The weekend is here and I hope you have a great one. In the Quad Cities, Gumbo Ya-Ya is taking place in the District of Rock Island. While I’ve broadcasted weather live from the event, I’ve never actually gone to it. So, this evening, I’ll be there an hour or so for work and then I may sample some of the culture and the food.
On Sunday,we’re heading to Chicagoland to celebrate Gretel’s birthday a month early. Two years ago, we took her to the “Glee Live” concert. This time it’s Ke$ha and Pitbull. While I was the one that really wanted to go, Gretel was very excited about getting to see the show, too.
KE$HA & PITBULL IN CONCERT
While I know that Ke$ha is strange and her songs are auto-tuned to the max, she’s still fun to listen to and who doesn’t love someone that’s not afraid to let their freak flag fly. Her current album, “Warrior” is amazing.
The reviews of the concert are really good. From what I’ve read, Ke$ha comes out first and performs about 55 minutes and then Pitbull brings his Latin magic to the stage for about 75 minutes.
Ke$ha’s new song, “Crazy Kids” featuring will.i.am is currently racing up the chart and is already Top 30 at pop radio.
KAISER’S LAST WALK
In a heartwarming show of respect last Friday in Massachusetts, several Plymouth Police Department personnel gathered outside an animal hospital to salute Kaiser, their 2.5-year-old K-9 companion, as he walked into the veterinarian clinic to be put down.
The German Shepherd was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure this March, but his health problems became too severe early last week for him to work and the decision was made to end his pain.
Kaiser was one of the youngest dogs to ever attend the training academy – at just 10 months old. After finishing the four-month Patrol Dog Academy, he was certified in human tracking, criminal apprehension and evidence recovery and was assigned to Plymouth Police Officer Jamie LeBretton.
LeBretton posted this on the Plymouth Police K-9 unit’s Facebook page, “I feel privileged to have had a front row seat to witness his bravery and heroic actions while serving the people of Plymouth and my brothers and sisters in blue.”
Rest in peace, Kaiser!
TRAIN WRECK AMANDA BYNES HAS CROSSED THE LINE
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes is giving people plenty to talk about and it has nothing to do with her acting!
Following her last arrest on May 23, 2013, she tweeted, “Don’t believe the reports about me being arrested. It’s all lies. I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out the window when I opened the window for fresh air. Hilarious. He slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment…The cops were creepy.” Um, okay.
And, then last weekend, she was upset with “People” magazine and posted this on Twitter with a gay slur.
Before it was deleted, RuPaul got wind of it and had this come back.
Amanda, you need help, but let me give you some advice. You should really watch your mouth, especially dropping that f-bomb because one thing you don’t want in your twisted little life is for the LGBT community to come down on you, especially a 7-foot tall drag queen (with heels and wig)!
You better work!
I finally had the new Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita and it was pretty tasty. And, the nice thing is that it’s only 199 calories. While it has more calories than a glass of wine or a vodka/diet tonic, I would not want to have more than one or two of them at a time anyways. It seems more like a cordial or a dessert drink to me. Also, I bet it would fun to make my own variation of the drink for a party!
As many of you know, I love making fun drinks or having a vodka tonic or a glass or two of wine, so this cartoon is rather fitting for me. 🙂
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
PRIDE PROTEST SHAME
Last weekend was 6th annual Pride weekend in the Quad Cities. I’ve attended three of them now. Two with Miss ABBA and this one with Ray and Gretel. I hear the turnout on Saturday was phenomenal! Thank you, Quad Cities!
We went on Sunday and it wasn’t as busy during the afternoon. As many of you know, I’m very outspoken about matters that are true to my heart. I believe in equality for all and I stand behind my convictions and I don’t hide. What you get is what you see!
As we were leaving Pride, Ray pointed out the two protestors standing by the entrance/exit. While thousands attended the Quad Cities Pride, two people took it upon themselves to let us know that we were sinners in God’s eyes.
If this is a relative of yours, I offer my apologies on several levels. But, most of all, if you have the nerve to condemn people on God’s behalf, please have “pride” in yourself that you don’t hang your head in shame when someone takes your picture. I know there are many people who believe as this man does. On the other hand, I know there are many more people who are proud to stand up for the rights of their LGBT brothers and sisters.
