Sunday, November 19, 2017


So, our anniversary movie choices basically came down to Murder on the Orient Express and Lady Bird.

Sure, we could have seen Geostorm, but with a 14% Rotten Tomatoes score.....and the fact that it was a disaster wasn't on my top 143 movies to see.

Due to timing, dinner and the fact I didn't want to pay to see Johnny Depp pretend he was anywhere in the same league as Judi Dench, we opted for Lady Bird.

It was an odd night. The indie theater is usually packed with lines out the doors. There were zero people in the lobby when we got there. No one in line for tickets, sno-caps or popcorn. ....and not one person in the poopery.

As it would turn out, for some inexplicable reason, Lady Bird was showing at the two largest screens in the place. They have never shown the same movie in different rooms. I figured it must be VERY good and packed.  ....I think we had two dozen people in our theater.  19:00 on a Friday.  We were perplexed. Per cinaplexed, as it were.

On paper, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut (she wrote it too, but not her debut as a screenwriter) seemingly had all the right elements. She has the indie cred (though I think I've only seen her for two non-sequential minutes  in Jackie and one Arcade Fire video, where she looks just like "Pam" from the Office). The movie stars the always great Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.  Lucas Hedges, the teen from Manchester by the Sea also appears.

What could not work?

With a 100% (!!!) Rotten Tomatoes score and a 94 from Metacritic, I'd assume the story would be a good one, or at least an original one. The coming of age story that has all the requisite components of many John Hughes movies: wrong side of the tracks; wanting to hang with the popular kids; wanting to be boyfriends with the cool/popular boy; abandoning your one true friend.    .....and yes, prom. 

Along with that, you get the contentious relationship between mother and daughter, all that is wrapped up in three lines of dialogue between Ronan's Lady Bird and a nun.

I will say this, I did like the performances by Hedges and Lady Bird's friend, Julie (Beanie Feldstein).

While well acted (though neither are the lead's strongest performances), and the script is fairly well written, I'm not feeling this as a 94-100% anything. It was all ok but no new ground was covered, no revolutionary performances. I'm not understanding the over the top hype of the reviews I've read since.

Of course, I thought it was just me feeling this way, but 710 had the same reaction.

It will be tough to halfway meet this year's goal, but I still want to see Three Billboards, the Last Jedi and Phantom Thread. Currently, that still leaves us two short.  ....and only six weeks to go.

2017 Movie Count / Goal:  07 of 24

Song by: Tears for Fears

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ladies' Man

No Sophie Smut today.  That's on me, not taking the time to get pictures of her. I'll make it all up to you later. Promise.

So it's a Shep day. They all are, except for most of yesterday. The house was quiet without him, but it's good for him to doggie socialize.

But let's get to is, shall we?

Shep's first trip to Horseshoe Lake.  
I used to take Petey there. 

Spare Duck. 
Yes, we got one to keep at my mom's house. 

I love it when Shep realizes I'm on the other end of the leash and he gets excited to see me. 

Still at Horseshoe Lake. 

Shep at the new doggie daycare place - with yet ANOTHER new girlfriend, Maizey. 
I suppose one of has to have the way with the may as well be him. 

Song by: Chaka Khan

Friday, November 17, 2017

Seven Year Ache

It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago today that 710 and I got married.

Well, 7 years, plus another 25.

It was a beautiful day back in 2010. Not so much today. It's going to be colder now than it was then.

Actually, what a difference seven years makes.

I don't know that I would want to get hitched in DC currently. I could not stand equating my happiness and a great moment in my life with the scum that is currently residing within the city limits.

Anyway - we kind of  / sort of have plans for our day. We hate leaving Shep during the weekend, which explains our movie totals sinking to the bottom of the ocean this year. And I can count on one hand how many times we have been out to dinner since he came into our lives.

I'm not complaining. Not a bit. Cooking and hanging at home with him has been great for us....and him.

However, knowing we might need a reason to go out, the anniversary is a great rationale. This morning I'm taking Shep for a play date at doggie daycare, and then the owner is taking him home to stay at her house for the night. He's gonna have a great time.

