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What's Up For Today?

Miss Wendy's Texas Love Advice
Plus Some Occasional Comments on the
State of the Popular Culture

Ask Miss Wendy
L-R: Michael Mazocco, Wendy R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
Photo Credit: Stephen Mosher

September 28, 2014

"On the road again. Just can't wait to get on the road again." Willie Nelson.

Three Days in West Palm Beach - - A Picker's Paradise! April 2014.

In early April, Miss Wendy hopped on her broom (AKA Delta Airlines) and was off for three days of bargain shopping in Palm Beach, Florida. It was the perfect time to visit as the season was just over so the roads were clear, the restaurants practically empty and the weather still beautiful. The high society crowd had just left to return North and the resale shops were full of their castoffs.


Palm Beach Vintage
3623 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405



City Girl Consignment
2900 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Palm Beach Florida's Dixie Highway is a must stop for resale/vintage shoppers. Each year, wealthy socialites flock to Palm Beach for the "season." These "Seasonistas" belong to a small exclusive group whose mission is to see and be seen so they won't wear the same garment too many times (once is the limit for the truly snobby). So car loads of finery are periodically carted off to chic resale shops like Palm Beach Vintage and City Girl Consignment where they create a pickers paradise.

Big Tip: Some of the ladies and gents have figured out that you can get a lot more bang for the buck by donating to Goodwill and taking a tax deduction than you would by consigning your garments. So don't skip Gulfstream Goodwill at 210 Sunset Ave in Palm Beach. Gulfstream Goodwill is expensive for a Goodwill store but a real bargain for resale shoppers.


D. Brett Benson, Inc.
3629 B South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Florida, 33405
Phone: (561) 512-1389

Palm Beach is nothing if not trendy and one of today's big trends for fashionistas is vintage costume jewelry. Be sure to check out D. Brett Benson. The guys who run the store are simply lovely and will be happy to talk to you about their wares. It's a great place to find vintage Chanel.

 


Belle and Maxwell's
3700 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

After a day of shopping, check out Belle and Maxwell's, an eclectic lunch and dinner spot right on the Dixie Highway. The food is good and the place is filled with true Florida eccentrics - lots of funky eyeglasses and interesting shoes.




Kapok Tree at Flagler Museum on Palm Beach Island
Palm Beach, Florida

Photo Credit: Wendy R Williams

If you are visiting Palm Beach for the first time, check out Palm Beach Bus Tours. The tours are a great way to see the mansions in a area where the local residents really don't want you stopping your car to gawk. Every year the Islanders host a Policeman's Ball to encourage the police to see things their way.

Palm Beach Bus Tours start at CityPlace, West Palm Beach on Saturdays & Sundays 12pm & 2pm. The tours stop at the Flagler Mansion where you can see the famous Kapok Tree and of course, tour the Flagler Mansion (it is closed May 12th to November 1st).

 


September 20, 2014

"On the road again. Just can't wait to get on the road again." Willie Nelson.

Miss Wendy Gets On the Bus: Three Days in Boston March 2014

New York is surrounded by fascinating cities: Boston; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh (yes Pittsburgh); Washington DC; Montreal; Providence; Newport; plus myriad destinations in Upstate New York and Connecticut. And they can all be reached by bus - a big plus for New Yorkers (like me) who don't own a car and don't want to rent one to drive to an unfamiliar city.

Ever since I moved to New York City, all of my forays away from the city have involved first an airplane then a rental car. But not anymore. I'n geting off my butt, hopping on a bus and exploring the region, one city at time time.

This March, I made my first regional jaunt - traveling to Boston via Bolt Bus. Bolt Bus is a cheap and efficient way to travel with only one caveat: Wait until the bus driver stops for a break to use the bathroom. If you don't understand this particular caveat, use the bathroom on the bus and you will "get it." Also, do not sit at the back of the bus.

Bolt Bus has a pricing structure that awards travelers for purchasing their non- refundable tickets early and also for registering for bonus discounts. Bolt picks up its Boston travelers at 38th and 1st in Manhattan (local 15 bus stop), so bring an umbrella if it is raining.

So who was on the bus with me? College students, middle aged women and a bunch of fascinatingly whacked-out kids dressed to attend the Boston Anime Convention.

The Bolt Bus takes four hours to reach Boston, but it takes an hour to get to La Guardia plus an hour for airport security and then an hour to fly, and another hour to travel from Logan Airport to the center of town. You do the math

Big plus: The Bolt Bus has free WIFI


Room 323, The Radcliffe College Room
(All of the rooms were decorated by member of the College Club of Boston)
Photo Courtesy of the College Club of Boston

The bus arrives at Boston's South Station where I caught a cab to my hotel - The College Club Inn of Boston. The Inn is a beautiful old brownstone bed-and- breakfast (with elevator) at 44 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston's Back Bay - a block away from the Public Gardens. I booked a single room (see photo above) with a shared bath for $109. The shared bath was absolutely no problem for me; I never saw my sharer. There is also a public bathroom on the first floor just in case the sharer shows up at the same time you do. There is free WIFI in the rooms, but no TV - I think it is against their religion.




Room 218, The Boston University Room
(All of the rooms were decorated by member of the College Club of Boston)
Photo Courtesy of the College Club of Boston

If you want to splurge, the College Club Inn has some absolutely beautiful rooms with private baths.

I'm no Boston expert, so I did the tourist thing and bought a two day pass on the Trolley. The Trolley tours have guides who tell the story of Boston as you travel around the city. The first day I rode it around twice to get my bearings which meant I passed by Fenwick Park twice. But, hey, in life you rarely get everything you want. By day two, I was ready to get off on the North End for lunch. The North End is a traditional Italian area filled with small Italian restaurants. It's a must-see for a real Boston feel. It's also the home of the Old North Church (lanterns in the belfry to signal that the British were out and about) and The Paul Revere House, both which are open for tours.

Re Paul Revere's House: I figured out why Paul Revere had all of those different jobs - silversmith, coppersmith, militia officer, revolutionary, courier etc. His house is very small and between his two wives, he had over a dozen children. So Mr. Revere was a man who definitely wanted to get out of the house. As in, "Sorry dear, I can't help you today, I have to incite a revolution. But I'll be back tomorrow night to make another baby."


Boston Public Library
Photo Credit Wendy R Williams


Trinity Church
Photo Credit Wendy R Williams

The McKim designed Boston Public Library and Trinity Church face each other across Copley Square. Both are utterly stunning. Be sure to check out the Reading Room in the Boston Library and the frescoed ceiling on the top floor.

 


Martin Niemoeller Quote
New England Holocaust Memorial
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams

By the middle of the second day, I had my bearings and took the subway from Back Bay to historic Faneuil Hall where I saw the breathtaking New England Holocaust Memorial, the Quincy Market and ate at the historic Union Oyster House (America's oldest restaurant).

The last day, it was back on the subway to the Isabella Gardner Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. The Gardner is wonderful, but if you only have time for one museum while you are in Boston (or perhaps during your life), you must see the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Boston has more than 100 Colleges and Universities of which Harvard is only the most famous. All of the universities are beautiful (Boston University, Boston College, etc.), but if you are in Boston, a trip to Cambridge's Harvard Yard is a must. Tip: The trolley does not go to Cambridge so you will need to take a subway, bus or taxi.

