Monday, August 08, 2022

A Cat Tale: Houdini and Phoenix

Who says cats are “just” animals? After MaxGoldberg passed Tuxedo was especially hard hit. The first few days he would sit in the living staring down the hallway waiting for Max to come out for breakfast. Now, he sits on the couch in the sunroom after eating, also waiting for Max because that’s where the two of them took their morning naps. It breaks my heart to see him so sad, and, like people, I know he’ll come out of it, but he’s still grieving, so I needed this cat tale today.

A cat called Houdini was found hung up on a fence by the Humane Society of Mason County in Washington. Once they set him free, the volunteers realized that his vision was quite poor due to an infection which required surgery. Houdini made it through the surgery but was left blind. The volunteers then brought an orange tabby, Phoenix, in to meet Houdini, and the two have bonded, with Phoenix becoming Houdini’s seeing eye cat.

Katherine Johnson, Humane Society of Mason County president, said Houdini and Phoenix, about 3 months old, have bonded, and said they will be adopted out as a pair so that they can stay together … as they should.

Sometimes I wish people treated each other the way animals treat one another.

SIDENOTE: Carlos calls me his Seeing Eye Bob.


A Bob and Carlos Story: Sunday Breakfast

A couple of years ago Carlos told me a story about his mother making refired beans in their kitchen in Mexico City. She’d cooked the beans and then began to mash them in a skillet, and every so often, she would pick up the pan and flick it hard to flip the beans and then mash again. One time she flipped a wee bit too hard and some of the beans ended up on the kitchen ceiling.

Carlos laughed at his mother trying to explain to his father about beans on the ceiling.

Well yesterday, as Carlos does, he was making pancakes for breakfast, and as I came into the kitchen to eat, he reminded me of the Bean Story and then pointed to the stove where he missed the griddle with a ladle of pancake batter. 

I saw a mixture of batter and dried cranberries kind of congealing and cooking on the stovetop, and we … well, mostly me … had a good long laugh about that and then sat down to eat.

He likes syrup on his pancakes and I like a little butter and some cinnamon sugar on mine, so I buttered a cake and reached for the “sugar” and saw that he’d gotten Whole Jamaica Allspice for me. And so we laughed about that as I went to the cupboard for the real cinnamon sugar. I sat back at the table, buttered a cake and sprinkled … wait for it … it’s epic … Celery Seed on my breakfast.

We couldn’t stop laughing because between the two of us, we are the hottest of messes.

PS Celery Seed isn’t so bad if you want a more savory cake.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Snarky Thoughts

The Famewhore of Stupid Fashion—remember the couch she wore to the Met Gala?—Kim Kardastrophe is back with a brilliant [sarcasm font] new idea: Swim Gloves. It’s socks for your hands! It’s … it’s … it’s stupid, and to be fair Kimmy K didn’t invent swim gloves—they’ve been around and used for swimming and surfing and such—but Kimmy wants y’all to believe you need a pair of her special $48 evening swim gloves to “elevate your swim look.” Note, however, that Kimmy’s t-shirt and too-small thong swim combo cannot be elevated by the gloves.

My Thought: I wish she could elevate her IQ, and I also liked her better when she was trying to make the full-on face mask a thing.


Not so very long ago Ben Affleck said he would never play Batman again, but apparently he’s had a change of heart and has left his Honeymoon World Tour starring Jennifer Lynn Affleck to head back to LA to shoot a Bat cameo in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

My Thought: #1] it costs major coins to keep JLo happy and the paycheck and press from Batman might do the trick … for a few weeks, anyway.

And B] he needed to get away form all that honeymoon work.


Here we are, four months after The Slap heard ‘Round The World™ and Will Smith has posted a video apologizing to Chris Rock for his actions at the 2022 Oscars. Will’s YouTube vided clocks it at over five minutes and he reveals that Rock’s people say Chris is not ready to talk.

My thought: you thought you were man ALLEGEDLY protecting your wife’s honor, but you aren’t man enough to face Chris Rock and apologize in person? Jada’s balls are bigger than Will’s.

PS Whoever sat you in front of that white light has to be laughing at how foolish it makes you look.