We are totally going to take advantage of the sitch.

While it would be nice to plan on a movie and a nice dinner, it's tricky. First off - I have to present at a meeting today......... 16:30-17:30.   .......and on a fucking Friday. Srsly - who schedules that?

So time-wise that fucks stuff up. If I eat before the movie, I'm sleeping during the movie, because it will be a 21:30 showing.......and I'll be full.  ...and possibly drunk.  If we eat after the movie, the nicer options are probably out.

I fear we will end up doing one or the other. I'm not sure I care which. I'm not sure I care which.

I get to spend the anniversary with the man I love, and whatever and wherever that is will be fine.  Though not sitting around the house, as that is not an option.

....btw, the pearls in the title image were our "borrowed", I guess. Eileen Flowers' strand came to us via her daughter, our honour attendant, Becky.  I tried to put them on for a shot, but they became more like a choker.....or a choke-him.  I feared the string would burst and people at the Smithsonian would be scavenging Eileen's jewels.  And that I'd pull a Jack Tripper and slip on one and prat fall before the ceremony.

So seven years. Or 32.  Either way, I think we'll make it work.

Song by: Rosanne Cash

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Funny Way

You know how I said just seven days ago that I'd see in two weeks if we could make it a full 17 days before the next mass shooting?

Well.......I was off by 10 days.  .....and not in the good way. I suppose I was feeling optimistic, which is so unlike me.

Of course, I'm loving that BLOTUS tweeted about the wrong mass shooting. Granted, they are so frequent, who could possibly keep up?

Enough of that already. Apparently I can talk about mass shootings every half dozen days or so. I'll catch the next one.

So tired am I of well, everything in the news.

I've been watching the new Tracey Ullman series on HBO. It seems better than that last season....or was it just earlier this season?

I'm a fan, but you know, sometimes Ullman - like all skit comedians - run certain things into the ground. If I never see another episode with "Kay" in it, I'll be ok. She's been milking that one since 1987. Enough!

Ullman's Dame Maggie Smith bit is just so-so. I'm loving her Dame Judi Dench character, but I can see that being over done very very soon.  But take a look......she pulls it off all too well.

Tracey is doing a decent Camilla Parker Bowells.  Or what we can assume is one....I mean, I really don't know how Camilla walks or talks. And what I'm guessing is a good Angela Merkel.

But what I am truly loving is her take on Jerry Hall as the new Mrs. Rupert Murdoch. She's so frightening and frighteningly good it's downright creepy and hilarious.  ....and while on some level I knew Hall had married Murdoch, I kind of forgot about the entire thing, probably by design.

There are a series of them, but only two of them I found on YouTube, and I'm only picking one. But since it is Thanksgiving time, I'll choose that themed one.

Song by: Tim Finn

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lies Greed Misery

You know, I don't really give a fuck about Hillary Clinton - one way or the other.

Would she have been a better leader than BLOTUS?  Obvi.  Would she have gotten anything done? No. No she would not have.

A GOP controlled House and Senate and they still can't pass anything for a GOP "President". Put a Dem in the White House  - and a girl at that, especially a Clinton - and you can just tick out your 4-8 years with nothing to show for it.

I voted for Clinton because really, what were my options? But I don't think she's much of a political saviour. The emails were a non-issue, but I have to believe she has skeleton after skeleton in her closets just like every other person who runs for office.

All that said, the DOJ considering investigating the Clinton Foundation is just plain retribution and vindictive....and the joke / sad thing is: you were the "winners".  Now, all you'd be doing it for is spite.

Welllllllllll.......that and - deflection and distraction.

Russia. Wikileaks. Jr. lying about Wikileaks. Sessions lying about Russia. (fill in the blank here for any other moment from which they are trying to move you away.)

I mean, if you're really looking into potentially corrupt foundations, Jeffy, you might want to start with your boss.  That thing - time and time again - has proven to be nothing more than a money laundering business. A the very least I'd say it's nothing but a tax shelter, except for the fact that your boss doesn't actually pay taxes.

