Thursday, May 29, 2008
2012 is coming; the big year the Mayans foretold as dramatically Earth-changing. Remember how freaked out people were back in the year 2000 that it was all gonna fall apart? Mind you, we're still here somehow, but frankly this decade has not been that great now has it? I mean, 2001 came and ruined it all; my parents' homeland had two major killer quakes, I had a nervous breakdown, my father was killed, and the U.S. got terrorist-attacked. It was a terrible terrible year. Thanks to prescription meds and the discovery of marijuana by yours truly, the years after that have been much more tolerable, but still. STILL! It hasn't really gotten any better has it? Everything is more expensive, and people are walking around pretty stressed-out and worried. It's really hard to be optimistic about the future. That's pretty f**king sad kids! I don't wanna bring y'all down or anything, but these are really empty nihilistic times we live in! Or maybe it's just me? Maybe I'm just going insane little by little and am THIS CLOSE to ending up in a padded room? Oh Harvey! Harvey! Where are you my imaginary rabbit friend? Uh. Yeah.
Phil Hartman was a pretty cool funny guy. I used to watch him a lot on Saturday Night Live back in the late 1980s. I was reading about him recently and the psycho woman he was married to. Jesus! She shot the poor dude several times while he was asleep in the face, ending a brilliant comedic career! This was 10 years ago already! Alas dear friends, we just never know when our time is gonna be up in this strange world/dimension. I'm fixated on this idea of my time here being temporary, because it truly is. No matter how rich, how famous, how successful, no one is gonna make it out of here alive! And generally, old people die the most of course, but young and vibrant full-of-life folks still can and DO croak as well! James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger, and Selena all died young! Gotta spread the love and kindness while still here, because God forbid my wife shoots me in the face while I'm asleep and ends my fantastic life! Oh wait. I'm gay. I don't have a wife. Well, HAHA! Well, thank goodness! One less way to kick the bucket!
I leave you with The Shins. A great great band for the millennium from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
O.k. I braved the crowds and went to see the new Indy movie. I liked it. It had some great visuals and good action scenes, but I wasn't wowed or mesmerized by it like I was with the other ones. Cate Blanchett is terrific playing a black wig-wearing Russian chick, but that goes without saying because she is amazing in almost every movie role I have ever seen her in. Harrison Ford is definitely looking his age, but that's okay because he's gonna pass the franchise onto the adorable Shia LaBeouf who will be the new Indiana Jones I suppose. There's a truly great scene in this new film where a nuclear weapon is used, and I was drooling and loving every minute of it because I have a strange fascination with nukes going off; the sheer power and devastation one of those things unleashes in a matter of seconds is frightening and quite divine! They also mentioned Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana in the film as part of the plot, and I can only imagine how truly brave and courageous these Spaniards were back in the day when they were going out of their way to explore and search for gold in these "new lands" that they encountered. Many of them died in the New World and never made it back home to Spain. Greed and curiosity are greater I suppose than the fear of death?
Casey Affleck is the best thing about Gone Baby Gone, which was directed by his dumbass brother Ben. Yeah, interesting plot I suppose, but the focus on Boston and the white trash that lives there got on my nerves after a while. And Juno was a simple and cute little movie, which got way more attention than it deserved, but Hollywood loves to hype certain films to death, and this was one of them.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I have no set plans this holiday weekend, other than to relax, hang with friends, and watch movies. Any of you crazy yakgellars got anything hot going on? Who's gonna venture out that far out of their town anyway, with gas prices being what they are right? After a hot-as-hell scorching weekend here in L.A. we're now cloudy and rainy! Go figure! No wonder I feel a bit sicky poo. I don't recall starting my 33rd year of life so upbeat or optimistically. In fact, I was kind of down and depressed, but this year 2008 has been very good to me so far, and I am impressed by my very laidback demeanor and simplicity with which I have been able to deal with life and the generally positive perspective I am taking with many of the things that used to stress me out or make me anxious. What has happened here I wonder? The latter half of being 33 has been quite wonderful! Maybe it's the prunes I now eat in high quantities! LOLOL! Maybe it's what my bud Adam said, that being three decades and three years old was actually one of the best years for a gay man. I'm doing concerts and other general outings more often now than ever before. I sure feel braver than I used to. Thank God. Thank you Lord. Please keep me as healthy as possible, is all I ask.
