November 27th, 2003 issue #0247

November 27th, 2003
  • Holiday commandments: A get-real guide to surviving

    I. When thou bakest the holiday goodies, treat thyself to some of the goodly ones and not just to the slightly burnt ones that ye would be too embarrassed to give unto others. II. Yea, though ye walk through the mall on December 24, ye shall not buy any singing fish, nor any pull-my-finger gags, no matter how desperate thou art to find something for thy brother-in-law. III. When thy child's school doth gear up for another fund-raising sale of holiday wrapping paper, think ye of the 37 unused rolls hiding in thy closet– and buy another five rolls as thou always doth.

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  • Male call: Where's the manly shopping?

    Where the boys are... shopping PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM As the sun rises on Friday, November 28, a certain scenario– admittedly a rank stereotype and potentially sexist to boot– is likely to play out all over Charlottesville and Albemarle. Perhaps it is best expressed in traditional couplet form:   From her bed she arises, a glow in her eyes,

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  • Shop naked! On-line ordering can be fun

    Editor's note: If, even after all the helpful tips for men in this issue, you still can't get a reluctant guy to dive into the deep end of the shopping pool, as a last ditch effort you might try persuading him to shop online.  Point out these obvious benefits: * He can drink beer while he shops * There are no crowds * He can do it naked * He can buy you underwear without blushing and stammering * He doesn't have to find a parking space or carry heavy boxes * Just make sure he allows enough time for delivery!

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  • Split up: Divide and conquer (the mall, that is)

    The key to an enjoyable joint shopping experience is to be aware of your differences. This also applies if you are planning a day's shopping with the girls. Not all women enjoy traipsing round the shops, and some men are known to revel in the retail experience! Why not decide who is going to find the presents for each person on your Christmas list before you leave the house? It may also help to have a frank discussion of what you both hate about shopping. You may find that you can split tasks up so you each avoid the things that bug you most.

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  • Want gifts? Stand by your man-- with hints, sizes

    There's only one thing that can persuade most men to enter a women's clothes shop: underwear. However, the experience is certainly not stress-free for most men as they awkwardly browse racks of straps, satin, and lace before choosing the bright red push-up bra with matching cheese-cutter thong. For others, there's the novel experience of discussing how much larger or smaller your endowments are compared to the helpful shop assistant's.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst week for Michael "There's Nothing More Loving than Sharing Your Bed" Jackson: More than 60 cops descend upon his Neverland ranch with a search warrant in connection w...

The Dish


  • In the genes: Women hard-wired to shop

    Christmas is no longer a time of peace and goodwill to all men. It can be the season of stress, consumerism, and overloading the credit card. Everyone knows that women cope...

Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

  • $OLD

    ALBEMARLE 7/25  Stephen Innes to Laura R. Dorman, 2.205 acres at 1774 Dudley Mountain Road, $199,000. Joseph H. and Diane S. Cobb to Peter M. and Laura E. Thomas, 9....

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Passages: Long halls, but lots of light

    ADDRESS: Unit 414 at 511 N. First St. ASKING: $199,900 SIZE: 1211 fin. sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1967 NEIGHBORHOOD: North Downtown CURB APPEAL: 4 LISTED BY: Margaret Seal at Roy ...

Real Estate - Update

  • Still on the block

    What happened to "On the Blocks" of the past? APPEARED IN THE HOOK: March 20, 2002, in issue #11 ADDRESS: 428 Second Street NE NEW ASKING PRICE: $569,000 LISTED BY: Sonja C...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Foreclosure auctions

    December 2, at 11:30am, at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: 2.0 acres at 6635 James Madison Highway, Fork Union Debtor: David W. and Mary A. Sipe Amount owing: unk...

Movie Reviews

  • Missing: Dad comes back to save the day

    The old story about the father who abandons his family and then tries to come back into their lives is retold in a Western setting in The Missing, Ron Howard's epic drama t...

Music Reviews


The Brazen Careerist

Strange But True

  • What a doll! Barbie rocks into her 40s

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR MCCLINTOCK Q. She's 40-something though ageless, still a teenager after all these years, first conceived in the U.S. yet sprung to life in Japan af...




  • Get Farmcolony facts straight

    I am writing with regard to your "On the Block" column of October 30 ["Escapism: Farm it or don't, your choice"], concerning the residence for sale at 661 Farmview Road. Th...

  • Stop degrading victims

    In the past month, I have twice been appalled by your sad excuse for a publication. I am not a regular reader of The Hook and never will be. However, as a domestic violence...

Full Stories List for November 27th, 2003 issue #0247

4Better Or Worse

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