GRATEFUL/PACT WITH THE DEVIL
Well, voting for the JIB Awards is underway, and I'm very grateful for all your support. JDaters Anonymous is still a dark horse candidate for best culture blog; my writer's ego would love to see it bumped up a few votes in its category so it was facing off against My Urban Kvetch in the eventual finals for some Esther-on-Esther competition (but that's not likely). Right now, I'm just grateful for all the attention. I'm leading in at least one category, and hovering near the top in several others. I'll resist the Sally Field-isms, in favor of a simple "thanks."
I'm so grateful that I even cast a goodwill vote for the ruthless blogger who's accused me of being married to Satan (even though any regular reader knows I'm single as they come). Although I applaud his subtle campaign methods, I think many of my regular readers understand that if I had entered into any kind of pact with the devil, the terms would include a record deal (if William Hung and J. Lo can have one, so can I), movies (if Renee Zellweger can squint on camera for millions, so can I), a book contract (I can share wisdom on how to detect that someone isn't really interested--Lord knows I've had enough experience in this arena) and red carpets (if people can pronounce 'Mariska Hargitay'*, maybe 'Esther Kustanowitz' isn't such a pipe dream)?
In summary: no pact with the devil yet. But I'm open.
May the best blogs win!
(PS: Vote here.)
*Did everyone understand that Mariska's mom was Jayne Mansfield? Yowza. Where have I been?