Impressions:

Boston in March is eerily beautiful. It was cold, but I was comfortable walking around wearing a bomber jacket. The people I saw in the center of the city were quietly elegant. It was the weekend so people were casually dressed in what I ould describe as Ralph Lauren for people who are too cool to wear anything labeled Ralph Lauren. It is a very young city (all those colleges) with lots of trendy restaurants.

The vestiges of the old Beacon Hill snobbyness still show. You can almost smell it on older people walking their dogs in Back Bay. Like Charleston, Boston would be a difficult town for a newcomer. It's not like New York where anyone who can dress nicely, behave properly (most of the time) and write a nice check is welcomed with open arms.

But I would love to spend a month living at the College Club Inn and walking everyday to the Boston Library to spend the morning writing in the Reading Room. If sitting in the Library's Hogwarts-style Reading Room wouldn't inspire me to write a great American novel, nothing could.

There is something about traveling alone. When you are alone, you see but you can also feel what you see. There are no distractions, no one drawing your attention away wanting to know, "When are we going to eat?" There is time to make up stories in your mind about the people who lived in Boston in the past (how I figured out Paul Revere's hyperactive behavior) and also about a present-day young couple with their eight-year-old-or-so-daugher, all dressed in Burberry, who were walking on Copley Square during the early evening. Who are they? What are they doing on Copley Square? And why Burberry?

Next: Washington D.C.


 

August 25, 2014

 


Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi
Doctor Who TV Series 8 UK Premiere
Odeon Leicester Square / London, UK
August 23, 2014
Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Dr. Who Season 8 premiered Saturday, August 23rd On BBC America. Who is a children's show whose fandom includes children, teenagers and weird adults from all over the world - Queen Elizabeth II, Stephen King, Craig Ferguson, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and, of course, Miss Wendy. It is science fiction are its very best and oh so very British. Check it out.


 

July 20, 2014 (reprint from July 17, 2013):

Ruminations: It is hot in New York City - really hot and really humid! And this is time of year when the aliens invade the city. It is easy to tell who they are: they wear SWEATERS!

If you have a better explanation for why anyone would wear a sweater in 85 degrees heat other than the fact that they are from outer space, I'm all ears. But in the meantime, I am calling the BBC to report them to Dr. Who.


July 8, 2014

It is summertime and the city of full of tourists creating massive traffic jams on the sidewalks and much worse, in Starbucks. I have written before about how tourists need to be given an instruction manual as the get off their airplanes on how to walk down a city street (no three abreast unless two of them are small children or the very elderly). But the real traffic jammers are New Yorkers themselves who seemingly have no awareness of where their bodies are in relation to their surroundings - loitering smack dab in front of the express bus kiosks and walking down the street discussing nail polish shades on their cell phones, pausing to get a breath of air at the top of the subway stairs. It is time for all of us to cut that sh*t out!!! Slow Walkers be gone!


 

May 13, 2014


Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
"Blondie 4(0) Ever" Exhibit Opening Party
Dream Downtown / 355 W 16th St, New York, NY, USA
May 9, 2014

Here's a "Too Cool for School Award" to Miss Debbie Harry.


 

April 20, 2014


Katy Perry Wax Model Sweetens up
Madame Tussauds London for Easter in
Candy-Themed Set on
April 2, 2014
Photo Credit: PR Photos

Now that is a hoot!!


 

March 15, 2015


Cate Blanchett
The Rodeo Drive Committee And
The City Of Beverly Hills Inducts
Catherine Martin Into The Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style

Greystone Mansion / Beverly Hills, CA, USA
February 28, 2014
Photo Credit: David Gabber / PRPhotos.com

Here are two of Miss Wendy's You Got it Going Girl Awards for actress Cate Blanchett and costume designer Catherine Martin (Oscar winner for The Great Gatsby). What a stunning beautifully designed and worn gown!!!!


January 29, 2013


Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon
56th Annual Grammy Awards
January 26, 2014
Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's You-Got-It-Going-Girl awards to the Ono/Lennon/Muhls. A family that plays together, stays together.


 

January 10, 2013

Re: The continuing saga of Devyani Khobragade, the Indian Consul who was arrested and strip searched for lying on a Visa application about how much she planned on paying her maid. Thinking about how US Attorney Preet Barhara created an international incident out of a wage dispute, I am reminded of a poem in the Texas Driver's manual back in the old days.

"Here lies the body of John Jay
Who died defending his right of way
He was right, dead right, as he sped along
But he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong."

The other shoe has yet to drop on this case, but it is only a matter of time before one of our consul's is arrested because he or she broke a foreign law prohibiting an action that is perfectly legal in the United States.


 

December 21, 2013

Ruminations: The news is abuzz with the stories about how the Deputy Consul General of the New York Indian Consulate, Devyani Khobragade, was arrested, strip searched and thrown into a holding pen with other criminals awaiting arraignment. She then was forced to make bail of $250,000 and surrender her diplomatic passport. The government of India was so enraged by the treatment of their Consul, that they retaliated by canceling the US Embassy in India's passes to go through security at airports etc and removing the concrete security barriers from the front of the US embassy and preventing the US Embassy from importing cheap liquor. So there.

So who did she murder? It turns out no one. Instead, Khobragade is accused of lying about how much she was going to pay her maid when she applied for a US Visa to bring the maid from India to the US (a felony).

There is a lot of murkiness here (Khobragade only has immunity for official duties because she is a consul, not a diplomat). But here is what I have gleaned from reading news reports. There seem to have been two contracts - the one that was presented to obtain the VISA and then another one between the consul and the maid that was signed in India before they flew to the US. The second contract paid the maid much less than the New York minimum wage but about three times what she would have made working as a maid if she had stayed in India. It also appears that the maid knew how to "work the system." She worked for the Consul for six months (long enough to establish a case?) and then disappeared to tell her tale of woe to the US Attorney for Southern New York, Preet Bharara, who then instituted proceedings against the Consul. Bahara even obtained VISA's and flew the maids husband and child to the US because he stated that he feared reprisals against the maid's family (that appears to have been a reasonable fear). Bahara then had the Consul arrested in front of her daughter's school and she was subsequently handcuffed and strip-searched once she was turned over to the US Marshal service. Game, set, match the maid.

But here is the rub. The United States has consulates all over the world and we would be utterly horrified if any of our consuls were arrested and strip searched for violating a law about something that is perfectly legal in our country like homosexuality, not wearing hajib and/or driving a car in Saudi Arabia, etc. etc. In Dubai, women without diplomatic immunity who report a rape are arrested for the crime of adultery. From what I glean from reading the news, consuls all over the world don't observe some local laws and there is a wink-wink because they are consuls and no one wants another country to retaliate against their own consuls.

And to prevent this from happening, the US signed the Geneva Convention . See Article 40 and 41 below.

Geneva Convention

Article 40 Protection Of Consular Officers

The receiving State shall treat consular officers with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on their person, freedom or dignity.

Article 41 Personal Inviolability Of Consular Officers

1. Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority.

2. Except in the case specified in paragraph 1 of this article, consular officers shall not be committed to prison or be liable to any other form of restriction on their personal freedom save in execution of a judicial decision of final effect.

3. If criminal proceedings are instituted against a consular officer, he must appear before the competent authorities. Nevertheless, the proceedings shall be conducted with the respect due to him by reason of his official position and, except in the case specified in paragraph 1 of this article, in a manner which will hamper the exercise of consular functions as little as possible. When, in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph 1 of this article, it has become necessary to detain a consular officer, the proceedings against him shall be instituted with the minimum of delay.

