Saturday, December 17, 2011
"Game of Shadows" - the Sherlock Holmes sequel (directed by Guy Ritchie) - is a slick fast-paced thrilling feature sure to appeal across the board to traditionalists (and, in particular, fans of the eccentric sleuth conjured up decades ago by the celebrated mystery writer Arthur Conan Doyle).
Personally, I found the previous installment (also helmed by Madonna's ex) too convoluted to take seriously (hated it!).
Here, the filmmakers have struck a fine balance between comedy and drama - for the most part - though Ritchie has fallen short in cinematic circles for sacrificing substance over style.
The end result?
"Shadows" is a vastly entertaining popcorn movie that is flawed when it comes to sophisticated film buffs expecting more bang for their buck.
With a bit of sleight of hand, Ritchie attempts to whip up that screen magic, nonetheless - with the ultimate aim of manipulating and seducing his targeted audience at whim - but, because he lacks a certain finesse (the lightweight "indie" director" is a novice when it comes to actual full-fledged movie-making skills) he can't help but sabotage the project from the get-go with a heavy hand.
At times, instead of effecting a light touch when it is needed, he ends up charging in like an awkward elephant crashing the party (I dare say).
And, what a soiree it is, replete with romantic distractions, sexual innuendos, and titillating scenes featuring dazzling boy-wonder Robert Downey, Jr. (starring) in drag.
When all else fails, Ritchie relies on gimmickry - slo-mo-action and a handful of out-dated cinematic techniques - to try to manipulate and seduce the audience in-the-door.
Because the strings are visibly showing, the hapless Hollywood hopeful (wannabee movie mogul?) falls short of the task at hand.
2 1/2 stars!
At the AMC Theatre yesterday afternoon, during previews of "The Dictator", filmgoers heckled the President when his image sprang to life on the wide screen.
"Liar," one man screamed out below the footlights, as others cheered him on
Are the outbursts a sign of growing dissent among the voter ranks and that Barack Obama's approval rating is on the decline around the country today?
News at 11!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Just two days after a launch on "Twitter", Dave Letterman is proving to be a natural - though still a lousy typer - on the social hub.
'Ya key in a message, though, Dave!
Typing went by the way of the dinosaur moons ago!
I expect, twitterers will forgive Mr. Letterman for failing to get the lingo down pat, too, for now.
Hangin' & Bangin' was't bad, though.
Frankly, kudos are in order for the toothy talk-show host for a couple of reasons.
For starters, he is to be commended for reaching out to fellow late night hosts (even arch rival, Jay Leno).
Dave put his - um - finger on a glaring "flaw" in the "Twitter" software right out-of-the-hub, so-to-speak.
The snafu has been irking moi since "Twitter first started up a couple of years ago.
For example, when Dave inputted a comma in his post by mistake (in a moment of nervous haste?) he uttered up the obvious.
"How do 'ya correct an error," he lamented, over his shoulder, to his sidekick on the show.
Dave Schaffer was quick on the "tweet" and offered up a first solution, though.
"Just delete it."
That's the slip-shod (frustrated) approach that I take when such an annoyance descends upon me out-of-the-blue when I'm tweeting.
But, Dave's response bested it.
"I'll just tell 'em to ignore the comma," he chortled, as he zipped off (well, Dave does type slowly) a second follow-up tweet.
Now, if only the "suits" at Twitter would pick up the slack - and resolve the glitch - so that twitter fans don't have come off looking like they are lousy "typers" or give the impression they have been tweeting in a drunken stupor.
News at 11!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
In a bold-faced effort to trim the fat - cut the debt load? - investors in Dubai (the Royal family) put a couple of their real estate holdings on the block in San Francisco (1 Montgomery Place & the St. Francis Drake Hotel).
Meanwhile, tourists continue to flock to the picturesque Bay area, a top destination vacation spot on the west coast, in spite of the troubled economy.
Locals, on the other hand, are groaning and shifting their feet about the high cost of living (rent, in particular), and seeking out neighborhoods like SoMa (Market & 7th Street) where they can rest their heads at night without threat of foreclosure.
