February 12, 2009

Blame It On Lorraine

Okay, here's a round up for bits and bobs that have been coming into Blame It On Lorraine - all of you who prefer the anonymous route that the blind email offers, apparently.

In no particular order:
I blog when I can. Some days I'm busier than others. That's a good thing. Busy = more work. More work = kids eat better.

I post both columns on a Monday. I know it says the Wheels one is on Saturdays, but I hate bugging Webgod Jeff on the weekends. Anyone who can't wait, can just click on the Wheels link to the Star site, and ~voila~...current column. But thanks for asking :)

I've been asked to write a column about men's facial hair. After I wrote about the boys starting to shave, somebody decided I should tackle the subject about men. Because I can't get a whole column out of that, on the record? Guys should do what feels comfortable. Clean shaven is nice. I also like to see what guys I know look like with a beard and moustache - and then I usually ask them to shave it off once it comes in. Styles change - unless you're about 20, I wouldn't recommend all the goofy facial hair trends that seem to change with the weather.

Flipside, make sure to ask your barber or stylist what they recommend when it comes to your noggin. If you still have feathered bangs or a mullet, welcome to 2009 - time for a change. Unless you are lucky enough to be bald - my affinity for the follicely challenged has been long established (sorry Poor Sod).

To the angry, angry guy who's ex-wife hosed him royally in court, I'm sorry. Nobody wins in divorce, and only hearing one side means any comments on your own special hell are pretty useless. Changing lawyers 3 times usually signifies you're more interested in finding someone to tell you what you want to hear, not what you need to hear. Find a therapist to vent at, put your ex in your rear-view mirror, and remember that not all women are evil bitches. Lots of money-grubbing, soul-destroying litigants on both sides of the aisle - the only constant is the frigging legal bills that are happy to pave your path to the poorhouse.

To the coward who feels I shouldn't be wasting space in the Wheels section - I've forwarded your kind words to my editor. He's getting right on it. Oh, and how dare you accuse me of shopping at Wal-Mart. Now, that hurt.

To the lovely gentleman who let me know his late wife always read my Wheels column - thank you. Notes like yours are a genuine kindness.

I think that catches us up. I'm still happy to answer real questions in BIOL section - a new one will be up by tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shop at Wal Mart? Now, if you were shopping at Wal Mart, I would like to see that. That is like waiting for hell too freeze over...


February 13, 2009 7:14 AM  
Blogger aka Joe said...

I guess when you're a published author, be it a columnist, blogger, books, etc., you're fair game for criticism. At least you understand that and have a thick hide. Personally, I really enjoy your work and look forward to your postings. Plus your appearances at live@530 are a treat too.

Keep it up Lorraine!

aka Joe

February 13, 2009 9:30 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Aw, to flog a bitter cliche, it's all good. Really. The very 'best' of the letters get sent around to editors and my colleagues. You'd be surprised how many of the female auto journalists get the same crap from the same people. It's a hoot. We trade 'em like playing cards.

The best ones? The angry missives that claim I'm horrible horrible horrible, every single week. Yep. They read - every single week.

Mission accomplished.

February 13, 2009 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TO Star has a very wide audience for its Wheels section and therefore must have writers that can cover a number of topics that sometimes are only related to cars and trucks. Technophiles, purists and anoraks should understand this and get their fixes elsewhere. Personally it isn't my cup of tea anymore for road tests, but that's due to my being involved in the industry more than when I started reading Wheels back in the early 1980s,(OK, when it started!) They should hire commentators on the classic car scene because that is one area the Star has avoided for some time now. Are they fearing fallout from their advertisers for covering old iron?

February 15, 2009 2:04 PM  

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