Caroline Manzo using Social Media for Disaster Relief plus Real Housewives Gossip

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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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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.

NeNe Leakes will grace the cover of Ebony Magazine in November.  Ebony’s Power 100 list ranks all the most influential African American women of the year.

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!

Phaedra Parks celebrated with NeNe and shared a photo of them on her twitter timeline. She cracks me up.  Her tweet: “Hanging with the rich & famous 2nt neneleakes! Congrats#ebonypower100 #winning

 

 

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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 🙂

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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)

About Veena (NMD)

Just a housewife ... who loves this place .... and loves to write ... You can reach me through this email: nomoredrama8@gmail.com. Lynn's Place is in tribute to Housewives blogger Lynn Hudson, who passed away in August of 2012.
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188 Responses to Caroline Manzo using Social Media for Disaster Relief plus Real Housewives Gossip

  1. Powell says:

    Good afternoon everyone. It’s very good news that NY is getting power back. I hope everyone has their power back by tomorrow. I hope you are having a good weekend.

  2. Powell says:

    Congrats Lulu on your shout out from Simon. Simon is not a fav of mine but he continues to be loyal to Lynn and now NMD. I think that is pretty cool of him.

  3. AZGirl says:

    Good morning everyone. This morning Arizona sent a planeload of APS and SRP utility workers to NY and NJ to help with getting power back up. Along with the utility workers are National Guard trucks to help transport gas to areas that need it.
    Hope things are getting better for all of the east coast people.

  4. LaineyLainey says:

    Hi Everyone – it’s a beautiful day here in Central Texas. Ran some errands got home in time to watch the Texas A&M v. Mississippi St. football game. Catching up on reading the previous blog. It’ s like my big behind is always a little behind. haha!! corny, I know. Doing laundry, Folding towels and catching up on reading this past week’s newspapers. LOL!!! Always playing catch-up. That can’t be healthy. Maybe I should try doing one thing at a time…nahhhhhh!!!!!

  5. LaineyLainey says:

    NMD – kudos to you for creating the GOLD STAR AWARD. Congrats to Caroline Manzo a worthy first ever recipient of this special award.

    • In all honesty I was becoming so down about the NJ housewives after the reunion that it feels really cleansing to write a positive blog and really feel good about someone again. Now I’m ready for the two new shows to start 🙂

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I like it. Why NOT focus on something positive? I think it’s great to spotlight a housewife who is doing good out in the world. To see one of them using twitter to help others rather than complaining or targeting their castmates (with intentions to hurt them), or self promoting (which isn’t necessarily bad – it’s the main purpose of Twitter to promote something/oneself, etc) or to perpetuate a hate campaign as we see so many of them doing. Our HW’s rarely give us something to crow about; perhaps the tide is turning. (bad choice of words, maybe?)

        • contessa says:

          I agree about Caroline…I did not like her behavior this season, however on a personal note away from the HW/Bravo cameras, she has come across as caring, involved, and moved by the horrible tragedy of Sandy. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks as well.
          Thank NMD for pointing this out, as I read her twitter last night and was extremely impressed.

        • Kansas Girl says:

          btw, Caroline tweeted yesterday that her boys were delivering water, not BLK. I think they just used the BLK van, possibly because it could haul stuff. Someone had faulted them for distributing their product and she wanted people to know that was not true.

        • Kansas Girl says:

          She also tweeted (I just remembered) that the Brownstone was open for all the power workers to drop in and eat. I thought that was also impressive.

      • Orson says:

        This is a minority view here, but I never thought Caroline was as completely evil as folks have said here previously.

        • contessa says:

          I was not on Caroline’s side this year at all, however it is only a show and edited by Bravo, so yes I did get a bit passionate about it. But off season and tragedies tell you who they really are at their core.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          Truth be told, no one is completely evil. I can compartmentalize my feelings for the way she has presented herself on the show in the past and her more recent altruistic actions. No need for me to elaborate as it would take away from the positivity (sp) of the award, which I admit is much deserved. I would love to see a different side of all the ladies on all the shows.

        • Boobah says:

          I with ya Orson. I didn’t like everything she said and did but I understood where it might have come from. I felt compassion for her.

