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October 16, 2006

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Old Dominion Tory

Mrs. Peperium:
I like the way you and Mr. Peperium spent your Sunday afternoons (especially the rocket fuel G&Ts).
By the way, Mrs. Tory is from one of those towns on lovely Lake St. Clair. We were married there a little more than 16 years ago at the chapel of Notre Dame Academy [?] and our reception was at the GP Yacht Club. The latter was splendid and put me in mind of a nifty party in Newport circa the summer of 1941 or perhaps in London in 1939.
As to your comments about women dressing in an age appropriate manner, you're spot on. A friend of mine once observed that there is nothing so pathetic as an aging hipster. I would think that one thing that could come close is "Grade A Mutton" dressing as "lamb." Therein lies one of the advantages to living in a colder climate: fewer opportunities for women of and above a certain age to decide the weather is warm enough for them to wear the sportswear, shorts, and miniskirts of their greener days.
Cheers!

mandingo

In her day...
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Old Dominion Tory

But could she act? Based on "The Getaway," I'd say, "Not much." But then again, that wasn't the point, I suppose.

mandingo

Another great vingette from Mrs. P.

Mrs. Peperium

Old Dominion, you may just be related by marriage to the Card's Wife. We know the yacht club. It's very beautiful place to have a wedding. Did you ever have a drink up in the Crow's Nest? So, do you ever come back this way?

Mandingo, that is what our hostess looked like, except not fallen. She was an amazing beauty in her day and the painting captured it. More than that she had aged much better than Ali MacGraw. Sad, really... Oh and no. Ali MacGraw could not act her way out of a paper bag which is why her acting career has been reduced to doing the occasional voice-over.

Fiendish

I do not see much of this particular form of insanity in Manhattan. Could be it is crowded out by so many other forms, or could be I am oblivious. (People dressing as slobs are in abundance, but that is a separate topic.)

Mrs. Peperium

Fiendish, you're back. Which particular insanity are you talking about?

Old Dominion Tory

Mrs. Peperium:
I recall we went to the Crow's Nest on the night of the rehearsal dinner. Quite nice, indeed.
We don't get out to Michigan near enough, living, as we do, about 15 hours away. Whenever we visit, however, I walk and drive down Lakeshore Drive as often as possible. I would not mind living there at all (Mrs. Tory's mother lives a stone's throw from Grosse Pointe South), but now I expect the real estate prices have soared into the stratosphere and the job market is more than a little tight.
Currently, Mrs. Tory's family plans a family reunion in the early summer. The last time, we traveled to Port Austin (driving up on the "Blue Water Route"). It was an idyll: early morning swims in the lake, hearty breakfasts, long cocktail hours, and lots of reading. This year, however, the location has not yet been set.
Cheers!

Mrs. Peperium

If you walk Lakeshore then you are acquainted with our parish. It sounds as if your mother-in-law resides in the same section of town that we do. Mr. P requests permission to toilet paper her yard. That's a big thing out here.

The economy here is dreadful. 49th in the country and unemployment is the highest in the country. Our senator is running for re-election on the basis of passing one bill through Congress- a bill that gave Social Security to illegal aliens... Our governor is dreadful as she is too tied to all of the unions. She's up for re-election on the plank of she wants to be told when your child is not doing well in school. The Detroit school system lost 25,000 students this year and more than 50 failing schools are set to close. There is something new happening in the city of Detroit -blackflight it's called. Basically, those that have the means to get out are. Ford is going under. GM is collapsing. Now the talk is the biomedical world will save us. It used to be thought casinos would...

I've been saving so many articles to post about it but I just haven't had the heart. The Democrats just keep blaming people like me. I used to exchange emails with John Tamny of NR. He has a Michigan connection as well and has been writing very good things on the insulation of the executive class - the serious executive class- of the car companies and how that insulation threatened all that was good in Michigan. Michigan is beautiful but its future swings in the balance right now.

Old Dominion Tory

Please ask Mr. Peperium to hold off on any Halloween pranks. I would not want him to run the risk of draping the wrong house in toilet paper on my account.
Insofar as the Michigan economy is concerned, NRO recently ran a piece in which the author (Rich Lowry?) said that those who want to live the European model--high taxes, low economic growth, high structural unemployment, intrusive industrial policies, pugnacious trade unions, an ever-tightening squeeze on the middle class--without leaving our shores should move to Michigan. Basically, Michigan is adhering to an economic model that was sustainable only if the conditions in which it was developed in the 1950s and 1960s remained static.
To drive through Detroit and gaze upon block after block of blasted heath where once stood thriving neighborhoods and businesses is an object lesson as to where so many of the good intentions of the 1960s and 1970s almost inevitably led. To see the casinos' lights is to realize how devoid of ideas and energy Michigan's political class is.
I wonder what Gov. Granholm and others will demand Michigan do in order to become a center for "biotech." I fear it will be something that would delight Moloch.

Mrs. Peperium

Old Dominion Tory, suggest Mackinac Island to you mother-in-law. The Card's wife will be there and she'll buy you drinks at the Pink Pony. She loves that place.

I am aware of Lowry's piece and he was dead on. Like I said, I want to write about this stuff, but I right now I can't. I'm working up to an election push because after what happened with that traitor Lynne Stewart's sentencing, the Republicans have to hold the House and the Senate. We have to fight this war on terror. If we leave Iraq, then it is the next Afghanistan. Then the next 9/11 on a much larger scale is going to take place. It's that simple.

John

Was it the singer Anita Baker who was not allowed to purchase a house on Lakeshore because she was black? I can't rememeber...

Old Dominion Tory

Mackinac Island has been mentioned as has Charlevoix as a possible place for the reunion.
You're entirely correct about Lynne Stewart's sentencing. It was disgraceful and her prolonged gloat (nary a word of regret, nary a hint of shame for what she had done) on the courthouse steps in front of an adoring crowd was appalling.
I am reminded of the political situation in France immediately before Clemenceau ascended to power. Too much defeatism had seeped into the body politic and too many politicians were cynically using French reverses in the field to advance themselves and/or foster revolution. Many journalists were in the pay of the Germans as well. Thankfully, Clemenceau was made of sterner stuff, issued the declaration that all that mattered was "War. War. War!" and set the home front to rights.

Old Dominion Tory

John:
A few years ago, Mrs. Tory once took me to--please correct me if I am wrong--Windmill Point and pointed out Anita Baker's house.
Cheers!

Mrs. Peperium

About Anita Baker. That must be a urban myth circling the internet because Anita lives on Lakeshore. Well, she did. Anita purchased a large piece of Lakeshore property from an old estate. She built a very large home at the back of it which most people thought quite odd. After her home was completed, she thenapplied for permits to subdivide her front yard into parcels of land for 3 large homes. All of these homes would be in front of her Lakeshore home. This required a street to be created so Anita could get to her home. Anita paid for the street to be built. The city approved her plans because of the increase to tax revenue. Then once the homes wer built and Anita had sold them, she packed up and moved to Windmill Pointe.

But that was nothing compared to what she did to the City of Detroit.

Charlevoix is very beautiful. Either place will be wonderful.

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