So what we have on our hands is a massive, "Ooops and ut oh!"

Obviously the US Attorney needs one of those "Think Ahead" signs where the d lands on the second line. By not doing his homework beforehand, he has delivered a steaming pile of sh*t to the US State Department which appears to be quietly working behind the scenes with the Indian government to make this go away.

And this mess was so easily avoided if Bharara had just followed the Geneva Convention. He could have summoned the Consul to appear before the court with no arrest, no handcuffs and no strip and cavity search (Google the US Marshall's standard procedure for strip searching if you doubt the cavity search happened). But, you say, she could have fled the country! Right! And that is exactly how these thing are handled when a consul commits a crime where there is no dead body. In fact, it appears that the United States demands that their consuls be sent home even when there are dead bodies.

Preet Bharara has invited retaliation against US Consular employees all over the world, many stationed in countries that regard us as the Great Satan. He has also provided us with a fascinating soap opera for which everyone except Ms. Khobragade should be grateful.

P. S. Why with all the technology we have at airports to screen people, is law enforcement conducting strip searches in the first place? The Indian government is right. It is barbaric.


 

December 1, 2013


Billy Ray Cyrus and Wayne Newton
41st Annual American Music Awards
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live / Los Angeles, CA,
November24,2013
Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photo

I saw this photos and it made me smile.


 

November 27, 2013 (reprint from November 2010)


2007 Macy's Thankgiving Day Parade
Photo Credit Angelo Rivera

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and here are two helpful recipes you can use if any one is foolish enough to ask you to contribute a dish for the festivities:

Miss Wendy's White Trash Fruit Salad

1 large can of fruit cocktail (drained)
1 large bag of colored miniature marshmellows
1 large container of Cool Whip

Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy

Miss Wendy's Queso

One package of Velvetta cheese, sliced
One jar of salsa
16 ounces of half and half

Put all ingredients into the crock pot, heat and serve with chips.

Happy Thanksgiving!


 

October 29, 2013

Ruminations: Now that the government has been reopened for a few weeks,here is my take.

Everyone I talk to is depressed about what happened and is less likely to spend money because they are afraid. Seeing a bunch of irresponsible Congressmen hold the United States Government hostage for 16 days was utterly horrifying. Not nly did we lose "face" with the rest of the world (don't sneer at face, it is also called our credit rating), but the economy is damaged because consumer spending fuels the economy. Everyone in the US has taken a hit because of the Republican caucus's hubris.

I would love to say "Just wait for the midterm elections," but I am from Texas and am well acquainted with people who will happily vote those anarchists back into office.

Another thought: Now that the Republicans have conceded and reopened the government, they are doing everything they can to make political hay about the fact that the Obamacare website has some pretty big glitches. This is truly silly strategy because anyone who works or uses computers, cell phones etc, knows that all new computer programs don't work as promised when delivered, but that the "techies" finally soldier through and fix the problems. Been there, done that. What a yawner!

Does anyone truly believe that the website won't eventually work? If you don't think the government can design a first class website, try IRS.gov. And this is not a joke. That website is amazingly intuitive.

A little bit of advice: When you are about to suit up for battle, you should always think about what your banner cry (or elevator story) is going to be. "The website doesn't work and people are going to have to wait three weeks to enroll," doesn't encite great passion.

Another tip: If you love winning at chess (notice I did not say "love a good game of chess"), you would enjoy playing these Republican Congressmen because they lack the ability to view the entire board and think strategically.


 

October 20, 2013


Martin Sheen and Lizzie Kaplan in Showtime's Masters of Sex

If you have been under a rock or just sworn off cable bills and don't already have Showtime for Homeland and Shameless, you should really consider subscribing for Masters of Sex alone (then you can watch Homeland and Shameless too) . Masters is beautifully written and acted and also incredibly funny without ever trying for a laugh.


 

October 10, 2013

There is a fascinating article in the New York Times about a group of Rabbis who accepted money to torture (cattle prods etc) recalcitrant husbands until they gave their wives a get (a Jewish divorce).

I wonder if these men are political and have an interest in convincing the Republican congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
And if so, would they take contributions from the general public?


October 8, 2013

Ruminations: One of the funniest things about the "shut down the government then default on the national debt" mishegas is Fox News spinning their own poll to say that the public's anger is equally distributed among Republicans and Democrats.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/03/fox-news-poll-voters-support-delaying-obamacare-but-oppose-defunding-it/

They are happily reporting a wacky poll that show that Senator Ted Cruz has an 60% approval rating among the Tea Party as if that is a relevant measure of the man. Woohoo!

That's some truly wangy math!

P. S. If you live in Texas, here is a recall Ted Cruz petition:

http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/recall-ted-cruz-immediately


 

September 25, 2013

Ruminations: Senator Ted Cruz of Texas just spent 16 hours spewing on the Senate floor with no bathroom break. This makes him both literally and figuratively full of sh*t.

More Ruminations: California has passed a law incresing penalties and jail time for photographers who take photos of celebrity children without the parents permission. Good Job!

It must be terrifying for a small child to have a group of men chase them flashing lights in their faces and yelling at them so they can get a reaction like anger or tears. And this happens everytime they leave their homes.


 

August 19, 2013

Ruminations: I just watched Episode 10 of Season 6 of True Blood and on first perusal it was a massive CF. (Please stop reading right now if you have not seen Episode 10 and plan to watch it in the future).

There were so many totally improbable events:

An un-Lillithed Bill being able to wrestle with the 6000 year old Warlow long enough for the rest of Sookie's rescue party to get her off the fae plane and then drive her to her home. Why wasn't everyone goo like the guards Eric just killed?

Naill conveniently jumping through the portal in Sookie's bathroom to help Jason kill Warlow. And that was all it took to kill a 6000 year old vamp who massacred Naill's entire village.

Eric deciding to sunbathe in the nude while reading a romance novel on a snowy mountain peak in broad daylight just as though he had no suspicion that fairy blood could wear off (Season 4 anyone?). Plus the last time we saw him, he was filled with angst over the death of his sister so we are to believe that he left Pam with his newly minted and untrained vampire daughter so he could go on vacation.

Bill writing a book (And God Bled) and then going on national TV promoting the book and saying he killed the governor of Louisiana, but that should not be a big deal because the governor was a "bad" man. And for the rest of the episode, Bill attended church and community parties instead of running like hell to get away from the Swat teams sent to annihilate him.

That totally improbable plot point of having Bill and Sam get together to implement a plan that all healthy humans should be paired with a healthy vampire so they could exchange human blood for the vampires' protection. Really? People are going to agree to that. Really? And Sam has forgotten all about how Bill was just responsible for Luna's death? Really to that too? That would be like Mubarek and Morsi pairing up to create a new Egypt and hosting a press conference with photo opps.

And then having a party to celebrate the new plan, a sort of Sadie Hawkins day for vamp/ human dating. And this party was held outside at night when the reason they were supposedly considering doing this in the first place was because there were roving bands of sick vampires attacking humans!!! And Arlene was the hostess of this human/vampire party and she was smiling???

Sookie dating Alcide and wearing that utterly ridiculous hat to church! It is hard to decide which choice was more bizarre.

The only surrealistic aspect missing from the episode was a chorus of dancing purple rabbits.

But after pondering the episode and wondering if the writers were served crack instead of chips in their lazy susan, I have an alternative theory.

