Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year 2010 from San Francisco, CA. BEST WISHES to all.
To all my buds from back east:
Its been 20 months since Vic & I packed up from back and living out here in the bay area and the first thing that I must tell all of you is that the state of California is a conservative state. I know it appears to the rest of the world that this state is very liberal in its views and politics, but having spent time traveling for the federal government all over this state, about the only thing liberal that exists here is Hollywood and the city of San Francisco.
California is a beautiful state. Everywhere you go (even in the shitty areas the residents consider to be ghetto) are pretty compared to the slums back east I grew up around. This entire area of the country is very different. Not as congested as I thought, unless you hit Los Angeles which I see is the result of powerful corporations. L.A. needs a mass transit system comparable to the MTA of New York City.
San Francisco is a beautiful city. The landscapes, the architechture both natural and man-made is unlike anywhere I've ever seen. Three sides of the city are surrounded by the bay and the Pacific ocean. The politics are quite liberal and even quirky along with the laws of California. Vic & I are always humored by the news whenever the legislature tries to pass a new law either in the city, state, or on the peninsula where we live 10 minutes south outside of the city.
S.F. has huge population of gay folk from all walks of life. Many come here to escape the horrors of where they are from, some come here to start all over, and many come to visit. The city is a safe haven, but its also what you make of it. In the time I've been out here, I've gotten to see just how much S.F. can become a bubble and the lifestyle can quickly consume those that live within its boundaries.
I've met many that think that the carefree, liberal, and extreme tolerance of all walks of life within San Francisco become somehow disillusioned into thinking that everywhere else in the U.S. is the way this city is and if not it should be, which is not the case. I'm not saying that all of its residents hold true to these beliefs, but I've encountered many that have this logic of thinking and have been stunned by people like me when I don't share their views and strongly disagreed with them.
It never ceases to amaze me the cowardly behavior from those that won't look you in the face after you've told them the cold hard facts and you figured out their modus operandi. The games people play and the ones that just never seem to learn. I got a big mouth. I've said some things that others didn't like. After all is said and done, I don't regret any of it because I told the truth, can look in the mirror and be ok with it all.
Like I said, it is not for everybody. As soon as you go elsewhere in the Bay Area, you realize that what's in S.F. stays there and does not go beyond the city. I'm still adjusting to everything here and Vic & I can only take S.F. in so many doses. Despite all that, I love this town and the area. 26 years later, its home.
Come visit. S.F. is an amazing place.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
" From its powerful premiere to its haunting finale, Oscar-winner Alan Ball's SIX FEET UNDER remains a poignantly dramatic, unpredictably humorous masterpiece. One of the most best acted and most beautifully produced series on television. " -Newsday
I have never seen a series so brilliantly written where WE ALL know someone that we either relate to, are, or know that is one of these characters. I think everyone should see this series.
The ending was amazing. Vic hated it. I loved it.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
I had an absolutely wonderful XMAS.
Other than one gift from my good friend Dom & his partner Joe, I have everything that I've ever wanted.
I have the greatest partner in the world, and I love you.
I'm surrounded by people that I know love me deeply, also awesome real friends I know would take the shirt off their backs for me in time of need.
You know who you are.
I THANK YOU all for sticking by me.
For those of you that are considering purchasing a computer with a blu-ray drive installed, i thought I'd post this itsy bitsy info: Vic & I spent the day watching several movies in blu format ending with PUBLIC ENEMIES. But I did tell Vic that the film DISTRICT 9 had an option screen before the main menu came up displaying two images consisting of HUMAN and the other ALIEN which my guess being is that there's two versions of the film on the disc. But unfortunately, every time I selected the ALIEN option, the blu-ray player locked up. Annoys me to no end. But what do you expect with new technology? I shouldn't be even surprised.
