Will Arenas's Home Life Be on the Rebound?
Gilbert Arenas seems to be following the standard advice about keeping busy after a breakup.
He's doing all that important focusing-on-Gilbert stuff, according to his latest online diary postings -- reading (NBA great Walt Frazier 's memoirs), catching up on DVDs (Season 5 of "24"), experimenting with facial hair, overseeing home renovations (a new swimming pool, by "the guy who made Hugh Hefner 's").
Still, friends tell us they're betting that the sidelined Wizards superstar -- who announced his split from Laura Govan in a melancholy Thanksgiving Eve blog post -- will eventually reconcile with the mother of his two children. Why? Because they've been down this road before.
They met in 2001 when he was a second-round draft pick with the Golden State Warriors and she was working in PR for the Sacramento Kings. After dating for two years, they appeared to be dunzo when he was traded to Washington. But breakups can be complicated; in 2005, Govan got pregnant.
Agent Zero was by her side when she gave birth to their daughter, Izela Semaya, on Christmas Eve that year. But things quickly deteriorated amid questions about custody, etc., as our colleague Mike Wise reported last year: Govan had lawyers try to serve him with a paternity suit during practices and a televised game; Arenas dodged the servers by calling in sick and traveling under aliases.
But they reconciled again in spring 2006. Arenas bought Govan a house near his in Northern Virginia, and in March of this year she gave birth to his son, Alijah Amani. Things seemed to be going well -- the family traveled to Tahiti, and they moved into the same house.
Which is why few believe it's over-over now. Sources say it's a typical spat for the two. "They'll be back together in two months," said one friend. As Arenas, 25, wrote after the breakup: "You ask for space, you know, because everything feels closed in. . . . Now you got clean walls, clean furniture and you're lonely."
SORRY, YOU'RE NOT ON THE LIST
One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed.
Event: Thursday's 13th annual "Latkes & Vodkas" party on the third night of Hanukkah.
Site: Connecticut Avenue offices of Rabinowitz/Dorf Communication, a left-leaning PR and consulting firm.
Claim to Fame: First party in D.C. (and possibly the nation) to have used the "Latkes & Vodkas" tag; founder Steve Rabinowitz thinks he may have coined the term, now ubiquitous for Jewish singles mixers.
Crowd: A couple hundred Hill staffers, politicos, media, friends, kids and neighbors.
Food: Latkes, applesauce, sour cream -- that ran out halfway through the party. "Four hundred latkes gone!" moaned Rabinowitz. "I'm so embarrassed. We always have leftovers!" Plenty of dreidel and menorah cookies, though.
Bar: Open! Premium vodka appletinis, dirty martinis, cosmos, kamikazes and other potato-based potables.
Diversion: Casting ballots for who should play Matt Dorf, who worked for Howard Dea n's2004 presidential bid, in a Leo DiCaprio movie now in development about the campaign. Dorf wanted Adam Sandler, but pals voted for Dustin Diamond (Screech on "Saved by the Bell") or Fred Savage from "The Wonder Years."
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
* Paul Wolfowitz and Shaha Riza having a low-key date night Friday at the Dupont Circle Five Guys. Sat in the back, munched on free peanuts and ate burgers with plastic knives and forks.
* Former spy Valerie Plame and D.C. thriller writer David Baldacci together Friday at the Source ( Wolfgang Puck's restaurant at the new Newseum) along with Baldacci's wife, Michelle, and Nathans owner Carol Joynt. Elsewhere in the room: Adrian Fenty celebrating his 37th birthday with his wife, Michelle, in quieter style than their open-to-the-public fete at the Convention Center the night before. He had chicken, she had salmon, and the chef sent out cookies and sorbet.
* Born: Thomas Vincent Vos, the seventh grandchild of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The 7- pound 11- ounce baby, born Friday night in N.Y.C., is the second son of filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi and Dutch journalist Michiel Vos. And yes -- the proud grandmother was at the hospital for the birth.