Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | August 29, 2009

There are days when you need to wear a hat

We had trouble deciding what to wear to Teddy’s funeral.  We didn’t want to be too over-the-top, after all, we were participating in the service from the comfort of our own home.  After much consideration, we decided on this look which is inspired by one of our Joyceland dream girlfriends, Audrey Hepburn:

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We thought the hat was tasteful and respectful.  Plus, we didn’t have to take time to fix our hair since we were able to shove it all under the wide brim.  We give this four out of four stars.  And you can never go wrong with a little black dress. 

The funeral mass was attended by an amazing collection of the politically powerful and we enjoyed watching them do their meet, greet, kiss, kiss, hug, hug.  The Carters are looking well.  Bush Sr. couldn’t make it, but George and Laura represented the family.  John McCain was smiling a lot.  Joan Kennedy needs about six inches cut off of her not-so-lovely long locks; Hillary is sporting longer tresses which we thought looked o-k-a-y.  Ah-nold Schwarzenegger was looking buff, as usual.  Maria has that thick, lush head of hair which we envy.  Caroline’s oldest is a replica of Jackie!  Who knew?  She is a closely guarded family secret.  Michelle O. looked a little like a present with that BIG bow on her dress.  Apparently Jack Nicholson and Lauren Bacall were in attendance, but we didn’t spot them.  Damn!  Do you suppose Jack and Teddy partied together back in the day?  Everyone had matching umbrellas.  Only at a funeral for the rich and the famous does everyone have matching umbrellas. 

During the meet and greet of the politically powerful, when the hugging and kissing had concluded, we became fascinated with this thought, “What are they saying to each other?”  Bill and Barack were having a very serious conversation.  What was being said?  How can we find out?  Enquiring minds want to know.  So we are now, more than ever before, committed to taking a lip reading course in order to eavesdrop more effectively and better our information gathering abilities. 

Barack’s Vacation Reading List

Joyce is a huge fan of the library and loves a good book.  Here’s what Barack Obama has been reading on his Martha’s Vineyard summer vacation:  The Way Home by George Pelecanos; Lush Life by Richard Price; Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman; John Adams by David McCullough; Plainsong by Kent Haruf, and Escape to JoycelandThe place to come when you’re looking for fun!

What did you think of the funeral?  What have you been reading?


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