Hello again. It’s the Princess Consort here for your dancing and dining pleasure. I had so much fun the last time we were together that my lovely bride, whom you know as The Preppy Princess, has agreed to step aside for a day. We’ll take advantage of the opportunity to share some gift ideas for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life. Then get ready to see what happens when an unlimited budget hits the high seas.
Let’s begin at the cinema. Unless you’ve been busy elsewhere you might have heard that the long-awaited film “The Dark Knight” opened to astounding box office numbers. Something along the lines of $68 million on opening day. That, my friends, is a good day at the office. Our purpose today is not to talk about the box office, stars or the film itself. No, I’m a male. I love gadgets. It’s hardwired into the male DNA code. One of the best gadgets of all is the Bat-Pod. In the film the two-wheeled beast is what Batman must ride after the Batmobile is destroyed.
Now we all know the Batman character is fictional. The gadgets are make-believe, right? Not exactly. Meet the Chrysler Tomahawk.
Do you see the similarity? Now why anyone in their right mind would pay $550,000 for a motorcycle that has an estimated top speed of 300+ mph is beyond me. This concept vehicle is not road-legal but a handful have been sold as “rolling sculptures” by Nieman-Marcus. The brute force captured in this monster is enough to make children cry, women faint and men run to get a second on the house so they can buy one. Full disclosure: I’ve ridden motorcycles for years. I would be challenged to ride this. But, oh, the temptation.
On a more realistic note we move to the one preppy accessory every gentleman should have. The trusted Swiss Army knife.
I love the way our good friends at Victorinox have updated the venerable pocketknife to include a 512mb or 1G flash drive. The price point at Amazon is exceptional. You are able to buy both the 512mb and 1G versions for just over $100 for the pair. If you’re looking for birthday gifts or getting a jump on the holidays you would be well advised to consider these very handy devices. When I was much younger my Grandfather told me that a gentleman always carries a pocketknife. He was absolutely correct.
Finally, avant-grade designers have always suffered the slings and arrows of the critics. Now they must also keep an eye out for torpedoes.
According to our good friends at the Wall Street Journal, one of the world’s biggest yachts has been launched to less than positive reviews. The 390-foot ship looks like a knife with a high-rise on top of it. Not a very traditional look for a seagoing vessel. But when Philippe Starck designs a ship for you, well, you take your chances. The 36-year old Russian billionaire owner is reportedly pleased with the final product. Who would have guessed there would have been a problem? After all, Starck does great kitchen appliances. Seems like a good fit to me.
But that’s just me.
Thanks for your time. Please remember to tip your waitperson – they’re working hard for you tonight. The Princess will be back tomorrow. Now, please, enjoy Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Good night.