Thursday, March 22, 2018


I suppose I should be upset that Facebook, but why would I?

Is there some shock that anyone's internet data isn't being looked at and mined?  Didn't we go through all this with the NSA and cellphones / smartphones just a few years back?

Everyone sells your data. Everyone.

So Cambridge Analytica knows I like dogs, my friends, hate BLOTUS and likes to make fun of Mike.

Do your worst Cambridge!

I'm not one of these people who click on those side ads or news articles. I try to avoid the click-bait and quizzes that people always seem to take, though I really don't know how correctly identifying the character of Knots Landing is really telling marketers, political machines what I'll buy or who I'll vote for.  Is Nicolette Sheridan a Green Party supporter? 

Listen, if they can determine I won't vote for that Orange Fuck, by my posts, then it was billions of dollars of consulting cash well spent, I say!

But honestly, every food company knows what I purchase at the store and how frequently. Every bank, restaurant, shop and hotel/airline knows how often I travel and do their predictive modeling to see what and how much money I'll spend and where.

None of this is news.

Sure, you can drop Facebook - but I'm not sure that's the reason. Every webiste you visit, every purchase you make on-line, hell, you see reminders of those pop up in 'ads' everywhere. There is no such things as internet privacy.  You're gonna have to dump a lot more than FB to be 'secure' (oh yes, quotes).

Yes, Cambridge Analytica are heinous, and there are dozens and dozens of companies just like that - they just haven't been revealed so publicly.  Facebook?  They probably sold data. I know they did. They said they did. But their 'agreements' with companies are what they can and can't do with it - because contracts area always adhered to.

So for now, I see now reason to drop some social media, though I have never understood SnapChat. 

Of course, now Mueller is looking at Cambridge Analytica (allegedly), so this isn't all bad. I'll take one more round of ammo for his arsenal.

Song by: They Might be Giants

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

the Bunny

Little Bunny Foo Foo.

Somewhere in the Naval Observatory, Mike Pence is pounding his fist on the dinner table going, "dang nabbit!"

I'm sure it was those words, because good Christians (yes, I know it's an oxymoron) don't swear.

Yes, John Oliver has upstaged the VP, his daughter's and wife and their book about their pet rabbit. Because, what would rankle Mikey more than mocking his book with similar, but queer rabbit.

Maybe it's could have been a girl gay bunny who gets an abortion who then later sues a religious  baker.  That would have given the man a stroke.

Somehow Oliver got his book out on the exact same release date as Pence. Brilliant.

This should add to Pence's palpitations:

Oliver's book is #1.   Pence? #4.

Oliver's book has a 5 star rating.  Pence? 4.5

Oliver's book has 3,759 reviews (as of last night).  Pence? 83.

And Oliver has an Audio Book - voiced by Jim Parsons and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.  Pence doesn't even have one.  I guess Jesus was too busy to record it. Prior commitments and all.

What I love more about this is 710.  He comes home from work yesterday and says, "I ordered John Oliver's book".  He can read at higher than a 1st grade level, but he wanted to jab it a little to Pence in anyway he could. I guess our Planned Parenthood donations weren't enough.

I'm down with it. Anything to mock that P.O.S. is fine with me.

Song by: Mitchell Froom

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

a Feeling

I'm taking my feelings Disgust, Dread, Impending Doom and general Outrage fairly well these days.

Yes, I'm talking politics. Again. Still.

Not that having such emotions are the best, as they tend to have negative side effect. But I'm finding I still have a sense of Shock and Awe.  This can only be a good thing, right? It would be just so easy to totally check out or be so desensitized that it just doesn't matter any more.

The lines are now, for me, blurred as if BLOTUS truly does something more vile than the day before, or if it's just me reacting to him as such. Or perhaps it's a little of both.

So yes, I get pissed when BLOTUS is looking to limit Mueller's scope. I'm more surprised that he hasn't fired him. Yes, I know the repercussions of him doing that are bad. You know it too. BLOTUS? I don't believe he does.

When he (and make no mistake, Sessions wasn't the guy) to fire McCabe, I was upset. Doubly so when he hired a lawyer who believes in a theory (or helped concoct it) that the DOJ is framing BLOTUS. This goes to my post the other day, on how the DOJ / FBI are not-so-slowly being torn down in terms of staff and reputation, however flawed it all might be. The thing is: it doesn't have to be credible.

.....and that's how "they" win.

