March 10, 2009

Comment on the Comment

I am curious what you all think about an anonymous comment I received about the party I wrote about the other day. I am hugely thin-skinned about things sometimes, and I do wonder if the vertigo has my judgement out of balance, as well.
Here's the comment: Do you people know there is a recession? What a lack of respect for your fellow countrymen!!

Here's my reply: This is a man who employs 10 top-level craftspeople to make furniture. By having this party, he was also employing a catering company, buying bolts of fabric to decorate, and myriad other small things. Each of his guests bought costumes that they might not have otherwise. It wasn't hugely gaudy or fancy and it had been planned for a long time. It was his economic stimulus.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Was I insensitive about posting this party? Is a party like this stimulating the economy? Was this post disrespecting my fellow countrymen? Am I a horrible prig for being so blind to what's around me (not that I actually am, being in fundraising and everything!)? Bring it on!

65 comments:

  1. No, you're not a prig and no you're not being insensitive. Your anonymous commenter has a problem with envy and that's all. Economic hard times don't mean that everyone has to suffer (or strike a pose of suffering). Your host spent money and that's a good thing. He also provided an evening's distraction from the daily doses of weal and woe and that's an even better thing. Don't let the malcontents get you down.

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  2. The fact that you obviously- entitled people bought and paid for items that you would not otherwise have bought or paid for is a ridiculous attempt to justify a prentious display of middle-class conspicuous consumption. That money could have been put to many more worthy causes. Don't mistake who I am and what I stand for -- I am not a flaming left-wing radical --I am a very affluent New York corporate attorney. But, in a time when I see so many people down-sizing to reflect an understanding of the pain and suffering many Americans are experiencing, I find your brand of extravagance ill-timed and in bad taste. We should all reflect upon the fact that we could be next!

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  3. Your comments regarding "envy" and claiming "nonsense" with no explanation really go nowhere to justify or explain anything. As I explained, I am a New York corporate attorney. I have been out on disability due to an injury and, out of sheer boredom, I discovered the world of blogs. I have decided to research the "blog world" with a mind toward writing a book on the suject. With very few exceptions, I have found that blogs are a means for basically insecure people to engage in self-grandiose behavior. All bloggers tout themselves as the most wonderful and clever gardeners, cooks, decorators, etc. etc. And purport to educate the rest of us with their abundant wisdom. And, with few exceptions, all the commenters on these blogs perpetuate the writer's ego. To say nothing of the time involved in blogging. It is obvious that too many people have far too much time on their hands!!

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  4. To the Anonymous Very Affluent New York Corporate Attorney...You spend your money your way and these people spend their money their way! Its actually none of your business. If you don't like it and it offends you, don't read the blog! If these people could not afford to go to this so called extravagant party, then they could have declined the invitation. You should live within your means! I enjoyed reading about the party.

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  5. Talk about too much time on your hands...get a life!!!

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  6. I admitted I have too much time on my hands. I'm on disability and bedridden -- that's a lot of time in a dy to make up for. But what's your excuse??

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  7. Incredibly vulgar and insensitive ostentation. I can only hope that these people eventually suffer from the economic crisis. It was the filthy rich, not the poor who cop,mmited suicide during the GReat Depression.

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  8. Hmmmmm. This is a tough one, Meg.

    I think it was kind of nice to see a party. I'm glad to see someone having one somewhere.

    These are scary times. But we can't give all our money away to those who didn't plan for them.

    I feel mostly sorry for the ones who did plan and still got handed their hats.

    I saw a clip over the weekend of a former model, Carmen Dell'Orefice, a dear friend of Bernie Madoff who lost everything (because of her former dear friend). I was going to post on it because I admired her attitude so much.

    These are tough times. Blogging is a diversion, that's all (and a welcome one right now). A little fun, a little community. Not to be taken quite so seriously.

    Anon, wishing the worst on someone is certainly much worse than posting on a party. Careful there. You want to be glad that some businesses seem to be doing well in spite of.

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  9. Most days I am saving lives from 11 a.m. -11p.m., from 1 lb. premature babies to 90 y.o. ladies. I happen to be off today and am trying to enjoy catching up on one of my favorite bloggers!

