Thursday, December 11, 2008

Patrick Dempsey Smells Wonderful

Patrick Dempsy's Unscripted for AvonIt's not that I'm in the habit of smelling other men but I thought I'd fill you in on the happenings here Tuesday morning when I was ON THE PHONE WITH PATRICK DEMPSEY.

You know, he's a perfect example of what I call the "Sean Connery Effect." A man who gets better and better looking the older he gets (Andrew has it going strong). However do you notice they don't have a female equivalent? It's terribly unfair. Why is it that a little gray and a few wrinkles can be so comfortable and attractive on a man while no one says, "You've filled out--it looks so good on you!" to a woman.

At any rate I want you all to know that yes, he is even handsome on the phone.
So what did we talk about? Oh the usual . . . Maine . . . snow . . . the back of a woman's neck. . . .

Maybe I should back up the trolley. Mr. Dempsey is married to the lovely Jillian Dempsey who was a make up artist but now works for Avon on their new product lines and seasonal palettes. In fact, she is their "lead global makeup artist" and in the course of a conversation with her husband and Avon execs it was suggested that maybe he'd like to help create a fragrance.

Now I wouldn't have thought that a man who races cars when he's not saving lives on t.v. would have jumped at the chance to make a cologne but he said he "likes what Avon stands for" and how they promote women's causes such as cancer treatments and preventing domestic violence (if you recall, after his mother's double bout with ovarian cancer he opened the Patrick Dempsey Center for Healing and Hope in Lewiston, Maine) and the result was his fragrance Unscripted.

As he explained it he was excited "to be allowed to be part of her [his wife's] world" by working creatively with her and the Avon team to create a scent that was "a true reflection of the man behind the fragrance."

So if you're wondering what Eau de McDreamy smells like just put your nose up really close to the computer monitor, close your eyes and breathe in deeply . . .

Actually, that was a fun part of the interview. The day before Avon sent me a bottle of Unscripted but they also sent me three smaller bottles that broke the fragrance down into its three basic components: the "top note" made up of lavender which I really, really loved. Patrick (yes we're on a first-name basis now) said he wanted that top note to smell particularly fresh, like "wind-blown hair" and it alone is so pretty I'd be tempted to wear that as a scent by itself. It seems that Patrick particularly loves the lavender and it became the running joke that whatever they did it had to have lavender in it. I don't know that my hair has ever smelled that good but I'd be willing to bet his does.

Then the next part was the "textural heart" which had fig--an unusual scent--and then came the finish which smelled very woodsy and aromatic with patchouli and other musky things like your musk and musk oil and musk ox--wait, not musk ox, scratch that. But this last part gives it a little bit more of the "man" smell that you tend to identify with men's fragrances. Which, by the way, is my only bit of skepticism in this whole thing.

He said several times that because it's a softer scent (and it is) they think of it as unisex, for both women and men to wear and that not only does he wear it but his wife does too on occasion. I have to politely disagree on this one and say while it is a pleasing scent for a man that it doesn't smell quite feminine enough for me--I prefer more of the floral scents myself--but then it's all in people's taste I suppose. If it's good enough for Jillian Dempsey who am I to disagree? After all apparently the woman knows a thing or to about attracting superstar Hollywood actors, right?

He even said he gave boxes of the fragrance to the whole Grey's Anatomy cast and that the stuff is sitting around on the set so that people can randomly spritz themselves at will. Hmmm . . . so I guess that means if you want to pretend you're visiting the show just spray yourself down with this stuff and don some scrubs.

But enough about the perfume itself, what about the man, right???

I took your questions to heart (except the "ask him if he'll marry me" one) and got some answers. Andrew wanted me to ask him if he felt intimidated by the legendary good looks of Alaskan men but instead we talked about his creative contributions to the project.

First off, he wanted this project to be more than just a photo shoot with "him holding a box." When it started he ran to Barney's--and right there it tells you what different worlds we live in. When he says Barney and I say Barney it's two different things, as I'm pretty sure he's not talking about the dinosaur--and he cleaned out their fragrance counter so he could start sniffing away and later sat down with the perfumers to decide what he liked and how he wanted the project to develop.

