2023 Movie Count / Goal: 03 of 15
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Yet another installment in the drudgery that is everyday shopping. The camera-phone makes it a bit more fun - though I get looks whenever I take pics of products. Like I care what people think!
I'm a semi-normal gay man.
I have wants. I have needs. Most of them go unmet.
For instance: I have not found the perfect pillow. Nor do I ever expect to at this point.
To a degree, the same can be said about underwear.
Yes, as a gay man, I wouldn't say I have an underwear fetish, but I do like to be comfortable in them, and like them to potentially look good on me - not that anyone is looking.
But like pillows, locating a good pair of boxer briefs is challenging.
Yes. Boxer briefs.
Sure, I've got the goods to parade around in briefs, but that's just for the package. There are other factors - such as the cut of the leg and where it sits and how heavy those legs might be at any certain time.
Boxers - well, I may as just well go commando. I do that about once per week as it is, as invariably, I will forget to put underwear in my gym bag. I don't think there is anything Freudian to it, but one never knows....at least until one goes to a therapist. I forget belts and socks now and then too.
The problem is: there are too many choices Even if you found THE pair, upon going back to the store, 187 different styles and brands have taken the place of whatever you might have had.
I currently have some decent pair - and some really bad ones. Yet, I don't throw them out. You know.....in case.
Actually, Morty taught me something years ago. I took all my outgoing underwear on trips - for work or pleasure. And I'd throw them away in the hotel room trash. It purged the stuff that needed tossed and provided a bit more room in the luggage.
So anyways, I was at Dicks (yes, the irony is not lost on me) yesterday and saw a pair that looked ever so comfortable.
Yeah - I saw them. TJMaxx doesn't put underwear on mannequins. Dicks apparently does.
They looked good. They felt good. I opted to reach for a box, you know.............because....this could be the one! ......and that's when I saw the price.
Fuck. That. Shit.
$55 for a two pack?
What. The. Actual. Fuck.
I totally get that I'm cheap. You read TJMaxx above. That wasn't even written tongue-in-cheek. I mean, I can get like 37 pair of underwear for $55 there. Even a pair I bought at Lululemon eons ago (and sill hold up) were $17. Maybe if you factor in inflation, they'd be the $22.50 that, whomever Tommy John is, is charging per pair.
Maybe they'd feel like pure bliss, but there'd be a Tell-Tale Heart thing going on every time I wore them that would drive me insane.
Actually, I'd probably think I didn't deserve to wear them even if I bought them and they'd sit unused for years. "Oh, they're too nice to wear", I'd tell myself.
I politely put them back in their place and left with what I actually came to purchase in the first place.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Shep Day. I have no other pets or animals to show today. Good thing he's a handsome dude.
Song by: Interpol
Friday, January 27, 2023
Site of the Month.........kind of.
It's really just a video that reminds us of how we - as a population - are actually made up. The ratios to the subjects they bring up gives on perspective - and more importantly, in theory, it should shift the U.S. population it is not just about them.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Honestly, this might be the last post I do on gun violence / mass shootings in the U.S.
I mean, what's the point?
Seriously - look at the headline above. We are 24 days into the year. I mean, I know I'm not influencer in law or on-line, and clearly no one is doing one fucking thing about ANY of this.
I'm just wasting time and keystrokes here. You're wasting time reading this nonsense. And in 2023, we're doing both while people bleed out from multiple gunshot wounds. And Congress is more worried about pride and trans flags flying over embassies. They're pro-life, but only if you're a 6 week old fetus wanna be. Other than that, fuck you.
Fuck Them. Both parties.
Not for nothing, but the Doomsday Clock was just moved to 90 seconds to midnight.
.....or the closest we've come to the apocalypse since it was created in 1949.
Mind you, this has more to do with making the Earth uninhabitable, or you know, nuclear annihilation, but let's face it - the chance of any of us dying at the hands of gunman (yes 'man' !!) are more realistic than Putin or Jun Un ending life for everyone because they have their thongs in a bunch.
Doom is Doom - one way or the other. It's hard inhabit the Earth with a bullet through your skull.
So yes, maybe I will post again on gun violence, but it's gonna have to be a doozy. They keep upping the game - and the numbers - so, it's really gonna have to get my attention.
