When Obama was asked about gay marriage, he stated, "...it's a matter that should be decided by the states, not the federal government." I liked the comment Steve S made on the Yahoo story: "Not as long as the federal income tax code provides advantages to married couples." True Steve, true. I'm just sayin'.
Sometimes I think this blog should officially cross over to an entertainment blog (as it's not only what I enjoy but what some find useful as well). For example, if you're a fan of CBS programming, you'll be excited to know the network's fall schedule premiere dates (see below). But if PTT became PT ET, where would all the hot men go?
Wednesday, Sept. 14
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC (23rd edition premiere)
Monday, Sept. 19
8:00-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (7th season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (S)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (9th season premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (series debut)
10:00-11:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 (2nd season premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (9th season premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (3rd season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM UNFORGETTABLE (series debut)
Wednesday, Sept. 21
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (7th season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (12th season premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 22
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (5th season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)
9:00-10:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST (series debut)
10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST (4th season premiere)
Friday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 PM A GIFTED MAN (series debut)
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: NY (8th season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS (2nd season premiere)
Saturday, Sept. 24
8:00-8:30 PM RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (6th season premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM COMEDYTIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY (season premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 25
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES (44th season premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (19th edition premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE (3rd season premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI (10th season premiere)
Monday, Sept. 26
8:30-9:00 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (time period premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM MIKE & MOLLY (2nd season premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 29
8:30-9:00 PM HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (series debut)
Goes 2 Show the Tide is Turning
A Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday finds support for same-sex marriage in New York: "State voters support 54 – 40 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, with voters under 35 supporting the measure 70 – 26 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Voters 35 to 64 years old also support the measure, while voters over 65 oppose it 57 – 37 percent."
This is exactly why many Republicans, and those against equality for all, will lose their fight. It's just a matter of time.
Lady Gaga's performance on French TV's Taratata is all Madonna. From the bit of Voguing, to the Blonde Ambition haircut, to the Versace suit, Gaga is really channeling the Material one. Check it out below.
Making an Impact
I ran into a friend from long ago today. He said he meant to contact me because he had a funny story to share. 12 years ago, I stopped by his classroom dressed as Wally Warhead (the spokescharacter for Mega Warheads candy). I worked for the Foreign Candy Company at the time. I also read my children's book, Sue Snorter, to the kids.
Well this past week, they returned after graduation to see their former teacher. And crazy enough, they brought up my visit and how they distinctly remember the time I spent with them. Not only is it crazy to think that they recall that day long ago, but that it's been 12 years since! Thanks to Randy for sharing. Made my day.
Our 15th Anniversary
Disliking FB Photos
This weekend, the cameras were in full force for Pride weekend. But rather than pose, I hid. Why? Because those who take the photos don't know how to edit their postings to Facebook. So unlike before, if you took a bad picture, only a few saw the result. Now the world sees your closed eyes, bad hair, or surly smile.
A Lesson Learned
Sitting at lunch today, someone uttered the phrase, "Mark my words." We then began discussing its origins - assuming it had something to do with an act of making notations, perhaps with a writing utensil, on an actual written phrase (i.e. on a piece of paper). We were close. Apparently, "mark" in this case means to write, hence "mark my words" means to write down an individuals words. This enables the written words to be referenced later on - proving the speaker correct.
Marriage Equality Passes!
The NY Senate passes the New York Marriage Equality Bill! Congratulations NY for doing the right thing! Wow. I'm shaking.
Oops, spoke too soon. Just a vote on the amendment. But it's looking promising! And I quote Senator Grisanti, "I've done the research. I apologize to those I've offended. I cannot deny a person, taxpayer, human, NYer their rights."
Religion Should Play No Part
NY assembly introduced amendments to the Marriage Equality Bill. Why religion is playing a role in the acceptance of this bill is ludicrous. The two should not be connected as we're not a church state. So please NY Senators make the right decision to support equality as gays getting married is not threat to religious freedoms.
Maroon 5 and Christine Aguilera join forces to jumpstart their single charting careers with the single, Move Like Jagger. It works! Have I said I love dance/pop? Here's to hoping it sticks around for another few years.
Monkey Beats Pride 2011 is Here!
