Ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.

This morning’s household crisis: Spriggy found, and needless to say plundered, Kate’s dwindling supply of Easter candy. While we ate Special K and oatmeal in the kitchen, Mr. Sniffy Nose ate one Reese’s Cup, several pixie sticks, a handful of jelly beans and half a chocolate bunny. Kate is in tears, I’m pretty irritated and if he barfs on the carpet, he’s dead.

And don’t tell me the dog is at great risk, because chocolate and dogs and blah blah. This dog has eaten everything from rubber bands to fiberglass insulation and lived to tell the tale.

So, I guess this means no update until later. But on the same theme, a tip: If you’re not watching “Showdog Moms & Dads,” you’re missing something wonderful.

LATER: Well, if a chocolate crisis is coming, I still have some time, as the perpetrator is now sleeping peacefully on the floor, the victim is off to school, it’s too chilly to exercise yet and the day’s duties can be pushed off for a few more minutes. Some bloggage:

In blue jeans, I’m a Levi’s girl. Always have been. I’ve tried Lee (my sister-in-law’s preference), tried Wrangler (but not for long), tried others, but I always regret it and wonder why I strayed. In blue jeans, it’s all about who gets to you first, and my first jeans-buying came in the hippie-dippy early ’70s, when Levi’s reigned. To me, a well-seasoned pair of plain-vanilla Levi’s is the very definition of “classic,” of comfort, of all the important clothing values, and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Levi’s have waxed but mostly waned since then, but I’m loyal. My current fave pair is a dark-indigo dyed pair of old-skool 501s. I just love ’em. I think they cost around $40, at the Levi’s store at the outlet mall. Which is why I read, with amusement and horror, this NYTimes story on high-end denim, “high-end” being jeans that cost more than $200, but that’s the low end of the high end — one brand of in-demand denim called Evisu rings in at $625. Per pair.

Here’s my prejudice when it comes to this stuff: I think it’s not only overpriced, but hideously ugly. Jeans are, at their heart, work pants, and work pants should not come with embroidered seagulls on the butt and “tea-stained lace trim.” This prejudice started with the designer jeans of the ’70s — Calvins, Sasson and the ghastly Gloria Vanderbilts — and continues through the $375 True Religion hand-distressed denim you can buy today.

I used to be an equestrian, and to my mind, the best-looking jeans look you can have is a well-worn pair of Levi’s on a butt made supple and firm by hours in the saddle, framed by a stained pair of custom-made suede chaps. The cost comes in the thousands you spend on the horse and its upkeep, and the time you spend posting without stirrups and sitting the trot, which makes the look far more costly than designer Japanese denim but that much rarer.

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23 responses to “Ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.”

  1. Mindy said on April 21, 2005 at 9:49 am

    I had to give up wearing five-pocket jeans entirely because of the bitter complaints from my midsection. And the back pockets accentuate my broad understanding way too much. Used to be loyal to Levi’s but now it’s Lee for me, the style with a bit of forgiving elastic and no back pockets. But I agree with your thoughts on denim entirely. Lucky you to find dark indigo jeans in any style – I haven’t been able to find any in ages. Especially at the every-size-but-yours sales I frequent.

    Only skinny cowboys and supermodels can wear Wrangler. Everyone else has a butt and therefore looks terrible in them.

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  2. 4dbirds said on April 21, 2005 at 10:02 am

    Don’t get the dog and chocolate thing. My dog loves chocolate. Heck she loves everything. I always heard about never giving a dog chicken. Something about the bones. That never made sense to me either. Maybe some little foo foo dog can’t handle a chicken bone but those types of dogs are owned by Paris Hilton types and eat caviar.

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  3. Dorothy said on April 21, 2005 at 10:49 am

    They can have chicken – you just shouldn’t give it to them still adhered to the bones. They splinter much more easily than cow bones. And if swallowed, could perforate intestines or cut the throat. I agree about littler dogs being able to handle the chicken bones. I don’t think their jaws or teeth have the strength to splinter them.

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  4. Carmella said on April 21, 2005 at 12:04 pm

    Speaking of jeans…did you know that Gloria Vanderbilt is Anderson Cooper’s mother? sigh….Anderson Cooper…:

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  5. Nance said on April 21, 2005 at 12:27 pm

    The best way to dash cold water on a celebrity crush — for me, at least — is to find out the guy is gay. I mean, I still like and admire the work and all, but the lust just goes pfft. With two exceptions: Kevin Spacey and Anderson Cooper. A real loss for our team.

    Both are pretty smart, too. I recently read a comment from A.C., on the horror of reading your mother’s memoir, about all her hot love affairs, something like: “They say the worst thing in the world is imagining your parents having sex. No, it’s not.”