The up-and-coming trend is to head downtown where the rents are cheaper and the living - well - it's easier!
Folks like myself - contemplating moves to the European-flavored city - are content to hover a hop-and-a-skip away on the skirts of the Financial District where the cost of accommodation hasn't gone through the roof yet.
There are a handful of benefits, after all.
For example, public transportation is close and efficient, so upkeep on vehicles are kept at a mimimum, and daily parking fees are down, too.
Notwithstanding, who wants to sit in crowded commuter traffic for two hours a day - back-and-forth into the core of the city - every day?
Unfortunately, good grocers in San Francisco proper are few-and-far-between.
So, there is a tendency to wolf down less-nutritious on-the-run meals consisting of fatty fast-foods at the local take-outs (which tend to be quite pricey, by the way).
Maybe, when working stiffs start heading into the city to take up residence closer to their paycheck, a couple of enterprising businessman will solve that niggling little problem, too.
'Til then, guess I'll keep trekking over to Chinatown or the weekly fresh market at Civic Center, to rustle up some grub.
What's a boy to do otherwise, eh?
Posted by Julian Ayrs at 2:04 PM
Golden Globe Nominations..."The Artist" leads the pack! Pitt, Clooney & Fassbender get coveted nods!
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association - often accused of being self-serving and politically-motivated (too much schmoozing and greasing of palms going-down in the smokey back-rooms of the major studios or so "they" say) have announced the nominees for the Golden Globes
"The Artist" is the front-runner this year leading the pack of Tinseltown hopefuls with six nominations.
"The Descendants" and "The Help" each scored five hits.
To some, it was not surprising that "My Week with Marilyn" was lumped in with the comedy genre.
In recent years, Golden Globe aficionados have caused many to shake their heads in disbelief - at not only their wild selections - but also their tendency to tuck features into the loopy categories that don't often appear to be a good fit.
"Bridesmaids" was given the nod for a comedy, this year, while "The Help" has fallen under the arm of the celluloid drama offerings.
Just maybe, something has been lost in the translations overseas, eh?
Although "Breaking Bad" has been getting top raves from tough critics, it got snubbed by the Foreign Press Association (which resulted in a few bruised egos).
On the other hand, bill-of-fare which doesn't generally garner acclaim from reviewers - or muster up nods for prestigious awards like a Golden Globe - were a attention-getters (such as American Horror Story).
They should hire me on for astute on-the-ball recommendations if they want to get a respectable spin in Tinseltown (and around the Globe) don't 'ya think?
For good reason, the curious will be tuned in on the night of the festivities, to see which way the fickle finger of fate goes!
Here's a run-down of the nominees:
The Ides of March
My Week With Marilyn
Midnight in Paris
George Clooney in The Descendants
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Leonardo DiCaprio in J.Edgar
Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender in Shame
Viola Davis in The Help
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Brendan Gleeson in The Guard
Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
Joseph Gorden-Levitt in 50/50
Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love
Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn
Jodie Foster in Carnage
Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Kate Winslet in Carnage
Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks in Drive
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method
Berenice Bejo in The Artist
Octavia Spencer in The Help
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants
(The Ides of March)
(Midnight in Paris)
Best TV Series
American Horror Story
Game of Thrones
Best Comedy Series
Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer in Boss
Jeremy Irons in The Borgias
Damian Lewis in Homeland
Claire Danes in Homeland
Mireille Enos in The Killing
Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe in Revenge
Callie Thorne in Necessary Roughness
Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
David Duchovny in Californication
Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane in Hung
Matt LeBlanc in Episodes
Tina Fey in 30 Rock
Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
Laura Dern in Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel in New Girl
Laura Linney in The Big C
Best TV-Movie or Miniseries
Too Big Too Fail
TV-Movie or Miniseries
William Hurt in Too Big Too Fail
Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey
Idris Elba in Luther
Bill Nighy in Page Eight
Dominic West in Appropriate Adult
TV-Movie or Miniseries
Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti in Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce in Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins in Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family
TV-Movie or Miniseries
Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara in Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood in Mildred Pierce
Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
Best Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Best Foreign Film
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Flowers of War
The Skin I Live In
The Kid With a Bike
Best Original Song
Machine Gun Preacher
Gnomeo and Juliet
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Judging by the choices Barbara Walters elected to make this year (2011) for her 10 most-fascinating People list, it is obvious that the once-respected long-time journalist doesn't get out very often!
