It’s hard to believe that one-third of 2014 is already behind us. Getting older is for the birds!
I hope you have great weekend plans. We’re having some friends over for dinner Saturday night and I plan on taking it easy Sunday. Have a great weekend and thank you for checking out my “Random Friday Thoughts”.
DONALD STERLING’S STUPID COMMENT
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has handed down a stiff penalty to 80-year-old Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after it confirmed that it was Sterling’s voice making racist comments to a girlfriend on tape.
Sterling was fined $2.5 million and was banned for life from the NBA, which means he cannot attend any NBA games, enter any Clippers facility, or take part in any business decisions for the Clippers. He may also be forced to sell the team, which is worth about $575 million.
This latest controversy started after a recording of Sterling telling his girlfriend, Vivian Stiviano, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people”, after Stiviano, who is bi-racial, posted a picture of herself with former NBA star Magic Johnson.
But, what gets me is not the fact that Sterling is a racist (he’s proven that many times in the past) is that his wife, Rochelle (Shelley), says he’s not a racist.
Wait, his wife? Sterling has been married to her since 1955, almost 50 years, yet he has this young girlfriend and in 2003, he was sued by another girlfriend, that he summed up as just a “prostitute” and that their relationship was “purely sex for money”. Needless to say, that woman, Alexandra Castro, won the lawsuit and kept the house.
I don’t want to judge Sterling and his wife and their relationship if it’s open, that’s their business. But, for these other women to think they have something real with him. Seriously!
SADLY, IN KENTUCKY…
I was born and raised in Kentucky and just like any other place, I know there are good people there and we have our own fair share of close-minded idiots.
For instance, there’s Herald Embroidery in Oak Grove, Kentucky, which is just minutes away from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where the 101st Airborne Division is located.
This is the door to the business. Obviously, if you’re religious or carry a gun, you’re welcome in the store. However, don’t cuss or be gay. If so, you’re not welcome.
After a lesbian couple posted a review on the company’s Google page about them not being welcomed there, “Instinct”, a gay magazine contacted the owner of the shop, Matthew Lombard, and he stood by the stickers on the door.
However, on the print shop’s website, there’s a “clarification”. (If you have to click on this picture insert, just hit the back arrow when you’re done reading it to return to the blog.)
Now, at the bottom of the home page of their website is this, “Due to overwhelming media attention we will not be accepting phone calls at this time.”
My sister, Tammy, used to live in Oak Grove, which is just outside of Clarksville, Tennessee, too, where she spent many years.
While we enjoyed the Waffle House in Oak Grove last December, it’s a good thing that I didn’t have a reason to do business with Herald Embroidery!
JAPAN’S AWESOME FIRST LADY
Kudos to Akie Abe for taking part in Tokyo’s gay pride parade last weekend along with a crowd of about 3,000 people.
On her Facebook page, along with fun pictures of the parade, the First Lady of Japan stated, “I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination. I had the pleasure of spending fun time filled with smiles.”
Her husband, conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abo, did not attend the parade. He visited victims of 2011’s tsunami.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I finally got around to seeing the Oscar-nominated British film, “Philomena”, last weekend and it was incredible.
The movie is based on a real-life story of Philomena Lee, a teenager who becomes pregnant and is sent off to an Abbey in Ireland by her father to have the child. After bonding with the little boy, Anthony, for a few years, he is adopted by an American family.
Lee, played with perfection by Judi Dench, who earned a Best Actress nomination at this year’s Oscars, waits 50 years before sharing her daily torment with her grown daughter. The daughter just happens to meet a reporter who helps Philomena find her son.
“Philomena” will make you laugh and cry. It’s a must see.
And, here is the real Philomena Lee with her daughter, Jane, in 2013.
RICKY MARTIN SHARES ALL
In 2010, Ricky Martin released his autobiography, “Me”.
It was a great read with Ricky taking us on a ride of his life from Menudo to “General Hospital” to selling out arenas around the world.
He also talks about coming out and starting his family.
I blogged about it earlier this week, so here’s the link if you’d like to know more about the sexy, Latin sensation and how he works to make the world a better place when he’s not singing.
“THE FOLLOWING” SEASON FINALE
My Monday nights are free again until the end of June when the second season of “Under The Dome” returns on CBS.
This past Monday night was the exciting second season finale of “The Following” on Fox. It was definitely one of the better episodes this season, which was uneven, at times.
I’m still in shock of the death of a major character in the episode before the finale.
About the finale, it kept me on the edge of the couch trying to figure out how it would end with each new plot twist. Here’s a mild “spoiler alert”. I’m going to mention an overall scene, but I won’t mention any names.
My biggest complaint about the last few minutes of the season finale is that you had seven major characters in the room with several guns drawn and, at least, two knives AND the casualty count is ONLY one!!!
However, I was sitting there screaming “shoot him”, “shoot him”, repeatedly in the final moments of that big scene.
Overall, a great ending to the season. Season three returns in early 2015!
“UNDER THE DOME”
Since I mentioned “Under The Dome”, I want to share this new trailer for season two that came out this week.
While the promo tells us that two lead characters will die in the season premiere, executive director Neal Baer does go on to say that Barbie and Big Jim will survive — for a few more episodes, at least.
Season two, written and directed by Stephen King, returns Monday, June 30th, on CBS.
“I’M A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY”
In my weekly flashback this year, I’m focusing on my favorite country songs and the artists that I grew listening to or that I love now.
I met LeAnn Rimes in Salisbury, Maryland, in the fall of 2005. She was very sweet.
While she has been performing since she was a little girl, she blasted onto the country music scene with her Top Ten hit, “Blue”, in the summer of 1996. The follow-up single, “One Way Ticket (Because I Can)”, topped the chart and would become her only number one song on the Billboard Country chart.
She charted 17 hits on the Country chart with 12 of them reaching the Top Ten, including this one from 2005. “Something’s Gotta Give” reached #2.
Along with her country albums, LeAnn also released two great pop albums, “Twisted Angel” (2002) and “Whatever We Wanna” (2006). I love both of them, but, sadly, they didn’t do much for her crossover to pop domination.
However, she did chart nine hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with “How Do I Live” spending 69 weeks on that chart, which was a record, at the time, in the late-1990s. That song sold more than three million copies.
Another one of my favorite LeAnn Rimes’ songs is the last single released from “This Woman” in late 2005. Sadly, “Some People” only reached #34 on the Country charts.
Although this long winter is just now ending and Christmas is a still about eight months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about it!
These decorations are in the studio where LeAnn is recording her second Christmas album! Her first, “What A Wonderful Life”, came out in October 2004.
‘Tis the season, early!
Thank you for checking out my random thoughts this week. As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts, whether you agree with some of my thoughts or not.
Have a great weekend.