you probably met me.
you probably know me.
you might be me.
you are not alone.
Where the fuck have I been?
I know it seems like I just disappear from blogging for a week or two, but I have FOUR very good reasons:
I watched my stepfather die, it’s not something you just bounce back from – it’s sort of been like a slow drowning. The timing was ironic in that Alanis Morissette way – meaning it was fucked up in a way that has nothing to do with irony…I had just married my sister to her high school sweetheart and here I was, barely a week a later, performing the service for a burial.
Frank E. Campbell – The Funeral Chapel (since 1898) located on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan handled the arrangements. If you are a New York legend this is where you go when you die.
…and they have swag. Funeral home swag!
Let me back up…
I went to use the bathroom at the funeral parlor, because I figured that the bathroom of Frank E. Campbell – The Funeral Chapel (since 1898) wouldn’t disappoint and it didn’t. It had thick embossed disposable hand towels, you know the kind, the ones you feel guilty for using because they are some weird hybrid of paper towel and permanent towel – THEY ARE THAT THICK! – you can’t throw them out – cause that’s wasteful – yet, you can’t re-use them – cause that’s gross…it is basically the closest you can get to wiping your hands with a $5 bill…and yes, I had this entire debate with myself in front of their intimidatingly enormous gold gilded mirror.
The swag left out on the bathroom counter consisted of little packets of personalized Kleenex, mints, and individual hand sanitizers all of which made it into my purse – because I thought you too would like to see what goes on inside the majestic Frank E. Campbell – The Funeral Chapel (since 1898).
…and we all know how I feel about office supplies…hmm, could I be the girl that rolls with a “funeral chapel” folder in the mix? …Totally.
They also have a list of “additional services and merchandise” ranging from $7.50 to $29,500:
*P.S. I’d like a definition of “Death Mask” – isn’t that redundant?
**P.P.S. And what exactly is “Thumbies Fingerprint Jewelry”?
Simply put – it is not cheap to die, especially when Frank E. Campbell is showing you the way.
A Marine and an accomplished athlete, having been the first freshman to play the number 1 spot on the Yale Varsity tennis team:
captain of the Yale Varsity cross country team:
but most importantly he was a gentleman – the kind the world doesn’t see much of anymore.
I miss him.
4. The Kiss.
It was one of those magical New York City kisses – the kind that happens on a street corner at night with sky scraper lights twinkling behind you. It was the kind of kiss that every time you close your eyes, even days later – the feeling of his lips on yours melts you into a puddle - and you forget things like the days of the week, the 10 trillion digits of Pi and the fact that you live 3,000 miles away.
There was just something about him, the way he waited for all of us to exit the elevator, then gently placed his hand on my lower back, guiding me out of the door…then it hit me – this is what a gentleman does. It is the type of behavior that is like a mirage to a girl like me – especially after spending the past two years dating in the desert cesspool known as Los Angeles…and it was the exact thing I had seen my stepfather do with my mom for over the past 20 years. Here was a man that knew how to treat a woman like she is a treasure.
Mr. Sweep-Me-Off-My-Feet is not my type. By type, I mean he’s deliciously normal, like I’ve got health insurance and a stable job normal…like he hasn’t done any hard time or committed any major felonies…ever! (I’m not just talking in the last four years either…)
I don’t know if I’ll ever see him again, but I asked him before we parted on the sidewalk of one of the most magical cities in the world – to bite my arm – hard. He looked at me like I was insane, but I just wanted to walk around for the next couple of days with his teeth marks imprinted in my skin. I needed to be reminded that although one gentleman had left this earthly plane, there was still a man out there breathing the same air as me, one who knows how to treat a woman and make her feel like she has finally come home.
So that’s where I’ve been…
Sorry for the break from my slice of awesomeness, but I’ve been in upstate New York busting my ass helping my sister with her DIY wedding to her high school sweetheart:
My mom was a little worried about how the groom’s family would feel about me performing the ceremony since it’s a “non-traditional” choice. So I decided to make everyone more comfortable by wearing a super short backless sparkle dress and no bra for the occasion:
and then proceeded to announce that “I am totally single” DURING the ceremony – no, I am not kidding and yes, there’s proof (*I was born without a filter – it’s part of my
Then there was the moment where I bet the Best Man that my Maid-of-Honor speech would kick his ass and if it didn’t, I’d take off my clothes. Well, the creeper DJ announced the bet to the crowd before the toast – which sparked an 11 year old guest to ask her Mom – “Is the Pastor really going to take her clothes off?”
To make matters a little bit more interesting I hadn’t planned my speech at all and thought I’d wing it – which resulted in this:
Um. yup, I went there. (*and yes, I need a thesaurus because the various forms of true, truly, believe, believer, believing were beaten to death.)
