Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Weekend of Red

We headed out on Thursday to San Antonio, Texas. My sister and law and her husband, a doctor with the Army, moved there (or, rather, were summoned there) last June; about a month ago, he was sent to Iraq. Rather unsettling, that. It's weird to IM him and get a message like "Sorry, had to get my uniform. Due to the...incident"--and then have to wait three days to find out about said incident on CNN.

In a report whose name I don't know but that has been named "The Greatest Army Study In The History of All Armies Ever" by my family, it was determined that doctors in certain specialties can lose their skillsets if they're away for too long, so my b-i-l's stay has been shortened from fifteen months to five. Makes the long term prognosis better, but short term it still stinks for my s-i-l and her three year old.

So off we headed, to Fiesta, which is a pretty amazing city-wide celebration (like banks and schools are closed), which stages every spring.

It takes a weekend with my fiery red-headed s-i-l to remember about being fearless, living in the now, and taking crap from no one. Upsides to all. She's amazing.

Unfortunately, I spent a good chunk of the weekend working/fretting over my event tonight. But when I wasn't buried in my laptop counting and analyzing rsvps and doing press outreach, there were German fests (the town has a huge German population, evident in the amazing craftsmanship of their historic homes and the quality of bratwurst), craft fairs, parades, and pageants. An overall great time, even with a boatload of work.

After an afternoon at the King William Fair downtown, I was heading down St. Alamo with mom and s-i-l when another redhead--this one, a medium-sized redheaded male--made eye contact with us and purred, "Hello, ladies." About 10 paces away, my s-i-l looked back and said, "Hey, wasn't that David Caruso? From that CSI show?" I had glanced at his shoes after the greeting, which were fairly crappy. My verdict: definitely not, no famous person would wear those. Unsure, my m-i-l looked back and was positive it was him.

We were heading to a party at a friend of s-i-l's. There were about 15 people there total. And about 10 seconds behind us in walked the redhead with wife and child in tow. Even when he extended his hand and said "Hi, I'm David," I still wasn't sure. He looked more wrinkly and shorter than on camera, but not as wrinkly and heinous as he's made out to be. Definite eye job. Then I spotted his wife's humongous, fabulous, studded Gucci bag--then I was sure it was him (turns out his wife is from S.A.). His kid: COMPLETELY adorable 19-month old infatuated with the fountain in the yard at the party.

We headed home so we could see the kids and I could go back to frettingfrettingfretting, counting rsvps, looking ahead to the next two events, getting press releases out for retainer clients...that's the thig about being in business for yourself: it never stops. One screwup and it could be your last.

My son and nephew are only 6 weeks apart--and it's a nonstop adventure when they're together. From the moment they met (my nephew came from Russia when he was 1), they developed a bond unlike anything I've ever seen. They rarely fight, always share, and love to hug.

It was painful to leave, knowing how much work it is to have a 3-year old, nevermind raising one alone for the time being, knowing how lonely she must be with no family there. But fiery redhead that she is, she plunders on with a smile (or a condescending smirk if it's deserved).

In the airport back in DC, I passed my final redhead of the weekend: Dick Gephardt, driver in tow, looking much more handsome in person, dressed pretty casually.

Now off to 3 events in 10 days!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ahem...she's David Caruso's girlfriend...they aren't married.
Anyway, at your first encounter (at the fair) was Caruso kind of flirting with you gals? Sounded like.

BabsieD said...

Good to know. She is gorgeous (and I think preggers with their second).

No, I wouldn't say that he was flirting. More like he assumed that we immediately knew who he was and was acknowledging the little people by being charming.

Anonymous said...

Which speaks for his little BIG EGO...
I had to laugh about your comment about his shoes. I guess he was wearing a grey/dark blue shirt, jeans and a baseball cap ..it's his "uniform" when not filming..
..anyway lucky gals

BabsieD said...

Hee Larious.

That was exactly the uniform. Jeans had like a greyish wash? Covered in grommets? The jeans actually weren't bad, just couldn't figure them out with the bball cap and the shoes.

Wish I had bothered to pull out my camera!

Anonymous said...

ALWAYS dresses like this.The jeans are always the most expensive thing he wears but the t-shirts.....sessh.
When you are out in LA look for these three things: fuggly t-shirt, orange or blue bball-cap and a pair of latest model jeans (He always purchases them at "Steam" in South Miami - the shop he co-owns) and you can bet your next paycheck that it's Caruso....

Sarah said...

He dresses like that since his 3rd marriage failed.
Before that (2000-2003) you could see Caruso in the latest fashion had to offer. He often went out with Margaret, his then wife, looking extremely handsome in beige chinois (sp?), Armani shirts and Gucci loafers. I remember that Caruso was even elected as one of LA's most stylish people.
Hmmmm...

BabsieD said...

That's always what happens: 1st/2nd wives make sure you leave the house looking presentable, take care of all of that for you, husband stops caring since someone else is doing it for him (but also thinks of it as nagging and gets annoyed), lets himself go to crap, but at least is dressed nicely.

2nd/3rd wife appears, lets husband do whatever he wants while telling him exactly what he wants to hear (in the beginning, anway), he gets all psyched that this young little thing Thinks! He's! Perfect! Just! As! He! Is!, he falls for it hook, line and sinker.

Is seen around town with eyejob (thinks it makes him look younger as opposed to weird and eyejobby) and bad wardrobe. In about a year, nagging by new wife ensues.

See also Douglas, Michael.

