Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Dark Side of The Rainbow

For years, certain folks have claimed that you can sync up the MGM classic, The Wizard of OZ with Pink Floyd's classic album, The Dark Side of the Moon as it's soundtrack. Admittedly, some illicit smoke and and an open mind might help. That said, here is an example using the tornado scene from OZ scored with Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky" from the Dark Side of the Moon album...sit back, turn up the volume and smoke 'em if you got 'em!


Far out, huh?

For more info on the OZ/Dark Side connection CLICK HERE
For a website devoted to the subject CLICK HERE

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

For Tony

Seems that I missed linking Tony Shyguy's entry in last week's Fave Foto Friday.

Tony left me this message, "I would just like to point out that I was totally ignored on Favorite Photo Friday. I demand penance!"

Jeepers, here is the link to Tony's fave foto HERE.

You Tube Tuesday!


because a day without groucho, is like a day without oxygen




when the fairly odd parents meet max fleischer



bettie page does a little bump and grind for your tuesday morning

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Look What's Happening Out in the Streets...


Crowds filled the National Mall in D.C. yesterday to protest the continuing war in Iraq.

Rallies were also held in L.A. as well as San Francisco.

Nice to see some public outcry over this horror!

STORY HERE

Friday, January 26, 2007

Preparing for the Royal Visit

It's a complete madhouse here at Villa Romano!

We've been very busy preparing for the visit of Chuck and Cam, but I managed to steal away and take a few photos to show you all what's been going on.

Magnolia arrived a few hours ago with enough luggage to fill the west wing of the estate, but that was OK, she also brought along her domestics, Propecia and Rogaine, and they've been such a help!

Earlier in the day, we stopped on over to the Va Va Va Voom Room, and watched as Justrose practiced her new routine that she will reveal tomorrow afternoon for the royals!

Let me tell you something kids, Rosie's new number is mesmerizing, especially when she recites the complete works of Proust while hanging twenty feet in the air balancing a cocktail shaker on her left knee and a flaming baton on the other! The staff at the Va Va... were on their feet cheering during the finale when she is shot from a cannon to the strains of "God Save The Queen" and lands in a twenty foot high martini glass!

Later on, Rosie joined Mags and I at the villa for this evening's rehearsal dinner.


Even my significant other, Whatshisname, got into the spirit and spent some time consulting with the other guests over royall protocol. He promises not to sing "Happy For the Rest of Your Lfe" to Chuck.

And finally, I'd like to thank the Utopia Burger King for supplying tonight's meal!

Imagine it, 750 bags of Whoppers and onion rings and another 750 strawberry milkshakes all served to the guests who showed up at the great hall in Villa Romano tonight...

...of course, this is just a dry run, check in tomorrow to see how the real event went!


Welcome Chuckie and Cammie

Since my attempts to secure tickets for Saturday's live performance for A Prairie Home Companion seem doomed (one jerk on craigslist tried to sell me two tix for 200.00 a piece, and then claimed that the seats might have an "obstructed view"), I've decided to call it sour-grapes and prepare for the social event of the season; that's right, the visit of Prince Charles and Princess Consort to be Camilla to these United States which is starting in Philadelphia!

I've planned a whirlwind itinerary for the royal couple.

We'll begin with cocktails at Dirty Franks, followed by a tour of the tap-room's art gallery. From there, we will be whisked via limo, to Giovanni's Room for a book signing, and then it's off to Va Va Va Voom Lounge where Justrose will do a private dance recital for the royals. After that we are off to Pat's Steaks for a quick bite and then I've chartered a private train to whisk us all over the bridge to South Jersey where we will retire to my Villa in Utopia to enjoy a night of Blockbuster videos and pizza.

I can't see how they won't be impressed.

Fave Foto Friday: Mirror Mirror Edition

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fff at the house of thunderpussy

fff at the morning martini

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Today's choice is, "Who Am I?" by Duane Michals.

From the pretty-boy subject, to the surreal image looking back at him from the mirror, I find this piece hypnotizing.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Simple Request

One of my favorite bloggers just turned 30, and she's feeling a bit down in the dumps.

Why not go stop over to Virginia Gal's place and cheer her up. God knows she could use it.

While your at it, stop over to my guy, Tony's place and say an encouraging word, he's a bit under the weather.

Come on people, makes some good karma!

