Stomp the divots!

Since I wasn’t able to go to Prince Harry’s polo match in Greenwich, I decided to slum it and go to a non-royal one.

Since I’m already très high-class, I didn’t have to do much in preparation besides go on a late night shopping spree for fancy food. I already have a sun hat and appropriate polo dressby Richard Gere’s standards.

See? Uncanny

See? Uncanny

Although, I think I was excluded from the VIP tent because I was channeling Julia Roberts a la prostitute. It’s fine, I never want to sit with that lunatic George Costanza anyway.

Does not look fun

Does not look fun

Fashion aside, one of the highlights of the day was getting lost in a really bad part of Greenwich, CT – and by “really bad,” I mean dripping in diamonds. We ended up driving through some horse farm thinking it was the polo field, and discovered wonderland. The 30-foot garden gnome was cool, but the 43-foot dog made out of flowers was fate.

puppy-4At first it just looked like a big mountain of flowers and then as we drove around it, it took shape. The shape of a dog. This in itself is weird, but not that weird. What is that weird is that the the next night I was sitting home flipping through an old issue of New York Magazine, and what do I see? The flower dog! I don’t know what it means, but it means something.

In a bizarre twist of fate...

In a bizarre twist of fate…

Apparently it’s called “Puppy” and was named “artwork of the decade.” I feel so cultured now.

"Puppy" is well-traveled

“Puppy” is well-traveled

“Today it sits on his 53-acre estate in Greenwich, Connecticut where it costs a reported $75,000 a year to maintain. Obviously the flowers die with the Connecticut frosts, which is a shame, but there is the whole rebirth in the spring thing. Each spring ten men work for twelve days replanting the tens of thousands of annual flowers that form Puppy.” – Rando dog site

Gloomy day in the English country-side

Gloomy day in the English country-side

The actual “sport of kings” is really pretty boring – as I assume most kingly things are – except when the horses escape from their 1-inch-high barrier and charge into the crowd. Note to the women who wheeled their grandmother onto the field and almost got trampled: leave grams at home.

Then they played some Bruno Mars to get us amped up to stomp the divots!

PARTY

PARTY

All in all it was fun – we got drunk off champagne, ate figs, kicked some grass, tried to spot Gatsby (what Gatsby?)

There he is

There he is

And got our photo in the paper (thanks to moi).

- Greenwichtime.com

– Greenwichtime.com

 

Prince Harry in Greenwich

Of all days to not go into Connecticut for work, I chose today – the day I could have met Prince Harry and married him and become a princess! I know he’s not actually welcome to the throne because he’s too fun, but that’s even better. Kate can tour the world in sensible wrap dresses while I could be partying in Vegas with Harry.

It’s not like I haven’t known he was going to be I Greenwich for months….I make poor choices…

Prince Harry arriving in Greenwich, CT.  Photo: Hearst Connecticut

Prince Harry arriving in Greenwich, CT.
Photo: Hearst Connecticut

Photo: Hearst Connecticut

Photo: Hearst Connecticut

More photos HERE

Bravo comes to Greenwich

- Tina Pray attending the preview party for the Greenwich Harbor Yacht Showcase benefit for Audubon Greenwich. Photo: File Photo / CT -

As I’ve said before, the perk of working in Greenwich, CT is that everyone is super rich, which attracts famous people and reality TV. I don’t know if “Wall Street Wives” is going to happen, but apparently another Fairfield County mom beat my bud, Devon, to the reality show finish line – and this one’s on Bravo.

“Natasha Pray, the daughter of Greenwich auto magnate Malcolm Pray, is set to appear in a new television series being filmed for the network, which is known for its drama-filled accounts of the lives of rich women in various cities. ‘Miss Advised’ is one of several new reality shows set to air on Bravo in the spring… the show follows three single female “relationship experts” as they dole out dating advice to clients and then follow, or don’t follow, their own guidelines.” – Greenwich Time

The show is apparently an Ashley Tisdale production, which worries me. But I will obviously give it a shot when it airs seeing as Andy and Bravo very rarely go wrong.

