Thursday, February 27, 2014
|photo taken back inside the loop|
At Fit, there are rows of television monitors and I usually scan them to see if anything looks interesting. I can usually count on CNN to keep me entertained until Today Show starts up again.
So...this morning I see THIS yahoo being interviewed by Chris Cuomo.
The yahoo actually has a name. His name is Bill Donohue and he is president of The Catholic League.
According to their website:
The Catholic League is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.
Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.
And there's more! Why is there a need for this organization?
And today’s brand of anti-Catholicism is more virulent and more pervasive than ever before in American history. While it is true that Catholics as individuals have made progress in securing their rights, the degree of hostility exhibited against the Catholic Church is appalling. Quite simply, Catholic bashing has become a staple of American society.
REALLY? The Catholic Church is under attack? Am I the last (Roman) Catholic to know this?
So...this morning, Chris Cuomo talks to the yahoo about the Anti-Gay Bill (SB 1062) that was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The yahoo should have known better not to argue emotion because Chris was arguing facts. And the more facts he argued, the more outrageous the answers became from the yahoo.
I actually found myself laughing in disbelief at some of the answers and the unreasonable answers. I wish I could post the entire interview. You can listen to a part of it here.
And I guess the thing that really got me was when he said that love has nothing to do with marriage. According to him, marriage is about duty and commitment. If marriage is based on love, then a brother and a sister could get married.
And a couple of more things...
1. According to a recent survey, the views on gay marriage are shifting.
2. Bill Donohue DOES NOT speak for all Catholics.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
So...it turns out there is a documentary about that looks really interesting.
I think she does the best rendition of Ladies Who Lunch.
Which now leads me down the road to the movie Camp. This movie has some great songs in it and the actors really do a great job with the story line and music. There is a longer clip from the movie that gives the background story on these two girls. If you want to see it, just search YouTube. Here is their rendition of Ladies Who Lunch.
OK. So that now leads to two of my other favorite moments from Camp. Enjoy these two clips!
Monday, February 24, 2014
We had 1,228 guests plus the 58 hosts. Throw in some beads, a couple of dancers and top it off with alcohol and you have a fabulous party!
|photo: Kendall Kessel|
|photo: Brett Cullum|
|photo: Brett Cullum|
|photo: Ken Council|
Friday, February 21, 2014
A few weeks ago I was at work and was getting ready to call it a day. It was later than I usually stay. I was getting ready to turn off my computer and a message appeared via Facebook from Trisha Beissel. It was a request to call her. I had met Trisha maybe once or twice.
The message really concerned because I knew that her mother had heart surgery within the past year or so. I thought it was odd that Trisha was asking me to call her because if something had had happened to her mother, why wasn't Bryan calling me?
When I spoke with Trisha, she told me Bryan had died. It was news I didn't expect to hear. In fact, I had to repeat back to her what I thought I had heard her say. And I was correct, Bryan was dead.
I met Bryan in 1997 at St. Anne Catholic Church here in Houston. He was a part of a group of guys that would attend the Sunday, 5:00PM Mass. AttyHou and I made friends with the group and every now and then we would go across the street to Cafe Adobe for fellowship after Mass.
Throughout the years, Bryan and I would find ourselves at the same party or fundraiser. We did some traveling together which provided us with some great memories. He became a BeadBoy and hosted some Mardi Gras parties with me and some others.
Bryan had friends around the world. He traveled the world because of his job and he made friends everywhere he went.
Bryan left Houston and moved to Atlanta. As time went on, we didn't speak to each as often as we used to when he lived in Houston; it happens.
Sometimes when Bryan would be in Houston for work we would get together for dinner. On occasion, his mother would join us. He was the type of person that I could pick up the conversation where we last left off.
He was also the type of person that would do anything for you...within reason.
Our last conversation was early/mid-January. We reminisced about a trip to Los Angeles and how much fun we had coming back to Houston. We had a good laugh going down Memory Lane. I also told him to think about coming to Houston for the Mystery & Fantasy Mardi Gras Party on 2/22/14. He said he would think about it.
