Oh, it’s you again…

This is what I come home to every night.  And it makes me grin from ear to ear…

"I'm exhausted... I've been hard at the cushions all day long..."
"I find you tiresome."

I was asking for it…

Was traveling by taxi last night and snapped the following photo, which I then posted to Facebook – along with the caption, “I do all my shopping here…” My sister commented in response: “Did the Old Queen Market go out of business?”

South Pacific

I honestly can’t believe I saw “South Pacific” performed live at the Vivian Beaumont Theater last summer. I said at the time it was the most perfect night of theater I’d ever seen – and seeing it on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS just confirmed that view all over again. Life isn’t always easy, but this is something I’ll always have tucked away, reminding me that I’m gosh-darned lucky… Now, if only Paulo Szot would just call and ask me out…

A look at changing opinions about same-sex marriage

Nate Silver over at FiveThirtyEight does some quite interesting analysis of polling data – often times reaching conclusions that prove much more accurate than some of the more mainstream data on electoral politics.

Here’s his overview on public opinion polls regarding same-sex marriage over the years.

I found this chart to offer a really penetrating insight to the changing views on gay marriage in this country – though I might’ve liked to see the results go a little deeper. The pole poll numbers show a swelling in the number of Americans who favor same-sex marriage – while opposition continues to soften. It’s also interesting to note the temporary bulge in the numbers in 2004, when SF Mayor Gavin Newsom first started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The mayor’s decision likely erected some temporary barriers to same-sex marriage, as people felt he was trying to ram the issue through.

I just hope that the numbers continue to head in this direction, with opposition becoming more flaccid.  I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the ultimate climax, when the right to marry is granted to  gays and lesbians in all fifty states.

I suppose this is my own version of Proust’s madeleine…

I was waxing rhapsodic last week about the really great movie-of-the-week intros of bygone days of yore…  But if you’re anywhere in my age bracket (i.e. old), I suspect this will transport you back to your childhood, specifically Christmas time.  This six-second promo preceded the annual airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and (starting in ’72 when it moved from NBC) “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  I still recall the joyful anticipation that this little intro imbued in me every single year…

Store of Mystery

“Hi. I’m looking for those fancy toothpicks with the colored cellophane frills on top?  I also need some disposable baby bottles and an Ace Bandage.”

“Right this way, sir…”