Caroline Manzo Using Social Media for Disaster Relief by NoMoreDrama
Sometimes it takes a catastrophic event to see someone’s true colors. While it’s easy to judge and make fun of the housewives – it’s not often we get to see them step up and help others when the cameras aren’t rolling. Caroline Manzo has really stepped up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Her home state of New Jersey was hit hard, and she’s using the power of her half million twitter followers to spread the word on where folks can get food, shelter, and emergency supplies and drop off supplies for those in need. New Jersey is a state of small towns – so coordinated disaster relief is a challenge. Let’s face it – Caroline has a lot more followers than any of the little towns or food banks or shelters do – so her tweets are making a big difference.
One side effect is she’s lost twitter followers – and in a refreshing change from the Housewives that seem to feel validated by the number of followers they have – it hasn’t stopped her. Last night she signed off with this: “bedtime-thanks 4 sticking w me guys just trying 2 help. I appreciate you all.”
It’s not just Caroline who has stepped up – Lauren, Christopher, and Albie have all been helping out with their social media accounts as well – and the Manzo family is using Lauren’s business as a drop off site today. But it is really Caroline that has turned into a one-woman emergency center – retweeting out a continuous string of messages sent to her by various folks.
Sometimes it’s hard to see past the caricature of a housewife Bravo gives us on our screen, carefully edited to bring out a reaction.
Well I’m looking past Bravo and seeing Caroline in a whole different way. And I like what I’m seeing.
Thank you Caroline! You’ve given me hope, and more importantly you’ve given a whole lot of people some very useful information while they are working their way through this crisis.
For that I’ve decided to start the NoMoreDrama Gold Star Award – and you’re the first recipient.
Caroline Manzo, One Woman Disaster Relief Communications Center. Bravo Caroline, and I mean that in a non-network sort of way.
Lisa Renee’s Storm Story
(Caroline isn’t the only one who has inspired me – for those of you that haven’t had a chance to read it yet, our Lisa Renee told her story in yesterday’s blog that brought me to tears. For those of you that haven’t read it yet, here is.
Posted by Lisa Renee – November 2, 2012 – Hi everybody, just to clear up any confusion & so prayers are for those suffering now….I did lose my home to Opal. I spent a year in a rental & choose not to rebuild so I bought a home inland (and at highest elevation) in Pensacola. That is when I first became familiar with FEMA. As for Ivan, which is #5 on the list for costliest storms (18 billion dollars). I did hunker down & ride it out.
I sustained 96K in damage but the house was still standing; this is when I learned about the Army Corp of Engineers because my roof was leaking bad. 17 people (and pets) total evacuated to my home & had 2 small generators. All those people were in low lying areas & suffered flood damge. It was over a week before anyone could even think about leaving.
Our water & sewer was destroyed and people were using my pool water to be able to flush their tanks. My husband is a McGyver and hooked up our house with hoses to our well and people were able to shower. Strangers who were in shock whose children were filthy got to bathe – cold water but better than nothing. I opened my home to be used as a cooling station for the elderly. My neighbor is a judge and despite no infrastructure Court must keep moving and his wife spread the word.
I was OK with anyone who needed coffee to bring their Thermos. Did spend alot of time worried for our personnel safety as we were the only house with lights for miles. After 26 days we got power back, but a large potion of my town went 3 months. I was beyond prepared as far as water and food. There is so much more but rest assured, I still feel like the luckiest person in the world. We did have loss of life, people who rolled the dice and paid the ultimate price. It is why I posted if you are in mandatory evacuation to heed the command, no one would be able to get to you for days.
I am waiting to see the military descend to the hardest hit towns with water & MRE’s (meals ready to eat). It was a true life saver for those who lost everything & those who didn’t have funds to prepare the way I was able to. Post Ivan I upgraded my generators to a larger one & had natural gas pulled to the house. The hours spent trolling for fuel in Alabama was beyond taxing and people were on their last nerve. Several weeks post storm I had people I never met dropping off thank you gifts.
Unbeknownst to me my husband helped more people than I was aware of. I heard stories of him fixing phone lines & internet lines dangling off people’s houses that were an easy fix if you had a butt set, he did. His extension ladders to help get trees off peoples homes so they could get a blue tarp. He was able to help others because despite our damage, he didn’t have to worry about us. To this day (and at the time I had no clue), he is credited for helping Gulf Power figure out why our cul-de-sac couldn’t be powered up. Their blue prints were outdated and my husband was more familiar where to troubleshoot. He is about Power poles & trucks the same way dogs chase fire trucks. He is also the type of person who reports limbs that need to be cut back with or without a storm coming. He is nuts but I picked him. The reason I told JnntJ to not feel guilty she only lost power is because she will be able to help others when she does get power.