          I really like The Gold Star Award. Can’t wait to see who is next.

          • contessa says:

            To all who have posted above…I have tried when posting (not always successful, as I am sometimes passionate about my choices – hanging head in shame) to say I dislike someone’s behavior, and not the person per se. I think we see one dimensional characters on tv that are heaily edited by Bravo to bring the drama. I think Caro had some issues (like all of us), but when the going got tough she got moving real fast. Those are the kinds of things that make an impact on me and a lot of us here. We all realize in the end that real life is important and it is only a TV show. We comment based on the behavior we are seeing, and not the person.

            I still can’t say where I stand on Mego and Jaq, but at this point it is so unimportant and does not matter. I am not sure about the reporting to the entertainment channel, but hey if you get a message out – you get it out. I am not going to criticize anyone at this point, as Sandy aftermath is still rearing her ugly head and will for a very long time.

        • Sasha says:

          I agree with you Orson on Caroline not being as mean and evil as she was made out to be here. I never saw her as a bully. I also think the Manzo kids and Greg were getting a bad rap.

          • Called A Princess... says:

            I think the behavior on the show and in social media speak volumes about what type of character the Manzo crew have/don’t have. I think it is completely different then how people might deal during a natural disaster. They would seem to be both very separate issues. I do not think either should be easily swept under the rug or easily forgotten. Human beings are capable of many deed, good and bad, in the same day. IMO.

            • LaineyLainey says:

              Well said, CaP, very true.

            • Sasha says:

              This is where we have a difference of opinion. I think the Manzos and crew are decent people. So I am down with them until they start murdering and pillaging the village.

  6. LaineyLainey says:

    Not sure how I missed Lisa Renee’s story yesterday, thank you for posting it, NMD. So very inspiring. If the world had more Lisa Renee’s and Mr. LRenee’s… the world would indeed be a better place! (((Mr. and Mrs. LRenee)))

    • contessa says:

      Hi Lainey,

      You are a step ahead of me today…I’m with you they deserve a gold star (many in fact) for their actions/help in the face of a terrible tragedy. Lisa Renee and Mr. LR you are my heros and on the top of my Oscar recipients for outstanding class and character!
      XXOO

    • Boobah says:

      Lol…Lainey…you beat me also. I posted something similar down below.

      And LOVE the gold star award!

  7. california35 says:

    good morning – happy Saturday.

    YES!! THANKS to all the bloggers 🙂

    great addition to have the gold star award 🙂

  8. Boobah says:

    NMD, thanks for including Lisa Renee’s story in the blog this morning. Like you, I was really moved by her story and heroism. I must have read it 6 times, each time thinking to myself, ‘we need more people like her in the world’. Then it occurred to me that this blog seems to attract people like Lisa Renee. Lots of posters here floor me. Sharing info, offering support, giving advice, cheerleading, etc. Just….wow.

    Update from eastern Long Island: people are getting power back slowly. I have a good feeling about my house but while I wait, I’m with staying w/my family and am quite content. Rumors of gas being delivered are circulating. I would love this rumor to be true because people are getting very aggressive.
    Everybody has there eye on that possible Nor’easter, praying that it loses momentum. If anybody here’s anything, please let me know. Thank you.

    They are setting up a mobile FEMA base right in my town. It’ll be here for two days so I am trying to spread the word.

    My prayers are with everyone affected.

    RealhousewifeVA – I am sorry to hear about your little ones sickness. I hope they feel better soon.

    oxox

    • LaineyLainey says:

      ITA with your first paragraph re: Mr. and Mrs Lisa Renee and this blog!! 🙂 You seem upbeat despite everything you’ve been through. Thanks for the update, you and your neighbors are in my prayers as well as RHofVA and her babies.

  9. Kansas Girl says:

    We are still watching for a few people to check in. Keep them in your thoughts.
    lori
    NJBev
    NorthEast Lurker
    Maryla
    NorthEasternGirl
    Bluesky1forever
    Just Wondering in Jersey & the tree

    • LaineyLainey says:

      You got it!!! It will be so great to hear from them.