As you may recall, we talked last week about Kylie Jenner and Drake joining that Fly Private Anywhere and Everywhere Club, and now we have another self-entitled, self-involved, unaware AKA stupid celebrity who is also flying short distances because driving an hour in the car is just too hard. Amirite, TayTay? Swifty has flown private 170 times since January, with a time in the air of about 16 days. Her total flight emissions for the year come in at 8,293.54 metric tons which is … wait for it … it’s stunning … 1,184.8 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions.

My Thought: Taylor clearly thinks her time is so much more precious than yours and what does she care if she fucks the planet.

PS Jay-Z, A-Rod, Steven Spielberg, Floyd Mayweather—whose plane took the shortest flight at just ten minutes, Blake Shelton, Marky Mark, Travis Scott  and Oprah Winfrey also made the list.


Friday, August 05, 2022

I Didn't Say It

Jon Stewart, comedian, former “Daily Show” host and activist, taking on Ted Cruz for voting No on the PACT bill, and the subsequent passing of the bill:

"I'm used to lies. I'm used to hypocrisy. I'm used to their cowardice. I'm not used to the cruelty [for a bill] … they had fought for, for more than a decade. The bill that Ted Cruz voted yes on had the exact same funding provisions as the bill he voted no on. It’s the exact same bill. None of this makes any sense. That is just a word salad that he's spewing into his coffee cup on his way to God knows where. All cowards. All of them … I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this situation where people who have already given so much had to fight so hard to get so little. I hope we learned a lesson.”

The bill finally passed this week though these eleven Republicans voted ‘No’: Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Mike Crapo, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Cynthia Lumis,  James Risch, Richard Shelby, Pat Toomey, Tommy Turberville, Thom Tillis.

Note that Rafael Cruz voted ‘Yes’ this time though not one thing changed about the bill after he voted ‘No’ and then fist-bumped his fellow ReTHUGlicans.


Whoopi Goldberg, on the passing of pioneering actor Nichelle Nichols who inspired her to appear in ‘Star Trek’:

“Nichelle Nichols was a trailblazer, a heroine, and an extraordinary woman—somebody who inspired millions and millions of people, but who inspired me because I explained when I went to get my gig at ‘Star Trek’ that Nichelle was the first Black person I’d ever seen who made it to the future. She was head of communications. And this show and this woman was the one beacon that said, ‘Yes, we’ll be there.’ And it just made me feel like that was an amazing thing. She helped propel other women to go into space. She was extraordinary and I was lucky enough to spend time with her over the years. She was my friend. She’ll be missed.”

As in many cases, people of color stand on  the shoulders of those who came before them, and help the next generation step up. Nichelle did that for Whoopi, and Whoopi paid it forward.

Rest in Power.


Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ on that stunning rejection by Kansas voters of an amendment that would have allowed state legislators to ban abortion:

“I think it’s an example a lot of people who identified themselves as pro-life looking at what happened since Roe was overturned. Looking at the extremism, looking at the 10-year-old girl being chased from the state, looking at the Texas attorney general fighting for the right to let mothers die on the operating table, to tear away the protections that the federal government is trying to put in place to protect moms to have a choice whether they die on an operating table or not. You look at all of the extremities, and now again in another Republican state legislature trying to give the right to members of a rapist’s family to sue a rape victim for $20,000 unless she has a forced pregnancy. This is a rapist’s bill of rights that Republicans are passing, a rapists’ bill of rights for forced childbirth on children.”

The vote made Kansas one of the only red states where abortion remains legal after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. And it might just be the first because SCOTUS and the GOP’s rapidly increasing radicalism—Don’t Say Gay, don’t honor police officers, vote against healthcare for vets, ban books, attack drag queens—has pissed off a lot of people on both sides.


Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, walking back his expectations about how many Senate seats are likely to flip in the midterm election:

“I think it’s going to be very tight. We have a 50-50 nation. And I think when this Senate race smoke clears, we’re likely to have a very, very close Senate still, with us up slightly or the Democrats up slightly.”

I think Mitch maybe trying to play both sides. We do not have a 50-50 nation; there are more democrats than Republican and when we vote, we win. And the four years terrorist reign  of Thing 45, coupled with this radical SCOTUS, and the GOP’s culture wars on everything that isn’t white and Christian and straight, has angered Democrats and Independents and women and the LGBTQ+ community.


