Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s going to be a snowy one in Iowa and Illinois, but it’ll make it more romantic! 🙂
I hope you and yours have a great weekend. If there’s no “yours”, you still have every reason to enjoy the day and make the most of it.
I had many single years and I still treated myself to champagne and chocolates whenever I wanted them! Indulge. Life is too short.
Here are my random thoughts this Friday. As always, thank you for checking them out. If you agree with me, let me know. If you disagree, let me know nicely. 🙂
BEST WISHES TO MICHAEL SAM
Michael Sam, the Associated Press defensive football player of the year in the Southeast Conference, came out last Sunday telling the public something that his teammates have known since last fall.
Sam told ESPN, “I came to tell the world I’m an openly proud gay man.”
Sam is expected to be drafted into the National Football League and that would make him the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL.
Michael, I wish you the very best in football and in life and I’m not alone.
And, here is an incredible commentary from Dale Hansen, a sportscaster with WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, Texas. This is so true!
However, we still have a long way to go. This is a series of tweets from Kent State University wrestler Sam Wheeler. He’s been suspended indefinitely until the athletic department decides on how to handle the situation.
ZOMBIES SLAY OLYMPIANS
While the ratings for the 2014 Winter Olympics for NBC are off slightly from four years ago, people were watching this past weekend.
However, last Sunday night, in the key television viewing demographics, 18-49-year-olds, the season four mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” killed the rush for the gold, silver, and bronze.
In that demo group, “The Walking Dead” scored a rating of 8.2 beating the 6.9 for NBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics. Overall, 15.8 million people tuned in for “The Walking Dead”.
RACIST SOCHI TWEET?
Former Russian gold medalist figure skater Irina Rodnina, who lit the Olympic torch for the opening ceremonies of the Sochi games, is now at the center of a controversy that screams of racism.
Rodnina, who is now a member of Parliament in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, tweeted this doctored picture of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from last September.
Pro-Kremlin television personality Vladimir Soloviev says this is not a big scandal and that Rodnina is free to post whatever she wants. He went on to say the Tweet was not racist and that the reaction is too sensitive, “I advise everyone who attacked her that the next time they go out for a coffee, they should not call it a black coffee but an African-American coffee.”
I think this is racist whether it’s posted by a Russian politician or someone in the United States who feels as Rodnina does!
THIS “ARROW” HITS THE BULLS EYE
“Arrow” actor Stephen Amell wishes the athletes that have been training all their lives the very best in Sochi, Russia, but he holds nothing back on this thoughts about the country’s anti-gay laws.
On Facebook, Amell posted, “For everyone asking, we’re taking a mini hiatus so people can grit their teeth and suffer through an Olympic games marred by homophobia and mediocre public interest.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHTS
That was in Davenport, Iowa, the other morning. Luckily, it was actually only -23°!
SO LONG, MULDER & SCULLY
We just finished watching all 202 episodes of “The X-Files” and the two movies. While enjoyable, I still feel that the series finale was rushed and not very rewarding for such a stellar nine-year series that changed television.
After watching “The X-Files: I Want T0 Believe” again, the 2008 big screen movie is incredible and greatly under appreciated. While it did have the feel of a more adult (language, violence, and gore) expanded television monster-of-the-week episode, it is very powerful.
Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Doggett, Reyes, Krycek, The Smoking Man, the Lone Gunman, aliens, and Chris Carter, thank you for the memories.
HELLO FISHER FAMILY OF FREAKS
Before we move on to “Fringe” to wrap up the last two seasons, we’re going back to “Six Feet Under”. We’re now on season three (of five).
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dysfunctional family like the Fishers and their crazy friends and loved ones.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love Michael C. Hall. And, to see him as a very tormented David Fisher, who’s also gay, is very interesting.
Singer Hailey Rowe is back with a very inspiring song and video.
While she isn’t a household name, she scored my favorite song and video of 2013 with “My Boyfriend Is Gay”.
Her latest release is “Don’t Need Your Approval”.
“Captain Phillips” is nominated for six Oscars this year, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Barkhad Abdi. It also gained attention when Tom Hanks was snubbed for a Best Actor nomination.