He was open and relaxed and said the most difficult part was finding a good name and package for it--that all the "good names were taken" and they wanted the packaging to keep costs down (I think this was the point where someone interrupted things by ringing the doorbell in his home to deliver some mail or something).

So I asked him if he had scents that brought back any memories from his childhood and he mentioned how he liked the smell of lilac but particularly remembered that smell of springtime when all the snow had melted and the ground was thawing and slushy which is really quite funny--I mean here in Palinville we call that "break up" and it ain't a pretty smell folks, but nonetheless it is quite distinctive and I can relate to how it holds quite a few memories. I bet you don't get much of that down in the Hollywood way. You say "break up" down there and people think you're talking about the tabloids.

He mentioned multiple times his love for Maine (his home state) and how he'd like to raise his children in a place where they can experience the excitement of the change of the seasons. Yes, I can hear you all swooning as I type this.

Andrea from Cosmopolitan asked him (and I quote): "Where is the sexiest place a woman can wear perfume?" Which made me simultaneously gasp and smile. First, because hey, she's from Cosmo and wouldn't you just expect the Cosmo question to have SOMETHING to do with sex? Heh. And then second I did a little gasp from the relative audacity of it. I mean here she is talking to P.D. and she asks him how to be sexy? Wow. I'm in awe. Even if I'd been able to think of such a question I wouldn't have had the guts to ask it. But then maybe that's why I don't work for Cosmo--audacious questions aren't my specialty.

Funny thing is when she mentioned who she was and who she represented he said, "Oh I know you!" and every woman there was completely jealous. Maybe those Cosmo questions stick in his memory.

Oh I almost forgot--what was his answer? Just in case you ever happened to meet the man yourself he said right away: "the back of the neck."

So there.

In conclusion, I am now going to tell you that I have a bottle of Unscripted for one lucky person here today, just comment and I'll draw a name at random Monday morning. I tried to get Avon to let me give away Patrick Himself--Holy Boost in Traffic Batman!--but his agent objected.

If you want to smell Eau de McDreamy yourself then I'd suggest picking up a bottle on your own because Avon is offering free shipping with a $30 order up until January 31, 2009 when you enter JINGLE30 in the box at checkout.

Bangle Bracelet from AvonAnd while I'm on the subject . . . Avon has a clothing line out and they were kind enough to send me one of their dresses, some jewelry and a pair of shoes to try out and I have to say if you're looking for reasonably-priced clothing this is a great spot. The brown suede platform peep toe pumps they sent were adorable (I got several compliments on them thank you very much). Please note they ran just a tad big but not overly large.

I loved the red knit wrap dress though unfortunately it didn't fit me well--it was too short in the arms and in the overall length. I guess that's the breaks when you're that tall.

BUT . . . it was good news for Grace because I gave it to her to see if it would fit her better and it was fabulous! How many places offer you a dress for $30 or a pair of cute shoes for $34? Plus with the coupon code you get free shipping.

Anyway, the lucky random winner will get a bottle of Unscripted and a bangle bracelet such as you see above from Avon's jewelry collection. Not bad huh? Now if I could just get Patrick to do a guest post here . . .

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118 comments:

Robin said...

I'm still swooning at the mere thought of a friend of mine talking to Patrick Dempsey but I love how he wanted to be involved in the development process, not just a face. That said, I have to admit that I really don't like the photo they chose. Half of his sex appeal is the way those eyes just bore right into you (that and the hair), but here he's not even looking at the camera, so hence not looking at me. Still, I wouldn't say no to even a sideways glance ;-)...

(Says Robin who really should be too old and married for all of this teenybopper style swooning anyway LOL)

millerjk said...

Love this...
Thanks for sharing!

Edi said...

It's interesting to know that Avon is selling clothes and shoes.

I don't think I've ever ordered anything from Avon - I don't even know anyone who sells it. But when I was a girl my mom used to buy from Avon...I remember a necklace I rec'd one yr for Easter and it was Avon.

Krista said...

I also didn't know Avon sold clothes but the dress was really cute. Great post.

Krista said...

I also didn't know Avon sold clothes but the dress was really cute. Great post.

Mindyleigh said...

Well, count me in. He seems like a very kind and caring person.
I love Avon products too, by the way. Their jewelry sets are fantastic!

janeywan said...

