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TN Fall Contest: The Day In Review

Submitted by on October 10, 2007 – 8:21 PM62 Comments

As of this writing, you're 75 percent of the way towards the 100K goal. In dollars, that's $75,000. Seventy. Five. Thousand. Dollars. In ten days.

That is quite a sum of awe.

I've continued to add projects over the last couple of days, so check in now and then and see if I've posted anything else that speaks to you. The way the page is currently laid out, we have some completed projects sitting on top of the list; I'll try to get that reshuffled so it's easier to see what's left to fund.

And in dancing-tomato news…

I had a nice conversation with Mary at Akron Design & Costume Co., an outfit I hereby heartily recommend for all your long-distance stunt-costuming needs, and as of this afternoon, I have rented the tomato outfit.

Barring any fit horrors, I plan to conduct the tomato dance Friday November 2 in Rockefeller Plaza, time TBA (but I'm shooting for lunchtime). Stay tuned for further updates, but in the meantime, it is now for you to decide: do I wear the leafy hat that comes with the costume? Or do I dye my hair green for the day? And if it's the latter, please suggest a temporary dye/hair mascara so I don't have to pants around with bleach and Manic Panic.

…As you (awesomely) were.

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  • MCB says:

    I have to vote for the leafy hat. Bizarre hats are always funny to me for some reason.

  • sam says:

    lime kool aid/jello? I actually vote for you to wear the cap AND dye your hair. But then again, I'm a bit of a sadist.

    I'm so glad I work right up the street in the Calyon building and just bought a new camera. It will be getting some serious use on November 2.

  • mary ann says:

    My sister used to use regular store brand food coloring to dye her hair green or blue when we were in high school. It always came out of her (non-color treated, completely chemical free) hair in a single shampoo. She's pretty fair-haired, but it came out clearly green and reasonably bright.

  • Wendalette says:

    I am stunned by the exponential multiplication of awesome.

    And Sars, I don't think you should do any futzing with the hair — you did hairfutzing that last time, sort of — but I would LOVE to see that little leafy hat! I hope the little sepal-ly things flutter, bounce or something while you dance.

  • Jenno says:

    I say wear the hat. The charm of costumes like your tomato is in the goofy little add-ons like hats or gloves. Dying your hair green would suggest that you're really trying to become a tomato, as opposed to knowingly wearing a silly tomato costume.

  • KristinaXI says:

    I vote for the hat. I have pink hair and I've been warned against dying hair (even temporarily!) green because no matter what, at some point it'll end up looking like snot.

    And anyway, I imagine the hat has a 60s pillboxy cuteness to it? That naturally would lend itself better to sashaying and twirling, I think. You could even incorporate it into the dance itself.

    But: Yay! Awesome!

  • EJI says:

    Aww, your poor hair, it's all, "We already did our bit, now step AWAY from the green dye, no REALLY." I for one will be perfectly satisfied with a green leafcap as topper, heh.

  • Jo says:

    I vote for the hat.

  • Michelle says:

    Oooh, oooh, me! Green wig. Cute little bob one. Please?

  • tbounce says:

    hat, dye, wig, all of it is worth a trip from DC to the rock. I'm going to try to play hooky that day just for this. i'd pay money to see that.
    oh wait. i have.

  • Meg says:

    You know, I was going to vote for the hat, but I'm totally diggin' the wig idea. I believe it was pink, but I'm thinking of something along the lines of the girl's hair from "Bettlejuice" who was in the waiting room of lost souls (the one that was sawed in two).

  • Kristin says:

    Hat! Hat! Hat!

  • evil_fizz says:

    Leafy little hat! It really pulls the outfit together.

  • Colleen says:

    One more vote for the hat. I don't know why it's funnier than green hair, but it definitely is.

  • Cij says:

    I agree with Michelle- rent/borrow a green bob wig and cap it off with your leafy cap!

  • Jenn says:

    I vote for the hat, too. If you dye your hair, it'll probably end up being lime green, which won't go as well with the red (or look like a leaf).

  • Lisa says:

    I gotta vote for the green wig suggestion above. I'm fond of the Lorna Dane look.

    Any chance this dance can get set to the theme of the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes cartoon?

  • Erin says:

    Hat! Hat! Leafy hat! I agree that goofy hats are hi-larious.

  • Kat says:

    I vote Hat! Hat! Hat!

  • Sarz says:

    Oh I second Michelle's idea: A green bob wig *and* the hat.

  • Chyna says:

    I saw a little girl wearing a leafy pumpkin-stem hat today and it made me giggle, so I say: Hat!

  • Shotrock says:

    You know, I was totally bummed when I read the season's first issue of Curling News (insert joke here) and discovered that the the Korbel Challenge would be held at Rockefeller Center rink (yay!) so I could take all my co-workers (who think that the idea of curling is rilly rilly kewl) on a short field trip from our office at 1290 on Friday October 26 when….

    I will be in Florida teaching our IP attorneys.