    • melthehound says:

      NorthEastLurker was in in the chat room earlier and in fact, is still signed in (though I don’t think she’s really there). I didn’t read everything she wrote but you can probably take her off of the missing list. One other we haven’t heard from all week is BlueEyedGirl.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Fabulous and thanks for letting me know. I seldom get to the chat room lately. Is NEL ok? Tell her to come over here and tell her story.

      • Just Wondering In Jersey says:

        MTH I left a thank you for your info about lighting the stove in the Nov. 2nd comments. Somehow I got there instead of here when I reported in. Your info helped immensely in keeping me sane and somewhat warmish and for that I am truly grateful.

        The tree is still standing and dropped minor branches only no limbs. The shearing off of the top of the utility pole across the street and the dangling of the transformer was the major problem for our street. At least it wasn’t my tree this time.

  10. melthehound says:

    Well dammit NMD… You went and gave me a reason to respect Momz Manzo. Not just so much for what she is doing but also for what she is not doing. I’m 100% certain that if her efforts were all about ‘look at me’, we would have seen evidence of that by now. She can, after it’s all said and done, boast a bit about it but for now, she’s staying focused it seems, on the task at hand. That’s helping her neighbors when it’s needed most. Great choice for your first Gold Star Award.

    • contessa says:

      Hi Jeff and Mel (handsomest boy dog ever),

      Gotta say I posted something similar above. You write much better than I do, so it came it much better. What I liked is that she cut to the chase with out a lot of BS and is “doing”. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to see a persons true colors.

      • melthehound says:

        You said it just fine, Contessa.. 😀

        • contessa says:

          You and Mr. Mel are such charmers. If I was a few years younger (quite a bit more) I’d swoop down to your area. I’m not into cradle robbing – LOL!

        • kendo says:

          Agree! Not a Caroline fan, but you can’t fault anyone for helping out!
          Hope she and her family continues the great work!

          On a side note, I’ll be so glad when this DAMN election is over! Hope it doesn’t take all week to get results! Hope it’s a new beginning for our country – no matter who wins!

  11. klmh says:

    What a nice way to say GREAT to Caroline, NMD. I’ve always liked her and its nice to see real life verification like this. Way to go Manzo family.

    • california35 says:

      maybe she is shaking all the Real housewives/Theresa/Bravo stuff off of her fianlly to be back to be her real real and good self.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      I agree. This is a great idea NMD. It recognizes Caroline’s good work. And it also shows that we may criticize the shows, but can recognize good in all of them (and us).

      • contessa says:

        All well said, and I was one of those that criticized Caro’s behavior on the show, however I applaud what she is accomplishing an showing her true spirit. Please note I try to always say behavior instead of the person themselves.

  12. princesspindy says:

    Well, my hubby talked to his brother today, they are just north of NY city, near West Point. They have no power and the guy working on the lines is from Ohio and said they may have it at the end of the weekend. His brother in law is bringing a generator and then taking my sister in law, niece and grand nephew (is that what he is?)back to his house because they have electricity. My brother in law is staying with the house, cat and dog. They want the baby, just turned 2, out of there to keep him warm. They are concerned about the next storm coming, they only know what they hear and can’t track it. He says there is even/odd gas rationing, a la the 70s and he is a long time postal worker and is going into work each day because his post office is in NJ and the post office has power. He is riding his motorcycle to save gas. Princess Pindy thinks he will be doing better once the niece is out of there and he doesn’t have to listen to her bitch and he knows his grandson is warm and safe.

    • Powell says:

      Oh gosh odd even gas rashioning. I’m sorry to hear that but it does sound like progress is being made.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Wow – can’t even imagine. Sounds like they are doing the best they can in a trying situation.

  13. Orson says:

    Great Nephew, not grand nephew. I’ve come to this conclusion because one never hears of Grand Aunts or Uncles, but you hear of Great Uncles and Aunts. And my Great Nieces are the most beautiful babies in the history of people having babies. All others are #3 or lower.

  14. Orson says:

    Hey, Kansas Girl!! NorthEastLurker was in the chatroom earlier today, so she’s probably alive, has connectivity, and some power too.

  15. Kat from Ohio says:

    i really love atlanta and have enjoyed watching the older seasons. LOVED deshawn and lisa. wish they’d stayed on. i really hope that nene and gregg get back together!