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  10. I'll chime in - just because we're in a time of economic struggle, we don't need to sit at home and eat gruel by flickering candlelight.
    The party pix looked charming and certainly not ostentatious or inappropriate.

    The fact that mr. anon left a comment on the original post and brought up a topic of conversation would have much more resonance if the comments didn't continue to wander off down the "tantrum/diatribe" path.

    Do your best to ignore them and move on.

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  11. To Bird. One final word on the subject. You claim that it is "none of my business," but the interesting thing about blogging is that, by putting your ideas, oictures, etc on the internet, you are making it everyone's business. Believe it or not, people actually put pictures of their own children on the internet. Why someone would submit their innocent children to the murky world of the internet is beyond me. So, despite what Bird says, once you put your life out on the internet for all to see and comment on, it ie everyones business -- like it or not!!! Also, it is most noble that you save premature babies and I commend you for that. But I am just doing what you are doing -- using my spare time to explore the endless world of blogs.

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  12. making an effort is what you did in an extemely nice way.....seems like the "poor bedridden attorney," could use some tlc as well....maybe ask him what would make him feel better and more positive.
    best,
    karen

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  13. FYI. For the record, I am Anonymous, but I am not the anonymous who wrote the "incredibly vulgar" comment. I would never wish ill on anyone. I am just posting my social commentary for anyone interested. I dont know what "effort" Karen is referring to but, for the record, I am a "her," not a "him" and, while I appreciate the advice to get some tlc, I have four great kids, a wonderful husband, numerous loving dogs, a great home and all the tlc I could hope for. My comments don't stem from unhappiness (just because someone disagrees doesn't make them a poor lonely soul) but from a dismay that so many people are so caught up in themselves and fail to see the pain of others. I am a very positive person and I know our country will make it through this ok, and I really dont begrudge "Pig" from going to a party, but I wish all of you bloogers out there would see beyond yourselves (which is a topic you all dwell upon) and look at the world outside your front doors.

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  14. It sounds like the corporate attorneys disability is mental instability.

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  15. Oh dear.

    I suppose that Anon has a point or two, but it seems terribly mean-spirited. I think that a sense of perspective is needed . . .

    There was an interesting financial program on Radio 4 on Sunday -- which suggested that if EVERYONE stops spending (especially the people who do still have money)our economical situation only worsens . . . and more businesses go under, which means more people lose their jobs, and on and on in a vicious downward spiral.

    You are an artist, M. You use your blog to highlight examples of beauty and creativity -- and surely this party qualifies. I enjoyed looking at the images. Just because many people are suffering right now, surely it isn't a reason to banish all joy/celebration/fun from the world?

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  16. Befor 8/11, it might have been amusing to have "Arabian Nights" costume parties. Are these people unaware of the fact that the vast majority of terroristsare Arabs?

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  17. Sorry, 9/11, not 8/11!

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  18. Good Grief!

    What else can you say about all that vitriol?

    Anyway, Meg, let's move on! You are not a prig or blind to what's happening out in the world, so don't lose any sleep over this. Look at it this way: there's one in every crowd, and everybody else in the crowd knows who it is.

    On another note, I saw where you got a mention by name in The Post last week. Cool!

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  19. Meg,

    I very much enjoyed the party photos. Thanks for sharing them. I'd like to hear more about the food that was served. I bet it was wonderful.

    As to your critic, well, someone is having a bad day.

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  20. If you have it, spend it...it's really not doing any good for the entire world to start stuffing cash in their mattresses when the problem we're trying to solve is a freezing up of the circulation of money. Yes, many were reckless with their spending fueled by a system that rewarded the extension of credit not its repayment, but to say that those who didn't go crazy with borrowed money, can't continue to live a lifestyle they've earned is absurd and ultimately counterproductive.