Thanks!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Homemade Meme ver 2.0

About a year ago, I made up a meme and posted it on my blog (HERE); the damn thing took off with a life of it's own. And now, out of sheer boredom, and with nothing really going on, I figured it was time for a sequel. So, with out further ado, here it is, The Homemade Meme ver 2.0.

Feel free to use it and post it on your blog, a link back would be most appreciated!

1: When you eat pasta, do you sprinkle Parmesan and / or Romano cheese on to it, or are you one of those types who skips the cheese?

2: Ben Franklin once said, “Lighthouses are more useful than churches”. Where would you rather go; to a church or a lighthouse?

3: Speaking of quotes, grab the nearest book, turn to page 13 of said book and write out your favorite passage from that page.

4: Is it OK to let the dishes soak in the sink, or should they be washed immediately? (no cheating by claiming that you always use the dishwasher).

5: One pill make you larger, and one pill makes you small: What is/was your favorite recreational drug? (even if your clean and sober now)

6: And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all: What is / was your favorite legal drug?

7: Pretending that money is no object, what luxury or outlandish service would you use as much as possible?

8: Through some kind of legal technicality, Charles Manson is finally going to be put to death for his part in the Tate – La Bianca murders. You are at the prison and have two choices: you can either call Governor Schwarzenegger and request a stay of execution, or, you can be the one who pulls the switch that fries him. Which do you choose?

9: Through a fluke, you've discovered that a simple combination of several food stuffs can be blended together to form a compound that cures everything from common colds, as well as cancer and AIDS. After you patent it, do you bring your discovery to a pharmaceutical company thereby insuring that you will be filthy rich for the rest of your life, or do you give the cure away to those who need it?

10: For some reason, chocolate makes me randy: what food turns you on?

11: Morning person or night owl, what type are you?

12: You've written your life story, what's the title of it?

MY ANSWERS:

1: Lots and lots of cheese until it looks like the Swiss Alps.
2: A lighthouse, so I could go to the top and see the ocean, like I did that time I was in Maine.
3: “Would it not be famous to ride a dragon?” - pg 13 of 'His Majesty's Dragon' by Naomi Novik
4: If the OCD is kicking, the dishes get washed, but for the most part, soaking 'em is fine!
5: Back in the day, some illicit smoke was what I liked best. These days, I can not tolerate the stuff.
6: This pill called Bromfed, works wonders on stuffy heads. Prescription only, but well worth it.
7:I would hire a chauffeur and limo and be driven everywhere!
8: As much as I find Manson a despicable piece of trash, and not worthy of much of anything, I can't see who killing him would resolve anything, it certainly would not bring any of his victims back ... so yeah, I'd be on the phone with Arnie.
9: I'd only make wealthy people pay for the cure, the rest of society would just have to ask and would receive it.
10: Looks like I already answered that one.
11: Mostly mornings, love to get up at the crack of dawn to start my day. But by three o clock I'm ready to call it a day (though a mid-afternoon power nap works wonders).
12: The King of Fucking Everything

Friday, January 19, 2007

Fave Foto Friday 1.19.06

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fff at the house of thunderpussy

fff at the morning martini

fff at i need stronger medication

fff at life, family, et al

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Ooh, lookie, it's the bulging crotch that ate Manhattan ... actually it's entitled, "Cab, 5th Avenue" and it's by NYC shutter bug, Dave Beckerman.

Here is what Mr. Beckerman has to say about this picture:

Tripod shot; late night on 5th avenue. The gigantic posters are everywhere these days. (Leica M3, 2005)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wasted Alone

Whatshisname left for Seattle this morning at 3am (booksellers convention), that's what time the Rapid Rover van came for him. Like a fool I got up with him and waited for it's arrival.

Bad move on my part.

I'm one of those people, who if his sleep is disturbed, it screws me up royally.

I never fell back asleep.

I figured I'd sleep in today and go to work late ... that didn't work either.

I just called out for the day.

I am so damn tired, but I should get some things done since I'm home.

Yeah, that could happen.