What if everything we see after Warlow bites Sookie is her coma-induced dream. And the opening scene of Season VII will be Sookie rising from a grave as a newly minted fae-vampire.

This would solve a number of problems with the story (but not for Sookie's character, of course):

Bill would get no additional glory - always a good thing

Eric would not burn because he would not have lost his day walking ability nor would any other vampire.

We would get to see more of Warlow, who even though he turned out to be a massive dick (and dicks are really big this season of True Blood), is still pretty easy on the eyes.

Sookie would not be making googly eyes at Alcide and most important, she would not need to wear that silly hat.

Think about it! The writing staff of True blood is filled with top notch professional writers, many of whom are Yale trained playwrights. So are we really to believe that they were all collectively tripping on LSD?

I smell trolls in the woods of Bon Temps!


 

July 30, 2013

Ruminations: New York City always flips its bit in the summer. This year it is s hot dogs, Coney Island and Anthony Weiner. As EVERYONE now knows, Mr. Weiner continued to carry on his raunchy online relationships after he was exposed and forced to resign from Congress. The man may be addicted to online sex but he is obviously a fool to ever put himself in a position where the press can couple his name with anything sexual. Now is the time for Mr. Weiner to take his bows, blow kisses to the audience and leave the stage.

P. S. Why is it that every time there is a sex scandal, the woman involved decides it is a good idea to become a Paula Jones and volunteer to be grilled meat on the press's barbeque pit. Hey, you don't even need to keep up with the news. We have Google, ladies. Look up Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones and Girl 7 and 8 from the Eliot Spitzer scandal and see how things turned out for them before you open your mouth and become a laughing stock.


 

July 17, 2013

Ruminations: It is hot in New York City - really hot and really humid! And this is time of year when the aliens invade the city. It is easy to tell who they are: they wear SWEATERS!

If you have a better explanation for why anyone would wear a sweater in 85 degrees heat other than the fact that they are from outer space, I'm all ears. But in the meantime, I am calling the BBC to report them to Dr. Who.



 

June 28, 2013

There is a great article in the Dayton Daily News about a bill introduced State Senator Nina Turner in the Ohio State House: "Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency." And, "Under Senate Bill 307, men taking the drugs would continue to be tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

Finally! Someone is showing some concern about the pressing issue of men's reproductive health.


June 26, 2013

Ruminations:

A Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (I like her name) has effectively prevented a vote on a Anti-Abortion Bill by a day-into-night filibuster. She was shut down about 15 minutes before midnight, but with the ensuing chaos from the audience, the vote did not take place until after midnight.

According to the New York Times, the bill would "ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers and mandate that a doctor who performs abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital."

The bill was carefully drafted by Texas Republicans with the goal of eliminating most abortions in the State of Texas. Many hospitals refuse to admit doctors who practice at abortion clinics, either from fear of reprisals from the community or simply because the hospital is run by the Catholic Church. And the requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers would be prohibitively expensive and require clinics to raise their fees to a level that many women could not afford an abortion at all (most abortions are not covered by medical insurance). P. S. There is no such restriction for clinics that offer vasectomies or colonoscopies.

This law will be reintroduced in a future Texas legislative session and will undoubtedly pass, but something very important may have happened last night. Many Texans who themselves believe in abortion rights (especially for situations involving their own families) have been apathetic about becoming involved in the fight to keep abortion legal and safe. But watching a woman stand all day and into the night without a bathroom break to defend a woman's right to chose was quite stirring and a visual that will not easily be forgotten.

P. S. State Senator Wendy Davis's district is Fort Worth, Texas. Oh my goodness! The last time I checked, Fort Worth was a solidly red State, so there has been a change in the wind.


 

June 25, 2013

Summer is here so it is time for True Blood, HBO's swampy soup flavored with vampires, fairies, shifters and ordinary weird Southern folks.

This year, there is a new twist. They have introduced the usual Big Bad, well Big Bads: the governor of Louisiana and the mythical Warlow. But there is something quite new. Both Sookie and Eric have new love interests (Willa for Eric and Ben for Miss Sook), that on first glance seem quite appealing, especially when compared to Eric's incestous relationship with Nora and Bill just being Bill. So pull down your safety bar and get ready to go; we are back on the roller coaster.


 

June 3, 2013

Ruminations: If you watch HBO's Game of) Thrones, you are probably still in shock. I knew it was going to happen (spoilers on Wiki) but nothing prepared me for the utter horror of "The Red Wedding." I am sitting here trying to figure out how I can retaliate against a fictional character. And that my chickadees, is powerful television.


More Ruminations: Matt Smith is leaving Dr. Who after the 2013 Christmas Special. Sy/Fy fans young and old will be "on pins and needles" until we see the regenerated Doctor this XMAS.

P. S. Ryan Reynolds recently visited England and although he would be a perfect Doctor, I can't imagine he would relocate to Wales for a few years to film the show. I mean the man is married to Blake Lively and she needs to work etc. etc. Oh well.


 

April 29, 2013

Kiernan Shipka
Photo Credit:
Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com
January Jones
Photo Credit:
Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com

Here are two Miss Wendy You Got It Going Girl Awards for January Jones and Kiernan Shipka who play mother daughter Betty and Sally Draper on AMC's Madman. Two diametrically opposite looks, but both smashing.

They were photographed on April 23, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media presented "Mad-ness Returns to the Paley Center - Mad Men Season 5."


 

April 6, 2013


Helen Mirren
Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards 2013
Odeon Leicester Square / London, UK
March 26. 2-13
Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Here's a Miss Wendy You Got It Going Girl Awards to Miss Helen Mirren for doing it with pearls!


 

March 20, 2013

There is an fascinating article on NBC News about the number of men who end up in the emergency room with "Zipper accidents" which according to the article, "“this is a pain issue. It can completely ruin your night.” Yours and anyone else's within a half mile radius.

Also: In a blow to Obamacare, Twinkies are returning to the grocery store shelves (NBCNews). Calling Mayor Bloomberg!!!

P. S. I agree with Bloomberg's efforts to get rid of transfats, prohibit Big Gulps and put cigarettes out of sight in stores. We have always paid for each others medical care, it just wasn't official (our insurance premiums were inflated by the medical cost of treating uninsured patients). But with the dawning of Obamacare, we are all sitting in the same boat and have a vested interest in say a 1% reduction in the new cases of diabetes this year.

Here is a cheerful story: a house right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church is being painted in the colors of the gay pride flag. (Gawker)


 

March 13, 2013

Something to avoid if you have a job or want to have one in the future: Netflix has rolled out a new feature in the US where you can opt-in one time and from then on all of your viewing history, both past and present will be shared on Facebook where all of your friends plus your present and future employers can see it. If you can't quickly understand while this might be a problem, ask yourself, "Is your viewing history filled with classics like Lassie and It's a Wonderful Life, or do do you have a bit more prurient taste? Sure it might be okay for your boss to know that you liked Lincoln and Argo but what about _______ (you will have to fill in this blank with your own R of X rated classic, because if I name a movie, it will immediately hit Google right next to my name)?

This Facebook sharing Opt-In features has been available in Europe for a bit and probably has not caused problems because European vocabularies include "so?."


 

March 2, 2013

Cirque du Soleil "Kooza" Rehearsal
The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top)
Escenario Puerta del Angel
Madrid, Spain
March 2, 2013
Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

If you want to feel bad about your level of fitness, check this out.