The communities affected are going to have to pull together and get each other through. You have to look outside yourself & offer a hand up to those who have it worse than you. I believe this will happen. I also stand by my assertion for all we have gone through, it is nothing compared to what those affected are going to have to do to find their new normal. My prayers and good thoughts are with all of them, Lisa.
Yolanda Foster is One Tough Housewife by BB
Considering everything Yolanda Foster has experienced in her 48 years, being a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills must be a piece of cake. After her father passed away at the age of seven, the former model from Holland went to work as a dishwasher in a restaurant at the age of 13 to help support her family. In a recent interview with the New York Post, Yolanda reveals that when she was married to Mohammed Hadid, she broke her back in three places while giving birth to her youngest son Anwar 13 years ago. The physical trauma of that left her bedridden for more than a year and led to depression. Just a few years later, doctors discovered a tumor on her thyroid, which later was found to be benign when surgically removed.
She walked away from her marriage to Mohammed in 2003 (not penniless) and became the fourth wife of music producer David Foster in November of 2011. Despite knowing Lisa Vanderpump through her ex-husband Hadid, Yolanda says she is closest to cast-mate Brandi Glanville. She says a few of the other women had issues with her right away and she hasn’t even had an in-depth conversation with some of them.
This is not her first reality television series. She is also in “Hollywood Vrouwen” (Hollywood Women) which airs in Holland and is about a group of Dutch women who live extravagantly in LA. Read more here.
(PS – Yolanda is Foster’s 4th wife. His third wife was Linda Thompson – friend of Kyle Richards and shown on the show a few times. Linda and Foster also had a short-lived reality TV show – Princes of Malibu – centered around Linda’s sons with Bruce Jenner. It will be interesting to see Yolanda and Kyle’s relationship – NMD)
A Little or A Lot of Camille Grammer? by BB
Just how much of Camille Grammer will we see on the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Even Camille herself doesn’t know. She told Today.com’s The Clicker, “I am not sure how much I am in it. I definitely filmed a lot though, during the various events. You just never know how they are going to edit it.”
“With the (other women), it’s interesting to see how different alliances form. Friendships change and morph,” Camille told The Clicker. “Certain friendships really dissipate while others start. All of that really surprised me. It always does … truly. But this time, it’s really shocking. Personally, I have no trouble with anyone. I love all the girls, I really do.”
As for the divorce of Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif, Camille states, “You are not going to see anything about their divorce,” Camille said. “Adrienne is private. I really feel for her. I went through this during the whole first season. I just want her to stay strong. She is a great mom and is really there for her children.”
Camille and Bravo are kicking around the idea of her returning as a full time housewife for Season 4. As for other projects, Camille is interested in becoming a reality TV hostess. “I have shot a couple of pilot presentations for different production companies,” Camille said. “I would love to get into hosting! And I love to do something with my kids. But we will see what happens!” Read more here
Atlanta Housewives Gossip by NoMoreDrama
I am so excited for the new season of Atlanta to start. Last season wasn’t all that exciting, with NeNe pulling back a little, but this season it looks like she’s at the center of things again and it is Kim that won’t be making much of an appearance. I really enjoy the ladies when they are all having fun – and no one does fun better than NeNe when she’s in a good mood. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
With the show about to launch, the ladies have been active stirring up interest. Kim Zolciak shared a photo of her natural hair on twitter, and she looks terrific. It’s hard to believe she wears a wig in the hot Atlanta summers when she looks so great without one.
Kim also gave an interview to Glamour.com where she talked candidly about her time behind the camera, her makeup and her reaction to the public thinking she was much older than she was, and yes – those wigs. I’ve pulled a few excepts over to the blog.
How is filming different from the first season, when you didn’t really know what to expect, versus now?
Kim: You know, season 1, we had no idea how successful this show was going to be. We had no idea what to expect. As the years went on, you have a great glam squad. As you know now, I have a makeup artist that knows I don’t like a whole lot of makeup. She knows that I don’t like a whole lot of foundation on my face. I have great skin. I spend a lot of money on my skin, so I do not need a whole bunch of makeup. So now I think I have a great “glam squad” that knows me. I’ve had to sit through so many people to get to that place. And now, it’s a lot different. I think that I know what to expect. I work in my tanktop in my house these days. I definitely don’t do that on camera. I try not to, although there’s times when you see me running around this season in sweatpants because I’ve got so much going on. I just think that having the right team behind you and trying different things. I’ve got new wigs. I felt really hard in season 1 and 2, and then I started doing my own makeup and changed the wigs up. It’s all in good fun, but the criticism was hard in the beginning.