I sent Bryan a text message on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and never heard back from him. I thought it was a bit odd but I didn't think too much about it when he didn't reply. Within a week he would be dead.
Bryan was 51 when he died; a year younger than me.
|At 1308 Cantina, April 2, 2010|
When the arrangements were made, Trisha asked if I would say a few words at the service and I agreed. I wasn't sure what to say and even when Mass started, I still wasn't sure what I would say. I had a long continuous dream last night about the funeral. I didn't sleep well.
This morning, I went to Starbucks and jotted down a few bullet points and then it was time to go to the church.
I shared some memories with the congregants. It was by far one of the hardest things I have had to do. I told them how we met at a church. I told them about our last conversation and I'm glad we were able to laugh. I told them that I had invited him to come to Houston for the Mystery & Fantasy Mardi Gras Party tomorrow.
If you could say that we had a song, it would be Amber's Above The Clouds and I shared that with the assembly.
I ended it by saying that if you believe heaven is above the clouds, then Bryan is there smiling at us. And because I said hello to him the first time at church I was glad that I could be at a church at a Mass in his memory and be able to say, "See you later Bryan."
|St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church|
EPILOGUE: A lady who was at the Mass told me that my comments made her smile. Several guys who there told me I did good job. Bryan's dad found me at the luncheon and thanked me for speaking. He said he could tell that I spoke from my heart.
I've been trying to take one photo per day; at least one. Well, yesterday got away from me. There's been quite a bit on my mind. I realized this morning that I had not taken a photo BUT THEN I realized I had done a screenshot of something on Instagram and well, I consider a screenshot a photo so I DID take a photo. BUT THEN I realized I actually took the screenshot on Wednesday not Thursday but it was late in the day so I'll consider it my Pic Of The Day for 2/20/14.
I actually kind of like the idea because many times I will see a quote or something like it that I like and I'll do a screenshot. So here ya go.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
And speaking of Mystery and Fantasy Mardi Gras Party...another thing that I like about it is that is a party just to have fun. The hosts pay for it and we don't ask for donations. It's not a fundraiser. It's just a fun party!
I've watched it several times this morning. I've tweeted it. I've shared it on Facebook. It's brilliant! I look forward to the night that I am well rested and can watch Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. He is definitely the breath of fresh air that the show needed.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The party always has a theme. This year it is Science Fiction. I'm not a big SciFi fan so I'm opting for a tux with a mask.
The party is by invitation only which means you have to know one of the hosts. Each host is given a limited number of invitations and since there are only 60 of use, there really are a limited amount of invitations.
Limelight's new decor fits perfectly into the SciFi theme. Many of our guests haven't been to 2401 San Jacinto since it has been remodeled so they are definitely in for a treat!
Oh, and in case you don't believe me about the hottest ticket in town, this was posted on Facebook earlier this week:
Monday, February 17, 2014
It was supposed to be a leisurely stroll through Costco on Sunday. I ended up buying all kinds of snacks. Oh well.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
And I bet you thought I would do another SAD posting. Well, there's one on my Instagram page. I went to a SAD party at work. I also went to a fabulous dinner party that had SAD decorations.
The dinner party was at a fabulous house in River Oaks. There were four couples and two singles. The hosts made sure the couples didn't sit next to each other so that is always fun. Also, I never thought I would be playing bingo in a house on Kirby Drive. It was a fun night.
On my way to dinner, I snapped this photo. It was a full moon that was very bright. I was at a stop light when I snapped the pic.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I had to run to the grocery store to buy The Calvinator some Rachel Ray dog food to mix with his Blue Buffalo kibbles. It was just at sunrise and the sky was a nice mix of orange, pink & blue. Hence, the pink tone on the SAD tent.
There is a bright spot in all of this for me. First of all, I *heart* this photo from Kinky Boots. It was on their Facebook page and it has some of the best lines from their songs.