    I'm tired of people judging those who are continuing live their lives rather than hiding out in their cold, dark homes, eating cold cabbage soup and day old bread, sitting on milk crates, and reading Oliver Twist. Don't you think caterers need parties, restaurants need diners, hotels need guests, florists need lovers, etc? If we stop buying everything we used to buy all these people and all the people dependent on them will also lose their jobs making it all that much worse. Is going to dinner equal to giving to a homeless shelter, of course not, but it's not evil, selfish, or insensitive either, even if you're eating at the nicest restaurant in town. And I for one find vicarious pleasure in reading a blog post about a nice party or a great meal.

    Forgive the rant, but Anonymous and ones like him/her are making a bad situation worse.

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  21. My final comment. Now that I've been accused of mental instability and of being mean-spirited (which I was going out of my way not to be), I guess I will live up to my reputation and ask why such a hefty-sized woman would call herself "Pig?" So -- Let's move on to the artist that we know Meg is and discuss the menu of the wonderful soiree and the exciting self-justifying mention of Pig in the Post!!! Be still our beating hearts!!! And, by the way, all of my comments were written tongue in cheek! As for envy -- HARDLY!! A bunch of middle-aged losers in Arabian garb! Gag me!!

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  22. somebody needs a hug.


    Ps I may be anon but I am not the lame corporate attny with an attitude

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  23. I believe that the fate of our country lies in the hearts and creativity of small business men and women. I rejoice in the fact that this craftsman was able to celebrate and employ top level craftspeople and hand extended business opportunities to local businesses in the process.

    The only thing that bugs me is that I was not invited. ;)

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  24. anon-

    it's not like guests where brought into the party on palanquins, carried by homeless men in livery; guests were not flown to morocco on a private jet, nor given gift bags containing custom fezzes made from baby seal fur. sheesh. you'd think the guests were all individually tended to by child slaves, as well.

    what i see is a smart business person, entertaining his friends and associates in a relatively modest and clever fashion, providing a distraction from the horrible situation we are in. the event also provides a future pleasant memory association for the guests to their host, and by extension, his business. hey, he got some publicity for it too by getting a post on meg's blog. sounds like win-win all around to me.

    my advice to you anon, is that perhaps you focus on your own situation and not project your current psychological state of affairs on others. you are obliviously (and understandably) depressed and angry about your disability, and that prevents you from seeing outside situations with any objectivity. your myopia blinds you to the fact that others still able to enjoy their lives, even in times of adversity. perhaps discussing depression medication with your doctor would be a good idea right now- physical disability often leads to mental depression. though i think your comments are over-blown and inappropriate, i honestly don't mean that advice snarkily- i've been where you are, and i know the effects serious illness can have on one's psyche. in tough times, dealing with a personal illness certainly colors everything in your world, even if that world is only lived vicariously from bed.

    i would further suggest you devote your time in bed, not "to research(ing) the "blog world" with a mind toward writing a book on the suject" but instead researching what you can do (even from bed) to improve your your own life and the lives of others. if your disability is not permanent, then perhaps you can be planning your course of action to improve "the pain and suffering many Americans are experiencing" once you are recovered- i'm sure the homeless, the disabled and the displaced, would be delighted to have a experienced attorney volunteering full-time to improve their plight. actually, i'm also sure many non-profit organizations who serve the very disadvantaged you think were slighted by this fun little party, would probably enjoy the free, volunteered advice of a bed-ridden attorney with "too much time on my hands" RGHT NOW, rather than waiting for your full recovery- if you are able to comment on, and follow this this blog, as well as others, i would imagine you would be up to doing a little virtual volunteering too.

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  25. You didn't do anything wrong, I think anonymous has a little too much time on 'their' hands - corporate lawyer my A**. You know how I deal with comments like that? I don't approve them. It's your blog -you post what you like. The only thing keeping the economy afloat at this point is people keeping on spending as usual. The president and numerous other economic advisers have BEGGED everyone to spend as usual. Anonymous - shut up and find another outlet for your frustration. At least claim your comments and don't be 'anonymous'.

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  26. anon, your last comment- a gratuitous personal attack on someone who did NOT attack you- proves my point, and the point of others who questioned your metal stability. remember, you stated this little affair- you felt the need to out of your way criticize someone else, and when you were criticized back, resorted to school yard name calling.

    disabled corporate attorney, my eye. bitter 12 year old girl, home sick from school, maybe.

