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Random Friday Thoughts — June 30, 2017

The first half of the year is over now!  It’s incredible how fast time flies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed part one of 2017 and are looking forward to more of the same for the part two if it’s been a good one.  If it hasn’t been all that spectacular or if there’s room for improvement, here’s to a better summer, fall, and the kick-off to winter!

I appreciate you checking out my random thoughts and feel free to share yours, too.  If you disagree, do it diplomatically!

4 MORE YEARS, ANTHONY KENNEDY, PLEASE!

Rumors are swirling that Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Anthony Kennedy, almost 81-years-old, might be ready to announce his retirement.

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The Reagan-nominee has been a Justice for more than 29 years.

The court is currently split.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, now 84, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer lean Democratic and Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito side Republican.

Kennedy is sometimes a tiebreaker or a swing voter.

My hope is that he holds out until 2021 before he retires since President Obama didn’t get to appoint a successor to conservative judge Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

TWO YEARS AND THE WORLD IS STILL HERE

It was two years ago this week (June 26, 2015) that Justice Kennedy authored SCOTUS’ decision making marriage equality the law of the land.

He concluded by saying, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

That night, the White House showed its true colors!

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Since that day, despite people like Kentucky’s “Wicked Witch” Kim Davis, the LGBT community learned more about what the expression “all men are created equal” means.

And, to this day, the Earth is still rotating on its axis, the sun still rises in the east, and settles in the west!  And, that won’t change with #45 either!

#Resistance

VERSACE LIVES AGAIN

Summer just started last week and I’m already looking forward to fall and winter.  And, now, early 2018 can’t get here soon enough. 🙂

The long awaited follow-up to the spectacular and award winning FX series “The People v O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story” was announced.

Originally, it was going to about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, but that’ll now be the third installment.

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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” is now being filmed at Casa Casuarina, Versace’s former Miami Beach home, and an early look at the series graced the cover of “Entertainment Weekly”.

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It stars Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Oscar winner Penelope Cruz as Versace’s sister, Donatella, Darren Criss (“Glee”) as Andrew Cunanan, the man suspected of killing Versace, and Ricky Martin, as Versace’s boyfriend, Antonio D’Amico.

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I had my own small brush with Cunanan notoriety working as the weekend news anchor in Lubbock, Texas, in 1997.

The search for Cunanan was one of the biggest stories that summer.  Without thinking about it, the newscast was produced with me reading the story of Miami’s search for the suspected spree killer since I had a phone interview with a friend that lived in that city.

We used an “OTS” (over the shoulder) of Cunanan and then we started getting phone calls about the eerie similarities. 🙂  See for yourself!

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You can read my full blog on this story here.  Just click on this link and it’ll open in a new window so you won’t lose your place in today’s “Random Friday Thoughts”.

It also gives you the back history of the story.  It’s crazy to believe that it’s been twenty years already!

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RYAN MURPHY ON TRUMP

Murphy’s new Versace series focuses not only on the designer’s murder, it also drives home how homophobia let Cunanan’s killing spree go one for so long and how that led to Versace’s death.

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Murphy tells “Entertainment Weekly” that after the 2016 presidential election, there couldn’t be a better time for this series to air.

Murphy:  “I think it’s the perfect timing based on this president we have.  I felt there was so much progress in terms of gay rights and rights for any marginalized groups of people [under Obama] .  Suddenly it felt like Trump is inaugurated and the door closed and there’s fear again and they’re trying to take away everything we fought for.  This a bracing cold slap against the policies that the current government has.”

#Resistance

“GET OUT”

Racism is front and center of this psychological drama about a young, white woman taking her black boyfriend home to her little small New England town.

It’s the directorial debut from comedian Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele” and “MADtv”) and he masters it beautifully.  Peele knows the subject very well since he’s the son of an interracial couple.

As the movie is moving toward its climax, you might have to suspend disbelief, but the point is perfectly driven home.

While it’s a drama, the comedy provided by Chicago actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery is so funny.  He plays the main character’s best friend.