Good on her, though, for taking a tug on Donald Trump's God-awful comb-over (money can't buy everything!) to finally put the gossip to bed!
The "Donald" doesn't wear a rug.
Now, I can sleep nights, Barbara!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
When actors vote for their own, the public tends to sit up and take notice; after all, shouldn't industry folks been keen on what their "craft" is all about?
Of course, thespians are notorious for being jealous of their fellow actors, so it may be necessary to take the criticism with a grain of salt (or take an up-close gander at the underbelly of Tinseltown to fathom how the scoundrels ended up in the winner's circle this time 'round).
The SAG Award has never been up there alongside the "Oscar" or the Golden Globe Awards in respect to actual prestige in the industry - but, it is still touted - because it is a vote of respect and confidence from one's peers.
With that in mind, the Screen Actors Guild has managed to rustle up a roster of deserving nominees without exception.
For example, male actors given the nod for Best Actor for the coveted SAG Award (the ugliest trophy in town, by the way) include Demian Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), and Brat Pitt (Moneyball).
The competition will be tough for the ladies, too, in the leading dramatic acting category.
Glenn Close has been nominted for her stellar performance in "Albert Nobbs" (in which she credibly inpersonates a man at the turn-of-the-century) which has been garnering rave reviews, for example.
But, come awards evening, Viola David (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (Eva), or Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) may cause an upset and head up to the podium to snatch up the prize instead.
Can't wait, can you?
Here is a run-down of the Guild's choice for best-of-the-best for 2011:
Male actor in a supporting role
KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - "MY WEEK WITH MARILYN"
ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR"
JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL"
NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - "WARRIOR"
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - "BEGINNERS"
Female actor in a supporting role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST"
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - "THE HELP"
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - "BRIDESMAIDS"
JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS"
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - "THE HELP"
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
PATRICK J. ADAMS / Mike Ross - "SUITS"
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch "Nucky" Thomson - "BOARDWALK EMPIRE"
KYLE CHANDLER / Eric Taylor - "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - "BREAKING BAD"
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - "DEXTER"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
KATHY BATES / Harriet Korn - "HARRY'S LAW"
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - "DAMAGES"
JESSICA LANGE / Constance - "AMERICAN HORROR STORY"
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - "THE GOOD WIFE"
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - "THE CLOSER"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - "30 ROCK"
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - "MODERN FAMILY"
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - "THE OFFICE"
JON CRYER / Alan Harper - "TWO AND A HALF MEN"
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - "MODERN FAMILY"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy - "MODERN FAMILY"
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - "NURSE JACKIE"
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - "30 ROCK"
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - "MODERN FAMILY"
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - "HOT IN CLEVELAND"
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
"GAME OF THRONES"
"THE GOOD WIFE"
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
"THE BIG BANG THEORY"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Thurgood Marshall - "THURGOOD"
PAUL GIAMATTI / Ben Bernanke - "TOO BIG TO FAIL"
GREG KINNEAR / Jack Kennedy - "THE KENNEDYS"
GUY PEARCE / Monty Beragon - "MILDRED PIERCE"
JAMES WOODS / Richard Fuld - "TOO BIG TO FAIL"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or Miniseries
DIANE LANE / Pat Loud - "CINEMA VERITE"
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - "DOWNTON ABBEY"
EMILY WATSON / Janet Leach - "APPROPRIATE ADULT"
BETTY WHITE / Caroline Thomas - "HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE"
KATE WINSLET / Mildred Pierce - "MILDRED PIERCE"
Posted by Julian Ayrs at 1:23 PM
are about to unfold
Collection of Poems
On the eve of launching the Late Night Show's twitter site, popular Dave Letterman - fascinated (and somewhat baffled by the popularity of the social hub?) - uttered up the quote of the day.