Have a great great holiday weekend! I expect 35 comments by Monday. HA!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Politics and the past aside, I honestly feel bad for Ted Kennedy.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Without further delay, here's Loren's write-up:
Thursday, May 15th was a historical day for homosexuals in California because they have gained the privilege of being recognized as legally married. The California Supreme Court approved the gay marriage issue on the grounds that existing same-sex civil unions did not accurately reflect the privileges and responsibilities that a heterosexual marriage is afforded. Despite the “moral” proponents out there who wish to overturn the court's ruling, our governor promised he would not support any initiative to amend the state constitution.
Regardless of whether you are religious or not, the issue of gay marriage is important. In the legal world there are three standings: divorced, married, or single. Each status has a lasting affect on how you my live your life; from issues having to do with taxes, childcare, income, job placement, family care, etc. Yet among our 50 states, committed homosexual couples are still restricted or limited from receiving benefits associated with committed aka “married” heterosexual couples. In legal terms, a “marriage” is just a recognized “civil union”, in which case it doesn’t matter whether you're hetero or homosexual. It’s a legal contract between two people who join their assets together in order to be considered a joint entity.
Already the opposition has reared its ugly head. On Friday, I witnessed one youth with a red shirt showing the symbol of “Man + Woman = Marriage”. People are already being polarized to take these civil liberties away this coming election November in California. These people believe that such an issue should be decided by the people. W T F??? Does anyone understand how our legal system works? Do people realize that if we voted on the issue of black discrimination back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, blacks would still be non-citizens? Imagine if there was a vote to end woman’s suffrage? Not even the Northerners would support a vote to end slavery back in the 1800’s. Sometimes the majority can be wrong! Just look at what happened to a guy named Jesus around 30 A.D. We look back now and see how the majority was wrong for murdering an innocent man because some people didn’t like his message of tolerance for people.
As for me, I want the privilege of marriage. I want to provide my loving partner the legal security to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part. I have always loved my soulmate, I just want to take care of him like any good husband would.
Anti same-sex marriage items links:
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Well, not much of an eventful weekend, other than we took mom out to eat Saturday night to Black Angus. YEEHA! Some damn good food! Yummy! Filet mignon, rice pilaf, a nice big salad, and some potato skins! I was in heaven. Crème Brûlée for dessert too. Mmmmmmmmm! I ate so much, I looked pretty stupid afterwards.
Natural disasters are all over the news this week. Some really bad tornadoes have been hitting our country recently. China had a major earthquake just yesterday! The cyclone in Myanmar has killed so many thousands and the military junta in control of the country has shown how completely useless and uncaring they are. All the aid coming in for those desperately in need is not being distributed. A shame really. I freak out now more than ever, praying that we here in L.A. are not next on the earthquake map! EEK! My beloved city, on this ever-so-dangerous high wire of possible seismic activity! We can handle the moderate quakes here and there, but I really hope we never experience anything like a 7.5 or above. No water or power for a few days sounds very nightmarish. I wouldn't be able to blog! OMG! HOW HORRIFYING! You'd all be wondering what happened to me and my masterful blog would be on cyberspace hold! LOL!
And because I just watched the Oliver Stone film World Trade Center, it only reiterated how being buried alive under rubble would definitely be a terrible thing. I'm surprised that I actually liked the movie. It didn't seem overly cheesy or corny at all, and was pretty well-acted. My sister-in-law Maggie Gyllenhaal is in it! I will try to avoid large buildings as much as possible and am pretty lucky to live and work in small buildings just in case they have to collapse! HA!
OMG! I got tickets to this event at the Hollywood Bowl! Liza Minelli is going to perform! The closest I'll ever get to seeing Judy Garland! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
No quakes por favor. Keep it calm L.A. Thanks.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Madonna has the number one CD across America and just this past week announced her new upcoming world tour. Doesn't grandma get tired of all of this? She is relentless and unstoppable! Well, since I've never seen Madge live, I think I will do my best and make an effort to go see her at least this time. For those of us here in Los Angeles, our show falls on Thursday, November 6 at Dodger Stadium of all places. This should be interesting. I'm sure tickets will be an arm, a leg, and probably one eye; very very expensive but worth paying for at least once in this lifetime. I like Madonna. I always did, and I still do. So there. Oh! I got some cool footage here of a concert once held at Dodger Stadium!