When he explained to his friend why he needed to “Get Out” of there, I’m glad I wasn’t taking a drink of something when he started talking about Jeffrey Dahmer, lobotomies, and penises!  It was so flipping hilarious!

GRADE:  A-

WARNING — CHRISTMAS TALK AHEAD!

I know it’s still about six months away, but I’m thinking about my first Christmas party — Florida-style.

While it won’t be as large as the ones Ray and I hosted back in the Quad Cities, I’m sure it’ll be festive.

Liquor is more expensive down here and as I’ve already vented in an earlier blog, boxed wine only comes in 3-liter boxes!  Instead of “I Want My MTV”, I want my 5-liter boxed wine!

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Well, thanks to returning my two Redbox movies and wanting to get salsa at WalMart last Sunday, I walked out with a gigantic start toward the Christmas party with a cart of discontinued, discount liquor with rebates!

All of this for just $4 to $12 a bottle!

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CHRISTMAS PARTY PUNCH????

I just came across the most interesting sounding cocktail that I’m considering making as a punch for my Christmas party.

It’s a staple at Latitude 29 in New Orleans called a “Paniolo”.

It’s a combination of fresh cranberry syrup, lime juice, bourbon, and a macadamia nut liqueur!

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Sounds tasty and festive!

The last really incredibly tasty and holiday-festive drink I had was on a Holland America cruise a few years back.

It was a Strawberry Basil Bellissimo (vodka, strawberries, basil infusion, and fresh basil)!

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“BAD SANTA 2”

I didn’t see the original and I only wanted to give this one a try because of Kathy Bates.

She was very naughty and was the highlight of the movie.

“Bad Santa 2” is so crude.  I don’t think there’s a group that this movie didn’t set out to offend. 🙂  Yes, I did laugh at some of the absurd humor.

Warning:  contains adult language!  (You can check out the “red band trailer”, which is about four minutes long.  It’s really raunchy, so I didn’t share it, but it’ll save you 90 minutes of your life and a couple of bucks from not renting this movie at Redbox!)

GRADE:  C-

“3 GENERATIONS”

Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, and Elle Fanning headline this little seen summer movie about a trans teenage boy, Ray, played by Fanning wanting to transition from female to male.

Watts is stellar and Sarandon was very funny and likable as Watts’ mother and Fanning’s grandmother, who just happens to be a lesbian.

The subject matter is very relevant with today’s higher visibility of trans men and women and the fight for transgender equality, but this isn’t the movie to further the cause.

It’s just a step away from an after-school special or a Lifetime movie.  But, don’t take that the wrong way.  I’ve watched some Lifetime movies, especially at Christmas.

GRADE:  C

MORE OF MY PRIDE CLASSICS

LGBT Pride month is winding down, but I’m still sharing some of my favorite classics from my club days.  Actually, I had three different eras of club days.

In the 1980s, in Paducah, Kentucky, when I first started going out.  Then, in Chicago, from 1994-1996, and, again, from 2002-2004.

So, I’ll featured a couple more of my favorites!

OH L’AMOUR — ERASURE

This is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

I got to see Andy Bell and Vince Clark in concert in Chicago a couple of years ago and it was incredible.

Their new album, “World Be Gone”, their 17th, came out this May.

Dance diva Sylvester, who died from complications from AIDS in 1988, scored three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the late 1970s.

However, he had 18 hits on the Billboard Dance charts.  Three of them topped that chart.

“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, from 1979, was one of those number one hits and it also was played on mainstream pop radio.

ANOTHER PARTING VERSACE SERIES NOTE

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” is being written by Tom Rob Smith.

Smith, who created and wrote the incredible 2015 BBC Two five-part miniseries, “London Spy”, featuring my future fantasy husband Ben Whishaw.

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If you haven’t seen, find it.  Not only is Whishaw captivating, it also stars a stellar Charlotte Rampling.

THAT’S IT

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

Anthony

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Random Friday Thoughts — April 12, 2013

The weekend is here and I hope you have a great one.