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  27. Shame on anonymous. This person obviously leads a very disappointing life and needs to involve him/herself in nonprofit volunteer activities to develop a more positive outlook on life. As well as read bloomberg news to gain a better understanding of how spending money helps the economy. Anonymous-I wish you all the luck in finding a better and happier life where you are not dumping your miserable rants on others.

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  28. and PS -you are not overweight - what is this crap?? Anon is obvoiusly a mean A-hole PLUS a little stupid - PIGTOWN refers to the name of her neighborhood, dumba**! Seriously, don't read this crap, Meg!

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  29. Well, obviously this is not a person to take seriously, but I know it can be hard to brush off rude comments.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with having a party in a recession. Keeping a court of aristocrats in grand style at Versailles while the peasants were starving -- maybe that was out of line. But proportion matters, here.

    You know all this, because you have a little sense (a lot, actually). And you have one of the most enlightening and entertaining blogs out there right now -- I'm not surprised to know that there are people who are jealous of you. I just hope you know how much your blog means to your fans.

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  30. That last comment by anon was TOTALLY out of line. "Pigtown" is a neighborhood on the upswing in Baltimore for heaven's sake.

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  31. My my my "HOuse21" has quite a lot to say. FYI - I am doing extensive pro bono work and at the present time am helping a single mom hold onto her apartment, a disabled man get food assistance, and trying to get a restraining order against an abusive husband that has been stalking his wife and children. Et tu Maison 21??? Also, I am not depressed in the least -- I am merely spellbound by this new method of communication (blogs) and the fact that those who engage in it feel themselves immune to criticism. I love how you commenters all take my disagreement as a sign of discontent on my part. It's noble how you are all sticking up for your pal Meg while, actually, this has taken on a life apart from Pig altogether. I do think it is big of Pig to post people who disagree with her. Most bloggers screen their comments and only allow glowing tributes to them to appear on their blog! What I do find intriguing is that you all are so quick to assign unhappiness to anyone who disagrees with you. I am as happy a person as you are likely to meet. In fact, I am enjoying my physical disability as an opportunity to learn all about your crazy cyberworld. Tomorrow I will check out a new egotistical blogspot. So blast away House 21! I'm going to touch base with my office, put in a call to my Legal Aid associates and wait for my kids to get home from school so that we can plan a nice supper. P.S. _ In agreement with you, and in Pig's defense - I know your party was not some outrageous extravagant event - just a bunch of artsy wanna bees out having fun. But don't put pictures of yourselves on the web if you don't want to draw attention, and perhaps criticism. Like they say -- if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the fire.

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  32. PD - Never apologise and never explain. You owe these people nothing. If they don't like it they can just fuck off.

    Mental instability is an awfully generous way to explain away bad behaviour. I am afraid I am not that generous. It's really quite simple - the corporate attorney in question is an asshole. Some people just are.

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  33. Don't Feed the Trolls

    In Internet terminology, a troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum, and posts inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed intentionally to annoy or antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion, including the personal attack of calling others trolls.

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  34. Enough to turn someone into a Communist.

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  35. I was just about to post KO's advice about how to rid oneself of trolls, but now I'll just second it. To Meg-Yes these things are somewhat conspicuous consumption, but I still totally enjoy reading about it while I try and retrain to save my house since my entire client base(I was and am a struggling artist) has vanished along with my savings. And I know I'm not alone among your readers in this position. I keep reading about ways people showed spirit and enjoyed life in the '30s and '40s. Back biting and moaning about how awful it is doesn't make me feel better. Looking at beautiful homes and art does. I don't thing I'm alone on this; didn't I read that people are flocking to movie theaters for lighthearted movies? We need fantasy. It's insensitive to boast about your latest fancy fill-in-the-blank to someone while they are trying to figure out if they can afford the groceries in their basket at the store, but we all chose to come to your blog. I don't choose to lose all interest in culture, cultural preservation and the finer things because I'm broke right now. I just do it on the cheap.

