Saturday, December 18, 2010

Last Week of Christmas Message to Shoppers

One week until Christmas, people! This is your official "heads up!" As you wander like a crazy person into the malls and retail establishments of the world this week, please remember a few things:
1) YOU waited until the last minute to shop! If you have to fight crowds and crazy shoppers to find gifts, you only have yourself to blame.
2) The fact that the gift you wanted is gone is not the fault of the retailer that stocked it on the shelf the 6 months prior. Again, you snooze, you lose.
3) Being a bitch/dick to the people working in the store because you're frustrated only makes you a bitch/dick to one more person in the world. Kindness reaps rewards.
4) I cannot stress this enough, PARENTS NEED TO CONTROL/WATCH/DISCIPLINE THEIR CHILDREN IN PUBLIC! Good behavior is your responsibility, not the responsibility of the people who have to pick up after them.
5) Keep your receipts. Ask for gift receipts. It will save you time and stress later on.
6) When all else fails, a gift card is a lovely thing.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Janet Jackson - Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is...

Happy Halloween!

Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)

I love, love, love this song!

Willow Smith - Whip My Hair

I managed to avoid posting this for days now. You're welcome.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hawaii Day 7 - Snorkeling, Beaches, and Ironman

Breakfast with the geckos
Breakfast at the B&B was provided by our hosts on the lanai everyday. Mary served some delicious fruit to start, then banana pancakes. So we ate while Bob happily gave guests recommendations for things to do and places to go. While we ate, we noticed a few geckos scurrying about on the lanai, on the chairs, on the tables. After we finished our breakfast, the geckos got more brave and joined us on the table and to Mom's horror, on the plates to get a lick of the delicious syrups or the cups to finish our juice. As cute as they were, Mom was skittish as all get out every morning.
Kona Boys

We wanted to go snorkeling, so Bob sent us up to Kona Boys beach supply rental. If you are on the Kona side of the island, I'd definitely recommend this place for reasonable supplies, boards, or cameras.

As always, Jack makes a new friend wherever he goes.
Snorkeling at Two Step
Near the City of Refuge, there is a nice area for snorkeling nicknamed Two Step because you take two rocky steps to climb into the water.

The area is beautiful for seeing tropical fish (and Jack saw a turtle). The coral is lovely and we were told you could see spinner dolphins near the shore on good days. I'd recommend this spot probably third of our beaches to snorkel, because the problem with coming out of the water is the steps at Two Step are RIDDLED with sea urchins hiding in holes in the rock. One wrong grab and you are a human pincushion.
Lunch with Donkey Balls
After a couple hours of fun and sun, it was time for lunch, so we made our way up to a restaurant along the road called Keoke's.

They serve a nice hot, grilled to order meal, but the real draw are their delicious Donkey Balls, chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

Mmmmmm! Again, Jack found new friend, Boots the cat.
Hapuna Beach is Perfection
We couldn't come to Hawaii without visiting the #1 beach in the country, Hapuna Beach. Once we arrived, we would never disagree. It. Was. Beautiful.

Without question, this is a stretch of beach unblemished by nature. Wide enough to accommodate large crowds, but during the week is empty enough that every spot is a good spot. Do not miss it. Snorkeling is good. Swimming is good. Sunbathing is fantastic!

Ironman is THIS WEEKEND?!?
Quick note: part of the reason we ended up at the B&B is EVERY hotel in town was booked for the Hawaiian Ironman. After lunch, we drove north through town and discovered athletes training for the competition. Crazytown!

Motorhiking with Jack Up one side and Down the center
Bob recommended a great scenic drive up the northern coast and down a mountain pass near Mauna Kea. We drove past the Ironman bicyclists on the road through a major lava flow, up to Hawi, down through the Kohala Mountains, thru Waimea. We passed ranch land, desert, and tropical rainforest. The road dropped us back on the coast where we watched the sunset from the beach.

