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~Saturday~  Another glorious day of eight hours of sleep. Today I'm thankful for holiday weekends.

I met Robert at the Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14 theater, for the 4:30 showing of:

As expected, it was pretty much an audience of women and gay men, with the occasional husband who goes to chick flicks to appease his wife, or is a closeted husband. I mean it happens. BTDT.

This film has received very mixed reviews, but I really, really, really liked it, in spite of:

  1. Never having been a Christina Aguilera fan

  2. Generally not caring for mainstream movies

  3. Hating Hollywood endings (see item #2)

  4. Generally turned off by "boy-gets-the-girl" and "rags-to-riches" storylines

  5. Exorbitant ticket prices

Some reasons I did like it:

  1. I adore Cher, and in spite of film critic Laura Boyes' contention that she is "a latter-day Marlene Dietrich who bares her limbs as long as we'll have her, can certainly act, but as a plumped and stretched version of her former self, her instrument is diminished," in this movie, I thought she looked and sounded great, particularly for 64 years old. Give the diva a break, Laura. You're no spring chicken yourself.

  2. I'd estimate that, in my lifetime to-date, 95-98% of the boy-gets-girl movies have no representation of my humanity in them, but this film not only had gay characters in it, they were not ridiculed or reviled for being who they are. Stanley Tucci, as he did in The Devil Wears Prada, plays a gay best friend, and there's even a scene in which boy-meets-boy leaves the impression that eventually boy-got-boy.

  3. I like musicals (let me put a look of surprise on your face that a gay man likes musicals)

  4. Robert paid for our tickets

I'm quite surprised that IMDB top-bills these stars of this film: Cher, Christina Aguilera, and Alan Cummings. Of course the first two are no surprise, but Alan Cummings? Stanley Tucci's character got much more screen time than Alan Cummings' character—at least the way I remember it, and Stanley's part was way more germane to the plot. Again, IMHO.

I generally don't go for blonds, but I thought Cam Gigandet was absolutely adorable in this movie, particularly in scenes when he looked like this. So cute!

I began my holiday letter today, and as I'm wont to do, I went through my Google calendar for the year to cull the salient events to include. I got through July, which is a good start seeing how it's not even December yet.

I met Joe in front of Flex and we walked over to The Borough, where we ended up having only one drink and leaving.

It was a light's out night at Flex, purportedly for Brigner's birthday, but I'm quite sure this isn't the first birthday Brigner has had this year. Just sayin'. In any case, they finally got it right and turned off those damn televisions, which had all but canceled out lights out in the past lights out nights.

Of course with great darkness comes great risk, especially at Flex, so I pretty much kept to myself when not talking with Alex, Steven, Walter or Jorge.

Later, all of us went over to Legends, where we got a drink from Dick, who is nowhere near as fun a bartender (particularly when it's busy) at Legends as he used to be at Flex. Oh well.

Again, I spent some time far from the madd(en)ing crowd, and at one point when I was sitting alone at a table and barstool over by The View side's bar, this young kid who was with his fag hag, leaned over and said to me, pointing at a guy on the TV, "Would you give up your wife and children for that man?"

His name turned out to be Patrick, and he asked several people around us that same question, including a (presumably) straight girl sitting nearby, for whom he rephrased it, "Would you give up your husband and your family for that man?"

Earlier in the evening, Walter had mentioned going out for some breakfast later, "to the IHOP," to which I had countered, "or maybe The Diner," thinking about the roach factor at the downtown IHOP, and knowing that he probably didn't know about 24-hour diner on Glenwood Avenue, since he's been living in Atlanta for quite a while now.

At about 1:30, I knew that I didn't want to add yet (at least) another hour to my evening, and that would probably be after 2:00 some time, and with people who were far more inebriated (nothing personal) than I was, so I sent Joe, who was with the group in The Spotlight Theater watching the drag show, a text message that I was heading home.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 29th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I swear I don't know how you fit all that livin' into an otherwise normal life, John. Especially with all your scrabble commitmentsSo what are the great risks during lights-out, I wonder? Anything like Sarah's residence life stories?

I see things have gotten straight between my IP address and livejournal and that I'm now tracked as coming from Cary, as it should be. :-)

Nov. 29th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
anna above and below
Hit some wacky key combo that posted my comment before I was ready. Oops!

Nov. 29th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: anna above and below
Ha, Anna. I figured it was you! Glad to see your whereabouts have made peace with FEEDJIT. At least for now. My experience is that it's not consistent. We'll see.

The great risk at lights out at Flex is that all those creepy people you wouldn't let near you (and they know it) when the lights are on, will try to pull a quickie on you in the dark. :-)

That word "quickie" always reminds me of one of Bette Midler's Sophie Tucker jokes:

Sophie: Me and my girlfriend, Clementine, were at a clothing store and a guy says to her, "Hey want to slip into that fitting room and grab a quickie?"

And Clementine says to him: "I got a better idea; why don't you slip in there and grab a yankie?"

And the guy says to her: "What's a yankie?"

And Clementine says: "Well, it's like a quickie, only you do-it-yourself!"

Badumpbump. We're here all week folks. Try on the halter tops.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Anna!

Edited at 2010-11-29 02:51 am (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Re: anna above and below
Yankie...love it!
Nov. 29th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
blackout night
Love the "yankie". so appropriate for so many occasions. While I appreciate the tv's being off I wish they'd have the lights over the bar on ever so dim. Its almost impossible to see your money when you pay. But I STILL found you in the darkness, eventually. :)

As I suspected, when at Joe's the feed shows me as Raleigh, but when I'm home in Chapel Hill it shows me as Cary.
Nov. 29th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: blackout night
If you've not seen this Bette Midler Sophie Tucker vid, it's well worth the 9-minute, 40-second investment. That yankie one is in it, and although I'm off on the exact delivery of it, I've captured its essence. :-)

Edited at 2010-11-30 02:18 am (UTC)
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