"It's kind-of-like assembling a central nervous system for the world, isn't it?" the toothy talk-show host gushed to guest Barbara Walters (who was listening all ears in the "hot" seat nearby).
In 14 characters or less, Dave!
Welcome aboard, eh?
Barbara presents 10 most-fascinating people tonight!
Festive revelers (with a sense of humor) are getting caught up in the latest fashion rage - the "ugly Christmas sweater" trend - of course!
The tail end of this week - and the next - as the holiday season kicks off full-steam ahead, city dwellers will be popping in 'n out of office parties around town sporting their "worst" cable, knitted, and reindeer-inspired patchwork-crafted pull-overs as they heartily raise their elbows to toast the Yuletide season (tongue-in cheek)!
The romantic little suckers usually run the gamut - design-wise - and are easily spotted across a crowded banquet hall on some wall flower hankering to get up the nerve to ask a potential dizzy sweetheart to trip-the-light-fantastic on the dance floor.
But, if 'ya wait until Christmas morn to unwrap the nifty one grandma lovingly knitted up for a gift, you'll probably miss the boat.
By then, the fad will have faded fast, as folks gear up for New Year!
When it comes to motif - well - the tackier the better!
But, where to find 'em?
Your best bet is to scour a second-hand shop.
Dash over to "Out of the Closet" where you're sure to find some tired old Queen's cast-offs at bargain-basement prices.
Goodwill is a sure bet, too!
And, if you're really stuck, then switch on late night TV.
Yeah, Jimmy Fallon has an "ugly sweater" give-a-way contest that can't be beat!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Steve McQueen's latest directorial endeavor - rated NC 17 - hovers on a borderline between high brow art and hard-core porn.
And, therein lies the dilemma.
At the risk of promoting smut, should critics grant such a production audience, or turn away in disgust and ignore the offering in spite of the merits?
On occasions such as these, I tend to stand back and allow the sensational images to wash over me first, before jumping into the fray.
I may even be inclined to "look back" to the past for historical reference - and ultimately - relevant guidance.
Of course, "Caligula" sprang to mind, immediately.
The Bob Guccione (Penthouse) feature - which starred a roster of high-profile actors (Sir John Gielgud included) caused quite an uproar when it first splashed to life in screening rooms in all its whory glory around the country years ago.
Indeed - both film buffs and Religious leaders - were shocked and outraged by the sick sexual perversions which continually splayed out across the silver screen non-stop throughout the course of the run (which included revolting acts of bestiality mixed in with violence).
In Vancouver, where I was residing at the time, protesters took to the streets to picket the movie theatre - at which point - ticket sales went through the roof.
The filmmaker's defense?
The controversial scenes were essential to the establish the debauchery which - in part - triggered the fall of the great Roman Empire.
But, some accused the porn King of exalting the decadent society, for big bucks returns at the box office.
By comparison, "Shame" is pretty tame.
Granted, there are moments of depravity that degrade the human spirit.
Here, though, there is no calculated exploitation in my estimation.
Essentially, the two-hour feature is a sorry tale about a sex addict (Michael Fassbinder) coming to grips with his inner demons.
If the film has a shortcoming as a work of art, it is in its failure to fathom what makes the lead character "Brandon" - and his sister (a role portrayed by Carrie Mulligan in a stand-out stellar performance) - tick.
A handful of gut-wrenching - soul-baring celluloid scenes - does not a masterpiece make!
For the easily seduced, "Shame" entertains enough, is up to snuff.
For some, the titillating sight of Fassbinder's big-swinging-dick will be worth the price of admission alone.
As Barnum once said:
"There's a sucker born every minute"
2 1/2 stars!
For some inexplicable reason, I've always been under the impression that it is easier shopping for suitable gifts for women than their male counterparts.
Is it because I was blessed with three older sisters and am familiar with their feminine tastes?
Or, just maybe, the fairer sex are more appreciative when it comes to "receiving".
