Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I don't know what to put on my business cards.

The meat of today's post is over at Notes from the Handbasket, my friend Laura Benedict's blog, where I am today's guest. Go there, leave a comment, and share if you win one of the prizes she's giving away.

I'm off to Bouchercon with way too much luggage -- what's appropriate for six weeks in New York is ridiculous for four days in Baltimore -- but I did manage to groom my eyebrows and remove unsightly facial hair, and I'm beyond excited to see so many of my friends in one place. Blogging will continue for the rest of the week, but who knows when or under what circumstances.

Five Random Songs

"She Loves the Jerk," John Hiatt. Another great song about unrequited love for someone else's woman, up there with "My Best Friend's Girl," "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and -- yes, I'll put it out there -- "Jesse's Girl."

"Nothing New," Evan Frankfort. From the Trampoline Records Greatest Hits Vol. 1 collection, a gift from my sister Susan. This collection turned me on to several new artists I really like.

"You Do Something to Me," Bryan Ferry. Classic Cole Porter. "Do do that voodoo/That you do so well."

"Begin the Beguine," Salif Keita. More Cole Porter, this from the tribute album/AIDS research fundraiser Red Hot + Blue.

"China Girl," Pete Yorn. A cover of the David Bowie song, off the extra disc on musicforthemorningafter.


Anonymous said...

Dear Lady,

I have just read your blog and understand, quite clearly, that you are in a dilema.

Well, if I may make some suggestions. One assumes you would include your name, however, choose carefully how you may wish to be addressed, e.g. 'Answer Girl', 'Mrs EC Lamb', 'Ellen C Lamb' and so forth.

Then, perhaps, your location or occupation, depending on whether that would be suitable.

Also, perhaps include something to add a little flair and panache, say, 'Lady of long lunches', 'Guardian of civility', 'Bonne vivante' or some such. Something personal to you.

Furthermore, acquaint yourself with which corner to fold over to denote your purpose for giving the card.

I do hope I have been of some help.

Sincerest wishes.

AnswerGirl said...

If only you had signed your name to this ...

Anonymous said...

Dear Lady,

My name is Robert, but I am rather new to this blogging malarky and the 'username' thingumy simply sent me round in circles. Therefore, I am without a username. Additionally, one has to decide how one wishes to be addressed in particular circumstances!

Again, sincerest wishes.

AnswerGirl said...

Since you are new to this "blogging thing," you might not have understood that this entry was tongue-in-cheek, as most of my blog posts are -- and that I explored the dilemma at some length in a post on the same day at And I did, happily, make some decisions.

But thanks for your thoughtfulness.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lady,

I am delighted to hear you have found a solution to your dilema. Also, I shall bear in mind that some bloggings may be tongue in cheek, a concept with which I have become somewhat familiar.

On the matter of blogs, I would like to draw your attention to that of a friend of mine. She has a blog on matters relating to tea. It is

If you have the time and inclination, I hope you enjoy it. I certainly do, and it is most instructive.

My fond regards.