Hi, folks. Just a quick reminder--though I'm on vacation (not posting live), the blog will be updated frequently with cartoons and humorous bits. I've pre-scheduled a whole week's worth of fun for you! Also, I've put up some brand new polls, so cast your votes and laissez les bon temps roulez.
And so begins a glorious 7 days of having a real life! I just don't know if I can handle that much reality--but we'll see.
Starting tomorrow, the blog will be updated only with cartoons, images, and other bits of humor. I probably won't be posting at the same frenetic rate (7-10 posts a day) during this time. In fact, I'm going to try NOT to, unless something comes along that I think is timely/urgent enough to warrant an exception. Or, of course, unless I feel like posting. I never deny myself inspired impulses ;-)
I'm not going anywhere--just want to slow down and enjoy the company of my family (human and animal), the pleasures of gardening (we're having a spate of gorgeous days), and dive into some writing projects that have long been neglected or relegated to the back burner of my brain. I always have 10 times more projects in my mind than I can ever hope to turn into realities but it's time to focus on at least one of them. So while my blog (and message boards) may be on vacation, hopefully I will not be.
(And should I return just "another year older and deeper in debt," as the song goes, I'll have no one to blame but myself...and too many inspired shopping impulses...) :-)
Say what you will about the performance of Gael Garcia Bernal in Bad Education-- and critics in cities where the new Pedro Almodovar film has already opened have been saying very nice things -- but this much you can't take away from the young Mexican heartthrob: The guy looks fabulous in a dress.
Mount him on a pair of 4-inch stiletto heels, lacquer his lips lurid red, strap on a platinum blond wig, then pour him into a slinky sequined dress, and what you've got is one luscious Latin lover -- playing a transvestite. This is not the sort of movie star machismo traditionally associated with Latin cinema, but Bad Education...is a most unconventional story.
Garcia Bernal -- who brings an achy, heartbreaky pan-sexuality to roles such as the young Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in The Motorcycle Diaries, and even to the hormonal hottie in Y tu Mama Tambien-- seemed like a perfect fit for the junior-miss sized part Almodovar had created....
When it comes to sex, Americans act like adolescents: simultaneously confused, titillated, scandalized, drooling, obsessed and grossed-out. Maybe it's because we are a comparatively young nation. Maybe it's because our mythic founders - the Puritans - were the most unfun people in Europe.
It doesn't take much for us to get our knickers in a twist. A promo for the nighttime soap Desperate Housewives appearing on Monday Night Football treated viewers to a creamy-skinned blonde, dropping her towel in front of a fully-padded player in a steamy locker room. The family values nation rose up, peppering ABC with complaints. They weren't offended that this low-rent seduction scene played into stereotypes about black men and white women. They just don't like nekkidness. Children could be watching!
Of course, it is a scientific fact that the mere sight of a nice set of female thoracic vertebrae can corrupt the minds of the young. Better to focus on the game, in which a bunch of steroid-crazed, wife-beating, semi-literate millionaires harm another bunch of steroid-crazed, wife-beating, semi-literate millionaires while fans with faces and torsos painted blue or with giant pieces of plastic foam cheese on their heads cheer them on. Football is good clean all-American fun. Sex is dirty; violence is okay...
A Chicago YMCA director has been fired and overnight facility rentals banned after the parents of young children arriving for a morning swim meet clashed with participants in an overnight transgender fashion show and ball....
Authorities said a YMCA member had reserved the entire facility from 11 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday for the fashion show and ball. The YMCA rented out the rooms, although families were scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m. to use some of the same rooms for a swim meet.
Police and private security guards were called after some parents used sexual slurs and scuffling broke out, authorities said. No arrests were made....