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					A&E EDITOR | EMILIO RÁBAGO III,(956) 728-2543
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SOCIAL CALENDAR                                                                                                                                                                              MISS MANNERS | BYJUDITH MARTIN
             SUNDAY,JULY 2
        The St. Augustine Class of 1976
wants to organize a reunion dinner but
                                                                                                                                                                                             Sore loser, poor winner
needs volunteers to help out.If you’d like to
help, contact Dorina Ramos at (956) 279-
                                                                                                                                                                                            make life tough for a family
6527.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 DEAR MISS MANNERS —               were misguided enough to
        The Laredo Center for the Arts,Tim-                                                                                                                                                 My family enjoys playing               think her rudeness funny, she
othy Raines’“Organic Growth Acrylic” and                                                                                                                                                    board games, and my sisters,           compounds it by ignoring the
TimothyVan Beke’s “The Soft Disconnect”                                                                                                                                                     father and I are good sports           entreaties of her family and the
(ceramics), continues through July 29 at                                                                                                                                                    and courteous losers. But my           reaction of a young guest.
                                                                                                                                                                                            mother is not.                             What you all must learn to
Lilia G. Martinez Gallery, 500 San Agustin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 If she wins she gloats, brags     say before a game is, “Oh,
                                                                                                                                                                                            and lectures us on the strate-         we’re just going to play by our-
        At the Laredo Center for the Arts,                                                                                                                                                  gies that led us to failure (even      selves.” And if she insists upon
Warren Taylor’s “Watercolor Workshop: an                                                                                                                                                    if it is strictly a game of luck),     joining, “That’s OK, we’ll play
Open Studio” and Carol Wright Bailey’s                                                                                                                                                                            and if she       another time.”
“Ceramics,” continue through July 29, at                                                                                                                                                                          loses, she is        It is the only hope of her
the center’s Goodman Gallery. Other ex-                                                                                                                                                                           sour for the     learning that no one likes a
hibits at the Laredo Center for the Arts, in-                                                                                                                                                                     remainder        bad sport. Except, of course,
clude the Laredo Art League’s Group Show                                                                                                                                                                          of the day.      crazed sports fans.
at 500 San Agustin.                                                                                                                                                                                                   The rest         DEAR MISS MANNERS —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of us try to     Desperate male in his 40s finds
             MONDAY,JULY 3                                                                                                                                                                                        defend our-      equally desperate woman on-
       The L’Avenir Social Club will hold its                                                                                                                                                                     selves as        line. They meet, and after two
monthly meeting on at the Sirloin Stockade                                                                                                                                                         MARTIN         best we can      dates decide to get married. He
at 5:30 p.m.All members are invited to at-                                                                                                 Photo by Laura Pedrick | The New York Times                            and let it go.   is eager to lose his virginity
tend.                                           Sal D’Amico is selling Avon products at Rice’s Market, in New Hope, Pa. He doesn’t look much like an Avon lady.Then again, the              We assume that everyone has            and she is about to lose her
                                                                                                                                                                                            their rough areas and better           welfare benefits. They decide
                                                Avon lady isn’t what she used to be.
      Women of Destiny Ministeries meets                                                                                                                                                    she gloats over a game than            to get married at City Hall.
                                                                                                                                                                                            something more important.                  Invitations are sent for their

                                                Knock, knock. Avon man.
on Mondays for a Prayer Service at 7 p.m.,
at Espumas Café, 119 Guadalupe. For in-                                                                                                                                                          Then one day my friend            reception. Printed on a home
                                                                                                                                                                                            Alix and I went to play pool,          printer, the ink is smeared,
formation, (956) 857-1255.
