Wednesday, April 01, 2015


I don't discuss my opinions too often on this blog. My original goal when I began writing this way...way...way back was to do just that, to write down my opinions and views, making this a kind of journal. But with all the snark and nasty comments I see around the internet, I've held back. I don't want to face the potential negativity, like when I read a review of one of my stories from an anthology. It was harsh and nasty and has kept me from writing further.

(Yes, I'm not procrastinating. I just need to get a thicker skin.)

So when I saw this online today, the need to post about it just would not go away.

And if you've made it this far, you have been rickrolled. April Fools!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Long Sunday

Sunday started out fine. I managed to sneak in an early-morning walk to the Colorado Lagoon, one of my favorite nature spots in Long Beach. Two men were hip deep in the water to fly fish while the many coots scoured the sand and the grass for food. I quietly made my way to a wooden bridge that crosses the lagoon and watched a few jellyfish floating through the green water. At the opposite shore, I rested a moment to watch a few sandpipers along the shoreline and spotted a skate skimming along the bottom of the lagoon, fairly close to the shore. Then, I spied a new bird (to me) disappearing beneath the waterline:

A Pied-billed Grebe

Another bird added to my Life List. And then it was home for a few hours of Thief before heading to our friends' wedding. While I played the game, Caesar took his car for a cleaning and returned with a dented driver-side door after being hit by a van. Good times.

After calming down, we cleaned and dressed for the wedding. Our friends decided to do a follow a few traditional Jewish rites, so we needed to be there early for Caesar to sign the ketubah as a witness. And it was such a stunning document, with the multicolored hamseh and Hebrew script:

The ceremony itself was just a beautiful, and I'm glad we were invited. Plus, we gorged ourselves on the BBQ from the Naples Rib Company. I think that's the perfect food for a wedding....

Saturday, March 28, 2015

iTunes Saturday - Tomorrow....

We're attending a friend's wedding tomorrow....

(Meant as a joke.... Wham UK! with Young Guns (Go for It).

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Bird Is the Word

Because you can never have enough bird pics....

1. Song Sparrow. 2. Northern Mockingbird. 3. European Starling

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dreaming after Chili Cheese Fries

I don't remember much of last night's dream save for the last few moments....

I sat at a table in a darkened cabaret. A few other tables were occupied, but the faces remain hidden in the haze. Light does shine on a stage, making the red curtains glow. A sudden close up of a man on the stage...he says, "It's over." A slow pull back reveals the smirking face of Cameron Mackintosh which quickly morphs into Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He repeats Cameron's words and slowly walks stage right, leaning heavily on his cane.

What the what?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

iTunes Saturday - Funky High School

I'm still not quite sure how it happened, but back in high school, the Student Body somehow managed to win a radio station contest, with the prize being a live concert from one of the "hot" bands of the moment. This was 1987, I think, right in the thick of the 80s New Wave movement. The band? A quartet out of Australia known as Pseudo Echo. Their big hit that year was a cover of a classic disco track from Lipps, Inc. I remember rushing into the school gymnasium on the day of the concert, staking my spot at the edge of the stage and screaming like a fan girl as they took the stage and played for about an hour. The song, in case you haven't guessed...Funky Town:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's On?

Last night, we watched the two-hour season finale of Empire, and it did not disappoint. Lots of high melodrama, music, and a pitch perfect performance by Taraji P. Henson as Cookie. After all the excitement, I continued reading Heart of Darkness while Caesar channel surfed. And today, I started wondering about what we actually watch on TV. We have a few shows that we watch together: RuPaul's Drag Race, Face Off, Dancing with the Stars, Empire, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead. We watch Cougar Town and I Love Lucy reruns. Though, with hundreds of channels thanks to cable, neither of us really watches much else. I prefer to read or play video games or even watch a movie on Netflix. Sometimes, I even enjoy the luxury of falling asleep at 9 PM.

I remember growing up, with the TV on constantly because there was something worth watching. Get home from school, do my homework, watch an ABC After School Special or Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang while waiting for dinner, then All in the Family or Emergency or The Jeffersons on our console TV -- the whole family gathered spread on the couch or my parents' recliners. Then, off to bed.

It was unusual to stay up late, and a few times I remember watching the American flag waving on some unseen breeze, slowly being lowered as taps played, then the black and white test pattern like some nuclear hazard sign morphing into black and white snow. I kinda miss all that.