Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's a two-fer

Funny AND potentially offensive.

(If you missed the joke, go here...and may God have mercy on you.)

Why ask why?

God, I love Tumblr.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A little animated history

During a recent home office purge, I rediscovered a treasure trove from my past.

In my younger years, I always wanted to grow up and be a cartoonist.  My heroes were folks like Don Martin at MAD Magazine:

and my ultimate hero, George Booth from the New Yorker Magazine.

Obviously, I never reached the heights of success that these gentlemen did, but it was a great way for me to amuse my co-workers and friends - and to relieve the tension and anger that comes from working in the corporate world.

In the process of cleaning up the office, I found folders of my old work - most from more than 20 years ago.

At first, I recoiled at the unpolished nature of the drawings - and some that were SO specific to my workplace and colleagues at the time, that no one else would ever appreciate them.

However, I have decided to post a few of the more accessible ones - just to relive old times.  I hope you'll enjoy them - but if not, don't tell me.  Ha.

I may share more occasionally - just for the few old friends who come to this blog, as well as for any of my newer friends who might find them amusing.

And here we go: (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Okay - if you saw last night's 'Madonna' episode of Glee, you already know what I am talking about.

If you didn't - well, I love you but I feel sorry for you just the same.

Not only was Sue Sylvester's 'Vogue' remake the epitome of cool - my two favorite characters, my baby gay Kurt* and my girl crush Mercedes got some major play.  Especially in their rendition of "4 minutes" which had me shrieking - that's SHRIEKING - with joy.  Combined with their performance in "Like a Prayer" and "Vogue," I might even overlook all the auto-tuning that goes on with some of the less talented characters.

>Cough - Finn!<   Sorry...

But whether you witnessed it firsthand or not - the lovely people at Gawker have collected the video highlights for you to relive - or to discover for the first time.

Enjoy your Glee-gasm!

* Yes. I call him my baby gay - but that's only because he reminds me so much of my own sweet patootie that I fell in love with nearly 19 years ago. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Here she is, boys!

We have emerged from our brief infirmity and although we may not be belting out yet at full volume, we are certainly on the mend!

Thanks for all the good wishes!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Today, we are silent

The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, and now hundreds of thousands of students participate to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It happens to us all, darlings...

...we're a little under the weather this week.

What with the gorgeous weather, fabulous parties and glittering events (not to mention smart cocktails), we're simply knackered.  Plus, the tons of new pollen swirling about isn't letting us breathe and/or sleep very well.

But we'll be back in a jiffy- rested an fabulous once again!  We miss you!

Image courtesy of Starlet Showcase - xoxo, darling.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Dear Wine Diary

Oh my heavens - I'm getting sneak preview of Summer and I LOVE it.

Okay - it's 80 + degrees here today - probably 85 -  and it feels like Summer - but it's only April 7!

To celebrate the heat and the Summer sultriness of it all, I decided to uncork a Parallel 45 Rose.


Okay - for those of you who appreciate the subtle nuances of wine, this is a great middle of the range rose that is dry, flavorful and easy to drink.

For those that may not be as confident in their palate - I challenge you to buy a bottle, save it for a very warm day, and then sip it front of a window fan (as I am doing today).

You will feel transported as the essence of strawberries washes over you in the breeze - every breath you take with your nose over the wine is like laying face-first in a strawberry patch.

Yet - when you take a sip - you'll be very surprised at the restrained but bold taste of the wine - it's like it wants to be jelly-jammy, but it knows it's better than that - and it gives you a bright flowery taste that dissipates beautifully on your tongue.

I ADORE a great Rose in the summer and this is one I can highly recommend.  However, if you are fortunate enough to be in or traveling through the area, I encourage you to try our local winery's take on a rose.  Last year, they blew away the French and Spanish roses we had come to rely on - truly!  at a New York winery!

At El Paso Winery, our good friend Meryl blends wines in the Italian style. She comes from a family of wine makers and delivers some extraordinary blends.