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  6. carmella said on April 21, 2005 at 12:58 pm

    NANCY!!!! Say it’s not true!!!! I don’t particularly care for Kevin, but COOP?!?!?! NO!…….. not that there’s anything wrong with that!!

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  7. alex said on April 21, 2005 at 1:23 pm

    Glad they’re on my team, not that I was particularly aware of it before. Trade you Kevin for someone a little younger and prettier, even if the star’s not quite as luminous.

    Chocolate bad for dogs? Nonsense. My doberman, the huntress, does quite well on refined foods. It’s when she eats what Mother Nature intended–small animals and the like–that she blows nasty stuff out of one end or the other, and never on a hard floor but always the carpet. Bitch.

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  8. mary said on April 21, 2005 at 1:29 pm

    S’true Carmella.

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  9. carmella said on April 21, 2005 at 1:33 pm

    How did you find this out?? Anyway, Alex, you can HAVE Ashton Kutcher. Please…take him!

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  10. mary said on April 21, 2005 at 3:08 pm

    I think I got the word from Michael Musto in the Village Voice. Either that or from gay friends in NYC.

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  11. Nance said on April 21, 2005 at 3:26 pm

    Yeah, and he’s very cool about it — not panicky/closeted, but not out-in-yo-face. Just a guy with a private sex life, like 99 percent of us.

    Sorry, though. It bummed me out, too.

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  12. carmella said on April 21, 2005 at 3:32 pm

    I’m getting used to the idea…slowly. I’ll be ok. I mean, its not like I had hoped to run into him at the mall or something…

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  13. Dorothy said on April 21, 2005 at 3:46 pm

    Carmella you crack me up!

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  14. alex said on April 21, 2005 at 8:05 pm

    Our team already done had Ashton. People that devoid of talent generally don’t reach the top echelons of stardom without sucking their way up.

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  15. mary said on April 21, 2005 at 10:01 pm

    Alex, what’s your take on Matthew McConaughey? (not sure about the spelling and can’t be bothered to check it) My gay friends all tell me he throws like a girl.

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  16. brian stouder said on April 21, 2005 at 10:11 pm

    Well, Anderson Cooper’s orientation is news to me….

    and as a thought experiment I’m trying to think of an example of a famous woman who I already think is hot, who then turns out to be gay, which then could induce the same disappointment (or whatever the exact reaction is that some of the good folks around here are expressing about AC) in me.

    But the problem is, just the opposite happens! If I found out that Natalie Merchant was gay (and if she in fact is, pardon my ignorance!), or Rachel Ray, or Jeane Kirkpatrick (just kidding!) – why then, that woman is ALL THE HOTTER to me!!

    oh well

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  17. ashley said on April 22, 2005 at 2:43 am

    Rachel Ray?

    Wow. She should be on Iron Chef. If she can do all that in 30 minutes, imagine what she could do in an hour!

    She moans with joy even before putting food in her mouth when telling us about her adventures.

    Man, I just want to take a shower after watching anything she’s on.

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  18. Nance said on April 22, 2005 at 7:31 am

    that woman is ALL THE HOTTER to me!!

    Ah, the secret of all those “A Lesbian No More” letters to the Penthouse Forum, revealed!

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  19. brian stouder said on April 22, 2005 at 8:47 am

    Rachel Ray is just….smokin’ hot!

    We have a friend who we eat out with every so often, and she moans between almost every bite of food(!) – it’s almost all Pam and I can do not to laugh uproariously, if we happen to catch each other’s glance!

    And Nance – my preference in those fantasyland letters would be the “A Lesbian No More; Until the Hot New Rowing Instructor Babe Moved In Next Door” type!

    Purely prurient, mind you; really one person is more than enough for another to focus intimate attention upon…but, still!!

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  20. alex said on April 22, 2005 at 8:54 am

    Matthew? I say we recruit him to our team as a switch hitter.

    The hetero male lesbian fantasy’s really the flip side of the hetero female fag fantasy. Although all the women in this forum may be lamenting, believe me there’s no shortage of females who don’t take no for an answer and are certain that they and only they have the cooz no man can refuse.

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  21. danno said on April 22, 2005 at 9:21 am

    Kevin is gay?? Did I miss the bulletin that week?? I was shocked to find out that Portia de Rossi (very hot, even for a gay man!) was Lesbinese! Threw me for a real loop!!!

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  22. ashley said on April 22, 2005 at 5:43 pm

    If you’re looking for hot Lebanese women, look no farther than Shannon Elizabeth. Boo yah.

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  23. Cheryl said on August 24, 2005 at 9:13 am

    All I can say is “whew” and wipe my brow. Our beagle just ate some insulation in the attic. I hurry to search to see if anyone elses dog has done it and your story came up! I don’t think she ate alot. Just enough for my eyes to bug out! Thanks!


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