Yesterday 0bama was at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills attending a fundraiser. Several groups came out to protest. There were anti-war demonstrators and there was crowd protesting Don't Ask Don't Tell - a policy 0bama promised to repeal when he campaigned for the gay vote. It hasn't happened and doesn't look likely to be overturned anytime soon.
I don't live too far from the hotel so Girlfriend and I walked down there to check it out.
I ran into an old friend and I pointed out a laughable anti-war protester, "Look at that guy and his two signs... Um, I really don't think motorists zipping by can read all his messages!"
He laughed, "Right." Then he asked me, "Hey, how come you aren't participating?"
I explained, "I am really here to bear witness. Besides, I am not big on chanting silly slogans and I ain't carrying no sign."
He agreed with me, "Yea, I ain't carrying anything either!"
I waited a beat for comic timing, arched my brow and hit him with my barb, "Except for maybe a little syphilis."
Luke Worrell, Shaina Moakler, Kelly Osbourne, Emmy Rossum, Perez Hilton
Last night I attended the big Prop 8 ruling protest rally in West Hollywood. I had Girlfriend with me so as to not upset her in the throng of people we stood behind the flatbed truck that served as the stage.
I had no idea that we'd soon be surrounded by celebrities.
The infamous blogger Perez Hilton and his group were near me for awhile and he kept getting approached by some really interesting people. And I employ the word interesting to be polite.
At one point a gal tapped him on the shoulder and said, "Excuse me Perez, I wanted to introduce myself to you. I'm (I forget the name)..." She paused and then added, "From Hell's Kitchen."
He looked puzzled and replied, "Uh ok, hi."
She continued, "I was on season 2 - I finished 3rd."
He repeated himself but with half of the non-interest he'd already showed her previously, "Uh ok, hi."
I was embarrassed for her and had to walk away. As I relocated I was thinking, I'm from Hell's Kitchen, season 2, finished 3rd - who does that? The look on his face suggested that he gets that all the time.
And some might call that karma...
Drew Barrymore gave an impassioned speech.
Kathy Griffin attended with her mom - and her D-List cameras!
Girlfriend and I took a bus ride downtown today. I have a bag she sits in with a little flap that opens so that she can poke her head out. She likes to be able to see me, it provides her comfort.
A very odd woman sat next to us at one point and didn't notice Girlfriend at first until Girlfriend moved a little and then woman exclaimed, "Oh woooooow! Hiiii!" Then she asked, "What's her name?"
I replied trying not to choke on her smokers breath, "Girlfriend."
She screamed, "You know that's right!" Then she asked Girlfriend, "Hey, whaz-up Grrrrrlfriend?!"
The woman opened her purse and started to dig for something. Girlfriend was curious and moved her head closer to the purse. The woman said frankly, "I think she can smell my meat."
I didn't know what to think about that comment and stuttered in shock, "Ex-x-x-cuse me?"
She laughed and explained, "I always carry six or seven cheeseburgers in my purse. But I'm out. So, sorry Girlfriend, I ain't got no meat for you today."
I was relieved.
Then the woman felt compelled to tell me why she was all out of cheeseburgers, "I had just came from my doctors appointment and when I was in the waintin' room all the kids came rushin' over on me because they could smell my meat. So I gave all the kids my cheeseburgers."
It pained me to grin, "That was very nice of you."
She pulled the bus cord to get off at the next stop and before she said goodbye she gave closure to her story, "I'm gettin' off right here at La Brea to go to that McDonald's to re-stock up on my cheeseburgers." She exhaled heavily and shook her head, "I just don't feel right without all my cheeseburgers."
My friend Edwin and I years ago use to hang out all the time but for the last few years it has really tapered off to once every six months, or so. The other night we dicided to have on off our old school bar crawls - which were never for the faint-of-heart.
We bagan with happy hour at an old haunt where we were greeted with something they were wisely calling 'recession buster' pitchers of beer which the bartender told us offered, "More bang for the buck."
When we finished the pitcher we headed to another old stomping ground that was serving 2-4-1 cocktails so we ordered a couple of vodka/cranberries. When Edwin handed me my drink I said, "The very definition of 2-4-1 is - more bang for the buck."
Later we headed to yet another joint we use to frequent. There was one bartender and a bar-back and I ordered a couple vodka/cranberries from the barback because the bartender had stepped away for something in the storeroom.
When the bartender returned he looked at our drinks and playfully asked a question he already knew the answer to, "Those drinks look awfully red, did he put enough vodka in them for you?"
In unison we cried out, "NO!"
When the bartender went to get the bottle of vodka Edwin whispered to me like he'd won the lottery, "Now we don't have to buy another round."
Have you seen the info-mercial for the Aqua Globe? You know, those hand-blown glass bulbs that you fill with water and jam into your potted plants so you don't have to be bothered to remember to water them ever again - instant green thumb.
The info-mercial would have you to believe that your patio will spring to life overflowing with wildly healthy and abundant greenery. Your friends will wonder, "Wow, where does he find the time?" They will also marvel, "Yes, those colorful globes in the pots really was that missing motif."
Yesterday I walked by the plant pictured above. With two decorative Aqua Globes crammed into its base it's decidedly not As Seen On TV. The info-mercial mentions several times that you will no longer be pestered to water your plants... It doesn't tell you that you have to remember to refill the Aqua Globes - which may just be a hassle in itself!
That poor plant looks like something that happens to Charlie Brown every December - which does not make for good product testimonial. I'll just stick to my trusty watering can.
Yesterday my friend Misty and I went to the 99 Cents Only Store. We spent about 45 minutes cruising the aisles like good bargain shoppers. I got a weeks worth of healthier-choiced rations and managed to not pick anything up on the candy aisle. Misty bought a bunch of Cup o' Soup and some Fiddle Faddle.
While we were at the check stand Misty pointed out the pregnancy test on the end-cap and editorialized, "Now, I think that's one thing I might go to a regular store to buy." She picked up the generic brand box and waved it in the air, "I mean, I'm gonna trust this?"
As we were walking to the car I asked, "Oh, speaking of pregnancy tests... Did you see that woman in the line next to us with those three little kids and she was pregnant with another one on the way?"
Misty replied, "Oh I know. She needs to get a box of them 99 cent condoms that are sittin' right next to the pregnancy tests!"
I went with it, "Right! Like she needs any more kids, she's already at the 99 Cent Store stretchin' a dollar."
Misty laughed, "It's crazy, huh?"
Then I joked, "She's obviously tryin' to see which she can stretch the furthest - a dollar or her uterus!"