This is not the typical New York wine your parents knew - either stringent and dry to death - or so sweet your brain would fall out.  Merle delivers a comprehensive selection of dry to semi-dry to semi-sweet to sweet Italian wines, based on her customers demands.

If you are coming to New York, make El Paso a destination.  If you are coming to visit us, then no worries - we always have cases of Meryl's wine around.  The rest of you can sod off and drink your cheap ass plonk.

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 05, 2010

A tribute

Even though my parents are both alive and - in my Mother's case -fairly healthy, I had a moment today to reflect on what they have given me.

God's honest truth - I would never have picked either of them, had I had the choice.  They married to escape their families - and my only sibling - well, let's just say it's amazing that I can admit to having one without spitting.

My manager recently lost a very dear uncle - which we discussed today at length - and Brian lost his dad a few years ago, and I always wondered just what I would say if I were to lose my parents.

I think it might be something like this:

Because of my father
I am fearless

Because of my mother
I am tolerant and open-minded towards others

Because of my father
I am powerful

Because of my mother
I am just and fair

Because of my father
I am well-read and cultured

Because of my mother

I am nurturing and forgiving

Because of my father
I know that my limits are boundless

Because of my mother
I know I am lovable and loved

Because of my father
I know what it means to have a sense of humor

Because of my mother

I know what it means to respect the feelings of others

Because of them both

I am a survivor

I am a worthwhile human being

I count for something

I have made them proud

My parents – my mother and father – were of another time.  They didn’t know what to expect of us – but they took a chance.

My father – a difficult man to love at the best of times – still made time to watch Saturday morning cartoons with his children - and allowed us and the dogs to wrestle him awake on Saturday mornings.

My father – unhappy with his lot in life and despite daily outbreaks of rage and frustration, made a home for us where we never wanted for anything - and we never missed a meal.  And at times, just barely.

My father – the man I occasionally implored my mother to leave, believing she and I could only be happy apart from him and my brother – showed in his later years that he could learn and adapt and realize that the ultimate happiness of his child did not revolve around his own personal viewpoint.

My father learned the grace necessary to apologize for his behavior.

My mother is a woman of hidden strength – she kept us from tearing apart.

My mother didn’t know her strength until later in life – when she had reached her breaking point.

My mother always knew and trusted that people were inherently good, regardless of their background.

My mother – which I will always thank her for – never noticed the color of a person’s skin.

My mother personified what 'class' meant , regardless of income or social status.

Between them, I am a complete person.  Strong and just - fearless yet caring.

I love who they made me.

My parents were far from perfect - but then, aren't we all?  And coming to love them took some time and some space.  But despite many bumps in the road - and there were very many, let me assure you- I ultimately know that I made them proud.

Cheers to you, mom and dad.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Wishing one and all a very happy weekend!

Whether you are celebrating Passover, Easter or just happy being alive - here's hoping you have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Today's lesson

Florida pee-pee doctor posts sign telling patients to go elsewhere if they support the Obama administration's healthcare reform.


Friday, April 02, 2010

Help stop Palin's new reality show

More than 117,000 Defenders supporters have sent messages to urge Discovery Communications to drop Sarah Palin's new show on Alaska and its outdoors! Help us keep the momentum going by taking action now or by spreading the word 

Selected comments from Facebook:
  • "Unbelievable. I will boycott Discovery if this takes place. It is disgusting and makes my stomach turn." -- Jennifer

    "This is absolutely absurd! Sarah Palin KILLS nature -- she is the LAST person who should have a show on Discovery!" -- Joann

    "I am appalled that Discovery Communications would involve themselves with Sarah Palin. How could they not know of her anti-wildlife agendas? She has no regard for Alaska's wildlife and has an "International" reputation as a murderer of innocent animals. I know I won't watch it. Sarah Palin and Nature...she could care less about Nature!!" -- Gina