    • Sasha says:

      Kat, Atlanta is my favorite of all the Housewives. I tend to laugh more with them. I was not the biggest fan of Deshawn who in her own words was destined for greatness.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I, too, love Atlanta. I wonder what became of Deshawn. She and her hubby split up which was unfortunate, they seemed sweet together. Last season was my least favorite season of Atlanta. Marlo was a bit too crass. That’s weird coming from me, I know. But I was not a fan of Marlo.

        • Sasha says:

          Lainey, I did not like Marlo either and I usually find some good in most people. A big mouth with no class in fancy clothes. I didn’t like last season much either. The talls and the smalls theme created too much of a division.

  16. Powell says:

    NMD and Bloggers thank you so much for everything you do for us everyday. You don’t know how much I look forward to reading every day. You all are the best! 😀

  17. contessa says:

    A bit of gossip away from Sandy. I watched on my DVR the WWHL with Jimmy Fallen and Andy alone. They did one of their crazy games, and they questioned each other. Jimmy asked Andy who his worst guest was and he said I told you when I was on your show and the implication was that it was Jill…does anyone if what I am reading into this is correct?

  18. RealhouseWifeva says:

    I just looked at Atlanta previews and that Kenya is gonna be a grade-A bitch. Wow. They replaced sheree with her?

    • LaineyLainey says:

      She is over the top. Which I think is funny.

      • RealHousewifeVA says:

        I don’t know, I didn’t think she was funny at all in the preview of her judging at the Bailey Agency. Nene, IMO, can be over the top funny.. Kenya just seems nasty.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          Well, it wouldn’t be funny if she was doing that to me or someone I love – – – so yeah, she’s more “nasty” than funny but it’s still kinda funny to me. sorry. But I’m laughing at her, not with her. I’m really trying to save face here! Not sure if it’s working. 😉

  19. VV says:

    Forgive me for being skeptical about the Manzo/Laurita charitable work lately. I think is a publicity stunt. I don’t quickly forget one couple has major legal issues due to abuse of money and the other couple defrauded the state of NJ.
    Glad some people are getting help via their efforts. Sorry, I get skeptical when it is done in such a public and self promoting way. My 1 cent!
    I am tempted to say PR was involved they’ve gotten a lot of press for this.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I forgive you. 😉

    • California35 says:

      I forgive you too 😛 specially because I did think that also :-/, but she did a good thing whatever the reason. Also, I am hoping that she is better than the Caroline in the show.

      I do wonder some times, how these ladies would be if the cameras where not there.

    • Sasha says:

      Publicity stunt seems far fetched. I think she is using her housewife status to help others. I don’t think she is concerned about being loved and adored by the public.

    • BB says:

      I think Caroline Manzo regrets the whole last season of RHONJ. If fact, she has repeatedly said so. Maybe, just maybe, she has read what some people have observed about her and her family and has taken note of it. It’s never too late to take a good look at yourself and try to make positive changes. I’m no fan of hers and don’t know if she’s doing it for PR purposes or not, but if it helps other people get the information they need in the aftermath of this terrible storm, I’m all for it.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I agree with Sasha in that Caroline doesn’t seem to be too concerned about being liked or adored by the public. Of course, neither of us KNOWS THAT with any certainty we are guessing based on what we have seen on the show. But as far as I can remember, Caroline has never backed down from her behavior or from the way that she has treated others on the show or from what she has said in her Talking heads. I would say more but like I said before I am trying really hard not to sully the positive mood of the award. But BB, anything can happen, perhaps it’s a post soul searching act on her behalf or perhaps it’s automatic for her and not completely out of character for her to want to give back. It’s hard to know since we only know the woman on the show. But this is a new look at a different side of Caroline. She certainly does seem to set the tone in her family, though, like a real matriarch.

    • melthehound says:

      I don’t know VV…. remember what NMD acknowledged Momz for..

      “Caroline Manzo, One Woman Disaster Relief Communications Center.”

      I think she’s doing what she can with what she has. If others want to give her recognition for that, I’m not going to bash the woman. Not for this anyway.