 

February 4, 2013

Here is a quick reminder that we are all three dimensional and just as many people see our backside as see our face and everyone, who is not Kate Moss, simply must invest in a good three way mirror. I am not posting personal photos to illustrate my point for fear of some "Glass House" retaliation. But if you are going to walk down a New York City street, please take a quick peek to see what is trailing in your wake.


 

January 21, 2012

One of the Reasons I Left Texas: There is an article in the New York Times today about how after New York passed a new gun control law, Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott advertised on the Internet for New Yorkers to pack up their guns and move to Texas. “Is Gov. Cuomo looking to take your guns?” he asks? He then encourages New York's gun lovers to move to Texas and "...keep more of what you earn (Texas does not have an income tax) and use some of that extra money to buy more ammo.”

In any other State (well, maybe not Arizona) pulling this stunt in the wake of the Newtown shootings would be a sure fire way to insure never being elected to public office again. But au contraire, this ad was paid for by Greg Abbott's campaign to replace fellow nut job Rick Perry as Governor. So Abbott must be pretty darn sure that 51% of the electorate will like his sass.

But before any sore-headed New Yorkers decide to take Abbott up on his offer, there is one thing you need to know: Abbott placed this ad to appeal to his Texas constituency. Texans don't really like New Yorkers and if a bunch of people who "talk funny" move to Texas, that "unintended consequence" could cost Abbott the election.

P. S. Texas has the distinction of being the State with more executions than the other forty-nine combined. They also have a humongous private prison business, and both endeavors would benefit from an increase in gun-totting malcontents.

P. P. S. Here is something nice about Texans: Texas is home to some of the funniest people in the world. It's easy to develop a sense of humor with buffoons like Abbott and Perry growing on the "back forty."


 

January 13, 2012

Here are two hot tips about a couple of exciting new shows on television: the premiere of Banshee and the return of Being Human . Both shows are "guilty pleasures" and not to be missed


Anthony Starr in Banshee

Alan Ball is the executive producer for Cinemax's new hit, Banshee. Ball is known for producing "water cooler" shows that help viewers locate their fellow perverts in a sea of office cubicles. If you tell someone that you just love Six Feet Under, True Blood or Banshee, then you have told them something very personal about yourself and if they agree, you "know."

Here is the description from the show's website. "From the creator of True Blood, Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier."

Think of a collaboration between David Lynch and Quentin Tarrantino and you have Banshee.



Syfy's
Being Human

The third season of Being Human premieres Monday, January 14, 2012 at 9PM. I have never told an uninitiated friend that I love this show without getting a snicker in return. How could a story about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost cohabitating in a house in Boston not be incredibly juvenile and lame?

Being Human is funny, poignant and very human - a supernatural show that is not mass produced by the CW and well worth checking out.

P. S. Being Human is followed by Lost Girl (Monday at 10PM on Syfy). Lost Girl does not benefit from the stellar writing of a Being Human or Banshee, but the show makes up for a lot of lost ground with the acting and the beauty of its imagined "fairy junkyard" world.


 

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year from Miss Wendy. I was "otherwise engaged" during the month of December but will be updating regularly in the New Year.

In the meantime, it must be noted that 86 year old Hugh Hefner has married a 26 year old woman. Wonder what that was all about?


 

November 22, 2012

Today is Thanksgiving! If you are running about trying to figure out what to contribute to the feast, here is a reprint of two Miss Wendy's favorite Thanksgiving recipes. (This is also a good way to discourage true "foodies" from asking you to bring a dish.)

Miss Wendy's White Trash Fruit Salad

1 large can of fruit cocktail (drained)
1 large bag of colored miniature marshmellows
1 large container of Cool Whip

Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy

Miss Wendy's White Trash Queso

One package of Velvetta cheese, sliced
One jar of salsa
16 ounces of half and half

Put all ingredients into the crock pot, heat and serve with chips.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 


 

 


Joanna Lumley
Absolutely Fabulous Wardrobe Auction Benefiting
Benefiting the Prince's Trust
Kerry Taylor Auctions, Long Lane / London
November 13, 2012
Photo Credit: PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's You Got It Going Girl Awards for Ms. Joanna Lumley from the BBC's Absolutely Fabulous. If you have ever watched the show, I don't have to tell you why. But if you still have questions, ask any drag queen.


 

November 13, 2012

Ruminations on the Petraeus Scandal:

The world has been titillated by an emerging scandal this week involving: the head of the CIA, David Patraeus; Patraeus's biographer, Paula Broadwell; a doctor's wife from Tampa, Jill Kelley; and the U.S. commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen. And here is the kicker: this whole mess came to light via an FBI agent who according, to MSN.com has "come under scrutiny after it was discovered he had sent shirtless photographs of himself to Kelley," Wow!

All of this mishegas is documented in email! But hey, there is no point in tsk- tsking about the colossal stupidity of everyone involved. How many adults could survive the scrutiny of having an in depth investigation of their email and computer life? And then there is the assault to everyone's privacy when the government can go fishing for lobster and feel free to empty the ocean.

I don't know the answer to the question of whether or not a CIA head can have an affair and still do his job. I imagine many CIA agents have had affairs and still continued to function. As to the question of the head of the CIA being vulnerable to blackmail, well if we would just quit recasting The Scarlet Letter everytime we find out a public official is having sex outside the marital bed, there would be no opportunity for blackmail.

It's time for the US to emulate the French and learn to say, "So?"

This whole story is so sad and so very human. I don't know what really happened, but can surmise that the FBI agent had a bit of a crush on Mrs. Kelly and when she confided in him about the emails from Mrs. Broadwell, he encouraged her to complain and Mrs. Kelly, obviously not realizing what she was about to do to herself and everyone else involved, agreed. (I guess she never heard about "Glass Houses.")

And now they are all ruined because we keep pretending to be puritans. Patraeus has lost his job. General Allen will at the very least, not get his promotion. And, as usual, the women in the case (Broadwell and Kelley) will become laughing stocks and late night fodder. We still don't know exactly what will happen to the FBI agent, but then I haven't seen his shirtless photo.

Perhaps Mrs. Broadwell and Mrs. Kelly should contact Kristen Stewart for a bit of advice on how to weather the storm.

Check out this Daily News column.


 

October 24, 2012

Ruminations on Paris:

I actually like Paris more than New York; it is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. There has been a building code for over a hundred years and all the buildings (with few exceptions) are no taller than six stories and are white with black wrought iron on the window making it look like there are lots of balconies (there are not). There are main avenues but also lots of crazy winding side streets. Montmartre is enchanting and you need to watch Amalie if you have not already.

If you are traveling to Paris, you simply must speak some French. The French are French with all that entails and they want visitors to speak French.

Here is what I saw on the streets: Parisian women are very elegant, but they dress very simply. The look for young and hip was a pair of very well fitted jeans or simple black pants, a beautiful tailored white shirt, a black leather jacket (again simple and beautifully fitted) and black ankle boots. I also saw camel hair coats that came to mid thigh, worn with jeans and black ankle boots. Both men and women wear scarves in neutral colors like drab green, gray or black that had a chic ratty look. (Yep, manscarves.) There was almost no jewelry. A lot of women wore pearl studs and simple watches. Hair is long and either worn in a wavy mess (does not look brushed) or pulled back in a pony tail or a simple bun. I also saw hair buns with some braiding, a sort of sculptured look.

