Monday, December 7, 2009

Good news and bad news about my Christmas decorations


First, the good news. I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories.

Now the bad news.  I had to take the decorations down after just two days because the police advised me that they would cause traffic accidents --  they almost crashed themselves when they drove by. Then there was the complaint from a 55 year old lady who almost killed herself when she jumped out of her car and then grabbed the ladder and climbed it. She was not happy and she was not the only one to try. 

Ultimately, I took the decorations down because my yard couldn't take all the people and cars. I have numerous tire tracks where people drove up my yard. I think I made him too real but it was fun while it lasted.


FOR ME TOO!


Last Kiss by John Lustig



6 DEGREES: MEREDETH TO ADAM

6 DEGREES:
  1. Meredeth is on Bridget Loves Bernie 
  2. BLB is canceled because viewers objected to the inter-religious marriage
  3. Adam is on American Music Awards
  4. Adam performances are canceled from ABC show because viewers objected to gay dancing
  5. Meredeth and Adam are gay

I remember loving Bridget Loves Bernie and watching it every week with my family. I remember we were all crushed when it was canceled. I will always remember Merideth Baxter for being on that show. I remember Meredith Baxter becoming Meredeth Baxter Birney after marrying co-star David Birney. I do not remember anything else about the show. Nothing. Nada. Then I read this on Wiki:

Bridget Loves Bernie is an American television comedy program created by Bernard Slade, based loosely on the premise of the 1920's Broadway play and 1940's radio show Abie's Irish Rose. It starred Meredith Baxter and David Birney as the title characters, and ran for one season, from 1972 to 1973 on CBS.Baxter and Birney married in real life after the program went off the air.
The series was regarded, at the time, as somewhat controversial since the premise featured the marriage between a wealthy Irish Catholic teacher (Bridget) and a Jewish cab driver (Bernie) whom she met at a bus stop. With a primetime slot between All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Saturday nights, the situation comedy was ranked fifth in the ratings among all shows for that television season. CBS executives decided to cancel the show in response to hate mail from viewers who objected to the inter-religious marriage depicted on the series. It was the highest-rated television program ever to be canceled.
Supporting cast members included Audra Lindley, David Doyle, Harold J. Stone, Ned Glass, and Bibi Osterwald. Lindley and Doyle played Bridget's wealthy parents, Walter and Amy Fitzgerald; while Stone and Osterwald played Bernie's more down to earth parents, Sam and Sophie Steinberg, who owned a delicatessen above which Bridget and Bernie lived, with the Steinbergs. Glass played Bernie's uncle Moe Plotnik. Actor Robert Sampson played Father Michael Fitzgerald, a Catholic priest, who was Bridget's brother, and was more sympathetic with his sister's marriage.
OMG! Mrs Roper was married to Bosley!

AMAZING!

I saw this over at Bill in Exile and had to share it. Each trick/stunt/shot is more amazing then the next. You think, "he'll never top that and I can stop watching." But you can't.

Near the end I realized that this guy and others like him see the world around him differently and with different possibilities. I think that this is what makes his work so amazing. It is not just athletic it is art.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Brainwaves by Betsy Streeter


SHOW JOE SOME LOVE



Competition Enters Round Two

Air America Cruise Competition Enters Round Two
Over the past three weeks, Air America readers nominated dozens of progressive bloggers from around the United States to offer them the chance to go on a free cruise through the Mexican Riviera. Round One was the primaries. Air America wanted to hear from you about who you thought was the best of the blogosphere. Now it is time for Round Two where the real competition begins. VOTE HERE
Who is your favorite progressive blogger?

Poll Results
Digby - 4%
Mike Lux - 4%
Karl Frisch - 32%
Joe Jervis - 46%
Pam Spaulding - 12%

Friday, December 4, 2009

5 FOR / 5 AGAINST: THE ROAD


First a bit of a disclaimer. I am one of those people who would rather sit in a comfortable chair, drinking margaritas, and watch the world end then to struggle to survive. What's the point? I know there are/will be hidden government complexes to save the human race. Films like this can be very frustrating for me.

