Thursday, October 10, 2019


As we were getting ready to go see the doctor about Carlos’ surgery, I ran across an online article reminding me that the _____ Administration is seeking to make it legal for health care professionals to deny services to LGBRQ Americans because God Hates Fags.

I, naturally, was instantly apprehensive about the doctor who likes to hand out Bibles. Then, at the office I saw that the receptionist is a woman with whom I used to work, and she knew me, and she knew Carlos, so I felt a little better; a little better. When the nurse called Carlos, we went back to the exam room where she took his vitals; as she was taking his blood pressure Carlos said:
“This is my husband, Bob.”
She said, 
“Oh … Hello.”
I said, 
“Uh oh.”
She got very curt and stiff and then … she asked where we lived before Smallville and when we said Miami she began chattering; she asked where I was from originally, and then said she’d just been to San Diego; she talked to Carlos in Spanish, and then laughed when I said I know mostly the profane parts of that language.

She couldn’t have been nicer; as was the doctor, too, and the nurse who came in to schedule the surgery and give us some information. She told Carlos that after the surgery he wasn’t to pick up anything that weighed more than ten pounds for the first several days, and then she said:
“And I always tell people, don’t even vacuum, because that’s really bad.”
Before Carlos could say a word, I said:
“He doesn’t vacuum now.
And we all, well, except Carlos, laughed. And all was fine in Smallville. Nothing to worry about.
This week  Bernie Sanders said he’ll cut back on the number of campaign events he does after suffering a heart attack.

I wish Bernie no harm, but if campaigning is too hardon his heart what does he think the presidency will do.

Bernie needs to take a seat.

In her first 14 months as Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, AKA Missus Moscow Mitch, met with officials from Kentucky, which her husband represents in the Senate, vastly more often than those from any other state.

Elaine Chao is the swamp. Get her out of politics and send her husband home, too.
I need a laugh, and a wee cry … the flamboyant confetti comedian Rip Taylor died this week at the age of 84. Taylor made over 2,000 appearances on television during his more than 50 years in show business, but his confetti schtick started as an accident, according to Rip:
“I did props and I was ‘The Prop Comedian.’ I was dying like hell on Merv Griffin’s show. The jokes were dumb, and I tore the 5 by 8 cards, threw them up in the air and it became confetti. I knocked over his desk, walked up the aisle, went to Sardi’s and said, ‘Well, that’s the end of my television career.’ I went home that night. Their switchboard had lit up. They said, ‘Get the guy that went crazy!’ And that is how the confetti started.”
Here’s hoping there’s plenty of confetti in heaven.

Remember that Trey Gowdy said this in 2012:
"The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress no matter whether you are the party in power or not in power is wrong. Respect for the rule of law must mean something, irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles."
And yet in 2019 he’s gonna help _____ withhold information and documents from Congress.

GOP hypocrisy at work, but  then it’s Trey Gowdy so are we really surprised.
Ellen DeGeneres has a new friend, and it’s causing her some angst, because many people, including me, don’t understand it. It seems DeGeneres and George W. Bush were seen hanging out together and people were quick to smack Ellen for it; and she responded:
 “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay.... Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.”
Um, Ellen, you’re hanging with a man who ran a presidential campaign on the idea that you, and me, and countless others, should not be allowed to marry; who played up the notion that if you and Portia were allowed to marry it would ruin everything for everyone. And he has never apologized for it.

You can be kind, but you don’t have to be buddies.

Just a thought.
The other day in a Tuesday Thought, I mentioned that Maine Senator Susan Collins called _____’s calls for China to investigate Joe Biden “inappropriate” and how she would quickly change her mind to goose-step along with Hair Furor.

And then she did this: at a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting this week Collins voted against an amendment to stop _____ from raiding funds meant for the military and military families across the world in order to fund his border wall.

Yes, Susan Collins is slapping our military members, and their families, in the face, just to stay in _____’s good graces.