Fucking frightening isn't it.

So now, I've got my hopes and dreams focused on one little porn "star".   Oh yes. Stormy - we are counting on you to bring this president to his knees..........and then piss on him.

...except he'd like that..............allegedly.

Srsly though........this:

The flaw in this tweet?  Math.  The Dumpsters can't add 89+11.

What frightens me more than BLOTUS is Congress....the GOP section. So blind are they, so spineless, that they're fine perpetuating a fraud on this level, to this degree for......power, I guess. Forget that they still can't get anything passed with a GOP President, House and Senate. The best they can do is keeping others from doing something productive.

.....but at least I still feel.

Song by: the Throwing Muses

Monday, March 19, 2018

My Music Monday

Again, no theme this month, but I have an idea for April. But more on that in a minute.

This week's selection is a duet from the movie One from the Heart, which was an ambitious, but entirely successful movie from Francis Ford Coppola. Visually, it's stunning.

I'm not sure whose idea it was to the soundtrack of Tom Waits songs or whose idea it was to pair him up with Crystal Gayle. On paper, it just seems insane. On tape, it actually works......and it works well.

The entire soundtrack is not them together. Sometimes they are, some times they do separate vocals, but it still works. I've opted for on of their duets with "Picking Up After You". Since it is a Waits song, it's got that blues  / jazz feel.  Gayle's vocals do not come off as country either.

I think you all might enjoy the teaming up of Gayle and Waits.

As for April (and maybe May?), I had a thought - and I swear I'm not just skating or passing the buck. I get to give my readers the chance to tell me one of their favourite songs and a blurb about it the song or artist and why you liked it. I can search out the tune and put it up here.

Just sent a brief email (not via the blog notes) to and I will do my best to convert that email into a blog post.  Obvi, folks who have blogs can get theirs linked during the post. Those who don't have a blog, no worries.....not having a blog doesn't exclude you at all.

....and yes, you'll probably have to endure an aria of some sorts should Dr. Spo choose to participate in this, but that's ok. It's not like he was ever going to pick the Sugarhill Gang, and we (yes, including me), can / should open ourselves open to other kinds of music.

Let's do this!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rough Justice

G-d.  How it must suck to be a career "man" at the Justice Department these days.

Sessions and BLOTUS had hinted for days about firing deputy director, Andrew McCabe, so while disappointing, it was no surprise they did.

B.T.W. - way to keep separation of powers alive !

I don't know if McCabe was a good man or not. At this moment, I'm not sure I care.

What we are seeing, right in front of our very eyes, is the dismantling of the justice system - not so slowly but ever so surely. There are fewer and fewer impediments for anyone holding this administration accountable for anything ethically, morally or legally.

Sessions is such a puppet. There was no need to fire this guy other than fucking him over on his pension. He had 36 hours left - so he was just vindictive on his bosses orders. Of course, Sessions is just hoping that BLOTUS doesn't fire him, so of course he's going to do the cowardly thing.

Naturally, I love that McCabe, like Comey, kept notes on every BLOTUS encounter.  And I mean, BLOTUS had to suspect this, right?  He does have to assume that every staffer he encounters is keeping notes - whether it be for their defense later on, or for their inevitable book deal.  Clearly, they need to for their own protection, because he is such a bold face liar.

This turn of events has left me unnerved.....and I'm not being over the top here. It just seems like a palpable change, even more than some of the other shit these guys have done. They are successfully discrediting an already weak news system and are well on their way to discredit and dismantling the basic tenets of justice. 

Should they keep on this path, not only will they not be held accountable for anything - which is inexcusable - but others will be held for such things as disrespecting the administration.  Again, I'm not being over the top. They are clumsy in all that they're doing, but being quite successful at doing it.

This is not paranoia. You think BLOTUS floating around the idea of "President for Life" is only a test balloon?  Last I heard, that is called a dictator.

Song by: Bananarama

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Together Alone

I've more evenly split the children this go-around.  This should appeal to the cat lover and / or  the dog lover.
Shep & the skyline. 

710 took him on a walk without me. The nerve!

Sophie conquering me.  I'll allow it. 

A VERY defiant squirrel. 

Shopie basking in the sun. 

We found a new park to walk.  There are heron nests, and wetlands. Very cool. 

the two of them. Semi-together. 

Song by: Crowded House

Friday, March 16, 2018


Nineteen months to the day.