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  36. PS, after finally getting to see the pictures of the party, I don't even see what's so extravagant. Roasted vegetables, creative friends, homemade costumes? Shocking. Not exactly Ken Lay. Might have to resurrect the idea I had for a mad-hatters croquet party last summer and didn't get time to throw.

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  37. again with the name calling, anon. very grown up of you. sorry but "HOuse21" doesn't offend me- i am a HO, darlin'

    and i can see, like HOBAC said, i was being far too generous in my assessment of your mental stability- i hereby withdraw my doctor of the internets' diagnosis of "depressed" and downgrade you to "entitled" and "narcissistic"- you know, just like us bloggers!

    please feel free to check out my egotistical blogspot anytime you like, because yes, "i do have a lot to say", though i warn you, if you want to leave disparaging comments there, unlike meg, i don't publish them. for that privilege, you'll have to start your own egotistical blog- obviously, you have a lot to say as well, so that might not be a bad idea!

    looking forward to your book (and/or blog) on the egoism of bloggers (a best seller i'm sure with *that* fresh perspective), while wishing you all the best for "enjoying your disability" (wtf?).

    oxoxo-

    "HOuse21"
    commenting live from "crazy cyberworld"

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  38. This time I have to agree with the other anonymous. All of the cursing aside - you are a bunch of immaterial pseudo-artistic assholes yourselves. And troll is just another word for free speech. And why is it so hard for you jerks to believe that I am a very happy well-adjusted person. As I said before and will say one last time - JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DISAGREES WITH YOU DOES NOT MAKE THEM MISERABLE, UNHAPPY OR SOCIALLY-DEVIANT. I've had enough fun with you jokesters today. You are a bunch of lame, boring self-idolizing, middle aged losers. So - go enjoy yourselves!!!

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  39. My goodness, this is the first time I've been completely apalled by a commenter! So completely with no sense of manner what so ever? And so insulting? What is so wrong about giving compliments?

    Big hug to you Meg, I definitly enjoy your blog and I think you're very talented.

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  40. Meg I am right there behind Maison 21 and HOBAC. How rude is it to comment on one's appearance or to call someone a "wanna bees". What does that mean exactly anon? I've always wondered. Are you a famous attorney we would all know from the newspapers? Are so wealthy that you would be one we would consider having "arrived"? And a wanna bee "what" exactly? Everyone in that post looked like they were enjoying each other's company, having a really fine time and had appreciation for each other. Isn't that what we all want out of life? Otherwise what is the point? Not only was this host a hard working person who employs craftspeople, he also obviously has a following of people who are his friends to whom he wants to show appreciation. There is no crime and no sin at all in this. Just the opposite. By joining in the discussion, anon, you are just as "guilty" as any of those you are protesting against. Oh....and if you had been reading "Pigtown" for any length of time...you would know that Meg devotes her life to helping and teaching others and lives within her means and is NOT ostentatious or a conspicuous consumer. She lives a rich life, yes, but one based on realtionships, not spending. It is fine to offer contructive criticism, but name calling and offering judgement without all of the facts seems beneath a "corporate attorney".

    Oh and BTW...blogging is a realtively new frontier, and many blogs provide great information, networking, free PR for a business and potential for income. Before condemning all blogs, perhaps you should do a little more research. I certainly don't claim to be an expert (since I suspect that you will be checking out any blogs that get your ire up), but there are many out there who are. Good luck and wishing you better health.

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  41. Oh my gosh, Meg. Pleeease don't let ANYTHING "Anonymous" has said get to you. I completely agree with what tartanscot and M21 said about the party being nothing near extravagant. I saw the pics the other day and thought it looked like a lot of fun. And you and Bee are completely right when you credit the party host and guests with stimulating the economy in their own small way - as does anyone else fortunate enough to have some discretionary cash lying around. If EVERYONE stopped spending in an act of faux solidarity or misplaced sensitivity, we'd be in even bigger trouble that we are! Yes, unemployment rates are high, 10% in my area. But on the flip side, that means 90% still have jobs. Should the employed only leave their homes to go to work and then hoard their paychecks? Or should they go out to dinner or lunch occasionally and help local restaurants stay in business? Yes, of course they should. Ditto any other kinds of goods or services their budget will allow.
    I am not wealthy or entitled by any stretch of the imagination but had I been invited to such a party I would have gone in a heartbeat! I've lived my entire adult life with a learned and sometimes necessary frugality. I could have whipped up the most fabulous costume from thrift store and found items and looked like I'd spent a fortune. Whether I did or didn't is truly no one's business. That it might look like a "display of middle-class conspicuous consumption" is, in my humble opinion, completely in the eye of the beholder.
    Spend it if you've got it people! It's the best and fastest way to get our country back on track. The people whose jobs and businesses are saved by your purchases of their goods and services will, in their own turn, be able to buy other goods and services and on it goes.