Also, this lady seems like a lunatic:

“While an appearance on a Bravo reality series might help Natasha Pray, known to her friends as Tina, enter the limelight, she made news in late 2009 for a very different reason. In November 2009, Pray was charged with attempted larceny and insurance fraud after she allegedly attempted to trick her stepfather, Richard Ford, into cooperating with a plan devised to collect nearly $60,000 from an insurance company.” – Greenwich Time

Real-life Fox and the Hound story

I never liked the movie The Fox and the Hound because it’s just so sad that they can’t be friends! But a Greenwich foxhound, appropriately named Mama, is showing Disney that they don’t know what they’re talking about. She has adopted baby foxes as her own. These cute animal stories always get me.

“Call it an unlikely friendship.

Putting a foxhound and four foxes in a room together is not a situation you would expect to end well. As its name so succinctly suggests, the foxhound is bred to hunt and kill foxes.

But, as the case was at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich last month, nature doesn’t always follow the rules.

In a most unlikely pairing of animals, an American foxhound rescue dog named Mama nursed four North African fennec foxes for five weeks at the private zoo, located in backcountry Greenwich at Lionshare Farm.” – Read the full story from the Greenwich Time

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- Greenwich Time -

10th Anniversary of 9-11

- Smoke pours from the former site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan September 12, 2001 from a vantage point in Hoboken, N.J. Smoke filled the air all over lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the terrorist attack and destruction of the World Trade Center. Photo: Getty Images, Chris Hondros / Getty Images North America -

This Sunday marks 10 whole years since the attacks on September 11, 2001, and I can’t believe it’s been that long. I was sitting in my eighth-grade classroom in my Catholic-school uniform eating cake for my teacher’s birthday when they wheeled in a TV and turned on the news. They told us about the attacks on the Pentagon, but not on the World Trade Center because they didn’t want to scare us since we were so close to New York City. I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I knew it was big because not only did I get the day off of school, but my dad got off of work. Anyway, since I do live and work so close to the city, a lot of people around me have a personal connection to 9-11, whether they knew someone involved or they saw the smoke rising from Greenwich Point.

Greenwich Time: 9/11 Ten Years Later

New York Times: Where I Was

I WILL see someone famous

- "The Big Wedding" movie set in Greenwich, CT (Greenwich Time) -

One of the cool things about working on Connecticut’s “gold coast” is that it’s crawling with celebs! Mostly it’s just people like Martha Stewart hiding in mansions, but once in a while exciting people come out to play.

Right now, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace and Katherine Heigl (who both grew up in Fairfield county) are about 20 minutes away from me filming a new movie called “The Big Wedding.” They were spotted hanging around Greenwich Ave. last week, so I’ve been taking strolls there JIC. Diane was last seen at Saks so I parked my car there in case maybe she had to make a return….

Read about it and see photos: “‘You talkin’ to me?’ De Niro comedy now shooting in Greenwich”

Hopefully I will have my own photos soon if my stalking pays off.

In May, Topher talked to Conan O’Brien about shooting the movie in his hometown: WATCH

Missed JT by 3 days!

Apparently Justin Timberlake was on Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich, CT yesterday. I’m a little bummed because that’s 15 minutes away from my job, and sometimes I go down there to take a stroll. I chose Monday this week to do so…why didn’t I pick Thursday?!

“As word spread Thursday that Justin Timberlake was part of a group hoping to revive the social networking website MySpace, apparently the singer/actor was not at the company’s Beverly Hills offices, but on Greenwich Avenue, buying a protein shake.

Timberlake was spotted at Greenwich Healthmart at 30 Greenwich Ave. late Thursday morning. Healthmart manager Herb Young said he got Timberlake’s autograph for his niece, and that the pop star was as nice as can be.

Two years ago it was rumored Timberlake had bought a house in Conyers Farm, but there haven’t been any sightings of him reported since.

Timberlake — who fittingly portrayed Napster founder Sean Parker in “The Social Network” — joined Specific Media in buying MySpace for $35 million, a small fraction of the $580 million that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. paid for the social networking site six years ago.” – Greenwich Time

- Greenwich Ave. -

P.S. Why is Justin Timberlake trying to revive MySpace?