Ray and I are going out tonight for dinner since he’s leaving tomorrow for a trip to Washington D.C.  I hope the cherry blossoms are in full bloom for him to send me a cool picture since the timing didn’t work out for me to go along for the trip.

Tomorrow, I’ve been asked to throw out the first pitch at the Quad Cities River Bandits game at Modern Woodman Park!  Maybe I should practice Saturday morning to make sure I can get the ball to home plate.  How far is it from the pitcher’s mound?  It looks close on television. 🙂  Afterwards, my sister, Tammy, and I are going out to dinner and maybe a little gambling (I still have some money to win back from the casinos since I’m still at a deficit).

CRAZY MIDWEST WEATHER

The drought is temporarily over for the Quad Cities.

While it’ll take much more rain to satisfactorily replenish the ground water after that terrible drought last year, we got a healthy soaking this week.  At my house, in Moline, Illinois, more than 2″ of rain fell Monday through Wednesday.  I mentioned the rainfall total at my house because we finally put out my self-emptying electronic rain gauge that I got for Christmas.  Ray worked diligently for two days to calibrate it properly.  (The manual stated that one cup of water should register 1.68″.)  And, it works!  This picture is from Wednesday night when we hit the one-inch mark for the day!

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It seems like that rain and the recent warmth turned our yard a brighter green overnight.  Speaking of the warmth, we went from 78° Tuesday to only 44° Wednesday and in the 40s Thursday and today.  We even had some light snow and flurries last night!  Crazy!

UNDER AGE BINGE DRINKING

I often post pictures of tasty cocktails that I make or I comment about enjoying some Moscato or a nice cordial.  And, we probably have enough liquor downstairs in the bar to require a liquor license because I have a weakness for buying fun flavored vodkas.

However, on a serious note, I just read about a 2005 study by the Centers for Disease Control that “about 90 percent of alcohol consumption by those under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinking.” (“Boston” magazine, January 2011)

The article talked about how alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko, the most popular, were banned. (The product was re-invented without the caffeine and is still being sold).

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Yet, now you can buy whipped cream infused with 30-proof alcohol called “Cream” in six flavors (cherry, orange, raspberry, chocolate, vanilla or caramel).  It doesn’t require refrigeration and each canister contains 26 shots!  It can be consumed straight from the can or you can put it on drinks.

So, where’s the logic of banning one thing that’s easily accessible, potent, and appealing to underage drinkers, while making another one so convenient?  And, no, I haven’t tried either and I have no desire.  I’m a responsible drinker!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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MANY THANKS TO LOUISVILLE & MICHIGAN

As you probably know if you’re interested in college basketball, the NCAA men’s championship is over and Louisville was not the only winner in the game over Michigan, 82-76.

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Viewership for the final game of “March Madness” was up 18% over last year.  Not only that, but the game’s ratings peaked at around 11:30-11:45 p.m. Eastern time, with about one in three American televisions turned on, at that time, tuned in to the game!

And, it should come as no surprise that of all the television sets turned on in Louisville, Kentucky that night, 70% of them were watching WLKY, the CBS affiliate.  That means 7-out-of-every-10 televisions in Louisville had the game on!

And, it appears that I not only won the brackets’ pool at work, but for a local newspaper, too.

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While I still haven’t gotten the confirmation email to tell me how to collect my 50″ LED TV, it’ll really come in handy.

Ray has been working diligently on our basement which is in desperate need for a makeover.  He started by sanding, priming, and painting the bar area (blue) and the walls (yellow).

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It’s amazing how a couple of coats of paint have made the basement come alive and much more inviting.  He’s going to do the same to the yucky wood paneling and paint that, too.  He took the downstairs bed down leaving only the sofa, loveseat, and a small dining room table for a “living area”.

NOT FEELING THE LOVE FOR “ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY”

I’m a long-time subscriber to the movie, music, literary, and all things pop culture “bible”, “Entertainment Weekly”.  However, after last week’s issue, I’m really not feeling the love for the weekly magazine right now.