What a wonderful plug for Avon.

Didn't know Avon was doing shoes. Isn't the mother of Dooce.com an upper executive for Avon?

I'm excited for the woman that sell Avon to have a big name do something like this. I'm sure it will boost their sales for Christmas.

Chris said...

Wow! How do you get so lucky?!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

So that is Patrick Dempsey. I really didn't know who he was. I will argue that women peak(appearance)in their twenties, and men don't not peak until much later. They grow more distinguished as the get older. Hence, your Sean Connery affect.

Lizzybee said...

Very interesting, thank you for sharing!

Please enter me in the drawing for the cologne, it sounds very intriguing.

Eden said...

"However do you notice they don't have a female equivalent?"

Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep spring to mind.

Leigh said...

fabulous. just fabulous. I would love to be on a first name basis with him. sigh...

Jolanthe @ No Ordinary Moments said...

How very fun - and I'm with you on the Barney. :)

Did I tell you I grew up with Patrick? well...only a hundred miles apart...and several years, too - but we were like "this". :)

Have a great Thursday!

Laura Moffitt said...

I like that he is so down to earth and honest in the interview. I hate the stars that are so fake when answering questions blah!! So he went even higher on my list...is that even possible? I am incredible jealous of you and the amazing stuff you do!! And I would love Gable to have the unscripted smell!

Harmony said...

It is really neat to see all the amazing opportunities bloggers are getting to be involved in these days! I'd love to win the perfume as a gift for my husband and the bangle is pretty too! I love Avon products!

Amber M. said...

I say again, Lucky Duck. The closest I'll ever get to "Patrick" is hugging my TV tonight.

Seriously.

jubilee said...

What a great interview.

I am so glad he was tactful and answered "the back of the neck."

MiaKatia said...

Ok I'll be honest. I am curious how McDreamy smells. I am not sure I would ever wear it myself, but maybe I could get my hubby to try it out!

jenn said...

i love that p.d. is from my own back yard... yay mainiacs!

jbs
(orono, maine)

Blog O' Beth said...

I'm in. This would make a great present for both my husband and my MIL. And hey, I think the fact that you DON'T ask audacious questions is what makes you classy!!

SarahHub said...

Oh, he is just too cute! Plus, I think it sounds like a nice scent!

BTW - I love your Barney's reference!

Annette Lyon said...

Great interview! I'm trying to imagine the scent--I'll just have to smell it, I guess.

Eternal Sunshine said...

Wow - Patrick Dempsey? You're famous by association!!

Sandy said...

wow, he really is hot to me...ok I have very few in the hot list and he is on top...bet this smells great-

cjbstar said...

Patrick Dempsey is classy and loves his wife and kids. Rare and refreshing to find his caliber among the celebrity cut throat world.

Holly Crosley said...

I guess Avon has come a long way baby! Can't wait to check out their inventory!

Linda said...

What a fun post. Sign me up for a chance to win.

mumple said...

I love the smell of lavendar, and I would have absolutely no problem with a unisex scent! Pick me! Pick me!

CoconutKate said...

Originally, when I read that you were interviewing Patrick Dempsey I didn't know who you were talking about. My friend started listing movies he's in, but didn't recognize any of them until she said Sweet Home Alabama. I asked her if he was the blonde or the other guy. She basically asked if I was kidding. Should I be embarrassed? I'm not. Maybe I should get out more. :0)

perilloparodies said...

you TOTALLY had me giggling a few times in there. Hello, I was stumped at why he would go to Barneys... I thought "the dinosaur?" with quite a quizzical look on my brow until i moved on to the next part of the sentence. There were some other giggly moments as well. fun! and, you are right, he has aged really well, as has Sean Connery and a few others i will not mention right now. :-) Sad that women dont' have the same "luck". I think that is explained in the movied Holiday (with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Hand). Ever see that one? :-) it is in the first half hour that she says a line referring to stress and how men versus women handle it. Anyhow, glad you had fun. thank you for making me giggle. and Have a great day and Happy Holy-days!! :-)

Melissa said...

