A Wish

Here’s a wish for everyone
‘Tis the way of humankind
As we wait the coming of the dawn
In the darkness of the longest night.

May you always have a place to stay
May there be a fire to keep you warm
May your friends ever be with you
In the darkness of the longest night.

May you always have a song to sing
May you always have a tale to tell
May the light ever comfort you
In the darkness of the longest night.

– “A Wish” Patrick Sinozich (CGMC), 1998

Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Kwanzaa Wishes

And all my love to you and your family on this holiday.

Dear Mr. President

So, just in time for Christmas, our illustrious president wants to send even more people over to Iraq. 

In his own words, “Additional sacrifices” are needed to win a war that we are “neither winning nor losing.”

As if nearly 700,000 “sacrifices” aren’t enough.

In the spirit of Mr. Bush’s speech, then, I am sharing this video of images, set to the incredible song “Dear Mr. President” by the incomparable P!NK.  I found this last night on YouTube, and was going to post it anyway as a filler video; but after today’s speech, it takes on an entirely new meaning.

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Sesame Street was so popular in the 70s that it had various specials that appeared at nighttime that kids could watch with their families. I remember one that was actually called “Sesame Street at Night,” but I even more vividly remember the Christmas specials.

The best of these was the 1978 “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.” The cast was at its best– Mr. Hooper, Maria, David, Susan and Gordon, and of course, Bob were there, as was Gordon’s sister Olivia (played by the wonderful Alaina Reed) and Linda Bove, the hearing-impaired friend of Bob.

So in the spirit of Christmas and the associated specials at Christmastime, this week’s “Sesame Moment” (I think it’s time I rename it, don’t you?) features two clips from that special.

The first is of Ernie and Bert. They appear to have exchanged Christmas gifts and share a sweet moment together as they sing the classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

The second clip features the entire cast on the subway and walking the streets of the city, buying a Christmas tree and ice skating, all the while singing the beautiful song especially written for the show, “True Blue Miracle.”

I think you’ll agree, these are some very special clips. I hope they warm your heart as much as they warmed mine.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

True Blue Miracle

2006

It’s been a while since I’ve done a good old fashioned meme. I got this one on my MySpace page and posted it there, so I’ll post it here as well.

Oh and if you have a page on MySpace, why not let me know about it? 🙂

1.) Where did you ring in 2006?
Started out at my friend Ricardo’s place and then went to our chorus friends, the Pusey-Schnorbuses. It ended up being a fun night.

2.) What was your status by Valentine’s Day?
Single, as always.

3.) Were you in school (anytime this year)?
No.

4.) How did you earn your keep?
Same job as today- DTP/Graphic Design at Jenner & Block, and some design jobs on the side.

5.) Did you ever have to go to the hospital?
Yes, too damn many times- a kidney stone and that damn eye infection.

6.) Did you ever encountered the police?
Aside from passing them on the street, no.

7.) Where did you go on vacation?
Many weekend trips to Saugatuck, MI.

8.) What did you purchase that was over $500?
I bought a new TV– a Samsung HDTV slimfit. Love it.

9.) Did you know anybody who got married?
Not this year.

10.) Did you know anybody who passed away?
My cousin, in January; My dad, in July; my cousin’s grandma in August. It’s been a terrible year for my family.

11.) Have you run into anybody you graduated high school with?
Yes, at my dad’s funeral.

12.) Did you move anywhere?
Still in the same place– 5 years now!

13.) What sporting events did you go to?
The opening and closing ceremonies for the Gay Games.

14.) What concerts did you go to?

None that come to mind.

15.) Are you registered to vote?
Yes, I am.

16.) If so, did you do your patriotic duty on Nov. 7?
Yes, I did.

17.) Describe your birthday.
My actual birthday kinda sucked, but I celebrated it just yesterday (Saturday 12/16) with all my friends and had a great time at my place.

19.) What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2006?
Can’t really think of anything.

20.) What is one thing you regretted this year?
Not calling my dad the day before he died, just to tell him I loved him one more time.

21.) What’s something you learned about yourself?
Not necessarily about myself, but about my family– we are pretty strong and resilient. We get through crises well.

22.) Any new additions to your family?
Not yet. Pray for next year.

23.) What was your best month?
December has been pretty great. It’s crazy, but at least it’s been fun.

24.) What from pop culture will you remember 2006 by?
The birth of Ugly Betty, my new favorite TV show.

25.) How would you rate this year with a scale from 1 (crappy) to 10 (excellent)?

2. This year sucked badly. Losing so many family members (and various other problems) really made this year hard to rate highly.

Stuff a sock in it, Rosie

rosie_sm.jpgRosie O’Donnell, you need to shut up.

I’ve been thinking this for a long time now. I’ve enjoyed some of the things you’ve done, and even applauded you and graciously welcomed you into the “family” when you finally decided to come out.

But enough is enough.

Ever since you joined “The View” you have spouted your mouth off about things that you have no business talking about.

The Clay Aiken-Kelly Ripa thing? When Clay slapped his hand over Kelly’s mouth and she told him “I don’t know where that hand has been!” after admonishing him for doing it? Nothing to do with you. Sure, Kelly overreacted, and could have handled it differently. (Although if you’ve seen any of that show, they were both a bit combative toward each other.)

Yet you proceeded to haunch yourself up to your grand podium and proclaim that what Kelly Ripa did was “Homophobic.” And since Clay is neither gay, straight or bi (he has never actually said whether he is one or the other), your statement was dually inappropriate. If someone slapped his or her hand over MY mouth like that, I’d probably respond just as Kelly did. It was a rude gesture, and Kelly had every right to make light of it. That should have been abundantly clear, but you made it your own issue the next day by going off about it on a tangent that made no sense whatsoever.

But the best was yet to come. Yes, the Danny DeVito thing made the news (and yes, he was a BIG mess). Why, I’ll never know; but in this country, and in this world, when celebrities do something a little off-kilter, everyone has to jump on the story and beat it to death. So this week, you brought it up, and instead of saying “Gee, everyone’s talking about it, from here to China!” and leaving it at that, you had to make a tasteless joke about it, offending Asian-Americans and Asians around the world in your wake.

Now, I’m all for people speaking their mind. It’s a principle our country was founded upon, and we should take advantage of that principle, freely and openly. But what we need to learn is a thing called restraint. And Rosie, you have not be exhibiting much restraint lately. The old saying goes, “Think before you speak.” These instances are making it rather clear to me that you are either not capable of doing so, or simply choose not to.

I’ve admired what you’ve done with your career, and have watched you from the days when you were an unknown comic, and seen your career grow and blossom. But take it from someone that knows from experience: The words you say can hurt not only the people you say them about, but you as well. Have we not learned ANYTHING from the Michael Richards experience?

So Rosie, please be more responsible about the words you say. If you truly want to be a strong voice of the LGBT community, you’d better learn this fast. Otherwise you’re going to lose it all again. (“Taboo”, anyone? Rosie Magazine?) And I’m pretty doggone sure that you don’t really want that.

That’s my view.

BONUS VIDEO: Just as I finished this, I found this great video called “Vent,” hosted by Michelle Malkin, an Asian-American. Puts every word I said above into perspective just a bit sharper, don’t you think?

(All links forward to YouTube.)