The weekend is almost here. I hope you have a great one since the weather in the Quad Cities is going to be ideal — plenty of sunshine and highs in the 70s!
Here are my random thoughts for this week.
ONE ICON SAYS “NO”, ONE SAYS “YES” TO RUSSIA
As you’ve probably heard in the news and from reading my blogs, there is increasing pressure for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because of the country’s homophobia and recent anti-gay laws.
Pop and gay icon, Cher recently declined an invitation to open the Olympics show.
Cher, whose new album, “Closer To The Truth” comes out next week says, “I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”
Meanwhile, Elton John says he has to think of the LGBT people living in Russia and that his December concert in Moscow must go on.
Elton says, “I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully. There’s two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you’re really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.”
MARRIAGE EQUALITY, THE BIBLE, & RELIGION
Kevin Rudd, the Former Prime Minister of Australia, had an interesting debate with a pastor during his re-election campaign. While Rudd lost the election, he would definitely have gotten my vote. This is priceless!
SAYING GOODBYE IS NEVER EASY
This weekend, millions will say goodbye to one of America’s favorite vigilante serial killers! For me, that goodbye will come in early November when the eighth and final season of “Dexter” arrives on DVD.
As the series wraps up, star Michael C. Hall gives this hint as to what to expect, “Dexter, at different points over the life of the show, found himself entertaining the idea that he could be rehabilitated, that he could live a life that isn’t primarily in service of his Dark Passenger. … But things have happened that have taught him at least temporarily, and maybe more permanently, that that’s not a possibility.”
So, my friends, please don’t share with me any details of the finale. I still have to wait another month or so!
And, sadly, I’ll have to say goodbye to one of my biggest television crushes — Dexter and Michael C. Hall!
On a brighter note, I’ll always have Paris, I mean, all eight seasons of “Dexter” on DVD! 🙂
“UNDER THE DOME” SEASON FINALE — UNDERWHELMED ME
After an incredible season, the summer’s most watched new series, “Under The Dome” limped through the final minutes of the first season’s finale.
While a few answers were provided, there was no “OMG” gasp to keep me hanging on until next summer. What happened!!!!!!!
“The pink stars are falling; the pink stars are falling in line” until next summer!
A QUIET FALL
The new fall season is rolling out on network television. While I’ll have to wait until next year to see the new seasons of “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story: Coven” on DVD, I won’t be investing too much time on new shows.
Last fall, I didn’t watch too many debut shows. I started “Nashville” and “Elementary”, but I missed a few episodes here and there. I plan on going back and catching up on those two.
I also watched “Malibu Country” with Reba on ABC, but it was cancelled after the first season. As much as I love Reba, it was not as funny as her WB/CW series, “Reba” from 2001-2007, outside of Reba and Lily Tomlin, who played her mother.
While it wasn’t the fall season, I loved “The Following” and “Hannibal” earlier this year.
This season, there are only three shows that I’m trying out.
Tuesday night, I watched “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (ABC) with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher and it was enjoyable and kept me entertained. I’ll definitely be watching the second episode.
However, watching the last few minutes of its lead-in, “Dads”, the new Seth MacFarlane show, was painful. I don’t want to call it a comedy because it wasn’t funny!
On Thursday, September 26th, I plan on checking out “The Crazy Ones” (CBS). This will mark Robin Williams’ first series-regular role on television since 1982! It also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar. Even if turns out to be a painful 30 minutes, James Wolk will be good eye candy!
But, the show that excites me the most is “Hostages” (CBS).
It stars Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Toni Collette, who’ll always be Muriel Heslop (“You’re terrible Muriel”) from “Muriel’s Wedding” to me. Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott also stars.
McDermott plays Duncan Carlisle, a rogue FBI agent that takes Ellen Sanders, a doctor who will be performing surgery on the President of the United States, and her family hostage. She’s told that she has to assassinate the President or her family dies!
“Hostages” debuts on CBS Monday night, September 23rd.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
SPRING BREAK 2014
While I still have Ray’s big 50th birthday European cruise on the Danube River coming up in October and maybe a trip back home in early December to eat at my favorite restaurant, Patti’s 1880s, it’s not too early to be thinking of 2014.
Gretel want to go to Las Vegas and after an announcement this past Tuesday, I’m all for it.
Britney Spears just announced a two-year, $30 million deal to play 50 shows a year at Planet Hollywood!
