Monday, March 31, 2008
This is most likely Brad's last season of play with the 'stros. Hope his family is in the stands tonight at Petco Park to cheer him on.
On this day in 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Perez died. She was murdered by a business associate who she had considered a close friend. Selena was only 23.
My parents, brother and sister were big fans of Selena. I was familiar with her music but since I've never been a big fan of Tejano music I was always on the perimeter of the family's adoration for Selena.
Selena was on the verge of being the first big Tejano music star to do a crossover. It was at this point that I started paying attention to her music. I've always wondered what her career would be like today if she were still alive.
If I remember correctly, her last concert at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo held the attendance record when it was in the Astrodome. I believe it was somewhere around 65,000 people who were there that day to see her perform. It would be her last performance in Houston.
Selena (the movie) was released in 1997 and I remember the controversy over the casting of the leading lady. It was someone by the name of Jennifer Lopez, yes, JLo. Many people were upset that someone of Puerto Rican descent had been cast to play a person of Mexican descent.
My thought is that JLo did a great job portraying Selena and it was a tribute to her. The fact that a Tejano musician could have a major movie made about them was an honor in itself.
There have been several famous people who have died that I can remember what I was doing when I heard the news. On that list are Princess Di, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Selena.
I was working for Texas Commerce Bank (now Chase) at the time and I was in the office that day. In the Hedwig Village building was a friend/colleague named Celinda.
Word started spreading through the building that Selena had been shot. A maintenance man (who was one taco short of a combination plate) goes running through the building looking for Celinda to make sure she was safe because well, Selena and Celinda must have sounded the same to him and never mind that Selena was in Corpus Christi and Celinda was in Houston. I still chuckle when I think of that story...and no offense to Selena but uh, Celinda looked NOTHING like her.
I called my mom that day because I knew she was a big fan. Like many of her fans, my mom was very upset.
If you're ever in Corpus Christi, there is a statue of Selena right there on Shoreline Drive. It's a very nice memorial to her.
Here is a montage that is a tribute to her. You will see her in the famous purple outfit at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Then she says, "Are you Timmy?" I say, "Yes." Turns out it was Leslie a reader of the blog! LOL
She actually recognized Calvin. This isn't the first time this has happened...him being recognized. He's like a rock star and I'm his entourage.
I've often thought that I should trademark his face and name and do a line of t-shirts, hats, cards, etc. and make some money off his face.
Leslie...it was a pleasure meeting you. Hope you had a good run. I'm about to head out myself.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I'm sitting there reading the paper and reading blogs; multi-tasking reading is what I call it.
I hadn't checked Lazy Circles in a couple of days so I'm reading his blog while the man at the table next to me is reading the New York Times.
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
So then I go to the comments section and read this from one of Lazy Circles readers: "I too love Chelsea, but fear of a very Gypsy Rose Lee situation if mother doesn't win the nomination."
LOL THAT is too funny! The timing of it all!
If you're not familiar with the story of Gypsy, read the review. Oh...to be rich and live in NYC and to be able to go the theatre.
I guess now I'll have to watch the Gypsy dvd this weekend because I'm humming showtunes now.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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In a few hours Jungle 16 will commence. People from around the country have traveled to Houston to a part of the festivities. This is an annual event that is put on by Bayou City Boys Club (BCBC).
This morning I was reliving some hysterical memories from several years ago. At one time the event was held at Spencers Nursery so you kind of got the feeling you were in a jungle. Well...one particular time I was a bit tipsy, the floor was wet with alcohol, sweat and probably water from the plants. I fell down, slid across the dance floor, took out a few people and ended up with mud/dirt all over my backside. I picked myself up, brushed myself off and started all over again.
I have not attended Jungle in a couple of years. This is a party where the pretty people come out in force and let's just say I don't feel like dancing and doing the jungle jiggle with all of them around me. Plus, I want to catch an early Mass in the morning.