    • amalfi says:

      I am in the minority and agree with VV – self serving is pretty much the Manzo trait. I am not saying she doesn’t care – she is not heartless, but the waste of air kids she raised and the excuses she makes for her cheating husband (both in terms of their marriage and how he cheated the state of Jersey) tells me that she is less than forthright.

      I will believe that some of this comes from good, but one nice deed (significant indeed – despite intentions good or bad) does not erase everything. She didn’t ask forgiveness, I am not offering. Keep doing your thing Caroline, whatever your reason. I don’t care why as long it helps some in need.

      • amalfi says:

        ….*adding because I hit submit too soon*

        ,,,but I am not ready to deify you or lavish you with awards.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          I respect your opinion, amalfi, but it’s just one little itty bitty virtual star, not a lavishment, not a ceremonial deification. (I hope I spelled that right it could easily become something else give or take an i)

    • djprincessc says:

      I agree, obviously she’s just doing it to help repair her image. She got blasted for her attitude this past season, I’m sure she does care. She said over and over she didn’t like herself this season and that wasn’t the real Caroline Manzo. More than anything though, notice how one moment Lauren is complaining on twitter that she’s sick of hearing about Sandy, and now she’s suddenly helping?? Good they’re helping but come on! Its pretty clear why. lol.

  20. stellastars21 says:

    I hope the remaining East Coasters check in so we know they are ok.

    Regarding the autocorrect mistakes from Ellen’s show posted last night, when my bf and I started talking he sent me a text telling me he looks forward to my jokes only auto correct changed it to say he looks forward to my Holes cause they’re Awesome. I laughed and laughed. He won’t live that one down lol.

  21. California35 says:

    My DVR got some BH short episode, sorry if you talked about this before. I loved it!! Lisa showed her new home to Brandi (and us), Kyle got a new car, Adrianne and Paul, and a hint of drama comin gup. Basically they showed what I like and wish the show was about. No fights, just beautiful homes, etc.

    • BB says:

      It was a first look and I missed it. 😦

      • California35 says:

        I meant to reply that to you 🙂

        • California35 says:

          Lisa’s house is beautiful, Kyle still has her long hair, Adrienne and Paul are still awkward, Taylor is calling Adrienne interrupting a lunch (at least it was on the phone not in person), Taylor says she gain weight, and discusses alisa with Adrienne. Kyle said that she and Kim are rebuilding their relationship.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        They play it now and then, so you may be able to catch it. I saw it Thursday night.

  22. California35 says:

    Lisa’s “smaller house” is not small lol i loved it, it is so prety, so her style.

  23. Hi everyone – I’m testing out a new background for the Atlanta premiere tomorrow – don’t be confused by things changing as I play around with image sizes, etc.

  24. BB says:

    Go Irish! Triple Overtime! Still Undefeated! Amazeballs!

  25. I love how they’ve all changed so much 🙂

    • contessa says:

      Better makeup artists, better wigs and weaves, and better clothes. I saw the photo of Kim w/o her wig doing an interview and she looks so much better without all that hair. I cannot imagine wearing a wig in the Atlanta heat, actually I cannot imagine wearing a wig period, as I hate having anything on my head. I lived through the Chicago winters without head-gear – crazy.

  26. princesspindy says:

    So, it looks like my brother in law’s, brother in law just left them with the generator instead of taking them to his house and the house is now warm and they have power. One of their neighbor has 3 big trees on his house and another has 2 big trees in his pool that did a lot of damage to it. My bil has 2 trees that fell, one from each side of his big shed, they are keeping each other off of his shed. So it will be quite a task to get them down without crushing the shed… overall they are doing better than most!

    • California35 says:

      😦 About the trees 😦 but glad your family are fine.

    • BB says:

      It’s good that they are now warm. Remember the picture of the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills I posted the other day? Half of it was washed away in the storm. Well, the hubs came back from down there today and told me he saw people fishing on what’s left of the pier. I wonder if the owners gave them a discount to fish on it since it’s not all there. Business as usual. Lol.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      There’s going to be plenty of fire wood this winter!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Wow…sad about all of the trees…now I want to hear if the shed will be saved.

