BAG LADY PROMOTIONS MIXER
This is one event that I hadn’t planned on writing about. It was a pleasure to go to something knowing that no one was hoping for a write-up from me. But it turned-out to be so fun that I want to tell you about it anyway.
First of all, I have to admit that my entire life I’ve rarely gone anyplace alone. (When I was little, and my mother needed me to go to the corner grocery store, I even had to call for my friend, Carol, a few doors down, to accompany me, so no one on the way would think I had no friends!!!) In recent years, the main reason is that I want my pals to share my advantages, but my old, and still applicable, reason is that I think I’d just plain feel uncomfortable at an event alone. I don’t want to hope that someone talks to me because that would mean that I’d kind-of be hoping that they’ll ignore the person they came with! I hate intruding on others.
Plus, I always feel so bad for lone event-attendees that I wind-up being the one taking care of them and ruining my own time. Attendees should just always come with their own friend and leave the other guests alone, I think. Going alone cries, “Please, someone talk to me!”
Conversely, when I take a friend with me, I don’t like them to start talking to other people–I’m trying to spend time with a friend, not network. [Note: for the few of you who are really into correct grammar, such as I, I know that I used the words “they” and “them” in these last two paragraphs, when the correct words are “he or she,” but I just wanted to make my point and not be confusing to most. Even though I don’t go along with this, linguistics says that as long as you can be understood…]
But when I got invited to a Bag Lady Promotions event, which was for the express purpose of networking, I told myself that if I wake up in time, (it was in the morning,) I’d go. And I’m glad I did. These ladies were not your typical “let’s network” kind of gals. They were all pretty nice and not phony! So just a couple of words about it:
Bag Lady is run by one of the sweetest girls ever, Laura Filipowicz. She’s a little dynamo who’s so nice and pleasant; everyone seems to love her. I guess that’s why she attracts a nice crowd of females, some of whom I’ve actually worked with before and was happy to run into again.
One was Chudney Ross, with whom I guested on a radio show about four years ago. The topic turned to dating that day and we had a good old time, doling out sage, and funny, advice. I forgot to ask her if she took any of mine! Anyway, it turns out that she just opened the venue that Laura’s event was being held at, Books and Cookies, a new children’s space on the border of Santa Monica and Venice. The name is actually what attracted me to the event to begin with! It’s a bookstore/cafe/playroom and looks really fun. I wanted to plop down in the little Indian tent and read a couple of the books myself, especially if they had some of my favorites from when I was a teacher. Or a kid!
This is one event I seriously wasn’t expecting any food at. Well, maybe the cookies of the title. But I was ever so pleasantly surprised by wonderful Fresh Brothers pizza and salads, courtesy of the owner, Debbie Goldberg, who was my New Best Friend for two seconds before I hurt my back last year, thus putting all my social interactions on hold. I had reviewed her eatery for the Culver City News back then, when I was still writing for them, and subsequently featured some of her food at my big beginning-of-the-year foodie soiree. I was delighted to discover some new varieties of pizza at this Bag Lady event. And even happier to have it to munch on right then! It’s part of the reason I was one of the last to leave that day!
While we were gabbing and chowing down, a raffle was held. I guess I’m on a roll now because I won a gift certificate to a new eco skin care store on Robertson, Evolue! This on the heels of my major iPad win last month! I can’t wait till the next raffle I enter!
Bag Lady sent us on our way with goodie bags with some clever gifts in them, including lunch with a party planner…her treat! How much better than this can you get for waking up early on a Monday morning? I’d venture to guess—not much.