Just in time to celebrate Pride weekend in Chicago, Monkey Beats Pride 2011 Work It has arrived! But be warned! Unlike most celebratory mixes, Work It evolves from glorious vocals to campy, sexy beats then back again. Because like I've noted all along, a set should take you on a musical adventure - not bore you with the same beats for an hour. So get ready for a live mixed set with Gaga, the Saturdays, new tracks by Antoine Clamaran, Muzzaik, Jordin Sparks, Frankmusik and Ms. Lopez, along with dirty fun with Ralphi and Usher. Happy Pride everyone! Get the one hour set HERE (just download the file, double click, and it should open in iTunes).
PS - For a track listing, just shoot me an email by clicking the icon to the right.
Howling in Greece
If you are wondering how you can help those in NY pass the Marriage Equality bill, please see below for a list of lawmakers who have not yet committed their vote to ensuring gays and lesbians have the same right as other Americans.
Senator Gregory R. Ball of Putnam County
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. of Suffolk County
Senator J. Kemp Hannon of Nassau County
Senator Andrew J. Lanza of Staten Island
Senator Betty Little of Glens Falls
Senator Mark Grisanti of Erie County
Senator Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie
Senator John Flanagan of Long Island
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Call and politely ask him to bring marriage equality to a vote.
Come On NY!
New York hopefully votes today on Marriage Equality. With just one vote shy of the 32 needed to pass the bill, I'm a bit nervous. I'm trying to remain positive, but something tells me someone will cave - and not in a good way. Though, it's hard to imagine with poll numbers at 58% in favor of gay marriage, lawmakers will continue turning their back on the gay and lesbian community.
I feel as though Selena Gomez and the Scene is a bit under appreciated. She released some quality tracks in 2010 - some taking off but not in a huge way. Her catchy songs more bubble under the surface. Her newest, Love You Like a Love Song, produced by Rock Mafia, once again finds her chugging along in the pop universe. At first, you might think the track is a bit simple. But upon further listens, it sticks to your brain with its “I love you like a love song, BAY-BEH, and I keep hittin’ repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat.” Take a listen below (by pressing the play icon) and judge for yourself.
Boycotting Holland, MI
Holland, Michigan, just miles away from gay mecca Saugatuck and Douglas, VOTED this past week not to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its laws against discrimination. Don't they know how much gays and lesbians spend in Holland, MI on antiques, groceries and more? You can bet we won't be visiting Holland anytime soon. We'll spend the few extra dollars in Saugatuck for that loaf of bread and vintage wheel barrel.
Dolce & Gabbana Fashion Show
As I noted on Friday, while some of us were chilling at the movie theater and scrubbing walls with bleach, others we know were sitting front and center at the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show in Milan. If you'd like to see what we missed, check out the video below. I personally find the presentation a bit monotonous, but then again the D & G boys didn't ask me for my opinion. Perhaps one day they will.
Return of the Muppets
I've always loved the Muppets. I even purchased a full set of stuffed animals while visiting DisneyWorld 10 years ago. So of course, I'm excited to see them return this November - in all of their silly glory.
Pink Trash Travels 2: Green Lantern
For starters, why they cast Blake Lively in the movie I'll never know. She needs to stick with Gossip Girl - a movie actress she is not. Ryan Reynolds, on the other hand, makes you want to go to the cinema. If anything, just to see his hot body in a green suit. Otherwise, the special effects are engaging and probably the best part about the film - including the fight scenes. Do I prefer it over Thor? No. I did, however, leave feeling a bit like a superhero myself. I can't explain it, but the energy I felt driving home, weaving in and out of traffic, was a bit out-of-this-world.
Darren Criss @ Northalsted Market Days
Another McDonald Does Good - Great Actually!
New York State Senator Roy McDonald, just one of a handful of Republican Senators going against party lines, issued the following statement in his support of a gay marriage bill most likely seeing a vote on Friday:
"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing,” McDonald, 64, told reporters.
“You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.
“I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this.”
Going Shirtless Does Wonders
I spotted a video from Scott Herman on someone's FB page today. The link took me to more on YouTube. I was amazed to see that his videos, some with shirt on, some with shirt off, have almost 200K views per video - which is great. I shouldn't be surprised however. He's cute and with a great body. Some call him the Craigery Morgan of fitness. One video even has over 2M! Again, he's shirtless, taking you through his chest workout, and grunting all the way. Great for him to capitalize not only on his looks but also those willing to pay $4.99 a month to be part of his club (scotthermanfitness.com). I'd like to see the demo breakdown of that website.
Speaking of gay marriage, New York is just one vote shy of the 32 needed to pass the marriage equality bill. So please, if you live in NY, contact your State Senator. For a list, go HERE.