Anyway, ever since Vic purchased his new Vaio made by Sony, he's been using a lot but never tested the blu-ray drive to see if it actually can read commercial blu-ray movies. As it turned it out, it didn't. I checked online, and come to find out, SONY Corporation has not licensed the codecs to every software manufacturer. I was pissed. You would think that a manufacturer that designed, built both hardware AND software would make sure that it is supported and works on every platform available right?
Vic doesn't really care as he doesn't and never has liked to watch movies on the computer and NERO disc burning works. But I figure I'd let all of you know.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
This bad-ass woman still sounds as good as the day she recorded this track on her 1974 album titled "Who Is This Bitch Anyway".
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Just wanted to wish everyone a SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Best Wishes for 2010. HUGS! Don't mind the pic, it was sent to me by my friend Ed H. ;)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The first time I saw Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs was when a few clips were shown on TV one night during a Christmas holiday in 1988. Although I didn't see the film until years later when Disney studios released the Platinum DVD in 2001, I was amazed of what and how this full-length feature film was brought to the screen in 1937.
It's a timeless piece of art from Walt Disney that belongs next to Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.
I watched it again today and wanted to learn more about the people that worked on the film and not surprising that Disney never properly credited the actors for their work. The angelic voice of Snow White was performed by Adriana Caselotti.
She will forever be immortalized in this famous role. Thank you Walt Disney & Adriana Caselotti for bringing this classic children's story to life.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Basically, men cheat* because:
- Their penis told them to.
- The penis is always right.
- Unless it's not. Unless it's totally, blindingly wrong. But that's really not possible. Just ask it. Wait a sec, it's busy with that Vegas waitress. OK, go ahead. See?
- The man's marriage is sexless and loveless and boring, and he has needs that must -- nay MUST -- be met. Just ask the penis.
- The wife has low/no libido, whereas the man has enough for nine teenagers and a box of rabbits.
- No, really. The male libido, generally speaking, far outpaces the female libido and is never really satisfied for more than a day or two, tops. This is why so many men choose to be gay. Gay sex is like, off the hook! It's true! I read that somewhere. Lesbians, on the other hand, often suffer a terrible fate known as "lesbian bed death." You can Google it.
- #6 is a totally unfair cliché that doesn't always hold true, and, by the way, all men are pigs. I mean, duh.
- The kids steal all the love/attention/energy from wife, leaving man with nothing but XTube, golf and vodka.
- One word: Ego. Three more: ego, ego, ego. Nothing like nailing a beautiful female acolyte to boost self-image, over and over again, as she coos your name adoringly and feigns surprise that you just bought her a Mercedes.
- Or is it the other way around, and many women are shockingly predatory, often hunting for rich, powerful men who will buy them stuff and give them a shred of self worth by association, because the truth is, they have no identity of their own, and all they have is sex, which they wield like an ax made of lip gloss and open hip flexors and Cosa Bella thongs?
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/12/16/notes121609.DTL&feed=rss.mmorford#ixzz0ZsF1Ak74
Mark Morford is fucking brilliant! He's got balls the size of a 747 and is in the same league as Bill Maher. Thank you for telling the fucking raw unapologetic truth.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
George H. W. Bush was "deeply offended" by Republican congressman Joe Wilson's shout of "You lie!" to President Barack Obama during Obama's address to Congress in September, and the former one-term president is calling on US politicians to rise to "a certain decorum and civility."
During an interview with Parade magazine, Bush expressed disappointment with what he sees as a degrading American political debate.
"There has to be a certain decorum and civility," Bush said, adding that Rep. Wilson's shout of "You lie!" during the president's address on health care to a joint session of Congress "smashed" the decorum of Congress. "I thought, 'How have we gotten here?'"
