Friday, December 3, 2010
A Blog About Ricki Lake & Emily Vitella
The other day, Lizzy and I were driving into the city. We were listening to 1010 Wins for traffic reports because that's what you do when you're in a band (read: when you're a mom). You stop listening to music and you listen to news and traffic reports in your car. At least I stopped listening to music. Except The Music Together CD from the babies class. Digressing...sorry.
As we drove through the mid-town tunnel, we heard a terrible thing reported on the 1010 Wins. They said Ricki Lake was divulging government information. Lizzy and I were taken aback.
"Ricki Lake?" I shrieked in disbelief.
"Wow...." Lizzy replied in a stunned voice.
"I went to Bucknell with her sister, Jenny." A fact I liked to reveal every single time Ricki Lake's name worked its way into a conversation. Jenny and I weren't necessarily friends, but she was in one of my classes. I can't remember which one, in all honestly. But she was. In a class with me. And Ricki did attend her graduation. So Ricki Lake has been to Bucknell.
I loved Bucknell.
She was so great in that movie Hairspray.
And I loved her in that other movie. You know, the one where Kathleen Turner murders someone for wearing white shoes after Labor Day.
And her daytime talk show. She practically became the Oprah of our generation. Or at least the next Sally Jesse.
And then she did a great documentary on pregnancy and giving birth called "The Business of Being Born." I basically planned my entire birth experience based on that documentary. It was actually Thomas' birth...and my experience, right? The documentary threw Sarah into such a tailspin, she nearly ordered a birthing pool as the credits rolled up the screen.
And now...she's a terrorist?
What a weird turn for the Ricki Lake story to take.
"Ohhhh..." Lizzy said, slightly befuddled. "It's Wiki Leaks."
"Ahhh," I confusedly replied. "I don't think his sister went to Buckell."
Then Lizzy and I sat in an Emily Vitella-like "never mind" silence for the rest of our drive.