Squawk of Life
Estelle Harris told George Costanza what to do, so why not you?
Estelle Harris likes being tagged a senior citizen as much as her son on Seinfeld, George Costanza, liked his gym teacher calling him “Cantstandya.” “I don’t feel like a senior and I resent being called one, because I’m with it,” screeches Harris, 64. Plus, “even Arnold Schwarzenburger is over 50.”
“Schwarzenegger, Mother,” says her son Glen, 39, visiting Harris’s house near Palm Springs, Calif.
“Really!” Harris exclaims in her crow-with-feathers-on-fire shriek. “Isn’t my son just brilliant?”
Miss that voice yet? Ready or not, it’s hitting the Web. On May 13, Harris will launch Ask Estelle (stelstar.com), a site for the (shh!) senior set featuring advice, she says, on “love and what you should eat and whether or not you should go into acting.” She also plans a talk show on oracle.com/ebusiness. “I know a lot of celebrities, and I’ll threaten them if they don’t come on,” she says, “because I know a lot of secrets.”
I stumbled across some intimate e-mail sent to my significant other. I believe exchanging sexy e-mail is a form of cheating. What do you think?
As any world leader would tell you, it depends on your definition of “cheating.” But while a strictly cyber affair obviously isn’t as bad as the real thing, it’s bad enough, even if it was “just for fun”—a frequently deployed excuse that only raises disturbing questions. And don’t get roped into an argument with your s.o. about whether e-dallying really is cheating. If snookums got steamy with someone else and has the gall to debate the technicalities, maybe it’s time for both of you to cut your losses and head to the singles chat room.
Click and Get It
Mouse pads autographed by Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Regis Philbin and other celebs: up for bidding May 16-23 on eBay.com to aid HandsNet, a nonprofit that helps human-services groups. Paul Newman’s pad previously fetched $203.02.
My Favorite Sites
No Spanish Inquisition is required to get the globe-trotting Monty Python alum to admit his Holy Grail on the Web is bbc.co.uk. “It has all the news and entertainment” from cool Britannia, says Palin, 57. “I also like to check up on the latest BBC productions.” He could also track his own BBC-distributed travel specials, such as Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure, which aired this month on PBS. Palin did some research for the documentary on the Web but worries Papa would not have approved. Hemingway “liked to know as much as he could about whatever he was writing about, be it bullfighting or marlin fishing,” Palin says, “but I think he liked to live it rather than read about it. Rather than sitting behind a computer, he would have preferred to have a fishing rod or a gun in his hand.”
Breaking into the Old Boy Net-work
Is “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” the new dot-com motto? Some guy-centric sites are creating separate spaces for women. Car seller autobytel.com has a “For Her” section that recommends female-friendly models (its pick for a woman who doesn’t “want to be called a ‘Minivan Mom’ “: a BMW wagon). Herhifi.com, run by electronics retailer hifi.com, offers jargon-free advice columns by women experts, organizes gear by what room in the house it goes in, and sports a pastel (though not pink) color scheme. “We’re not talking down to the female buyer,” says Hifi spokeswoman Maria Cataldo, who adds that phrases like ” ‘room-shaking bass’ don’t resonate with women.” Now if someone only had a site that could explain what guys see in WWF Smackdown!
It’s springtime, and the living is wheezy—for those with seasonal allergies. But don’t be dopey just because you’re sneezy—check out Pollen.com , where you can enter your zip code and see four-day forecasts of local pollen counts, or ah-choose to get e-mail alerts when allergens are at their worst. Meanwhile, gazoontite.com offers the latest in anti-allergy gadgetry, along with plenty of medical information and tips on topics like surviving flower-strewn weddings (free, unlike the $399 air purifiers). The e-tailer also boasts an on-staff nurse who answers questions in a live chat room and message boards where snifflers can commiserate—while staying safely indoors.