Dinner at Manago
Tired from a LONG day of activity, we wandered back for dinner at Manago, then picture downloading and rest before our last full day in paradise.

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Hawaii Day 6 - The Road to Captain Cook

Packed up and checked out, we made our way to the other side of the island to finish our vacation. We wanted to see the volcanoes, so we drove south to catch the road near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Actually, we stopped first at Kapoho, a little tourist area at the coast where the volcano can be seen and the lava once destroyed everything in its path. There is also a beautiful black sand beach there. As the lava hits the water, it rapidly cools and crystalizes, creating the beautiful sand.

We ate at the diner near the beach, then moved on to the park. It is just awe-inspiring to see the grandeur of nature. The pictures don't do it justice.

We entered the park and got a few quick pictures from the main photo area, then Jack drove us around Chain of Craters Road, a stretch of road that goes deeper into the park than the regular tour drive, and brings you through lava flows and near craters that are smaller than the main one at Kileuea. It is a drive not to be missed. Not always easy, but what are rental cars for?

Done with our tour and kinda ready to pack it in, we made our way across the island and up the western coast to our B&B near Captain Cook. Booked at the last minute and blessed to have it, the Hale Hoola was a nice B&B run by Mary and Bob. To be honest, we might've done better in town with a hotel less prone to...infestation (we were constantly on the lookout for flying ants and gnats, there was a rooster that began crowing at 1am, and breakfast was always joined by the hotels endless geckos), but they were absolutely the most welcoming hosts we could ask for and we always had a lovely breakfast in the morning and great information for things to see and do.

We got settled, got the lay of the land, then headed off to dinner at the Manago Hotel, a throwback to old island living. The 30s styling remained, as did the amenities. No paper menus, just a board with about 15 menu items to choose from, 6 breakfast and 9 dinner. Sides were served family style and featured interesting items like pork and squash sauté or potato noodle salad. Jack and I had their pork chops and Mom had the teriyaki beef and all was well with the world.

Hawaii Day 5 - Hilo and the Eastern shore

We decided to explore the Eastern coast of the Big Island today. We got dressed, grabbed some food from the gift shop, then drove north along the coast.
Picture taking opportunities abound as you take H19 toward Honoka'a.
First stop was Akaka Falls so we could see one of the breathtaking waterfalls on the island.

We did a short trail to get a better vantage point, got some great shots, then headed up to Laupahoehoe Point for more picture-taking.

Then we travelled up to the Waipio Valley and one of the last naturally preserved areas of the island.

We had a full morning of driving, so we headed back to see a few other sights before dusk. We had a delicious lunch in a shop at Honoka'a owned by a pretty blonde native of Hawaii.

On our way back, we visited Rainbow Falls (because we're gay and want to see rainbows and junk). The waterfall is stunning to see. See?

Then we ventured back to our hotel area to walk along Banyan Drive and see the trees planted by dignitaries and stars who visited the island, like Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart.

We finished our tour in the Japanese Gardens at Hilo Bay. Wonderful gardens filled with manicured trees and koi ponds and surfers.

Jack is good formaking friends and this trip was no different.

We killed the day with a delicious dinner at Ken's. Mmmmmmmmm, French toast!


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Hawaii Day 4 - Happy Birthday

Started my birthday REALLY early with lots of well wishes from friends and family (THANKS!). No matter that they started ringing in at 4am Island time, I did truly appreciate it. The day was a travel day for us, as we were leaving Oahu for the Big Island, so we packed up, checked out, shopped, then headed to the airport to fly to our next exciting island.

The Big Island was the birthplace of King Kamehameha and has to active volcanoes, Kilaweha and Mauna Loa. Plus, it is home rto some amazing black sand beaches and beautiful gardens. We landed late in the afternoon, then found our hotel, then went to dinner. the Hilo Hawaii was a nice hotel with an awesome view, but the turndown service left a LOT to be desired.

