Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Let's Bring Back: Part Three, H-K

Welcome to Part Three of "Let's Bring Back." If you missed our discussion on what this is all about, click here.

Note: If an item on this list is highlighted in blue, you can click on it, if you wish, for a description.

Let's bring back...

Handwritten thank-you notes



Show your gratitude by writing a simple thank you note.

Sending a "thank you" by email is better than no "thank you" at all but a handwritten thank you note adds an extra personal touch missing in electronic communication.

Keep a little drawer of stamps and stationery at hand. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A few lines written on the back of a postcard will do.

Studies show that expressing gratitude has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others.



Hat boxes


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Hats were once commonly stored in decorative hatboxes to protect them from dust or being crushed or misshapened. And, as Gloria Swanson demonstrates above, hat boxes were used for travelling. Particularly handy if you're taking both your trilby and your Homburg.

And while we're bringing back hat boxes, let's bring back hats!







Head scarves

This...



Not this...




Nor this either...





Home wet bars



Need we explain why no home is complete without a wet bar?

Comes with complimentary houseboy/bartender, naturally...





Imperfect smiles

Think Anna Paquin...



Rather than the perfect line of Chiclets teeth on Jessica Simpson...



But let's not go overboard and take imperfection as far as Shane MacGowan...





Jukeboxes



Have you ever seen a jukebox in a McDonald's? Possibly, but not likely.
Update: I was wrong.

Jukeboxes were a staple in diners all over Canada and the United States and were especially popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s.



Drop a nickel in the slot and select a tune!

The Infomaniac Jukebox would play only songs we like, of course.

Anyone trying to slip in a rap song will be BANNED.



"The Kindness of Strangers"



I have always depended on the kindness of strangers
- Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire

While the Random Acts of Kindness movement may sound a little too "Oprah" for you, their hearts are in the right place.

Their aim is to inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.

We here at Infomaniac agree.

An act of kindness can only take a moment or it can be a commitment of time on a regular basis...it's your choice and that's part of its appeal.

Need some ideas? Click here.


Which of the above would you Bitches like to bring back?

And would you add anything to this "H-K" list?

Come back soon for Let's Bring Back: Part Four.  

42 comments:

  1. First!


    Going back up to read the post now.

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  2. I want Don Draper for complementary bartender.

    J'ai pas une tête à chapeau. I look silly even in a baseball cap.

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    1. So does everybody Jon. One has to try different ones - I can not wear a Fedora, looks simply stupid. A Homburg with a three piece suit on the other hand ... oh, and I need a new Baskenmütze for the winter.

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    2. How about a fascinator Jon, worn at a jaunty angle?

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    3. Just don't forget to clean with white spirit before you go to bed ...

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    4. @ Mitzi: HA!

      I've tried many, dear Mago but none have left an favorable impression on the mirror!

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  3. My Grandparents had a bar, it wasn't a wet one though, it had a pineapple ice bucket and a knitted poodle soda siphon. If you can't afford dental implants simply paint your teeth with white nail varnish.

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    1. The white nail varnish on my teeth might be too high contrast with the black felt marker I've used to mask the scuffs on my boots.

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  4. Hats need a revival... Once upon a time no self respecting woman or man for that matter would leave home without donning a hat of some sort... it wasn't just fashoionable... It was the social norm... Even Mr Knudsen's delightfuly old and piss stained cap was, and still is suitably desirable...

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  5. I'll be back to comment just as soon as I don my thinking fez...

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  6. Hat boxes, hat boxes, hat boxes!

    One simply must have something stylish in which to store all those Hats!

    Jx

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  7. If you want to get ahead, get a hat.
    -- British Hat Council

    If you want to get some head, get a hat.
    -- Infomaniac

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    1. Don't you find the brim rather gets in the way? Jx

      PS Is that why they call it a "poke bonnet"?

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    2. JON: Watch it doesn’t take your eye out.

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  8. ladies & gentlemen, before i even read this,
    i say we all rise and give the queen bitch a
    round of applause.

    she's earned her sheckels this week.

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    1. NORMA: I may require some “me time” on the fainting chaise after this.

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    2. p.s. Where's my thank you note?

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    3. relax, i'm getting my carbon paper lined up.

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    4. NORMA: Why don’t you fire up your Gestetner and make triplicates?

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  9. i write thank you notes. as a matter of fact, i'm about to start typing notes on an ancient typewriter i just had fixed.

    blaspheming about little edie will not win you brownie points, missy.

    i have a banker's box filled to the brim with 45s from a long past jukebox. not sure why i save them, but i do.

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    1. NORMA: Save your typewriter talk until a future installment of “Let’s Bring Back” brought to you by the letter “T” amongst others.

      I wondered which of you Bitches would attack me for the Little Edie photo.

      I’m sure you follow Little Edie’s fashion advice…

      The best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape.

      Hang on to those 45s for sentimental reasons and/or for your retirement fund … if the 45s have the original manufacturer's sleeves, they could be worth something.

      Wear one of these pinned to your bodice and see if anyone can identify it.

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    2. edie may be dead but she's not deaf.
      watch it.

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    3. Oh.....and don't think I didn't see either the crack about poor ,god rest her sole Little Edie. Why your lucky we didn't slap you with a ban by Infomaniac sticker on you and highjack this bitch;

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    4. NORMA & MISTRESS MADDIE: What are you going to do?

      Revoke my Fag Hag Card?

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    5. No... But your "Frequent Fruitflyer Card" is up for review...

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  10. I bought a black leather Schiebermütze in Berlin last year. Too hot to wear in the Summer here though.

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  11. That spring,it was all about hats. Hats,hats,hats! How I adored Paris. And you'll be happy to know Mildred Jaclyn, that this hoe loves the kindness of strangers, has a home wet bar, which never dries out and in my circle the only one to write handwritten notes. I'm also famous for my basket of goodies for new neighbors!

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    1. MISTRESS MADDIE: Everyone knows you’re famous for your basket.

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  12. The house we bought came equipped with a wet bat and I had the sink removed. It was only like fours steps from the one in the kitchen and seemed all too, too. Besides, I needed the room for my hats.

    And count me in with the gang frowning icily at you about Little Edie.

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    1. I wish our house had a wet bat. It wouldn't be able to flap, though. Jx

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    2. Wet bat, Peenee?

      Do you suppose, Jon, that Peenee’s been over-served at the wet bar?

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  13. Also, I'm hoping "the Kindness of Strangers" is a euphemism for hot, jizzy anonymous sex. We all need lots more of that.

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    1. PEENEE: Isn’t everything we say here a euphemism for hot, jizzy anonymous sex?

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  14. I'd add Hatpins to that list...

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    1. TOPHER: Yes, yes, do bring back hatpins.

      They can also be used in self-defence against hooligans.

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  15. kabuki has a bar. NOt a wet bar, because kabuki does not water down the booze. ever. all of kabuki's diversion come undiluted - this is the kabuki way. put it in a dirty glass and set it on fire!!

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    1. kabuki: The kabuki way is the only way.

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  16. "I" for iPhone 5C. Guess what the "C" stands for!

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