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It was interesting that Simon brought up my own background when we spoke about why I wouldn't do LuAnn's video. Both sides of my family are from Texas, though I was born in D.C. as my father was working with the government on the energy crisis. He was a petroleum engineer by trade and worked all over the world, in the Persian Gulf, Paris, Sydney, etc. He remarried late in life and had me, and some time after noticed oil fields for sale in southeast Kansas. At the time, it was thought that they were some of the shallowest oil wells in the world, and he and his partners in Antibes and Dallas wanted to write a book comparing extraction methods from the deepest to the shallowest. It was to be Dad's retirement project, though he and Mom still had homes in Texas and the Virgin Islands, and we went there when I wasn't in school. I took it all in stride -- I didn't realize as a kid that the guy playing cards in the living room would later run for president, and that everyone didn't have their business partner's kids spend the summer with us to learn English. My Dad would take those kids from the Cote d'Azur and Highland Park, stick them in a station wagon and drive them to the Grand Canyon. National Lampoon's Vacation hadn't come out yet; I don't know whether he was being ironic. I do know we had a great time. I had THE BEST of both worlds going between down-to-earth small town life and the glamour that lay beyond. I love New York City, but I loved Fort Scott, KS, too. Small town or big city; no in-between for me. Sorry suburbs, I said it in season one.
It’s been surprising to me that on this show, I've sometimes been called the pretentious one. I often wish the other ladies would take a breath and let things go, particularly about Brooklyn. Later this episode Ramona denounced Cindy's behavior at Sonja's, saying that as Sonja opened her home to Cindy, Cindy should have respected her and behaved better. Mario and Ramona should have respected Simon and me at our home. That night, they did not.
Simon and I threw the kickoff party for New York Foundation for the Arts' 40th Anniversary Gala, honoring Andres Serrano and others. All our artwork was temporarily replaced by the work of NYFA fellows, and we opened up our home the next day as a gallery to raise additional funds for the organization. Though our friends made much of the fact that we were in Brooklyn, most of the non-cast guests were patrons of the arts from Park Avenue. I found it curious that at the very least Brian didn’t know everyone in the room, or the honoree. Andres has even been on Bravo! Many of the faces you see at our home also attended the gala in April.
can anyone please tell me what the name of the pearl and leather lariat style necklace is that Cindy is wearing in some of the interview portions of the show? I have searched and cannot find one similiar. Even the designer name would be even better. Pamela .
This entire season you have defended Ramona, defended Ramona, and defended Ramona some more. Now, you critize her behavior when she has insulted everyone in the cast since the show started.
Accept it! Ramona is a rude person.
You are becoming more interesting every week. And the most down to earth of the women. Love the fact that you treat everyone the same no matter who they are or where they come from. You are very real, and don't seem to have the phoniness that some do. Refreshing!
Talking about the c-word...You need to have your husbands nasty mouth washed out! Re: His version of the spelling of countess! Quit being holier than thou.
Alex, which is it: you don't believe in the concept of class or you think that if you have it you don't refer to having it? If the former, why did you feel the need to point out that you had three homes growing up and that your father owned oil wells? The latter is more logical: you believe you have class and therefore would never use the word about yourself. This is almost as bad as your humble declaration that your good looks were merely genetic.
Alex, I think you take Luann too seriously. I always had the impression that you and Simon were the social climbers. Funny, I liked the way you and Simon let us know about your background. No, you don't go around telling everyone. You just talk about it while you are being taped. I was watching a rerun of season one and saw once again Romona really commenting about you and your husband's parenting skills. She was really harsh! I feel that you and Romona are jealous of LuAnn.
You're great Alex, I love your balanced view on the show. How refreshing! Several women could learn much to watch, and listen to you.
Great blog, as always. You may not always find your voice at the right moment on the show, but you do on your blogs, and you're the voice of the viewers: you always write what we are all thinking. The show would lose its moral center without you.
Alex, You are spot on with your blog. I will agree with you that it was rude of Cindy to take the conference call, do one or the other. Jill and Luann have called you and Simon everything in the book in regards to your status "Social Climbers" when both of you have remained true and honest. What is wrong with Brooklyn? Nothing..... I have been there, love the area......
Hi Alex! It was so nice to finally find out about your background, I felt like it gave viewers a chance to really get to know you. I have to agree that if you have class you don't need to write a book on it, make a song, and video about it while also constantly bringing it up and throwing it in someones face. It should show effortlessly. Love you on the show take care!
I absolutely have the most respect for you, being that you are the most genuine and level headed. Which is why most of the other women can't comprehend where you're coming from. What has the world come to, they have money, somewhat of a brain and a falsified heart!!!!
Peace Love and Nathalie
Alex I always saw you as a woman who was an individual. You had your own styIe' however, I was so disappointed when I heard what Simon said about Luann. I had to replay the scene in your backyard pertaining to Luann; Did Simon really say "Take the "O" out of Countess and move it to the front of it." So Luann is a C*ntess. So Disrespectful.... Alex from Brooklyn, I understand why you don't like the word Class. Your husband lacks class.
from your title I thought you were going to discuss the other "C" word.... you know the one your classless husband basically called Luanne... as a women I can't believe you would allow your husband to express himself in that manner of another female, expecially on TV.
One more thing.....I'm confused as to why you would support the message of Gangst rap, but not a chic life? Cop killing is ok, but the fabulous life is not? Hmmm...interesting to see where your head is at.
Alex, I agree that the message that Lu Anns videos are not kid appropriate and I wouldnt support them. I thought you acted very gracious with Ramona and Mario when they kept interrupting you and Simon. You have more class in your little toe then LuAnn,Jill, Kelly and now Cynthia and sometimes Ramona does. Great job with the gala.