Judge Ware Did Good
A federal judge did the right thing by refusing to invalidate last year's ruling against Proposition 8. Chief Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco decided the gay jurist who overturned the same-sex marriage ban had no obligation to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest.
I'm still amazed, everyday, how much effort those against gay marriage put forth in squashing the option for gays and lesbians. Just think what they could do if they channeled that energy elsewhere? The world would truly be a better place - for everyone.
It's a Hoax People
Not As Bad As U Might Think
When my friend told me about his lunch time snack of cottage cheese and tuna, I almost threw up a bit in my mouth. After all, you have to admit, the combo sounds pretty gross. But after trying the mixture, I have to say it's not half bad. Not good. So now I'm all about grabbing the two for a quick lunch to ensure I'm filling up on protein throughout the day - especially after a Fat Sally Sunday.
Big, Bigger, Best?
While wondering around Andersonville's Midsommer festival tonight, we talked of steroids more than once. For example, within a crowd of 20 and 30 year olds (who seem to have personally christened themselves as the "A Crowd"), many of them are getting big - and quick. And because one shoots up, the others must as well. Talk about keeping up with the Joneses. But the most intense example would have to be a bartender's transformation from adorable hottie to bear daddy.
He used to be adorable - and everyone thought so. But for some reason, he must not have been satisfied with his body and image. Because now, he's twice the size (and has the back acne to show for it), is covered in facial hair, and looks a bit rough. So instead of being admired by all, he's cut his audience in half (if not more). I wonder if he knows it? And did he do it because he thought it was the "cool thing to do" or did he truly change for himself?
If the former, I suppose with age will come intelligence and personal acceptance. If the latter, then congratulations for achieving your goals. But something tells me societal pressures, especially those of working at a bar, are what forced his hand.
Thank U 2 Home Depot
According to the American Family Association, when talking about Home Depot's support of the LGBT community, I'm in the "clasp of Satan." On the contrary, I'd say those who spit hate against the world are more engulfed. Thank you to Home Depot for standing behind your "diverse" clients.
I love the fact that this movie theatre is making an example out of a "texter." We need to all remember we live here with others and the world doesn't center around one person. More please.
Why We Love Wiig and Randolph
A conversation with a French journalist quickly goes South with farts and poo taking over.
Perhaps you're like me in that you can't watch NBC's The Voice because of Christina Aguilera. There's something about her that chaps my hide. Maybe it's her screeching when she talks. Or those hair extensions. In any case, I can't stomach the talent show. So instead, I turn to our DVR to catch-up on shows like Being Human. So much better than than three ring circus clown Christina.
Pink Trash Travels 2: X Men: First Class
I saw a TV ad for X Men: First Class tonight. The action sequences made the movie look incredible. After seeing it last night, the problem is everything in between. The sci-fi film seems flat - especially January Jones performance as Frost. I love her on AMC's Mad Men, but on the big screen she's quite the bore. Michael Fassbender, as Magneto, on the other hand, is quite engaging. One of the best reasons to see the film. He oozes appeal. So in the end, it's not horrible, but not great either.
I purchased a pair of Save Khaki shorts last year at Barney's. My faves of the season. So this year, I'm happy to report I found another pair - in a different color. Unfortunately, the Barney's store in Chicago, and online, don't have them in a size 30. So I called the NY store and they'll be shipped to me next week! When you find something you love...
Better Late than Never
Well, not really. I'd prefer the never in this case as the cottonwood tree in our backyard has finally decided to bloom. So, for the next two weeks, it will be snowing in our neighborhood. Please pray for rain and a strong Western wind to keep the white stuff off our house and lawn. I just look forward to the day when we can put our patio furniture out, and uncover our deck pit group, without cotton getting stuck in every nook and cranny.
It's always interesting going back to Kansas - especially when it comes to Midwestern hairdoos. Sure, who's to say one is better than the other (in terms of big city vs. small town), but something tells me these ladies should reconsider their look. Check out a woman I spotted next to us at Le Peep in Overland Park, KS. Her hair is teased so high a family of Robins could live it in comfortably. If I visited more often, I'd surely have to start a new blog.
Ben Cohen Fights for the Cause
Ben Cohen says, "...I have a big, gay following." Yep, I get it. Thanks for helping the world to be a better place Ben.
Eat a Sandwich
I'm all for physical fitness, but when you get too lean, sometimes you don't look good (like the model pictured above who seems a bit scary). I've been told this a few times, including the phrase, "Eat a sandwich." So this year, I'm trying to keep on weight while I trim up for summer. It's not easy.