Sessions though, it just a turd. What was it: 29 times he "didn't recall" something during testimony? Best case scenario you're memory is going as you slip into dementia.  Worst case - you're lying through your teeth, which is ironic for the head of the Dept of Justice.  ....and let's face it, does any of us think when they say "I don't recall", not not think they're lying?   It's my go-to.

But on the off-chance that Beverly Leslie isn't lying, do you really want an Attorney General who doesn't remember a thing?

No. No, you do not.

We are being governed by a bunch of low-rate mean girls......and stupid ones at that.

Song by: Linkin Park

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Conjunction Junction

It's doubtful I will get to see it - Venus and Jupiter seemingly being right next to each other this morning, though hundreds of million miles apart. It's called a conjunction.

And I won't get a gander mainly for two good reasons.

1. They will be visible this morning about 45 minutes before dawn.  Shep and I take our walk well before then. Hell, I'll be in the office about that time (though I do have a window).

2. It's been so super cloudy here over the last week, it's doubtful we can see the moon let alone the stars.

If you have the chance, look east-southeast less than an hour before dawn. I'll be looking, just not hopeful.

Song by: Grammar Rocks

Monday, November 13, 2017

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 92nd 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.

06:10.  Shep got up late, but 710 took him out for his a.m. walk.  
I stayed in bed but never truly got back to sleep. 

06:40.  Healthy Feet goo. 
Trying to keep my heels from being less cracked. It's kind of / sort of working.  Hand is till in pain. 

06:50.  First set of PT exercises for the day. 
I've had to put these off due to they busted hand, but I'm trying. 

7:05.  B'fast. 
710 had the bowl, spoon and cereal box out, awaiting my arrival. 

10:25.  Cold day.  Hot Chocolate. 

11:30.  New Shoes time. 
I truly believe my other shoes were a contributing factor to my fall. Hopefully, the new ones 
will not be. 

12:05.  Blood Bath & Beyond. 
Needed bar soap for the shower. 

14:10.  Winterizing.  Down come the storm windows. 
Well, kind of. I could only do a few. Old as they are, they are unforgiving with a useless wrist. 

14:30.  Cleaning the insides of the sconces. Icky. 

15:00.  710 doing the leaves. 
I knew raking was out for me, but it turns out, so is the blower. More wrist pain than anticipated. 

18:25.  Nana & Shep. 
He loves her....and I think she adores him too. 

20:07  Essentials
While Shep and I wait in the car, 710 grabs milk, butter and pistachios (for me for work).

.....and that was just 12 things that went on in the life of Blobby yesterday.  Can you stand it?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

More More More

So Roy, how'd ya like it? how'd ya like it?  (see what I did there?)

Yes, folks, if you think BLOTUS is the lowest and scariest you can go into U.S. politics, you are incorrect.  You just have to look to the Alabama "judge"* to know how things could be much more more more worse.

I'm not quire sure how he got to be a judge, as he clearly is out of touch with the law. Well, the laws that aren't from biblical times.  ....and even those he's interpreting incorrectly for his own gain.

He could learn a thing from that 'thou shall not covet....'

So, Roy Boy had a thing for teens as an adult. How is this just now being found out? He's been an asshole for years.

Politicians are not like Hollywood. Sure it took tinseltown a long long time to get on board that rape is bad, and sexual harassment isn't a good thing, but they're getting it.  Washington DC?  Not so much.

I loved this tweet:

Of course, Mitchy McC is all like - 'he should drop out of the race.....IF he's guilty".  Once again Mitch: suck. my.  dick.

Anthony Weiner sends his first dick pic - more or less - and is out of his political job. He didn't even get with the girls. The GOP is all - oh man, let's just wait and see - and then goes right to victim shaming.

Of course this is the same party that embraced Dennis Hastert, Larry Craig, Newt Gingrich, Mark Foley.......should I keep going?  Once again, they're the party of hypocrisy.