I’m very careful when I post something about television shows or movies not to give away major plot lines or spoilers for people that may not have seen them yet.  I wouldn’t tell you what the “gotcha” is in the 1992 movie, “The Crying Game”, I won’t tell you who the “Trinity Killer” treated to a blood bath in the season four finale of “Dexter” (although I found out by doing a Google search about Michael C. Hall’s bout with cancer in 2010), and I won’t tell you if Madonna dies in “Evita” or “Body of Evidence”. 🙂

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I’m all for magazines and websites giving a “Spoiler Alert” for people wanting to read them.  That gives me a chance to look away and move on if I don’t want to know.  The seventh season of “Dexter” ended last December and it arrives on DVD in 32 days.  I don’t know anything about it and that’s just the way I like it since I’ll be buying it.  The same with “American Horror Story: Asylum”.  I’ll be getting it when it arrives on DVD.

However, thanks to “Entertainment Weekly” and its poor excuse of a “Spoiler Alert”, I now know which major character dies in the season three finale of “The Walking Dead”.  While I had already seen something that insinuated that this character died, I didn’t look to confirm it.  I didn’t want to know.

Lousy EW Spoiler Alert

This is what the magazine featured on the article about the finale and the future of the show.  I took the liberty of adding the shocked smiley face to block out the character just in case you don’t want to know who it is!  But, seriously, “Entertainment Weekly”, you’re such a “buzz kill”!

DONUTS OR DOUGHNUTS

I just read a very interesting article in the September 2010 issue of “Boston” magazine about Dunkin’ Donuts.

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The article talked about the founding of the company more than 60 years ago, how the Munchins (donut holes) in 1972 saved the company from going under, it introduced “Fred the Baker” and his legendary catch phrase, “Time to make the doughnuts”, and how the company went from a doughnut and coffee shop with the donuts being front and center to focus its future on the coffee with the new logo introduced in 2002 with coffee cup taking center stage.

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However, I was intrigued by the Top Five Dunkin Donuts best sellers.

#5… Jelly, #4… Chocolate-Frosted, #3… Boston Kreme… #2… Chocolate Glazed, and the #1 selling donut…

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Yep, the glazed donut!

NEXT THEATER MOVIE I WANT TO SEE

I can say that I was never a fan of the television series, “Star Trek” or that I had seen any of the movies.  My first was J.J. Abrams’ 2009 re-boot, “Star Trek”.  I didn’t see it at the theaters, but when it was released on DVD.  I really enjoyed it.  And, I have no intention of seeing the sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, in the theaters until I saw the trailer and I was blown away.  Now, I want to see it on the big screen and it’ll be my next large popcorn, large Coke Zero, and free refills adventure.

It opens in theaters on May 17, 2013.

“PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK”

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Two days ago, I blogged about my love for Depeche Mode and that I would be seeing them in concert in August in Chicago (Tinley Park).

In 1987, the band released “Strangelove”, the first single from the “Music For The Masses” album.  It would become their 17th hit in U.K. in just six years and peak at #16.  It reached #2 in West Germany and South Africa and cracked the Top Ten in Sweden, Switzerland, and other countries.

Here in the U.S.,  it would become Depeche Mode’s first of ten chart toppers on the Billboard Dance chart.  But, it stalled out at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The following year, “Strangelove ’88” was remixed by Bomb the Bass and re-released.  This time it reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES

Three years ago this week, we were in New Orleans.  Ray was at a conference and I went along as a tourist.  While there, we ate some really good food, had “hurricanes” with my college friend, Crystal and her husband, Ants, and I went on a “Swamp Tour” searching for alligators.  And, one night, while walking back to the hotel after checking out Bourbon Street, we came across a crime scene where seven people were shot in a drive-by shooting!

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Also, in my Facebook Flashback Pictures, three years ago this week, Miss ABBA wasn’t so sure of the new birdhouse in the backyard.