Thursday, August 04, 2022


In addition to his Retinitis Pigmentosa, Carlos is also color blind; he cannot see red or green at all. The other day, as I worked on the computer, he came into the office and asked if the shirt in his hand was red. I turned, looked, laughed, and said:

“It’s white … and green … and dark blue … and gray. It’s striped.”

“It is?”

“Yes, but the shirt you have on is red.”

“It is? I should buy clothes in only one color from now on.”

Never a dull moment.

This week Kansas voters voted “YES” to protect abortion rights by rejecting a measure to allow the GOP-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions or ban the procedure outright. Sure, it was just one state, albeit a deeply Red State, but heavy turnout—meaning more Democrats got off their asses and voted—was a major victory for abortion rights advocates.


The US House passed the Respect for Marriage Act on July 19, by a vote of 267 to 157, with 47 Republicans surprisingly siding with the Democrats and voting Yes.

Tammy Baldwin, the Senate’s first openly LGBTQ+ member, is leading the charge to get the bill passed, but with the Senate equally split between Democrats and Republicans, she’ll need at least 10 Republicans to break the inevitable GOP filibuster. She says she  has five Republicans publicly committed—Susan Collins. Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Thom Tillis, and Ron Johnson—and said, “five additional members have indicated they are leaning in support.”

The Senate recess begins this week so the vote may not happen until September, but here’s hoping Baldwin can get the other five Republicans, and maybe a few more, to so the right thing.

Atlanta’s long-running Music Midtown festival at Piedmont Park was scheduled for next month but has been called off because, industry sources say, recent changes to Georgia gun laws prevent the festival from banning guns on to the publicly owned festival grounds.

So, guns have killed a music festival, too.

Last weekend’s LIV Golf event at the Thing 45 National Golf Club in Bedminster Bloodminster New Jersey was kind of a dud. Fewer than 1,000 people watched the Facebook Live feed for the first two rounds, and on the course, there were far fewer in attendance.

Tickets sold for $75 per day but could be had on the secondary market for $1 apiece.

A dollar.

I could get behind being Amish if this is the drag I get to wear, though I’d like to add a large hat.

And speaking of Bloodminster, Ivana Trump, the first ex-missus Thing 45, was buried at the Thing 45 National Golf Club where Thing 45 himself plans to be buried one day, though there’s no word on Melanie’s final resting place.

And he buried the ex-wife there because New Jersey land used for cemetery purposes comes with a significant tax break, so Ivana’s corpse was used to make coins for her ex.


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed legislation to further protect access to reproductive health care services in the state following the SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

The legislation codifies several measures that were first included in an Executive Order issued by Baker last month, and also adopts several new or expanded measures to protect access to reproductive health services in the Commonwealth.

From a Republican.

I don’t know about you, but this looks to me like someone in the crowd is throwing hamburgers and Thing 45 thinks it feeding time.

This is Hugo Sanges Galuppo Trufelli, a thirty-one-year-old actor and model from São Paulo, Brazil. Would You Hit It?

Would you hit it knowing Hugo has an identical twin?

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Architecture Wednesday: The JW Ellis Residence

This gorgeous, older, refurbished home is said to be the ‘only verified surviving Bunker Hill home in Los Angeles.’ The home dates from 1883 and as the Bunker Hill neighborhood was razed to make way for redevelopment, the stick-style Victorian structure was painstakingly relocated … not once but twice … and is now a fixture of the Angelino Heights Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.

And during those moves, and after, the six-bedroom home—for sale at just $2.995 million—has been meticulously restored, with carved mantles, pocket doors, stained glass, and bay, windows and door hardware are all original. The wiring, electrical, plumbing, HVAC have been modernized, and the chef’s kitchen is custom, with porcelain counters and Douglas fir flooring integrated with the original.

There are two bedrooms—including the primary suite—on the first floor and three additional bedrooms, and a second kitchen, on the upper floor. There is also a separate guesthouse with vaulted bow-and-truss ceilings above the garage. 

This is an historical home, with an incredible history, and while real estate investors tend to raze older homes and create gaudy McMansions, the Ellis residence clearly stands out as a top shelf restoration in one of the most historic neighborhoods in the City.

As always, click to emBIGGERate …