                                                                                                                                                                                            and Mom had to come, too,              making it hard to read. In it is
                                                                                                                                                                                            since we didn’t have IDs to            a list of all the stores they reg-
       Oasis of Love Ministries, daily study             By KAYLEEN SCHAEFER               tive. He works as security guard           men don’t sell moisturizer. “A                        play without an adult. Mom             istered at, including Web sites.
of God’s Word. Prayer for the sick and bro-          NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE           at a local hospital, too, but that         man has to be secure in himself                       played Alix, who has played                The reception was for two
kenhearted, 2103 Reynolds. For informa-                                                    doesn’t stop him from selling              to sell Avon,” he said. “The little                   pool maybe twice in her life.          hours at the home of his par-
tion, call 723-1210.                                   his might sound weird,

                                                T
                                                                                           Avon when he’s on duty. “I say,            teasing I get I have fun with.”                       Mom won and proceeded to do            ents. Neither has a job, and
                                                       Salvatore D’Amico will              ‘Doc, are you living at the office             Most of the people who                            a victory dance and gloat in           they were banking on a lot of
            TUESDAY,JULY 4                             say when he approaches a            now,”’ he said. “Then I get serious        stopped by for his hand rubs                          front of her and the rest of the       gifts so they could return them
        The second Heights Childrens’ Pa-       man in the locker room at his              and sell him the eye cream.”               were women, who make up the                           pool hall.                             to finance a honeymoon trip.
rade will be Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to        gym. In other settings around                  But the life of the Avon man           bulk of his customers despite his                          Alix looked as if she would           I did not attend, but I sent a
noon in one of Laredo’s most historic resi-     suburban Philadelphia, he skips            can be lonely. It’s not just the oc-       best attempts to round up clients                     cry; not from losing but from          congratulations card. I take
dential area.The parade will begin at 2520      the introductory throat-clearing           casional wisecrack or the double           in the men’s locker room. To                          wanting to slap Mom. (I have           marriage vows very seriously
Lane St. (First Presbyterian Church), and       and just blurts out the bad news.          take from new customers.                   them, he sells Avon perennials                        had this feeling quite often.)         and didn’t feel like being taken
will proceed on Milmo to Fremont; then on       “You look terrible,” he will say, or       Women still make up close to 98            like Skin So Soft original bath                       She felt guilty about that idea        advantage of.
Fremont to Jarvis; then on Jarvis to Lane       “You look like you haven’t slept           percent of the sales force of              oil. He doesn’t ring up much                          and sat out the next game.                  Several co-workers felt the
street and will end at 2320 Lane Street         in a week.” Then D’Amico, 32,              500,000 representatives — Avon             makeup because he hasn’t been                              I have told Mom in private        same way and chose not to at-
(Christ Church Episcopal). Prizes will be       will slip the potential customer a         could not provide figures on               willing to take Avon’s beauty ad-                     before not to gloat and brag as        tend or send a gift. Your opin-
awarded in the following categories: “Most      $10 tube of Avon ProExtreme                whether this percentage has                viser course, an intense study of                     this makes people uncomfort-           ion, please.
Patriotic Pooch,” “Most Patriotic Wheels”       Advanced Eye Cream for Men                 changed in recent years — and              which lipsticks and eye shadows                       able, but she doesn’t listen or            GENTLE READER — That
and “Most Patriotic Child.” For more infor-     and reassuringly tell him, “This           Avon’s corporate culture remains           should be worn together.                              can’t help it. I was wondering if      you do not like these people.
                                                will help.”                                stubbornly ladylike.                           For years women have been                         there was a polite yet firm            Miss Manners hopes it will not
mation, call Christ Church Episcopal at
                                                   “With men, eye cream is an                  Last year, D’Amico moved               the keystone of the Avon busi-                        comment I could make in front          disappoint you to learn that
(956) 723-5714 or Lisa Paul at (956) 723-
                                                easy sell,” D’Amico said.                  about $40,000 in Avon products to          ness model: They are not just the                     of my friends to stop her from         there is nothing rude about de-
6573.
                                                   D’Amico doesn’t look much               men and women (he kept half the            sales reps but the target cus-                        ruining an otherwise fun               clining the invitation and send-
                                                like an Avon lady, with his high-          money) to reach the Rose Circle,           tomers. Even the men’s cosmetics                      game.                                  ing only your congratulations.