I will give them this - publicly they say they're cutting off the funding for Moore. I'm cynical enough to believe this not to be true, they're just be covert about the entire thing. 

Of course, I'd love to see the d-bag go down in flames, but all bets are off. Yes, the Dems had a good week with the 2017 elections, but this isn't just the south - it's Alabama.  Fucking your sister and cousin are standard operating procedure. How much worse can trying to date a 14 year old be?

Still, some in the GOP are truly distancing themselves from Moore. They're pulling back endorsements. Maybe they're seeing him as Harvey Spacey....and don't want to be the collateral damage.

I'm hoping this does not end well for Moore. Because if he's elected, it could all end badly for us.

*judgeship revoked September 30, 2016

Song by: the Andrea True Connection

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Let's Go Slow

It's been an unrelenting week at work. The time change is not helping matters - not that I'm one of those who can't adjust, but it's true: dogs do not believe in daylight saving time.

Still, walks on either side of work are done in cloak of darkness, which can make picture taking challenging. And last week was all about the rain, so not even weekend outing images.

But I must persevere in the name of my readers.  You're welcome.  I think.

Stare down to dinner. 
At least he's cute about it. 

Trying a bowl to slow down his scarfing of fud. 
It's working and he seems to enjoy the challenge. Probably takes him 10x longer. 

Just hangin' with his pops #2.  (that's me)

Soph is a trooper for taking a tail in the face a few times per week. 

The guy is a jumper. 

When we first got him and he was on this wall, I'd pick him up and gently place him on the grounds so he wouldn't get hurt. He's all about the jumping up....and down. 

Song by: Jules Shear & Rob Shear

Friday, November 10, 2017


Some woman on Facebook commented - incorrectly, in my opinion - that why is it that someone took immediate action regarding allegations about Kevin Spacey while it took decades for anyone to believe women about Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein.

She seemed to imply - well, state, more than imply - that no one believes women, but men's stories are to be trusted.

Mind you, this was in some feed where I got a notification that a friend had commented in the thread. However they have their settings would have allowed me to comment should I chosen to, but I figured no good could come of it. Minds were made up......and to go back to the days of early message boards on the internet, why start a 'flame war'.

I think quite the opposite of Spacey. Yes, Netflix - and now some movie he was in (past tense) - took immediate action. But not because he was a man, or that it was a man who accused him. It is because of these women, their stories, their fight - and the tipping of that first true domino with Weinstein, that the gates are now open.

I said as much last week.

Who runs the world? Girls! They run this mother.

So, Amazon Picture president. Gone.  NBC reporter - shitcanned. Louis CK - you be in trouble. Ditto for you Jeffrey Tambor (sorry George Bluth....I wish it weren't true). Some chef I never heard of - 86'd.  And a few others since Harvey's downfall.

That is major progress, though Cosby is still on the loose.

Cosby aside, I don't know who was actually tattling on Weinstein. For years, McGowan and Olivia Munn told stories of inappropriate behaviour but mentioned no names. I don't know if it was shame, denial or more protective of their would-be careers over their self-esteem or knowing it was and would be happening to others, though they basically remained silent.

It's not victim-shaming. Still, if one is unwilling to name names, especially if it didn't happen to you (I'm looking at you Paltrow, Affleck and Jolie!), then you're complicit at the very least.

Justice was swift for Harvey and Spacey, though it's public opinion, but anything court-related.

I'm not sure there is a comeback in Kev's future. No more House of Cards. Allegedly the 6th season is or was shooting. I'm guessing not anymore - at least with him. A completed movie ready for release in a month (!) is being reshot with no Spacey - and replacing him with Christopher Plummer - 30 years his senior.  Ouch!

I'm guessing that would-be gig at Bonnie Franklin Dinner Theater might now just be for sound-guy or usher.

So no, I don't think it was a male / female thing with the expediency of Spacey's downfall compared to others. Actually, Netflix and that movie company did it for any number of reasons:  limiting their liability was #1.  Saving coin was #2 (but tied in to #1).  And I'm cynical enough to figure they did it for the publicity of being right, and letting everyone know it......and hey, if it helps sell more goods and services, so be it (see #2).