That is how long I have had one kind of splint or another (or cast) on my hand.

Nineteen months and one day since the fall.

But at the 19 mark, the last splint came off.

All told, I had the cast (obvi), but over the course of those years month weeks, I had five different splints.

One of those - the second to last one - I'm still getting billed for. I keep sending it to Disability Management to fix it, as I owe, and will owe, nothing. I had to tell them it was about to start hurting my credit.

Anyhoo.....Tuesday, the doctor saw fit to have me remove the splint. He had two med students with him.  He showed the the incision point, but more importantly the two puncture wounds in my palm where he planed a potential exit point should the screw break off while inserting it.

We are holding off on any OT / PT for a few weeks. He wants to see how things go with my normal use - though I have limitations. Nothing more than 5lbs in my left hand, so masturbation is still out, I suppose.

What is odd - or possibly not - is how I have to re-re-learn everything. I adapted so much on how to dress, eat and work that taking the splint off almost as bad as having it on at first.

I think I'm finally getting the hang of my keyboard. Dressing is a LOT quicker. Eating is still weird. I'm sure I'll get the hang of a fork and spoon again shortly.

The best things though:  well the padding on the edge was starting to fray, so that was starting to chafe my hand. And the splint would make me sweat......a lot!  And that sweat would start to smell.  So it's nice having my arm free, if just for that.

The redness of my scar has already decreased a little since the splint came off. The car might not come off so man-ish after it settles down. That's a little disappointing.

But onward and upward.  It's still sore, but I'm hoping that all changes as I continue healing.

Song by: Paul Hardcastle

Thursday, March 15, 2018

the Turning of the Tide

My lord - if a GOP'er can't win in a place that literally represents Beaver, what chance to they have in November?

Isn't beaver their chomp wood and no doubt the GOP'ers like to have someone work on theirs.

Mind you - the victory was only by 627 votes, but fuck it, we can take that as a win.

I can guarantee you, had Conor Lamb's opponent had one by 627 votes, BLOTUS & Co would have called it a "landslide" or a "decisive win".

It wasn't. Kind of.

It was a win.  There was a decision, so........

But it was a red district. Notice the tense people.  The tense. As in: past.

It might be too early to tell how the rest of 2018 will go, but for the first time in a long time, I see the faintest glimmer of hope.

And sometimes, that's all you need to get you through the rest of the week.

Song by: Roger Waters

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Another One Bites the Dust

Shocked?  Surprised?

No. I didn't think so.  The question really was: "what to you so long, BLOTUS?"

Yes, people are all a twitter - on Twitter - about Rex Tillerson's firing. And how he wasn't fired months ago for {allegedly} calling BLOTUS a "fucking moron"  - as if it really needed to be said aloud.

No, Tillerson was fired {allegedly} for blaming Russia for killing two in the UK.

Fake News.

If the latter is true, it was just an excuse for the "fucking moron" comment - as BLOTUS had been biding his time.

While clearly I have zero respect for BLOTUS, if you take a position in his administration, you kind of should. So, if were the boss, I'd probably fire someone who called me that.

The difference is, I wouldn't tweet about it three hours before calling him.  The difference is, I wouldn't have my Chief of Staff call with the message:  “you may get a tweet.”

JFC - show some integrity. Have a fucking backbone - all of you.  Any of you.

Oh. Right.  Yeah - never mind. That's not gonna happen.

I guess if there is a shock to any of this - and there isn't - that it wasn't Betsy DeVos.  My lord. That woman makes Palin look like a MENSA member.

Song by: Queen

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 96th 12 of 12.

Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.

Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Now it's just Erik and myself - that I know it's the only blog post he's still doing......for now.  

I still continue to do this, because of all my consistent post topics, I actually like this one the most.

05:25.  Cherrios.  Honey Nut, to be specific. 

06:05.  Time to trim the beard a little. 

06:48.  Ride to the Penthouse. 

07: 20. Scanning / emailing Worker's Comp documents (my own). 
It never seemingly ends. 

11:35.  PowerPoint. 

I've been leading a large system-wide project, to which I must given an update on Wednesday. Updating the work plan ahead of time. 

14:40. Beginning of the end?

As I sweat in this splint, I ponder whether the doctor will take it off tomorrow. 
Please oh please oh please oh please oh please on please

15:45.  Phew. 

17:05.  Walking out. 
I take the elevator up six, but I always walk down. 

