Thursday, January 31, 2008
Godiva Debuts 'Chocolate Room'
NEW YORK --
Those are the difficult-to-obey rules in the all-chocolate room in Manhattan's Bryant Park Hotel.
It's a Valentine's Day twist on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory competition.
The right box of Belgian chocolates wins you a weekend for two in the Godiva Decadence Suite in May.
"It's the perfect bit of sin," said Heroes actor Ali Larter yesterday while admiring the chandelier's chocolate pearls.
Chocoholic lovers will also appreciate dining on a table covered with chocolate truffles under glass.
They could also admire multi-coloured chocolate pieces inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting The Kiss.
But lighting the fire to add to the romance might be tricky - the logs are made of chocolate too.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I'm finding this to be some fascinating stuff here. I mean changing a neighborhood back to the 70's, how often does one get to see things like this happening?
I only hope Milk is as good as the documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" was. I wasn't living here back then, but I do remember some of this being around the Castro when I first visited here back in 1984.
Please, watched the slide show in the article linked here. Its awesome
Toad Hall Has Been Resurrected!
I guess you can call it a time warp if you must...Yep, that's right, the sign is up, on AND open for business (aka 440 Castro).
If you haven't been on top of the news lately, there are some very interesting changes taking place in the Castro. Filming has begun on Gus Van Sant's newest venture "Milk".
Me and my camera will be down there taking snap shots this weekend. A piece of history has once again risen. If you haven't seen The Times of Harvey Milk yet, I highly recommend seeing it whether you are gay, straight, or whatever, it’s a must.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Barbara Walters says she has been contacted by Britney Spears' manager and "very good friend," Sam Lutfi, who says the pop singer has seen a psychiatrist.
Lutfi told her the 26-year-old pop singer "is suffering from what he describes as mental issues which are treatable," Walters said Monday on ABC's "The View."
Gotta hand it to us Californian's to come up with this one first...
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Muni is already cash strapped and the Mayor has already taken money away on top of that to pay for his staff! Would someone please enlighten me as to how he came up with this lame idea?
Good God, what is next?????!!!!!!!!
Eliminating fares on San Francisco's Municipal Railway - an idea Mayor Gavin Newsom wanted explored - would worsen delays, overcrowding and financial burdens on the already strained transit system. That bleak assessment...
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday morning! Aweeeee, nothing smells better then a fresh pot of brewing java! As my friend H.w.S once said "you don't have any coffee here"??? Well, not until now that is - yes, I'll admit, I did not have any on hand and what queen doesn't?!
After listening to the weather forecast and news, I logged onto all my favorite websites and checked them out... way to tired to blog, I saved that for today when I could think more clearly. I also checked out movies.com for my next flick to catch on this once again rainy day. So, I chose The Savages for today's rainy drama.
I really liked this movie. I came to a conclusion that the acting was very well done by all 3 lead actors. The writing, cinematography, and story line are all top of the line. The film itself funny at times and very sad at others and really hits home to anyone who's had to deal with handling the affairs of a declining parent. My only hope is - the Academy will notice, or some day notice, the great acting that was done by the beautiful and talented Laura Linney.
After the movie let out, I took another mad dash at avoiding the rain drops and caught the train bound for Castro to stop off for a couple beers before the rain had set in again. I shortly arrived at the 440 where I was surprised to find out it was "Sunday furry Sunday".
This is an event for the bears, but not limited to that type of crowd, so there was a wide mixture of guys and a few gals too that are friends of the bear community!
I ended up hanging out there for quite a long time waiting for the rain to subside...6 beers later to be exact. Afterwards, I headed over to Zapata, my other favorite burrito pit stop before catching the 33 Stanyan bus home.
When I got back to my little humble apartment, I nestled in and scarfed down on another scrumptious burrito while watching Master Piece Theatre on PBS and then called it a night. [end]
Friday was a washout - complete with rain, wind, wine, 420 and the lovely conversation I had with 5 star!
On Saturday, what seemed to have started out rather dry and on the warm side, I decided to venture out and hit the streets for a stroll. While walking about, (when I should have been doing my months worth of laundry) I just happened to stumble on a theater that was just about to begin showing "There Will Be Blood". Overall, I liked the movie, but I wanted to love it. And, I did until the screenplay got lazy and pulled a "17 years later" type stunt that was uncharacteristic of the excellent movie that preceded it. Daniel Day-Lewis is undeniably one of the best actors working today, or any time for that matter. He is remarkable in this, definitely the best performance of the year.
After the movie I decided to jaunt over to the Haight to get my burrito fix. Burritos, I'll have you know are one of my favorites and you must trust me when I say this, it is one of the best dishes served here in SF and cheap too! When I got back home I totally scarfed down my burrito and afterwards, I decided to head out for 2.00 beers, then 1.00 cocktails! Yes, I said 2.00 beers and 1.00 cocktails.
