After the heat broke…(96 today)..I ambled down my street this eve …passing the 2 million dollar home that was just built and obviously sold …as the situated for sale furniture was gone as was the For Sale sign……

this extremely attracive couple came out..through their electronically controlled garage.with a Porsche in it ..and pushed their handheld remote to open the streetside gate

.she was Latin with marvelously frizzy Serena hair flowing down to her shoulders…loose Ecuadorean long flowing skirt…(I felt she MUST be a Diva)….he was a skinny white guy…who I took for an architect…whom I would not have looked at twice if he had not been with HER!!!…….

I walked up the street past the Chinese and Korean take-outs …past the tattoo parlor …where the guys who worked there wore black T shirts that said “Fuck You”

to one of my fave restaurants…LaLa’s…….where workers from Chipotle….. actors and actresses…. their dreams yet to be fulfilled ……dine….

the food is good and inexpensive…I go for the people…as I love overhearing conversations….

I took a magazine …. I get quarterly….which was HIGHLY recommended by the NY Times or maybe it was the New Yorker but then again it could have been New York Magazine….

I started the subscription January…but there is something about having a foreign (to me) mag (one I have not ever read before) that well…obviously justs puts me off….so I have NOT read an issue before tonight…

“OXFORD American”…a Southern mag based in Little Rock Arkansas……that seems to me to cater to people of a more liberal bent ..as there is a positive article about LGBT …..

well I just Love!!! this magazine ….cannot wait to go back and read it…

ohh let me preface…

this weekend has been a dream….as Thursday I went with my favorite person…my boss…to a restaurant that the LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold put as number 1 in downtown LA….Baco Mercat…..

to be able to be in Michelle’s presence is well worth more than Gold for me…as I just LOVE her stories….as it was with the favorite person from my youth…… “Miss Alice”….who taught me how to iron….just wish I had her recipe for Fried Chicken…as it was Divine!!!!!

I saw the VERY gay movie.. Wonderfully upbeat satisfying..Pedro Almodovar’s latest “Los Amantes Pasajeros” (I’m So Excited)…

being a slightly older gay man who has gone through Stonewall and times before….I left the theatre smiling …marveling at how times HAVE changed ….what with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling….

I remember when I came to LA right after graduating from Carleton in 1969 ……back when one entered a gay bar… through the back…the front having no windows as bricks could be thrown through them

..being taken by my wonderful Auntie Mame-like Uncle Sumner…..to the only place gay people danced in LA…….it was out on the way to Malibu but way up a windy dirt road in the hills …think it was called the “Canyon Club”….I was told that if I saw the red light flashing to grab a lesbian and dance with her as the police were on the way to raid it..well sure enough it came on…and man the lesbian I got…had more muscles than most men I knew….just a SOLID woman…a bit on the hefty side…

I also saw the very wonderful movie “20 Feet From Stardom”…about all the backup singers…(black and female 99%)…who were really responsible for making so so many singers stars…from Elvis to the Beatles to Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson….at the expense to their solo careers

I have ALWAYS loved Darlene Love…she is on my most played nano when I work out or write..

“He’s a Rebel” and “Christmas” (Baby Please Come Home)…. I grew up with ..(she is 5 years older than I am)….

and then Judith Hill whom I was not familiar with…she was supposed to do the concert Michael Jackson had planned at the London O….is a knock out…

the thing is ALL of these people were happy to get a job…to be able to work with a white star…..but eventually realized that they were not getting the God given due that they were owed……

like Darlene was TOTALLY screwed by that creep who is rotting in prison – Phil Spector…..but is back on the stage again…

after cleaning a white woman’s bathroom in Beverly Hills and hearing her song “Christmas” come on the radio…she thought WHAT THE F …am I doing….

Also……….it was fitting that somehow I stumbled upon the Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty…(known as Maclemore)…he is straight but (and I am one that NEVER listens to lyrics) his song “Same Love”…is Wonderfully LGBT supportive….and MAN does he have stories….which I won’t go into.,..

but in “Oxford American”….there was an article that made me laugh harder than I have in a long time….it is by Harrison Scott Key…”Fifty Shades of Greyhound”….about travelling in a Greyhound bus year ago…which I did once….and TOTALLY know what he meant…and I enclose a few excerpts…..

“..my father, who only embraces things when he is trying to kill them, hugged me. It was his way of saying : Your mother thinks you might die…”

“Bus people are nothing like Airplane people, who are boring and have “luggage” and enjoy “skiing.” “Bus People, on the other hand, enjoy “talking about grenades” and “screaming”.”

“On an airplane, seats are reserved. When a flier approaches, especially when he is ovular in shape, one quietly prays that the Lord has predestined him to sit somewhere else, preferably near a small screaming child, whom the large person may by chance desire to eat. But if he sits next to you , you understand: its not his fault.”

“A funny thing happens when you tell people you’re about to ride a Greyhound bus: They give you a look, like you asked them to smell a sock you found in the garbage……”

Life IS what we make of it…

now if asked what would be my Dream Dinner ..

it would be with Michelle, Darlene Love, Harrison Scott Key.and Macklemore….

I AM going to plan it……..

as I paid my check at LaLa’s …the couple next to me (both out of work actors)…

she said to him…”Let’s Go to the Beach tomorrow……”

he said “I don’t care where we go …I just want to stare into your eyeballs…. ALL Day!!!………..”

(sigh!!!)

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