What a neat interview! I like hearing good things about celebrities, and he sounds so "real" from your description. (I tried to think of good questions, but my brain froze at the thought of talking to Patrick Dempsey. I just kept seeing his face.)

flip flop mama said...

Wow, Patrick Dempsey....*sigh*

I need some new perfume!

gretchen from lifenut said...

I love a red dress! The bangle is adorable, too.

tjhirst said...

You get all the best perks! What an interview to have!

Danielle said...

You should push harder for a Patrick Dempsey Giveaway...

I love Avon- my Grandmother would always buy me their products

thanks for the giveaway
yellyjohnsen@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

You should push harder for a Patrick Dempsey Giveaway...

I love Avon- my Grandmother would always buy me their products

thanks for the giveaway
yellyjohnsen@yahoo.com

Alexis said...

I am so jealous you got to talk to him! Yum ... ok back to earth! I guess if I can't have him, I could have my hubby wear the colgone. And the bangle for me, yipee! Thx

Janelle said...

Well I'm disappointed that you didn't ask him my question. My husband might have objected anyway.

I'd love to try out the fragrance. Well, to try it on my hubby.

Crystal said...

I'd love a bottle of Patrick Dempsey! Er, of his cologne, I mean. :)

Jen R. (aaron-n-jen.com) said...

Wow. Sounds like an interesting scent.

Barara said...

He's not paul newman who was my heartthrob, but he sure is cute.


barbaraeford@yahoo.com

Patricia said...

I'd love to smell like Patrick Dempsey...I mean, er, I'd love to smell like Patrick Dempsey's cologne.

Prlinehan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carinne said...

Put me into the drawing. I love having my man sweet smelling.

Jenna Consolo said...

Well, don't you just have it all?

Two Mittens said...

I would love to win Patrick Dempsey...I mean McDreamy...ok, I'd settle for smelling him...like him...Unscripted!

Reno said...

That doesn't sound like the Avon fragrance I remember from years ago. I'd love to give it a try.

mj said...

That would be fun to give my husband. :)

Ann said...

Being an ovarian cancer survivor...I like him more now than before. Thanks for sharing the interview experience. :D

emerzim said...

I'm not much of a swooner, but that back of the neck thing totally got me. And I don't think it was because of my fever...

Nate and Stacia said...

Wow! Great Post! I think maybe I need to take up this whole blogging thing more (and better) if it means I get cool opportunities like you've been getting! You deserve them. Thanks again for the post!

Karen B said...

Ohhhhhhhh, lucky you! Merry Christmas early!

Kris said...

Oh please me! I have had a mad child-woman crush on Patrick Dempsey ever since Can't Buy me Love. Sick I know...but not in a Paula Abdul stalker sort of way..hehe.

Gene Black said...

Mmm... I love lavendar too. Maybe I have something in common with "McDreamy" LOL...but it isn't looks!

I would love the fragrance for myself. But the bracelet would have to go to my mother. Years ago she was an "Avon Lady." Wouldn't it be a great gift for her? I know she would love it.

fruitfulwords said...

Loved the interview: funny, interesting and you gave us a great peek into the life of Patrick Dempsey.

It would be fun to win this drawing.

If it doesn't smell good on me, I'll give it to my son. I wouldn't mind if he followed in the "smell" steps of PD. :-)

Rani said...

sigh...

I am an Avon fan and a P.D.fan, too.

I think I will get my hubby that scent for Christmas.

Thanks for the fun post...

CountessLaurie said...

Andrew cracks me up. I get the impression that if I ever flew across the continent because you invited me to dinner, I would laugh my tush off the WHOLE time with you two around.

We are big P.D. fans ever since "Enchanted" came into our house. Great interview. Thanks for sharing!

Kara said...

Love this. Makes him seem so real. And personally, I think any picture of him is pretty swoon-worthy... I can only imagine that he was "handsome even on the phone"!!!

Kate said...

I never knew his wife was involved in Avon. Pretty good marketing for them!

Laura said...

So we enter by commenting? I seem to recall entering via a form last time one of your lovely contests was running, so I hope I'm in the right place! My husband is in the market for cologne, so this would be a wonderful stocking stuffer for him!

bonobo said...

Loving the bracelet. Sounds like the interview was a blast!

