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Private boat: Caribbean.

Now this is sailing. The main head is as big as my bathroom in New York. 51 feet of sailing spit and polish. Sorry it is a one day event.

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66 High St: Madison, CT

Interesting what you find in restrooms once you start to take notice. I can only guess that this building at one time housed a factory with chemicals. Why else would there be eye wash in the restroom? I was there for the Insane Sidewalk Sale. Lots of shop kiosks with great bargains and a convivial crowd, many of whom I knew, wandering around with bags of loot. Good fun.

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I-Park: East Haddam, CT

You don't normally see a thermometer in a restroom, but I-Park is that quirky kind of place where nothing is too surprising. And it was a cold night. This was the last Open Studios presentation for this artist residency program for the year.  It is the brainchild of one man and has grown from a 450 woodland lot into a series of houses, studios and art trails.  A fantastic place to come and explore either as an artist or as a viewer.  Check it out at www.I-Park.org.

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Private Home: Lyme, CT

Posted in Decor, My Life, Out & About |

So cute. No surprise this bathroom belongs to a decorator. At her home for a reading of Noel Cowrad's Private Lives by a group of friends who have been gathering bi-monthly for 10 years for play readings followed by dinner. Whoever hosts the evening chooses and casts the play, someone else brings the dinner. Excited to be a new member of the group. Sorry for the fellow who had to pass on to make room for me.

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Private Home: Lyme, CT

Posted in Decor, My Life, Out & About |

I was not at this home gathering decorating tips, though this is a cute sink arrangement and the owner is a decorator. I was there as a newly invited participant in a decade old group of drama lovers who gather every other month in someone's home to read through a play. The homeowner picks the play and assigns the roles, one of the "audience" members brings the dinner. Wondered how I finally managed an invite. When notice was made of the passing of a long time member and how he will be missed, I understood. Skull and Bones (Yale's secret society) has nothing on this group.

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Great Cedar Exhibition Hall: Foxwoods Casino,Ledyard, CT

Not as garish as one might have expected for a casino in the middle of Nowhere, CT and it was spotless with plenty of stalls. No, I was not here to play the slots, though one of the ladies I had lunch with did stay on to do so. We gathered to see DIANA:A CELEBRATION which runs through Jan. 15. The exhibition of Spenser family history and Diana memoribilia included home films of her childhood (adorable), items she owned as a child (kind of creepy), her actual wedding dress (awful), a room about her funeral (simultaneously sappy and moving) and a display of her clothing from start to finish (most look better in the photographs of her in them than on the mannequins). Part of the proceeds of the exhibit go to Diana's foundation which is a nice thing.

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Fashion Institute Technology: New York

Shouldn't the Fashion Institute be able to come up with a better sign for their toilets?And shouldn't fashion students be aware of keeping the stalls clean??This was the most colorful part of the rest room which was otherwise very academic utilitarian.The exhibit of clothing and jewelery belonging to Daphne Guiness at the museum, however,was amazing.Almost on a par with the staging and brilliance of the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum.It runs to Jan.12 and is worth the trip.

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Park Avenue: New York

Posted in Decor, My Life, Out & About |

From one extreme to the other.No this is not my bathroom, but that of my hostess at an after art opening dinner for my friend Tim.The entire apartment is filled with paintings and tasteful mixtures of old and new, all in a soft palette and just divine.This is the kind of thing I love about New York.

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R.J. Julia Booksellers: Madison, CT

Trust my friend Roxanne to have a New Yorker cover about a bookstore in her rest room.I was here to listen to Daphne Merkin talk about "To The Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf.I had never read any of Woolf's novels I am embarrassed to admit, so signing up for this class in "The Art of Reading" series seemed like a good idea.What a dense writer she is.I admire the work, but was not motivated to finish the book.Maybe I am too dense to enjoy it.

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Johnny Rockets: South Street Seaport, New York

My 30 year old son has type 1 diabetes and he gathered a dozen friends and family into team "Darth Pancreas"-yes he is a Star Wars afficinado- for the NYC ADA Step Out and Fight Diabetes Walk.The walk starts at the Seaport, goes over the Brooklyn Bridge, around a few blocks and then back.Knew I wouldn't make it but wasn't sure I would find a willing locale.Turned out there was a line of walkers and, surprise, it was a charming and clean restroom.Not so lucky on the way back when I poked my head into the port-a-lets they had set up by the bridge.TOO GROSS even for me.

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