Random Friday Thoughts — February 9, 2018

It’s time for another one of my “Random Friday Thoughts”.

I want to thank all of you for the beautiful words about Miss ABBA and Mr. Panda last  week on the anniversaries of their crossing over the “Rainbow Bridge”.

I’ll tell you that the first few days of February have not been kind to me over the years with the passing of ABBA, Panda, the end of my relationship, and the death of Karen Carpenter.

However, I promise you, my friends, at this time next year, I’ll still remember those beautiful pets, but I’ll have an exit plan in place for getting out of this misery I’m in and God-willing, I’ll have an exit date!

With that in mind, here’s what I’m thinking this week!


While not totally related, this year’s high rate of the flu has me thinking about vaccinations, specifically childhood vaccinations.


I know there are parents out there that don’t vaccinate their children for religious reasons and some because they fear that childhood shots may cause autism.

I’m one of those that firmly believes that every child in school should have all of the doctor-recommended shots.

Children are susceptible to so many viruses and diseases anyways, why not give them every chance to be as healthy as possible?

Your thoughts on mandatory childhood vaccinations?


Ricky Martin is off the market, guys (and gals).

The sexy Latin pop star and star of the current FX series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” married his Syrian-Swedish painter boyfriend of three years, Jwan Yosef.


Martin, the father of two, wants people to see him, Jwan, and the kids as normal.

He tells “Out” magazine, “I want people to look at me and see a family and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with that.’ It’s part of my mission.  It’s part of my kids’ mission as well.  My kids ask me about having two daddies and I tell them we are a part of a modern family.  This is a beautiful sense of freedom.”

After reading Martin’s autobiography, “Me”, here’s what I had to say if you want to learn more about him.



Donut Mania, a specialty shop, in Las Vegas is offering the ultimate dessert through Valentine’s Day — gold-decorated donuts.


The treats are made with edible 24-karat gold leaf and dust.  If that wasn’t decadent enough, the fabulosity factor goes higher since the deep-fried dough is infused with sparkling Perrier-Jouët Champagne!

If you’re heading to Vegas soon, these shiny donuts will set you back $15 each and they have to be pre-ordered.

Too extravagant for you?  They have countless others available, too!

Donut 3


As I blogged before, now that I’m finished with boxes of old “Rolling Stone” and “Time” magazines, I read “Front Row At The White House” by UPI news correspondent Helen Thomas.


It was a great read with her stories of the eight presidents (and First Ladies) she covered through 1999 from John & Jacqueline Kennedy to Bill & Hillary Clinton.

Christmas In Plains

I also read “Christmas In Plains” by my idol, Former President Jimmy Carter.  I read this small, but inspiring book every holiday season.


Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I was pretty vocal about the candidates and since that fateful night, I’ve worked very hard to say as little as possible about “that man”.  It is what it is and what can I do until the mid-term elections in 2018 and the next election in 2020.

But, with the amazing Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain as Vernoica Elders, I’m still laughing and watching this “Saturday Night Live” skit again and again.

Really, “What Even Matters Anymore!”  While sad that this is true, Chastain is freaking funny!


Many television shows are taking on Donald Trump.

There’s the incredible third season of USA’s “Mr. Robot” where this interaction played out…

Zhang (who’s also “Whiterose”), China’s Minster of State Security, tells the right wing TV host Frank Cody: “I may have a potential candidate for president I want you to back.” (with “that man” on the television).


Cody:  <nervous laugh> “Look, the country’s desperate right now, but you can’t be serious.  I mean the guy’s a buffoon.  He’s completely divorced from reality.  How would you even control him?” 

Zhang (Whiterose):  “If you pull the right strings, a puppet will dance anyway you desire!”

And, then there’s “The X-Files”.

In the eleventh season, actions and comments of #45 have been mentioned (without calling him by name) several times, especially “fake news”.


In a recent comical episode, Mulder meets with the mysterious “Dr. They”, who tells the FBI agent that his time has passed.  He adds that these days, we don’t even know what the truth means and that no one really cares if it gets out.

A more potent, yet much less subtle, bash is when a spaceship landed and the alien leader told Mulder and Scully that they were cutting ties with Earth.

They were going to build a wall around the solar system because our race is made up of liars and we accuse them of bringing in drugs and crime.  But, the alien did say that not all of us are bad!

And, #45, every time you bring up the expression “Crooked Hillary”, think of this:


That replaced “The Truth Is Out There” opening earlier this season.


After the season three finale, I got a tweet back from the show’s mastermind and creator Sam Esmail.Mr Robot


The “Rocket Man” Elton John is saying “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, but not before sharing the love with his fans one last time.


A couple of weeks ago, the 70-year-old music icon announced his massive farewell tour — 300 cities over three years!

