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Crazy Like a Fox

Sonja discusses Harry Dubin, Ramona's "craziness," and her business endeavors.

Welcome back to Episode 3. Things are starting to gel. The new girls are integrated. And there no stopping us now!

Aviva and Harry are still very close. He stays with her and her husband and kids at the beach in their home. She's been married for five years, so I didn't think it an issue to share the love for Harry. Everyone I know loves Harry, knows we were together decades ago, and knows we have been best friends ever since. Harry's been single since me and after Aviva for many, many years, and has dated several of my friends -- and lucky for them!

Harry has a girlfriend now, and I go out with them all the time. Sometimes I go out with just him and the boys.

Anyone who knows Harry Dubin would never feel it an issue to speak of him openly because the minute you meet him you know he's a bon vivant and an internationally loved --- for lack of better words --- playboy. You can't change a tiger's stripes.

Even once Warren Beatty found his Annette Benning, he remained a legend with the women and a best friend to many men. That's Harry in our social set, off the MGM movie set and Hollywood playground

Having said that Harry is a visionary and invented Poopie the Pig, an animated character that is going to skyrocket! He's a great Dad, a loyal friend, a class act, and would give you the shirt off his back.

Lu looks so beautiful and relaxed in her home with her daughter. Tough subject to bring up,  another kid, but Lu is doing the right thing. My daughter was strongly against another child, but she's so much younger. I hope my daughter will be satisfied later without a sibling. My ex and I were devastated in 2004 when I miscarried my second. It was the first on many disappointments to come for me after a life so blessed. Victoria is so wonderful to be to be open hearted to a new family with Jacques. I love her.

Flying, heights, feeling trapped -- sounds all familiar to me. I thought I had phobias! I hate bridges, going underground (Vesuvio was a problem), small elevators, and high places (especially with balconies). We should have brought Aviva's getaway program to get up this elevator. It's a high one at the St James.

Ramona jet lagged from Florida! LOL. I get jet lag from a two hour flight too!

I didn't have the heart to tell Ramona that the bank accounts, the trademarks, the LLCs, checkbooks were already set up a long time ago. I have been setting up businesses since my early 20s.

The last company I set up I produced my first movie, The Marsh. It was a $7 million budget with Forrest Whitaker and Gabrielle Anwar, and we won two awards. I was then sued by one of my other co-producers on a movie I was trying to help raise money for.

So now I am going back to party planning, which I have done before. I have a powerful partner (he is partners with Donald Trump) who has several facilities, to be sure I can handle any size party from 10 to 2000 people. I have thrown parties of this size for many years. That and my luxury brand experience should go hand in hand. I love to entertain, and I'm a natural caregiver so I will be sure every client is happy!

At the same time I have been developing my toaster oven recipes for over 20 years and since the show I have been demonstrating. Catch me July 3, at Macys, Herald Square.

Heather understands the brand is bigger than just the start-up part, and the catering and special event keg of the business. And she realizes that the logo needs to invision this from the beginning -- because moving parts can change but the brand is always me. 

So I want to finish my recipe book to perfection to include lifestyle tips as well. This is what peeps are asking for!

I cannot rush into things and want to do things in a safe way, so I am not vulnerable once again. An LLC or EIN number will not protect you in these situations. I am sure many of you know that.

So tune-in further to see Ramona and Heather's dueling advice! The heat in the kitchen gets a little too hot for this chicken!

Mario laughed a little hard about Carole's comment that it's still great after 20 years. I think that was just a harsh cut! I think Ramona trusts me around her husband because she knows me so well. She just met Carole! Their dinner was funny though! Carole likes Ramona because she is secure, has a full life, many good and interesting friends. Also Carole has developed and maintained these relationships over the years (that I personally know of and have heard positive things from). That's proof in the pudding. So many people have come and gone in the different circles. I'm sure you all have experienced that in your towns.

Reid, with his soft-soled Hush Puppies must wear a ring! Even Beyonce said "put a ring on it"! And that's one independent woman! I feel a man will attract the wrong woman with a ring and the right women without a ring!! Who wants the right women hitting on your man!?

Wow! Ramona really gets a bad vibe from Heather. She thinks she is playing games. Let's see how this rolls out. Two update girls with strong minds. (I'm an upstate girl too BTW.)

Aviva was a superfan of me too when she met me in my garden. Don't feel bad, Carole. Feels great at first though -- so enjoy it! She's probably like me -- she meets people to love them. She stood up for Ramona when Lu accused her of threatening, too.