Alex, I really think that you are really stretching to find fault with the message in Luann's video. Your blog tonight is referring to the "C" word, but the one from tonight's episode that offended you was C-L-A-S-S????? Wow!! The comment your husband made tonight about removing the "O" from Luann's title is the most offensive thing I've heard any man say this whole season, probably the entire four seasons of this show. That is the most offensive thing that could be said about any woman. It's shocking that you seemed to just laugh it off. I'm starting to understand where Jill is coming from on the mean tweets. I would never allow my husband to ever get away with using that highly vulgar term about my worst enemy.
Love your blog, and love you! You may not like the word class, but I'll say it anyway...cause girl you got it. I've never heard you bragging about your background, and know you probably wouldn't have if Simon hadn't said anything first. It's nice to know a little more about you. As far as the music video, you need to have music first, what Luann calls singing is nothing but electronics over her voice. That's done when people can't really sing. Anyway, I think you're a breath of fresh air on the show. I hope the comment about Brooklyn didn't ruin your friendship with Ramona. We all blurt things out once in awhile....especially Ramona, but you got to love her though:)
Alex, you inspire me to speak up and stand up for myself to others. I really hope that you stay on RHONY because you are a fan favorite! I don't know what I'd do without your voice of reason on Bravo!
For those of us 3000 miles away, what's the 'issue' (or story) with Brooklyn that Ramona seemed disenchanted with? We're not familiar with the area--sorry.
Are you for Real? Look up "chic" I did in several languages it means to be smart and elegant, nifty and polite granted you all have a problem with the last one off and on, however I think (and by the look on your husbands face when you explained it), your thinking of a different "c" word.
Good for you for standing up for your own convictions, Alex! That's more than SOME people (cough, cough).
While I agree that Luanne pushes the countess act way to far and comes off as a snob, Simon's comment about removing the "O* from the word countess was way over the line,
Even though Brooklyn has become very popular people living in Manhattan will always be a little snobish about it...
That comment Simon made about Luann was completely uncalled for. Bobby Zarin or the Count for that matter would never make such a horrible remarks about any of the ladies. Simon should be ashamed of himself.And you should be embarrassed.
I usually get defensive when it comes to Ramona, but, you are right. She and Mario owe you an apology. I hope they correct this quickly. You and Ramona are awesome, and I think she will take constructive criticism from you. Talk with her. Love you both dearly!
Totally agree with you about the "c-word", especially how LuAnn throws it around. Please inform Simon that I was raised with those kind of values even in Kansas. I thought his comment about Kansas was offensive. Totally "c-word"-less.
Alex, You have become my favorite this season. You are the truest to yourself and others and what more can anyone want in a friend....It is obvious how rude LuAnne, and I still think Jill, is to you, showing little interest in anything about you. I admire how you stand up for yourself and can see through others...I'm glad you didn't feel pressured into doing LuAnne's video. Can't believe she even asked you and Ramona and then was put out by you not doing it. You definitely have shown your "c" word this season unlike the two in the video......
alex, it did look like mario came off rude but i believe that his dry humor doesn't catch on with alot of people. you guys are friends, mistakes need to be forgiven and i know that the friendship between you and simon and ramona and mario can go on . don't let one bad comment ruin a friendship, even ramona said he was out of line.let it go.i so much agree with your opion of luann, you're better than me because of all the evil she spewed at you ,i could and would not be friendly towards her, period.you are the better person, kudos to you! keep it real, we love you, sonja and ramona!
Love you!! I totally agree one should never go around saying they have class, its something others see and know!
Cindy is Cindy ! She really does not know how to relax and be a friend. Her life seems to revolve all aound work. Yes she was rude at the breakfast, but I have hopes that she will learn to be friends with people in general.
You and Simon have a great relationship, keep it going !
alex i like you but you was wrong for talking about luann in front of your husband brothers that was bad.
I applaud you and the others that decided to opt out of Luann's video. You guys were smart to stay away. Jill acts like she's the authority on everything. Knows. It. All. It was nearly impossible to watch. Oh well. You looked so pretty sitting by the fire with your family!
I think we finally found the housewife that SHOULD be on Dancing With the Stars! You rocked the dance lesson even in jeans. Have a GREAT trip and enjoy the no social media time...lol
I knew I liked you and Simon and now I like you more. I am from Texas and we have more respect in our pinkie than some of the others, namely the Brunettes. Keep up the good work.
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the barbecue scene! You nailed it when speaking of the "countess". Glad she got snubbed by most of the cast. What goes around comes around and she is getting a taste of what she dishes out.
Alex, you are a gracious person, not at all pretentious. Secondly, I look at Simon and he seems puffy in his face. I want you to know I quit smoking at 40 and got congestive heart failure. I have been taking CoQ10 400 mg and it makes me feel better and I dont retain the puffiness or the water retention look. I dont want to worry you dear but please tell Simon to get checked. I'm no doctor but have noticed his puffiness! Thanks!
Alex, i am a big fan of yours and I totally agree with you regarding Luann's attitude and all her nonsense regarding class. However, I was totally shocked when Simon said take the "O" out of Countess. Whoah...! I do admit that I burst out laughing....but wow, I couldn't believe he said that!
Alex, I am usually your biggest supporter, and have often been stymied as to why spouses on this show seem to feel the need to moan and complain to others about their spouse's behaviour, BUT, I can defend noone who describes others as the "c" word. Bad form, bad manners, low behavior. Period.
Please ask Simon to purge this particular epithet from his vocab. Does not reflect well on anyone.