It's 10-12 years since there was a nuclear war (we think) and nuclear winter has killed off all the plants, animals, insects and the planet is dying. A father and son struggle to find food and avoid humans who would want to rape the boy and eat them both. Their most prized position is a pistol which still has two bullets so they can commit suicide. Two big themes in this movie - Suicide and Cannibalism. Yes, the movie is as exhilarating as it sounds, perfect for the holidays. Actually, the movie was pretty much what I thought it would be after seeing the trailer. I decided to see is after reading several really positive reviews.

5 FOR:
  1. Viggo Mortensen - naked. Twice. Not him at his best but I'm reaching for 5 For.
  2. Beautifully shot and framed.
  3. Fun details - guy's head under the car next to his cooked body, human cattle. 
  4. Gave me the biggest scare of any movie this year. I almost fell out of my seat and I think I screamed a little.
  5. What is good and what is evil when your life is at stake and the world is dying? As good as Papa wants and claims to be, we see the reality in and ending that ties everything together  nicely but not completely satisfying.  
5 AGAINST:
  1. Does Viggo ever do a movie where he's not covered in dirt and in need of a shave?
  2. Attention to detail - that guy's brain would have been eaten so his head would not have been tossed aside. Also, and this was very annoying - Papa kept giving him the gun so he could protect himself but the kid never took off his super oversized gloves.
  3. For a child born and raised after the end of the world - he was incredibly naive, innocent, pure, not to mention whiney, needy, scared and given these traits, should not have survived as long as he did. I kept wishing that Papa would just give him a good bitch slap.
  4. Papa. Every time the kid called for his Papa, and he did allot, all I could do was sing, "Can you hear me?"
  5. They get attacked in all these middle-of-nowhere places and yet continue to walk into abandoned streets and towns.
  6. Bonus: I got the feeling that this film was trying to be accurate in depicting life and morals in this future, there were several scenes that were way off the mark and manipulative. There is NO WAY Papa could swim out to that ship; where did that woman and child come from and how did they survive so long; cannibals would never waste so much blood; if you're worried about other humans finding you, then close the hatch to the bomb shelter.

Last Kiss by John Lustig


Notice...she works for FAUXY NEWS.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Into Older Guys? Would you hit him?

How about if I told you he was Michael McDonald? Great photo of him. I wonder if he looks as good in person.

True Blood's Gay Vampire!



Theo Alexander will play Talbot, an 'intensely beautiful' vampire, the boyfriend of Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi. Talbot has an acerbic sense of humor and loves to cook despite vampires' inherent lack of cooking talents.

Alexander hasn’t been in a whole hell of a lot, but has been in too of my favorites - Pushing Dasies and Chuck. True Blood returns to HBO for Season 3 in (around) the summer of 2010.

So what do y'all think? Hot or not? Eric worthy?




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP


I thought the 'JUMP!" performance on Glee tonight for the mattress commercial was great but when the guy asked Rachel what she had in mind, I instantly thought of The Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep. So here for your pleasure are THE ROMANTICS.

The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose


Click to enlarge...watch Glee! Only one episode left after tonight!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WORTH A 1000 WORDS


The Fredricksberg Pub


I had to go to The Spotsylvania Mall this weekend (don't ask.) Anyway, in the back of the mall they have built one of those village shopping centers and there was The Fredricksberg Pub. The place looked great, was big, apparently popular and when I looked in the window I saw one of the reasons why. Their male servers all were kilts! None of the servers I saw were as hot as this guy or shirtless but they were cute enough. I kept wishing someone would drop a fork or something so I could see if they wore their kilts properly. If I had had time to eat, I would have gone in. The food looked great and I read online that they have and extensive drinking menu. Maybe I could get Michael Rivers to go with me.
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