Saturday, February 23, 2008

Damn you, Sister Bertrille

I don't imagine many people share my feelings, but today I have a bone to pick with Sister Bertrille.

You may know her as Gidget or Norma Rae, but today, Sally Field is the spokesperson for Boniva, one of the sponsors of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. I'd like to give Sally credit, and assume she didn't mean to kick my ass this afternoon. It's not her fault my seminar on family gardening projects was scheduled opposite her keynote presentation on healthy gardening.

I never had a chance. In a room that seats 360, I had 17 people. Don't get me wrong. Those were 17 great people, who participated fully, and I gave as good a show as ever. But come on! I like to think I'd attract a decent crowd if I hadn't been up against an Oscar-winner. (They like her! They really, really like her!)

Three guesses what I did to console myself. That's right...I went out for a late lunch. Two friends had suggested the Dahlia Lounge, but it's only open for dinner on weekends, so I poked my head into the nearby Serious Pie. I liked the vibe and ordered a glass of chianti, a green salad, and the special pizza of the day: olive oil, beet greens, anchovies, and a hot pepper cheese. Excellent taste combo but skimpy on the anchovies. I told the waitress when she stopped by to ask how everything was, and she offered to bring me a few more. We agreed there should be at least one piece of anchovy on each piece of pizza.

It was a little pricey, but I'm sure we all agree I deserved a treat. As for Sally Field...she's already on her way back to L.A. to attend some big party at Jeffrey Katzenberger's. It seems Steven Spielberg is going to be there and Sally wants to schmooze him for a movie role. Me? I'm looking forward to tomorrow's presentation on Small Space Gardening. It can only be an improvement. Right?


At February 23, 2008 at 9:33 PM , Blogger Melanie Chopay said...

Well Ellen, at least it was better than the flower show at Hofstra university.

So sorry you had that happen to you but that pizza sure looked good :-)

Hope tomorrow is fantastic,


At February 23, 2008 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Wow, I didn't even know she gardened

At February 23, 2008 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Oy Melanie, I remember that well! But at least I had you and ESP to keep me company.

At February 24, 2008 at 4:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upstaged by The Flying Nun? Totally unfair. Hope the next one drew the crowd you deserve.

At February 24, 2008 at 9:25 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

How *do* you solve a problem like Maria? (I think I can trick Robert into singing that for you when next we're all together.)

I wonder if she mentioned that one plus about "healthy gardening" is that - wait for it - it's great for bone density! So you won't be needing any Boniva.

At February 25, 2008 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Monica the Garden Faerie said...

LOL--no, I don't think you can compete with an Oscar winner! I didn't realize Sally Field was into gardening--good for her. And her name is appropo! :)

At February 25, 2008 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Yes, Garden Faerie, it's a good name for a gardener! Apparently her favorite Christmas present last year was a chain saw.

At February 28, 2008 at 10:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw shucks Ellen,
I wondered how it was going to be for whomever might be scheduled in the same time slot. Sorry to hear how deeply it impacted your attendence.

I offered up my own little Sally post prior to the show:

Glad our little city treated you reasonably well. You did good, both with Hing Loon and with Le Pichet.

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