scheming she-devils, alive and well.
September 25, 2000 10:17 AM   Subscribe

scheming she-devils, alive and well. the lincoln park trixie society (based in chicago) sounds like a joke: how to bed a rich man, where to find the best puppy-groomer, where to live, ad nauseum. but's not. good for a laugh (or a cringe).
posted by patricking (32 comments total)
an update...i just spoke with the "founder" on the phone, a lady named ashley, who tells me this particular site is a parody on a real society by the same name.

she says she was involved in the circle, but was "asked to leave." (no details given and i didn't ask.) revenge must be sweet.
posted by patricking at 10:33 AM on September 25, 2000

Uh, Patrick, you had to call the author to know that this site was a joke? Ok, I'll admit it's a kinda subtle joke, but sheesh.....
posted by Optamystic at 11:56 AM on September 25, 2000

yeah, yeah.

the personification she gave the neighborhood in question is startlingly dead-on. i had to be sure.

lincoln park is well-known for its vapid, upwardly mobile residents. irony doesn't live there any more...
posted by patricking at 12:11 PM on September 25, 2000

If, in fact, it ever did...

Honestly? I know so many "trixies" (both in and out of Lincoln Park) that I, too, didn't think it was a parody. It's too real to be a parody. I think that Ashley (or Brittany or Heather or whatever her name was...) is trying to keep the truth from you, Patrick...
posted by m.polo at 12:29 PM on September 25, 2000

i still wonder myself. regardless, i like her style: mean, nasty, unrepentant.
posted by patricking at 12:32 PM on September 25, 2000

PK: the personification she gave the neighborhood in question is startlingly dead-on.

Which would be altogether amusing were I not stuck in the middle of it. Indeed, the Trixies are everywhere! My building is rather infested with them.

Though, um, they are kinda nice to look at . . .
posted by aladfar at 12:41 PM on September 25, 2000

Here is some text from their copyright info section. :)

"In addition to being a not-for-profit organization, the society is also a not-for-real organization, which means something to all you SAAB-driving, TUMI-toting junior associate lawyers out there."
posted by AirHockey at 2:19 PM on September 25, 2000

C'mon, the lowest level of membership is Trixie in Training, and they're supposed to proudly put "T.I.T." behind their names.

Did you read the Jetta vandalism story? What a scream.
posted by frykitty at 3:18 PM on September 25, 2000

What the hell is a "Trixie"?
posted by Mars Saxman at 4:20 PM on September 25, 2000

gag ag ack. those trixies are beastly! i see them around the neighborhood and i want to rip their cell phones out of their french manicured hands and beat them. them and those sex and the city broads, they all make me nauseous. i say "nixie the trixie!"
posted by thc at 6:01 PM on September 25, 2000

I lived 3 years in highly unstylish Hyde Park, and was granted parole to Lincoln Park only rarely ... but it was fun when I was there.
posted by MattD at 6:48 PM on September 25, 2000

Damn, how many people here live in Chicago?
posted by thirteen at 7:39 PM on September 25, 2000

evidently quite a few of us. i'm suprised too. aladfar i'm friends with in real life.

who the heck *are* all of you people?

maybe i don't know because i live in logan square, which i'm told is outré.
posted by patricking at 10:36 PM on September 25, 2000

I have seen Patric around town every once in awhile, and it seems I live pretty close. Skallas is living in the hell that is Rodgers Park. Dhartung is up in... Evanston? Aladfar is apparently in Lincoln Park. Thc is a new and unknown variable. And we all work within 4 blocks of each other, it's like an Altman film.
posted by thirteen at 11:22 PM on September 25, 2000

Does anyone know the origin of the word trixie? (Think I understand the connotations, though.)
posted by Mocata at 2:08 AM on September 26, 2000

I have to congratulate this "Ashley" on keeping up the pretense that this is "real" even on the phone. No, there is no such organization that I know of, certainly none as blatant as this. There are many (e.g. Chicago Social Club (actually a business), Chicago Sailing Club (for boat non-owners), etc., which are similar but well within deniability: "I just like to help the homeless", "I just like to get out on the water".

Mostly, I'm tickled pink that Chicago is finally getting sophisticated web parodies just like all you Bay Area types see every other week.
posted by dhartung at 9:18 AM on September 26, 2000

I read well into the site with increasing horror until I finally realized they had put one over on me. I was suckered in easily because I know people like this!
posted by Tubes at 9:54 AM on September 26, 2000

I certainly DID NOT speak with Patric King, although he has emailed me several times. My email to him asking him politely to remind me when he spoke with me has gone unanswered.