Tomorrow afternoon will be another annual party. Let's hope the weather is decent because this is an outdoor party on Fish Plaza by The Wortham Center. Bunnies On The Bayou. Bunnies is always a fun party. It's always fun to hear about Jungle and Spoiled Boyz from the night before. Plus, it's always fun to see people that I haven't seen in awhile and catch up with them...and throw in a few cocktails and dancing music and well, it's just a bunch of fun.
I'm bartending in the V.I.P. area from 2-4 so look for me. Legacy is a beneficiary of this event so I offered to volunteer my bartending skills for part of the afternoon.
So that's it for about now. See you latte!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Last week was Sugar Land Stuart's birthday. I did call to send him birthday greetings. I just didn't get around to doing it on the blog.
I met Stuart in 2003. Stuart was Calvin's 2nd owner. He adopted Calvin from Citizens For Animal Protection. Here is a pic of Stuart and Calvin.
Today's Birthday Greetings
Today is the first full day of Spring which means it is AttyHou's birthday! I met Jim through mutual friends but it wasn't until one night in Galveston that we bonded and became good friends. You see...
I was sitting in a second story window of a bar in Galveston and I had Mardi Gras beads. I was giving the beads away and Jim joined me. That was the beginning of the friendship.
Jim and I lived together for a few years. It was during that time that we both trained for our first marathon. I think one of my funniest running memories is the 1997 Heights Fun Run.
We had gone out to eat (Mexican food) the night before and after dinner we went out for a few more cocktails AND Tequila shots. So here it is the next morning. It's June. It's hot. It's humid and we're there to run a race. That has to be one of the most painful 5ks I have ever run. What were we thinking???!!!
There are many good stories to tell about Jim; too many to tell. Let's just say that I am very fortunate to have him in my life and I wish everyone could have an AttyHou in their life.
I've posted this pic before and here it is again. It is one of my favorite photos. We are in NYC in 2001. AttyHou is in blue.
First Day of Spring
So AttyHou's birthday always makes me sing & hum a Pet Shop Boys song. Can you guess which one?
Well...part of the lyrics are: "I feel like taking all my clothes off. Dancing to the Rite of Spring..."
OK...so I'm trying to get back into the groove. I've started running again and doing weights. Haven't added spinning back to the routine. I'm feeling much better and getting active again is making me feel better.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I tried to embed it but wasn't able to so if you want to see it, you can click here. Enjoy! (P.S. It takes a few seconds to load and then you have to watch a commercial.)
Marlee Matlin can Cha Cha. On Monday's show she said to read her hips and there was quite a bit to read last night. She is another one who amazes me because she can't hear the music.
And how cool was it that Rikki Lake (the original Tracy Turnblad) was in the audience last night. Which makes me think of Divine who played her mother in the original movie.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Monday, March 17, 2008
Tonight was the men's competition and Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller was told that his routine looked like Shrek Does The Cha Cha. I think I even saw Teller laugh and get excited.
Edyta danced tonight with Jason Taylor. I swear she must have 2% body fat. There is something kind of sexy and naughty about her. She wears the skimpiest outfits...because she can.
I had never heard of Cristián de la Fuente. He is an actor from Chile and he is funny. The judges gave him sevens. He said that in Chile seven is the highest score you can receive so he did great! LOL
I think Bruno and Carrie Ann are in love with him. Bruno told him (about Cheryl) “She’s banged, you have to bang as hard as she does.” and “and we’re going to be on top of you until you do so.” Tom Bergeron said it was time for the kids to get to bed. Carrie Ann was having to fan herself after Cristián's Cha Cha.
On Tuesday, Marlee Matlin will dance. Marlee is deaf so this will be interesting only because I think she will do a great job. I went to high school with a girl who was deaf but was a dancer and a good one at that!
Monica Seles will dance tomorrow night. I know there is someone out there making a joke about I hope that knife in her back doesn't get in the way but far be it from me to make a joke about it.
And I can't not comment on this photo of Priscilla Presley. I guess tomorrow night when they interview her it will be Interview With The Vampire.