Monday, March 29, 2010

Baby, Let's Play House

I just finished the best Elvis book, ever! Nico gave me "Baby, Let's Play House" by Alanna Nash for my birthday. In it, Ms. Nash interviews or quotes many, many of Elvis's girlfriends from high school to Ginger Alden. With pictures! It is a VERY thick book! There were a lot of girls. And very, verrrry few had anything bad to say about him. He knew how to treat a lady right. He was a Southern gentleman. And, whenever he was dating one woman, and sending her home, another would be coming up the drive, and even when they knew about each other, they accepted that if you were with Elvis, that was the way it was. The kind of thing you'd never stand for from a regular boyfriend, these girls said, well, if this is the only way I can keep on seeing the King, so be it!
He loved his mom, so she was always the # 1 woman in his life. But there were also Dixie, June, Anita and of course Priscilla to name a small fraction.

I have always been an Elvis fan. One of the first movies I ever saw was "Jailhouse Rock" and that had a big impression on me, so I am always interested in everything Elvis! And I also love rock biographies, but I really like to know about the women in rock and behind the scenes, the girlfriends, groupies and wives of rock stars, so you can see why I loved this book! It has everything!

I wanted to add some images but couldn't move them around on the dumb format here, so, maybe later!

pictures courtesy of the Elvis Presley Website

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Town Meeting Time

It's Town Meeting season around New Hampshire, and tonight it takes place in our town, good old Farmington. We even get out early at the library so the staff can vote. People gather at the Old Town Hall (as opposed to the New Municipal Building) and prepare to spend many hours griping about budgets, supporting or opposing things like buying a new fire engine and then voting on whether to sell the old one and trying to figure out the vote yes to say no meanings of the text of the town report warrant articles.
If you've ever watched "The Gilmore Girls" and seen the Stars Hollow Town Meeting, that gives you a pretty clear idea of the proceedings if you also add the part where we get to vote by holding up little squares of colored paper and the moderator and assistants doing a count.

John is great to sit with as he has to cover the events for the paper and understands all the lingo, so, after years of asking him..."What does this mean", I have a better knowledge of what the hell's going on. Basically, if the budget committee and the selectmen approve of something it's a safe bet to vote for that particular article. We usually sit on the side, and get a good view of everything. One thing, since Town Meeting has been televised, less people show up in person, so, if you do, you end up with a lot of clout. Also, you get to be on TV, so, there can be grandstanding. Meetings can sometimes go till 1 in the morning or later with a lot of nit-picky squabbling. But this IS democracy in action. You can see why getting anything done in Washington must take forever!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Kitty Awards

It's that time of year, again, when we stay up late, gawk at dressed up celebrities and gripe about how our movie choices never win. Well, time to change all that. I have created a new award, the Kitty:

It will go to the most deserving. Not the movies that cost the most, or the biggest stars.
Using the Academy Award's nominees, below are the incredibly lucky stars and films
that have won the Kitty!

First, Best supporting actor:
The nominees are:
Matt Damon in “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds

And the winner:

Christoph Waltz Isn't this exciting???
He was wonderfully evil.
Yes, Stanley Tucci was pretty creepy in the "Lovely Bones",
but that was such a bad movie.

Next up, Best Supporting Actress:
The Nominees are:

Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique in “Precious"

and the winner:

Anna Kendrick!

No, George, that's not yours. Give that to Anna!

Now: Best Animated Feature Film
The Nominees are:
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

The winner: "Coraline"! "Fantastic Mr Fox" and "Up" were both good, too,
but "Coraline" was beautiful, surreal and darkly funny!

Get ready! Here are the BIG awards!
First, the Nominees for Best Actress:

Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious"
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

And the winner:
Carey Mulligan!!!

She was like a breath of fresh air and lit up every scene she was in,
which was all of them!

OK, now the nominees for Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker

And the winner, yes, George, it's YOU!

Truthfully, I didn't see the other movies,
but I DID see "Up in The Air" a great adult film.
And George was really good in it!

Finally! The Kitty for Best Movie:
The nominees are:
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”

Hooray! It's "District 9"One of the best films of this or any year.
Riveting! Surprising! Funny!
"Up in the Air" and "Inglorious Basterds"
were good, too, but "District 9" just blew everything else away!

And, by the way, our choice for the Kitty Awards host would of course
be Neil Patrick Harris. He should obviously be hosting all shows on every channel
including the Tonight Show!

How can the Academy Awards compare?
We shall see!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Something Out There

I'm in the process of creating a new art piece. I'm not really supposed to discuss it yet, as it's going to be unveiled as part of a community art project by an art group I belong to. Let me just say it involves aliens. UFO type space aliens. I always love sneaking the greys into cartoons and onto T-shirts. My particular aliens are telepathic clueless outsiders. Ready to abduct, but often not really sure how to go about it. New Hampshire has a very rich UFO history. Lots of sightings. Some famous. Lots of material to inspire cartoons. I even belonged to MUFON for a while to get ideas. Great conferences with fascinating guest speakers. I'm not sure why but the NH MUFON is now inactive. Here's a link to other chapters:

And some more alien cartoons:

And, finally, the first alien T-shirt I did. Very popular at the conferences:

By the way, I still have a few of these left in XXL!