Saturday, October 21, 2006

Demi Moore Got It Right

Current mood: prickly

Category: News and Politics

From YAHOO! Movies:

Ford Says He's Fit to Play Indiana Jones Friday October 20 1:47 PM ET

Harrison Ford says he feels "fit to continue" to play Indiana Jones despite growing older.

Ford, 64, said at the inaugural Rome Film Festival on Friday that he was delighted to team up again with directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for the film. Lucas co-wrote and executive produced the earlier films, which Spielberg directed.

"We did three films that stay within the same block of time. We need to move on for artistic reasons and obvious physical reasons," Ford said at a news conference. "I feel fit to continue and bring the same physical action."

"Indiana Jones 4" has been in development for over a decade, but the production has recently gained momentum. Lucas has said he and Spielberg, who would direct, are working on a script, though no details have been disclosed.

Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1984's "Temple of Doom" and 1989's "The Last Crusade." In the last film, Jones' father was played by Sean Connery, who Ford said might also appear in the planned fourth feature.

"He's part of the emotional fabric of these films. I think there may be an opportunity, I believe that Sean is still
willing and I'd be delighted if he joined us," said Ford.


What are the chances he'll be teaming up with his "Raiders of the Lost Ark" co-star, Karen Allen? Oh, wait! She's fifty-five - - a decade younger than he is. Maybe she can play Sean Connery's wife. He's a dashing, youthful, seventy-six. Bad false teeth, a bad wig, but still broad shouldered, with a twinkle in his eye. A woman in her mid-fifties could do worse.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Next Best Thing

Current mood: compassionate

Category: compassionate News and Politics

Logan, 3, and Justin Holbrook, 14, rode to dinner with the life-size cutout of their father, Lieutenant Colonel Randall Holbrook, a Maine National Guardsman from Hermon, Maine. (Bridget Brown/ Bangor Daily News via Associated Press)

Guard families cope in two dimensions Boston Globe Maine National Guard members in Iraq and Afghanistan are never far from the thoughts of their loved ones.

Brian MacQuarrie August 30, 2006 --

Guard families cope in two dimensions

'Flat Daddy' cutouts ease longing

By Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff August 30, 2006

Maine National Guard members in Iraq and Afghanistan are never far from the thoughts of their loved ones. But now, thanks to a popular family-support program, they're even closer.

Welcome to the "Flat Daddy" and "Flat Mommy" phenomenon, in which life-size cutouts of deployed service members are given by the Maine National Guard to spouses, children, and relatives back home.

The Flat Daddies ride in cars, sit at the dinner table, visit the dentist, and even are brought to confession, according to their significant others on the home front.

"I prop him up in a chair, or sometimes put him on the couch and cover him up with a blanket," said Kay Judkins of Caribou, whose husband, Jim, is a minesweeper mechanic in Afghanistan. "The cat will curl up on the blanket, and it looks kind of weird. I've tricked several people by that. They think he's home again."

At the request of relatives, about 200 Flat Daddy and Flat Mommy photos have been enlarged and printed at the state National Guard headquarters in Augusta. The families cut out the photos, which show the Guard members from the waist up, and glue them to a $2 piece of foam board.

Sergeant First Class Barbara Claudel, the state family-support director who began the program, said the response from Guard families has been giddily enthusiastic.

"If there's something we can do to make it a little easier on the families, then that's our job and our responsibility. It brings them a little bit closer and might help them somewhere down the line," Claudel said yesterday.

"You know, this is my motto: `Deployment isn't a big thing, it's a million little things.' These families go through a lot."

While most families stay in touch with their guardsmen by e-mail, snapshots, and videophone, the cutouts are unusual.

"It's a novel approach," said John Goheen, spokesman for the National Guard Association of the United States, a Washington-based lobbying group. "It's to remind the kids that this guy and this woman is still part of your life, that this is what they look like, and this is how big they are."

Claudel said she heard about the Flat Daddy idea while attending a national conference for the Guard. In Maine, the initiative began about eight months ago when Flat Daddies were offered as part of the deployment of B Company, Third Battalion, 172d Mountain Infantry, which is based in Brewer.

Now, when units are mobilized, the Guard organizes Flat Daddy parties, in which families can meet one another while receiving instructions on assembling the photos.

Judkins said the cutout has been a comfort since her husband was deployed in January.

"He goes everywhere with me. Every day he comes to work with me," said Judkins, who works in a dentist's office. "I just bought a new table from the Amish community, and he sits at the head of the table. Yes, he does."

In the car, her husband's image sits behind the driver's seat so Judkins can keep an eye on him. A third-grade class writes to him as their "adopted" guardsman. And Judkins even brought her husband's cutout -- which she calls Slim Jim, because he's not -- to confession at the local church.

