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Celebrate Bond in Style

When I learned this morning that Friday, October 5, 2012 has been named Global James Bond Day, I immediately announced to everyone in earshot that I would be taking the day off. Wishful thinking.

Unfortunately, I work that day, I have plans that night, AND I work all weekend–bottomless martinis and Bond films are out of the question.

So how will I celebrate such a momentous occasion within the confines of Corporate America? Treats, obviously. But I bring treats for anything, so that’s hardly special. Posters? But of course. Although they won’t stand out since I already have a Skyfall poster and picture of Sean Connery from Diamonds are Forever in my cube. Happy hour? You better fucking believe it. Maybe even a liquid lunch. But none of those things are enough.

But going to work dressed like Bond girls for the whole week sure as shit should do the trick. (And I’m missing Halloween this year–I really love costumes and playing dress up [kinky!]–so this should appease that, too.) I told my boss, who promptly and wisely told me to be “work appropriate” with my outfits. While I was already thinking of going the evening gown route (because we all know there are more formal dresses and bikinis than anything else in Bond films), and trying to channel Sylvia Trench’s shirt + heels, to keep it proper I’ll celebrate with more suitable selections.

Monday: Like a Boss [Judi Dench as M]

Tuesday: Bad in Black [Tilly Masterson, Xenia Onatopp, Wai Lin]

Wednesday: Buttoned Up [Vesper Lynd, Solitaire, Natalya Simonova]

Thursday: The Icon [Pussy Galore and fliers, Tracy di Vincenzo, Jenny Flex]

Friday: Global James Bond Day [Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny]

 Per usual, I’ll be sporting these expressions as I work:

I have a bow tie and shaker that I’m also working into the equation. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic holiday. 

Oh, and can we give a shout out to the sometimes necessary evil called workplace seduction, via The Living Daylights? I feel about that sexy in my PB black tee.

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Tired Traveler

10 hours in a plane. 8 hours in a car. 6 states and one District.

That doesn’t include the 8+ hours in an airport, time spent walking to brunches and in museums and from festival parking, or the hour-ish spent on the Metro.

I spent most of the weekend smelling like sweat, pot, and greasy food. And, yeah, I disappointedly missed seeing The Dark Knight Rises. But other than that, my first-time trip to DC-land was a wild success.

It’s 1 am work is going to be a bitch in the morning, but I’m so jacked on the weekend’s awesomeness that I can’t sleep.

  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Art museum exhibit on video games, including my favorite, The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Beer, wine, rum & coke and a casual night out
  • Step Up 2
  • Iota Cafe (egg, gruyere, veggie panini)
  • Faccia Luna (cannoli crepes)
  • Vapiano (pizza, pasta, free gummy bears!)
  • Firefly Music Festival

The crowning achievement, obviously, was Firefly, which I will discuss in some detail. Held in Dover, DE, we could only attend one day (and don’t I hate myself for missing John Legend on Friday), so we opted for the full-day Saturday. What was supposed to be two hours of traffic from Arlington turned into six when we hit a torrential rainstorm and beach-going traffic. But we made it through bumfuck Maryland and found ourselves at the magical festival grounds. The weather was superb, cloudy but warm, with a little rain, and a brief period of bright sunshine.

Despite reading a few “what to bring/do/prepare for a festival” articles, I wasn’t prepared. Important things I did not have included tutus, swimsuit tops, headbands/feathered headdresses, loose pot, long skirts, hula-hoops, tattoos, and a boyfriend of another race (all things which I plan to work on for next year). I also didn’t know that festival fare could be so delicious and reasonably priced–we overpaid for nothing, and wanted for nothing, including homemade ice cream sandwiches, macaroni and cheese pizza, and a wine bar.

There were four stages total, two acts performing at once. We missed the first portion of the day, but were glad to make it to all the shows we’d banked. We started with electronic dance, The Knocks (check it out), hopped over to see some old men known as Cake (remember them?), stayed back to avoid the mania for Modest Mouse (of course you remember this one), which was actually so we could get to Lupe Fiasco faster (this dude). Then the whole place clamored across the way to the main stage for headliner The Killers, who were kind enough to open with “Somebody Told Me” like I had hoped.

The Knocks were a close second for my favorite act, but Lupe fucking killed it. The crowd was off the hook and he had everyone dancing and signing. Definitely the best part of the day. And for that, here’s a short video of the final song. I think you just might know it.

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