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    • Christina Applegate and Chole Sevigny
      at the BWE 100th episode party. They are both so blonde. That color blonde that does not exist in real life but only with chemical enhancement. They're beautiful though.
    • Melba Moore
      in the airport in Nairobi, Kenya! We smiled at each other over Nescafe (aka coffee).
    • Parker Posey
      at Murray's Bagels. She looked really punk rock.
    • Jessica Lange and Sam Shephard
      at A History of Violence at Cinema Village. They were so cute and followed us everywhere from the movies to Cedar Tavern and back to the movies. They probably thought we were following them.
    • Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe
      pushing their baby down 13th Street. I was having a meeting at Cosi around the corner from my overcrowded office. I looked out the window and there they were. They stopped in front of my window and were doing the, who should take the baby conversation. I was trying to listen to the person talking to me but I could not and she was not the type of person who would understand my distraction by these celebs. They are both really attractive but almost too much so. His sneakers were new. His jeans were new. It was weird. I like imperfection.
    • Joshua Redman
      running on 18th Street. I realized that I've seen him many times before and just did not realize it. He was smaller than I thought he's be but I guess most people are.
    • Patti Smith
      which was not a big deal to me but my friend Marina apparently sees her all the time. This was her fourth sighting. I said she should say something like, "I see you everywhere. We should hang out." Marina wouldn't take the bait.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio
      with Isha on our way to the PATH station on 9th Street and 6th Ave. He is very tall but as my friend says, one cheeseburger away from being fat. His bodyguard "subtely" was wearing a jogging suit next to him. I guess they exercise together. He wasn't so hot to me but another girl flipped out when she saw him so what do I know.
    • Sam Rockwell and Liev Schreiber
      on New Year's Eve but you gotta buy me a few drinks to hear that story.
    • John Turturro
      in Union Square looking tall and handsome. I’ve always had a strange little crush on him.
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    March 24, 2006



    If you think it's bad in New York, you must visit the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, MINNESOTA. That is some serious winter and a handful of crazies would spend the entire winter in shorts and rope sandals (the rope added a nice touch). One of these cold enthusiasts then started an event called the Nude Winter Olympics, which involved traying (a form of sledding), skiing, and playing broomball IN THE NUDE! and yes, all of these lost souls were indeed white.

    L. Britt

    I can't believe you wrote this, tuckergurl. I just can't believe it! I'm dying with laughter right now. I can't wait to see what the reaction to this will be. I have no words...


    back in high school, early 90's, i first became aware of this phenomenon. So I made up a little game in my head. (yes, i'm touched.) Anyhoo, I bet myself that everyday of the year, no matter the temperature, you could find at least one white person wearing shorts. i never lost the bet.

    tricia wang

    hey I totally know what you r talking about! on my website/flick I document white people wearing sandals and shorts in 30degrees!
    I am so happy you wrote this cuz people think I am crazy when I say it's always white people titicacas who don't know how to dress appropriately!



    Also, in undergrad here in nyc we would bet on which day of the year would bring the first white girl in a bikini sunbathing on the lawn. Don't get me wrong, when it's hot I go out the the meadow in Central Park too, though not in a bikini...but key words.. "when it's warm"


    As the representative for all white people- ehem. Perhaps I can clear up some of this enigma my dear sweet browner friends.
    1. It's not all white people- its probably those of a colder country descent. They are the ones with the especially pale skin, usually they are good drinkers. They have that winter flush about their cheeks. (They end up living in the midwest. Then their children come here to forge their futures- those people live in the uppereast side- but hey they travel. It's really all of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Canada, etc... However its sort of like prime numbers people (are you with people? Do you follow?) All cold friendly freaks are white- but not all white people are cold friendly. Similarly- All cold freaks are from northern- colder climates somewhere in their ancestry- but not all people who have this in their backround are cold friendly. My dad hates the cold- he's Polish/Russian/Ukrainian- he wears Jackets in the summer. So do many of my relatives.

    2.WE ARE PASTEY BY MARCH!!!!! We want some color- I can see through my skin right now! No really- I am like that dude on PBS when we were little. Often I find myself not wearing a warm enough outfit- but I feel it and I mourn it.

    3. Denial- see all other annotations regarding white people in history in general.
    Denial- you don't notice when black people are wearing sandels in the cold.

    4. Your people often have low blood pressure- thats directly linked to body temperature.


    I knew that many other people were thinking about this. Thanks for the responses.

    Summer, that made me laugh.

    Beebs, I knew you would make some compelling arguments on this one and I hear ya. Of course I do not mean all white folks but there are enough who engage in this activity that it is a sort of phenomenon.


    Oh it was not an argument- more of a humorous rant to add to the spice. =)

    Ari Moore

    I'm part Scandanavian, so maybe that's why I sometimes second-guess the thermostat -- but I think it's more because I want summer to come and I like my lighter jackets and scarves and things better than my heavy winter stuff. Great post. :)


    My favorite example of this happened last year, when I saw a big white guy wearing shorts and a hoodie in Central Park to see the Gates when there was snow on the ground and the temperature 30s. WHY?


    It's bleedin' cold this part of ohio (in yellow springs) and women are wearing flip flops? No, I don't get it either!

    By the way enjoying your blog.


    It's 4/5. I kid you not - I saw a black dude wearing shorts today... during that crazy snow we had! And no, he wasn't just really tan. I couldn't wait to get home and tell you. I was shocked. He's one of the wackos. See? Wacko knows no color.


    bullshit you speak for the majority of black people!


    Allow me to explain: It's because of one of the biggest differences that people perceive in all of the ethnicities: the skin.

    The difference between the skin of white people and that of most other ethnicities is that the top layer of our skin is actually transparent, followed by white skin, which is the skin you see. This transparent layer traps sunlight and helps the body warm. This mainly because of the cold European winters.

    Meanwhile most of the rest of the world's population lives in areas where it's not so cold, and in many places there is no winter. Because of that the people there are generally tan of dark skinned, therefore they are better able to protect against the sun.

    Being white, sunlight makes all the difference to me. If a day is cold but sunny, and I stand still enough to not let any cold air hit me, it can actually get pretty hot.

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