Makes good TV but, people think Ramona is crazy? Ramona crazy? Crazy like a fox. She is one smart chick. Carole's no slouch either, and she doesn't threaten easy.

Lu feels uncomfortable that she found out Aviva and her have H. Dubin common. What's the big deal? We should all rejoice in Harry having good taste.

Oh Ramona! First apology to Heather re: her Dad. Wonderful! Ramona does apologize. You just have to let her know you upset her, otherwise she may be oblivious.

Thanks for watching. Tune in next week when Ramona says I'm spaced out and have "diarrhea of the mouth." Should I bother to tell her I'm hurt? I don't think so -- cuz I'm not. That's just Ramona!!! She is entitled to her feelings while venting in the loo with her hubby.

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Kristen: B and I Are Not Besties

Kristen tells us how she really feels after not being invited to Bethenny's party.

Carole is so hilarious. I love that she met Adam, hit it off, and they are hanging having fun. You go, girl. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.

I have to agree under 35/over 75 seems like a great way to go when dating. The Halloween puking in a pedicab thing is OMG, too funny! He held her hair back out of the way! #truelove

I actually didn’t know that Adam dated Lu’s niece. It seems to me that Carole just fell into this. The feeling is mutual, and I would have to agree it’s a bit awkward to tell Lu too soon. Carole doesn’t even know what’s happening at this point!

Bethenny's birthday dinner seemed like a lot of fun, LOL. I didn’t know that she shared the day with her mom, that seems like somewhat of a sore subject. I do remember hearing years ago that she hated birthdays. I love that Sonja is with her German boy. I think it's nuts how these women just keep inviting other men as guests--they clearly didn’t get the plus-one only invite. OMG, the young boy not knowing Jordache jeans?! How is that even possible?

Cheers to expecting the unexpected!

The phone call with Heather catching up and then finding out that I wasn’t invited was interesting, and very much what happens. Simple question: Gee, why wasn’t I invited? Listen, anytime you are in a group and you are not invited, I don't care what anyone says, it’s a bummer. I was last with all the girls in the Hamptons. I felt that we had a nice time at Bethenny’s brunch. Last I saw, Bethenny and Ramona had a huge fight.

When you do meet a new group of women, sometimes it’s nice to include them all, especially when random young dates get to tag along. 

Kristen Taekman

I was just surprised that Bethenny and Ramona made up so fast and were hanging out already? That’s all. I get it--B and I are not besties. When you do meet a new group of women, sometimes it’s nice to include them all, especially when random young dates get to tag along? The guest list was clearly not that tight. Oh well…there’s always next year’s birthday!

Dorinda and Hannah and Dorinda and John. This all seems very complicated, stressful, and a lot of work. Dorinda is really so lovely. It’s hard to believe that she leads a double life. How hard is that? Unless John is really not good for her, it seems that Hannah has to allow her mother to be happy.

Ramona and AOA.

This restaurant is in my ‘hood, just a few blocks away, great spot. It’s really funny that Ramona is an investor in a sports bar. WOW things really have changed!

It’s interesting how Ramona says that she did so much for Mario and didn’t realize how much work he was. It’s nice she is taking time for herself, she really deserves it. As she said, “Trying to look on the brighter side.”

Ramona and Peter are both very, very flirty…hmmm, more than just business??

Dorinda and John seem to love each other. But we are seeing so much fighting and bickering. I am betting that the making up for them is fun after the fighting. 

Rebranding death. I hear Bethenny, “late husband” does seem weird, but I think it’s better than the alternatives, that’s for sure. When I heard about Anthony’s ashes, I became sooo emotional. I can’t believe it, all that that must have stirred up in Carole all these years later. She told me that he would have gotten a kick out of it all, that’s the kind of personality he had.

I am not losing sleep over not being invited to Bethany’s birthday. I was just confused as to why everyone else was invited, and I wasn’t. The last time I saw her, things seemed good between us. She knows we all hang out together, you would think she would say, “Uh, well, now that everyone else is coming, what’s another two? I should invite Dorinda and Kristen.” Right? But no biggie, she didn’t even think of it, because we aren’t friends. Little side note… uh, that’s how you get to know people! I invite you to do things, you invite me…no harm, no loss. Heather is a great friend for having my back! All good. #staytuned

 

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