Category Archives: Virginia

Day 9: Just Thankful I Didn’t Hit a Deer

deer crossingHonestly, today, I’m just grateful I made it back in one tired piece last night from my foray to Charlottesville.

It wouldn’t be accurate to say that Herman woke up yesterday morning with a horrific allergy attack. In fact, he had already been awake half the night sneezing, snorting, and rubbing his eyes. We were both pretty wiped out but I was determined to go on to see Tippi Hedren in person. And I was equally determined that he would stay home and rest.

So for the first time in quite a few years, I ventured on a bit of road trip after dark. I’m getting too old and too dependent on my sweet husband’s protective company for this. Continue reading

Day 8: Grateful Finally to Solve a Hitchcock Mystery

Tippi Hedren and Edith Head's Costume for The Birds

Tippi Hedren and Edith Head’s Costume for The Birds

Later today, I’ll be heading down the road about 60 miles to Charlottesville to see Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds at the historic Paramount Theater. Afterward, there will be a live Q&A session with Tippi Hedren, icy blonde star of the movie, and, oh, by the way, Melanie Griffith’s mother.

The event is a highlight of the 2013 Virginia Film Festival.

I generally love Hitchcock; The Birds not so much.

Maybe it’s because I am always distracted by the suit. The trim, slim, sickly green Edith Head suit that Hedren wore through 90 percent of the action.

That thing has driven me crazy for years. Continue reading

Day Five: Thank Goodness He’s from Toronto

MSNBC Tweet #VAGov

MSNBC Tweet #VAGov

We are electing a governor today in Virginia and the cable news networks are a-Twitter.

The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. It’s 8:24 now. And, to be honest, at this point, I expected it all to be over including the shouting.

Instead, it’s too close to call.

Ken Cucinelli, the uber conservative everyone thought was bound to lose is actually ahead–though the Washington D.C. suburbs have not been counted. They’re expected to boost Democrat Terry McAuliffe to victory. And I’m starting to wonder if even a vaguely humorous post is such a good idea. Continue reading