When it comes to the task each year, it is important to access the role the lady plays in your life, in order to get a healthy focus on the task at hand.
If the gal is a "best buddy" toiling away in the office next to 'ya, then why not spring on an exotic flowering plant with a scent that will freshen up the day during business hours?
Afraid she may get the wrong idea?
Then, how about a leafy green one that doesn't need much care and attention (or watering!)?
Unlike the fellas if your life, objects d'art are often very much welcomed, if only for novelty sake.
Gals are whimsical at heart, after all, so take a gamble - if you're stuck.
A "portable" sculpture that she can finger (or play with) at her desk (provided it is not one to phallic) - or in an armchair at home while her inquisitive (suspicious?) mind is pondering life's mysteries - is a sure bet.
When it comes to the "Missus", it may be a toughie.
Don't make the disastrous mistake of gifting her with a "household" item you're anxious to use by the home fires yourself, for starters.
She'll see through the ploy, and you'll end up in the dog house, you bet.
In fact, she may have a headache that night, when you crawl in between the sheets to snuggle up!
If you're inclined to go that route in spite of the dire warnings from moi, then do the following: select two gifts - one that is practical - and the other deliciously romantic (just for her) that she can joyously boast about to her girlfriends.
While cosmetics are awfully personal (and best avoided unless you have her taste down to a "t") - soothing bath salts, pricey silky moisturisers (painstakingly extracted from oyster shells in the Dead Sea that promise to smooth out the skin) and top-of-the-line perfumes niftily-crafted in keepsake collector bottles - are definitely not out of the question (mostly favored, in fact).
The single guy - with a sweetheart - may just opt to splurge on a frilly see-through nightgown beyond her financial reach.
Boy, that will lift her out of the doldrums, and right into his manly arms!
A one-of-a-kind piece of glittering jewellery says it all, in my estimation - provided it's from Tiffany's or a popular Fashion House, of course!
There are many old stand-bys to snap up in a pinch if you're stuck Christmas eve.
Chocolates (Lady Godiva never fails to impress), fashion accessories (vintage scarves, Duchess-inspired eye-catching hats, buttery-soft leather gloves), are top of any gal's wish list when it comes to stocking-stuffers, that is.
A couple of days ago, in a post on New Year's Eve "cocktail dresses" all the rage this yuletide season, I mentioned that stylish gals would be stepping out on-the-town with pricey clutch purses in hand just large enough to stow away a bit of "mad money cash".
Of course, I had no inkling at the time that bodacious babes like Lindsay Lohan would take the fashion advice to the "max" and risk a substantial loss all the way to the "poor house".
According to inside sources, the "Mean Girls" star left her elegant Chanel "clutch" inside a parked vehicle on vacation in Hawaii, leaving it vulnerable to a light-fingered thief who made off with the little designer gem and $10,000.00 (cash) tucked neatly inside.
Fortunately, the eye-catching one-of-a-kind accessory was recovered by the local boys-in-blue, later.
Sans the moolah, natch!
Her handlers swear up-and-down that the starlet was not devastated.
Apparently, the sexy siren - flush from a million-dollar pay-out for the Playboy spread - is thrilled that the pretty purse has been returned to its owner without further incident.
Say, Lindsay, you may want to spring for some American Express Traveller's checks next time you vacation on the Islands.
They're just like "cash" and refundable if stolen, after all.
News at 11!
Chanel Clutch purses all the rage this yuletide season!
Monday, December 12, 2011
When you consider how many males around the country end up with a slew of tasteless tacky ties under the Christmas tree each year the reasons become obvious.
The women (or men) in their lives have overlooked the fact that their significant other (Dad, big brother, male pal, too) may appreciate (pine for) a special hand-picked gift (although the fellas are reluctant to reveal the sentiment come hell-or-high-water).
Or, just maybe, their loved ones are simply at a loss to fathom up what may appeal to 'em come yuletide season each year.
With that in mind, here are a few gift ideas from the Tattler staff (which make great stocking-stuffers, too) to steer 'ya in the right direction!