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And, this week last year, the peppermint was taking over the herb garden and we planted a Golden Honey Locust in memory of Miss ABBA.  Get it, a “Golden” tree for the golden retriever. 🙂

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As you can tell, I love taking pictures and I love my Friday feature of random thoughts.  I could go on and on, but I’ll stop right here.

I appreciate you checking out my blog even though I don’t post daily like I used to. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Anthony

Our Pre-Christmas Caribbean Cruise

Happy New Year’s Eve to you.  I’m so ready for 2012 to end and I’m excited about the new adventures that lie ahead for me and for all of my friends in 2013.  It’s also hard to believe that one of the biggest adventures of my life ended one week ago today and I’m just now posting a blog and photos about it.  Yes, I’m talking about our western Caribbean per-Christmas cruise.

After booking the cruise in May 2012, it finally arrived seven months later with us heading off to Chicago December 18th to start our journey.  In Chicago, we met up with Ray’s sister, Cindy, and his aunt and uncle, Virginia & Joe, for an evening of conversation, Mexican food, and margaritas.

 

Last Wednesday, Uncle Joe dropped us off at Midway and Betty (Mom) flew in from Cleveland to fly down to New Orleans on the same flight with us.  While sitting at the airport, Gretel entertained herself by drawing each of us on her Kindle.  This is me.

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As we arrived in New Orleans Wednesday (12/19), you were bracing for a blizzard back home and we headed out to the French Quarter with temperatures in the 70s for tasty sandwiches at a funky little place called Jimmy J’s Cafe.  We then walked down Bourbon Street, along the Mississippi River, and to the Christmas display at Harrah’s casino.  That evening we also met a dear college friend of mine, Crystal, and her husband, Ants, for beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

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While shopping in New Orleans, Gretel bought herself a hoodie sweatshirt and a mask and Ray bought an old man hat (don’t tell him I said this) as a souvenir.

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On the afternoon of Thursday, December 20th, we were ready to leave New Orleans after having a yummy muffuletta for lunch and set sail from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico to the western Caribbean Sea to Cozumel, Mexico, on Saturday, and then turn around to return back to New Orleans on Christmas Eve.

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Within minutes of leaving the Port of New Orleans, we were on one of the top decks of the ship for Gretel to act out “King of the World” from “Titanic”.

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And, then it happened.  No, Gretel wasn’t hurt!  As we were walking on the deck, the wind caught Ray’s hat and off into the air it went.  As it dropped toward the back of the ship, it appeared that we lucked out and it would land on the deck below.  As I started off toward the stairs to retrieve it, it hit the rail and became one more piece of matter to decompose in the Mississippi River.  We sadly watched it disappear at 20 miles-per-hour.

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This picture was taken moments later.  Without a hat, Ray still managed a smile.  In all honesty, as ugly as I thought it was, I was sorry that Ray lost his hat!

We were at sea all day Friday and the one thing that blew us all away was how the water changed from murky and muddy on the Mississippi to crystal clear, blue water at 6,000+ feet deep in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

One thing that was very obvious about going on a cruise is that you never go hungry.  You can get pizza, ice cream, and room service 24 hours a day and there were breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night buffets, along with formal dining each night.

While it was nice to sample many things, one thing that saddened me about the cruise was not so much the amount of gluttony that took place, but the amount of food that people took or ordered and wasted.  This just blew my mind.  People wasting food has always been a pet peeve of mine and I tried not to let it bother me, but it was hard to ignore.  Don’t get me wrong.  I ate plenty on the cruise, but I never wasted anything and I ate everything on my plate.

Here are some of my favorites:  alligator, lobster, sushi, Caribbean jerk chicken, Wisconsin cheese stuffed tomatoes, cold mango soup, warm chocolate cake, cherries jubilee, and bitter/sweet bread pudding, and Tiramisu.

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On Friday night, it was the Captain’s Dinner.  That was the one night that it was highly recommended that you really dress up.  And, I think that my cruise mates and I pulled it by looking stunning and dashing.