       The Laredo Veterans Coalition will       and-tight haircut and treadmill-           the third of six levels recognizing        are typically marketed to wives                            Your advice would be ap-              To call for help about cellu-
have a Fourth of July Parade will be at 9       perfected physique. Then again,            top earners. He earned not just a          who choose the shaving cream                          preciated throughout the fam-          lar telephone usage, send a
a.m. at the intersection of Springfield and     the Avon lady isn’t what she used          figurine but a cruise to British           their husbands lather up with.                        ily.                                   long, self-addressed, stamped
Mayberry. For information, call Jose M.         to be. For starters, she isn’t al-         Columbia. His fellow sales repre-              But in an age when growing                             GENTLE READER — Is                envelope and $2 to Newsletter,
Soto 286-6107 or 726-1008.                      ways a lady.                               sentatives left their husbands at          numbers of men want to buy                            your mother training for pro-          P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH
                                                   Today, up to 12,000 men stand           home, making D’Amico, one of               their own shaving cream — not to                      fessional sports?                      44092, and you’ll receive “Miss
        El Cenizo will host its first ever      ready to sell you a tube of Avon           the few men on board, as rare a            mention exfoliators and anti-ag-                           To Miss Manners’ dismay,          Manners On Cellular Tele-
Fourth of July Family Festival.A ballet folk-   ProExtreme Energizing Face                 sight as the gray whales spotted           ing salve — that paradigm is                          that is where flagrant exam-           phone Courtesy.” E-mail your
lorico troupe from Nuevo Laredo will per-       Moisturizer for Men— an enor-              off the side of the ship.                  starting to show some cracks.                         ples of bad sportsmanship,             etiquette questions to Miss
form at the celebration.The festival starts     mous number for a corporation                  A fellow sales champion                According to the NPD Group, a                         such as the repulsive victory          Manners (who is distraught
at noon on Tuesday with a fajita cook-off,      whose identity is so thoroughly            asked him in disbelief, “Why               firm that tracks retail sales,                        dance, are set.                        that she cannot reply person-
and runs until 11 p.m. Admittance to the        feminine that it still bills itself as     would you want to go on a cruise           men’s skin care and fragrance                              Not that this is any excuse       ally) at MissManners@united-
festival is $1 for adults and 50 cents for      “the company for women.”                   with 800 women who are run-                make up 17.2 percent of the total                     for your mother. Even if she           media.com.
children. Fajita cook-off contestants can          D’Amico joined Avon when                ning around talking about hair             cosmetics market.
sign up until Monday afternoon at City Hall.    he got tired of having to wear a           and makeup?”                                   “I don’t necessarily think that a
For more information, call El Cenizo City       guest name tag at company                      The heckling from his friends          man will buy more from another
Hall at 712-9107.                               events with his wife, Katrina,             and fellow sales representatives           man,” said Avon’s senior marketing
                                                who is also a sales representa-            doesn’t bother D’Amico; he                 manager of men’s products,
                                                                                           laughs off comments that real              Shirley Dong. “Women influence
       Les Amies Birthday Club will meet
                                                                                                                                                  what men purchase.”
Tuesday, July 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the
Jacaranda Room of the Holiday Inn to hon-                                                                                                            Photo by Lars Klove | New York Times
or Olivia E. Garcia, Cristina Garza, Lely
Garza,Consuelo Lopez and Irma Velasquez.
Hostesses will be Hercilia Camina, Gilda
Gutierrez, Lydia Linares and Nina Barrera.

          Martin High School’s Class of ’71
reunion committee meets Tuesdays, at
7:30 p.m. at the Taco Tote restaurant at
5603 San Dario.All classmates are invited.
For information, please call Bertha Bernal
Dimes, (956) 791-5019.

           WEDNESDAY,JULY 5
       We all share a need to see the con-
stant awareness of the presence of God.