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

I would rather smell him, but I'll settle for his cologne.

Amy Bennett said...

Oh, I'm in!

Randy and Ally said...

I am also wondering how you scored an interview with McDreamy . . .lucky woman!

kerrianne.org said...

I was reading the Twittering going on during that interview and I nearly fell over beside myself. I don't get star struck too often, but I've been a fan of Patrick Dempsey ever since his Can't Buy Me Love days. All that to say: Of course I'm totally in.

Jenn said...

Can I just say this is the first peek I've had at your blog...I LOVE your writing style..so much fun to read!

And Eu de McDreamy is slaying me!

Would love to have something yummy and new to put on hubby :)

Glad you had fun!!

PsychMamma said...

Would love to try the scent. I tend to lean toward the "unisex" scents and away from anything floral, so this might be right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to enter.

Mrs. Organic said...

I agree with Robin - Mr. Dempsey is more McDreamey with a straight into the camera look. It does sound like he smells great.

Chappyswife said...

Oooohh. I bet this was fun. I can't wait to smell the new fragrance!

ClumberKim said...

I can totally support your theory that he's improving with age. I knew him when he was in high school. Very "denny terrio in a skinny satin tie" sort of look. I'd love to find out what he smells like now....

Maryann said...

I never win anything but it's worth a shot. Well, once I won a turkey :(

Allie said...

PLease count me in for the giveaways

Carrie K. said...

I would so love to know what McDreamy smells like - please count me in!

Mean Mommy said...

Awwwww. I so want this!

John and Laura said...

Wow-- you're really moving up in the world. Interviewing famous hearthtrobs! That definitely goes on your resume. I'd love to smell P.D. as I go to sleep. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Bobbie in AK said...

Slow down my beating heart! Patrick Dempsey has always been one of my favorites - ever since Can't Buy Me Love and Lover Boy. Wow, I can't even begin to tell you how lucky you were. I love that is is a family man and he seems very down to earth.
Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

I can already smell McDreamy!

Lisa said...

How cool to speak to PD on the phone!!!

I would love McDreamy in a bottle!

jan in nagasaki said...

"he has aged well"...

how old is he, anyway??? seems still in his younger years yet...

and that fragrance sounds absolutely fabulous... not at all fluffy....he seems like a classy guy and that seemed like a very classy interview...

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

I want to win ... please, please, please? This would make the perfect unexpected Christmas gift for my husband.

Cheryl said...

Count me in...my husband is always interested in new "stinkums", and this sounds like a very interesting fragrance.

all over the map said...

how fun to get to participate in that. by the description of it i'd have to say i'd wear it. i like those type of scents and i'm a huge fan of the musk family. i know some people gasp at it but i really like it.
and yes he does have that better with age thing going on.

Tiffanie Novakovich said...

I can smell it.

miriama said...

I have a bottle of this and it IS wonderful. I am giving it to my husband for his anniversary present. We were married the day after Christmas so it is coming up soon!

You are one lucky woman. He is gorgeous and I know if I was on the phone with him it would have been a very short conversation as in: "Hello? Is anyone there?" I would have been mute. ;)

Melanie said...

Hmm, I think I'll have to go check out Avon again. I haven't for years, and it seems they've made more than a few changes!
melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

2xmom10xgma said...

Patrick Dempsey. Ooh la la!!!

Tracee said...

wow that was quite a review.

The Random Muse said...

Since I've always objected to overly feminine scents, that sounds perfect.

Jennifer said...

Hey! I linked over to you from a friend of yours and am excited to be included in your giveaway! Woohoo!
Maybe I should start having giveaways... I don't know if I have had 87 comments total since the start of my blog in 2006. seriously. I should tally them to see.
Great profile pic, and I'll keep my fingers crossed til monday! Wow what a cramp!

Also, some of my favourite jewelry is from Avon. on a side note.

Ally said...

I really would like to find a new cologne for my hubby...and if I can't have the real thing, why not appreciate the one I love smelling like him?

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love your analogy of the Sean Connery affect. I also had no idea that there were so many layers to fragrances. I can't wait to get a whiff of this. Sounds like you had a seriously fun interview!

Leslie said...