Some young women wore short dresses or skirts in neutral colors. They wore these with black tights and black ankle boots (you definitely need a pair of these and they need a simple heel). That look was all about proportion and fit since it was worn with a short jacket and the skirt could not look full at the hips, but they were a bit full at the hem.

Young hip men wore all black with a black leather jacket and they rode motorcycles. I am not joking about that. I think there must be some kind of law about what young men can wear and stating that they must have a motorcycle.

You can actually buy all of this look at The Gap or Banana Republic.

Older women look like they shop at Eileen Fisher

I love the department stores. Galleries Lafayette has a huge stained glass dome - it was stunning. I saw it and decided that I had found my religion. Printemps has a similar stained glass dome in its restaurant and also has a 9th floor observation deck which was wonderful.

Paris is not more expensive than New York if you know what you are doing. I had about three times as much money with me as I needed. The most expensive meal I ate was the last night and it was 26.50 Euros which is about $32.00. It was wonderful with escargot, scallops and a choice of desert.

There are Starbucks all over Paris now and when I return, I will stay close to a Starbucks, because it is the only place in Paris where you can get an iced latte. So when you go, check the Starbucks locations if you have a coffee fetish.

Also, when traveling to France (especially on Air France which is charming in the air and an absolute disaster on the ground), do not ever check a bag. I checked a bag for the first time in five years and it was an utter disaster. I can tell you all about over-packing and having to check a bag, but I don't want to make us both burst into tears. Next time I will take about three changes of clothing and buy some dishwashing soap and wash my clothes every day. You can take nothing but black knit tops and pants and a jacket and get along just fine. Remember, you are there to look at them, not the other way around.

One other thing. You have to take a pair of really good walking or running shoes. I know they are not elegant and I did not take any but instead some really cool boots that are supposedly meant for walking. Don't do that. You need sneakers because Paris has very uneven cobblestones and your foot will move around in a regular shoe and you will get blisters. This is really tough because who wants to wear sneakers in Paris? But if you don't, you will be quickly lame and won't be able to see anything because your feet are covered in nasty blisters. You are now officially warned by a very foolish vain woman that yes you do need to wear sneakers. Those cute black ankle boots are not for tourists who can walk up to five miles a day. If you have room in your suitcase (the one you are going to carry on), you should take some pretty FLAT shoes in case you go to a really nice (close by) restaurant.




September 14, 2012

Ruminations: The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have ever right to be "saddened" over the publication of topless photos of the Duchess by French magazine Closer. These photos were taken by a long lens from some remote location (up a neighbor's tree?) while the young royals were one their honeymoon and staying in a remote home in France. The palace asserts that the couple had every expectation of privacy.

You can ask, "but what does that mean for me?"

Well, we live in a world where everyone has a cell phone and everyone has to use the bathroom and the minute anyone becomes remotely famous they are forced to live in fear that their visits to a public toilet or trips up a flight of stairs (up the skirt cameras) will be published in TMZ. And no star over the age of 25 can visit the beach without having their butt photographed so everyone can count their cellulite bumps.

So "go get em" to the royal attorneys in their attempt to close down Closer.


 

August 25, 2012

Rumination: Shouldn't newspapers/ magazines be required to add a "time" to their caveat about how "so and so's rep did not return their phone call" or "could not be reached for comment." I don't know about you, but I always assume that they made the "call" two seconds before they published.


 

August 20, 2012


Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia
Sparkle New York City Screening
Hosted by the Cinema Society
With Circa and Alice + Olivia

August 14, 2012
Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com


OOPS! Did Miss Bendet get dressed in the dark?

Bendet is usually quite chic, so perhaps there is some logical explanation like she came straight from her class at the Clown University and only had time to change her shoes and stash her red nose in her sparkly gold purse.

Oh what the hell! If you don't take risks, you're not alive.


 

August 16, 2012

That darling Rick Santorum is in the news again today stating that President Obama is "forcing Catholics to sin." Now setting aside the fact that most Catholics can do a pretty good job of sinning without any help from the government (they are human after all), the Catholic Church is in no position to be pontificating about morality to non-Catholics (their pedophile scandal anyone?) or even to most Catholics.

Santorum is ranting away about the fact that under the Health Care Act, Catholic businesses that have more than 50 employees will be forced to cover contraception for their employees even though it is against their business's religion (a strange concept by itself). But if businesses who have more than 50 employees are free to opt out of medical coverage that offends their religious belief, than the the poor lady who work as a janitor mopping hospital floors for $22,000 a year will have to pay about $50 a month if she wants to be on the pill and if she does not have the $50, she will quickly be out of a job when she becomes pregnant, because she sure can't afford child care on that salary and you know the Catholic Church isn't going to take care of her baby. And in today's economy, she can't just change jobs and work for the hospital across the street because the Catholic Church owns a large proportion of inner city hospitals. So the Catholic Church would be free to force their religious belief's down this poor woman's throat or up her ...well you know what I mean. And that is the exact opposite of religious freedom.

An analogy always helps, so try this. What if most inner city hospitals were owned by Muslims and these Muslims wanted every woman who either worked in the hospital or was a patient to cover her hair and all men who worked there to grow out their beards. And if the government called foul, do you think Santorum would be protesting this lack of religious freedom and defend the rights of these "business owners" to not be religiously offended in their own business? And before you say that this not an apt analogy - that making someone cover their head is not the same as not paying for birth control, try this: In both instances, an institution would be imposing their religious beliefs on their employees and/or customers. And that is not freedom of religion, because for it to be free, it most go both ways.


 

August 3, 2012

The Chick-fil-A Conumdrum:

The CEO of Chick-fil-A has stuck his foot in a concrete boot when he declared that he favors the Biblical definition of marriage. First check out exactly what that Biblical definition is - one man with multiple wives and some rules about how many years you have to wait between marrying sisters. Next, gay marriage is already here and in a couple of decades people will look back on this controversy the way they view the Alabama Police Department's dogs during the civil right era.

I would love to boycott them for bigotry, but I don't eat there in the first place. Just who does eat there? Teenagers and the poor. And if teenagers are their demographic, they are going to be SOL after they spend the profits from the Mike Huckabee sponsored "appreciation day" and Sarah and Todd and all the other fun loving bigots disappear. If you poll today's teens you will find that a majority think that gay marriage is no skin off their nose. If they don't want to get gay married, they will just say "No, thank you."

One big question: When politicians and CEO's position themselves to appeal to the Christian right, do they have any idea what a small demographic that really is? I know if you look at the number of Christians who attend "conservative" churches, you might not immediately see my point but it's hypocrisy, baby. There are millions of people in the US who drink beer and dance or go see movies like The Hangover on Saturday night and then get all dolled up to attend the Southern Baptist Church on Sunday morning. The point being, Christian right churches may have their feet, but they don't have their hearts. A lot of Bible thumping women can't find it in their hearts to hurt the feelings of their beloved hair dresser so if he or she wants to be gay married, they want to buy a silver chafing dish, don a pretty frock and attend. It's hard to hate your friends.


 

July 22, 2012

Why we should attend The Dark Knight Rises anyway:

An utterly unspeakable tragedy took place on the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. A lone gunman fired into the audience and killed twelve innocent people and wounded dozens of others. Who knows what was going on in the sick perverted mind of the young man who created such horror? Whatever was going on in that young man's head and the debate over (much needed) gun control are two vitally important issues that deserve our time and attention.

