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January 21, 2000

SNOW ANGEL. The latest -- and bestest -- addition to BG's desk: the Farrah Fawcett snow globe. That's right, the Farrah Fawcett snow globe. Picture of Farrah, sparkly glittery "snow" -- and a lock of blond hair -- in the water. So actually, it's more like a reliquary. (Want one? The Breakup Girl Legal Department found it at Roger & Dave in Chelsea, but they wouldn't tell who the wholesaler was.)

UNZIPPED. Sex and the City meets The Real World/SF in this sharp real-life chronicle of Golden Gate dating and mating. Courtney Weaver -- former/hugely popular writer of Salon's eponymous column -- has a degree in semiotics from Brown, so read between the lines for very advanced flirting technique.

2001-RINGY-DINGY? Hardly. Sonrisa (22 W 22nd, NYC, 212-627-7474) offers good old-fashioned 40s-movie rotary telephones. Which give you a much longer chance to rethink "redial."

ROSE 1K. Enter That Web's romantic love notes contest, and you could win 1,000 roses! Most New Yorkers ineligible (nowhere to put prize).

ACE ALIBI. For a fee -- presumably, less than the cost of your marriage -- this Scottish company will provide cheaters with an airtight alibi. Please tell me this is actually a new show on UPN.

AMERICAN GIRL PLACE. This wildly successful Chicago mecca offers every possible service and accessory for real-life american girls and their beloved action figures.

BARBIE UN-PC. Turns out Mattel's Barbie PC comes loaded with less than half the educational software that comes on the boys' version (the Hot Wheels PC, not the Ken PC). Mattel says the imbalance is an unfortunate consequence of having to make room for the larger number of Barbie-branded programs on the girls' one. Well, don't they have some sort of educational software that can teach Mattel technicians how to add more RAM? (Click here to read about the Barbie printer.)

DENI BONET. Any femme with a fiddle is a friend of BG's. Find out where to catch the band that "...[blows] away any notion that a band fronted by a violinist (Deni Bonet herself) in a red dress would play like folkies...Instead, they [pack] the power of a punk band but one that pickup-truck[s] into the big town after wood shedding at their cabin with some Sex Pistols records" (Daily Gazette).

WHAT'S IN A SURNAME? Salon investigates the historical/legal/psychological reasons why even women who keep their maiden names "make their first public act as mothers an etymological suicide, obliterating the most visible identifying link between their children and themselves." An accompanying article describes a Flynn/Fisch couple who solved the problem by surnaming their kid Flysch. Something for the potentially over-hyphenated Michael and Catherine to consider? (Deta-Jones? Zeta-Jouglas?)

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