Gretel, who turns 12 next month, asked, “What is he protesting?” I told her, “he thinks God doesn’t want your two dads married”. And, her response was priceless, “Why?” I ♥ my little girl!
I can hear the angel Whitney Houston singing in my head, “I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way”. So, I’ll share it with you now.
PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK
It’s been almost 16 months since the incredibly talented and beautiful Whitney Houston left us. Her music still sounds as good today as it did when she blasted onto the music scene in 1985 with her first hit, “You Give Good Love”. From that first Billboard Hot 100 hit that peaked at #3 to her last Top 40 appearance in 2001 (“The Star-Spangled Banner, #6), Whitney scored 30 Top 40 hits. Of those, 24 reached the Top Ten, and eleven made it all the way to the top of the chart!
As a matter of fact, from 1985-1988, Whitney topped the Billboard Hot 100 with seven consecutive songs: “Saving All My Love For You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love of All”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional”, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”.
In addition to those seven consecutive chart toppers, Whitney also reached the top with “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, “All The Man I Need”, I Will Always Love You”, and “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”.
She also topped the Billboard Dance Chart fourteen times.
DONUT VODKA LAST YEAR AND NOW WHAT?
Last year at this time, I was anxiously awaiting the “Glazed Donut” vodka from 360 Vodka, which the company called the “irresistible taste of America’s most-popular donut.” I wasn’t impressed when I bought it, so I need to try it again to see if I was wrong last summer.
Today, on National Donut Day, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering not only a free donut with the purchase of a beverage, but it’s also offering a new, relatively healthy breakfast (or I guess, anytime) treat, the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich!
The company describes the 360 calorie, 20 fat grams sandwich this way, “The glazed donut is light and fluffy and gives you just the right amount of sweetness. Combined with the lightly salted, smoked bacon, the texture and flavors marry together in a wonderful way. It’s a delicious bite of the perfect harmonization of sweet and savory flavors.”
So, would it be overkill to have this new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich and a 360 Vokda Glazed Donut cocktail for dinner tonight??? 🙂
Speaking of Dunkin’ Donuts, the chain’s Moline, Illinois, store on Avenue of the Cities that was struck by a hit and run stolen pickup truck almost three months ago is still closed. And, it will remain that way indefinitely. While I’m not a regular customer there, I thought it was rather odd that it has taken so long to re-open. So, I did some investigating and no building permit has been requested from the Moline Building Division for the repair work. Interesting!
I guess if I really want my free donut and to try this sandwich today, I’ll have to go to Davenport!
“THE WALKING DEAD”
While we’re still months away from the start of the fourth season of “The Walking Dead”, I got excited earlier this week when it was announced that season three arrives on DVD on August 27th! Yes, I’m one of those people who don’t watch enough television to pay Mediacom’s outrageous prices for cable.
I can’t wait to see the third season because I hear it was fantastic. And, yes, I’m aware that some of the main characters die since you can’t avoid spoilers these days, especially if you wait for shows to arrive on DVD.
The season 3 finale was watched by 12.4 million people making it the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history.
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), I’ll see you in less than three months!
While I love “The Walking Dead”, my favorite show is “Dexter”. The final season begins June 30th on Showtime!
And, guess who graces the cover of my favorite magazine, “Entertainment Weekly’?
While my issue will arrive in the mail today, I already know part of what it says about season 8. Since I don’t believe in spoiling things for others, in case you’re not caught up, here’s what I’ll let out of the bag. According to “EW”, the final season picks up six months after the shocking season seven finale. Debra has a new job and Dexter is desperate to get close to his sister again after the all of the turmoil she faced last season after she found out what Dexter is!
And, this sounds like an awesome new storyline: “Enter Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), a psychiatrist with a secret: Decades ago she helped Dexter’s father write the Code that he’s used to manage his psychotic impulses. Now she’s being stalked by a mysterious killer and wants Dex’s help.”
Ray and I just watched Season 7 and I have to say that it was my favorite season so far, but season one is very close!
Since I love ranking and grading pop culture, here goes:
Season 1: (A+) — Three words: Ice Truck Killer! Plus, I love Sergeant Doakes (“Surprise Motherf***a”)!
Season 2: (B) — I gave it a higher grade for Doakes and a lower grade because of Lila (you gotta love Paris)!