Dinner for me were Ken's AMAZING French toast, while Mom had the same and Jack had a saimon bowl (basically, a big ole bowl of Ramen, with veggies, and chicken and wonton.

Back to the hotel, Glee and NCIS, then sleep for another day.

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Hawaii Day 3

Day 3 we got our drive on! We woke up superearly (6ish) to go kayaking on the northern end of Oahu. Mom joined us to take pictures and spend the day looking at the many scenic points we'd hoped to encounter during the drive. From Waikiki, we drove to Kailua and the beach of Lanikai. We rented a two person kayak and paddled out to where we could see the flat island bird sanctuary. In the Fall, the waters get a bit rough and that morning was no exception, but we were the only kayakers heading out from the entry point at the time, so we didn't get to see the hilarity until the end of our trip.
Jack and I are semi-practiced kayakers, so we were kinda prepared for the row out to The Seabird Sanctuary. A half hour later, we'd arrived and began walking around, cursing the lava rock under our feet and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Once on the leeward side of the island, we could see and hear the way the waves pounded the flat island and decided not to get slammed against the rocks. We finished walking around the island and reboarded our kayak, upending it once before getting it settled, then fought it back to shore. Fought it not being overturned, fought it not losing our clothes, fought to keep it heading sideways to the big waves. When we finally got close to shore, the final wave unceremoniously dumping us at the shore in one HUGE push! We made it out of way just in time to watch another kayaker was swept in and flipped out of her kayak onto shore.

We cleaned up, then headed up the coast and basically circled the island taking pictures at every beach we could get close to.
Kaneohe, Waiahole, Punaluu, Kuilima, Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay, all the way to Keana Point State park...we travelled north to all the surfing spots and saw all the great beaches of the island.

After a quick stop for lunch, we made our way to the Waianae Coast to watch the sunset. Apparently, this side of the island is the...more financially-challenged side of the island (ghetto, if you will), complete with beat up rides on $1200 rims and rest stops and beaches with its own homeless people. We bypassed a supercrowded beach to go to a quiet beach area further North. That alone shoulda said "Danger Will Robinson," but the fact that there were only a handful of people at picnic tables and lying in the grass might have been a clue to move on. We got out to use the restroom as the homeless people descended on it. Jack and I made it out unaccosted, but Mom made a new friend we'll call Frieda. Frieda was nice and friendly and chatty, but would NOT leave Mom's side. In fact, she was in TOTAL violation of Mom's personal space. I go over to rescue her and Frieda introduces herself and gets to talking and I quickly realize Frieda is a bit cray cray. I send Mom to go use the restroom as Frieda had stopped her to chat, and Frieda decides to walk Mom into the restroom. Luckily, there wasn't any paper in the restroom because I think Frieda was there for a show. Mom came out and Frieda invited herself along to see our rental car. If I didn't already know Frieda was off, now I'm trying to figure a way to ditch the crazy lady. Jack, often late to the crazy train, but often willing to avoid it, saw crazy coming and said it was time to go. Frieda decided that she couldn't let her new friend go and wrapped her arms around Mom's waist and wouldn't let go. Crazy had gone too far and I grab Mom and she starts a tugowar with my Mother. She let go before it got serious, but Frieda provided a good lesson in personal space for the rest of the trip.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hawaii Day 2

Day 2 started out early as we wanted to go to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Quick breakfast and long drive to the Memorial Plaza and we met the rain, but beat the crowds.

The Memorial is divided into several parts, basically the ships attacked or sunk during the attack on Dec. 7th, The Arizona, the Blowfin, The Missouri, plus there is also a museum and a short film of the events of that day. We visited the Memorial, a monument erected above the sunken Arizona to pay respect to the many men who died that day. In addition to the men who never left the waters that day, the survivors banded together and are being cremated and interred with their shipmates as they pass away.

We visited the Bowfin, an important WWII submarine and heard stories about how sub warfare played an important part in winning the war. We then toured the sub museum and gift shop and moved on.