When asked what her husband had to confess, Judkins laughed. "that's private," she said.

Jim Judkins had at least one precarious moment as a cutout. When cousins tried to stuff him into a suitcase to take on a cruise, they broke his neck. But instead of expensive surgery, all the cutout needed was a little duct tape, Judkins said.

Cindy Branscom of Hallowell, whose husband, Colonel John Branscom, is in Afghanistan, said spouses of service members in the 240th Engineer Group often bring their Flat Daddies to monthly support meetings and group barbecues. She said one spouse, Mary Holbrook of Hermon, has been seen in the company of her cutout husband, Lieutenant Colonel Randall Holbrook.

"Mary has taken Randy to different events," Branscom said.

But then again, that's almost expected.

"I think it's wonderful," Branscom said. "My Flat Daddy sits in my dining room all the time. He even went to Easter dinner with us at my family's house."

© 2006 The New York Times Company


"Flat Daddies" and "Flat Mommies" help ease a child's longing for an absent parent. How about a life-size, anatomically correct blow-up doll for the lonely stay-at-home spouse?

Fun With Adjectives

Current mood: neologistic

Category: Writing and Poetry


What do you call a
straight man who's afraid of sex?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fun With Metaphors

Current mood: jaded

Category: News and Politics

From The New York Times Online:

October 4, 2006

Foley Was Sexually Abused as a Youth, His Lawyer Says


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3 — In another day of revelations about former Representative Mark Foley, his lawyer said Tuesday that as a teenager, Mr. Foley had been molested by a clergyman and had "kept the shame to himself" until now (my italics). The lawyer also issued the congressman's first public acknowledgment that he is gay.


Looks like Foley played his hole card.*

*Synonyms of hole card: assets. usage: any assets that are concealed until they can be used advantageously.

Eeny Meeny Miney Moe

Current mood: disgusted

Category: disgusted News and Politics

From YAHOO! News:

Madonna adopts baby boy in Malawi

By Mabvuto Banda 2 hours, 56 minutes ago

Pop diva Madonna adopted a young boy in Malawi on Wednesday and moved ahead with plans to fund a center for 1,000 orphans, many of whom lost parents to AIDS in the impoverished African nation.

The "Material Girl" and an entourage arrived in the Malawian capital Lilongwe by private plane early on Wednesday and were quickly whisked away to an undisclosed location in a fleet of cars and trucks.

Government officials said the 48-year-old singer, already a mother of two, chose the one-year-old orphan from among 12 children specially chosen prior to her arrival in the country, which has legions of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.


Trophy babies for the rich and famous? This is a disturbing trend. Unlike trophy wives, these babies have no say in the matter. They don't get to choose. A white celebrity shows up in a third world country, selects an adorable little black or brown or Asian child and says, "Wrap him up, I'll take him."

Anna Nicole Smith didn't pretend to be saving the world when she married a decrepit billionaire more than sixty years her senior. She was selling her ass. No one was hurt, and no one was exploited. Madonna is also selling her ass, but like Princess Diana, she reaps publicity and goodwill instead of condemnation.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Men With Adult Onset Progeria And The Women Who Love Them

Current mood: panicked

When I met the love of my life on myspace, he was sixty-one years old. That's eight years younger than I am. When he began flirting with me online, I told him I wasn't looking for anyone, but if I was looking, I'd be looking for an old man. I suggested he find someone younger.

Apparently, there's nothing my guy won't do to please me. According to his profile, he's now seventy six.

Ladies, be careful what you wish for.
Eau de Moi, Made By A Woman But Strong Enough For A Man

Current mood: libidinous

Subject: macaroons

Body: I gather the old coot doesn't turn you on.

New List of Boring Things I Have Done (or almost)

A lecture on the local access channel about the binomial theorem.

A grade school performance of Julius Caesar.

Free tickets to the Audie Murphy/National Cotton Museum?

Taking two hours to walk in a circle on the roof of the John Hancock building in Chicago to observe the skyline (childhood buddy Jan did this to childhood buddy Peery, years ago. I was exempted because they knew me).

Having to see either Stavisky or Claire's Knee at the Trans Lux East in Manhattan with any acquaintance and his wife -- after dinner. Driving from Chicago to New York on I-90 in one day.


It's a far far better thing that I have your panties in my briefcase than any other that has happened to me, children excepted but nothing else.



(Posted with permission by Deeplip who has finally met her match.)

Update: For those who want to know more, the panties were new, white cotton briefs. I wore them for several hours - just long enough, but not too long, if you get my drift.

In affairs of the heart, timing is everything.