Ugh, this is going to be such a wasted day.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Tasteful Musical Number For The Contessa...


once i was a schleppa,now i'm miss mazzeppa

Jake Gyllenhaal on SNL

Watch it quick before NBC removes it: Jake finds his inner diva!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Those Amazing, Amazing, Amazing Golden Globes

Watching the Golden Globes tonight and I've lost count of how many times the A Word was said ... happily, Tom Hanks funny salute to Warren Beatty, and Beatty's subsequent speech, broke the "amazing" stretch and other adjectives were used for at least forty-five minutes.

Other Golden Globe observations:

*Earlier in the show I discovered that Alec Baldwin and I have something in common when he announced he just had hernia surgery. I will keep that in mind on February 12th.

* When I grow up, I want to become Jack Nicholson. I just love that guy, he is too freaking cool!

* Is Salma Hayek the most beautiful woman in the world?

* Is America Ferrera a breath of fresh air? How sweet to see a young lady who is not all skin and bones, rock on America!

* When they showed Prince in the audience, I thought I was looking at Jada Pinkett Smith for a second!

* Who picked out Jeremy Irons get up? What was that all about?

* Monet was drunk in gallons at this event!

* I should be living in Hollywood; but I'd never say, "amazing", no matter what!

Thought for the Day

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people."
---martin luther king jr.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Dark Mess: the Black Dahlia


Elizabeth Short was a young woman from Medford Massachusetts who headed out to Hollywood California to become an actress. Unfortunately, for Miss Short, the only fame she found was posthumously when her butchered corpse was found in an open field on January 15, 1947. In death, Short became known as The Black Dahlia (allegedly due to her love of wearing black clothing). To this day, Elizabeth Short's murder remains unsolved.

I was thrilled to hear that Brian De Palma had been picked to direct a movie version of James Elroy's novel about the Dahlia murder.

And then I saw the film.

What a mess, where to begin? How about the leading man, Josh Hartnett as Officer Bucky Bleichert; good god, Hartnett has the personality of a pencil and the acting skill of the same. The less said about him the better. Unfortunately, he is in practically ever damn scene of the movie.

And then there is the script. Talk about convoluted ... you might need an outline to keep up with the plots, sub-plots and back stories ... in fact, Elizabeth Short's tale seems to be the least important thing in the film. Add to that an odd three way between Hartnett's character, Scarlett Johanson (Kay Lake) and Aaron Eckhart (Sgt. Leland 'Lee' Blanchard), police corruption, a serial killer who is getting out of jail on a technicality, a crazed society matron (Fiona Shaw in overdrive), a clown painting, KD Lang in a tuxedo singing "Love For Sale", hidden money, double crosses and boxing matches, shady land deals...and well, then of course there is the story of Short which they some how seem to cram into this plot.

What keeps the viewer from yanking the DVD out of the player and using it for a cocktail coaster is that De Palma manages to deliver a film that is full of shadows and atmosphere. There is no denying that, technically, De Palma is at the top of his game.

Another pleasant surprise is Hillary Swank as the ultimate shady dame, Madeleine Linscott. When Swank shows up, it's as if she's from a whole other time; she nails the quintessential Film Noir Femme Fatale. Swank seems to be channeling Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth and Barbara Stanwyck: if there were any justice in this world, Swank would receive an Oscar nod for this performance, she outshines everyone else (even the drop dead gorgeous Johanson).

Unfortunately, one great performance and technically superior camera work do not a good movie make.

This move, in a word, dreadful.

That said, it is still worth the rental to see Hillary Swank give the performance of the year. After seeing her play a boxer, and a woman passing for a man, the last thing I expected was this icy, vampy, sex drenched creature that she managed to cook up.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

No Room On The Prairie for Me

I admit it, I absolutely love Garrison Keillor's Saturday night radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, and for years I've been waiting for the traveling cavalcade of down home eccentrics to make their way to my neck of the woods so that I could see a live performance of the show.

So, imagine my sheer delight when I discovered that the show was coming to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on January 27th! I trembled with utter joy when I heard this, imagining myself front and center clapping along with the audience during the Powdered Milk Biscuits song, or laughing hysterically over the adventures of Ruth Harrison, Reference Librarian, and Guy Noir, Private Detective (who works in that city that "knows how to keep it's secrets")... yup, this was going to be a nerd's-dream-come-true!

So, imagine my sheer devastation when I discovered that the show was already sold out! I even called the Kimmel Center last night to see if there were standing room only spots or individual seats available. There were none.

