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I voted and was #107 November 6, 2012

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It always feels good to vote.  I voted at 7:10AM and there was a small, but steadily growing line.  Most everyone was dressed up to go to work.  The guy in front of me pulled out his driver’s license to show to the clerk.  The clerk laughed and told him we do not have to show ID in New York State. A few people around me laughed – one guy applauded. Who did I vote for?  I proudly voted for the entire Democratic Party line.  I vote for my interests. Don’t forget – if you don’t stand for something – you’ll fall for anything.


I voted and was #8 September 13, 2012

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Yes, it is another election day.  I just got home after voting at 1:30PM and was #8 at my polling place.  That does not bode well for the turnout, does it?

I got a notification from the Board of Elections that my polling place had changed.  “Hmm”, I said – as I looked at the new address on the mailer.  It seemed to be the same place as before.  As I strolled to my old polling place, I noticed that indeed it was the same place – the thing that has changed was the name of the High School. Is this a form of voter suppression?  Not likely – just a Board of Elections mix up.

As I walked into the school gymnasium I was greeted by 9 people including two Police Officers.  They smiled as if it was Christmas morning. They got off their folding chairs and went into action.  Yes, I was the 8th person to vote and they were thrilled.  Glad to have made them happy.

So what was on the ballot?  Two names for Public Advocate (I voted for the name that the NY Times endorsed) and there were two columns of about 30 names each.  All were running for delegates and alternates.  I had to pick 11 delegates and 11 alternates. They were all Democrats. I voted for the women on the ballot.

I told them as I was leaving that the November election day  would be more crowded.  They said ‘Do you think so?”  I told them I would bet on it.

So go find your polling place and vote today.  It is good practice for November.

Don’t forget – if you don’t stand for something – you’ll fall for anything.

Ten Years Later September 11, 2011

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Gathering my thoughts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center has been daunting.  There’s already been a bucket load of depressingly, sad commemorations, TV specials, books, and magazines articles about what others think about today.  So I will keep this post simple – nothing particularly profound or clever.  Just some random musings. I have been writing since the day of the attack.  Many of you have been there through all of my rants – regardless of the topic.  Many things have stayed the same but lots of things have changed.

These are the things that now make me crazy:
– The term ‘Homeland.’  It makes the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I expect goose-stepping brownshirts to fill the streets.
– Going to airports and made to submit to body pats, body scans, partial undressing and chaos.  I do not feel any safer. They should offer free xanax to all travelers.
– I abhor just about all politicians these days.  Both sides of the aisle are gross buffoonish figures of corruption and dysfunction.  We are broken both economically and politically.
– I hate Fox News, Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdock.

These are the things that keep me sane:
– Going to my job at the zoo and documenting with my camera what happens each day.
– I still like going to the movies but don’t have as much time as I did awhile back.
– Seeing a good exhibit at a museum energizes me.
– I like to travel (just hate the airports).
– I probably like a lot of other things but thinking about happy thoughts today is too hard.

– I am still living at Casa Lobo with my now 10 year old cat, Madison, and of course the newer resident, eight year old, Benny the dog.

– My friend Carol and I remain close.  She still works within spitting distance of the ‘pit’ (excuse me – the construction site) and my hat goes off to her and her coworkers who go there every day. Carol, managed to get to my apartment that September day, and stayed with me overnight. She and I still chat a lot and find many things to laugh about. The photo below was taken when Carol and I tried to walk her home to Brooklyn on September 12th, 2001. We were not allowed to walk over any of the bridges that connected Brooklyn to Manhattan so we had to take the train. You can see the smoldering pile of smoke and ash still looming over the site. This went on for weeks.

– Her husband, Police Officer Matt is also doing just fine. He is working downtown at the WTC site today. He is a member of the Emergency Services Unit and is a detective. He leaps tall buildings, climbs bridges and works that wacky jaws of life machine to save people.  Matt wrote this to me last year – “I still remember coming home around 2:45 am on the morning of September 12th and writing to you and Carol. My uniforms were being washed and I had to be back in work in less than an hour and a half. I still have a ton of “hatred” feelings and a ton of sad feelings. It’s a very sad day.  I hope everyone out there takes a few minutes to think about what happened that day and think about all who are no longer with us. We lost a supervisor from my truck that day, Sgt. Rodney Gillis. His mom will be stopping in to our quarters this morning to see us and her son’s memorial plaque, locker and equipment storage bin before she goes to the city for the memorial. I touch his equipment bin every day I work because it’s next to my equipment bin. You never know when those you work with aren’t going to come home”.