One can get drunk pretty cheaply on any given night here in San Francisco. After I liquored myself up to the gills, I decided it was time once again to make that mad dash back to my apartment in the pouring rain and call it a night. To be continued
Friday, January 25, 2008
I am completely over all of this rain and dreary weather we are having here lately. Enough already! Ok, so I'm feeling mighty down today, but I am trying to make the best out of what is turning out to be one of the wettest days yet this week. Do any of you suffer from S.A.D. like I've been lately? The only good thing about today is the fact that its Friday, so what's in store for you today and the upcoming weekend?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Mine was working in the corn fields detasseling. I only did it one summer and believe me when tell you this, it was one of the worst experiences I have ever experienced. I was up bright and early every morning! 4:00 am to be exact, riding in a school bus off into the beautiful corn fields of Iowa out in the middle of no where. When we arrived at our location they would drop us off and away we went. We would work 10 hours a day in the hot glaring sun, humidity and sometimes in the mud if it had rained. Back then I didn't fully understand what we were actually doing, but lemme tell you, it was pure hell. Oh the pain I felt in my arms, hands, back and feet! The only good thing about that grueling job was the the cash I raked in that summer.
A long-awaited film about the life of assassinated, openly gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has begun filming in San Francisco.
A casting company asked the public to help fill several roles in the feature film by director Gus Van Zant called "Milk."
The casting company said no experience was needed for the roles in the film.
Dozens of people showed up for the casting event at the Sanchez School in the city's Castro District.
Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church and his band of haters plan to picket the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, because of his involvement in Brokeback Mountain.
In a news release, the church wrote: "Yes. WBC will picket this pervert's funeral, in religious protest and warning: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked." Gal. 6:7. Heath Ledger thought it was great fun defying God Almighty and his plain word; to wit: God Hates Fags! & Fag Enablers! Ergo, God hates the sordid tacky, bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as 'Brokeback Mountain' - and He hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it. Heath Ledger is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there - beside which, nothing else about Heath Ledger is relevant or consequential."
The Kansas-based ministry was recently ordered to pay $11 million to the father of a slain U.S. soldier for picketing at the funeral of his son. Westboro Baptist claims that the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's wrath against a nation that tolerates homosexuality.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"The first thing you need to get used to in "Cloverfield" is the potentially nausea-inducing shaky camera work, which makes "The Blair Witch Project" look like the latest Ken Burns documentary. Audiences will have to make other concessions, too. While director Matt Reeves never bothers to explain why New York is being leveled by a giant angry who-knows-what, he makes time to insert an episode of "Felicity" in the middle of his monster movie, interrupting the carnage with a romance subplot that belongs on a second-tier television network".
Friday, January 18, 2008
Hangovers have plagued people throughout history. The Bible even makes mention of the pain that follows a night of heavy drinking: "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink" (Isaiah 5:11). And Shakespeare knew the unwanted effects of alcohol, as shown in his play Macbeth (Act 2 scene 3)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yes, it's the Year of the Rat. Those born under this sign are alleged to be recipients of good fortune, abundance, creativity, and luck. They can expect financial gain, happiness, career advancement, and contentment. Rats may have a few health issues, but they will be minor. Rat people are energetic, creative, intuitive, charismatic, extremely ambitious, witty, honest, thrifty (but are taken in by bargains), hard working, generous, bright, happy lucky and sociable. They can be restless, overcritical, quick-tempered, manipulative, small-minded and gossipy, but good as leaders, publicists, salespeople, writers or critics. Remind you of anyone you know?
Famous Rat People
Alyssa Milano, Cameron Diaz, Charlotte Bronte, Daryl Hannah, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennie Garth, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Lucrezia Borgia, Margaret Mitchell, Margot Kidder, Mata Hari, Nancy Wake, Olivia Newton-John, Sinead Cusack, Stevie Nicks, Toni Collette, and Tracy Pollan.
Friday, January 11, 2008
KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.
The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog.
Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.
WASHINGTON - Residents of at least 17 states are suddenly stuck in the middle of a brewing fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses — a dispute that in just a few months could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes or enter federal buildings.
So far, 17 states have passed legislation or resolutions objecting to the REAL ID provisions, many due to concerns it will cost them too much to comply. The 17, according to the ACLU, are: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington state.
But Chertoff, as he unveiled final details of the REAL ID rules, said that where a particular state doesn't seek a waiver, its residents will have to use a passport or a newly created federal passport card if they want to avoid a vigorous secondary screening at airport security.
"The last thing I want to do is punish citizens of a state who would love to have a REAL ID license but can't get one," Chertoff said. "But in the end, the rule is the rule as passed by Congress."
Chertoff spoke as he revealed the details of the administration's plan to improve security for driver's licenses in all 50 states — an effort delayed due to opposition from states worried about the cost and civil libertarians upset about what they believe are invasions of privacy.
Under the rules announced Friday, Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's licenses in the next six years.