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      (hugs)

  27. looneylucy says:

    It’s good to hear from all those affected by Sandy. I’d really like to hear from Just Wondering in Jersey….what about that danged tree?!?! I just hope those that haven’t checked in, that in the back of their minds, they know there are so many people worrying and hoping for the best.

    To that end, NMD, thank you for continuing. I can’t even fathom the task you have undertaken. And I’ll go out on a limb as an infrequent poster…thank you all regular posters! You’re part of my day, every day.

    BTW, I’m thinking best thoughts for Diva & Mr. Ford, and Detox. This blog is missing their spark (and sparkles)!!

  28. Lisa Renee says:

    Hi everybody, thanks for all your kind words. I was really surprised to see my post. There were so many people that helped each other, we had to, we wouldn’t have made it. I don’t get alot of oppotunities to brag about my husband, thanks for that. For a little perspective it was 3 years before everyone here was out of a FEMA trailer. It has to be a logistical nightmare to do it in the cold. I can’t guess how many are needed & where they are going to be placed. The trailers also acted as classrooms.

    NMD, I love the Gold star award (& the pyramids & the tweets & everything) and who you chose as the first recipient….great pick. Setting up a staging area is HUGE. I am not concerned about the motivation or how I may feel about a person. I hope they check on a Domestic abuse shelter & load them up. During Ivan, Gov Bush had a little girl crying about losing the shelter, she & her mom ran from a violent situation. He implemented immediately a law that these shelters are eligable for federal funds & trailer’s. The women staying at these shelters do not have a real address, a must have requirement to get a trailer. These women are on the run & were displaced before the storm.
    HWVA, I am hoping you & your babies are on the road to recovery. Keeping good thoughts & sending prayers
    The tweet from simon to mrs lulu was very very cool, so strange to think “those people” read here lol 🙂
    Stay well everyone, Lisa

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      Big kisses to our Lisa, reading all the tales of survival and perseverance are so humbling to me It makes me so proud to know anyone who made it threw it. May God Bless you and keep you well.

    • RealHousewifeVA says:

      You are so sweet! I agree with the Gold Star recipient, and I’m no Caro fan, but what’s she’s doing to help is really great. I love when people who can and have the money and ability to do so, go out and help. You and your husband are really great as well.

      My kids are doing so much better this morning, thank God! It was a rough couple days but I’m thankful everyday for having healthy children. A friend of mine had her 11 year old son diagnosed with cancer this summer and his leg was amputated last week to stop the spread 😦 I can handle a few days of crying babies.

      • trudie says:

        My heart breaks for you friend and her son. Sending thoughts and prayers their way.

        Glad your children are doing better. It is so hard when they are in pain and there is nothing you can do to help.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I am glad your kids are doing so much better! I can’t even imagine what your friend and her young son are going through.

      • Boobah says:

        I am glad to hear you children are feeling better!

      • I’m glad your children are doing better. You are really sweet to always be putting it into perspective, but when our babies are crying and we can’t help them, it’s heart wrenching.

  29. Vegas Chick says:

    Say what you want about Caroline Manzo but she has been relentlessly tweeting info almost nonstop for two days and counting. Good job for recognizing her efforts, No More Drama.

  30. TexasTart says:

    Good morning 🙂
    NMD – I bow to you for picking up and taking on the task of this blog in August. I think it’s nothing less than impressive. I appreciate that you manage to not only come up with fresh material daily, but I love how you mix it up…polls, pyriamids
    and now the Gold Star award is a refreshing feature.

    And a gold star from myself to each of you that contribute to the blog and Lady Chatterley for her behind the scenes contribution. I’m sure there’s more to it than I realize, but just ya’ll know it’s not taken for granted!

  31. BB says:

    Good morning, all. My dogs do not know that the clocks were set back an hour last night. 😦

    • california35 says:

      Good morning BB and your dogs 🙂

    • melthehound says:

      That’s the danger of getting them on a schedule 😀

    • RealHousewifeVA says:

      I didn’t remember, either! i’ve been up since 5:30 and I loved every minute since my kids slept until 9

    • trudie says:

      Same here. Dog got me up early. Funny how my husband has always been able to sleep through kids and dogs getting up. I need a wife!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      It was the cats here. Ed is laid back and also likes to sleep in, but Sadie woke up and would NOT go back to sleep, and then decided to meow in my face for what seemed like an hour. Sadie is a rescue who came home in June, and she’s just now feeling like she owns the place. Now that she does, she thinks she’s boss. And she gets Ed all riled up. Of course once I was up, they fell asleep.

