Privacy

September 24, 2010

I just came back…from eating at one of my FAVORITE haunts…Angeli Cafe….an Italian restaurant that has been around in my neighborhood since 1984 …..it is just soo wonderful and comfortable….the same help and the same electric chef/owner Evan Kleiman….. the food is TOTALLY Out of this World!!!!

I go there frankly to spark off other’s conversations …as the tables are set close…so you can easily intentionally invade their privacy…..by listening and observing how they treat each other and their children …

Usually when I arrive early meaning 6 PM …the restaurant is starting to get packed…but today…

I ate alone…

privately…..

So I read my New York Mag about the movie “Social Network” that opens next week re Mark Zuckerberg….who founded Facebook…..and I gather it does not present him in a very favorable light….. the pundits say that is why he donated today on Oprah 100 million dollars to the Newark School system…..before the movie is released next week….

at the end of the day I really don’t care…..what people do…as long as they do NOT harm anyone ..animals…..or the environment…..

.and those who HAVE the money ACT socially CONSCIOUS which is THEIR obligation…..

like the newest young multi millionaire …Chinese …. Jack Ma who owns Alibaba…..and was recently on Charlie Rose…..he seems just SO with it…his company’s philosophy….is caring about people…his workers…..the environment ………..

“The day we got connected to the Web, I invited friends and TV people over to my house,” and on a very slow dial-up connection, “we waited three and a half hours and got half a page…. We drank, watched TV and played cards, waiting. But I was so proud. I proved (to my house guests that) the Internet existed

Ma announced Alibaba Group will begin in 2010 to earmark 0.3 percent of annual revenue to environmental protection, particularly on water and air quality improvement projects.

Anyway…I sat there wonderfully alone at Angeli’s….with my thoughts…..

and I thought about privacy…or as the Brits say…… PRIV…a… CEE……

my thoughts wandered to the stripper…”fan dancer”…. Sally Rand whom I saw and met backstage with my first lover Paul Millard and a close friend and tenant of his..the wonderful Brit actress Estelle Winwood……

.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estelle_Winwood..

Estelle was an old friend of Sally’s

we saw Sally in the 80’s at a production she did at the Dorothy Chandler in La…..Estelle was in her 90’s

after we left our seats …before we went back stage…..

Paul and I were on either side of her

and as we came down the Grand Staircase …

Estelle decided to do high kicks…which Paul and I did also…tho I could not kick as high as Estelle…..it was just one of those experiences …a woman of 92…(she lived to be 101 and smoked EVERY day…)

she told me once when I asked about her acting with Tallulah Bankhead…..

she said “oh Rob….she was an unbelievable woman whom I totally loved…but not sexually…I will Never forget when we were on Broadway….and the telephone rang by mistake and would not STOP ringing….Tallulah would not answer it …so I had to ….

I answered and turned to Tallulah and said…”Dear It is for YOU!!”…”

she lived in Paul’s building on Norma Place in West Hollywood..(it originally was the dressing room of Norma and Constance Talmadge ..back in the silent film day…they filmed across the street on Keith at what became Tony Duquette’s studio)

…and there was back then alternate side of the street parking…. for street cleaning…and I will NEVER forget …Estelle woke up one morn and realized she was on the WRONG side of the street….and to digress she wore “frownies” …which were supposed to do what Botox does today….she nudely threw on her floor length mink coat…lit a cigarette ..went to move her old Cadillac …and in doing so …hit the car in front of her…..whereupon she meandered to Paul’s flat…cigarette dangling from her lips……

she was just one of those wonderful women I have encountered in my life….

Gypsy Rose Lee…a stripper….frankly ONLY took her opera length gloves off ……..

which back then gave men a hard on…..(sorry Liz)….as to reveal skin was a turn on……

I think Facebook and Twitter are wonderful new ways to communicate….and I am on both of them….but I DO BELIEVE in the importance of Privacy….or NOT exposing the needlessly boring functions all humans do naturally……

ESPECIALLY since everything on the net is kept for Eternity..

a girl friend of mine …posted several months ago….that she was cold…got into bed…..and farted …which warmed her up…well that is probably True…but a bit too MUCH INFO…I mean I did not need to know that…nor does her potential next boss…..

Today…..you cannot erase what you post on the internet……..

as your life and loves DO change…

what we did in our teens is NOT what defines us at the end of the day…as we frankly are just developing…trying to find our selves….

to turn your newly discovered friend on….

Just peel off your opera length gloves……

do NOT give up your privacy…as it is YOURS ALONE…..

I just looked out my window and the full moon is beaming…..I had told mother on her death bed that I would always communicate with her on the night of the full moon….

tomorrow 64 years ago she gave birth to this eccentric….

no one can EVER replace a mother…..

so get OUT there….light the fire….DANCE……

to the WONDERFUL Barbara Morrison’s mesmerizing Electric Voice …..

but Only take off your Opera length gloves…..

Mystery is Magical!!!!

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