You're right. This man has definitely gotten better with age! Lucky you with the interview! I'd love to win the fragrance.

Marketing Mama said...

Sounds like a fun interview! You know that concept of Six degrees of separation? I am now only 1 (or is it 2) degrees away from Patrick Dempsey. WOO hoo! :)

Editor said...

I would love to win this for hubby and me!

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Victoria said...

u are soooooo lucky. Patrick is so darn sexy -sighs- I'm jealous but excited that you got to have a convo with him!

akrebecca_brown said...

Wow--he is hot. I also did not know Avon was selling clothes. I remember my mom buying Avon scents when I was a kid. I still have the tooth fairy figurine/container my mom gave me. The tooth fairy still has the glow in the dark wand and the tooth pouch.

AKkimmie said...

so dreamy....

hotomom said...

What a wonderful post. I loved reading it and I am with you asking questions about sex to the sexy man in the world would be hard. I would like to enter please. My hubby requested cologne for Christmas and it would be perfect because he would use it and I would dream of "Patrick".

Honor said...

Wow, the new Avon stuff is LOVELY! A few years ago, I inherited a bunch of vintage Avon jewelry from hubby's grandmother, and I LOVE it. Ot's cute and affordable, and most of the pieces look just a good today as they did 30 years ago.

And smelling like Patrick certainly can't be a bad thing! Great giveaway!

Jennifer said...

Wow! I would love to win this! I haven't smelled the cologne before but would love to have it for a gift and the bangle is gorgeous!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Annie said...

Woo, I would love this for my hubby (and me *wink*)

I've ordered many a piece of clothing from Avon and they are always of great quality!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Heather of the EO said...

I'm crying.

O.K. I'm NOT crying.

lavendar...mmmmm....

What a fun time you had! I bet you never would have guessed you'd be interviewing McDreamy!

Melissa said...

oh he is hot....I would smell him! LOL! Now I am going to have to find that cologne for my husband!

Damselfly said...

You! Talked to Patrick Dempsey! Wow. You have the life.

Good thing I already wear perfume on the back of my neck. That is, when I actually wear perfume.

If I don't win your giveaway, then I'll ask my "Avon lady" friend about Unscripted. It sounds great.

Who would have guessed lavender would be the top note in a man's cologne?

Honey Mommy said...

Hmmm... I bet my hubby would smell great with that scent. And I can always use more bling!

Jen at Semantically driven said...

If I can't have Patrick I'll have to settle for something? Avon and me go way back!

page2 said...

I will wear the stuff on the back of my neck! Choose me! Choose me!
By the way, I served your Sweet and Sour Pork to about 35 youth in our ward for a Christmas dinner this week, and it was a hit! Thanks for the recipe.

Nicole said...

Love your post. I felt like I was right there with you.
Enter me in the drawing for sure!

Becky M said...

If it smells half as good as he looks what more could you ask for? I have purchased some of Avon's PJ's and loved them.
Would love a new smell and a piece of jewelry. Thanks

Heather said...

Wow - great interview! I'm off to spritz something on the back of my neck to try to up my sexiness factor (thanks Patrick!). :)

thediaperdiaries said...

Yummy. Yes I am referring to Mr. Dempsey. Count me in!!

Lauras said...

I didn't know Avon did clothes now, too. How cool! Really enjoyed the post. Thanks.

Malaika said...

My husband looks just like him. Now if I win, he´ll smell just like him too.

laikilu@yahoo.com

Candid Carrie said...

I find it fascinating that companies we had typically associated with our parents such as Avon, Reader's Digest, and Tupperware are all not only still hanging in there but revamping and rejuvinating themselves to stay with the current trends.

I am so excited and proud to be able to say I kind of know someone who talked to Patrick Dempsey on the phone.

Yup, my BFF McScribbit.

P.S. The Care Bear tee came this week. Absolutely adorable. Those dang care bears haven't aged a bit!

Belinda said...

Ah, you spoke with the delicious McDreamy - I'm envious!

Helen said...

What a great interview! Barneys actually has one of the best fragrance departments so that was a great place for him to do research!

Earle Family said...

Wow! So glad I found this blog before Monday Morning!

What a great giveaway!

pestkaj said...

Great fun. Please enter me!