      • BB says:

        Oh, yeah. Once my dogs got up, went out to do their business, ate, and played for about 5 minutes, it was back to dreamland for them. They’ve been alseep ever since. Lol.

  32. vilzvet says:

    No power here yet. We are down to “only” 419,000 homes without on Long Island. Hubs and kids went out last night at midnight, waited about 90 minutes which is considered short, and got the 10 gallon maximum for our generator, so we should be able to make it through all of today. Have NO complaints compared to what others have lost!

    • BB says:

      Hang in there and stay warm!

    • trudie says:

      Thanks for checking in. It is all just beyond my comprehension.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I hope your power comes back soon!!!!! Like NOW!!!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Well, glad the power is gradually coming back. I’m sure the power workers are exhausted and have a daunting amount of work ahead of them. Friends waiting in line (East coast says “on line”, right?) 4 hours in Yonkers, so 90 mins is pretty short. The kids likely think it’s an adventure, plus they got to be out at midnight!

    • AZGirl says:

      AZ Republic website just posted that the Arizona Public Service utility workers arrived on LI this morning and started working on a transformer and getting poles and lines up and workings.

  33. Good Morning,
    Just got a tweet from JillnoNotThatJill and she says Hi to the blog.

    She and PlainViewSue are still without electricity and it’s cold and frustrating – although they are both able to be with friends or family to stay warm. Let’s hope their power gets back up and running today.

    I think I’ll just do one Atlanta Blog today instead of a morning and chat blog – maybe in the early afternoon. Next week should be jam-packed blogs again as all the new shows start up.

    Stay safe and warm !

    • RealHousewifeVA says:

      Glad to hear they are okay. I totally forgot ATL starts today. Yippee I’m so excited!

    • trudie says:

      Thanks for letting us know about Jill and PlainView Sue. Glad that they are safe.

    • California35 says:

      One blog is enough NoMoreDrama. You work too hard for us, and I thank you 🙂 but take it easy.

      I’m glad you heard from Jill and PlainviewSue.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Oh, man! And they’re without power just as these new shows start! (We have to have priorities, right?) Thanks for letting us know, NMD. Glad to know they’re ok, if cold and frustrated. They’re sure in my thoughts and I’m sure that goes for everyone else. Here’s the list of those who have not checked in yet:
      lori
      NJBev
      Maryla
      NorthEasternGirl
      Bluesky1forever
      Just Wondering in Jersey & the tree

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I hope they are all well. If you or someone had their phone numbers we/you could call or text them to find out what’s up. Praying for them…thanks for the reminder that we haven’t heard from these friends, yet. NMD, I know she doesn’t comment here much, but I think she used to? Blue Eyed Girl – – I don’t think we’ve heard from her either. MTH or Orson – has she checked in to Chatzy, yet? I know she hadn’t as of Friday?

        • Orson says:

          BEG hasn’t been in Chatzy for a week.

        • melthehound says:

          No she hasn’t and honestly, I’m getting quite concerned about her. Even if she doesn’t say anything, she sometimes looks in to see what’s happening.

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Guys, Guys!!! I just remembered that I have a way of contacting BEG – doing that now. will keep you posted when I hear back from her!!!!!!!!! Seriously, I think my mind is slipping.

        • Kansas Girl says:

          I don’t have phone numbers for any of them. I do have email for 3, but these are not likely their primary accounts, as they were posted online as we got the blog organized. I’m sure they’re just without electricity. It may be that checking in with the blog is much lower on their priority list than say heat or getting a roof fixed. I think we’ll hear from them soon.

          • Vegas Chick says:

            Electricity is still out in a large portion of the Jersey shore and most are preserving cell power for necessary communication. Still praying that the 5 of them are okay. I heard from my brother this morning (thank God). They still do not have heat, water or power but he says that they are doing okay. It’s the ‘Norwegian’ that’s heading in that direction Wed/Thurs that has me concerned. Hopefully, power will be completely restored before it hits.

