Friday, April 30, 2010
We went to see yet another condo on Wed. I was kinda feeling like I needed a day off anyway, so when this condo came available we decided to take the day off and meet our realtor to see it. Its in a great bldg with garage parking, controlled access, pool, and lots of other amenities. However, it is a short sale with a crazy-low asking price so we know there will be multiple offers and that it will take 3-4 months before the seller's lender will approve the short sale. We've been avoiding short sales until now, but because this bldg is very desirable (ie: will be easy to rent) and the unit is so large, we submitted an offer.
I really couldn't care less about American Idol anymore. I haven't watched this season at all. This seems odd to me because I am a singer and I used to be into AI big time. But the show has soured for me for a couple reasons. There's entirely too much talking from judges. This was true even when there were just 3 judges, but now with 4 its even worse. In an hour show there appears to be about 11 minutes worth of singing. Most people I know who still watch the show record it with their DVR so they can fast forward through everything but the singing, which is a good idea. Maybe next season.
Spouse & I are heading back to VA tonight. On Sat we are going to my cousin's daughter's wedding, which will be held outdoors. After a week of unseasonably cool temps, its supposed to be almost 90 degrees on Sat!! But it will be wonderful to see Sarah get married and to reconnect with my aunt and uncle (the bride's grandparents), my 2 cousins (the bride's mother and aunt), and my 2 cousin's children whom I haven't seen in years. I have no idea if any of my immediate family will be there.
We'll be celebrating Mothers Day this Sun, a week early. Since we'll be in town for the wedding, I suggested we celebrate Mother's Day with Spouse's mom and family a week early so we wouldn't have to make the trip back to VA 3 weekends in a row. (We're going back the weekend of the 15th for Spouse's brother's 50th birthday party.) To avoid last year's Mother's Day disaster, Spouse & I made reservations for Mother's Day dinner at the Taco House! This guarantees we'll have delicious food and wonderful service.
My friend Don sent me this video and story about a soldier and his buddies in Afghanistan who have made their own music video to the Lady Gaga/Beyounce song "Telephone". Its great!
Crush du Jour: Daniel Ross
By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
Practice safe eating - always use condiments.
Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death.
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.
A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.
What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead give away.)
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
Local Area Network in Australia - the LAN down under.
Every calendar's days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted - Taint yours and taint mine.
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.
Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
Acupuncture is a jab well done.
Crush du Jour: Octavio Garate
Monday, April 26, 2010
We left at 9am and got to Philly about 11am. We started with a driving tour that allowed us to see much of the beautiful downtown architecture.
Thad lived in several neighborhoods of Philly so he had a tremendous knowledge of many of the original and current uses for the lovely buildings we saw. We also drove by several historic landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Joan of Arc statue, William Penn, and many museums and "free" libraries. I thought it odd that the signs all referred to the libraries as free, since I was not aware that any libraries charged admission.
Then we were ready for lunch. Steven & Thad picked the lovely French creperie Beau Monde where we got a table on the patio. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining.
I had a delicious crepe filled with grilled chicken breast, leeks, olives, goat cheese & lemon butter. It was amazing. View their menus here.
Next we headed to Termini Brothers Italian bakery for dessert, a favorite of mine & Spouse.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
As planned, when I arrived in Richmond on Tues evening I had dinner at Nacho Mama's. I was disappointed to learn that Raul was not there; he was working at the other location. However, just as I was finishing my meal I saw 2 friends from work walk in the door. Long story short: Raul was on his way to meet them, so I joined them at their table. Raul arrived and we all had a great time!
Wed evening I met up with my friend Bill for dinner. Bill and I went to high school together and were in the famous vocal jazz and show choir "Dominants". (Think "Glee".) We had a great time catching up on the highlights in each others' lives, and he also drove me through the lovely neighborhood where he bought a house last year.
My friend Michael sent me this funny video which demonstrates one of the many dangers of wearing your 'pants on the floor'.
