Alex McCord

Alex talks about her birthday surprise and Simon's outburst.

on Apr 14, 2009

Know what I can’t believe? In the city that never sleeps, you cannot yet e-file partnership city tax returns. Federal and State can be filed at the touch of a button, yet I had to chase down first our accountant and later my husband today, in the pouring rain, for actual hard copy signatures on a piece of paper for our Big Apple taxes. Mayor Bloomberg, how can this not be organized yet?

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the big fight in the car. Or was it? The moment it happened, I knew we were doomed. Both Simon and our driver were, after three phone calls and pulling over twice to try to solve the problem, very angry at Mr. X. This mysterious Mr. X was convinced that he knew best and didn’t want to listen to either Simon or our driver. Finally, Simon (and the driver as well) blew a fuse. I had my head in my hands because I knew exactly what it was going to look like on TV. It actually had nothing to do with me and if roles were reversed I’d have been just as angry. Mr X. still owes Simon an apology and it hasn’t come through.

That said, let’s talk about the amazing parts of my birthday. I had had literally THE WORST DAY at work. By the time I walked out of the building to be picked up, I was shaking in frustration. It was great to be able to jump into a car without having to see anyone yet – I was able to decompress and get into a more celebratory mood, which was only made better by seeing Simon on the side of 5th Avenue with roses. Side note – this is, I think, the second time since we were married that Simon has given me flowers, so this was very special. Things just got better. We usually go into the Fragments store where Ray Griffiths' jewelry is sold, so I had forgotten that his studio and workspace is right around the corner from Simon’s office. Once we went into the building I had an inkling, and was very pleased to find Ray waiting for us with champagne! We had a fabulous time looking at all his new creations, and picked out an amazing pair of earrings which I wore out of the studio. When these two Aussies got together to plan a surprise the result was nothing less than spectacular.