.....and let's face it, while male-female casting couches are standard, 'they' probably want to shut down any dude-on-dude talk. That, is unseemly.  While normally I don't think it is, when you add Spacey to the is!

And while you can thank the countless women who have been harassed, fondled and raped for the change in culture, who everyone might want to be thanking currently is Ronan Farrow.

Song by: Van Morrison

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Site of the Month

While I am doing November's Site of the Month,  it seems I am sticking with this week's gun violence theme.

Oh - unlike most of the mass murder events, this theme was not planned.

It's a simple SotM, one that needs little explanation, and one that is kind of sadly necessary to drive home points that the NRA-lovin' public doesn't know or want to know.

....and for those who do know it, they attempt to rationalize it away.

That's why I like statistics so much. I'm not so sure numbers lie, though the way one can spin them can tell a different story. One must be careful with this.

The website name says it all:  Days Since the Last Mass Shooting in the United States.

Clean. Concise. Accurate.

We are only in single digits, of course, since the last shooting. I made a "joke" a few posts ago that it would be 17 more days before the next one. Let's see how accurate that is in two weeks. I am guessing since we are 'Murica, we won't ever make it to triple digits between mass shootings.

It you hit the 'history' link in the SotM, you'll see each shooting: location, date, number killed. And going back to 2014, there are no triple digit time lapses.

.....and that is just sad.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Shooting the Moon

Almost no real need for text today.  Almost.

This last one really says it though. IMHO, of course.

Song by: OK Go

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Save it for Your Prayers


Should I just rehash my posts from Orlando?  North Carolina? Aurora? Sandy Hook?  Vegas? Should I keep going?

Well, I guess for my next gun violence post {at this rate it should be in 17 days or so} , I can add Sutherland Springs to the ever-growing list.

Honestly, I cannot think of a new thing to say.


None of those are new.

Another white dude. Another AR-15, just like all the others.....or most of them. But because they're not brown, it's not terrorism.

Oh wait - I AM repeating myself from the other posts. Sorry.

I will say this about that - I don't hear anyone asking where this guy has been radicalized. And I am waiting for the 'good guy with a gun could have stopped this'.  45 rounds per minute the AR-15. How many people bite it before the 'good guy' gets a round off - assuming he/she wasn't the one taken out i the first place?

It a joke. The entire thing. Yes, including BLOTUS.......because he's such a fucking asshole, calling the shooting "a mental health problem at the highest level."   Said the man who rolled back gun control laws allowing the mentally ill to have access to firearms.

We do have a mental health problem at the highest level.......and it's BLOTUS. Though let's face it, he's hardly the one responsible for all this gun shit. He's had lots and lot and lots of help over the decades.

I should feel worse for all of this. ALL of it. But it's hard to, being that it's all so predictable.

But until someone with an AR-15 goes into Senate or House chambers, I can guarantee you nothing will ever get done.

And  feel free to read through the double-negative:  No, I'm not not advocating someone do that.

Song by: Duffy

Monday, November 06, 2017

My Music Monday

I'm still doing the shuffle thing (10th item that comes up in iTunes). I'm guessing I will until the end of this calendar year.

This week we have the Go-Go's from their totally overlooked 4th and last studio album, G-d Bless the Go-Go's.  There are a handful of really really good songs on there, and then the rest are ok. Not a real clunker amongst them.

One of the songs I think is stellar is "Automatic Rainy Day".  It's one of the few songs that has drummer Gina Schock with writing credit.

I like this song, but it doesn't beat "Vision of Nowness", which I featured a few years back.

Since then, the girls booted bassist Kathy Valentine from the band, changed their LLC to screw Valentine out of any band profits and seemingly became mean girls heading into menopause. I found it a sad way for the band to end. 