What do you get when you combine Philadelphia and Serendipity? Phillydipity!! I'm excited because tomorrow Spouse & I are going with Steven & Thad to Philadelphia for Phillydipity day! While not exactly serendipitous, we had several places of interest to see and several wonderful places to eat on our list for the day. Steven & Thad have lived in and around Philly so they are "in the know", don't you know. Should be a great day.
Have a terrific weekend!
Crush du Jour: Max Bolton
Friday, April 23, 2010
A celebrity, about to come out of the closet on May 5.
By Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief, 365gay.com
Howard Bragman’s gay publicity machine has set up the talk show circuit for a mysterious big coming out.But who will it be?
Zap2It says the celeb is booked for People, the View and several other talk shows. Guesses have been everyone from Anderson Cooper to Ryan Seacrest to Queen Latifah.
“In the past Bragman has helped NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo, LPGA star Rosie Jones, WNBA star Sheryl Swoops and retired NBA center John Amaechi come out. He also orchestrated the plans for former “Party of Five” Mitchell Anderson, “Married with Children” co-star Amanda Bearse and aided Dick Sargent of “Bewitched” fame to come out on Entertainment Tonight. Most recently, he planned Chaz Bono’s announcement of a transition from woman to man and got the news about Meredith Baxter being a lesbian out before tabloids reported her taking a lesbian cruise. ”
Whether it matters, of course, depends on who it is. Queen Latifah or Anderson Cooper would be huge. Some C-list celebrity trying to make a comeback? Not so much.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is SO WRONG!!
April 17, 2010 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Once Spouse returned home and showered, we went out to lunch and to the grocery store. It was bright and sunny so we had the convertible top down as we ran a few other errands. Our friends Kerry & Hugh were at their place in Ocean City so we took advantage of the nice weather and drove there to say hi to them and to deposit some checks at our bank. (Unfortunately the ATM near our house that accepts deposits was removed so we have to mail deposits or drive to Ocean City.) It was a nice surprise to be able to stop in and see them.
It was our turn to host Movie Night so at about 7:00 our movie night friends showed up for snacks and drinks. Then we watched "Precious". To our surprise, none of them had seen it! Everyone liked it except Spouse, who felt the character of Mary (Precious' mother) was "unrealistically cruel". WTF??? I thought Mo'Nique (Mary) and Paula Patton (Miss Rain) did outstanding jobs. However I felt the execution of the story could have been a lot better. Good films build emotional peaks and valleys several times throughout the film, but I found this one to be a little 'flat' in its delivery. But I thought the story itself was great and could make very a very interesting sequel.
Sun morning I painted this Mark Rothko-inspired painting for my friend Thad.
We took it with us to brunch since we knew we'd see him there, and gave it to him just before we left. I was very pleased that he liked it. I found out this morning that he hung it up as soon as he got home.
On Sun we attended Bob's birthday brunch at Saketumi. There were about 15 of us there, and we all had the Sunday Brunch Buffet which was just as fresh and delicious as the dinner entrees always are. We had a very nice time.
When we returned from brunch we found our friends Kerry & Hugh at our house. They decided to stop by on their way home so they could see our garage/bathroom/closet addition. We showed them around and visited for a few minutes. What a nice treat to see them twice this weekend! When they left Spouse & I changed clothes and went for a walk on the boardwalk. The weather was significantly cooler than Sat so we wore jackets, but the sun felt good as we walked along the boardwalk and looked out onto the ocean. We skipped dinner since our brunch was so filling, and watched some TV. I felt tired so I went to bed uncharacterically early, at 9:30.
Friday, April 16, 2010
And speaking of cars, we made our decision and after work yesterday we purchased this 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition.
Last night was the end of the 12 week team trivia tournament. Our team did not win, but we did come in 4th place, which is the highest place you can be without winning! It was fun, but I'm kind of glad the tournament is over. Now we can go back to playing team trivia for fun.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
What a load of tax day freebies for 2010! You can eat and drink away the pain of writing a check to Uncle Sam with these fantastic freebies and discounts.
- Pick up a free taco from Taco Del Mar on April 15 when you share your name, email, and zip code. You can opt out of its newsletter if you want and still get the freebie.