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  42. Meg,

    Having met you for the first time at the party (pictured in one of your photos) I can undoubtedly say that the party was not at all excessive or shameful. It was simply a wonderful event where creativity, taste, and the playfulness that goes with all costume parties, prevailed.
    The party host is a very generous, talented, and might I say, extremely humble man who has an incredible vision and an ability to turn trash into treasure. He told me he bought all the fabric drapings to tent the rooms for $2/lb. at a fabric warehouse. The elaborate Turkish lantern near the door was borrowed. The amazing baroque candelabra in the 4th photos was welded in his shop from old parts. The crystals hanging over the doorway were chandelier parts that David always has on hand because he makes -- CHANDELIERS! All the other decorations were made by David in his shop as well. He told me that he and his employees worked for 2 weeks setting up and decorating. Why does Anon have a problem with a creative person, who BTW graduated from one of the most esteemed art schools in the country, being CREATIVE? I would assume that David would sooner drop dead than not be able to be creative or be able to create.

    As for the guests, most people were from the neighborhood, which I might add donates more money to charities and supports more local businesses than just about any other neighborhood in any other city. Besides numerous homeless shelters and hospices, we support a music conservatory, 2 art schools, several libraries, a symphony hall, 2 playhouses, and 2 opera houses. Most people I know in the neighborhood give away large portions of the their paychecks to charity -- and I don't personally know anyone I would consider to be rich.

    As for the costumes, most people donned thrift store finds or resewn bedsheets, myself included.

    If the host of the party is guilty of shameless ostentation, then I must be as well. One of my recent Christmas party guests described my house as "the Russian palace from The Nutcracker". Sorry, Anon, it was a dump inhabited by crack whores and drug addicts when I bought it 4 years ago. But through my own hard work ethic and self-sacrifice I was able to turn a crack house back into an elegant mansion. By your standards I should have left it as crackhouse so that homeless people would continue to have a place deficate.

    Meg, finally, as for continuing the conversation with Anon, my mother gave me some sage advice years ago, "arguing with insane people is a waste of time".

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  43. While I have everyones attention, does anyone have suggetions on find a book that focuses on tropical yet traditional style? I really love the Ritz in Grand Cayman, but I dont want seashell pattern fabric. Any suggestions would be great! I love this blog by the way and I am not middle aged like suggested!

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  44. Caribbean Elegance by Connors (which I have) and the book by India Hicks (which I didn't buy but you might like as it is fresh and young but not gimmicky).

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  45. Anon... you're probably down and out because you pulled your back carrying your bags of money to the bank! You're doing pro-bono work because of the guilt you feel for you're real "day job", on your back and all.
    Maybe you should try other blogs like stuffwhitepeoplelike.com or passiveagressivenotes.com It's probably more up your alley since the decorating blogs are all so petty and out of touch!
    You tell everyone that you're not unhappy and your life is a bed of roses and then procede to tell everyone how their lives are shallow and empty. Is that the pot calling the kettle black?
    Just saying, sounds like you have the "Oh, I'm not one of them" issues!
    Cara

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  46. I dunno, Anon.

    I am not a blogger, and therefore don't know the rules here. But the first rule should be to do no harm, I think.

    I hope whatever has you in bed will pass.

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  47. DO NOT LISTEN to anon. i stopped blogging for a while due to people like this. i'm even thinking of closing comments. the truth is that the disabled corporate attorney could go elsewhere for entertainment but obviously enjoys the free entertainment of Pigtown Design. She/he clearly has some issues and is channeling them your way. Ignore, ignore, ignore.

