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February 02, 1996 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-02-02

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e are throwing a big should accrue some extra merit
open house for my hus- on my behalf.
band's 50th birthday.
My husband would help, but
More accurately, I am he's busy determining if we
throwing it. He is merely stand- should re-landscape the yard for
ing by mildly protesting like the the party.
man in the anecdote (which is
I'm also fretting about the
credited to Abraham Lincoln) decor, outdoors and indoors. I raid-
who, upon being tarred and ed the party goods warehouse (I
feathered and ridden out of town remain grateful for big warehouse
on a rail, said, "If it wasn't for the stores when I confront occasions
honor, I'd just as soon walk."
like this), and now have piled on
His diffidence, which I believe my living room couch a half-dozen
to be genuine, does not mean bags stuffed with plastic cups and
that he isn't cooperating. He un- matching paper plates, paper
derstands that this party busi- "table cloths," serving dishes, nap-
ness involves writing checks and kins, forks and spoons. I plan to
giving money to people who paint the tablecloths decorative-
bring food, lease chairs and ta-
ly, if I can find the time;
bles, and provide flowers and
and I am making oth-
i $
er decorations with
We set a party budget, \
the help of my
which I glance at when I need
very cre-
comic relief, and we decid-
) ative (thank
ed to have the whole thing 4f
/ goodness)
at our house to save money. \
That tactic is working, ex-
My hus-
cept that it re-
band is cre-
quires repainting \ •
ative, too;
the hallway and all
but he is pre-
the • doors. That
occupied de-
cost, I have
ciding if we
assured my'
need to build
spouse, should
a new patio.
not count against –
He and I
my party budget.
grew up with
The painter and his
different ap-
project fall into the
proaches to
household improve- \
} birthdays. In
ment category, I ar-
his family,
gue, and the doors
everything — in-
will still be beautiful long after cluding birthdays — is low key.
the party is over.
My family never met a low key,
"Oh, just stick a candle in a and everything, including birth-
cupcake and forget it," he mum- days, is a big deal. Either way, I
bles, while wondering whether think turning 50 is significant.
this is the moment to tear up the We are looking forward to hav-
ing all of our friends drop in, al-
carpeting and put down tile.
If he decides that it is, he'll though this is the kind of occamion
have to manage that on his own. we refer to as "when worlds col-
I have too much else to do. This lide," because our secular work
party involves major league buddies, our boomer college pals,
shopping at the big grocery ware- our Reform families, and our Or-
house and requires the one job I thodox friends and neighbors will
most abhor: heavy lifting. I have all show up at once, if I can get
a close friend who is a kosher ready for them without panick-
caterer and she helped me figure ing.
out the quantities I have to buy.
My husband says he will be
We're planning a simple, late af- glad to lend me a hand, once he
ternoon, snack menu with chips, figures out whether we need to
fruit, veggies, dips, tuna salad, replace the roof. 0
cookies, cake and other picnic-
type munchies. But with all that
salt and sugar, people have to
Publicity Deadlines
have something to drink. That
normal deadline for local news
involves procuring some three
items is noon Thurs-
dozen bottles of soda, fizzy wa-
day, eight days prior to issue date.
ter and juice, plus a few six-packs
The deadline for birth announce-
of beer, all of which have to be
ments is 10 a.m. Monday, four days
schlepped in a grocery cart, man-
prior to issue date; out-of-town
handled into the car and hauled
obituaries, 10 a.m. Tuesday, three
into the house. I don't mind fetch-
days prior to issue date.
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