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On Saturday, we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico, for our seven hours on land.  While there, we shopped and went to a beach.

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This was the view as we left Cozumel and our Mexican sunset.

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After that, we were back on the ship and we spent much of Sunday at the pool and I even went down the big slide into the saltwater pool with Gretel.

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And, Gretel and I tried to be very Gaga on the cruise.

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And, Miss ABBA got to “enjoy” the ocean, too. 🙂

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We didn’t have any trouble going through customs getting off the ship Christmas Eve morning and both flights and the three-hour drive home was uneventful, i.e. no delays.

This first two shots are of our plane descending into Chicago through the clouds.  While both are cool shots, it looks a little freaky.

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Overall, we all had a good time.  One thing that we didn’t account for was pairing two women, Tammy and Betty, in the same room.  Both have lived alone for many years and they didn’t exactly room together perfectly and butted heads a few times.  It reached a climax Sunday morning.  After a heart-to-heart talk with each one of them, the rest of the cruise and the vacation went off without a hitch.

Tammy and Gretel both experienced seasickness the second day of the trip, but after a Dramamine, they were okay.  Gretel was also fighting off a cold she caught from her mother before the trip.

Another thing that caught us by surprise on the cruise is that Gretel did not want to participate in any of the Camp Carnival events geared toward kids on board.  So, while they had many things to do, she wanted to hang around the adults, which prevented the grown-ups from checking out the clubs and casino each night.  However, Tammy did do some nighttime activities on her own and Betty hit the casino several times.  Ray and I did stop by the casino and we ended up losing only about $8, but we got to play for a bit.

Overall, we all had a good time on the cruise.  However, if I do another cruise or a major vacation, it will be just me and Ray.  We travel well together and you’re not trying to please everyone and play peacemaker.

A final note about the cruise is something that I found very disheartening.  While the cruise was reasonably priced, I found out that the reason is that Carnival pays their employees very little money (maybe as little as $74/month) and they rely heavily on tips.  They work for almost eight months straight and then get two months off to go back to their home country.  In addition to working seven days a week and months on end, they work multiple shifts in a 24-hour period.

So, my plea to anyone taking a cruise, please make sure you tip your servers and stewards very well before you leave the ship.

I’ll be posting all of the cruise pictures on my Facebook page tomorrow.

Anthony

My Eva Peron Moment (For A Few Days)

As I sit here in the lobby of our hotel in New Orleans while the others are upstairs sleeping, I’m checking out the weather back home.  What an interesting weather night you all experienced — more than an inch of rain Moline, Illinois, and more than 10″ of snow in parts of Dubuque County with most of that falling since midnight.

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I’m still expecting the 4-8″ of snow in the Quad Cities today and off to the northwest where the heavy snow has already fallen, some of those hometowns will approach 12-16″!

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Here is another map from my friends at the Quad Cities’ National Weather Service office that shows what I’ve been talking about the past few days.  Falling temperatures, howling winds of 50 miles-per-hour at times, and heavy snow is expected today, even where it hasn’t snowed.  Be careful.

Yesterday, when we arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was 75 degrees!  What a pleasant afternoon and evening to walk around check out the French Quarter and have coffee and beignets with my friends, Crystal and Ants.

As you enjoy a few pictures from yesterday, I’m going to have my Eva Peron moment from “Evita”.  I know I’m not a powerful iconic woman from Argentina, but I’m borrowing a few lines from “Eva’s Final Broadcast”.  The reason — I won’t be online to communicate with you again until Christmas Day.  Again, this is a joke and not an act of  egotistic behavior or grandeur!  🙂

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“Don’t cry for me Argentina/The truth is I shall not leave you/Though it may get harder for you to see me
I’m Argentina, and always will be/Have I said too much?/There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you
But all you have to do is look at me to know/That every word is true”.

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Take care everyone and be safe in the winter storm and blizzard.

I’ll be back Christmas Day!