- Get a free cup of coffee at Starbucks when you bring in your own reusable mug on April 15.
- Exclusive! Get a free 3-day trial VIP membership to Chemistry.com starting at 12:01 a.m. April 15, 2010. No credit card is needed to get the free pass. Set up your profile, make a date, and prepare to jump into a new tax bracket with someone special.
- Maggie Moo's is giving away free slices of its new Ice Cream Pizza from 3 to 7 p.m. April 15. Find a participating location near you.
- Snag two free cupcake bites from Cinnabon from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 15. While supplies last.
- Munch on a free cookie from Subway on April 15, reports NBC.
- In the South, select Whole Foods stores are making April 15 a tax-free shopping day. So far stores in AL, GA, NC, SC, TN are participating. To find out if your Whole Foods is in on the deal, go to its Web site and scroll down to find your local store is in on the event for April 15.
- In Baltimore, McDonald's will be giving away free coffee drinks, reports the Baltimore Sun.
- Get 15% off your food tab at P.F. Chang's on April 15. Excludes alcohol and any happy hour deals. Join the restaurant's warrior card program to get the deal.
- McCormick's and Schmicks has $10.40 dinner and drink specials on April 15, then a CPA appreciation event Friday, April 16.
- Get $10.40 off a purchase of $100 or more at Kelly's Running Warehouse on April 15, 2010.
- In New York City, get a free lunch at the healthy fast casual eatery Energy Kitchen on April 15 when you buy any beverage. The deal lasts from noon to 2 p.m. on tax day. The free meals include Bison Cheesesteak Wrap, California Wrap or Buffalo Chicken Burger.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Here are some things I like about "Glee":
- Its FUN!
- I was in a show choir in high school so this brings back many happy memories
- Great variety of music performed
- Great voices and enjoyable choreography
- Hilarious writing for characters like Sue Sylvester and Kurt Hummel
- Each episode's story is self-contained. If you miss one, or missed the entire season 1, you will still know what's going on (unlike "Lost")
- Its different from everything else on TV
- Although the show borders on campy (which is a good thing), the plot lines are just believable enough
- Puck is HOT!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Best know for her role as Julia Sugarbaker in the sitcom "Designing Women", she was the sassy but sophisticated southern woman with an amazing command of the English language. Julia was known for her carefully worded, eloquently delivered, but scathing rants against injustices. Here's the one for which she's likely best known, and certainly my favorite:
But before Carter played Julia Sugarbaker, sister of Suzanne Sugarbaker (played by Delta Burke) on "Designing Women", she played Carlotta Beck, another sassy but not-so-sophisticated southern woman, and the sister of Kathleen Beck (played by Delta Burke) in the 1982 sitcom "Filthy Rich". I don't remember much about the show and was unable to find any clips on YouTube and Hulu. But what I do remember is Dixie Carter as Carlotta, calling out to her husband Marshall during a thunderstorm with an exaggerated southern accent "Maaaaaaaah-shal, oh Maaaaaaaaah-shal... the thundah... the THUNDAH Maaaaaaaaa-shal".
Not all of Carter's roles were comedies. She also played dramatic characters on Broadway, in TV shows such as "Family Law", "Law and Order: SVU", "Diagnosis: Murder", and a few soap operas. She was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her performance on "Desperate Housewives".
Despite being a registered Republican, Carter referred to herself as a "friend of the gay community" and performed with Elaine Stritch and Bea Arthur at an AIDS fundraiser in Washington DC in 2004.
She was a great talent who will definitely be missed.