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  48. Trolls are exactly that. You can choose to ignore them, which is the easiest thing to do.

    Of course, if you wanted to have fun with them, you could always see what IP address they are coming from.

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  49. "You are a bunch of lame, boring self-idolizing, middle aged losers."

    just as i thought- "corporate lawyer" is actually a bored 12 year old, and her disability is the flu, which kept her home from school today. oh well, at lest we kept her busy today so she didn't torture the family cat.

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  50. oh, AND i got a blog post out of it, so thanks anon!

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  51. "i am a HO, darlin' "

    Actually you're not, Maison21. You're exactly the opposite. That's the problem.

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  52. ridiculous! the photos of the party were great! i've been dying to stop by that shop for months and any glimpse inside makes me happy. your blog is wonderful and you keep keepin on, girl! ...what a response, eh? you are loved.

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  53. sorry, one more thought... can i just point out that the majority of followers to Pigtown are in the "DESIGN" field... and are not out of work, (sorry for your hardship) NY, (you'll get no sympathy here in Bmore) Attorney (are you kidding me??) ... we love Pigtown's blog because it is chocked full of great ideas and links for those of us in THE PROFESSION. If you think it's frivolous...than I suggest you research another type of blog for your book. ok, that's off my chest. thanks.

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  54. he's a corporate atty? DOES HE REALIZE WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING???????????????? TO QUESTION your MOVITVES - YOU WHO GIVES YOUR LIFE TO HELPING THE POOR, THE DOWNTRODDEN, THE ABANDONED, THE CHILDREN WITH NOTHING, NOBODY, BUT YOU AND THOSE YOU WORK WITH??? WHAT A FUCKING IDIOT.

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  56. M21 & HOBAC - I'm in love with you.

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  57. maison21 said...

    disabled corporate attorney, my eye. bitter 12 year old girl, home sick from school, maybe.


    lol! ... love that m21

    i don't think anonymous has taken the time to read your blog! i think it's very clear to anyone who does that you're fun and sharp and authentic and magnanimous and perceptive and innately stylish!

    ps i'm a subscriber, meg!...so i'm a little biased ; )

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  58. By the number of supportive comments you received, I think you can find the answer you need. Aside from employing numerous people, I think that during a recession we don't lose our aesthetic appreciation. We NEED something lovely to look at and read about, which you always provide. Keep up the inspiration and don't let Anon get you off track.

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  59. good GOD and i thought i had a bad day today...

    anon the atty, you proletarian hauteur, you just don't get it.

    good luck with that book.

    {Meg, you are GREAT ! }

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  60. What a total jerk. If you have the money spend it anyway you want, I know I do and every merchant loves me for it. As for blogs, not everybody claims to be perfect or expert, it is just a way to let cyber-friends know what you are up to or like.
    Comment to anon: just leave her alone you cyberstalker, find something else to fill your day with
    M21, please don't lump 12 year old sick girls at home with this total idiot, he/she is in a class all alone.
    TOTAL JERK!!!
    By the way what is your disabilitysomebody smack you down for being a jerk off???

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  61. Anon - the problem is not that you disagree, it's the manner of your disagreement. Making mean-spirited, nasty, and hurtful personal comments about Meg & others reveals way more about you than you might want. It's so sad that with all the wonderful skills and qualities you possess (that you've so kindly pointed out) - deep intelligence, thoughtfulness, civility and good manners appear to be lacking.

    –Lana

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  62. The party was an inventive and creative way to getting money flowing into the economy, just what the country needs!

    ps don't accept comments from people who don't know how to pull out of a recession

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  63. Thanks to everyone who made positive constructive comments. I've been humbled by your kind support and your defense of me.

    Today's been one of those hellish days, between the vertigo, a sty on my eye and doctor's appointment, and my real work of trying to write a grant proposal for the children at our organization by Monday (we have a week between the notification that we could apply and the due date!).

    Let's hope that we can put things in their proper perspective and start afresh in the morning.

    Thank you again for your support. It means the world to me.

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