Anthony

Reflections

Reflections — visibly, you can see them in a mirror, in shiny new kitchen cookware, and on a smooth body of water, like this December 2007 photo of Miss ABBA on vacation in Andover, Ohio.

And, you can reflect in your mind of things that happened in the past or things that will happen in the future.

This weekend, as I continue working through my eight-day schedule since returning from Vegas, I’m thinking that one week ago, I got to spend my birthday with Elton John, Madonna, and Ray.

Yesterday, while talking to my sister, Tammy, on the phone, she reminded me that two months from this weekend, we’ll be cruising the western Caribbean on our pre-Christmas cruise.  I’ve been so busy trying to stay afloat after our Vegas trip that it slipped my mind.  Gretel and Betty (Mom) will also be going on the cruise with us.

That means in less than two months, we’ll be in New Orleans checking out the Christmas sights and sounds of the “Big Easy” and allowing Miss Gretel to have gumbo and beignets.

It’s nice to reflect on happy times in the past and future things that we’ll experience for the first time.  I know all of us are very excited for the cruise because we’ve never done anything like this before (except for Ray more than twenty years ago).  And, to do it at the holidays is even more magical.

Reflecting about the upcoming holidays also takes my mind off the fact that my work contract is up at the end of November and I haven’t had any talks about renewing my contract!!

Anthony

They Said What??? — Victoria Jackson, Out of Touch Church People, June Clementi, & Madonna

FORMER “SNL” COMEDIAN & RIGHT-WING LOONEY BIRD VICTORIA JACKSON

“If I got raped, I would have the baby.  And if I didn’t want to keep it because I had these [mocking tone] horrible nightmares, I would adopt it out. But I think that God can turn a bad thing into a good thing. And that, if I got raped and a beautiful baby who was innocent was born out of it, that would be a blessing. The DNA of a baby is individual. It’s not the mother’s DNA. It’s not the father’s DNA. And that’s why I believe abortion is murder, because it’s not the woman’s body. It has it’s own DNA. If there’s a boy baby inside of me, he has a penis. That’s not my body.”

“MODERN FAMILY” CREATOR STEVE LEVITAN

(after Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife stated that “Modern Family” is her favorite show):  “”Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

PASTOR JOHN McTERNAN OF “DEFEND & PROCLAIM THE FAITH”

“New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end. Let’s all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived.”
FATHER BENEDICT GROESCHEL, DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

(on the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal):  “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown and a youngster comes after him.  A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 – is the seducer.  It’s not so hard to see – a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own – and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse like that.”

MORE FROM FATHER GROESCHEL

“It’s an understandable thing… there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor.  I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%.  Would that be true of other clergy?  Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?”

GAY FORMER REPUBLICAN ARIZONA REP. JIM KOLBE
“I think based on the economic issues, yeah, I think my endorsement would be a qualified endorsement.   I think he’s clearly the better of the two candidates, but we have a long ways to go to bring him around on this [LGBT rights] issue.”

BOXER MICKY WARD

(played by actor Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter — deciding that he’s not going to support Senator Scott Brown in his Massachusetts reelection):  “I found out Scott [Brown] is anti-union, and I’m a Teamster guy.  I found out he’s also against gay marriage and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are.”

JUNE CLEMENTI

(who’s son, Tyler, committed suicide after his roommate posted a video of him being intimate with another man):  “I think some people think that sexual orientation can be changed or prayed over.  But I know sexual orientation is not up for negotiation. I don’t think my children need to be changed. I think that what needed changing is attitudes, or myself, or maybe some other people I know.”

MORE FROM JUNE

“At this point I think Jesus is more about reconciliation and love.  He spoke more about divorce than homosexuality, but you can be divorced and join a church more than you can be gay and join churches.”

MADONNA

(kicking off her North American leg of the “MDNA Tour” in Philadelphia last week):  “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.”  “In my travels around the world the one thing I truly witnessed is we in America have freedom of speech, freedom of expression.  I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that I’m in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. We are in the land of democracy.”

Anthoy