  34. Good Morning! So glad to hear a few more are accounted for and hanging in there. Praying that we here soon from those that have not checked in and that they are well. I am holding to the “no new is good news” phrase on that!

    Looking forward to ATL and BH starting this week.

    RHVA…soooo glad to hear your kids are doing better! Hope you were able to get some rest!

    NMD…as always, thank so much for all you do. The effort you put in to make sure there is a daily post is monumental, and we love you for it!

    New post up today! Love and Hugs!
    http://fromthedeskofmardrag.wordpress.com/

  35. Eastbayca says:

    Watching RHOA (haven’t watched in years)….were does Peter get the nerve to ask his wife Cynthia for money to do something special for her?
    And was he throwing the anniversary party for them or for his friends?

  36. NYC Mama says:

    Teresa is only promoting her book and recipes on Twitter nothing helpful while Carolyn is tweeting where people can get assitance and help,.
    That pretty much says it all.

    • melthehound says:

      It says nothing. When does Teresa do anything But promote her book and recipes via Twitter?

      • NYC Mama says:

        The last thing that people who need help and have no home, electric or food want to see are pictures of her meals. The Queen of self promotion but nothing else. Too badshe can’t see beyond her own nose to help. IMO It says much about her and her character.

        • Vegas Chick says:

          ITA, NYC. What do any of them do under normal circumstances but self-promote to some degree or another.? Teresa is too selfish to help anyone unless, of course, she somehow benefits from it. I guess the good news is there will be a lot of construction work in NJ which means that her lazy azz husband will no longer haves an excuse, but I’m sure he will come up with something like he can’t drive.

        • melthehound says:

          How do you know what she is or isn’t doing? I’ll say it again. It means nothing.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Just because she isn’t using social media (thus far) to help…how do you know she isn’t helping? donating? I’m not saying she IS doing good, but I’m also not going to say that she ISN’T doing good things. Just because it’s not on twitter, doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. doesn’t mean it IS happening…oh gee, I’ll stop I feel like I’m going into a never-ending loop.

  37. VV says:

    A tweet from the lovely Lauren Manzo – in case you were planning on dropping by Cacaface with donations:

    “Everyone donating! We DON’T NEED CLOTHES we need diapers sweaters jackets socks!!! Shelters told us enough clothes”

    • Eastbayca says:

      At least she is specific on what is needed.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Yes, it’s helpful to tell folks what’s not needed, for sure. Her delivery leaves a little bit to be desired, but I’m not going to nitpick today as she is doing a good thing.

    • VV says:

      Hey, I am glad the Manzo clan had a change of heart. Lapband complaining about too much Sandy news, Chris Manzo wondering if the storm was going to ruin the Devils game etc etc. I don’t like the Manzo Lauritas PERIOD! To me they are opportunist in their help. I’ll grant them some people are getting help and I’m glad. I did not like the tone of Lauren’s tweet. There are nicer ways of telling people to refrain from bringing certain items. NO CAPS were needed. A little too bossy for my taste. I dislike them period so everything they do I see it with a very incredulous eye. Sorry, not in a good mood today. My one cent!

      • LaineyLainey says:

        She’s doing good, but she can’t completely change her personality, you know? As her mom would say “it is what it is” – she always does what the Don tells her and right now the Don is leading her in the right direction. But Lauren can’t change her basic personality. She’s been shown to be an unpleasant young lady. It’s probably really going against the grain…all of this giving and giving. From what we’ve seen on the show, she’s not used to it.

        Not to go all “Lauren” here…but It is really interesting to me that when natural disasters happen and people start donating supplies like bottled water, blankets, towels, toiletries, diapers, new underwear, new socks… etc. There are many, many (you wouldn’t believe how many) people who will bring their unsold garage sale items (they have price tags on them) or they clean out their closets and bring old clothes that they don’t want and that NOBODY will ever want. The few times I’ve helped with this sort of thing, it always happens and you know (hope) that people meant well. But It can be kinda frustrating.

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