Afternoon Birthday Bash Update
Well, I finally got to touch an Arenas Express card yesterday. The Reliable Source has one. If you look on Page 2 of today's Sports section, you can see Gilbert, in his preppy sweater, holding one of the cards. But I never touched that one. I didn't even technically press the button to take that picture, despite the photo credit.
Anyhow, the Reliable Source has an Arenas Express card, and I touched it. It comes in a fancy, thick gray flip-top case. Gil's signature, or something purporting to be Gil's signature, is on the outside of the case, over the words "Gilbert Arenas 25th Birthday Party Gilbert Arenas 25th Birthday Party Gilbert Arenas 25th Birthday Party," etc. The AE card is nestled snugly inside, for safekeeping. It sort of reminds you of those advertisements you always see around the holidays for a genuine uncirculated U.S. Mint $2 bill, which is an incredible bargain at just two dollars, plus like $4.99 for the genuine fine grain leather carrying case that comes with it. Wonderful gift, that.
Some people in the office last night were saying the invites probably cost $50 each, although I'd doubt that. But with more than 5,000 cards having been distributed, there must have been some expense involved.
Gil, naturally, blogged about his party last night on his NBA site:
I mean, everybody's been talking about it. It's the talk of the town. I've never heard of a party being the talk of the town.
I'm not really paying attention to it though because it's after the game. I don't get all the calls. I'm not paying attention to all the calls. Don't call me for a party invite.
Don't call me for a party invite because I've been getting them from everybody ... "How do I get to the party?" I don't know. How do you get there?
We're going to have our calendars out at the party. 0-2 Talent is just trying to start something new here.
I know of at least two regular Bog readers who will be going to the party, which is scheduled to end sometime around 4 a.m. tomorrow. One of these readers has already identified himself above. So you've got to imagine that photos from 0-2 Talent's calendar will be on the Web pretty soon. (If you haven't been following, 0-2 Talent is the agency started by Gil and DeShawn Stevenson, whose first project will be "a calendar of some of the top celebrity women and models out there." Although Gil previously called his agency "0-2 Talents." Some confusion there. Guess we'll wait to see what the calendar says.)
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