Will I keep writing?  Even though I do not blog as much as I used to – I blog in my head and yell at passing clouds.  The short answer is sure – I’ll keep writing and ranting and hope you will keep reading and responding.

So what am I going to do today?  I’ll probably go to the gym, watch some of the 10th anniversary ceremony, cry a bit and then go to see a movie for escape.  Tomorrow is another day.

– If you want to take a look at what is happening at the World Trade Center site there is a great Interactive look at the ongoing construction here.

WTC remembered on film

Gone Zooing – be back zoon! April 25, 2010

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Gone Fishin’ July 30, 2009

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Golden Globe Nominees, Trivia and a Quiz January 8, 2009

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ggawardThe Golden Globe Awards are to be aired this Sunday, January 11 from 8 – 11 PM. It is usually an overblown self-love festival and totally out of kilter with reality. Does it matter who wins? Maybe. Is it fun? Absolutely. It can be a precursor to the Oscars or not. What can be fun is that the recipients tend to be drunk and that is always fun to watch and can be surprising. You can read about the Hollywood Foreign Press on the do-good, self-promoting part of their website.  If you want to see who the 90 voting members of the Foreign Press are, click here.

Newsweek has a Ten Most Embarrassing Moments of Golden Globes ceremonies past including such silliness as ladies wearing the same dress, ladies in the bathroom when their names were called, a Liz Taylor screw up, a Grey’s Anatomy faux pas, groping Scarlett Johannson, Oliver Stone’s diatribe, Brad Pitt’s Kaopectate moment, Bjork!, Jack Nicholson’s ‘moon’ and more.

There is also a Newsweek Trivia Quiz for one and all. (I failed miserably).

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

Best Animated Feature Film
Kung Fu Panda

Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden, Denmark)
Gomorrah (Italy)
I’ve Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Written by Eric Roth
Doubt – Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon – Written by Peter Morgan
The Reader – Written by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire – Written by Simon Beaufoy

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Composed by Alexandre Desplat
Changeling – Composed by Clint Eastwood
Defiance – Composed by James Newton Howard
Slumdog Millionaire – Composed by A. R. Rahman
Frost/Nixon – Composed by Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Down To Earth” – Wall-E – Music By: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyrics By: Peter Gabriel
“Gran Torino” – Gran Torino – Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens, Lyrics By: Jamie Cullum
“I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt – Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele
“Once In A Lifetime” – Cadillac Records – Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarmon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street
“The Wrestler” – The Wrestler – Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen

One day more… November 3, 2008

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Movie Review: Religulous October 2, 2008

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Movie Review: Religulous

Alternate Title: Doubting Thomas (or in this case, Bill).

Story: The gospel, according to Bill Maher, is a bunch of made up stories that just might end up to be self fulfilling prophesies that cause the end times with mushroom shaped clouds instead of the much prayed for salvation.Religulous is 90 minutes of shtick written by and starring the always irreverent Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles (Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm).

If you are familiar with Maher’s condescending approach to most things that he does not agree with you are half way to enjoying the film. If you also bring with you a sense of humor about religion – you will have a lot of belly laughs and many giggles.

He crisscrosses the world in search of answers to why people believe the preposterous stuff about religion. He spends much of the film on Evangelical Christianity and the Catholic Church. He dips his feet into Judaism and Islam and also skewers Mormonism and Scientology. He did not touch at all upon Hinduism or Buddhism or many of the other ‘isms’ but we get the point very quickly. All religion to Bill Maher is a crock of crap, dangerous and will ultimately cause the doomed scenario that many of the religions preach.

My favorite parts were the inserted movie and video clips he used to make his point while doing his interviews. For a dose of funny, go see the film.

Acting: Lots of wackos doing their thing in the name of religion.

