dinner last week, Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan got a cold roll of the eyes when she asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she was wearing Armani.
She would have been better off asking Nancy's husband and personal shopper, Paul.
Nancy has no patience for selecting clothes. That's Paul's job - all she does is try them on.
Speaking of fashion, one look at the two reality TV players who crashed the party should have tipped the Secret Service that they didn't belong there.
The woman was in a flowered dress that clearly was not of the designer level, and the guy was wearing an obviously rented tux.
Now for a bit of dish on who was at the state dinner - legitimately - and who got left out.
...San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris was there. But I did not spot either of our U.S. senators, Barbara Boxer or Dianne Feinstein.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband, Paul, arrive for President Obama's dinner that an uninvited couple crashed.
Life in Willie-World.
Join the White House conga line!
I’m assuming this is not satire.
Interesting to note that “trickle down” economics is OK when dems say so. :)
Our comapany is having a Christmas party this year. The only reason for this is that we cancelled last years but could not get refunded on the facility. Its a use it or lose it decision for this year. Nothing more.
Nero enjoyed his parties too...
Christmas bashes may be on, but lets see what the pink slips look like after the holidays...
Wow, quite impressive Willie.
How many kids from the ‘hood are you bringing along as a measure of charity?
I noted that too!
Ahhhh, Willie Brown , my favorite political philosopher, my favorite commentator. He’s right up there with the greatest of them. He’s finally found his niche, actually , as a wannable society gossip columnist with some vague political
associations in his background,which makes everything he says sooooooooooo insightful. Mr. Brown is as good an example as any of how pathetic Identity politics is and what a meaningful new “dimension” it DIDN’T add to the political equation: the black idiots have replaced the white idiots.....and aren’t we ALL better off because of it?
Wasn’t there dancing on the Titanic?
If you’re in with the in-crowd, it will be parties galore. Soviet bureaucrats were also noted for their big bashes where Iranian caviar spilled out of silver bowls and nothing but the best French Champagne was poured.
Meanwhile, the rest of the folk were sitting ten to a room in their dreary, crumbling socialist housing, putting together coupons for stuff that wasn’t available anyway.
IS HE F***ING KIDDING US????!!!
Behold a certifiable moron like the rest of his ilk!
Is he on the pipe?
It’s the after-New Year’s events that’ll be no party at all.