Happy New Year! I wish you the very best this year. If 2013 was a great year for you, I hope this one is better. If 2013 wasn’t all that great, I hope 2014 is incredible.
Here are my first random thoughts of 2014!
HELL HAS FROZEN OVER!
This is not a segue into the bitterly cold, below zero temperatures we’re waking up to in the Midwest this Friday or the brutal cold coming in early next week.
Hell has frozen over because I can now say that I agree with former Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck on something!
On CNN recently, Beck cracked me up talking about Santa and race when he replied, “I don’t know what color your imaginary friends are.”
However, it was his comments about Russia and a prominent television star there that caught my attention and we found common ground.
People, I’ve talked about this hate since last summer, but we really need to wake up when it comes to Russia and the sad state of human rights there!
As much as I love the Christmas lights and decorations, the outdoors lights will be put away when some of the snow melts and it warms up a little. The “live” tree inside comes down next weekend!
I had a very nice Christmas and Santas Ray, Tammy, Gretel, Betty & Ray’s parents lavished me with some fun and some very practical gifts. By practical, do you notice the soap, shampoos, and lotions? I can’t wait to use the food processor this summer when the garden produces enough tomatoes for homemade salsa.
And, Vickie, thank you for the Michael Buble book and Andy, the tie is too cool!
RICKY MARTIN IS SINGLE
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BEING HEALTHIER IS NOT A RESOLUTION
If you recall, in 2012, Ray and I both lost about 25-30 pounds for his 30th high school reunion and the Madonna concert for my birthday in Las Vegas. While it was hard eating very little and walking a lot, it was worth it.
Since October 2012, we haven’t been very dedicated to healthy eating and it shows. I’ve gained all the weight back and more! Yesterday morning, I weighed more than I’ve ever weighed!
I feel like I look like Christian Bale’s character in “American Hustle”, but with better hair and clothes. Okay, I’m slightly exaggerating there.
Ray and I have both set our weight loss goal of 15 pounds by summer.
Bring on the lettuce!
REDBOX TARGETED OVER SAME-SEX MOVIE
I love renting movies from Redbox. I’ll watch a movie that I normally wouldn’t check out, because for $1.20, you generally can’t go wrong. As far as I can recall, I’ve never rented a gay-themed movie from Redbox because they normally aren’t there.
However, there’s a documentary called “Bridgegroom” available now and it’s causing some uproar.
It tells the story of the documentary’s producer, Shane Bitney Crone, and his late partner, Tom Bridegroom, who died in an accidental fall from a rooftop.
Some of you may recall this story about Crone’s grief in the YouTube video sensation, “It Could Happen To You”, in which Crone describes Bridegroom’s family refusing to let him to come to his partner’s funeral and them threatening his life. It has been viewed more 4.6 million times since it was posted more than a year ago.
Crone posted on Facebook earlier this week, “some radio hosts and church groups have encouraged others to boycott the popular Redbox video rental kiosks completely, simply because they are against a love story about two men.”
Redbox plans to supply the documentary to its 44,000 kiosks across the country and is contributing 5% of the film’s proceeds to GLAAD, GLSEN, PFLAG, and Freedom the Marry.
“I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY” FLASHBACK
Since I started my blog almost two years ago, I regularly featured some of my favorite pop songs from the 1980s, the best decade of music!
In 2014, I’m taking the mantra of Marie Osmond, with whom I share a birthday. This year, “I’m a little bit country” and I’m starting it off with Shania Twain.
No, it’s not one of the awesome country and pop crossover hits from her mega-selling albums “The Woman In Me”, “Come On Over” or “Up” that made Shania the best-selling female country artist not only in America, but the world. She has sold more than 85 million albums world-wide!
In America alone, “The Woman In Me” sold 12+ million copies, 20+ million for “Come On Over”, and 11+ million for “Up”.
Shania’s first hit, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” reached #11 in 1995. Including that hit, she has scored 27 Top 40 country hits with 16 of them reaching the Top Ten, and 7 have topped the charts.
However, my feature hit today is her first release from her self-titled debut in 1993. Sadly, “What Made You Say That” and the follow-up, “Dance With The One That Brought You”, both only reached #55.
We played this song like crazy at Charlie’s, the country bar that I worked at in Chicago, before Shania made it big!
If it all works out, I want to visit Las Vegas in 2014 and see a double feature of Shania Twain and Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me”, which is earning rave reviews since it started last Friday night.
More than likely, the first show we’ll see this year will be Cher and her “Dressed To Kill” tour when it comes to Rosemont, outside Chicago, on June 7th.
I’d also like to see Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis’ “Grits & Glamour Tour” in Clinton, Iowa, in June, since I’ve seen both of them separately in concert.
I also want to see Erasure next fall and Olivia Newton-John, if she tours.
And, I’m still holding out for a Culture Club reunion tour.
Last week, you learned that the Israeli drama/love story, “Out in The Dark”, was my favorite movie of 2013.
I’m already starting to compile my best of 2014 list and the first theatrical movie I checked out was “American Hustle”.
The movie, directed by David O. Russell, stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams, who Russell directed in “The Fighter” and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook”, which was also directed by Russell.
“American Hustle” is loosely based on a FBI undercover operation back in the late-1970s and early-1980s involving crooked politicians.
All four stars were incredible in the movie and gave Oscar worthy performances.
I think Adams has a Best Actress nomination secured and Lawrence could very well be nominated in the Supporting Actress category. Her nutty character was funny and heartbreaking.
HOLLYWOOD, LISTEN TO ME!
I’ve now seen Jennifer Lawrence in five movies and she’s been captivating in every one of them.
I believe every movie should star Lawrence and Melissa Leo, who I hope Oscar remembers in mid-January when the nominations are announced. She was phenomenal in “Prisoners”.
Happy 2014 again and thank you for checking out my random thoughts. I plan on relaxing this weekend, vegging out, watching movies, and getting through more of “The X-Files”. We’re midway through season seven.
Since I mentioned my favorite movie of 2013 in this blog, I’ll leave you with my favorite song and video of 2013. You can find separate blogs of my “best of 2013” by hitting the back button at the top of this blog for past blogs. 🙂
Wait, I have a Cher playlist and I know the words to every Britney song…………