She certainly can bend over, can’t she?
Oh, Nabil Taleb. He’s tall dark and handsome; he’s sultry; he’s tall. He’s French. He looks good briefly, he looks good wet.

What’s not to love?


Helen Lashbrook said...

while the leader of a country needs wisdom which is not something that comes with youth, there is a point where, as you age, wisdom hardens into dogma. Joe or Bernie really ought not to be elected, let someone younger take up the torch.

the dogs' mother said...

Extra loves to (Carlos) and you
for braving and charming the
doctor's office.
xoxoxooox :-)

Mistress Maddie said...

I have a feeling Susan's day are numbered. And that Trey guy looks like a stiff corpse. Is he even alive? And Bernie and Biden are already in bad health...neither would last a presidency....all the more reason for Mayor Pete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cute carlos story.

Moving with Mitchell said...

I'm so glad all went well at the Smallvile doctor's office. I remember ALWAYS stressing in similar situations when we lived in the States, even though we never lived in a place like Smallville. It didn't always go well, even as late as 2010. We have never once had that experience since moving to Spain, although we were anxious the first several times we went in together.

I like that line, "He looks good briefly." What a way with words.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm glad everything turned out well at the dentist's!

Deedles said...

Carlos, be very aware if your life insurance policy increases and vacuums start appearing out of nowhere! Just sayin' :)
Rest in peace, Rip. First Rip Torn, now Taylor. A pattern?
Grey Dowdy looks like he should star in a silent vampire movie. Not a good one.
Tall, dark, handsome and French! An excellent palate cleaner.

JP said...

Carlos must not even fluff a cushion.

Re Nabil - God I wish I lived in France...

Dave R said...

Susan Collins in history... and she knows it.

Nabi needs to smile more.

Trey Gowdy is proof of Republican desperation, they're terrified their base is considering... not voting in 2020.

Bernie's almost as desperate as the Republicans.

Hooray for Carlos!

anne marie in philly said...

fuck you, collins!

good luck to carlos!

LOVE the pool cartoon!

Bob said...

It's time for someone younger to be in there.

The doctor's office was a pleasant surprise.

Susan is a sad joke; Trey is SC's Draco Malfoy; I'm leaning a lot toward Pete.

I always wonder about these visits and they always seem to go very well.
And Nabil looks good briefly, and longingly.


Death by Hoover? I couldn't!!

Carlos will be doing some fluffing, that's for sure.

I like Nabil's sultry pouty look.


Haddock said...

I like what Ellen said. Just because people don't agree to our point of view doesn't mean we have to "Unfriend" them, (It may be easy on FB but not in real life)

krayolakris said...


Deedles said...

Bob, you're classier than a Hoover! Make it a Dyson. By the way, doesn't Carlos have an instrument that he blows? Is that forbidden also?

Bob said...

I cannot forgive someone who ran for president trying to deny me the right to marry when he has yet to apologize for that, or for the way he handled Katrina, or the thousands who died in his war for oil.

Yes he is.

Carlos is also not allowed to blow HIS trumpet.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Susan needs to go. STAT.
Ellen is suffering from rich people’s syndrome: disconnection. W was horrible to lgbtq folks and the country.
I HAVE GOT to go see Judy. I loved Michelle Williams as Gwen.

Could I have Nabil over for breakfast? Kthnxbi


Travel said...

I think we have a vacuum cleaner in the house (at least 3 of them) at least one that I don't know how to operate (Rumba will take over the house if Jay died.)

Bob said...

Hopefully the people of Maine will vote her out.
Ellen is wrong; sorry, Ellen.
I wasn't sure about Zellwegger as Judy but John at Going Gently spoke of one scene in the film and now I'm thinking about it.
Nabil for breakfast; he is the most important meal of the day!

Oh, Carlos knows how they work ...he just doesn't work them.Of course, in the separation of duties vacuuming is mine....