Random December Thoughts

Holy blinking lights, Batman, can you believe there’s only 25 days left in December?  Where has this year gone?  By now, you’re probably making your list and checking it twice and trying to figure out who’s been naughty or nice, how you’re going to get everything done, and how you’re going to pay for everything!  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and if you celebrate a different holiday this time of the year, I hope you have a happy one.

Today, I’m just talking about random things that are on my mind.

HUMAN RIGHTS

I want to begin with a heartwarming comment that my political idol made one year ago today.  While addressing the United Nations Human Right Council in Geneva, Switzerland, in front of a crowd that included some anti-gay leaders from around the world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (and I hope, the 2016 U.S. President) said:  “It should never be a crime to be gay” and “Gay rights are human rights.”  And, she said this:

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WHERE ARE YOU, WINTER?

What a way to start the month of December with temperatures averaging 16.1° above where they should be this time of the year.  In the Quad Cities, highs for the first four days of December were 61°, 59°, 69°, and 60°.  While I do love snow, I’m selfishly hoping that there will be no big winter storms over the eastern half of the country on December 18th and 19th (as we head to Chicago and then New Orleans for our 4-day Christmas cruise) and then on the 24th as we travel back to the Quad Cities from New Orleans.  A big snow late on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day would be fine with me.

Sunday Evening

A couple of days ago, I blogged that we had the possibility of a seeing a sticking snow Sunday evening or Sunday night.  While it doesn’t look very impressive now, we could still see a dusting of snow.  The best chance will be from the Quad Cities northward.  This map is for Sunday evening and it definitely shows snow chances, but as you know with weather, it could change again.  I’ll keep my eyes on it!

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In January, if the cold air really settles in, this is something that I going to try to decorate the sidewalks!

MY SISTER

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God, please don’t let me jinx her.  I say that because I posted on Facebook late last January that Miss ABBA was doing well and then she took a turn for the worse and went to “puppy heaven” the following week.  But, here goes.  It was one year ago today that my sister, Tammy, had a heart attack and we almost lost her.  (She also had a near heart attack the previous December in Tennessee, too!)

She’s doing well, except that she never stopped smoking and she was told to stop.  Bad Tammy!

I’m so happy that she’s in the Quad Cities and that she’s going on the cruise with us.  Here’s to another great year ahead, my sister!  I love you!

SHE’S STILL THE ONE

Canadian country music star Shania Twain last weekend opened her two-year stay, “Still The One”, at Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum Palace in Las Vegas.  To promote the event in mid-November, the city shut down the Strip for a short time for Shania’s arrival on a horse.

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This is Shania’s first concert tour in eight years!  Billboard magazine reports that she performed a  90-minute set of 18 songs, including many of her biggest hits.

Although she didn’t perform that 1993 song in her Vegas concert opening weekend, it introduced me to Shania Twain and it’s still one of my favorites.  In the U.S., “What Made You Say That” only reached #55 on the country chart from  her first album that went pretty much unnoticed.

However, with the albums, “The Woman In Me” (sales of 20 million worldwide) “Come On Over” (sales of 40 million worldwide), and “Up” (sales of 20 million worldwide), Shania ruled both the country and pop charts from 1995 to 2004.

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Billboard Magazine reports that Shania performed six of her seven #1 country songs in the concert.  The only one she didn’t perform was “Love Gets Me Every Time” from 1997.  On the country charts, Shania has had 28 Top  40 songs.  Of those, 15 have reached the Top Ten.  Her last Top Ten hit on the country chart in America was “Party of Two” with Billy Currington.  It reached #7 on Christmas Day, 2004.

PARENTS, BY CHOICE

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRITNEY!

This past Sunday was Britney Spears’ 31st birthday!  Happy birthday, Britney.  And, what a way to celebrate.  She’s engaged to Jason Trawick, earning $15 million a year as a co-host on “The X-Factor”, and she debuted this week at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with will.i.am on “Scream and Shout”, her fourth highest debut ever on the chart.

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In its first week out, it was the most downloaded song in America (196,000).  I just love her.

Oh, Happy Birthday to Bette Midler, too.  Her birthday was December 1st.

CHRISTMAS IS TAKING OVER OUR HOUSE

After losing the Facebook poll debate over icicles or not on the big Christmas tree in the living room, Gretel and I did not accept defeat! 🙂  The big tree is still icicle-free.

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However, with a gift card we had, plus an addition $12, we added another tree to the living room with icicles. 🙂

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And, we got a new seasonal flag for the front yard in memory of Miss ABBA.