Oh misery! Oh agony! If only the Catsup Advisory Board could help me now!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Fave Foto Friday (California Dreaming Edition)

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fff at the homosexual home office

fff at the house of thunderpussy

fff at the morning martini

fff at i need stronger medication

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Today's picture is entitled "Case Study House # 22" and was shot by Julius Shulman for a photo spread of Los Angeles homes in Playboy magazine some time in 1960. The archeitect who designed this swinging bachelor pad was Pierre Koenig.

Wouldn't that be a wonderful view to gaze out on every night?

Anyone care for a Mai Tai?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Fan Mail From The Religious Right

It seems that some one out there spends a great deal of time searching my blog for my views of certain television preachers. It's been ages since I've mentioned Jentezen Franklin (AKA BSMF)

It would appear that THIS POSTING gets looked at a lot (check out some of the damn comments!!!). It also generates a lot of email, most which I delete; however, this afternoon when I went to the old mailbox here at Pax Romano Inc and discovered this latest missive ... well I felt that a reply was due.

First, the email:


Pax, I don't know you and do not judge your heart. But the fruit of your mouth speaks wrongfully. Whether we are Christians or not, we are not to judge a man's heart, but we are able to judge the fruit of that individual. You must be a man who has been deeply hurt for the comments said about Rev. Franklin. I have seen the same performance, and it was clear about its message. Your eyes saw what it wanted to see to justify your own pain. You need Jesus Christ in your heart and I will pray that a transformation will take place and a life changed. God loves you and would have sent His Son to the cross if only for you. Don't be hard, dear one, but allow the Holy Spirit to show you real "truth" such as you have never known.
Donna in Jacksonville, FL




And now the reply:

Donna, I don't know you either, so we are even.


I will not judge your heart either.

That said, please take a deep breath and understand that what was written about Mr. Franklin was tongue in cheek, it was satire, it was not to be taken seriously. Franklin is a public figure with a much larger stage than I will ever have, he uses the airwaves to get his message across. I am just a mere speck out here in cyberspace who sees what he sees and comments on it. I doubt that my mocking of this television preacher will harm him or his ministry in any way shape or form.

Please don't pray for me; save your prayers for more important things. Pray for the families of those who have died in Iraq, pray for the homeless who dot the streets of this country, pray for the mentally incapacitated, pray for the lonely and the broken hearted, pray for the ill, pray for the world leaders that they might guide us to a more stable future, pray for the close-minded individuals who would deny rights to others, pray for those who are easy prey for the charlatans of the world...

Thank you for taking the time and writing to me.
Pax Romano


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

My Favorite scene from West Side Story!


...cause no one wants a fella with a social disease...

Monday, January 08, 2007

On A Sad Note...

It seems that Elaine Pierson's body was found ... say a prayer, light a candle, send out some good vibes to her family.

Story HERE.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday Morning Beefcake

Ladies and Gay Gentlemen, feast your eyes on the beauty that is Argentine rugby player, Ignacio Corleto ... dear god, someone fetch me a cool drink and wet towel for my forehead...

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Have You Seen Elaine Pierson? (MISSING PERSON)

Elaine is a 48 year old woman from Marysville, Pa (just outside of Harrisburg). She was reported missing on December 27th, 2007.

Further Information at iFilpFlop HERE

Further Information via ABC News HERE

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Elaine Pierson is asked to call the State Police barracks in Newport at 717-567-3110.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Surgical Consultation


This morning I paid a visit to Dr. Unpronounceable Lastname at The Swanky City Medical Center and Coffee Bar so that we could discuss my hernia and upcoming surgery.

I confess, I am being a big baby over all of this, but the last time I had surgery (other than dental) was when I had my tonsils out, and that was back in the Jurassic period. Happily, Dr. Lastname's assistant, Nurse Kindly, put me at ease. She realized how nervous I was when my blood pressure was through the roof, so she sat and talked and laid the whole procedure out for me. It worked, I was not as freaked as I was earlier.

After Nurse Kindly re-took my vitals, Dr. Unpronounceable Lastname came in to the exam room and examined me. He is of Filipino decent, and seemed like a nice guy. I should mention he had a thick accent. ... but a peculiar thing occurred during the examination.

OK, if you are being examined for a hernia, you know that part of the procedure is the "turn your head and cough" part when they grab your balls. Well it was during this particular moment when Dr. Lastname said, "You have the big testicles".