Crush du Jour: Josh Hopkins
Monday, April 12, 2010
While Spouse was at his personal trainer appointment Sat morning, Robert & Liz and I had a leisurely morning of coffee, muffins, conversation and lots of laughter. We always have a great time with them. Once Spouse returned, the 4 of us took Big Ella out for some exercise and then we had lunch. It was bright and sunny but a little on the cool side. Rob & Liz took their car to Jiffy Lube for an oil change while Spouse & I test drove this 2006 Honda CRV EX:and this 2006 PT Cruiser Limited Edition:at our friend Bryan's car lot. Afterward the 4 of us met back up at the house and hung out. Rob & Liz got a text from a friend informing them that a mutual old friend James was killed that day when his motorcycle was struck by a driver who was talking on her cellphone. (Please think of this the next time you are tempted to talk or text while driving.) We were stunned. He would have been 40 years old this year. Later we had dinner at Saketumi, which Rob & Liz really enjoyed. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service is top-notch. We decided to honor our fallen friend James with a toast. Back at home we watched a little TV before hitting the sack.
Sun we had breakfast at the Long Neck Diner, then went for a walk on the boardwalk in Rehoboth. The temperature was significantly warmer and there were quite a few sunbathers on the beach. Once back at home we sat on the porch and visited until it was time for them to pack up and head home. Spouse & I went back to Bryan's dealership and test drove this 2004 GMC Envoy:and decided to 'sleep on' the options. He & I went back to Rehoboth and went for a walk on the beach. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! We met Steven & Bob for dinner at Purple Parrot, then came home and watched last week's and this week's episodes of Project Runway.
It was a great weekend, aside from the news about James.
Crush du Jour: Alan Aghazadian
Friday, April 09, 2010
Work has been super-busy this week and quite stressful at times. I'm not sure to what to attribute this but I'm hoping next week will be calmer. I've had trouble getting my daily blog posts written, to say nothing of how far behind I am with my blog reading list.
Did you hear about the airline that is going to install coin-operated handles on the bathroom doors of their plans? Yep, passengers will have to pay to pee!
Our friend and used car dealer Bryan is going to an auction today and will likely purchase a car for us! Yesterday he showed us info for 4 Honda CRVs that are scheduled to be at the auction and we ranked them. If all goes as planned, we will have a CRV on Sat or Sun.
Yet again, my friend Jared provided me with something giggle-inducing:
Our friends Rob & Liz are coming to visit this weekend from VA. Although its rainy and chilly here today, the weekend forecast looks great with lots of sunshine and warmer temps. We don't have anything particular planned to do so it should be a nice, relaxing weekend.
We've decided to join some friends on a cruise in Nov. As long as I get my sea sickness patch in advance, it should be a lot of fun!
Two days ago it was 90 degrees. Today it is 50 degrees. What's up with that???
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The Nature of Hate
As has been the case for many social and political minorities in our country, the LGBT community confronts a media landscape effective in spreading misinformation about it.
The most radical voices claim that gay and lesbian people are a threat to children, our country, even our way of life. But what many don’t realize is that these messages, crafted by a well-resourced media machine, not only inspire bias, but intense hate against LGBT people—hate often leading to violence. In this month's segment on IN THE LIFE, we look at hate-speech and whether, in a nation lacking legal protections for LGBT people, it incites violence against the LGBT community.
For a video preview, click here. To watch the entire episode online, click here. Or to find out when it airs on TV in your local area, go to the IN THE LIFE website.
Crush du Jour: Scott Foley
And don't EVEN get me started on the whole "sexual addiction" thing. It seems to be quite in vogue now to be a 25-35 year old male having lots of sex with different people, get caught, and then go to rehab for "sexual addiction".
First off, the very existence of the disease or condition "sexual addiction" is NOT universally accepted by sexologists. I happen to believe it does exist in rare cases, but is often incorrectly diagnosed so that sufferers can feel they are less/not responsible for their behavior. I mean, being diagnosed with alcoholism doesn't remove the responsibility of one's actions, so why would someone with sexual addiction be any less responsible for theirs?
Take Tiger for instance. He's young, handsome, talented, and rich. He's the complete package; the proverbial captain of the football team. He can probably have as much sex as he wants with as many people as he wants. To me, that is not "sexual addiction", that is simply taking advantage of his situation.
But even if celebrities ARE sexual addicts or sexual compulsives, why do so many regular everyday people care? Why do tabloids and 'entertainment' tv shows stay in business by reporting such info?
I don't understand it. I just don't get why anyone cares.