Elton promises an over-the-top production with dates in the U.S., Europe (May 2019), South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Comically, he added that when he’s done, he’s done, “I’m not Cher, even though I like wearing her clothes — this is the end.”

Elton LasVegas

I saw him in Las Vegas on my birthday weekend in 2012 and he was incredible.


34-year-old Rodrigo Alves is a Brazilian born social media celebrity.  However, he’s known as the “Human Ken Doll”.

FLYNET - Exclusive: Rodrigo Alves On A Shopping Spree In London

Holy hell, I don’t think so!

I had many fantasies as a kid of a human version of the Mattel “Ken” doll, but he didn’t look like that.

He looked more like this!

ken doll

Okay, back to Alves.  He finally found a doctor to reduce his waistline from 26″ to 20″ by removing four “floating ribs”!

This is a creepy and shocking television interview with him.

Okay, I’m not a mental health expert.   But, when it comes to finding plastic surgeons to perform these elaborate works of human body massacre, how does he pass psychological evaluations or do they even do them?

As a recovery food addict, I fought body image issues for much of my 20s.  However, I never once thought of doing anything like this!

No wonder Barbie is more independent!


1959 — Barbie hit stores and pundits said the toy would fail.  Mattel sold 300,000 of the $3 dolls within a year.

1963 — The Barbie Baby-Sits debuted with a book titled “How to Lose Weight”.  It recommended, “Don’t eat.”  Nice going, Mattel!

1970 — National Organization for Women stage the “Women’s Strike for Equality” with signs reading, “I Am Not a Barbie Doll”.

1980 — Multi-cultural versions of Barbie are introduced, but critics blasted them because their features were Caucasian.

1992 — A new talking Barbie declares “Math class is tough!”.  This didn’t go over well.

2004 — Barbie and Ken break-up.  They had been companions since 1961.  However, they reunited seven years later.


In 1997, if you listened to pop radio, you couldn’t escape “Barbie Girl” by the Danish group Aqua.

The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it topped the charts in more than a dozen countries.

With lyrics like “I’m a blond bimbo girl, in a fantasy world” and “Make me walk, make me talk, do whatever you please/I can act like a star, I can beg on my knees”, Mattel wasn’t pleased.  It unsuccessfully sued the group.


Troye Sivan is racing up the chart with his latest hit, “My My My”, the first single from his new album.  The name of the disc and the release date are still unknown.

Two years ago, Sivan had my #2 song of 2016 with “Youth” and last year, he made my year-end Top 20 list with Martin Garrix on “There For You”.


With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Connie Huizenga on February 9, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Good snowy morning Anthony, If you were here you would be in your glory. There are several inches on the ground with more to come. We did not get the 8-10 inches like originally thought, but we will be getting more snow this weekend. Seeing the snow on the ground reminds me of you and makes me miss you more.

    I am one of the anti-vaccine people. I, personally, had 3 kinds of measles, the mumps, and chicken pox. One of the measles that I had was the dreaded rubella. Fast forward to my 20’s when I was having my kids. They drew blood to test for antibodies against rubella. Needless to say, I passed with flying colors. People that receive vaccines may have an immunity against the disease, but the immunity is not as strong or complete as it is from the disease itself. Did people die or becomes incapacitated from the disease? Yes. People have the same reactions to the vaccine. I did not know anyone who reacted badly to the disease when I was a kid and everyone had the disease at some time or another. I did not run into anyone who reacted to the disease until I was nurse going into the homes of people to provide care. I cared for people in the hospital that contracted measles. The people that had the vaccines would not care for them because they were concerned their immunity was not strong enough.

    I believe that people are afraid of something due to the lack of education or understand. I also don’t believe in putting chemicals into your body. We try to eat homegrown food, and not put other chemicals into our bodies. I am just saying my opinion is different than most peoples. Life is good when you can express yourself without recrimination. Thank you for that opportunity.

    Still miss you and can’t wait to have you back in our area. I know that you have not said that is what is happening as your exit plan. I can hope can’t I. Love ya.


    • Hello Connie, my dear friend!

      Enjoy the snow for me as much as you can since I know you want spring and longer days. 🙂

      I’m glad I was in the 4-8″ range with my forecast for you. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on vaccines. Medicine, like so much of science (my field definitely) is so variable and uncertain.

      I can’t wait until I make my move. I just have to find a distraction until then or give up my professional life.

      Have a great weekend!



  2. Posted by Pam on February 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks, Anthony. I enjoy reading your thoughts. Pam


  3. Posted by Richard Kennedy on February 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

    In bed with a cold since Thursday , feeling better but not good enough for Church , as always enjoyed your thoughts don’t stop 🍀Later gator


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