But there will be one more humiliating blow to the band: a Broadway show based on their music.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Jack of All Trades

I can't be bothered with politics this weekend. But my hand isn't that much better. The initial severe pain is gone, but there's a new kind of pain - and it's prevalent. Typing is ok. Operating a lawn mower is not. Carrying a laundry basket or a glass of water is not.

I'm just assuming masturbating is off the table. Not ON the table.

Anyway - have you seen Master of None yet?  It's on Netflix.  Season 1 is great. Extremely well done.

Season 2 isn't quite up to the same snuff, though it has it's moments - and when it's good, it's great.

Episode 1 of Season 2 is an homage to the Bicycle Thief. The next one, has the best friend of Dev (the main character, played by Aziz Ansari), Arnold. Arnold should be in more episodes. He's big, goofy and insightful.

But the best episode - of the series (so far) - is the Thanksgiving episode. "Denise" isn't in many shows during the second season, but this one she co-wrote with Ansari (and they won an Emmy for it). The premise is simple, and then not. It takes place over several years, but always on Thanksgiving day.

Angela Bassett plays Denise's mother and is excellent. I won't spoil the storyline, but it's touching, complicated and hilarious at the same time.

The episode is stand-alone. You needn't have seen any other of the shows to watch this - you won't lose a thing and it's totally worth it.

Song by: Bruce Springsteen

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Begging to You

You wanted more Sophie. I a degree.  I'm working with a very temperamental artist. I do what I can.

But I got to spend part of Halloween evening with neighbors and friends. Shep would have been invited, but earlier in the day BooBoo went after Shep a little. We decided not to push it.

Rub. Making that kitchen island hers. The joke is - everything in the house is hers!

I'd say it was a love fest - or a would-be make out session - but someone was trying to dominate me and stare me down for an early dinner.  He kind of won - as tomorrow we move up fall back. His feeding time will change, though it will take a while to get his body clock moved. 

Eleanore - one of the Rhodesians - chilling out after play and trick or treaters. 

BooBoo in Eleanore's costume.  (I do like that Amazon Prime ad.)

Oliver - as a thoroughbred. I got lots of kisses from Oliver. 

Shep at day care. 
Olive. Nancy. Harley. 


Shep & Nancy.  I hope Bella doesn't find out. 

I'm sorry that Xena was deterred from joining in.  
Xena, ugh. Lesbians!

But we are digging Shep's hop further into the video. 

Song by: Cyndi Lauper

Friday, November 03, 2017

Me Too

Clearly, what Harvey Weinstein did was reprehensible.

I don't think anyone thinks he's misunderstood or anything. He's just a dick.

Still, silver lining and all.

Unlike the Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly "scandals", Weinstein has set off a firestorm of people not putting up with this shit of being fondled, harassed or you know.....raped.

I'm not quite saying they put up with it before, but they're vocal about

I am not victim shaming, but really, how much of it was for shame, how much for fearing not being believed or shunned, and how much of it was for a part in a movie?

So while very few people would admit to being sexed up by Ailes (or O'Reilly) they sure like to talk Harv. And clearly, a number of the Fox folks got way way way better pay-outs than the chance to be an extra in straight-to-video Miramax film.  O'Reilly's  last one was $32 MM.  Even I might keep my trap shut for that amount of cash.

Still, the balance has shifted these last weeks. Everyone is talking without as much fear of repercussion.

I'd say, "oh, poor Kevin Spacey", but I think he's about to get what he deserves........the shunning of a lifetime.  Now eight additional guys are flapping their gums about Kevin's not 30 years ago shenanigans. More like 30 days to 30 months ago. He'd have a hard time claiming failure to recollect that many and that recent.

I see regional productions of Streetcar at the Bonnie Franklin Dinner Theater in his future. I'd say in his "very near future", but you know, he's "seeking treatment".

Aren't they all.

I'm curious how this all turns out.  Not so much about Spacey - but culture. You know the piggy predators are still out there. You gotta believe that many of them are sweating. Many more think they're untouchable and it will be business as usual, but I'm not so sure it will be. And it shouldn't be.

....and yes. j'adore the post image.

Song by: Rhonda Vincent