Saturday, February 21, 2009

The scramble is on

In any other city, discovering a spot on a tuxedo at 11 PM the night before the big event would be a crisis, but this is Los Angeles, which has a culture unlike anywhere else.

It took some doing, but between Internet searches and the help of my hotel's concierge, I found an all-night dry cleaner with a good reputation (there's another in town that seems to have fewer loyal customers, or at least has a lot more angry ones posting info on line.)

Although I was the only customer arriving at Milt & Edie's cleaners in Burbank a little while ago, the woman behind the counter laughed when I asked if I was the only one bringing in a tuxedo tonight. "I've got three more" that had just come in, she said with a smile and the reassurance that mine will be ready around the time I plan to wake up Sunday morning. Gotta love LA!

My scramble also included finding a store with a vest and tie that I like enough to wear for my red carpet stroll... No luck at Macy's, but a Men's Wearhouse store in Studio City had a good selection, and the two men working there seemed well prepared for the stream of people needing formal wear this weekend. Wonder if there's anything going on besides the Oscars?

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