I’d like to say that this was the most inappropriate thing I did, but then you don’t know me very well.
At the end of the night my sister and I were standing in front of the crowd going around the room thanking various people for their hard work and my sister mentioned the absence of my father and step-father who were too ill to attend the wedding and that’s when we both broke down with a case of the ugly cry…..so, what do I do? With my white knuckled grip on the microphone I announce “I don’t normally cry in public, I am just ovulating.”
On a brighter note more than a couple of people asked me for my “pastor card” – which is all kinds of interesting - for one thing I didn’t know pastors carried cards, and two maybe times are changing and people want their weddings performed with touches of sparkle, miniskirts, bra-less-ness, updates concerning ovulation schedule, and spontanious announcements regarding relationship status – followed by a plea to meet the single men after the ceremony.
I didn’t have a card – so I directed the kind people to my blog, tracy lane is not a virgin, when the words tumbled out of my mouth – I didn’t stop there – I then finished with “oh, yeah, and my first post is a picture of my ass.”
So that’s where I’ve been…I won’t mention the caterer that “allegedly” (don’t sue me) pulled a gun on a guest or the other rather x-rated antics of some of the wilder guests because I am now an official conduit of God (just ask the Universal Life Church). I have vows to protect – so feel free to confess all your darkest secrets to me – I promise I won’t tell or testify or …wait, I am really bad at keeping secrets and I suck at lying….whatever… my sister is now happily married and I am still totally single – but can now marry other people, which is awesome in that I’m never a bride always the priest sort of way.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: What up?
ME: Who is this?
Philly’s Johnny Depp: ******
ME: How did you get my number?
Philly’s Johnny Depp: ;)
Philly’s Johnny Depp: What’s your favorite color?
ME: I don’t have one.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: Favorite dessert?
Me: Anything with chocolate -nothing with fake fruit flavor.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: fav movie?
ME: I don’t Sophie’s Choice my favorite movies.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: Flower?
ME: just circle ‘d’ all of the above.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: huh?
ME: clearly you are running some sort of psych test on me…let me cut to the chase: I am too crazy for you.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: LOL Ur funny & ur hot. lets hang.
Philly’s Johnny Depp: you be missin out on this
Philly’s Johnny Depp: (PIC)* Philly’s Johnny Depp throwing a gang sign, shirtless, flexing in a bathroom mirror – the flash obscuring his face (and yes you can smell the Drakkar through the phone.)
Diagnosis: There is only one Johnny Depp, just ask Richard Grieco and no, I am not interested and no, I am not just being “cute” and yes, you are a douche.
Phone conversation with Paul:
PAUL: Why are you whispering?
ME: Because I’m hiding in my bathroom and I don’t want him to hear me. Do you think my tub is cast iron? (I climb in – fully clothed)… Better?
PAUL: I don’t know what I’m suppose to be comparing it to – sounds the same.
ME: (closing the shower curtain) Now?
ME: How ’bout now? (lying down in tub)
PAUL. Same, but with reverb. You need to stop with the whole cat thing – it’s border line psycho. I know you think he understands what you are saying, but Italian is his first language, followed by German, Russian and then English. Things get lost in translation, that’s why you need to leave the TV on when you go out and don’t start spelling stuff. He can read.
ME: HE’S HERE!
PAUL: Who? The creepy repair man? How many times do I have to tell you that vacuuming in heels and lingerie, channeling your inner Maggie The Cat*, is weird. People will ask you about it.
(*Some people dress as their favorite superhero, I prefer to dress as my favorite damaged Tennessee Williams’ character - alternating with Alfred Hitchcock’s icy blondes.)
ME: Nooooooo. Six-Feet-of-Shoulders is here. In. My. Bed.
ME: Shuuuuuuushhh…he’ll hear you.
PAUL: Why the fuck are you on the phone with me and why isn’t he inside of you?
ME: If an Incubus was in your bed – you’d better call me too.
ME: I’m not dreaming am I? Like Inception but with you, me, the Incubus that is a sleeping Six-Feet-of-Shoulders and a bathtub? Tell me something I don’t know so I know this isn’t a dream.
PAUL: How am I suppose to know what you know and what you don’t know?
ME: Tell me something I don’t know about you that only you know and then I’ll say it back when you come over.
PAUL: I woke up this morning being spooned by Wentworth Miller, it wasn’t until I reached back to grab his ass that I realized it was just a pillow.
ME: You thought Wentworth Miller would fit in your twin bed?
PAUL: I thought he was the pillow!
ME: Maybe obsessively watching old episodes of Prison Break on Netflix does more harm than good; it’s why I limit my consumption of the Jane Austen BBC stuff.
