I am having a difficult week at work. I mean, this is a rough week. When I am having these kinds of weeks there is really only one thing that can make me feel better and that thing is listening to a string of “cheezy” 70’s love ballads.

On my ride home I “jammed” to the likes of Melissa Manchester who demanded that I not cry out loud, Bette Midler who reminded me that from a distance most things look a hell of a lot better, Roger Daltry who confided that he was nothing without my love, Dolly Parton who fretted about that party just two doors down, Toni Tennille who charmed me with a story of muskrat romance, Rod Stewart who declared that I was in his heart, Barry Manilow ranted on about trying to get the feeling again and then I found my way back to Ms. Manchester who has most definitely seen through the eyes of love.

I turned off my MP3 player, heaved myself out of the poorly constructed seat and stepped out of the dirty train to start my walk home. Now, I am relaxed and ready to enjoy an evening of bad reality tv shows with Karl.

Tomorrow is another day. …it will suck, but it will be Friday and I’ve always got Melissa Manchester at the ready if I need her!

“Baby cried the day the circus came to town cause she didn’t want parades just passing by her. So she painted on a smile and took up with some clown while she danced without a net up on the wire. I know a lot about her cause you see, Baby —– is an awful lot like me…”

Yes, I will survive!

January 30, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Lazy Afternoon

The only thing I’ve done today is sit around in my pj’s watching DVD’s and a marathon of Dame Edna tv shows on the Trio Channel.

Wish I had something of interest to post. Oh well, if wishes were horses we would all take a ride —- excepting me, of course. I am terrified of horses. They creep me out. Recently, the Discovery Channel aired a showing of 2 horses mating. This only escalated my fear. …so, if wishes were horses I would just hide.

OK, back to the tv. Am planning to watch my “Shampoo” DVD. A Warren Beatty classic which I was forbidden to watch as a child.

Oh, I finally watched my “Madame Bovary” DVD. I enjoyed it a great deal and learned a bit about arsenic poisoning too! If this French film is correct, one tosses and turns a great deal, pukes bile and then dies. Not a pretty death. Oh, those silly French suicides!

January 26, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Bad Mood and a Missing Bladder…

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and then I rolled over and fell to the floor. Or, to put it another way, I’ve been in a bad mood since I woke up. I’ve no idea why.

Last night I got to hang out with Jen. We hadn’t actually “talked” in a several months. We had a quick dinner, saw an excellent film and then had plenty more time to chat as I drove her home by way of a detour from hell that only the planners of the Boston Big Dig Project could develop. I had a blast — and, much to my shock, I didn’t even get lost as I drove home from Jen’s. It was by accident. I forgot Jen’s detailed directions as soon as I drove away from her house. I shrugged, sang along with Stevie Nicks and soon found myself going toward my town of Salem without incident or delay.

For those not in the know, I have no sense of direction. This is not an exaggeration. I’ve gotten lost in apartments. Am sure one can imagine the challenge I face as I navigate through the streets of New England. I like an adventure so it is really no big deal to me. However, in addition to being navigationally-challenged — I have no bladder. Being lost in a car without a bladder to support me can be a problem. Luckily, this wasn’t a problem pour moi last night.

Note: While I wasn’t exaggerating about my lack of navigational skills, I was hightening the issue by writing that I have no bladder. My doctor assures me that I do have one. I had long suspected it had been stolen by vandals while I napped, but test results have shown me to be incorrect in my suspicion. I guess I have an attraction to linoleum. Whatever. It just seems I am always in need of a wiz. Just thought I would share the warmth that is my lack of bladder control. I figure I’ll be needing Depends by the time I hit 45 or so.

Anyway — I had a very nice time last night.

I went to bed when I got home because I had an appintment this morning. I then went in to the office to catch up on work. Karl came into Boston round about 2pm. We had lunch. It wasn’t a good lunch and it was served to us by disinterested wait staff. Then we had to speed to Revere to catch a screening of that new movie directed by George Clooney. This is the movie based on the autobiography of Chuck Barris who claims to have been a CIA assassin while producing such tv “gems” as “The Gong Show” I didn’t like this movie at all. Then we had to go to the grocery store. I hate going to the grocery store.

Let’s hope my bad mood passes. I will end my blogging for the night as I now need to go to the restroom, but fear I may have trouble finding it. (just kidding!)

Oh, Jen and I saw “The Pianist” last night. Obviously, this is a disturbing film — but well worth seeing.

January 25, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Dental Hell

I think it is fairly normal to hate going to the dentist, but I think I go more than most. And, next month, “we” start the way-fun grafting procedure on my gum line. Fun and, yes, more fun! I am not even thinking about the expense. Anyway, “we” will finish the grafting at some point in May. Basically, I will be in dental hell from Feb thru May. Ugh.

Oh, and my dentist and oral surgeon both have the annoying habit of referring to “we” when they discuss me.

Looks like my last couple of postings have been a bit down-beat. Sorry. Will be more positive and life-afirming soon!

Good news — Karl returned to work today and seems to be feeling much better!

