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The story behind this particular dress…

I was IMing one of the guys I work for when I discovered that my office holiday party at the Plaza was in two days, and I had completely forgotten to buy a dress for the occasion. (Classic repression.) In the course of instant messaging, I related my unenviable plight to my boss, who, I might add, is a very sweet gay man. My intense angst and despair must not have translated into the text I was typing, because his reply – "Someone needs a shopping excursion!" – was practically singing with what he must have felt was shared excitement. He asked if there was a particular store I liked, because if I told him, there might be a holiday gift card in store for me.

Those of you who know me at all know that dress shopping for my short, stumpy body causes me a great deal of frustration, as well as overwhelming feelings of failure and hatred of self and others. So when I told my boss "I’ve had better luck at Macy’s," there was an implied "which is to say, optimistically, a less than 100% failure rate."

A little while later, a gift certificate for a generous amount appeared in my inbox.

I told you he was sweet!

But reader, imagine my anguish as I realized I had two days to purchase a dress fashionable enough that it wouldn’t disappoint the sweet, thoughtful, incredibly generous gay man who had, essentially, BOUGHT ME THE DRESS.

I imagine that the ensuing hours looked something like one of those movie montages, only with much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair.


This was the result
, which, to my eternal relief, was reviewed favorably by its patron.

I hope to recover from the ordeal in time for next year’s party.

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