As you may have noticed, if you're more perceptive about design than I am, Elisberg Industries looks a bit different today. That's because the service that powers the website introduced a new feature of Backgrounds, and I thought I'd try it out. Given that design is not one of my strong suits, we'll see how it goes. Hopefully it will add some charm to the place (heavens knows it needs it...), but if it turns out more distracting, then ta.
(How unperceptive am I about design things? Back in grad school, our dorm had a "semi-formal" -- dress up -- dance one night. I went over to pick up my date, she opened the door, and the first words out of her mouth were, "Bob, nothing matches." I eventually did learn some basic style tips that I felt comfortable with -- like solid generally goes with solid, and blue basically goes with blue. I also grasped the concept that camel-colored Dockers wouldn't screw things up too much. Years later, when I was working at Universal Pictures, the door to my office flew open one afternoon, and a woman who was the department's fashion plate stomped in. With a frenzied face, almost with a look of despair, she threw her arms out and cried, "Get another pair of pants!!!" and then stormed out. Had she stayed for just a moment, I'd happily have explained that I had several pairs of pants, it's just that they were pretty much all camel-colored Dockers. I worked on four movies with the Zucker Bros. team, and by the third one, one of the producers, Bob Locash, who fancied himself stylish, finally had enough and announced he was going to take me out for a clothes-shopping spree. You must understand, on movie sets, most people dress like shlubs, but I guess the sameness over the course of so many years got to him. Anyway, we were filming near the Beverly Center one day, and when we wrapped shooting for the night, he grabbed me and said, "Okay, let's go," and took me over to one of his favorite stores there. It usually takes me a half hour to decide on a shirt. He fully outfitted me and more in about 15 minutes. "That, that, that..." I still have the clothes -- they're very nice -- and even wear some of them on occasion. By the way, as I type this, I am am wearing...well, yeah, okay, camel-colored Dockers. But I should note that in addition to a couple others like that, I also have a pair of brown ones, blue and black. I don't wear them much, but sometimes I do like to be a bit radical and mix things up a little.)
So, we'll see. Maybe I'll even change it from time to time. (Most definitely from season to season.) In the meantime, feel free to go play in the snow. But be sure to wear your galoshes and put on a heavy coat.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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