17:25.  A typical greeting when he's his apartment.

18:50.  Someone (not me) went shopping hungry. 

9:04.  NYT article on Rebecca Miller. 
I was seemingly more interested in it than it was interesting (thank YOU Maureen Dud).

09:30  Dolls. 
Take them daily. 

and now your Baker's Dozen

09:35  Leftover cake. 
Contrary to popular belief: I don't always eat dessert in one sitting. 

......until next month.......

Monday, March 12, 2018

My Music Monday

I thought of having a 'theme' month in March, but that didn't quite work out. I didn't even do my rotation of 10 to pick a song.

As my shuffle was just going through music, it happened upon a song I have not heard in a long while - Steve Warnier's "Crash Course in the Blues".

I'd say in the early 90s I went through a 'new country' phase, which is way better than the 'newer' country that would come down the pike and is still with us now. Some of the artists from the early 90s still remain, some stand out, others not so much. Garth Brooks still lingers. Clint Black? Is he still alive? Vince Gill I think is now playing with the Eagles as Glenn Frye's replacement. There are countless others who were out there.

Wariner, might not have been in the same league as those folks, but in ways he was more talented. He was probably more of an expert guitarist than an artist, but the industry tried to sell him as the latter.

The only issue I have with the song is there is no 'blues'. It would have been an obvious tie-in, but that wasn't what 90s country was about. There was a formula that required adherence.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Twin Skeletons

Years ago - like 30 - my friend Jon and I were sitting at the bar of a hip little place called K2U. Sitting near the corner, we had our back to the front door, but had a great view of all else.

Near us, sits a man and his friend. The man talks to me, very nice, but mentions he's seen me out at the Garage - which was, and now is again - a gay bar. This is while we lived in Columbus.

While he was being nice, I wasn't. I was, but I wasn't. I decided to play a game and knew Jon would automatically back me up.

I told this guy I had never been to the Garage. He insisted he has seen me there often {ouch}.  I cop to the fact that my identical twin is gay, so it might be him he has been seeing. This bit of fake news, intrigues the guy. One straight twin, one gay.

While I don't remember it now, I am certain I provided many details about "my brother" and how he goes out a lot with his friends. And while I support him, it's not to the level that I've ever joined him out at a gay bar, nor would he go to a bar like K2U with me.

Jon chimed in at the appropriate points in the conversation, helping me keep my tall tale all the taller.

Suffice to say two to three hours later it all fell apart, while making the rounds at the Garage, with Jon and in the same outfit I was wearing at K2U, we came upon our new 'friend' from K2U.

Oddly, he was not as amused as I  / we were.

I only tell you all of this because of an interaction I had last night. As I was not home all day, I went out to pick up dinner for 710 and myself. Upon obtaining said food, I walked to the door and passed by a man I somewhat know from work.

Ryan is, by some accounts, a devastatingly handsome man. He does posses model-like characteristics. My best description is he's "shiny".

So, he pretty much walks right past me and I said, "Hey Ryan, how are you tonight?".  He turns around and just looks at me. Now, he knows me but doesn't KNOW me, so I can see the wheels turning.

"I'm Rob.  Ryan's my brother".   (and clearly an identical twin brother at that.)

I counter with, "really?  Really?  This isn't a joke? Because I've played this joke before" - to which I got a really befuddled look.

He goes on to say he gets called "Ryan" all the time and so he just answers to both. I clear up for him that I work with Ryan - so he tells me, "Ryan just moved back here....", which I knew because, well, I work with him.

Me and my fictitious twin were not has handsome at Rob and Ryan (assuming they are two different people!).  I can only imagine what fantasies people conjure up about those two...separate and together.  Not me, of course.  I'm speaking of others.

Song by: Fall Out Boy

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Sorry folks - it's a Sophie free week. 

I'll be better next time.  I promise.

Ferocious sleeper. 

Daycare pick-up. 
He's all about the tongue. 

He needs Head & Shoulders

Either he's telling me I have a problem, or he's hoping for a reward of some kind. 

the Poser.  
Gazebo with downtown in the distance. 

Song by: Greg Brown

Friday, March 09, 2018


I'm not really in a writing mood.  Yes, it's true.

I had a sleepless night the night before, then a full day of work. As I type this at 21:15, I'm fighting sleep.  I'm a-scared of what I'll wake up to this morning.  Yesterday it was 4-5" of snow. Allegedly another 3-5 are on the way. 