(something went wrong with the comment box —- there is really only one comment, but the program decided to repeat the same comment over and over and over again — 2000 plus times!)

January 22, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


American Idol

I was just watching this program on the Fox Network. I found it to be soul-draining. Sad. That is really all I have to say about it.

January 21, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Hedwig As Porno Star…

So, John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created, directed and played the title character in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is now creating a new project which will be produced by the folks who brought us “The Myth of Fingerprints” He wants to make a porn film with plot and great performances beyond just the carnal. He hopes to secure some respected actors, but seems to understand that he might need to go with an unknown cast. I just read one of several interviews where he says he wants to capture the “pansexual” Manhattan in which he resides. He got the idea at a “casual orgy” he attended. ? He and the producers have put up a website instructing actors how they can audition. They have also secured a starting budget of one million.

I don’t think that porn and fine art merge well. Remember Sir John Gielgud, Malcom McDowell and Helen Mirren in “Caligula”? I mean, if one wants to watch a porno —- does one really care about plot development? I also think that graphic sex in films usually takes the viewer out of the story. The viewer starts thinking more about the fact that he/she is viewing the nude body of the actor vs. the nude body of the character the actor is playing. —- and the film is about the character — not the actor.

I don’t know. I suppose it will be interesting to see what he creates in the way of a film, but I am dissapointed guess to see such a talented artist go the way of Bruce LaBruce. Pushing boundaries for the impact of a film is one thing, but it seems to be a whole other matter to just drop all boundaries. I do not think this is a “brave” or “noble” direction for filmmaking —- seems to me it is a shorcut to shock value and an aparent lack of creative ideas. If a film has a strong plot, good production values and a talented cast, does it really need insertion sex to make it interesting? I hope not.

One of the articles about this project can be found at nerve.com or http://www.nerve.com/screeningroom/film/mitchell/

January 19, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Blogger Beyond the Template…

While I can now add links via my template in Blogger, I can’t figure out how to incorporate links into my text the way all other Bloggers do! I just can’t seem to break the code. This is similar to my problem with responding/posting to the comments left by others to my postings. I just don’t know. I will figure it out one of these days.

Anway, I have found so many fantatic Blogs which I check on a fairly daily basis. I’ve put most of them as links on the far left. Found a Blog by Wiley Wiggins which is most cool. I found another cool Blogger who calls his space “AnyoneBagel” — I believe I found his site thru the Twisted Dear Daniel Blog which is also a fave of mine. However, my fave remains Cup and Saucer! Oh, and I also put in a link to the Something Weird Video Company website — SW manages to put out some of the best bad flicks on DVD! Most fun!

January 19, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Malia, Yellow Daffodils, a Passing Day and the Return of Anna Nicole…

I picked up a CD in Montreal by this singer, Malia. It is called “Yellow Daffodils” and I LOVE it! My favorite track is “Purple Shoes” — awesome! Have been playing it quite a bit. Looks like the CD was imported from France, but Malia sings in English. I’ve yet to read up on her. She has a site at http://www.malia-online.com. Anyway, it is a sort of fused sound of trip-hop with R&B. Her voice reminds me a bit of Billie Holiday’s without the desperation or woe.

I wonder if, as listeners, we project more to what we hear than what is actually there. Do Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain sound so tragic because when I hear them I bring their collective histories with me or does the sadness that was in their lives travel through their voices?

Just watched “Waking Life” again on DVD. Karl hated it. We have so much in common and like so many of the same things, but we sometimes run across things that one of us loves and the other totally hates. That movie is one of the things I love and Karl hates.

Tonight I plan on watching “Madam Bovary” —- the French adaptation from the early 90’s featuring Isabelle Huppert. I purchased it because I like looking at Huppert. She is so cool. I think I avoided this film when it came out because I never got into the book. Not sure if I will like the movie, but it is always neat to watch her and I usually like the director’s work.

Anna Nicole’s reality show returns in March! Yeah!

January 19, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Sick II…

Well, Karl seems to be in more pain than ever today. I feel so bad and am unable to do anything to really help him. I got to sneak out a bit yesterday — actually, I could have gotten out more than I did, but it felt mean to leave him all alone. If he is still in this much pain tomorrow he will need to call his doctor.

I’ve cleaned the condo again. I’ve surfed the net and am thinking about going out for a drive, but am worried that this might lead to my spending more money. That really would not be good. I’ve spent enough!

Looks like the weather is about to get really cold. Like below zero through Wednesday. I like cold weather and I love winter. However, once the temperature falls below 10 it gets to be a bit much. I dread having to stand in the bitter cold for the next several mornings waiting for the commuter rail. …and you just know it will be delayed by 30 minutes each of the three days. UGH!

January 19, 2003. Uncategorized. 1 comment.



I was expecting Karl to be much better today, but he seems to be a bit worse than yesterday. With the exception of about 3 hours, he has slept the entire day. He is fine — I think this is more to do with the pain meds than anything.

However, I am bored out of my mind and want to escape out to the sunshine and ride about in the car. It is a very cold day, but the sun is out in full forcre! I wonder if I can sneak out for a bit. Hmmmmm….

January 18, 2003. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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