"Excuse me?" I said, my pants around my ankles.

"You have the big testicles", he repeated in his thick accent.

I panicked for a second and said something like, "Is that because of the hernia, is something else wrong...?"

"No, no", he laughed, his hands still cupping my balls, "I just say this because you have big ones, that's all, now pull up pants and we will talk about your surgery".

Fully embarrassed, but all ears, I listened as he told me about the procedure as well as the recovery period which he indicated could take up to two to three weeks. Apparently, since I've never had any real surgery in my life, It might take me longer to heal.

Once the consultation was done, I met with yet another person at the medical center and scheduled my surgery for February 12th.

After it was over I took my self, my hernia, and my big balls to Starbucks and enjoyed a Cinnamon Latte and wondered if telling someone that they have big testicles is what passes for a good bedside manner these days...

Fave Foto Friday (melts in your mouth edition)


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fff at the house of thunderpussy

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Today's choice is entitled, "Death by M&M's" and is by Mexican photographer, Daniela Edburg from her collection, Bittersweet. To read more about Edburg and her work CLICK HERE


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Best Blogs of '06...


...have been revealed over at The Homosexual Home Office Blog: HERE

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Doable Resolutions


So it's that time of year when everyone makes up their resolution list. We've all done it; we swear to eat less, drink less, quit that bad habit, take up that good habit, etc. And usually by year's end we have forgotten those promises we've made to ourselves.

This year, then, I thought I'd come up with a short list of some doable resolutions, things I might actually accomplish.

Let's see how good or bad I do.

1: From now on, I swear to see the glass as half full (especially if it's half full of a good merlot).

2: I promise not to keep telling people to stop using the word "amazing" even though the sound of it makes my skin crawl.

3: I will not judge someone who identifies themselves as a Christian (that is until they begin to prostilitize, at which point I will box their ears and quote them the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, who once said, "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.").

4: I will stop re-ending cars with those yellow "We Support the Troops" bumper ribbons on them.

5: I will stop saying to people who voted for Bush, "Told Ya' So!!!". Well, maybe not.

6: I will start a petition to get Garrison Keillor to bring his company to the Philly / South Jersey area to do a performance of a Prairie Home Companion.

7: I will NOT stop whining until we get some decent snow here in Joisey this winter ... come on already, it's January and it's still in the 60's!!!

8: I will not bitch over the fact that my car is still in the garage and will not be ready until some time on Wednesday, DAMN IT! ...oops, too late!

9: I resolve to never stop believing that this war in Iraq was a horrible mistake and a sinful waste of human lives, and that many people in power have innocent blood on their hands.

10: I will listen less to the naysayers and more to the optimists, I resolve to get my rose colored glasses refitted!

Happy New Year!







Deconstruction Mode


2007 is shaping up to be a wonderful year, and it's less than two days old.

Yesterday, I slept most of the day ... got up, ate, napped, rinse, lather, repeat. Missed dinner at my folks house due to sleeping.

Today my car remains at the shop, so I did not go into work. All totaled, it's going to run me 550.00 for the repair work as well as the inspection. Goody. More money to be spent after the wallet draining month of December.

Spent the morning deconstructing Xmas. Every year I say the same thing; "I will neatly bind up the lights and wrap them in individual plastic bags" ... yeah right. Everything went into huge bags and boxes until three hundred and some days from now when I am cursing the knots...

The tree was a royal bitch, but it is now on the deck ( it is a potted, live tree now going on to it's second year).

We have tons of left over cakes and cookies and various other holiday sugar coated treats. I think I am going to box all of that crap up and bring it into work tomorrow; chances are nothing will be left by day's end.

We also have left over bottles of beer that have been sitting in the cooler since New Year's eve, so I guess I'll be dumping them since you can't re-refrigerate beer.

The microwave blew up the other day, so it is now just a happy memory, and the vacuum cleaner sounds like it's ready to go the same way...

Damn, this boy needs a vacation (all expenses paid).

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007

A wonderful party last night ... broke up around three thirty in the a. m. if I recall ... stayed up till almost four thirty cleaning up the mess ... only had about three drinks last night, so I am only exhausted today, not hung-over ... the birthday boy made out well and slammed back many glasses of cheer, was his usual charming self ...

... am going back to bed ... happy 2007 all!