Saturday, September 22, 2018

Never Shall We Forget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                Darlings, if you have reached your teens by now, or are beyond them, and do not yet recognize this sadly now iconic photo, then what planet have you been living on?  The millennials have been living on Planet Entitlement, but what is everyone else's excuse?

                                  This, of course, is Tyler Clementi, the bullied Rutgers University freshman, who took his life eight years ago this evening.  I do this post each year, not to pain the Clementi family, but to remind myself and others that Tyler will not be forgotten.  He brought bullying to a chilling attention, but, sadly, it has not stopped.  Things are being done, but I doubt if it will be completely eradicated in my lifetime.

                                  So, I will say to those who are in Tyler's situation--and they are out there, make no mistake about that--don't do what he did.  If Tyler could speak today, I am sure he would tell kids the same thing.

                                   I will add--whomever is abusing you, even if it parents or other family members, tell someone who can intervene and help, or get the hell away from them as fast as you can.

                                   Those of us who are gay have an obligation to live the life Tyler wanted for himself, with dignity and freedom.  Do not deny your chance to do so.  If there is some kind of legacy his tragic death left behind, this is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                    Stand up for yourselves, and never back down to anyone!

                                     Rest In Peace, Tyler!!!!!!!!!!  Never to be forgotten!

                                      And my heart goes out to the Clementis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Proserpina Is Back In Hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      Now, darlings, some people think today is the first day of Fall, and that she goes back today, but actually she went, yesterday.  I guess she wanted to keep a low profile.

                      Also known as Persephone, as interpreted brilliantly by Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin in "Sharp Objects." Girls, I am telling you, if Persephone actually did look like Amma, it would scare the living daylights out of folks, so maybe, then it is a good thing she is back in Hell.

                      At least, for the next six months!

                      In an upcoming post, I will list things to look forward to, this Fall!

                      For now, enjoy the change in weather.  But remember, as Grace Metalious said, in her opening to "Peyton Place," "Indian Summer is like a woman."  So I think we will get one more dose of heat before the really cool weather settles in.

                     As for Grace, why did she have to pose for her publicity photo, looking like a beans n' franks lesbian????????????

                      May we all have a happy Fall, dolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Darlings, I Am SO Ready For The End Of This Summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              This is the first year I have felt like this, because, from childhood on, Summer was always my favorite season.  That I am rejoicing in the end of Summer 2018, which, as I was taught, is today, because, again, as I was taught, the first day of Autumn is September 21, is a combination of age and exasperation.

                                 Consider the many song lyrics about the end of Summer--

                                   "They say that all good things must end, someday. Autumn
                                       leaves start to fall."--Chad and Jeremy, "A Summer Song."

                                   " Across the morning sky, all the birds are leaving."
                                          --Judy Collins, "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?"

                                    "Another Winter, In A Summer Town!"
                                          --Christine Ebersole, in "Grey Gardens."

                               And, if I worked harder, there are more I could list.

                               The highlight of the Summer, was, and always will be, "Carousel."

                                But between heat so blazing one did not dare go out, alternated with rain storms so torrential it put a damper on all things outdoors--Coney Island, the Delacorte--that this had to be one of the worst Summers, for lack of fun, that I can remember.

                                 So, now it is time to put it behind, with MY favorite lyric--
"One last caress, it's time to dress...for Fall."

And here is Frank Sinatra's rendition of "The Summer Knows."  The best of the end of Summer songs.!!!!!!!!


And When The Sun Goes Down, Everyone Goes Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          Here is "Club Ecstasy (or X-Tasy!!!!!!!!!) at 785 Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  Darlings, I have never been here in my life, but once I get chummy with all the guys in the nabe, I am sure we will be going here regularly.

                          To think there is still a gay bar, in Brooklyn!!!!!!!!!  Now, this one is very Latino, so one has to make do with what is available.  But the merchandise appears to be choice.  Look!

I mean, even when "Saturday Night Fever" was first running in theaters, back in 1977, that whole disco Odyssey/ Spectrum scene was dated.  But at least some gay life still thrives over in Sunset Park.

As David often says, he does take me to the strangest places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I get inside, darlings, I will give you a full report!  And talk to the young man, pictured!!!!!!!!!

