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American Gods

I read this book YEARS ago, and when I learned it was being made into a tv show, I was THRILLED!!! Then the long wait for an airdate began.

It's FINALLY here!!!!

Starz has the first episode on demand, so of course I'm watching it. And it has EXCEEDED my expectations! This is beyond brilliant! There aren't enough superlatives to describe how much I am LOVING it.

And the one scene that everyone wondered how in the hell it would be done onscreen -- was amazing...

I knew Ian McShane would be perfect as Wednesday, I'm very impressed with Ricky Whittle, too.

I do think people who haven't read the book will be a little confused. But if they read all the articles on what *exactly* the show is about, they'll catch on after another episode or two. So stick with it!

Okay, going back to watching now. Guh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

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And so it begins........

....the long 10-month wait for the next season of Game of Thrones.

*sigh*

This show is arguably one of the best (if not THE best) television show right now.

I thought last week's episode was amazing?

*laughs*

Last night's season six finale might have a slight advantage over episode nine.

Firstly, the music throughout the episode was perfect. Amazing. Absolutely stunning.

I'll argue with anyone over the intense, complex, beautifully crafted writing on this show.

All the actors gave brilliant performances.

The way this show grabs the audience (given the number of times I yell, scream, cry, or just react in any way) is perfect.

*sigh*

Is it April 2017 yet?

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I knew this would happen

I buy a ticket to an event then get invited to something else on the same day.

I might change my mind about going to the beach.

My sister just invited me to go see Eddie Money on September 24.

I knew it was Sunfest weekend that weekend.

Will my car make the 150 mile trek (and back) to the beach?

Why is this my life?????
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A poem and a song

The poem:

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg:

I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, “Remember when you told me something special?”
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
Hah-hah!

I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too

You know how to be silly
That’s why I like you
Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because you know when it’s time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow
Maybe never
Too late, it’s a quarter past silly!

Sometimes we don’t say a word
We snurkle under fences
We spy secret places
If I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off
You are one too
If I pretend I am drowning, you pretend you are saving me
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
HOORAY!

That’s because you really like me
You really like me, don’t you?
And I really like you back
And you like me back and I like you back
And that’s the way we keep on going every day

If you go away, then I go away too
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard
You don’t just say “Well see you around sometime, bye”
I like you a lot because of that
If I go away, I send you a postcard too
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me

And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could just about punch them in the nose

I like you because if I think I am going to throw up
then you are really sorry
You don’t just pretend you are busy looking at the birdies and all that
You say, maybe it was something you ate
You say, the same thing happened to me one time
And the same thing did

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one
If I find four, I give you two
If we only find three, we keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don’t
If I break my arm, and if you break your arm too
Then it’s fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours
We are both sorry
We write our names and draw pictures
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too

I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do

So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you.



The song:
Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company

I know not many folks know who they are, but I'm a HUGE fan. They are a 3 man comedy troupe who perform fast paced shows that condense topics into a 90 minute show. Today I saw their new show -- entitled "William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play." The premise is, they found an old manuscript which is the first play Shakespeare ever wrote. It has characters from many of his plays in a silly story about a battle between the fairies -- Puck and Ariel. It's hilarious watching these two characters match up other Shakespeare characters in hopes of love. And three guys, constantly changing costumes play ALL the characters in the show. It's brilliant.

Rachel and I had front row seats, which was awesome. The small theatre we were at is in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. -- and it is designed to look like the Globe Theatre. Here's photos I took:
Love the design!
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Our view of the stage:
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So, being in the front row, we got to participate. In the scene right before intermission, was the Tempest. Two audience members got called to wave a large piece of cloth to simulate the waves of the storm. The rest of us in the front row were given water pistols to squirt at the actors to provide the rain! SO MUCH FUN!!!!! At the end of the scene, Reed and Austin secretly had large water guns and squirted them at the audience! OHMYGOD! FUN! FUN! FUN!!

Just a great show all around. Good thing I know enough about Shakespeare to get all the jokes about the characters. But they insert jokes about the current times as well. And being as we were in Washington, D.C., and it's a presidential election year, oh, the political jokes were aplenty!

I love those guys. Can't wait to see another show of theirs!

Afterwards they always meet the fans. I got them to sign a lobby card, and got a photo. When I told Austin this was my 5th time seeing them, he said, "oh, so you are the groupie!" LOLOLOLOL!!!

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Remembering the genius that was Prince

I was shocked when I heard the news. I'm glad I was home, so I could take the time to just...sit..and let it sink in. A quiet man, but onstage...was a powerhouse. I never saw him life, unfortunately, but my daughter did -- twice -- and said it was the best show she's ever seen.

Prince was an AMAZING guitarist. I LOVE a talented guitarist. Watch this video and be blown away:





And his performance at the Super Bowl in 2007 (while it was raining heavily) was beyond brilliant!!!! (this link you have to click on "watch on You Tube" to view, because of silly NFL regulations).





His legacy will live on forever.

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Bruce Springsteen concert!

AMAZING! INCREDIBLE! AWESOME! FANTASTIC!

Although, those words *still* do not describe this show. Just a superb night. (although it started off crazy!).

I should have left my house sooner, I ended up driving around for more than half an hour before I found a garage to park in. The perils of downtown Baltimore with a sold out concert and a baseball game -- and both venues just blocks from each other.

I got into the arena and found a bathroom...and sure enough, the show started while I was in line for the bathroom! I got to my seat and my friend - wwowie was there and was like "I was getting worried!"