So, I'm cutting my losses, in a sense. On-line the other day, I stumbled across something I had seen in well over a decade: Xena - Warrior Princess as Stevie Nicks. 

I've never seen one minute of that show, but she was ok on those few Parks and Rec in which she appeared. 

Yes on Saturday Night Live, Lawless' Nicks performance probably wasn't spot on, but she is hilarious anyways. It doesn't all work, but I cannot stop laughing at her take on "Dreams" and  /  or "Landslide".

And she does it without even cracking a smile. That folks, is acting!

(it's bad transfer to upload, so you will need to turn up the volume.)

Song by:  Peter Yorn

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ad of the Month

First off - I love that KY has crept into the mainstream of advertisements. Some of them are stupid, but some are not.  And one I laughed at.

This one.

Of course, one little change and it could be an all-male ad for KY - and really, isn't that the untapped (pun intended) market?

I guess KY can't go there just yet.  No one in the TV audience really wants to think about up-the-butt action.  Unless you're the baseball team.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


I wish I could muster up an ounce of energy over Gary Cohn leaving the White House. I wish I had an ounce of respect for him, but I don't.

A. He took a job at the White House, so already he lost points.
B. He's from Goldman, where BLOTUS said Hillary was too closely tied, so that was a big fart that just landed.
C. He stuck around after Charlottesville.

I know - a Jewish economic adviser.  Shocking!

Still, he claims he waffled on whether to leave after BLOTUS didn't and wouldn't denounce white supremacists. He ended up staying which, to me, so sent the wrong message - to the administration and I'd like to say to the country...............except, right now it's BLOTUS country and none of his supporters if some heeb quit his job. They'd have applauded it.

So, he left over tariffs.  Whatever makes you sleep better at night, Gar.

Still, it's nice to see yet another staffer depart. McMasters isn't far behind. Maybe Kelly - the chief of staff........not the crypt keeper.

And don't start me on KelleyAnne's Hatch Act violation. While she probably crossed the line, she's done it before with Ethics.  Last time they said it would be the last time:

"Upon completion of our inquiry, we concluded that Ms. Conway acted inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again."

....and then she did it again. It was very likely. Since with this administration, Ethics is 100% toothless, no one is going to touch KelleyAnne.  Just the way they didn't touch whathisname Cotton when he violated it months before that.

Let's hope there is more fall-out from 1600.

Song by: the Cardigans

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

If I had a Hammer

Good News. Bad News.  Isn't that always the way?

Let's start with Bad News. I did not win the 7th Annual Academy Award Guessing Game®. 

I repeat. I did not.  But on the Good News side - I wasn't robbed. I actually feel ok about my loss.

Mike and I had great selections, for the most part - save five - mirrored each other's choice.  Five is not a huge margin. Very little wiggle room.

I correctly selected 19 of the 24 categories. Two we both missed (same ones). I took one. He took three. But that said, it came down to the last three before I was out of it mathematically. Well....had I taken one more, we would have tied.

Documentary Feature was the turning point. When he won that, he was ahead 2-0. It would be a tough comeback and as it would turn out, from one I couldn't recover.

As is usually the case, we IM'd during the entire thing - totally ignoring, and being ignored by, our respective husbands.

The show itself? Meh. 

They handled the #metoo moments fairly well.  Well.........until Ashely Judd, Annabella Sciorra (sp) and Selma Hayek came out. Their resumes say they're actresses, but I just kept waiting for one of them to yell, "line!".  Maybe no one isn't hiring them because they wouldn't put out - maybe it's because they can't act natural in front of a camera.

The In Memorium section wasn't complete. Jennifer Garner intro'd it, but the segment didn't show that her career had died.

While Mike did not like Nicole Kidman's big blue bow'd dress. I did. Not the bow, but the colour. And the slit. He might not have appreciated it much when I said it had to be the best dress in which to go take a dump. I honestly don't know how those women pee or defecate on Oscar night. It's physically impossible.  ....except for Nicole.

Emily Blunt proved why having a stylist - a good one - is important. f'ugly.

We both agreed, that Jennifer Lawrence is the new Anne Hathaway.  ....and no, that is not a compliment.

And it is possible that no one other than Armie Hammer can pull off a burgundy crushed velvet tux.  He rocked it.