PAUL: The real problem is his name, it’s just not conducive to hot sex. Like am I suppose to say Oh God, Yes – give it to me Wentworth?!?! It sounds too formal and don’t even think of coming back with “Wenty” or “Mr. Miller”.
ME: What about “Baby”? It’s universal – just in case you’re thinking of someone else.
PAUL: Why would I be thinking of someone else when I have Wentworth fucking Miller in my twin bed?
ME: Maybe things have grown stale, the kids are driving you nuts, he doesn’t take out the trash unless you ask him and the guy fixing the Porsche is driving you crazy.
PAUL: You know I only drive cars that can fit a dead body in the trunk.
ME: That’s just it, it’s Wentworth’s Porsche. It’s another reason you are pissed. He’s treating you like an errand boy, not the devoted husband of 10 years, all the more reason to let the mechanic throw you up against the hood of Wenty’s Porsche and make you feel like a man.
PAUL: Do you think Wentworth Miller could love me?
ME: I don’t see how he couldn’t, although him being straight might be a complication.
PAUL: I’ve flipped the best of them.
ME: Are you gonna come over so I can find out if I am dreaming?
PAUL: What about sex with Incubus?
ME: What if it’s all in my head and I end up having sex with a ghost? I don’t think you come back from that… you get pregnant with Satan’s love child like Rosemary’s Baby or make pottery with a half naked Patrick Swayze – either way it’s not pretty.
PAUL: I have no idea what you are talking about.
“Is that a sex toy in your purse?” Hoops asks.
For once in my life why can’t I be the girl that has a nine inch bright pink dildo stashed in her purse at half past noon on a Thursday?
Instead I am the girl that believes she is going to get a tumor on the side of her face due to the amount of time logged on my cell phone.
“It’s my headset.” I say.
Which sounds as sexy as admitting that I sleep with a mouth guard. Which brings me to the next question: when do you break out the mouth guard? All this… let’s sleep over – not have sex and let me not wear my mouth guard is causing dental guilt. See how I totally need to be Dildo Girl? Dildo Girl wouldn’t be talking about dental hygiene.
I blame my mother for this. She bought me the pink Barbie headset and look what she uses for her land line:
I have an obsessive need to make lists spurned on by my addiction to office supplies. This is a two prong inter-related problem similar to prostitution and meth.
Don’t believe me?
Back when I was with my ex-hunk of a fiance – let’s call him Mr. Right-But-We-Went-Wrong, he happened to “borrow” Clicky – ( yes I name my pens – don’t act like you don’t) and lost him. I cried. I put up posters, filed a report…nothing.
Mr. Right-But-We-Went-Wrong bought me a replacement:
Clicky 2.0. It wasn’t the same. Like The Godfather Pt. 3
I have a serious thing for office supplies – all kinds – I am an equal office supply junkie offender.
Still not getting it?
Okay, look – you know the people that have a hundred different kinds of plastic surgery and start looking like a cat or Michael Jackson or a Michael Jackson cat?
well this situation is the same thing. I blame back to school shopping for the addictive feeling of wiping the slate clean – a new Trapper Keeper is the same as having the fat sucked from underneath one’s eyes sockets.
For example my eighth grade heart knew my marbleized notebook was going to save me from the terror that was trigonometry even if I had failed seventh grade math – my past was irrelevant – so said my fresh start of a new notebook. The same feeling must be what drives Joan Rivers to the knife. It has to be.
*please note the artistic cat drawing on cover -the parallels between office supply junkies and plastic surgery cat addicts united way back then.
This brings me to my point – list making – I do it obsessively and about everything- I have the office supplies to keep this going times infinity.
On today’s docket:
THINGS THAT CAN BE VIRGINIZED:
*I wish I was joking.
**Does this list make me look
desperate? highly selective?
***Desperate would have been the countdown widget thingy similar to the national debt crisis counter I was contemplating adding to the home page of the blog. Number of days without sex______ and just have the number escalating by the minute. (Idea tabled- to be revisited at a later date).
****BG22QFJVEV47 – these are not my home coordinates (I AM NOT THAT DESPERATE) it’s something the blog cyber bots requested – when cyber bots speak I listen.
***** Clicky if you read this - Mommy loves you baby!
It’s no secret that my Mother hates that I live in Los Angeles and like any proper New Yorker believes the amount of sunshine, plastic and pastels I am exposed to on a daily basis will eventually result in:
My Mom and I often play the game where she sends me articles documenting the fabulousness that is NYC:
and I retaliate by texting pictures of LA sunshine:
MOM: You look lovely although a little cult-like. Is there a messiah leader behind you?
ME: How did you guess? I am all peace and love and nudity over here. Next week we are going to braid each other’s hair.