Season 3: (B-) — This season had so much potential especially when Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) saw Dexter kill someone early on, but the show lost its way for most of the season.
Season 4: (A) — The Trinity Killer & Rita taking a much deserved bath!
Season 5: (B-) — Lumen got old fast, but having Jonny Lee Miller (Jordan Chase) on the show saved it from getting a “C”. However, the story line was weak.
Season 6: (A-) — The “Doomsday Killer” and the Book of Revelations killings were intriguing. The “Nebraska” filler episode dropped the season back a partial grade.
Season 7: (A+) — The dynamics of Dexter and Debra this season after she witnessed his kill at the end of season six were incredible. Debra’s fragility of discovering what Dexter is and having to compromise her position with Miami Metro to save her brother was a powerful story to watch unfold. And, it was fun seeing Dexter as the mouse in the “cat and mouse” game with his every move being watched by not only Debra, but also by Isaac Sirko and the Koshka Brotherhood (the Ukrainian based international crime syndicate). If that wasn’t enough, he and Debra then had to come up with a strategic plan after Captain LaGuerta found evidence that Doakes wasn’t the “Bay Harbor Butcher” and she started investigating Dexter!
And, the icing on the cake, I finally got a Christmas “Dexter” episode!
If you’re looking for a movie to rent this weekend, I suggest “Silver Linings Playbooks” (A-), “The Life of Pi” (A), and “The Impossible” (A).
“The Impossible” is about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that struck many southeast Asia countries on December 26, 2004. Indonesia was hardest hit with the most damage and casualties. Around a quarter of a million people died.
This movie follows a British couple played by Naomi Watts (who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance) and Ewan McGregor and their three sons on a holiday vacation to Thailand. After enjoying opening presents for Christmas, the movie moves on to their fight for survival during and after the waves hit their resort.
Watts’ performance was subtle, but very touching. In a weaker Oscar race year, Tom Holland, who played the couple’s 12-year-old son, Lucas, would have have nominated.
The special effects of the tsunami and the aftermath of the raging water that turned land into an extension of the Indian Ocean were so realistic.
AND, TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS!
This was one of the craziest, but entertaining, movies I’ve seen in some time.
It’s the directorial debut of Hollywood veteran script supervisor Jules Stewart, the mother of the “Twilight” series star Kristin Stewart. At one point, K-Stew was attached to the movie, but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict. Her brother, Cameron Stewart makes his acting debut as a prisoner.
The movie stars Goran Visnjic, of “ER” fame, as hard partying, boozer, and druggie music producer Raymond Saxx, Jr. He ends up in jail one night after a blackout and then mistakenly (one guard bribing another is more accurate) gets taken to K-11, a part of the Los Angeles County Jail, that houses gay or transsexual inmates to keep them “safe” from the general jail population.
K-11 is a cesspool of drugs and bad behavior and is controlled by Mousey, a street wise transsexual inmate played by actress Kate De Castillo. De Castillo is incredible. It’s a case of Julie Andrew’s “Victor Victoria” gone bad. A woman playing a man dressing as a woman. I seriously thought that De Castillo was a man playing a woman or a transsexual.
The movie is violent and does have drug and rape scenes, so it may not be for the faint of heart.
OBSESSED WITH THIS VIDEO!
I love the latest song and video from singer and songwriter Hailey Rowe. When I first saw the video, I loved it because it was fun and both Hailey and video “boyfriend”, actor Blake Peyrot, are so damn cute. Now, I just can’t stop watching it. And, the song was added to the playlists at stations in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Palm Springs, California. I think it would be so awesome for this song to take off at Top 40 radio this summer!
FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES
A mini-vacation sounds nice right now, but we don’t have any planned.
However, last year at this time, Ray, Gretel, Betty (“Mom”) and I spent the weekend at “Four Mounds”, a little getaway in Dubuque, Iowa, overlooking the Mississippi River. They have a little cabin that we’ve rented several times. We just relaxed, played cards, walked in the woods and along the River, and ate some good food like my favorite meal that Ray makes — chicken piccata. That’s also the first meal he cooked for me and Miss ABBA in early 2009 when we met.
Okay, that’s enough random thoughts. You know I always welcome your thoughts on anything that I’m talking about or something totally off the subject.
Have a great weekend!