What would you say was the craziest moment to happen on the show?
Kim: There’s been a lot of crazy moments. I think that filming is a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of things you go through. On a positive note, I think when I performed at the white party, that was the moment I realized “Tardy for the Party” is really a success. I cried my eyes out when I went and sang on Ellen for her Christmas special. I remember walking on stage to rehearse before the audience got there, and I was just there and saw two big pictures of myself, and I just cried. I thought, ‘This is a dream. This is just insane.’ The negative side is people tearing you apart. In the beginning, it was tough. I’m a heck of a lot stronger now. I didn’t expect people to come at me as far as my wig, or my appearance, or “She looks so much older.” I wasn’t really prepared for that, and I don’t think you can be prepared for that. Now, I just take the good and the bad. Unfortunately, it was quite trying the first couple of years where I was at in my personal life.
Of course, I met my husband on the show, which is really what happened. I think a lot of people doubt that that’s really where I met Kroy. Housewives is real. People think it’s scripted. It’s really not. Bravo only lets you give what they can air. Who would have thought just three years ago when I met this man, I’d have two boys, and I’m married now? That was the most incredible moment. I didn’t even want to shoot that scene. I told my producers, “I’m not coming. It’s 95 degrees outside. It’s beautiful. I’m with my girls. I’m not coming.” And they’re like, “Yes, you are.” I was with Sheree, and I said, “OK, I’m coming to support her, but I’m staying 30 minutes.” And Kroy showed up, and I stayed a lot longer than 30 minutes. Read more here.
Another young lady who made the list is Gabby Douglas, the sixteen year old gymnast who won the all-around and anchored the team’s all-around win at the summer Olympics. Congratulations ladies!
Thank you Bloggers
Thank you again to everyone who is blogging for the site. Most of us are juggling family, jobs, and/or medical issues and now many have the storm aftermath to deal with as well. I want to tell you that your efforts are appreciated!! There is obviously something special about this place that makes us want to give something to it – and that all started with Lynn.
I want to give a special shout out as well to Lady C who continues to let posts through behind the scenes while I’m at work in internet technology lockdown – and to Kansas Girl who stepped up during the storm to keep track of everyone, and to all the thoughtful people who comment here who have shared information and support.
Here’s a quote from LavaLady from the last blog that just warmed my heart:
“Quick update from northern NJ. Still now power at home and LavaMan’s office. Generator is making life easier though. Long, long lines for gas and groceries. I am able to go to my sister’s house every day and use her appliances and internet and tv. No school yet, so no work for me. Hopefully Monday, but who knows?
LavaSon’s jet ski trip was successful. Saw our beach house up close. Significant water damage to first floor, will have to be totally redone. Mostly like all furniture, applicances, clothes etc. will have to be thrown away. Already registered with FEMA and insurance company. No one can enter the area yet, so all cleanup has to wait. Marine police told my son not to attempt another visit. There has been looting in the area.
Thanks for all your comments and well wishes. Coming here is sometimes the highlight of my day. But many, many more are so much worse off then me. Hope to hear from those on the list soon.”
I’m still looking for someone who wants to try their hand at blogging one of the new shows starting soon:
- Million Dollar Decorators
- Shahs of Sunset
And if there is someone who would like to recap WWHL when Housewives are on, please let me know. If you’re interested in trying your hand at blogging, just shoot me an email. Nomoredrama8@gmail.com
PS – if you’re really lucky you’ll get a tweet from someone on a show you’ve blogged – like LuLu did 🙂
Saturday Night Lineup, Nov 3rd (New Listings) by BB
DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR AT BEDTIME!
8PM EST – College Football; Alabama at LSU (CBS); Horse Racing; Breeder’s Cup (NBC); College Football; Oklahoma State at Kansas State (ABC); College Football; Oregon at USC (Fox)
9PM EST – Dateline: Real Life Mysteries (TLC); Plane Crash: The Fallout (Discovery); Motives and Murders (ID); My Wedding David Tutera (WE); Celebrity Ghost Stories (Biography); Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s (OWN); Renovation Realities (DIY)
10PM EST – Dateline: Real Life Mysteries (TLC); Iyanla Fix My Life (OWN); Doomsday Preppers (NatGeo); Deadly Affairs (ID); Untold Stories of the ER (Fit); Family Under Construction (DIY)