The weekend is almost here. You know I love my weekends and I start counting down to them when I walk into work Monday mornings.
I greatly appreciate you taking the time to check out my random thoughts. I think about a lot of things and writing not only gives me an avenue to express myself, but it gives me a chance to process all of the things that are happening in the world.
So, bear with me this week even if you’re over this year’s circus of a presidential election.
I also have random thoughts that are not about politics. But, I feel it’s worth mentioning.
As always, if you disagree with me, just do it diplomatically.
SECOND DEBATE HIGHS AND LOWS
Here’s a shocker — I’ll say a nice thing about Donald Trump.
He did better in last Sunday’s debate. However, he also did a better job of showing he knows nothing about the job of president!
When asked repeatedly about what he’d do in Syria, he ranted and raved for minutes without ever answering the question. I swear he thought they said, “cereal”. It confused him and he didn’t know what to say — like most of what he said all night!
He did have one nice thing to say about Hillary before saying he didn’t agree with much of what she said.
TELL HIM THE WAY IT IS!
My favorite celebrity tweet of the night came from Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “How To Get Away With Murder”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and so many more ABC hits.
Look on the bright side, it’s all over in just a little over three week! Get out and vote!
SHE SAID WHAT(!) IN THE BEST QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Republican strategist and political commentator Ana Navarro made headlines last week in the wake of Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” secret recording degrading women.
In 2005, he was recorded boasting that because he was a celebrity, he could kiss anyone he wanted and could even grab their p***y.
In this video, Navarro shocked television censors when she stood up to Trump bobble head Scottie Nell Hughes.
Warning: This is not censored like my statement three lines up!
Kudos to you Ana. Speak the truth. Sometimes that’s harder to swallow for some!
EARLIER THIS WEEK, I HAD MUCH MORE TO SAY…
Since my thoughts here are random and I don’t want to write chapters, I posted a blog about the Donald Trump and Billy Bush scandal and what it meant to me earlier this week.
If you missed it Wednesday, here it is (if you click on this link, it’ll open in a new window and you won’t lose your place here.)
Donald & Billy’s “Locker Room Talk”
Since I posted that blog on Wednesday, I’ve gotten great feedback. Not everyone agrees with me, but we have that right. As I said above, you can disagree, just do it diplomatically.
On Thursday, I celebrated another birthday.
It was a low-key affair. We’ll be celebrating with dinner and cake next week when my sister, Tammy, and Gretel are with us.
As I celebrate another year of life, I think back to my favorite birthdays.
Let’s see, there was my 50th, two years ago, sipping champagne at the Moulin Rogue after a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower after a dinner cruise on the Seine River. Thanks Ray!
After that, it was on to Tel Aviv, Israel, one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited.
In 2012, we were in Vegas and I saw Madonna on the “MDNA Tour”.
And, of course, I’ll always cherish my birthday in 2011. It was the last one with my golden retriever, ABBA, my best friend.
Finally, while I don’t remember it, here’s a photo of my first birthday celebration in 1965.
Not bad for a premature baby born six weeks early weighing only four pounds before dropping down to three pounds and spending the first six weeks of his life in the hospital!
No, I’m not talking about the movie, “The Lobster”, even though it was a great movie with Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw.
This is about the lobsters that sadly find themselves one day swimming in the ocean and then on plates served with drawn butter.
I was reading an article in “Coastal Living” and I learned that regardless of their original color, lobsters turn red when cooked! The exception is the albino (white) lobster that remains white.
By the way, some other lobsters colors include red, yellow, blue, and blue-green. As you’ll see in this video, some of those are VERY RARE.
See, my thoughts are random!
The cast of Fox’s “Empire” have something to say about the upcoming election.
But, where’s Terrence Howard????
COULD THE ELECTION BE RIGGED?
Donald Trump supporters definitely think so.
Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee sent two correspondents out to get to the bottom of the latest conspiracy!
As you see, this only applies if Hillary Clinton wins the election!