But going to see movies is one of the things we do, it is an integral part of our freedom. Movies are a national pastime, as American as baseball, football and Thanksgiving. Great movies mark milestones in our lives and attending any movie we wish to see is one of our great American freedoms, as is the freedom to create cinema. Thousand of people spent thousand of their hours and millions of dollars creating the carnival ride of The Dark Knight Rises. They took this film from an idea through story boarding, script writing, casting, filming and editing. They gave their hearts and talents to the task and no nut job should be able to steal their creation.

James Holmes is a mass murderer and it is too late to do anythiing about that. But we can stop him from being a thief.


 

July 18, 2012

Rules for walking in New York City:

Do not walk three abreast or even two abreast if you like to eat at McDonalds. You and your clueless friends are creating a traffic jam. (This rule does not apply to people walking with small children or who are helping the elderly or handicapped.

If you are with your friends and see something you would like to point out or you need to stop for a short conference about how dirty the restrooms are in Starbucks, move to the side of the sidewalk before you open your mouth. Do not stand in the middle of the sidewalk and TALK.

If you have just climbed up the subway stairs and need to stop and catch your breath, move to the side and get out of everyone's way as in DO NOT Stop AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. This especially applies to people who think they need to catch their breath after riding on the escalator.

And do not race walk through Grand Central Station, talking on your cell phone and pulling a roller bag. People are not impressed with how important you think you are and I will hit you.


 


Zahia Dehar Design
Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Hotel Salomon de Rothschild / Paris, France
July 2, 2012
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos

The Beat Goes On: Here is a hoot of a wedding dress, one of fashion's oddities right up there with gold lame swimsuits and high heel snow boots.


 

July 6, 2012

Ruminations: So TomKate is getting a divorce and no one is surprised. We all have seen the billboard announcement on Katie Holmes's face. Just look at photos of her from five years ago and compare them to photos of her in the last couple of years; she looks like a poster child for Abilify. Ms. Homes may be a good actress, but acting won't help you live a lie.


 

July 2, 2012

There is an interesting article on MSNBC.com about Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of soft drinks larger than 16 ounces at "regulated food establishments, including in movie theaters and sports arenas."

The argument on one side is that sugary sodas are making the nation fat and on the other that regulating the size soda that can be sold infringes on freedom and is disproportionately punitive on lower income families and businesses (Oh Puhleeze on that last one).

The real argument IMHO is that now that we have stuck our toe into national healthcare and from now on will be officially paying for each others health care (we always were unofficially), sensible regulations such as this make sense. Just as making it more and more difficult to smoke in public, has seriously decreased the number of smokers.

So, "Just where does this stop?" Well, it will stop when "your mother" regulations become so outrageous the public pushes back which I guess will happen if we are all forced to wear ankle bracelets to prove we walk a mile each day. P. S. Have you noticed how many people are voluntarily wearing those devices?

But sensible regulations like not allowing restaurants to cook with trans fats or entice people to buy super sized drinks are just that - sensible.

We have always used government to regulate public health from mandatory vaccinations for children who must mandatorily attend school to regulating the public water supply, preventing unsafe drugs from being sold, lead from being used in the manufacture of children's toys, etc. etc..

And while Bloomberg is at it, here is another suggestion: Figure out a way to prevent Chinese restaurants in lower income neighborhoods from selling huge baskets of fried chicken wings as their lowest price entree. The poor have a much higher incidence of heart disease and diabetes and large baskets of fried chicken wings and french fries are poison even when they are not prepared with trans fats. I know he can't do that, but it's an idea.


 

June 30, 2012


Nora Ephron
In Conversation With Heather Reisman
Indigo in Toronto
November 10, 2010
Photo Credit: Robin Wong / PR Photos

Writer, director Nora Ephron died on June 26, 2012 (New York Times). She was one funny lady with her finger firmly on the pulse of what it meant to be a smart creative women living and working in the world of men. She did it well and it was fun to watch. Rest in Peace!

P. S. Ephron's Heartburn is one of my all time favorite books. I read it about ten times when it was first publised and after I heard of Nephron's untimely demise, I downloaded it to my Kindle so I could read it again. Hey, revenge is ten times as sweet when the story of your divorce is immortalized on Kindle. Lesson: Don't cheat on a woman who writes.


 

June 20, 2012

Ruminations: There are some crazy stories in the news.

First: A swingers party was broken up by the security staff of the Mondrian Hotel (New York Daily News). Party organizers are indignant but report that lots of other hotels are interested in hosting their party. I know it's New York, but come on. Why would anyone think you could have that kind of party at The Mondrian??? Where did they think they were - the Monte Carlo in Vegas?

Second: Jon Gosselin is publicly apologizing to Kate (via People Magazine). Jon is also saying that he would be interested in another reality show if the right vehicle came along. I am so relieved.

Third: Give the Brant Brothers (Stephanie Seymour's sons) the Paris Hilton Award for self invented fame (New York Times). And hey, that is a talent. There are loads of celebrity children who couldn't pull that off.




June 20, 2012

Ruminations: I recent visited Disneyland and it was quite an eye opener to just what America looks like. Now the Americans at Disneyland can afford a least one hundred and ten dollars plus food per person per day to attend, but America it is. And what did I see - an eclectic group of people that come from many hues of the rainbow. Republican politicians are speaking to an America that no longer exists (descendants of the immigrants that got off at Plymouth Rock) and they want a quick lesson in we look like, just visit Disneyland.


 

June 9, 2012


Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
Season 5 Premiere of True Blood
ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome / Hollywood,
May 30, 2012
Photo Credit: Pr Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's "You Got it Going Girl" awards to both Anna Paquin and her husband Stephen Moyer. They totally rock!

Tomorrow night is the premiere of Season Five of True Blood. Be sure to check out our True Blood Blog - New York Cool Drinks True Blood for a summing-up of Seasons One through Four and check it out every Tuesday night for the week's recap.


 

May 12, 2012

President Obama has stated that he is in favor of gay marriage. Congratulations to the President for taking what is still a courageous stand. But the tides of public opinion have changed on the issue of marriage equality and if you want to know just how far, ask a high school or college student. Almost every young person I have talked to even in conservative Texas don't understand why there would be a law against gay marriage. They totally get that two men or two women getting married would have absolutely no effect on their lives unless they were a participant in the wedding. They understand the basic truism that if if you are against gay marriage, don't get gay married! So there.


 

April 1, 2012


Kate Winslet
Titanic in 3D World Premiere
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington / London, UK
March 27, 2012
Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Here is one of my You Got It Going Girl Awards for the multi-talented Miss Kate Winslet. She has the courage of her convictions and picks her films from a point of passion not profit. Winslet is also a great interivew (see my interview with Winslet from The Reader).


 

March 20, 2012

There is fun in the political arena: Bristol Palin has jumped into the Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh fray (Obama called Fluke to express his sympathy and support) demanding that President Obama apologize to her for the remarks Obama supporter Bill Maher makes about Bristol on his television show. Unfortunately for Bristol, the media choose to run this photo of her demanding such an apology - New York Daily News.

And Newt Gingrich is also demanding an apology about a silly joke Robert De Niro made at a fund raising dinner about whether this country is ready for a white first lady. Hey Mr. Gingrich - a joke is only offensive if it is aimed at a minority and white first ladies most certainly do not fit that category. But Mr. Gingrich may be trying to redirect attention from his wife's abysmal approval ratings to her supposed status as an oppressed white woman - see photo.

