Like singer-songwriter Huey Lewis once said, “I stay cool as a rule, but sometimes bad is bad.” Voilà, this year’s list of society miscreants, heads on a platter.
First, the country music celebrity who offered in-person interviews for a local nonprofit as part of a benefit concert. The in-person then devolved into phone, then to email, then to “do you still want this?” and finally to “we have a press pass for you” that never came to pass. I may be an Okie, son, but I’ve still been to town.
Next, the gentleman at the posh fundraising soirée who was asked for his picture and said, “Wait — let me find someone good.” Forget the insult to the group you were talking to, rest assured every lady present thought she was good enough and next time, I’ll hand you over to them.
Also the businessman who thought breasts made acceptable small talk in the company of female colleagues. Women have been leaning in for some time now, push-up bras and all. Your Mad Men days are over, and interestingly, the word “boob” originally meant a male schmuck. It still does.
As for the noisy women at a renowned charity luncheon: Yes, your bosses have bought tables and you’re getting free food and a hiatus from the office, but it’s not a permit to visit while the guest speakers are talking. It was like sunrise on a guinea farm.
And, finally, the garden event hostess who told me to wait until she finished her conversation.
You have the distinction of being the only person to ever do this, and I turn the other cheek often. Don’t be surprised one day if you present yourself at the Pearly Gates only to hear St. Peter say, “Lady, please. Wait until I finish my conversation.”
Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at email@example.com. D.A.R. Holds tea
The Galvez Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution chose the Alexandre Mouton House for their Christmas tea. There were mothers, debs and grand dames galore, including Jan Swift and daughter Kelly; Angie and Madison Miller; Julie and Kelly Ann McCarthy; honorary State Regent Barbara de la Houssaye, of Crowley, and Bar Association President Danielle Cromwell. Patricia Snyder did the proper pouring from an elegant silver tea service accompanied by custom-baked cookies iced with “NSDAR” and the dates. Elegant — as were Renée deBellevue’s beaded black gloves that belonged to her mother.
Party guy Richard Young had his annual holiday bash at his very own Feed ’n’ Seed and the theme was The Seventies, costumes encouraged. Consequently there were leisure suits and more, although some opted for the hippie garb of the early ’70s (fashion-wise, hippies straddled two decades.) Making the trip out to the boondocks were Tanya and Gil Zaunbrecher, Wendi and Billy Welsh, Raoul Blanco, Jennifer LeBlanc and Coyote Ugly cutie Jolene Price. What we loved: That the city of Broussard said Young couldn’t have his party in their town anymore because it disturbed the residents. Now that’s what we call a party.