We took a drive from there and decided to take a tour of the Dole pineapple plantation. The Dole Plantation has been in existence since 1903 and was once the largest cannery in the world. Today, it is a major supplier of not only pineapple, but also mangoes, macadamia nuts, lychee, plus many other fruits and nuts. We rode the Pineapple Express and took pictures and tried not to make too many offensive pot smoking jokes.

As our morning came to an end, we came back to the hotel to change for our final event for the day, Germaine's luau. Our tour guide, Travis, told us basic island stand-up to pass the time between the city and the luau venue. We arrived and our "family" was treated to food, alcohol, and a HUGE smoked pig. We tried coconut pudding (eh), poi (le ewww), and some other island treats and delicacies. The stage show offered some of the hottest dancers this side of the main stage and some fantastic singing. All in all, a good good night was had by everyone!

Hawaii Day 1

Okay, I won't bore any of you with flight stuff. Let's just say it was long enough to watch Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, 30 Rock, Glee, and The Office and still have a couple hours to kill. Vaguely hungry.

When we checked into the hotel, I found an ABC store (the island's version of Starbuck's, fighting with Starbuck's for island domination), got some Theraflu and a box of tissues, and crawled into bed.

The next morning, Jack and Mom got up all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, and I was running a fever. Sooooooo, Mom and Jack hit the beach and did a walking tour of Waikiki, while I dosed up again and slept. About 4 hrs. later, they returned and I was well enough to venture out.

We went to the beach down from our hotel (Waikiki Aqua Wave), and got in the water to flush some salt water up my nose (nature's little neti pot). The water was AMAZING! Crystal blue and active. We had a fantastic time. Then we came back to the hotel, changed clothes and drove up to Diamondhead.

Not realizing the amount of exertion I was about to endure, we got all jazzed to hike up Diamondhead. Mom was a bit tuckered from her hike with Jack, so she stayed at the base and took pictures. Jack and I walked. And walked. And walked. And then we climbed. And climbed. And climbed. The literature is either not really clear about the sheer number of stairs we had to climb (steep, endless, and occasionally spiral), or we ignored it, but whatever the case, we TOTALLY underestimated the amount of work involved in the climb to the top.

Sweaty and exhausted, we reached the top, took some fantastic pictures, then made a rapid descent to the bottom, greeting suckers in flip flops and dresses on the way up with a smile. Mom met us at the bottom with some fresh cut pineapple spears and off we drove to take photos of the landscape. Hawaii is a photographer's dream! I'll try to add some more pictures as I go but this is the view we ended our evening with.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010


Ummm...this is kinda awesome!

Movies that look good on spec

The first in a series of posts about movies that seem to be awesome based on their trailers, but worry me because of the potential for suckage. This one looks creepy as Hell (pun intended), but is crafted by M. Night Shamalamadingdong, so there is great potential for suck.


So, my incredibly sweet, loving, generous, and all-around wonderful husband is taking me and my Mom to Hawaii to celebrate my 40th birthday! How awesome is that?!?
The next few weeks will be truly mind-blowing, with travel prep, the trip, work, and the beginning of the International Month of Me, so expect more posts as we embark on the trip of a lifetime.

(to be cont....)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Why I love SYTYCD this Season

Hip Hop Routine by Alex and Twitch
(Why? Alex does ballet! Watch the magic of this routine!)

Click title to see the amazing routine!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mr. Lynch Ain't Dead

Mark Williams. One of the only people in the world that could make Mel Gibson look sane. I can't even discuss the disgusting letterthat follows in much more depth than to echo the sentiment from Keith Ohlbermann, if the Tea Party wants to ever dispel the idea that they are racists, they need to distance themselves publicly from douchebags like this. I present The Mark Williams letter, in its entirety:

Dear Mr. Lincoln

We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!

In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’.

The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.

And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.” What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!

The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.” Again, they directly target coloreds. That means we Coloreds would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! How will we coloreds ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.


Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew NAACP Head Colored Person

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SYTYCD - 7/14 Performance Night

Hard to watch the show now that my favorite, Alex, was injured and forced to quit the competition. Still, great dancing ahead...and more injuries (Ashley).

The new format is great! Here we go!

Lauren and Mark (Tahitian)
Sometimes when they do more cultural dances, they struggle to provide a reference to the artform and worse, they come off quite boring. This was wonderful and exciting and challenging. And more importantly...memorable for all the right reasons.

Adecheke and Anya - Salsa
That was kinda hot. He still kinda dances a bit like a contemporary dancer doing salsa. But damn if he didn't pull it off.

José and Courtney - Broadway
Uhhh...they really kinda didn't give him much to work with. I mean, it was really a weak routine that didn't pull his strengths out and minimize his weaknesses.

Robert and Allison - Contemporary
It was magical. Travis is one of the best things to come out of this show. There were so many beautiful moments within the piece and Robert was just incredible.
Wow...first cry of the season.
(Shut. Up.)

Billy and Anya - Jive
Really good routine and again, he's a dance beast! Not awkward and not like a contemporary dancer doing another style.

Kent and Neil - Broadway
It was fun! It played to all of Kent's strengths and the pairing of him with Neil was so perfect for the song, it was kind of a moment for him.

Billy and Lauren - Jazz
Again, another fun routine. It was inspired and they really made what could've easily been a corny and contrived routine something fun to watch.

José and Dominic - Hip Hop
That was hot! There was so much going on and so many hot tricks that it was unreal! Was it the best NappyTabs routine? Hell no! Was it memorable? I think so.

Adecheke and Kent - Contemporary
I thought it was danced well, but there was an emotional disconnect for me. I didn't latch on to this piece like I did the earlier contemporary piece. Still, fantastic dancers.

Robert and Ashley - Disco
Okay, I don't get the disco routines. It's not my favorite and sometimes it looks like Trickopolooza. It was a good routine, but THANK GOD for his first routine.

Tops : Robert, Kent, and Lauren

In danger: José and Adecheke

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

American Idol - Final 3

So now that Michael is gone, we have a sad footrace w/Crystal. Two songs, one by the judges, one from the contestants. Let's see how they do...

Casey James - Ok, It's Alright With Me
It was okay...good choice of genre, but not as impressive as it could have been. It was really, just safe and kinda boring.

Crystal Bowersox - Come To My Window
I hate the way the song was truncated, but she sounded really good. This is her genre. This is her vibe. It's a lovely story and I just felt like it was abbreviated.

Lee Dewyze - Simple Man
Voice is always interesting, but I swear this is one of those songs you'd hear at the end of an episode of 90210. Great vocal, but not a moment.

Casey - Daughters
Nice job, but if Crystal or Lee come out guns a'blazin....he'll be going home.
I do have a they argue about it being a song w/o this big crescendo, I wonder why they chose the song if it wasn't gonna give him a moment?

Crystal - Baby, I'm Amazed
Again, another song where the singer gave a lovely performance, but I'm not a lover of her voice. That said, she did a good job. Awkward lack of gender change.

Lee Dewyze - hallelujah
Simon is genius.
The song. The build. The pagentry. Amazing! I think he won Idol with that song.

Top 2: Lee and Crystal
Going Home: Casey

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The Single Best Argentine Tango on DWTS

I love Derek and Nicole. They have been frontrunners all season, and this routine is the reason why. Un fucking believable!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Idol Final 4 - Songs of the Movies

Jamie Foxx is the mentor. Let's roll.

Lee Dewyze - Kiss from a Rose
Pitchy and all over the place. Not really original and not vocally a winner.

Michael Lynche - Will You Be There
Not bad, but he needed to take the song to church. He may have gone to a Methodist church, but that needed to be Southern Baptist, in the aisles, preaching, testifying, etc. It just wasn't enough.