A Springsteen concert is 3 1/2 hours. I don't know how the man does it, but his energy is endless. He even crowd surfed at one point! There was a marriage proposal during the show. I learned that songs I only liked (not loved) are SO MUCH BETTER live and in person. I'm not going to post any of my videos; my seat was good, but still up on the 3rd level. (so I searched you Tube for videos from last nights show and found a lot!). But this arena is sort of intimate, and I was looking down directly to the stage, so it could have been worse.

The best part? Being one of about 15,000 backup singers. There's nothing better than being at a concert and joining the crowd in singing every word to every song with that many other people. A Springsteen show is like a party.

He has the house lights turned on for the encores. Just brilliant! I can't say enough about a Springsteen show. He knows how to engage the audience, heck he lets them sing half the songs instead of him. I love that he and his band have been together for decades and it's obvious they all LOVE their jobs.

As the band was exiting the stage, they had to walk this corridor to get backstage. We all got to wave at Bruce as he was leaving. It was awesome when he acknowledged us fans upstairs since we were waving like idiots!

No one else delivers a show like The Boss. The man is amazing. I've been a fan for 40 years and I always will be.

Videos:

Here's the marriage proposal:



Gotta post the song "Hungry Heart" since my city is in the first line of the song, and the audience sings the first verse.


This video is the song "Thunder Road." Which is one of my favorite songs of all time.


This is "Dancing in the Dark" - one of the encores when the house lights were on. Bruce dancing with the fans!


He's been performing the song "Shout" as the finale on this tour! Love it!

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Movies!

I know how awesome it is to see a film on the big screen, but I just don't get to the cinema much anymore. I guess it would be different if I lived with someone who I could say "Let's go to a movie!" and just go, but that can't work for me. So, going to the cinema takes planning these days. I suppose I could get up and go by myself, (and I do, on occasion), but even then, I get lazy (or I just don't feel like spending the money it takes to go).

But Rachel and I did go see Allegiant at the cinema. It was good. Very different from the book, but I still enjoyed it. And Theo James is nice to look at. And I adore his character, Four. Tris is awesome, too, and Shailene Woodley has beautiful skin.

Don't know when I'll get to the cinema again.

Here's what I've gotten from Netflix recently:

Savage Grace - 2007 I got this because I saw an interview with Eddie Redmayne and he was talking about his role in this film. This is based on the true story of Barbara Daly Baekeland, a socialite who was murdered by her son. This was a very dysfunctional family. So many issues with all members that I won't even go into. Julianne Moore (who I always love) was great as Barbara. Sometimes difficult to watch, but intriguing at the same time.

8MM - 1999 I watched this because Norman Reedus had a *very* small role in the film. This was also a story that I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't be able to watch. A widow hires a private detective (played by Nicolas Cage) to find out if the snuff film she found in her late husbands possessions is real or not. How this case affects Tom Welles (the detective) is hard to watch. Joaquin Phoenix was also in this a did a good job.

I had a lot of 'hard to watch' films this past month, but as a film buff, I will give these a chance. Because I know I can always find some good in the story and/or performances.

Room - 2015 Yet another heavy story. Although a lot of the abuse is off screen. This movie is based on a book -- which I haven't read, but based on the perspective of the film, I wondered if the book was told from the viewpoint of the boy. This also comes down to the deep love a mother has for her son, I thought that about the film, too. Her determination to escape the room was admirable, I thought. Bree Larson totally deserved all the awards she won for the role. Jacob Tremblay was amazing as the boy, Jack.

The Hunger - 1983 I wanted to watch this again since David Bowie is in it. I'd forgotten how quickly his character exits the film. It's just a weird vampire story, and no one ends up happy. Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon are both very sexy in the film, though...

Steve Jobs - 2015 I wonder how much of this is true. If so, Steve Jobs was a jerk to a lot of people. I thought Michael Fassbender gave a great performance, though. So did Kate Winslet.

Talk to Her - 2002 I watched this because the guys of my current You Tube obsession mentioned it. I'd love to talk films with RJ, but I know I'll never meet him. This is the story of a friendship that develops between Marco and Benigno, two men who meet under tragic circumstances. Marco's girlfriend is in a bullfighting accident and falls into a coma. Benigno is a nurse, tending another coma patient, Alicia, a ballet dancer -- who he is very obsessed with. I really liked this movie - it won several awards - for Foreign Language film (it's in Spanish with subtitles), and won the Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars in 2003. Just an excellent film all around.

Carol - 2015 A relationship develops between a young store clerk, Therese (played by Rooney Mara) and Carol, a wealthy socialite (played by Care Blanchett).
Carol's ex husband wants her back, and a legal battle over custody of their daughter ensues. Therese is just trying to figure out who she is. This all takes place in the 1950's. A very interesting film.

Spotlight - 2015 This won the Oscar for Best Picture back in February. This is a brilliant film about the team of reporters for the Boston Globe newspaper whose expose about the Catholic church's history of priest child molestation and how it was all kept under wraps. It was amazing to watch the amount of research this team did before anything was published. (This was in 2001-2002. In depth journalism like that is become a thing of the past, and that's kind of sad). After their stories were published, so many other cases were uncovered. At the end of the film when it lists everywhere in the world that his abuse was kept hidden, I was shocked. This was a great film, totally deserved the Best Picture awards it won.

The Danish Girl - 2015 This is about Danish painter Einar Wegener, who was the first person to receive gender-reassignment surgery. His wife completely supported him in obtaining the surgery. Excellent film. Alicia Vikander won every award for her portrayal of Einar's wife, Gerda, and she totally deserved it. Eddie Redmayne was amazing in this film, too.

That's it for this post!