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” — THE NOVEL
Back in my “Random Friday Thoughts — July 24, 2015” blog, here’s what I wrote about Paula Hawkins’ amazing debut novel, “The Girl on the Train”.
“This is a definite hands down, take the train, bus, car, bicycle, or whatever means necessary to pick up this book! Actually, you probably already have since “Variety” reports “The Girl on the Train” is the fastest-selling adult novel in history, having sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone since it was published in January.”
In the book, Rachel is an alcoholic, divorced woman who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees on a regular basis from the train she takes into London.
One day, Rachel sees something strange that will trigger a series of events that will have you feverishly turning the pages to see what’s real, what’s not, and what really happened. It’s a page turner until the end!”
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” — THE MOVIE
Last Friday, the movie adaptation of the book came out in theaters. It debuted at #1 in the United States with $24.5 million. It’s global opening weekend box office draw was $41.2 million.
From book to movie, the location was changed from London to New York City. This also meant that Rachel’s drink of choice had to be changed.
Sadly, there were no gin and tonics in a can on the train. I won’t tell you what her movie drink is — spoilers. 🙂
I sure hope when the Oscar nominations are announced in early 2017 that Emily Blunt’s name is on the list.
Blunt, as Rachel, was so compelling, sad, and heartbreaking. I teared up when she took her first sip on the train.
Haley Bennett (Megan) was also a strong force in the movie.
If you loved the book, you’ll love the movie. For me, it started out a little slow. That’s because I read the book. However, the pace quickly picked up.
If you haven’t read the book, this is one psychological thriller/drama that you’ll definitely want to see.
GRADE – “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” — THE MOVIE: A-
GRADE- “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” — THE NOVEL: A
Time travel as a premise for a television series is not a new idea. The new NBC series, “Timeless” is the latest to take this on.
In the premiere episode, a time machine that the government was unaware of (shock!) was stolen by an evil man (Goran Visnjic).
A ragtag trio consisting of a college history professor, a soldier, and a scientist working for the company that created the time machine are brought together to track him down.
I admit that the promos and print ads featuring the very sexy Matt Lanter caught my attention first. I took notice of the show and its premise.
After the premiere, which took us back to 1937 and the Hindenburg explosion, and the second episode (Lincoln’s assassination in 1865), I’m hooked on the show.
It’s still early in the run, so you have a chance to catch up.
“HOLDING THE MAN”
This Australian romantic drama film was released late last year and is based on a 1995 memoir by Timothy Conigrave, an Australian actor, writer, and activist.
It tells the story of his life with his partner, John, from the time they met in high school in the 1970s to John’s death in the early 1990s.
It’s not too often these days to see a gay movie with a central plot line centered around AIDS. Today, it’s more about coming-of-age or marriage equality.
But, other than vital to their lives and the decades it covered, it’s important in 2016 to see this story line. People are still getting infected daily from HIV and people die daily from AIDS.
Younger men and women, whether LGBTQ or not, are becoming less familiar with the AIDS epidemic that took so many of our loved ones and friends in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Holding The Man” is not just a AIDS movie. It’s a love story and a touching one and the lead actors, Ryan Corr and Craig Stott, are adorable as a couple.
Kelsey Waldon is from Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, just down the road from where I grew up in Mayfield.
She was one of six artists that “Entertainment Weekly” featured as up-and-comers, ” The New Queens of Country” in a recent magazine article. Last week, I featured Margo Price.
If you like real, traditional country music, then you’re going to love “I’ve Got A Way”.
Listening to Waldon, I couldn’t help but imagine this collection of songs sung by another of Kentucky’s icons, Loretta Lynn.
So, until my favorite Kentuckian Patty Loveless releases another album, I’ll enjoy Waldon’s debut and maybe check out the newly recorded Christmas collection from Loretta Lynn, “White Christmas Blue”.
FINAL BIRTHDAY THOUGHTS
To all of you that took the time out of your day to send me birthday wishes, thank you very much. I appreciate each and every one and I hope I responded to all of you.
Here are a couple more that I got — one by mail and one by email. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve already seen them! 🙂
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!