In certain Hispanic countries, tomorrow is Mother's Day. My mother genuinely apologized this morning for her remarks this past week about my embarrassing faggotry, so I guess I can let go of my pride and take her out to dinner tomorrow night.
This disaster right here sounds so monumental, so horrific, so epic. Unfathomable.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
I didn't do much this weekend, except watch some TV, download more new music, and shop at the drug store. I really like shopping at Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens. Aren't those places really fascinating? Which one of them is cheaper anyway? I get a kick out of seeing all the toiletries they have for we humanoids. All the hair products, dental care, cold relief meds, vitamins, shaving accessories, etc. Yeah, call me crazy, but drug stores are endlessly neat to me. Now that I think about it, Target is probably the best drug store with the added bonus of all kinds of other cool things, because Target is generally very very cheap when it comes to personal care items. I mean, condoms are dirt cheap there! LOL!
I'm listening to The Flaming Lips a lot as of late and how come no one ever told me this band was soooooooo good! I love them! They are so weird, but so catchy! Kudos as well to a group named Of Montreal for their very kooky 60s sound. I watched this DVD of Elton John in concert back in late 2000 at Madison Square Garden and boy is it great. They got a better show than I did! Not that I didn't witness a fine fine show, but still! I also watched There Will Be Blood, and I had to fight to stay awake during certain scenes. A good film I suppose, but it tends to drag, and is quite a bizarre movie. Daniel Day-Lewis is just plain odd/psychotic in this film. He plays a very greedy cold and calculating oil tycoon that talks/sounds like Sean Connery. AHAHAH!
I wish ye a great week. Comment like mad please. Gracias.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Pretty good-sized crowd and lots and and lots and lots of hot older and young gay dudes! Gee, gay men there to honor a screen legend of Hollywood yesteryear? R U SERIOUS?! HA! In the lobby area, they had some of her memorabilia, including the Oscar she won for Jezebel. What pissed me off a bit was that there were no refreshments, except for members of the press. How f**king rude! I was really craving a smoothie or nachos, but had to keep in mind this wasn't the local AMC theater. That slight annoyance aside, the host for the evening was Robert Osborne, whom you've probably seen introducing old films on Turner Classic Movies. He had lots of great anecdotes and plenty of film clips were shown like All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Dark Victory, Now, Voyager, and The Star. Intermixed with all of this were special appearances by Davis' son Michael Merrill, actress Gena Rowlands, and actress Joan Leslie.
The highlight, the ABSOLUTE apex of the night by far though, was the surprise appearance by Olivia de Havilland, who is forever immortalized as Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind! WOW! This old broad still looks terrific and she's almost 92 years of age! The crowd roared and stood up when she suddenly came out from the side of the stage. My co-worker hilariously remarked that he could not take his eyes of her very big breasts and very meaty legs! AHAHAHAHAHA! She shared with everyone great stories about Bette Davis, then left the stage triumphantly with yet more thunderous applause. A major cast member from Gone with the Wind that is still alive is quite exciting to witness I tells ya.
The overall consensus from almost everyone was Bette's fiery feisty temper. She was a perfectionist, stubborn, demanding, and took her craft seriously. Yes, she could be a royal bitch! Of course, I think you all know by now she didn't much care for Joan Crawford, and yet the irony being they did make that one classic film together. Overall, a really cool night where I learned lots and got to watch film clips that peaked my interest, especially this one movie I now really want to see called The Little Foxes; this one clip they showed where Davis just maniacally sits there cruelly letting her husband die of a heart attack without helping him. That scene was terrific!
Madonna's getting criticized in this article for being old and dancing all over "Hawk Nose" Timberlake just this past week in New York; I actually find people's disgust/comments about her pretty funny! And my boy Robert Downey Jr. is getting rave reviews for his performance in Iron Man which opens today!
I told ya before, Robert is an acting genius who never disappoints, and I really wanna see the movie now.