.....and that is just fucking sad. And frightening.
Song by: the Sonics
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
In our effort to be better in our movie "going" experience, we Netflixed Glass Onion over the weekend.
We had seen Knives Out at the theater years ago, and enjoyed it, save for Daniel Craig's Foghorn Leghorn impression - which was just 100% distracting from anything he did.
I was assured by friends that his horrible southern accent was toned down in this one - and it was. But not enough, in my book.
I don't necessarily mean for there to be spoilers below, but perhaps. Read with caution.
The cast, for the most part, is good. There are two minor characters - especially one - that could be dispensed of and no one would even know. Possibly both, though one serves a slight slight slight purpose.
Like the first movie, they writer / director doesn't do too much (enough?) with the "ancillary" characters. All have semi-interesting, yet never truly explored, backstories. In the first movie, it was a sin to waste Toni Collette the way they did. Ditto with Katherine Hahn in this one.
Edward Norton and especially Kate Hudson seemingly have one acting style - no matter what movie they are in. I don't quite get Norton's appeal, though I somewhat remember liking him in Birdman a few years back. Hudson isn't bad, but you know, she's not Streep. Or even Hawn.
Janelle Monáe was the stand-out here in the entire group.
Without too many details, all the characters (kind of) get invited to a private island for a murder mystery party by Norton's character, who I'm assuming is Musk-like. Heavily involved in space, energy and a Twitter-like social medial platform. Technically, one person wasn't invited at all. More puzzling is why another was. It's a big plot hole for me that wasn't discussed - though I have my reasons as to why they might have been.
My problem with the cast of four of the characters was their lack of any morals whatsoever. Once or twice the filmmaker tried to inject some kind of conscience into them, but either not enough, or the actors couldn't pull it off.
Any attempt at redemption at the end was only to save their own skin, which was their problem and flaw in the first place. And there was no real sense of finality.
Like the first one, Onion was fine and somewhat clever. But like I said with the first one - and I stick with it - it was no Murder by Death.
2023 Movie Count / Goal: 02 of 15
Monday, January 23, 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023
The intertubes have meme after meme of fake lie after fake lie (which I know....lies are fake).
We know his lies. Most of them. Some of them.
Maybe George - or Georgia? - Santos was a drag queen, maybe not. He's denying it of course. Oddly, it is the only thing he has denied. Usually it's list of "accomplishments" he touts - even doubling down on some of them.
But at this point, you can't expect him to tell the truth on anything, and even if he is, at this point who is actually going to believe that?
The GOP has a problem on their hand. They are fine with his lies. Clearly. They are fine with an alleged gay man (I'm still not sure that's a lie) with an anti-LGBT agenda. What they hate, of course, are drag queens and trans-anything. Except trans-fats. I'm sure they're fine with them.
Still........the danger to which I referred.
The memes. The jokes.
We are all laughing this off. To the point it makes zero impact. He's still in the House. He still has more of a say in making laws - or obstructing them - than you or I will ever have.
We joke about him so much, it is just that: a joke. Once again, we are desensitized to it all. Shocked and outraged for about 14 minutes and we let it go. And George is still there.
It's exhausting. All of it. All of them. It's just fucking sad.
Song by: No Doubt
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Pets - not all of them mine. But most of them. Kind of.
Song by: Keb' Mo'
Friday, January 20, 2023
....and then I realized the man was 81.
Maybe the actual surprise was you should have seen it coming, since David Crosby was an octogenarian. The bigger surprise is that drug addiction didn't do him in much earlier.
Or that someone didn't murdered him.
Crosby, for all his talent, was not well liked. Eventually. He seemed to alienate and / or piss off just about everyone he's ever known or called a bandmate or friend.
Stills, Nash and Young haven't spoken to him, probably in years. Joni Mitchell is not a fan. Melissa Ethridge's ex (but then current) partner used him as a sperm donor. Twice.
I mean, any addiction study will tell you that familial relationships are the number one cause of passing on addiction. So, it only made sense to choose a heroin addict as your baby-daddy. And Ethridge wonders why one of those kids killed himself.
For all his accolades, I know Crosby only through his harmonies. If he sang lead on any CSN or CSNY (or Byrds) song, I don't know it. Maybe "Wooden Ships"? And probably "Almost Cut My Hair". Granted, harmonies are much more difficult to pull off than most melodies, so total props for that.