Crystal/Lee - Falling Slowly
Lovely. She was very confident throughout and Lee rose to the occasion.

Casey James - Mrs. Robinson
Slightly better than karaoke. He did sound good.

Crystal Bowersox - I'm Alright
I love her, but I wasn't in love with the song or the song choice.

Casey/Michael - To Really Love a Woman
Nicely done! Better than the solos!

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Saturday, May 8, 2010


Kristen Chenoweth proves again and again she is a class act!

This is the article about how this star stood up against homophobic reviews of costar Sean Hayes.

Kristin Chenoweth has posted a defense of Promises, Promises costar Sean Hayes on Newsweek's website after the actor was attacked in an article that many readers have deemed “homophobic,” even though it was written by a gay journalist. In an article titled “Straight Jacket” that was posted on on April 26, Ramin Setoodeh has drawn the ire of many readers for implying that it’s impossible to believe openly gay actors as straight characters. Setoodeh specifically takes aim at Hayes for his otherwise much-lauded performance in the hit Broadway revival of the musical, for which he has been nominated for a Tony award as Best Actor.

Among the irate is actress Chenoweth, currently appearing as the love interest of Hayes’s character Chuck Baxter. Here is Chenoweth’s full response:

“As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of 'Promises, Promises,' I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh's horrendously homophobic 'Straight Jacket,' which argues that gay actors are simply unfit to play straight. From where I stand, on stage, with Hayes, every night — I've observed nothing "wooden" or "weird" in his performance, nor have I noticed the seemingly unwieldy presence of a 'pink elephant' in the Broadway Theater. (The Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Tony members must have also missed that large animal when nominating Hayes' performance for its highest honors this year.) I'd normally keep silent on such matters and write such small-minded viewpoints off as perhaps a blip in common sense. But the offense I take to this article, and your decision to publish it, is not really even related to my profession or my work with Hayes or Jonathan Groff (also singled out in the article as too 'queeny' to play 'straight.') This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile. Setoodeh even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that 'as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.' Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives? That's so sad, Newsweek! The examples he provides (what scientists call 'selection bias') to prove his 'gays can't play straight' hypothesis are sloppy in my opinion. Come on now! Openly gay Groff is too 'queeny' to play Lea Michele's boyfriend in Glee, but is a 'heartthrob' when he does it in Spring Awakening? Cynthia Nixon only 'got away with it' 'cause she peaked before coming out? I don't know if you've missed the giant Sex and the City movie posters, but it seems most of America is 'buying it.' I could go on, but I assume these will be taken care of in your 'Corrections' this week.

“Similarly, thousands of people have traveled from all over the world to enjoy Hayes' performance and don't seem to have one single issue with his sexuality! They have no problem buying him as a love-torn heterosexual man. Audiences aren't giving a darn about who a person is sleeping with or his personal life. Give me a break! We're actors first, whether we're playing prostitutes, baseball players, or the Lion King. Audiences come to theater to go on a journey. It's a character and it's called acting, and I'd put Hayes and his brilliance up there with some of the greatest actors period. 
Lastly, as someone who's been proudly advocating for equal rights and supporting GLBT causes for as long as I can remember, I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret. No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can't be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself and I would hope, as the author of this article, he would at least understand that. I encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love, unity and singing and dancing for all!"

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Damien Walters 2010

I wanna be him when I grow up!

More Captain America News

Guess who's playing the Red Skull?

Physical with Sue Sylvester

Despite the overworked vocoder, the video is wonderful!

New Miley Cyrus "Can't Be Tamed"

Why am I embarrassed to admit I kinda like it?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Xtina "Not Myself Tonight"

I don't know...I LOVE the song, don't get me wrong, but I wanted more from the video than just writhing in S&M gear and shocking images for the sake of shocking images. More importantly, I wanted the video to have more to do with the song than it did. Watch and critique.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

American Idol - Beatles Night

Here's how it went down, minus Didi Benami:

Aaron Kelly - Long and Winding Road
Not a good song choice for him. He doesn't do well with the softer moments. He kind needs a belting song.