The $55 million movie earned $215.3 million at the box office. It’s based on real life events when Somali hijackers took over the “MV Maersic Alabama” in April 2009 and kidnapped the cargo ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, for ransom.
It’s a well crafted movie by director Paul Greengrass (“United 93”) and Oscar winner Hanks does a great job playing Phillips as a strong leader in the face of terror and possible death. Even Adbi and the other three first-time Somali actors hold their own in the movie.
If you didn’t follow the story when it was news almost five years ago, you’ll enjoy the movie more. As I was watching it, I kept wondering if Hollywood would change something in the outcome for dramatization since it’s “based on a true story”.
After seeing the movie, was Hanks snubbed? I don’t think so based on the two Oscar-nominated performances I’ve seen so far (Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club” and Christian Bale in “American Hustle”). Will Abdi win the Supporting Actor award? No.
If you like an action packed thriller, you’ll definitely like “Captain Phillips”. If you want to see Greengrass at his best, watch “United 93”.
This thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck is entertaining enough with a few twists.
Timberlake plays Richie Furst, who used to work on Wall Street and is now getting his Master’s Degree. Since he isn’t eligible to get help with his tuition, he recruits college students to gamble online and he get a kick back. When he’s reported, the school’s dean tells him he must quit or he won’t get his degree.
He takes a chance gambling on the site knowing the odds and loses all his money. He then flies to Costa Rica to try to get his money back from Ivan Block (Affleck), who is the online gaming king.
It’s a cat and mouse game, but you don’t know who’s playing who.
NEW TWITTER FOLLOWER
I’m still relatively new to Twitter and I find it interesting. I only have 142 followers, but one of my new followers is someone I’ve been a fan of for almost 30 years — Andy Bell of Erasure.
Since the follow, we’ve corresponded a couple of times. If you’re an Erasure fan, check out this encouraging and fun tweet from Andy.
“Make It Wonderful” is the second single from last fall’s “Snow Globe” album and the remixes will be available February 24th. Here is the amazing “Morlando Club Mix”.
Some of the “many” things that Andy may have been talking about is the anticipated new album and tour this fall!
“BABYCAKES” & “SIGNIFICANT OTHERS”
If you read my “Random Friday Thoughts” each week, you know that I’ve been spending a lot of time on the treadmill walking and reading. I’ve lost 8.8 pounds since the beginning of the year, but it’s getting harder now.
I’m also reading Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of The City” series. I just finished the fourth and fifth books in the nine-book series.
“Babycakes”, the fourth book, takes place around 1983, seven years after the first book.
The AIDS pandemic claims the life of a recurring character and a main character is dealing with the loss of his best friend and lover. He takes a trip to England and runs into a major character that was absent in the third book.
One character becomes a television reporter after breaking the story of the survivors of the Jonestown Massacre. Another story line involved a favorite couple trying to have a baby with sterility and infidelity playing a major role. As the book ended, one life started and another ended.
This was my least favorite of the four books, so far, and part of it might have been the fact that it was new to me since it wasn’t made into a miniseries like the first three books.
The series found its mojo with the fifth book, “Significant Others”.
Two different retreats, one for a women’s festival (lesbians) and one for older men (rich Republicans), take place on Russian River north of San Francisco in 1985. We meet three new characters that play a big role in some of the lives of the original “Tales of The City” group.
One character faces the unknown when he takes the HIV test and what he’ll tell his wife and another is still dealing with the loss of his friend/lover from AIDS in the third fourth. He meets a new friend that could be something long-term, but they live on opposite coasts!
I can’t wait to see what happens in the sixth book!
“I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY”
Kentucky-born singer John Conlee had a long, successful string of 27 hits on the Billboard Country charts from 1978-1987. Of those 27 hits, 22 reached the Top Ten, and 7 topped the charts.
My two favorites are “Backside of Thirty”, his third hit and second number one from 1979, and his first country hit, “Rose Colored Glasses” that peaked at #5 in 1978.
THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK
Have a great weekend. I think we’re having heart-shaped pizza and a heart-shaped strawberry ice cream cake this weekend with Gretel and my sister, Tammy.