Speaking of Mr. Hammer, should he go missing, or should any harm come his way, please reach out to me. I might have some 4-1-1 about a certain someone who is obsessed with the former Lone Ranger and is looking to become his future ex-husband.

Poor Armie - he'll never see it coming.

Just for the official record: here is the breakdown

Best Picture - Mike wins
Best Director - both win
Best Actor - both win
Best Actress - both win
Best Supporting Actor - both win
Best Supporting Actress -both won
Best Original Screenplay - both win
Best Adapted Screenplay - both win
Best Cinematography - both win
Best Film Editing - Mike wins
Best Sound Mixing - both win
Best Sound Editing - both win
Best Original Song - Blobby wins
Best Original Score - both win
Best Animated Feature​ - both win
Best Costume Design - both win
Best Visual Effects - both win
Best Animated Short Film - both win
Best Documentary Feature - Mike wins
Best Documentary Short - both lose
Best Foreign Language Film - both win
Best Production Design - both win
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - both win
Best Live-Action Short - both lost

As for the prize?  Well, 5 g's are off the table, I'm sorry to say. It's not that he's not worth it, but he'd just piddle it away on rock candy and baseball soon as he figures out what baseball is. So I have to come up with a new plan.

Mike claims liquor stores only deliver cases of booze. Who would know more than he? It's probably not true and he's just seeing if I will send him a case of gin. Blobby didn't just fall off the liquor delivery truck yesterday, you know!

I'll figure it out. I suppose I can go back to baking him cookies, but swimsuit season is right around the corner.

Oh - and I stayed up for the entire show. I actually had to - and just because he shamed me (and he did!). I am the first to bag it and say I'll catch up in the a.m., because usually I've lost by the last quarter.  This time, it literally came down to the last movie to see if we'd tie. 

Spoiler Alert:  we didn't.  But honest to g-d, the second they announced Best Picture, I wished Mike the best and closed my laptop and headed upstairs to floss, brush and hit the hay.

I'm sure Mike stayed up to revel in his well-deserved win and scour the internet for pictures of Armie.  I'm just guessing.

Song by: Peter, Paul & Mary

Monday, March 05, 2018

My Music Monday

I'm just doing a song from the new Neil Finn disk that I reviewed back in January.

As I mentioned there, each song was recorded live on a Friday, live on Facebook. In addition to some band members, there were a number of Kiwi singers who put down vocals live too.

I'm picking "Second Nature". 

It's a very nice song - low key, but nice.

Sorry for the short post, but it is Oscar night and I have somewhere between a dozen cookies and $5k riding on this.

....and we're already talking about how horrible Sandra Bullock is looking.

....anyway, here is the song.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Stacked Actors

How is this even possible?

Mike and I are having our 7th Annual Academy Award Guessing Game®.   SEVEN!

He calls it the Seven Year Itch - but mostly because his scabies are out of control - nothing a little Kwell won't take care of.

Traditionally, this night has not turned out well for me.

Many of these have ended in a tie. I think I won once and well, he has prevailed more than I.  Of course, there was the infamous miscount of '14.  Mike made sound like Gore v Bush looked like little league compared to that.

But when Mike wins........he gloats. It'd be annoying if he weren't so dreamy.   { you think he bought that?}.

I gloat too.....just not as often.

I'd say maybe I can turn the tide tonight, but I'm not hopeful. While it feels like we've seen a number of these films, some races are too close. If Denzel wins for a movie no one has heard of or seen (including by Denzel himself), well, then, we are fucked.

I've only seen four of the nine best pictures. I think that is one more than Mike has. So, does this double my odds?

The wager?  Well, it used to be cookies. Then I got lazy and purchased cupcakes, though I delivered them personally with like a $83 bar tab he we racked up. This last round, it wasn't even baked good.  I know - right???  Through the miracle or electronics, Mike and his husband got movie tickets from me.  I suppose I could have a bottle of gin delivered if there is a liquor store that does that sort of thing.   ......assuming he wins.

His suggestion?

I'm not sure the amount will make my guesses better, and I don't know how many out-calls he'd have to do to come up with the dough.

Anyhoo - I did make my picks. Mike has claimed to have made his. The reality is, there is usually only a few picks that differ, so the margin is slim.  I now won't make a 'slim' joke. See how mature?

Naturally, I made a comment........or 24.

Best Picture Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird
Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I'm hopeful. Get Out or Shape of Water could spoil this.

Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Actor Timothée Chalamet -- Call Me By Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis -- Phantom Thread Daniel Kaluuya -- Get Out Gary Oldman -- Darkest Hour Denzel Washington -- Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Sirius Black - for the win. 

Best Actress Sally Hawkins -- The Shape of Water Frances McDormand -- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Margo Robbie -- I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan -- Lady Bird Meryl Streep - The Post

It was just a great performance. 

Best Supporting Actor Willem Dafoe -- The Florida Project Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Richard Jenkins - The Shape of Water Christopher Plummer- All the Money in the World Sam Rockwell -- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  ​

You loved to hate him, and then you just kind of loved him. 

Best Supporting Actress Mary J. Blige - Mudbound Allison Janney - I, Tonya Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird Octavia Spencer - The Shape of Water

It really only comes down to Janney and Metcalf, but Janney has the buzz. Either are deserving, but Metcalf won't give ME, the win!

Best Original Screenplay The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani) Get Out (Jordan Peele) Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Quite possibly the toughest category of them all. I want the Big Sick to win, but I'm thinking it will go to Get Out.

Best Adapted Screenplay Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory) The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber) Logan (Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green) Molly's Game (Aaron Sorkin) Mudbound (Virgil Williams and Dee Rees) 

Totally worth the win. 

Best Cinematography Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk Mudbound The Shape of Water 

I didn't see one of these. Dart. Blindfold. Throw. 

Best Film Editing Baby Driver Dunkirk I, Tonya The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Oh - because.......why not?

Best Sound Mixing Baby Driver (Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin & Mary H. Ellis) Blade Runner 2049 (Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill & Mac Ruth) Dunkirk (Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker & Gary A. Rizzo) The Shape Of Water (Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern & Glenn Gauthier) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce & Stuart Wilson)

Battles, battles and more battles, so it will be one of the few Dunkirk wins. 

Best Sound Editing Baby Driver (Julian Slater) Blade Runner 2049 (Mark Mangini & Theo Green) Dunkirk (Richard King & Alex Gibson) The Shape of Water (Nathan Robitaille & Nelson Ferreira) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Matthew Wood & Ren Klyce)

See above. 

Best Original Score Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer) Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams) The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

Best Original Song "Mighty River" -- Mudbound (Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson) "Mystery of Love" -- Call Me By Your Name (Sufjan Stevens) "Remember Me" -- Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) "Stand Up for Something" -- Marshall (Diane Warren and Lonnie R. Lynn) "This is Me" -- The Greatest Showman (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

I almost picked the Greatest Showman thingy.....because of the gays.....and Hugh Jackman (who as picked, because of the gays), but the two who wrote the song won last year, so, that isn't happening twice in a row.  ....and Disney is probably strong-arming folks up to the red carpet. 

Best Animated Feature​ The Boss Baby The Bread Winner Coco Ferdinand Loving Vincent

It's Disney / Pixar. The NRA of animation.  No one shall dare cross them. 

Best Costume Design Beauty and the Beast (Jacqueline Durran) Darkest Hour (Jacqueline Durran) Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges) The Shape of Water (Luis Sequeria) Victoria & Abdul (Consolata Boyle)

oh for g-d's sake, in the movie, Day-Lewis designs dresses!

Best Visual Effects ​Blade Runner 2049 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island Star Wars: The Last Jedi War for the Planet of the Apes

Yeah - you don't know either, so...........

Best Animated Short Film Dear Basketball Garden Party Negative Space Lou Revolting Rhymes

It's more artsy and with a pseudo-message.  Garden Party was cute. Lou? More Pixar, so don't rule it out.

Best Documentary Feature Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Faces Places Icarus Last Men in Aleppo Strong Island

Best Documentary Short Edith + Eddie Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 Heroin(e) Knife Skills Traffic Stop

Crap shoot

Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman (Chile) The Insult (Lebanon) Loveless (Russia) On Body and Soul (Hungary) The Square (Sweden)

Normally I'd say the Insult because it's the only preview I've seen of the five. But that strategy hasn't worked the best for me in the past. And if I want insults, I'll just wait for Mike to chime in on any of my selections........thankyouverymuch.

Best Production Design Beauty and the Beast Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water

When making a lab for the Creature from the Black Lagoon, gotta be creative. 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling Darkest Hour Victoria & Abdul Wonder

Victoria &Abdul (not Paula) was in theaters for a week, but it will go to Darkest Hour for making Oldham into Churchill. 