A friend tipped me off to the existence of this string. While I'm blushing over the incredible interest, I can assure you that the Society is not only real, but since we decided to develop a website, we've been growing very, very fast. In fact, we are nearing 2000 members (up from 1100 earlier this year). Some people think we're somehow "not for real" because we uphold standards and a way of life that are above many people. That's their tough luck... if you don't like us, then just don't come into our wonderful, quaint neighborhood.


posted by ashley at 10:15 AM on September 26, 2000

clearing this up:

ashley and i exchanged emails earlier today. i made a mistake when i called 411 (yesterday) and ended up talking to a confused lady who, when asked if she was associated with a chicago womens' association i'd found online, replied that "she didn't talk to those girls anymore." she sounded uncomfortable, so i cut the call kind of short.

i inadvertently involved an innocent bystander. sorry for the misinformation, folks.
posted by patricking at 1:05 PM on September 26, 2000


Thank you for clearing that up. Now, let's get back on with our lives.

For more information on Chicago's premiere social organization of young, on-the-move women living in wonderful Licnoln Park, visit our website at

posted by ashley at 1:21 PM on September 26, 2000

As a member of LPTS, let me assure you this site is no joke.
My friends and I are proud to have a forum which caters to all that is important to us. We would like to see more attention paid to Pilates classes and other exercise trends to keep in shape, but it does capture our shopping and coffee habits quite well.

I can only hope to one day be elected to the Executive Board. Perhaps when I land that dream job at Kate Spade, I can step up to the plate -- as long as its not at that horrible Wrigley Field!
posted by latte_chic at 2:47 PM on September 26, 2000

LOL gals.

You had me going there, until I checked your userids.

posted by Mars Saxman at 6:26 PM on September 26, 2000

mmm...unknown variable. can i be x to the nth power?

i live in roscoe village which when i first moved to this neighborhood was pretty much a wasteland. now it's on the trixie list. mebbe i should move down to Logan Square--lord knows them trixies wouldn't be found there! then I could stalk patricking!
posted by thc at 6:52 PM on September 26, 2000

thc: Before I started buzzing my hair at home, I would get it cut @ Big Hair on Roscoe. I could probably hit your house with a roman candle (or maybe a hoiliday ball). I live in Old Irving, just off Addison west of the river. West Side! (makes baby crown with hands)
posted by thirteen at 7:16 PM on September 26, 2000

53rd and Drexel baby ... Trixie free, guaranteed!
posted by MattD at 11:05 PM on September 26, 2000

South Side! (makes pitch fork with left hand, holds up 6 fingers on right)
posted by thirteen at 11:54 PM on September 26, 2000

belmont and kedzie, homes. packin' heat and trixie-free!
posted by patricking at 4:20 AM on September 27, 2000

I feel left out, so let me say that one time I stayed in a hotel up by Lincoln Park on Brompton just a block south of Addison. Yeah, baby.
posted by daveadams at 7:25 AM on September 27, 2000


Why do you doubt that I am serious about everything the LPTS stands for?

I adore all of the stores listed on the site, would love to find the right guy to settle down with, and enjoy spending time sipping lattes at Starbucks with my girlfriends. (My favorite store used to be the one across the street from Wrigley Field, due to the ample parking, but was in last week, and the server didn't even know what a blended latte was! Ugh! Starbucks really needs to step up their employee training, or just stop being chintzy and start buying 2% milk in all of their stores! I am currently shopping for a new favorite location, if anyone has any suggestions. Parking spaces desired, but not necessary.)
posted by latte_chic at 9:13 AM on September 27, 2000

The Society's award-winning website will soon profile all of the larger, more popular starbucks locations around the village, adding members comments to each. Stay tuned.
posted by ashley at 3:41 PM on September 28, 2000

Unfortunately, one of the locations not listed on the site is the Bongo Room in Wicker Park... Which, while it is some miles away from LP, it has become a favorite weekend brunch spot for the Trixies and their male friends to "see and be seen." Wicker Park was once a hotbed of creative activity and home to many local artists on the make. With all of the Trixies checking out the action weekly while they are "slumming it" who knows where the boundaries of Lincoln Park truly are? But it is not the artists' that the trixies desire or they wouldn't be fondling their digital PCS devices (a turn off for crusty types). Another favorite spot... The dog park at Wicker, so they can let their chocolate labs and weinmariners poop while they peruse the antique stores on Milwaukee. A new offshoot of trixies: "Bongoloids" - Trixies that make a weekly trek to Wicker.
posted by someone9 at 9:23 AM on January 4, 2001

The LPTS is a scream, much the same way NAMBLA is funny.
posted by Modem Ovary at 2:17 PM on September 25, 2001

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