Up, up and away…

Cape and tights packed (don’t want them mussed), I’m off to Washington DC today to do my part in making the world a safer place for clothing designers, slaying that CPSIA dragon (pardon the mixed metaphor). Yep, I am. Yeah me. Last week I mentioned I was going, don’t know if you remember. I have to leave here at four in the morning to get to the airport (an hour’s drive away), then I’m on a plane all day. I arrive Dulles at 3:55 EST (two stops, change planes once). In my fantasies, I’ll get off the plane and be whisked away with curbside service (by my adoring fans) to my hotel in Georgetown followed by a fine dining experience (they’re buying). In real life, it’ll be Super Shuttle and that Einstein’s bagel place over there by Tulane. So, long story short, if you need assistance of any kind, I will have a great excuse for failing to respond in a timely manner today other than poor time management or bad time management. Or even, questionable time management like it usually is.

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  1. Vesta says:

    You’re our only hope, Kathleen Wan Kenobi. Kidding; I just wanted to say that. But your efforts are much appreciated. I hope the trip isn’t too rattling.

  2. Kaaren Hoback says:

    I think we should start a fund for Kathleen’s lobbying efforts on behalf of all the DE’s currently in production and hoping to soon start.

    Seriously, folks- consider what it might cost you for just one season of unnecessary testing of each item in your line and send KF a check of at least 10% of those costs, which her efforts just may save you.

    Consider this an investment in your future! Kathleen makes nothing for herself from this trip other than protecting you from unreasonable expense that may bankrupt your plans before you even get going.

    I personally do not have a line- I design for a home sewers software program not the ‘industry’ but my check is in today’s mail.

    Kaaren Hoback

  3. Heather says:

    I agree with Kaaren. Everyone involved in the industry (I’m a patternmaker) is affected by this. I sent my contribution by Paypal! Thank you Kathleen-safe trip!

  4. Sue T. says:

    Dang, I let time get away from me again, I didn’t realize that your trip was this week. Kathleen, if there is any way you see this – look for a Noodles and Co. shop. You can get really good meals there and you can get them without meat, or even with tofu if you need the protein. I confess I am addicted to their spicy Indonesian noodle dish. Other than that you might ask your hotel/motel to help you find a Greek or other Mideast carryout. There are a bunch of those around town, as well as the ubiquitous Chinese carryout. Chinatown is at 7th and H, just outside Gallery Place Metro stop. Other than that – good luck, get in and out of town safely, do what you can and know you have our support.

  5. Nina says:

    Kathleen, good luck on your trip!

    I was reading the earlier post and there was a comment from Ellen re cloth items not being considered durable goods…did anyone ever figure this out?

    It’s specifically mentioned in Section 104, pg. 15 of the FAQs.


  6. Kathleen says:

    Gee, I’m staying at a different Best Western than I thought. This isn’t the one by Tulane. Hmm. Gotta do a walkabout to see what’s local.

    Trip was fine ‘cept for the SuperShuttle part. A little girl in the seat behind me treated the van load of us to rousing renditions of “jingo bews, jingo bews, jingo adahway. ohwah fuh ninis t’rye inna one. horse. o. pe. sleigh!” Only the last four words were enunciated and yes, punctuated as indicated. It was cute but I wish she’d know the words to “Jingle Bell Rock” which was what was playing on the van’s stereo at the time.

  7. Grace says:

    Kathleen, you rock.

    Mark took me to an excellent Indian restaurant in Adams Morgan. Hmm, he hangs out in gay neighborhoods on his business trips.

    If you don’t feel like making the trek, there seems to be a Chipotle on every corner in DC. Will you have time for the Textile Museum?

  8. dosfashionistas says:

    Kathleen, We all owe you more than just a big Thank You for your efforts for us all. I am sending my contribution by Paypal with a challange to all you other DEs. Kathleen should not be having to bear the expense of doing this on her own. She is doing it for us.

    I am eager to hear what happens in DC.

  9. Lisa B. in Portland says:

    Kathleen, you’re our hero!
    I’ll be selling at a bazaar on Sat. so can probably send at least something after that. Wish me luck. One of my aprons did sell yesterday, too.
    I hope it all goes well!!

  10. SusanM says:

    DC is a great place for sightseeing as well as protesting. Cant wait to hear your report when you return. Always enjoy what you have to say. ps; I dont think Tulane is there, though. Perhaps you meant Georgetown, GW, American, Catholic, or Howard U?

  11. Trish says:

    Kathleen, you are the best. Kaaren, Heather and dosfashionistas I really appreciate you getting the chip-in going. You are so right that Kathleen should not have to bear the financial end of her quest alone.

  12. Kathleen says:

    I dont think Tulane is there, though.

    When we stayed in DC the last time (a different hotel than this one), we couldn’t connect via wifi through the hotel. The connection I could patch into was outside the hotel. The network was called “Tulane”. For all I know it was a business named Tulane. Or, it could have been an individual with that name or maybe even an alum who’d named their connection “Tulane”. So no, I didn’t see Tulane the university or would swear it was here but I did connect via a wifi network named Tulane.

    Just wanted to say if anyone had trouble finding the “donation” button (like my blonde self), here is a direct link:

    Hey, I didn’t even know that page was there, lol. I guess my web guy put it in when he redesigned the site. I guess I’ll have to edit it to say something other than the placeholder text that’s there now. I tell you, this site has gotten so big (over 1,500 separate pages!) even I don’t know where everything is anymore.

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