Best Live-Action Short Film ​DeKalb Elementary The Eleven O'Clock My Nephew Emmett The Silent Child Watu Wote/All of Us

Guns in schools hits all the marks these days, no?  Though the trailer I saw for the Eleven O'Clock seemed interesting. 

Well.......I'm about to hit 'publish' there is no going back.

Results post on Tuesday!

Song by: Foo Fighters

Saturday, March 03, 2018


It's the weekend.  You know what that means!

It was a busy week for me. I still tried to make it work with the cuteness. I think I least to a degree.

A Different Angle. 

Greeted upon coming home.  

I just realized the other day I perpetually look like I'm giving folks the thumbs-up. 

Doggie Daycare Pick-Up. 

Every day, I snap a pic and send it to 710 to say "I got him".  This might be the best one yet. 


It's constant. 

I just love this picture. 

Sleepy Shep. 

Song by: Alanis Morissette

Friday, March 02, 2018

Calm Before the Storm

In like a lion.  So is March 2018.

Everyone at a morning meeting yesterday was clamouring - yes, clamouring - about the soon to be weather.

Blobby didn't understand. 

Weatherbug said the rain - and there was lots of it - was to turn to snow with an accumulation of less than 1". 

Big whoo.

I was more worried about the 40-60 mph winds - and the potential loss of power......again. But walking to the car after work, it was about the rain. The kind that made umbrellas useless.

As it turned out, my Weatherbug wasn't quite updated. The snow totals are to be 7-10".  Hence the lion. 

Like clockwork, at 19:00, the rain turned to snow. By 19:30 the ground was covered.   ....then I ate dinner and then I started writing this, because the lights started to flicker.

The winds continue to whip, but I have my work laptop at home, so I won't feel compelled to go into the office should weather be inclement.

On the bright side, March should go out like a lamb........which convenient, because it will get slaughtered with its blood smeared over the door......because Passover starts that day.

Song by: Color Me Gone

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Hope Against Hope

I made a Facebook joke about Hope Hicks stepping down to spend more time getting slapped around at home.

Not that I really want anyone to be abused, but let's face it - she's had (or now has) the facts.  If you want to resurrect the #whyistayed thread from a few years ago - look no further than Hope.

Trust me, there is zero way we'll ever find out if she gets a black eye. She wouldn't want to tarnish her time at the White House.....or her, what has to be, soon to be had book deal.

Local news was oddly discussing if yet another departure from the BLOTUS administration was such a big deal. "People come and go all the time" says they.

That they do, but there is about to be a third National Security Advisor, have already had two chiefs of staff and countless "aides" leaving and now the third communications director.....and all in a year's time, well, there is a common denominator.

But let's face it:  Hope had to go.

BLOTUS probably didn't think so, but I'm guessing John Kelly did.

You see, Hope kind of / sort of gave a glowing recommendation of wife-beater Rob Porter without kind of / sort of telling folks she was playing Hide the Salami with him.  ....or that he'd then take that hard, cured meat and pummel her face with it.

I'm speculating, of course. On the beating. The rest is pretty much open record. 

But the #metoo movement, which BLOTUS is so not winning, Porter got his walking papers and let's face it - Hicks was collateral damage - and rightfully so. I mean, who gives their resignation and right then and there it is their last day?

Resignation, my ass.

So yes, WKYC - it does matter who leaves the White House and how often and why.  There is a direct correlation to leadership, or lack thereof.

Song by: Rosanne Cash

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

& Run

Mucho coverage of BLOTUS stating another pack of lies.

“You know, I really believe — you don’t know until you test it — but I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon.”

'There' being a Florida school with an active shooter with a semi-automatic weapon.

Much fun has been made at BLOTUS' expense...and for good reason.  Many of them flawed.

Yes, there was the: ".....but he was scared by an eagle".   Then there was the, "he'd run in but has bone spurs and got five deferments". 

Yeah we get it.

How about the overlooked one, and the one I have yet to hear any one say - and look at the pic before I say it: 

BLOTUS is a fat fuck who hasn't seen a 'run' in the past six decades.  239 lbs.  15 lbs ago....maybe.

Perhaps he would have waddled walked into Parkland. But 'run'?  You may as well get a mic, a brick wall and a two drink minimum for these jokes.

...and BLOTUS, for the record, we don't have to 'test it' to know. And I DO really believe that.

Song by: Sir Sly