Thursday, May 3, 2012

One Gay Day at at Time and Other TV Sitcom and Real Life Delights

**Updated 12:17AM 6/18/2014: See below.**

An evening sky with a waxing gibbous Moon  peering through broken, billowy clouds as seen over the fenced-in S Street dogpark formed by the right triangular intersection of New Hampshire Ave. and 17th and S Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 7:58PM, May 2, 2012.

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This is the entry I started Monday night except I didn't finish it -- and before the most recent two that I posted -- and now it is Wednesday night and I'm trying to finish it.

The same image of clouds, sky, and waxing gibbous Moon over S Street dog park in D.C. at just about the same time except not letting my cheap cellphone camera expose as much.

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But I'm exhausted tired and sluggish and feel just dreadful. It is an awful way I am living, and I'm getting heavier and doughier thanks to getting older and in the mostly sedentary way that I live both at work and home. This is true even lacking a car and having to walk everywhere.

Roses outside 1737 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washignton, D.C., 7:56PM, May 2, 2012.

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And living in this damn neighborhood of young and attractive people, esp. young gay guys, beign how I am is increasingly life-draining.

Nevertheless, it is rather kind of cozy in my apt. at this night by lamp light with air conditioner.

Cerulean blue sky with a cirrus tuft (mare's tail) above an English elm tree along Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C., 2:46PM, April 29, 2012.

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The complicated intersection of W and 15th Streets at Florida Avenue -- with the house facing the intersection, I believe, 1455 W Street, Washington, D.C., 5:27PM, April 29, 2012.

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Paul Krugman and the Meeting That Wasn't...

I tried to go to Politics & Prose on Connecticut Ave. tonight after work -- indeed, I actually made it to the place, walking there from the Van Ness Metro -- to see my guru and thought-leader these days, Prof. Paul Krugman, discuss his new book End This Depression Now!

However, the place was mobbed with lots of people just milling around and in that pretentious and annoying D.C. way and I just couldn't stay. Why? Because I wasn't going to stand in a packed, stuffy room under garish fluorescent lights, not even able to see him from way in the back, and waiting up to 2 hours in crowds and a line, and having to spend $30, in order to meet him for at most 10 seconds. I wouldn't do that for any great or famous person, not even Paul Krugman. So instead I headed back to the Metro and then home.

Connecticut Avenue near Cumberland Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:59PM, May 2, 2012.

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However, before going back to the Van Ness Metro, I stopped at the adjacent CVS and had a photograph taken for my passport renewal. The picture came out predictably crappy -- although the young man (Samson) who took it tried to do a good job but (to adapt that Are You Being Served? line) it really wasn't the equipment's fault.

I just look dumb. In fact, I simply not an attractive person, but rather nebbishish and maybe even borderline ugly these days. I'll have more to say about the passport renewal in an upcoming entry.

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A shadowed and sunlit sidewalk along the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave NW -- directly outside my building except on the other / nicer side where The Brittany backs onto it, Washington, D.C., 2:40PM, April 29, 2012.

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Monday Wednesday Night TV Viewing

Of note, I am doing this Wednesday night just what I was doing on Monday night ... watching various TV sitcom reruns ... The Golden Girls on WeTV, Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens on TV Land, and even Sanford & Son and All In the Family on Antenna TV. As it is Wednesday, Hot in Cleveland (a show I have really gotten to like) and Happily Divorced. 

It turns out that Patrica Heaton on "ELR" is a real ultra-Catholic rightwinger.

Kelly Ripa dancing with The Fly Girls from In Living Color at the 2012 TV Land Awards, April 14, 2012 aired this past Sunday night.

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I saw the 2012 TV Land Awards on Sunday night. It was actually filmed on April 14th but not aired until Sunday, April 29th.

The 2012 awards -- the 10th Anniversary -- were hosted by Kelly Ripa and featured The B-52s as the musical performers although Aretha Franklin made a strong appearance and thrilled the crowd with her singing.

Here Fran Drescher announces One Day at a Time as one of the winners at the 2012 TV Land Awards, April 14, 2012 but not aired until April 29, 2012.

This year's show recognized shows such as Laverne & Shirley, In Living Color, Murphy Brown, One Day at a Time, and Pee-wee's Playhouse.

The show included cast reunions and while most of the casts seemed happy to see each other or had maintained some sort of relationship, esp. One Day at a Time. However, it appears as though Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall (who is sort of strange looking) from Laverne & Shirley still really don't like each other.

The cast members of One Day at at Time at the TV Land Awards in New York City, April 14, 2012.

(Laura) Mackenzie Phillips is still a real piece of work with a wild, chaotic, and substance-abuse filled life. Her late father was the lead singer John Phillips in The Mamas and The Papas. He also figures into her life in a very bad way. Of course, her family didn't react too well to her story. Check out her stepmother's quote in that article.

That was some speech she gave on stage with Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli -- who now has a TV Land presence on Hot in Cleveland, Pat Harrington, Richard Masur (who literally engulfed Harrington) and (the very gay) Glenn Scarpelli. She seemed quite genuine in her gushing affection for them -- and condemnation of her own family.

Here is an interesting ABC blog entry about the show.

She actually seems to have a very close friendship with Scarpelli. Here is a screenshot of them dancing as Aretha sang Chain of Fools.

Here Aretha performs Chain of Fools at the TV Land Awards in New York, April 14, 2012.

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As I noted earlier, Aretha Franklin gave a surprisingly strong performances singing and playing the piano. I'm glad to see she is doing better. She was awarded a the TV Land Music Icon Award while Pee-wee Herman received the Pop Culture Award.

Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman accepts the Pop Culture Award at the 2012 TV Lands Awards in New York, April 14, 2012.

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One Gay Lawsuit at a Time ...

**Updated 12:17AM 6/18/2014: Content removed.**

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At this point, I would like to segue into yet another version of One Day at a Time and the law, specifically, a proposed TV show involving little Wall-P called One Client Call at a Time.

However, it is already midnight and I simply cannot do it right now.

I may update this entry or post it in a separate one since some of my episode ideas are kind of funny.

--Regulus

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