    And now, my totally bummed state has ended. Because, out of all the Fridays I am traveling in my cwazy fall schedule, November 2 is not one of them. Oh frabjous day!!!

    I vote for the hat. Hats are funny things. Funnier if you don't dye your hair, actually.

  • Jo says:

    Hat, definitely!

  • Yubi Shines says:

    I vote hat. Temporary hair dye is a hassle and a half.

  • autiger23 says:


  • Bev Nicholas says:


    and, instead of noon, why not try for the TODAY show broadcast hours.
    Crowded, yes. But you could explain about DONORS CHOOSE.

    potentially a LOT more money for a great organization.

  • Rachel says:

    HAT! Especially if it has some kind of under-the-chin elastic.

    Also? Green pointy shoes, if they can be found. You might have to mug a Macy's elf, but it would be totally worth it.

  • Sars says:

    I will walk past the Today windows on my way in — nay, I will bound past them like Eddie Izzard does during his bit about the moon-walk — but a concerted effort beyond that to get on the show is, as of this writing, probably not happening.

  • Elizabeth says:

    "Sum of awe," I see what you did there.

    You should send Claire Danes a signed DVD of the performance, since she donated the box set. I can totally see her showing up incognito to watch from the crowd all "… heh."

    Also: hat. Wig? Nah, not necessary.

  • FloridaErin says:

    Hat! :-D I agree with people above that the little details like that really make a costume.

  • Charissa says:

    I vote for the hat.

    This is going to be videotaped an YouTubed for those of us lacking the budget to fly to New York for the day, isn't it?

  • True says:

    Leafy hat!

  • Sherry Lynn says:

    Hat and/or bright neon green bob wig get my vote.
    Any chance of working the corporate synergy to get on teh Today show since you will be at the Rock anyway? There's no way I can get to NYC but I want to see the dancing (my archaic connection does not permit streaming video :::sob:::).

  • Sars says:

    A video will go up on YouTube.

  • Jenny says:

    I vote hat.

    And wooo for YouTube! Those of us who cannot make it up for the big event will at least get to see it in some form, so, yay!

  • cayenne says:

    I'm a hat person, myself, so I vote for hat. Especially if it has some kind of curlicue-y stem along with the flappy leaves. That would be neat.

  • Annie says:

    Do the hat. I have some experience with publicly dressing as a giant pumpkin, and everyone's favorite part was always the big, green, stem hat.

  • Diana says:

    Another vote for the hat. Now that your hair is back, there's no need to damage it! I say get in the costume, do your time, get out of the costume! Wear a wig if you want!

  • Katie says:


    I'm so glad I work only a few blocks from Rock Center!! What a wonderful Friday lunch treat!

  • Margaret in CO says:

    Hat! Hathathat! And I'm soooo glad that this'll be on YouTube!

    I don't think I've ever been so excited about a dancing vegetable before! (Well, technically, tomatoes are fruits, but you know what I mean…)

    @Chyna – I love littlebitty kids dressed as vegetables – so cute! My friend's toddler has a pumpkin costume with a jack-o'-lantern face on the butt, and he won't take off the costume…it'll be ragged by Halloween, but OMG, the cuteness abounds!

    Thanks, Sars!

  • CJRW says:

    I vote hat.

    Of course if the one that comes with the costume sucks, I could always knit you one of these…

    In adult size, of course.

  • Robin says:

    Hat, most definitely! I think if you do the green hair thing, it won't be quite as tomato-y as having a big ol' leaf on your head.

    (However, if you want to go the wig/hair dye route, why not do red? I think that would really make the leaf-hat stand out.)

  • Meredith says:

    I came here to vote for the hat, thinking that most would have voted for the dye job. But I see leafy hat is the clear winner. Go hat!

  • Princess Leah says:

    Throwing my hat in the ring for hat!

    ps-One of my kids was sending a text message to the effect that 'I hate (whatever it was)'. Left off the 'e' in 'hate', so of course our family word for intense dislike is 'hat'.

  • Abbie says:

    I vote hat and wig. But also, I wanted to remind you to wear that Laura Mercier moisurizer/foundation stuff. You will probably have as many pictured taken of you as on your potential wedding day. Yikes!

  • Karen says:

    Definitely the hat. The hair dyeing thing has been done.

    And someone better YouTube this puppy, because I can't afford to fly cross-country to watch the Tomato Sidewalk Dance, no matter how much I might want to.

  • I'd say go with the hat, but I'm having trouble seeing what the hat actually looks like on the costume company's website. It seems a little… helmet-like, and not at all like the leafy festival of stemmy, floppy cuteness I'm envisioning when I say, "hat!" I think you need a leafy hat, with leaves that will flop a little, just sort of gracefully and adorably, during the Angela dance portion of the entertainment. Either way, I definitely vote against a dye job or a green wig.

  • jbp says:

    green bob wig…. useful for St. Patrick's day as well! ;-)

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