Last night It was "Wonder Twin Power Activate!" time at the 40th birthday extravaganza for Liza and Jamie Persky. Liza is an Andy's Blog regular and the star of 39 Second Single AND IdolCritic. Her identical twin Jamie is the co-owner of Jamie's on Main in Stowe, Vermont, a huge Lindsay Wagner fan, and Vermont's Sandwich Queen! (Do I smell a Quickfire?) Being adorable twins (fraternal but identical), they called it their 80th birthday party. Whatever it was, people turned out in droves from all aspects of their lives and there was a lot of lerve in da house. RuPaul was there. (Liza was a producer on his Vh-1 show.) So was Jane Curtin (the girls' dad, Bill, created "Kate and Allie," among others). So was Bravo's Susie Essman! (She's really "Curb Your Enthusiasm"'s Susie but she has a great new show called "Better Half" on Bravo later this year so we're taking ownership now.) So was Adriana Trigiani, author of the wildly popular Big Stone Gap Series of books, and also the Italian Oprah. And Shields and Yarnell performed. (I am kidding about that, unfortunately.)
Bruce and I gave a little toast where we pretended to be Liza and Jamie giving a toast. I would rate it a seven on a scale of 1-10, which is unfortunate because those gals are 10s and they deserve a 10! I think part of the reason it was a seven has to do with the toast we gave at Liza's dad's 75th birthday party last year. If you look up "10" in a book of toasts, you just might find people recounting that toast. So how do you follow that? With a seven. I guess. What other surprises? Lots! Jamie's husband Mark surprised her with his attendance and a three-layer red velvet cake and cupcakes he made himself all day. My ex-boyfriend showed up which was very fun. (I mean that.) Liza's vlog partner Mary made an amazing video about the girls. 20/20 Producer Lynn Redmond lit up the room and so did John Benjamin Hickey, on a weeklong reprieve from shooting a movie in Romania. And some guy from the college days flew in from Detroit as a v v meaningful surprise. I have been on the wagon for 10 days and I gots to say that it feels damn good and I didn't have one second thought about not throwing anything back. Sobriety is fun! Drinking kills feelings! That being said, I am meeting my friend Dave for dinner tonight at the Sunset Tower and it may be a voddy night.
When I got home last night there was jackhammering and road construction echoing below my window on Greenwich Avenue, which put me in a foul mood. I flipped on my DVR as a diversion from my Blackberry and anything else requiring my brain. On came the "TV Land Awards" and Kelly Ripa's "That Girl" parody. Wouldn't you know that Bill Persky created that show, too? I like to think it was supposed to be called "Those Girls!" for the twins. Seeing some Persky made the construction go away and put a smile on my face.