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By Amber Roniger

By Amber Roniger

Can we fondly recall together the heyday of the Times Square of my youth: prostitutes, sex shops and trash. Aaah, nostalgia. Although it really was rather ‘artistic,’ it wasn’t particularly safe, or sane, for that matter. These days, Times Square tends to evoke more positive images, such as the start line for the REVLON RUN/WALK FOR WOMEN 5k Fundraiser For Women’s Cancers.

I know…so many good causes, so little time. But my dear ladies, the Revlon Walk really is the queen of fundraisers, the diva of donations. This coming Saturday, May 6th, keep your alarm set on ‘early.’ You don’t have to play hooky from your dreaded workweek beige maze or call in sick ‘n tired. Instead, just show up where the Naked Cowboy croons the blues (might he be chilly in those skivvies?). Mingle and cavort with cancer survivors and their loved ones while taking a lovely constitutional through ‘da Park and raise much needed funds for cancer research.

Sign up to run/walk at: www.revlonwalkrun.com or call (212) 379-3199 for more info.

The day’s events are scheduled as follows:

7am – Onsite registration & pledge drop-off opens
8:15am – Celebrity opening ceremonies
9:15am – Official start of run/walk
10am-12pm – Finish Line Festivities & Health Expo in Central Park’s East Meadow

Spring is the absolute perfect time to join celebrity hosts Susan Sarandon, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Christopher Meloni on a tour of the Park while contributing to a vital cause. And in case you can’t make the Revlon walk, you can fight breast cancer just by eating M&M’s. Seriously! I know what you’re thinking: why did it take the Candy Gods so long to put cancer-fighting medicine in chocolate?! How brill is that! But nein, that is not the deal. When you buy 14oz bags of new PINK & WHITE M&M’s, Masterfoods will donate $.35 cents to the SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION, and $.50 on 21.3 oz bags, a most delicious way to give.

So pop some pink ‘n whites, collect some moolah, run, walk, volunteer, or just come on out and cheer ‘em on, but find a way to show your support for the wonderful women all around us who are living with and fighting this disease.

GLAM IN 60 SECONDS
By Amber Roniger

Push, push, rush, rush… who has any time anymore for anything more than a New York minute? Well not to worry, with-it-worldly-women, cause that’s all you’ll need on May 5th if you hustle-bustle by THE N.Y.C. NEW YORK COLOR COSMETICS NEW YORK MINUTE MAKEOVER TOUR. No need to sneak through the aisles of Sephora sampling all their delicious new palettes, zipping on your way to that hottie-tottie date, you insane multitasker, you.

Instead just pop on by any one of the mobile tour stops for a New York Minute Makeover, fabu tips from their head makeup artist, Doug Atkinson and his crack-team of Cuties, and freebie samples (ooooh, how we luv us some freebies) at the following locations:

CVS (272 8th Avenue @ 24th St.) 10 – 11am

CVS (1294 Lexington Avenue) 3 – 3:45pm

CVS (1223 Second Avenue) 4:30 – 5:15pm

Then at least you’ll be all fit and legit to pucker-up with the best of the pillow-lipped, world’s most beautiful peoples (at least according to People)!

ILL-FATED DATER
By Amber Roniger

If any of you read my blog (or perhaps intuit the sense of subtle desperation pervading my writing), you’ll know that I’m perhaps the most ill-fated dater in all of NYC. Seriously, it’s pathetic. I’m not sure even Cupid can save me anymore. The list of wanting dates this year goes something like this:

- Brunch & flick with a garden gnome. He had already mentally moved us to the suburbs by the time the entrees arrived. Next!
- A self-proclaimed ‘hustler’ who called me out as I was exiting a (woman’s clothing) store, proceeded to pull a rubber doggie dookey out of his back pocket and then asked me to go for a drink at Pizzeria Uno. That I was idiotic enough to give him my card after the pooh incident can only be labeled as ‘wondrous.’ One phone call and several racist jokes later (“Why did the Mexican throw his wife off the roof? Tequilla!), and that was that. Next!
- An Internet date where his first line upon entering the bar was “I know I don’t look like my picture, but…”

Honestly, my dating life is seriously falling flat. And so I welcome the chance to tangle with the Cupid Pre-Dating, speed-dating event, in conjunction with Dorchester Publishing, on May 9th at Borgo Antico Ristorante (http://predating.com/speeddating/NYC.php). Judging by the tragedy of my recent dates, it’ll be a relief to have a first encounter that lasts only five minutes! And then, if it’s really interstellar, we can have a ten minute second date that resembles one of those Dorchester romance novels! (Baby steps, my dear, baby steps).

To sign up for upcoming Cupid.com/Pre-Dating events:
http://pre-dating.com/index.html

Originally published May 2006
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