Duh? How do you think we got here? We got here by a slew of arrogant loud mouthed republicans who have no civility nor manners. Republicans like your son who called a journalist a "major asshole". Republicans like Dick Cheney who told Senator Leahy to "go fuck yourself" while on the senate floor. Republicans like Michele Bachman who continues to push the "birther" issue even though Obama has proven he was born in Hawaii. Republicans like Sarah Palin who fomented the hate so much at her rallys that she had people screaming "kill him". Republicans like Glenn Beck who openly calls Obama a racist. Republicans like that traitorous CUNT Michelle Malkin who spew hate even against minorities even against her own Asian race. Republicans like right wing zealot Ann Coulter that spew lie after lie without a shred of evidence to back up any of their claims. Republicans like Rush Limbaugh who openly admit they want Obama to fail. Republicans like those who wear the "Pray for Obama" t-shirt, which espouses that he be assassinated. Republicans like the man who murdered a doctor that performs legal abortions.
I hope you will remember Lee Atwater when you wonder how we got here. You certainly didn't tell him to put away the Willi Horton ad. You certainly didn't fire Mr. Atwater and Mr. Karl Rove. "We got here" because you sired the 43 president. A buffoon who was just dangling from the strings of religious right wing extremists and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfolwicz, Krystol and the boys.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he’s only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.
Before I graduated New England Institute of Technology, I took sociology as an elective and I studied The Baader Meinhof Gang of Germany trying to understand why this group labeled a terrorist organization had taken roots in the late 1960s throughout much of the 1970s. I give the Germans a lot of credit, they are intense and unapologetic to their filmaking and interpretation of this pivotal time in history.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Pablo (El Bola) is a 12-year old boy raised in a violent and unforgiving environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he retreats from his classmates, engaging them only through a dangerous game. The arrival of a new boy at school, from whom he learns a new definition of friendship, leads to the discovery of a family where communication and love prevail over domination and violence. The film poignantly parallels the lives of a caring father unable to connect with his willful son, and that of distant Pablo (El Bola) and his abusive father who is incapable of giving him the love he needs, replacing it with something far more sinister. One imprints his son in an improbably gentle manner with a tattoo stylus, the other brutally with his fists. Told through both the children's and adults' points of view, Achero Manas's El Bola is a stirring narrative that lodges in the memory.
Watching this film was not easy as I came from a similar childhood background, but I encourage everyone to see this film.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I'm not the greatest writer nor do I claim to be, but I'd like to take an opportunity to dedicate this post to my friend Mike O. that right now is battling (and winning) this monster that we all know as cancer.
My mother herself had cancer but passed away due to complications of diabetes.
I was introduced to Mike (and his partner John) through a mutual friend named Don on Facebook because of our love of the automobile. I finally met Mike in person at Folsom Street fair this year and a month later I learned he took ill. But he's doing better and getting stronger everyday!
To Mike O.: I'm still getting to know you bud, but you have earned my respect, admiration, and a friend for life in fighting this evil demon called cancer with guns blazing. BIG STRONG HUGS!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Facebook is an excellent publisher's platform even though it is considered a social network. It still amazes me that this network has become the central hub for me even more so than my blog. Anyhow, I posted something on the status update reflecting this week.
it's been an interesting week: going a few times into S.F. for work-related issues, some exploring of the city, then talking to friends and reaching mutual understanding, then doing some hardcore research, reconnecting with the few family members I have, and finally being happy with who I am.
I was surprised when several users including one in particular decided to respond to me privately:
Facebook User: Hi Joe your status is interesting - its hard work being happy with you are i find - how did you get there ? Hugs my friendSent via Facebook Mobile
ME: being happy with who you are is being able to look at yourself in the mirror HONESTLY, accepting that the mistakes you made in the past you learned from to make things right in the present and being able to move forward knowing that each day is a new day with new opportunities being presented to you.As long as you can look in the mirror, answer to yourself and God (whatever higher being you believe in), and be OK, you're to be OK. ;)
Facebook User: Thank you Joe for reminding me -i have been going through a really hard time lately - yes i believe in God and i do mirror work on a regular basis - i do however wrestle with myself and my personal demons like every other guy i suppose - thanks for your words - hugs
It is a wonderful feeling to be self-aware of who you are and what you stand for and believe in. Don't let anyone ever try to take that away from you.