Three of four years ago, we saw a documentary on him, which I have to say was fascinating. It must be streaming somewhere. I'd recommend seeing it.
Crosby's death is just a reminder of the passing of time - his and ours.
This death comes in threes thing seems to be wrong. It seems there have been a lot of deaths in 2023 - and we aren't even three full weeks in. I guess they can be lumped to multiple groups of three.
Song by: Crosby Stills & Nash
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
While not 100% true, it's is much more difficult. I have a handful of friends I met after 30, and only like 2 since turning 40. I'm not sure I have any new ones after the big 5-0.
My long lasting friendships, other than my Banshees moment, were formed and have lasted since my 20s.
Yesterday, I did something. I joined a running group.
To be honest, it's about bettering my runs, picking up motivation and better training and running habits. As with all things running related, I conferred with Morty before taking the plunge. I wasn't sure how he picked his running peeps, or if he did.
The folks in his group are now long-time friends and race buds.
I don't know I'm going for that. I don't know if I'm not.
All these groups say they take all levels, while I'm guessing they do, I'm guessing they don't have to be happy about it........or inclusive. If it's anything like making friends as a kid, I'll be left alone - and I could have run like that on my own.
As always, I fear I'll be the 17th wheel in this group. Folks who've been running and training together for eons who now have to take Medicare-adjacent guy into the group hoping he doesn't fracture a hip.
They encourage no headphones. Not just for safety on the open road, but to interact and converse. Oh g-d!
I mean, I get it. But I don't know how to run without music. I'm not great at small talk and now to have to do it and run and keep focused?
Perhaps I am making this more than it is.
They meet twice per week for runs - Saturday mornings, which is fine and reasonable And Tuesday's at 18:00. That will be more challenging. Leaving work, changing, making my way across town then to run and get home semi-late for me.
Of course, I'll try to make Tuesdays, but I might miss some of those. Saturdays, which are the longer runs (I'm assuming) should be doable.
If I make friends, so be it. I don't know how that works. But starting February 4th, I'll start to find out.
Song by: Rickie Lee Jones
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
2023 Movie Count / Goal: 01 of 15
Monday, January 16, 2023
Sunday, January 15, 2023
I can't say "I saw this coming" like you might have with Whitney Houston's kid. But I can't say I'm surprised.
You might have noticed that Mike and I skipped the Golden Globe contest this year (maybe last too?) so I had not vested interest in watching it to see how bad I might lose.
Due to that, I didn't see Lisa Marie get interviewed, but it sounds like she didn't look good.
What few things I've read, not one has mentioned her years in Scientology. Or her leaving it behind.
I had read she married Michael Jackson to get him to join - as they are always looking for high profile / $$$ folks. And when that didn't / couldn't happen, they divorced. Clearly no idea if that's true. Or care.
The above if my friend Jon and myself at Graceland-adjacent. This is the closest we got to Lisa Marie. We went on an excursion to Memphis - on a whim - and probably didn't have the $6 to tour the jet. We used it all on our first La Quinta experience. .....and drinks at bars. And one Chinese restaurant that, and I quote, "looks a little pricey".
I can count on one finger how many songs of Lisa Marie's I've heard. She only had three albums and I had to laugh and laugh and laugh at American Songwriter magazine's social media stupidity:
10 ???? And honestly, define 'top'. My, weren't they being earnest........and kind.
710 thought she couldn't make it as a singer being compared to her father. Actually, I think it would have worked in her favour. There could never ever ever truly be a comparison or the ability to live up to Elvis! If anything it would have been a free ride.
People are questioning, 'who has cardiac arrest at 54?'.
Ummm.....Women. Primarily women. Women who are treated dismissively by their physicians when it comes to chest pain and heart attack symptoms. It's why heart disease kills so many women. ....and at a younger age.
Fortunately, all three of her disks are charted on iTunes now. Unfortunately, all of Jeff Beck's reside in much higher ranking. The girl cannot catch a break.
Song by: Elvis Presley
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Friday, January 13, 2023
So I'm doing my 153rd 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. Erik is back and I think he's picking up 12 of 12 again.
Well, the first 12 of 12 in 2023 is in the books.