 

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KE$HA SCARES ME (SOMETIMES)

Okay, I’m not Catholic.  But, I want to confess.  I would never want to see Ke$ha in concert.  Unless all of her concert is pre-recorded and she lip syncs, I want no part of her singing live.  I adore Lady Gaga and I think she is the neatest thing ever.  There are times that I think Ke$ha is just a Lady Gaga-wannabe with her bizarre and uneven television appearances.

I remember watching her on “Saturday Night Live” and her first performance “Tik Tok” was painful to watch and then I was blown away by the craziness of “Your Love Is My Drug”.

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And, then her performance a few weeks ago of “Die Young” on the “American Music Awards” prompted me to post this on my Facebook page:  “Ke$ha = Worst.Performer.Ever!  Shouldn’t her 15 minutes of fame ended years ago??  Thank God for Auto-Tune and DJs that remix her songs to make them fun and listenable!”

You can read that two ways.  I don’t like Ke$ha or I do like her overproduced and computerized final product.  It’s the latter.  I broke down and bought her new album “Warrior” that came out Tuesday!  There are many fun, upbeat songs on it and she is a creative story-teller.

I already know that I’ll have to fast forward past her duet with Iggy Pop called “Dirty Love” after a couple of listens.  It sounds dreadful, even with the awesome Iggy Pop line, “Santorum did it in a v-neck sweater”!

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So, I may live to regret buying “Warrior”.  I also bought, “I Am The Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance:  The Remix Album” because I love dance remixes and it has all six of Ke$ha’s Top Ten solo hits prior to “Die Young”, the most played song in the U.S. right now.

Ke$ha Dance Commander

Seriously, if Ke$ha really brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack, paid a gardener five dollars to sneak under Prince’s fence to leave a demo tape, AND she threw up in Paris Hilton’s closet, I think I deserve to give her a chance.  She sounds like a freak and is “too kool for skool” [sic]!

And, two years ago, Ke$ha released “We R Who We R”, after a rash of bullying episodes led to several gay youth suicides.  Ke$ha hoped the song would inspire pride in those that saw themselves as quirky or eccentric and to just be themselves.

Ke$ha, let that freak flag fly!

TODAY’S BIBLE LESSON (AND, I DID NOT READ THE BIBLE TO FACT CHECK!)

Homosexuality Sinful

DO YOU THINK JG-L IS A HOTTIE?

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I do.  I never watched “Third Rock From The Sun”, so I didn’t pay that much attention to Joseph Gordon-Levitt years ago.

That changed when I saw him in 1998’s “Halloween H20”.  After that, he appeared in one of my favorite movies of all time, 2003’s “Latter Days”.   I’ve also checked out his movies, “Mysterious Skin” (2004), “Inception (2010), “50/50” (2011), and this year’s “Lincoln”.

I still want to see him in “(500) Days of Summer”, “G.I. Joe:  The Rise of Cobra”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and “Looper”.

What you may or may not know is that he’s also a musician.  Check out this awesome performance of “Bad Romance”.  Warning:  He does swear at the beginning of the song.

BACK TO CHRISTMAS!  WELL, “LOVE ACTUALLY”

Love Actually

Although this hugely successful ($247.9 million) British romantic comedy/Christmas movie was released in 2003, Ray and I just checked it out for the first time a few weeks ago and it was quite enjoyable.  It features an all-star cast:  Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Keira Knightly.

It also starred a very dapper and sexy Hugh Grant as the new Prime Minister, who may or may not find love at Christmastime, and a crazy, funny, and amazing Bill Nighy as a washed up rock star unhappily reworking one of his old hits to benefit on the Christmas music cash cow.

My favorite story line involved Liam Neeson as a grieving husband, who just lost his wife, and his relationship with his young stepson, Sam, who was madly in love!

While most of the movie was a downer, it was had enough fun and quirkiness to keep it from being totally maudlin (including a porn movie storyline!).

“Love Actually”  had a big surprise in store for me and I’m letting it out of the bag since most of you have probably already seen the movie  — a very young, sexy, and adorable Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes of “The Walking Dead”)!  Okay, what I thought might have been a gay storyline involving his character turned out to be more borderline creepy!

 

AL

FINAL CHRISTMAS THOUGHT AND LAUGH

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Happy Holidays!  I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!  What are yours?

Anthony

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I love, and I mean LOVE, the movie Love Actually! It is one of my holiday favorites. I also love The Holiday with Kate Winslet!!! I now feel compelled to wrap presents and watch movies, while drinking Starbucks 🙂

    Reply

    • Erin,

      I can’t believe it took me 9 years to notice, “Love Actually”. I wanted to see the Kate Winslet movie, but I have refused, so far, because of Jack Black!

      Have fun with your presents and coffee. 🙂

      AP

      Reply

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