Come see for yourself. The Laredo Church
of Christ invites you and your family to a
Summer series, “God Is Closer Than You
                                                 Hollywood’s casual, down to toes
                                                                    By SHARON WAXMAN
Think,” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. There will
                                                                NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
be activities for children.We are located at
1505 Calle del Norte, suite 330. For more           LOS ANGELES — It was only recently that Don-
information, call 286-9631.                     ald De Line, a leading Hollywood producer and a
                                                keen observer of local trends, noted the onslaught
       The Laredo Breastfeeding Support         of nearly naked feet, and not just on women.
Group meets the first Wednesday of every            Suddenly, flip-flops — those slabs of rubber with
month at 7 p.m. at 1101 Mier (close to the      V-shaped slivers between the toes — are ubiquitous
old Mercy Hospital) to discuss breastfeed-      in what were once dressed-up settings.
ing topics.The meeting is open to all moth-         “I was meeting with a director and a writer on
ers, pregnant women and their children          a project, and they both were wearing flip-flops,”
(no men).For more information,call Melis-       said De Line, parking his pristine Mustang at the
sa R. Cigarroa at 722-5271.                     premiere party for “Superman Returns” at a West-
                                                wood theater. He was wearing Vans, shoes de-
      The Laredo Chess Club will play at its    signed for skateboarders. He added: “I noticed, be-
weekly meeting. Meetings are on Wednes-         cause that is definitely a new level of casual.”
days,from 6 to 8 p.m.,in the Quiet Room of          In a city that for decades has been leading Amer-
the Lamar Bruni Vergara Tec Rec Center,         ica toward a more relaxed personal style, Los An-
located at 202 W. Plum St. Participants         geles is once again resetting the standard for dress-
                                                ing down. No longer content to banish the necktie,
should bring their own set and board. The                                                                                                Photo by Stefanie Boyar | St. Petersburg Times
                                                untuck the shirttails and let the stubble grow wild,
general public is welcome. For more infor-                                                                      The ever-present flip-flops are a common trend for a relaxed
                                                Angelenos this summer are enthusiastically adopt-
mation, call Dan Navarro at 722-4600.                                                                           summer style.
                                                ing flip-flops — also known as thongs or beach-
                                                combers — to dinner, to meetings or even, last week,
           THURSDAY,JULY 6                      to a premiere.                                                   lacrosse team caused a furor in the capital when
       Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mon-              “I’ve seen guys on the red carpet wearing flip-              team members were photographed wearing flip-
day through Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday      flops,” said Vivian Turner, a celebrity stylist who              flops on a White House visit. The trend seems to
and Sunday at 6 p.m. at 102 W. Hillside,        has helped dress famous names like Sharon Stone,                 baffle, if not offend, some people from other parts
classroom A. For more information, call         Lionel Richie and Geena Davis. “It’s the first thing             of the country.
(956) 206-6411 or (956) 579-2691.               in the summertime: put on a great skinny suit with                   “Where I work, at a medical foundation, there’s
                                                the shirt open and a pair of thongs. I totally ap-               a dress code — you couldn’t wear them,” said David
        Gratitude Group of Alcoholics           prove. Thongs are cool.”                                         Rothner, a shopper on the fourth floor of Neiman
Anonymous meets daily at noon and 8 p.m.            Well, they are here, anyway. It may still be dif-            Marcus in Beverly Hills, as he looked over the sale
at 4120 San Bernardo, suite 4, and on Sun-      ficult to imagine a pair of flip-flops, even expen-              table of men’s shoes. The Dolce & Gabbana flip-
day at 10 a.m.and 8 p.m.Spanish meetings        sive ones, at a Wall Street investment house, or                 flops, with hard plastic soles and two small strips
are Monday,Wednesday and Friday at 6:30         thwacking their way through a congressional                      of white leather, were marked down to $135. Roth-
p.m. at the same address.                       hearing room. Last summer, the Northwestern                      ner, visiting from Cleveland, said he couldn’t see
                                                University national championship women’s                         himself in a pair.

				
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