Saturday, April 21, 2012
This week - as tributes flowed in for Dick Clark on the eve he passed to spirit - one entertainment tabloid show hauled out an old video clip of the perennial teenager interviewing then relatively-unknown superstar John Travolta prior to his big splash onto the international scene with his mesmerizing role in "Saturday Night Fever" .
In the one-on-one, Dick Clark quizzed Travolta as to whether he was up to the challenges of dancing, in view of the fact the handsome stud had just been cast for a feature with a storyline that focused on a popular dance nightclub.
"Yes," a young sexy Travolta gushed in response.
John then went on to note that the flick was - indeed - set in a discotheque and that he was going to be starring as an ego-driven "King of Disco".
"It's going to be hot," he beamed to Dick Clark (who lapped it all up as usual).
Boy, was that an understatement!
Talk about prophetic!
John Travolta became a mega star once "Saturday Night Fever" was released, the white suit made an grand entrance onto the fashion scene (and stuck), and the Bee Gees (who wrote catchy tunes for the soundtrack) sold millions of records worldwide.
Of course, "dancing" became a favorite American pastime, too, on the heels of the film's gargantuan success at the box office.
By the way, hats off to Dick Clark for his uncanny ability to uncover and showcase talent.
Mr. Clark will surely be missed!
God broke the mold after he created the legendary host of the annual New Year's Celebrations in New York City.
Peace Perfect Peace!
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is slated to appear tonight to discuss the "Secrets of Meditation" at the Art of Living Center in Los Angeles.
Meditation enthusiasts are invited to experience deep mediation (and the knowledge of the nature of beingness) with one of the world's leading spiritual masters.
"Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's approach to inner peace is like fresh air to millions," according to the Washington Post.
To find out for yourself, check it out tonight!
Sandy St. Peters a pioneer in Drag!
May 5th will mark a turning point on the Vegas sizzling hot nightclub scene when "Drink & Drag" - the 1st Drag Queen "staffed" watering hole (and gaming room) throws open its doors on Freemont Street on the downtown strip.
According to General Manager Tyler Caiden, upwards of 24 ladies in lipstick Drag (West Hollywood Cheerleaders eat your heart out!) have been hired to man (she-man?) the 22,000 square foot venue.
In addition to tossing back an exotic cocktail or two, patrons will be able to bowl on twelve lanes, play air hockey, try their skills at table-top games, or plunk down under jewel-encrusted chandeliers for to take a shot at challenging interactive game action.
The owners were prompted to kick up their heels and launch the gender-bender bar after witnessing the phenomenal success of "Drag" on television over the past year featuring popular subculture personalities such as Ru Paul.
Drag Queens have come a long way, baby!
The locals pinning their hopes on this novelty club have trailblazers like Craig Russell, Charles Pierce, and Dame Edna to thank.
One Drag performer that I personally knew years ago in Vancouver - Sandy St. Peters - must be smiling in her grave.
Rest in peace, Sandy!
Craig Russell a trailblazer!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Shortly after January rolled around, I pulled out all my employment stubs and investment statements, and toiled away on my tax return for 2011.
"I know. I know. I know," Joe Pesci might quip.
"Tax returns weren't due until April 17th. Why did you file so early?"
Unlike big bucks Mitt Romney, there were few assets to report (and no expenses to declare) so I thought I would get the jump on things early.
Fortunately, I listened to my inner voice and followed through.
Shortly after I dropped off my tax return in a mailbox at the U.S. Post Office, I received a letter from the IRS.
After reviewing the paperwork for my return, I was duly informed that "Uncle Sam" was going to double-check the information on my paperwork before mailing out my tax refund.
That sent up a red flag, of course.
I wasn't expecting a tax refund this year (like so many of the other 99 percenters, I expect).
"What gives," I wondered aloud to myself.
So, I fired off a letter to the IRS to determine if there was an error, an oversight, something!
When I didn't hear back right away, I telephoned the IRS on their 800 number to get an update, just yesterday.
Lo & behold - a shocker was waiting me - on the other end of the line.
The operator at the IRS informed me that two tax returns had been filed with my social security number!
In a nutshell?
I was victim of Identity Theft!
Worse than that, a scam artist was trying to rip-off the IRS and leave me holding the bag!
Obviously, the individual(s) are a ballsy posse of criminals.
Who in their right mind would ever try to scam the IRS and the U.S. Treasury?
I'll find out soon enough, I expect, once I turn in my sworn affidavit.
Stay posted for updates.
A waterkeeper alliance SPLASH event to benefit the Santa Monica Baykeeper is being tossed tomorrow (Saturday April 21st) at the Santa Monica Pier.
Organizers are inviting clean water enthusiasts to turn out and participate in the inaugural Earth Day Stand-Up Paddle Competitive and Fun Race.
The days invigorating festivities include: Yoga on a board (!), a Kid's Education & Fun Zone, Water Sampling Demos, Clean Water Act speakers, Stand Up Paddle lessons, interactive booths, raffle prizes, Solar Powered DJs: SYCONS, and so much more!
See 'ya there!
Jason Feinberg, a News Anchor at Channel 5 in Las Vegas, suffered a little diarrhea of the mouth the other evening, and ended up in an embarrassing situation on air.
Judging by the expressions on the faces of his fellow anchors, it was obviously one of those "Ooops!" moments.
Mr. Feinberg was chatting about cell phones with a co-host when he was suddenly inclined to spontaneously raise one of his pet peeves.
"Don't you hate it when you are online at Twitter and you're interrupted by a call on your cell. And, when you answer it, it turns out to be a bill collector," he fumed in so many words.
Jason paused - in what amounted to an awkward moment or two - while his fellow employees (quick on the uptake) chuckled in the background.
The effervescent news reporter had just let it slip that he obviously doesn't pay his bills promptly - and - that collection agencies are hounding him!
It begs the question.
Is Mr. Feinberg just sloppy when it comes to paying up on accounts?
Or, just maybe, Channel 5 doesn't pay him enough to cover his living expenses?
News at 11!
Twitter on you, Jason!
Oh, that sly Bill O'Reilly, imagine slipping that innuendo in unnoticed the other evening on his popular talk fest.
Or, was it?
I picked up on it right away (just as Donald Trump did with his musings on the transsexual beauty Queen who selected a surname that coincidentally sounded like genitalia).
On a segment questioning the "transgender" and "gay" content on GLEE this past week, O'Reilly turned to one of the pundits who opposed the story lines and quipped with a straight face:
"I'll put this query to you, then."
Did O'Reilly (who is generally quite careful and precise with regards to words and phrasing) just utter up that word by chance?
Or, was it a pun (a play on the word "queer") that was selected specifically in view of the subject matter?
If so, does Bill O'Reilly really think that homosexuals are queer?
News at 11!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Once it was announced that hunky Brad Pitt had finally quaintly bended on hand-and-knee - and proposed to his hot-to-trot sexy Lady - the news streaked around the face-of-the-globe like a bolt of lighting.
Cupid had spread his all-emcompassing wings at long last!
In the aftermath?
For starters, there was an incredible free-for-all, as the intense media jockeyed for a "money shot" of the gargantuan love rock.
I even felt a pang of romantic sentiment wash over moi - so, of course - I was inclined to jump into the fray all weepy-eyed, too
"Brad and Angelina just got engaged," I gushed to a young acquaintance, just moments after a news report confirmed that the delicious gossip was true.
At which point, the clueless young lady uttered up the quote of the day:
"I thought they were already married," she shot back, without a blush of embarrassment even rippling across her fresh innocent face.
You know what they say...
Ignorance is bliss!
And, how was your day, eh?
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