So far, only the first 16 dates have been announced and it doesn’t cover Gretel’s spring break yet.
The 90-minute show makes its debut on December 27th and Britney says it’ll be a combination of club meeting theater. I saw Britney in concert in the summer of 2011 on the “Femme Fatale” tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she was fantastic.
PICK HIT OF THE WEEK
Okay, this is a no-brainer. “Work Bitch” is the first single from the upcoming unnamed Britney Spears album coming December 3rd.
The song was released earlier this week.
“You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You better work, bitch.”
DARREN CRISS IS NOT ONLY CUTE, BUT WISE!
So, does my love of Britney mean that Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson on “Glee”) is a wise man?
Recently, in “Out” magazine, he commented about his fan base, “The funny thing is that—I’d say that older gay men are basically the same as 16-year-old girls. It all gets lost in the wash. Neither one is any crazier than the other.”
Have I reminded you lately that Darren touched my hand at the “Glee” concert a couple of years ago in Rosemont, Illinois? He’s so adorable, but remember I’m crazy and crazy about Britney. “Work Bitch”!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAMMY
Next week, my sister, Tammy, celebrates her birthday on September 24th.
She moved here two years ago and we got to celebrate her birthday together for the first time in about twenty years.
She’s already picked Olive Garden for her birthday meal this year!
Happy Birthday, little sister!
BETTY IS VISITING
Betty, otherwise known as “Mom” arrived yesterday from Ohio to visit us until Monday.
However, it wasn’t as simple as driving to the airport in Cleveland (90 minutes for Betty), flying to Chicago, and then to Moline.
Because of early morning storms in Chicago, flights heading to O’Hare were grounded until early afternoon. She sat at the airport in Cleveland from 6 a.m. until noon and they finally took off and arrived at 1 p.m. Since she was flying no-revenue, standby, it was a long shot that there would be an open seat for her to Moline.
It’s a good thing that I drove the three hours to Chicago to pick her up Thursday afternoon, because all afternoon flights to the Quad Cities from Chicago were cancelled. While she made here safely at 7 p.m. Thursday, her luggage is still M.I.A.
We’ll likely get it today when flights resume. On a happier note, since she celebrated her 70th birthday late last month, we’ll be taking her to Osaka Buffet for lunch this weekend, since it’s one of her favorite places in the Quad Cities. For the record, it’s one of my favorites and Gretel.
We’ll also hit the casinos for her to win a fortune and I hope the machines are loose for me, too. I plan on giving up on the casinos after this weekend!
PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK
Since I talked about Cher earlier in the blog, why not flashback to the 1980s with her.
Cher had 11 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964-1972 as part of the duo, Sonny & Cher, with her ex-husband, Sonny including the 1965 #1 smash, “I Got You Babe”.
However, she had more success as a solo artist. From her first Top 40 hit in 1965 to her last Top 40 entry on the Hot 100 in 1999 with “Believe”, Cher scored 22 solo Top 40 hits with 12 of them reaching the Top Ten, and four making it all the way to the top of the charts: “Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves”, “Half-Breed”, and “Dark Lady” all in the early-1970s and then “Believe” in 1999.
Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite Cher songs (there’s so many to choose from!). “We All Sleep Alone” reached #14 on the Hot 100 in 1988.
It’s a “Woman’s World” according to Cher’s recent #1 Billboard Dance chart hit and I’m happy to be a part of it.
SUPERMODEL (YOU BETTER WORK)
Since I featured Britney’s new song, “Work Bitch” earlier in my blog, I’ll close out my blog on a happy, fun note from 1993 with a song that may have inspired Brit Brit.
RuPaul Andre Charles was a struggling musician and filmmaker in Atlanta in the 1980s, but gained national attention as a dancer in the B-52’s “Love Shack” video. You couldn’t miss him unless you were looking for a very tall bald black man.
RuPaul stormed onto the pop culture scene in the summer of 1993 when “Supermodel (You Better Work) reached #2 on the Billboard Dance chart and #45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While it wasn’t a huge radio hit, the song was played prominently in MTV’s video rotation back when they played videos! And, it was one of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain’s favorite songs that year and the two of them (with his family) hung out together at the MTV Video Music Awards!
Sashay! Shantay! Shantay! Shantay! You better work and have a great weekend.
Thank you for checking out my random thoughts this week.