Nora Ephron

In reading the great Nora Ephron’s book I Feel Bad About My Neckit was a laugh out loud moment when she was speaking of a luncheon date with girlfriends… quote:

Yes, I actually wore a large scarf to this.  You know the Katharine Hepburn/On Golden Pond effect.  But I did notice, we all were at lunch, you get older, your brain doesn’t get older, you don’t feel older, you still feel sort of like a girl in some pre-feminist way.  And yet I looked around the table and I saw all the turtlenecks, all the scarves, all the little mandarin collars!  It was like – you know, it was moving.  It moved me to see how sweet and pathetic we all were about this thing.”

“You can’t own too many black turtleneck sweaters.” (One of my favorites)

A few more great quotes:

“Well, my dermatologist says that the neck starts to go at age 42.  And she’s just pretty definitive about that and my guess is that she’s probably right.”

 “And as I write in the book, you know, you need to cut open a red wood tree to find out how old it is, but you would not have to if it had a neck because necks are the giveaway.  They are the thing.  And when they start to go, you can kind of avert your eyes for a while – but it doesn’t go away.

You can sort of do the thing that a lot of my friends do, which is you sort of hold your hand up between yourself and the mirror or you sit with your hands under your chin at dinner or you kind of do the little mini-facelift thing where you sort of gently pull the skin up behind your ears…..”

Eventually someone is going to send you a picture of yourself (yes and someone did that very thing to me) and you’re going to see it and you’re going to go, oh, can’t be?  And I started thinking about it a few years ago as I started reading this stuff that’s written about getting older where people say oh it’s great to be older.  And I’m thinking, don’t they have necks?  What are they talking about? And that’s the least of it, of course.”

The neck starts to go at age forty-three and that’s that. You can put makeup on your face and concealer under your eyes and dye your hair, you can shoot collagen and Botox and Restylane into your wrinkles and creases,  but short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about  a neck…nothing!  (Until now – NeckTITE Magic)

It was sad, when she passed, I was in the midst of developing NeckTITE Magic.  If only she were still here we would send her a dozen boxes! 


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