Oh, My God, Girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A New Social Hangout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                             This past Tuesday, during that monsoon of rain, David took it upon himself to do errands.  One was to the Spectrum place, on 25th Street and 4th Avenue, in Brooklyn.  First, you gotta see the neighborhood!  Just blocks from Bay Ridge, it is as different as another planet.  Industrial buildings. cheap motels, working class businesses--come on over for a different social experience.

                              The highlight is the Dunkin' Donuts, at 737 4th Avenue.  Now, every Dunkin' Donuts has it own set of regulars and cultural flavor, but this one beats all!  You see, there is a homeless shelter nearby, and when the doors open, and the guys are sprung, they all gather for a morning coffee klatch at this place, where they talk of everything, including conspiracy theories!!!!!!!!!!!

                                David could not wait to get out.  I was fascinated.  After all, like Eva Peron, "I came from the people!  They need to adore me!!!!!!!!!!!!"

                                 I may have found a new social hangout.  If I am going to be in that vicinity, I will let you know!

                                   You all come around now, you hear????????????????????

Maybe Not A Ten Best, But A Most Renowned????????????????

                                     I have to say, between "A Gentleman In Moscow," which I read this year, and this absorbing novel, Russia is having something of a literary renaissance.   Only it isn't Russian authors writing about their country, but Americans writing about Russian experiences through their own observations, which, most likely, are vastly different from the residents themselves.

                                      Of course, the greats--Tolstoy, Dostoevsky--a referenced, but "A Terrible Country" is, at heart, a rather simple story about two brothers, Andrea and Dimar, born in Russian, but who came to the States with their parents and were raised there. Now, Andrei, a failed academic, has been ordered, by his more capitalistic and successful sibling, Dimar, to go back to Moscow, and care, for at least a time, for their aging grandmother.

                                      The relationship that Andrei and Granny develop is touching, and the plight of caring for someone losing her grasp on reality--she has dementia--moves Andrei deeply. He also, during the course of things, finds brief romance, a political group, a hockey team, and a life of his own in a country the grandmother keeps calling "terrible."  By the novel's end, Andrei comes to realize that Russia may not be such a terrible place.

                                       The scenes between Andrei and his grandmother are the most touching, as are those between she and her still remaining friends.  She laments throughout, the idea of being alone, since most people in her life have left her, and her lamentations touched me; with my parents both gone, and contemporaries getting older, and some gone already, I am coming to that point.  I understand how she feels.  It is a point one thinks will never come--until it does!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                       Yet, for all I have said, it is not depressing.  Witty, hopeful, but unbearably poignant, it could foreshadow an American-Russian literary renaissance.  We shall see what develops over time.

                                         Don't miss this very different literary Russian experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This Is One Scary Bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                  It is so nice, for a change, darlings, being on time, with Bitch Of The Week!  I have not been lately, but, once I heard about Ian Watkins, I knew I had found this week's winner.

                                   Ian Watkins--the name pains me!  No sooner do we get rid of Moors Murderer Ian Brady, on May 15, of last year, then along comes this sicko named Ian with some sort of sick agenda to carry out.  Some may know him as the lead on the rock group Lostprophets.  I do not know what the hell that is, and, thanks to Watkins, I do not care.  Besides, with all his trouble, and scandal, the group will probably disband.  It might as well right now, because it does not stand a chance.

                                    He is a pedophile, with a special predilection for babies.

                                    Two mothers, groupies of his, allowed him to molest their children.  One was an eleven month old, boy, whom Watkins raped, and the other was a two year old girl.  This was back in 2013, and I am sure Watkins has been continuing; he has been grooming women from prison, where he is held, and he and these mothers were placed on trial.

                                      The mothers are not worthy to be BOTWs.  They are sick, pathetic monsters, who never should be near children, who watched what Watkins did, and did so because they were so
taken with him they wanted to be his groupies, even at this cost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                         Child Welfare, or whatever England has in place, hopefully has removed those kids from their moms. Whom, I believed, were charged with Watkins.  This had been going on, as far back as 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                            Well, Ian, welcome to Hell!  The hell you put those babies through will be dished out to you, once your inmates find out what you are in for.  And gossip travels fast in prisons. Faster than at a society party, darlings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                               As for the moms, if this were Salem of 1692, I would say they deserve no less.  And they still do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                May this trio suffer for what was perpetrated upon innocent babies!!!!!!!!!!

                                                Sadistic sickos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!