Anonymous said...

HILARIOUS....because you're right...
****
...then the new wifes' nagges becomes too much...he seeks (once again) "refuge" with wife 3/nr4 - who "understands him" and likes him "just the way he is"

David Caruso & Michale Douglas = repeat offenders.
****
BTW did you know that wife nr.3 was only 36 when DC (aged 51) dropped her after 8 years of marriage for current squeeze?

BabsieD said...

The most revolting of them all is Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon. Didn't he leave his first wife for Ms. Harmon when his first child (with his first wife) was 8 weeks old? Every time I see her smiling "look, I'm so wholesome" face it makes me want to hurl.

Anonymous said...

Caruso is one of those guys who start a new relationship BEFORE the old one is finished which (lead)leads to huge troubles with soon-to-be-ex-wifes.
So, beware of his charms - this one is a shark....LOL

sarah said...

Apparantly Caruso is in no hurry to marry again.
Palm Beach Post: Right now, everybody's in a good place, and nobody's in a rush to do anything...

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/accent/content/accent/epaper/2007/05/07/a1e_featv_caruso_0507.html

Maybe the nagging already started...

lacyleanne said...

You are so lucky to see David, Liza and that adorable baby boy! I am a big fan, and a friend of the family as well, and it's nice to hear someone say something nice about them.

Beware, however, because the "anonymous" person leaving you comments is a psychotic "fan" in Austria who is "this close" to incarceration for her slanderous lies and dangerous stalking of the Caruso family. She offered David a blow job in Miami last year and when he declined - because he really IS a gentleman - she blew her top and went postal. She has been all over the internet in a million disguises (i.e., Vixen, Karen, SunnyMind, CrazyRabbit2, Vivien, Scarlettohaara, fifytrixiebelle....on an don she goes). This si why she tried so hard to trap you into saying he was flirting with you - she will use your post as a "source" in her own vitriolic rantings.

Oh, and David did not say "Hello, Ladies" because he figured you knew him. He is a gentleman and will usually acknowledge eye-to-eye contact. He's really a super sweet man, adored by Liza and a wonderful father.

You can read a lot of stuff about all the hoopla at crazyforcaruso.blogspot.com.

Just thought you should be fore-warned.

BabsieD said...

Yup, that's her, though I don't think she is the only commenter. But she's most of 'em.

And yes, he was absolutely nice at the party--a real gentleman. I don't think any of us had made eye contact in the beginning, though. He just offered that one up. And the child--aaaah! Completely, utterly presshus.

So, Anon: why the obsession with DC? You live in Austria, he's married, you don't seem to really like him...I just don't quite get it.

lacyleanne said...

ah - so you are aware of the evil incarnate Vixen! GOOD!

Would you mind if I post your nice comments on my blog?

lacyleanne said...

and what do you mean eyejob?

BabsieD said...

Of course, not a prob!

By eyejob, I mean it looks like he's had one-you know, a little snipsnip on the upper lids. He just has that "a little too well-rested" look about him. I don't think it's a bad eyejob, but it def. looks like he's had some work done.

lacyleanne said...

wow - i havent seen him lately so was not in the know! Thanks for the update...I'll find out if he did.

Notice "anonymous" has not been back? she is really just a coward with a huge entitlement issue.

Thanks Babsie!

BABYGIRL said...

I love DAVID CARUSO he is supper sweet in person huh?! i hear He visits Texas a lot with his beautiful fiance and son. He has been seen all over the place in San Antonio. Try not to listen to the ugly things being said about him or his fiance. Those people obviously have no real information like you obviously do. Thanks for sharing your story...

Anonymous said...

Whatever.I just don't like to engage in senseless discussions. Arguing just for the arguments sake. You have your opinion I have mine. "Friend of the family" - laughable.
Further, I respect the blog owners' wish not to discuss Caruso.

Rachel said...

Yay! May I chime in with Lace and Babygirl? Yes indeed, your Anon guest (aka "Vixen" and a whole lot of aliases) is quite the skeeve.

Lace is indeed a friend of the family. Vixen's in denial about it because she's been pining for Caruso's attention for a year. Other than that failed groupie attempt Lacy mentioned, the many "anti-" blogs she sloppily maintains is the closest she's ever been to him, which I'm sure is killing her inside.

Unfortunately, she already copied your comments from here and misrepresented them here and here.

She generally has a history of stealing and/or misappropriating actual fans' intellectual property (anecdotes and/or pics) in similarly slanderous fashion. Quit the character, that one.

So yep -- you've encountered Caruso's very own internet stalker. She's famous on The Internets.

SweetCorn said...

We are all friends with celebs, aren't we? Frankly spoken this is getting boring. Who really cares? Not me and I'm sure not BabsieD...

Aya said...

:D How cool! I saw him once in LA, I was busy moping in my car because I got lost driving home from San Diego and he walked past with a beautiful woman on his arm and both smiled at me and that kinda made my day! :D

Anonymous said...

I attended a birthday-party of the industry in Miami with my hubby a few years ago. Among the guests: Caruso and his lovely wife Margaret. They just had moved to Miami. I had a short talk with her. She is one of the best looking and smartest women I have ever met.

Anonymous said...

um, helloooo?

Who cares about David Caruso because the most important part of the blog, you self-absorbed asshats, is that My husband is in Iraq. and it sucks arse.

thank you.

AND- PS Babs was MY Best Chick in MY wedding to the aforementioned spouse. So I win. asshats....