ME: Last photo only because I look Asian:
I have always wanted to be Asian like my Japanese cousins who grew up with wall-to-wall white carpeting – which makes you perfect. We had brown carpeting which makes you roll around the house on a wooden skate board aka the space ship (hence my nickname Space Cadet). My Japanese cousins have exotic names, names that say they will do great things…I got stuck with Tracy which in case you didn’t know doesn’t sound Asian at all.
MOM: uhm I think we need to talk about the night I spent in Chinatown while your father was at a race…I had a very nice time.
So what’s a girl to do when paternity comes into question? You head over to myheritage.com for a systems check using facial recognition.
The result: I am a 97% match to Matsushima Nanako.
Need further proof? You can watch me morph into Ms. Nanako by clicking HERE.
Now that I have evidence that either my mom gets around or I have a super hero powered brain – I am flummoxed.
I have wanted to be many different things – on my ninth birthday I made people call me Tina in honor of the goddess that is Tina “Private Dancer” Turner.
Free parenting tip: “Private Dancer” is totally an appropriate song to sing when one is entering her tween years.
Then I went through the Jerry Orbach stage, but that is a no brainer, who hasn’t wanted to be Jerry Orbach at least once in their life?
Recently I wanted to take form as Gloria Steinem’s tramp stamp. (Please see her interview in Time where she stated for her 70th birthday she was going to get a tramp stamp – I wanna be that stamp.)
…but through out the years there has been one constant – I have always wanted to be Asian.
Have I finally willed myself Asian or did my mom make the ultimate sacrifice? I wouldn’t put it past her because my mom is awesome like that. Although she is still cagey about the whole thing:
MOM: Hey, rather than all the work of being a Tiger Mom – just get me some Asian genes into the mix was my thinking. Well, also thinking that I could handle eight Singapore Slings…
True, us Lane women are known to be light weights when it comes to liquor especially exotic blends.
Clearly the paternity debate will go on until I can swab the inside of my father’s cheek, so for now I’d like to say it’s not easy being a mom, especially when you got yourself a kid that pushes the boundary of ordinary into the odd. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom – who allows me to be as weird and inappropriate as humanly possible. I am so glad I chose you.
*I’m the blonde Asian looking kid on the right.
Yesterday I received an email from a Concerned Citizen regarding my latest post:
“some guys are worth waiting for EXCEPT the ones who disrespected you and will never change because they feel entitled and are users.“
Now here’s the thing – Concerned Citizen is a friend of Six-Feet-of-Shoulders…I wasn’t even referring to Six-Feet-of-Shoulders when I was writing that post, but it got my crazy train fired up – was SIX-FEET-OF-SHOULDERS TALKING SHIT ABOUT ME?!? Did he “use” me like a toilet seat cover?
Suddenly I am all let’s meet after school Mr. Six Feet of Nothing – you bring your crew and I’ll bring mine (which would consist of me and my cat and his pink mouse).
Showdown on!… possible dance off?…totally…knife fight? – Why the fuck not. I start humming When you’re a Jet, You’re a Jet all the way …the second you go West Side Story you are legally required to do a little “Somewhere“…Sondheim and Bernstein knew how to throw down. I am half way through the first chorus when I feel West Side Story guilt – we didn’t have to cross the boundaries of culture and race – Six-Feet-of-Shoulders lives within walking distance to my house – the worse thing that could happen is he’d get a jay walking ticket. (LA is serious about that shit.)…hmmm…okay…so clearly fisticuffs in the high school parking lot is out of the question.
How bout I three-way call his ass?…go a little Sweet Valley High on him!
…although the only way that works would be if he had a crush on someone and said something stupid on the phone while his crush was secretly listening…was that how it worked? I forget. Fuck. I suck at retribution – retro or otherwise…
…but seriously dude – wasn’t it enough to disappear on me and give me a mean case of the reds…but now you gotta brag to your friends how you made origami dog shit out of my heart?
Was my innocent naive love just a lotioned up, starving, abducted girl stuck in a well while you danced around it with your dick tucked between your legs like the dude from Silence of the Lambs when he is making the dress of flesh?
Concerned Citizen could have just been talking in general. Like how people do when talking weather or white toast or The Price Is Right…it’s like using an “old saying”, it wasn’t specific to anything – more of a life lesson sort of thing and had nothing to do with anyone directly.
Maybe I just made a whole lot of nothing about something or something out of nothing – maybe Six-Feet-of-Shoulders doesn’t ever think of me, …wait…
isn’t that worse?
No, none of it matters if he wants to say I was a fool for loving him – for trusting him – for believing in him – let him. If he wants to keep going on pretending I was nothing – do it . I have no regrets. I played it clean and classy and always kept the truth. That’s when I put on my sunglasses and take a bath and move onto more important matters like adults afflicted with Hello Kitty fever – creepy or genius?