For starters, a nifty "steam cleaner" I saw demonstrated recently in Westfield Mall in downtown San Francisco, may be the perfect compact grooming gizmo for any self-respecting travelling businessman on-the-go.
Unless your male counterpart prefers the wrinkled look when summoned to the head office by the boss for an annual work review.
Naw, I don't think so, do you?
After shaves and colognes are always appreciated (and well-received without a grudge) but - why not go the distance - and take your sweetheart by surprise this year?
Pass on the "Old Spice" and other stale old brands - no matter how smartly they've been cleverly repackaged and slickly over-marketed - on the shelves at the local department stores.
"Guilty" - a spanking-new fragrance from Gucci - is an entry worth snapping up and gift-wrapping for that special stud in your life during the upcoming holiday season (whether you're getting nasty between-the-sheets with 'em or not).
In some instances, a novel publication (not Playboy, silly) may prove to be a hit, especially if it has practical applications.
For example, at a menswear store at Post & Sutter (off Union Square) just yesterday, I spied a guide for men that may prove to be a lifesaver for any regular Joe in a myriad of social settings.
"50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know" is a must for the bedside table, if 'ya ask me.
In a nutshell, tips a dude needs to enlighten himself about etiquette and proper protocol (to get an edge on the competition) are worth their weight in gold!
Though, they say that toys separate the men from the boys, they don't always have to be so pricey (so, pass on the Ferrari, unless 'ya have the plenty of smackeroos).
A frivolous electronic game that cost mere peanuts was so challenging to Alec Baldwin recently, if you recall, that he risked getting the boot from a jetliner rather than power-down and call it a day with his Internet pals around the country.
Old stand-bys are still welcome, too.
For example, a collectible, a household tool, even a gift certificate for a leisure activity to afford a bit of R & R, a respite from it all, and a little time alone to ponder life (a ski credit, gym work-out pass, spa treatment).
Just betcha, he's been dropping some hints around the house as big as lead balloons, too (but you've been too busy to listen or just slow on the uptake).
Of course, if you're a gal or guy with expensive impeccable taste, then throw caution to the wind.
He's probably keen to the fact and already fantasizing (chomping at-the-bit) about what to expect come Christmas morn!
What's on my wish list?
Well, a cozy pair of faux-fur-lined slippers (size 11, please!), for starters.
Or, a cashmere sweater in my favorite color (royal blue) that's soft to the skin.
But, most of all, two front teeth (No. 10).
Golly, I just broke two crowns, silly me!
So, now the locals in San Francisco know why I've been partially covering my mouth whenever I open my yap and engage in a conversation with a cashier or counter server at a cafe or trendy watering hole around town.
Just maybe, if I'm a good boy, Santa will come through for me.
Okay. Okay. Okay.
I believe in the tooth fairy, too!
Happy Holidays, eh?
Food preparers take heed of this tip!
Always lovingly prepare an order (a sandwich, a latte, whatever) as if it were one you were whipping up for for yourself behind the counter - and I guarantee 'ya - it will turn out to be satisfying and tasty to the customer without fail!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Locals appear to be in accord with what is expected to be a unanimous decision by San Francisco City Officials next week to rename "Speedway Meadows" in Golden Gate Park in honor of philanthropist Warren Hellman in view of his generous contributions to the city over the years - both financially - and by virtue of his wealth of spirit.
Of course, Mr. Hellman (a musician in his own right) is best-known for playing host to the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival", which is his annual "free" gift to music-lovers in the picturesque city by the bay.
In the past, the affable down-to-earth businessman, lended a hand in preventing the ouster of both the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences from Golden Gate Park by nurturing along a solution to a sticky (controversial) parking problem that once reared its ugly head (an underground lot was installed).
Readers may also recall that this past year City "suits" were inclined to approach Mr. Hellman about making some (um) changes to improve upon (???) the "Bluegrass" festival activities - but, quickly retreated - when "two words" were allegedly uttered up from Hellman's camp.
I laughed out loud at the time, as an old familiar saying sprang into the forefront of my mind, you betcha.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
See y'all at Hellman's Meadows next year, eh?