Trivia: Bill Maher was born in NYC and grew up in River Vale, NJ. His father was Irish Catholic and was a news editor for NBC News. His mother was Jewish. Maher was raised in the Catholic faith but left the church at age 13 and never looked back. While attending Cornell, he decided to try stand-up comedy. He supported Ralph Nader in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 and supports Barack Obama in 2008.

Predilection: I like Bill Maher

Critters: Most of the critters, horses, sea monsters and whales are seen in the vintage clips.

Sex Spectrum: No sex – but some talk about rape and homosexuality.

Blatant Product Placement: None of the churches come out looking good at all. One of Maher’s premises is that these churches sell an invisible product.

Soundtrack: Terrific music to enhance the segues.

Opening Titles: A montage of his travels to seek answers to his quest.

Theater Audience: About a dozen other people. I went with my lapsed Catholic friend and we both had many laughs.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I get very squirmy when I see these zealots speaking in tongues and talking about the rapture. Oy!

Drift Factor: I did not drift but it could have been even shorter and tighter.

Oscar Worthy: no

Big Screen or Rental: It is going to be interesting to see how this film does in the general marketplace. Rental would be a fine option.

Length: A bit over 90 minutes.


Airforce One, JetBlue, McCain and Letterman September 25, 2008

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Sitting on the tarmac at JFK we hear the mellow voice of our Jet Blue cptain telling us that we re going to be 30 minutes early on our trip to California. The general tone is happiness inside the airplane. We belt up, ready ourselves for an uneventful flight and what happens? We re told that we have an unexpected delay for an unknown amount of time. A collective groan can be heard throughout the cabin. After what seemed like n endless silent wait we were told if we look out the left side of the plane we can see Air force One getting ready to leave JFK. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Yes, The thug on chief stopped all air traffic t JFK for 40 minutes as he left the Big Apple.

I watched the unraveling of the McCain campaign on the little Jet Blue TV. What a turd.

Letterman skewers McCain for ‘dissing’ him, his campaign suspension and essentially gets busted as he is seen prepping for the Katie Couric show.

Movie Review: Chris & Don: A Love Story June 17, 2008

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Movie Review: Chris & Don: A Love Story

Alternate Title: My Fair Laddie

Story: It seemed appropriate that on the day California acknowledged gay marriage I see a documentary about the 35 year relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood and portrait artist Don Bachardy. Before you click away, you already know Isherwood’s work – as it transformed to the big screen, in the form of mega-hit, Cabaret.

Isherwood met Bachardy on a California beach in 1952. Their 30 year age difference did not effect their love (think Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle). Bachardy was only 18 when their relationship bloomed. He was a star struck kid and Isherwood knew just about everyone in Hollywood. It was a match made in heaven that lasted and grew for 35 years. During the years that homosexuals had to hide their life styles, these two lived openly for all to see.

Documentarians Guido Santi and Tina Mascara tenderly carpet this love story. We see the disparate background history of both men and also witness their blossoming love story through terrific file footage and a few talking heads, including Leslie Caron and John Boorman. How could this relationship last? With encouragement and daily support Isherwood saw Bachardy through art school, his first exhibit and eventual success. Their individual gifts allowed these artists to express their love through words and visual art.

If you like love stories, interesting biographies and simply just good film making, go see this small, lovely film.

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Acting: It is documentary – so it is not applicable.

Predilection: I like documentaries

Critters: Interesting that Isherwood did not want pets because he felt that a home with pets takes love away from the human relationship. Yet, they transform their feelings into animal characters through their correspondence, which is illustrated on the big screen. Isherwood is a horse and Bachardy is a cat.

Food: No food at all.

Sex Spectrum: Alluded to – but not seen.

Blatant Product Placement: None – it s a documentary.

Soundtrack: Lovely

Opening Titles: An opening sequence that situates you into the place you are about to head.

Visual Art: Wonderful portraits by Bachardy.

Theater Audience: A packed house filled with a very West Village crowd at the Quad Cinema. We did note that many of the audience had canes (as did my pal).

Weather: Lovely beach weather.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: 0

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine but supporting a small film like this is always a good idea.

Length: 90 minutes