Thursday, May 04, 2006
For those of you who don't live in Tampa, SOK means South of Kennedy where I live happily with my Hubby and Girlie. That puts us in South Tampa, the kind of community that you find somewhere in most cities of any size. It's affluent, for the most part, bringing with it all the issues that affluency (is that a word?) brings. My book, Parvenue Throws A Party, is a comedy all about that. Here in Tampa, we're talking about our neighborhoods in terms of Barbie. I was tagged by Addison so here I go with SOK Barbie. SOK Barbie is all about diversity. She comes with a Latino Nanny, an African-American lawn service team, and a Korean manicurist. You have to purchase SOK Ken separately, if you can catch him at home in between business trips. Sorry, they didn’t bother to produce SOK Barbie’s children but you can buy the luxury Barbie SUV that the Nanny would drive to pick the kids up from their daily after-school scheduled activities. And as a bonus, SOK Barbie can talk. Pull her string to hear one of six recorded messages: “Get me that variance, Ken! I don’t need a backyard – I need an extra 2,000 square feet for my gift-wrapping/hair salon room.” “What’s a public school? Hee, hee.” “Grandfather oak trees are pretty. I'm glad they are protected.” “Freaking tree. If it weren’t for you, I could dig a bigger pool.” “Ken, can’t you inject something into that tree to, you know, help it along?” “I’m so sorry officer, I was just ... uhm... trimming my toenails with this chainsaw when it accidentally cut down that tree which ever so unfortunately landed on that 1950’s ranch house next door. Better call the bulldozers!” I will be tagging some others a little later but I'll start with Izzy because she lives in Tampa too!