Katie Stevens - Let It Be
She is in great voice tonight! Great song choice and done really well.

Andrew Garcia - Can't Buy Me Love
Weird arrangement. It was distracting. Vocals were...okay, but not amazing.

Michael Lynch - Elenor Rigby
Alllllllllllllmost a moment! Loved his comfort level, but not all of the choices.

Crystal Bowersox - Come Together
A natural blend of the song and artist. Was it too easy? She really has to find a standout song. It was solid, but didn't blow me away.

Tim Urban - All My Lovin'
Good. He really is either really solid or HORRIBLE in some way. He did a good job.

Casey James - Jealous Guy
Damn!!! Performance of the night. Raw. Beautiful. Amazing.

Siobhan Magnus - Across the Universe
The geek princess scored again. Lovely, but dreamy. It had a lullaby quality to it.

Lee Dewyze - Hey Jude
Wow...for an uptempo song, it was sleepy. And what the eff with the bagpipes?!?

Top 2: Casey and Katie
Bottom 2: Andrew and Aaron

It might be Andrew's week.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

More from Pooch Parade 3

More from the Pooch Parade

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Pictures from the Pooch Parade

The Easter Pooch Parade is always a bunch of fun, but the weather doesn't always cooperate. Sometimes rainy, sometimes freezing cold, sometimes swelteringly hot...always entertaining! Bonnets and costumes prevail. The SPCA adopts a few pets to good homes and ALOT of wine is consumed. What better way to spend Easter Sunday?

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

This is so cute you might explode rainbows!

Okay...normally I'm immune to the "This is so cute!!!!!!!" emails and stuff, but this just made me smile because it is so heartbreakingly cute. Tell me you didn't smile when you see this and I'll tell you you have no soul.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Can you see it?

Fan art of Chris Evans as Captain America.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ricky Martin's Coming Out

We gays can certainly be quite bitchy in our glass houses of superiority, especially when it comes to stars and celebrities coming out. Some star who has made the courageous act of coming out of the closet, no small feat for any of us, at the possible detriment to their own livelihood is met with the usual derision and bitterness we usually reserve for Repubicans or beauty pageant Christians who wish to tsk tsk our gay away. Is it any wonder why stars are reluctant to come out? I mean, didn't we all receive fanfare and adulation when we came out? No?!? But I bet you wish you did. I bet you wish those gays who were already out had been there to welcome you and comfort you from the slings and arrows of the religious right and those raised to believe we Gays are simply confused/making poor life choices/sick/child molesters/deviant. It takes just a second to make a choice to be gracious and kind to someone. It only takes a little longer to give a snarky remark that reduces you as a human being and reveals you for the ass you are. In this long line of entertainers who have come out recently (T.R., Lance, Sulu, Doogie...) some have done it to manage press, some to boost sales, and some because they just wanted to. Whatever the case, as long as it was them stepping out into the light and not in some foot tapping, wide-stance moment, shouldn't we be a better, safer place for the news to land than "Meh." or "Who cares." or "Bitch please." (Responses typed or tweeted immediately after the news broke.) or are we so easily able to forget how difficult it is to take that first step?

Maybe I'm making too much of it all. Maybe it isn't the biggest story of the day. Still, as a story, it is compelling in that the step he took as a Gay man, a Gay father, a human being was certainly more interesting than the ongoing and ongoing and ongoing talk of health care reform or teabaggers. His words say it best...

Many people told me: "Ricky it's not important", "it's not worth it", "all the years you've worked and everything you've built will collapse", "many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature". Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.

If someone asked me today, "Ricky, what are you afraid of?" I would answer "the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war...child slavery, terrorism...the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith." But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.

With that I say, "Welcome. The world may not be different to the rest of us, but I hope you feel freer in it."