Glass houses, kiddos, glass houses!


 

March 8, 2012


Katy Perry
Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2012 - Chanel
Grand Palais / Paris, France
March 6, 2012
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos


Here is one of Miss Wendy's You Got It Going Girl awards for Miss Katy Perry who manages to make both Chanel and blue hair look cool.


 

February 18, 2012

There is sad news: Fashion icon and veteran clubber Zelda Kaplan has died. Kaplan was ninety-five years old and she died as she lived, sitting in the front row of a fashion show. Rest in peace to a lady who showed us how it is done. MSNBC.com


 

February 6, 2012


Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
91st Annual Prix d'Amerique Harness Race
Vincennes Hippodrome / Paris, France
January 29, 2012
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's You Got It Going Girl Awards to Paris designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Her clothes are op art and so is she. That outfit is so bad it's good - so campy it's cool. Just not for me.

Google Image


 

January 30, 2012

Ruminations: The Republican race for president is turning out to be fun for the entire family. Of particular note is the drama of the Southern Bible Belt Christians who are being served a buffet of an actual Roman Catholic (Rick Santorum), a newly-converted-but-serial-philandering Roman Catholic (Newt Gingrich) and a Mormon (Mitt Romney). The Bible thumping Christians are being forced to load their plates with these pieces of wilted lettuce to prevent a faithful Baptist (President Obama) from remaining in office. None of the newscasters who reported on the South Carolina primary stated the obvious. Gingrich won South Carolina just because he is not a Mormon and electing a Mormon (as they say down South), "is just plain dangerous."

Hypocrisy is the fodder for comedy and this ongoing saga is snort-coffee-out-of-your-nose fun.


 

January 20, 2012

Something Random:

Quick and Easy Spinach Salad

Very fresh organic baby spinach leaves
Wasabi peas
Parmesan cheese
Paul Newman's Salad Dressing

You know how to make it.


 

January 10, 2012


Bai Ling
Photo Credit: Winston Burris / PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's "You Got it Going Girl Awards" to Miss Bai Ling. Ling has perfected the arts of "having a look," "making a statement," "being a walking billboard," etc. etc. I can't think of anything else she has done lately, but where ever she shows up (this photo was taken at a toy drive in California), she "ready for her close up."


 

December 21, 2011

There is fun in the political arena:

A tone deaf congressman from Wisconsin, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), has just announced that Michelle Obama has a large posterior. Never mind that this is simply not true (Mrs. Obama looks amazing), but Rep Sensenbrenner obviously has no sense or he would realize that the minute you have gained an extra pound yourself (check out his photos), a prudent person would immediately quit talking about weight, yours or anyone else's (check out photos of Sensenbrenner).

Glass houses! "He who is without sin can throw the first stone!" Etc. Etc. See story on the Huffington Post.

P. S. Sensenbrenner's remark was also racist, but I will let an avalanche of black women writers and commentators explain this to him.

And Meghan McCain has labeled Newt Gingrich's third-and-present wife, Callista Gingrich, a mistress (also on Huffington Post). This is actually true. Mrs. Gingrich had a long affair with Newt while he was married to his second wife (Newt left wife number one for number two and the beat goes on on on). And before you say "so," ponder this: Gingrich is running for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States and the only way any Republican can actually win the election is with the votes of conservative Christians. And conservative Christians will not stomach a philanderer as President. For all their ridiculous posturing in the national arena, conservative Christians actually do value values.

And Sarah Palin is proving once again that she is tone deaf - she criticized the Obama's holiday card because it shows their dog sleeping in front of a fireplace in the White House (Huffington Post). Does she have a clue how many dog lovers she just bitch slapped?


 

December 5, 2011

Well it looks like politics will be fun for a while. The thrice-married-serial-adulterer New Gingrich is now topping some polls for the Republican nomination. And for even more fun, he has accepted an invitation for a debate moderated by Donald Trump. Right after Gingrich accepted Trump's invitation, Trump ( he is on wife three too) announced that he may run as an independent (some moderator he'd make). Republicans sure did make a big mistake when they let the Democrats grab the donkey as a mascot.

I am salivating with glee because it will be a hoot and a holler to watch both Gingrich and Trump campaign for the Bible belt vote. America's Bible belt won't vote for a family man like Romney because he is a Mormon and Mormons are "deceived." What will these pure-of-heart conservatives think of the philandering twins as they dance their little side-step down Dixie way.

Let the hissing begin!


 

 

November 24, 2011

Dear Readers,

Today is Thanksgiving! If you are running about trying to figure out what to contribute to the feast, here are two of Miss Wendy's favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Miss Wendy's White Trash Fruit Salad

1 large can of fruit cocktail (drained)
1 large bag of colored miniature marshmellows
1 large container of Cool Whip

Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy

Miss Wendy's White Trash Queso

One package of Velvetta cheese, sliced
One jar of salsa
16 ounces of half and half

Put all ingredients into the crock pot, heat and serve with chips.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 


November 6, 2011

Ruminations: The news is filled with stories about the Youtube video of Aransas County, Texas Judge Williams beating his sixteen-year-old daughter Hillary Adams. According to news stories, Hillary had illegally downloaded music from the internet, an offense for which sane parents take away the teen's computer for a period of time.

This abuse happened seven years ago so there is no possibility of criminal charges, but hopefully child welfare will take a hard look and place restrictions on the time he is allowed to spend with his other child, an eight-year-old daughter (he shares custody with his now ex-wife).

But the real affect this video should have is a paradigm shift in the way people like Judge Adams view their right to mercilessly beat their children in the name of discipline.

I grew up in Texas and I can (using a very new but very needed verb spoken by Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood) "guarandamnteeyou" that the person who is the most shocked by the world's horrified reaction to this video is Judge Adams himself and with him (hopefully) the myriad other parents who beat their children. Judge Adams famously told his daughter to "just go ahead" when she threatened to post the video and I don't think he was bluffing - he really thought he was justified and that everyone who saw it would agree with him.

I am reminded of the fable about the ship captain and the lighthouse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1T_YCw0NMc

The United Nations publishes a "Name and Shame" list of countries who use child soldiers as a way to motivate these countries to discontinue the abominable practice of turning their children into killers. By posting this video on Youtube, Miss Adams effectively "named and shamed" her father for a different kind of abuse, but also one that both harms children and potentially turns them into child abusers when they are grown. This must have been horribly painful for her (and for him) but somewhere out there are potentially abusive parents who might take pause after seeing the scarlet letter painted on Texas's good-old-boy Judge Adams.


 

October 20, 2011

Three things I overheard in New York City that I never would have overheard in Texas (where hypocrisy matters):

1. Lady talking to friend on the bus: "I told my son that he needed to keep those appointments with his parole officer, but would he listen to me?"

2. Woman walking down the street talking on her cell phone: "The next time I catch him with that guy, it's over for us."

3. Another woman walking down the street talking on her cell phone: "I spent one night with him, one night!, and now I have both crabs and bedbugs!"


 

September 28, 2011


Julie Bowen
HBO's 2011 Emmy After Party - Arrivals
Pacific Design Center / West Hollywood, CA
September 18, 2011
Photo Credit : Tina Gill / PR Photos


Here is a You Got It Going Girl Award to Miss Julie Bowen. Bowen is beautiful but her real charm is her comedic ability. She is incredibly funny but never pushes for a laugh; she just gets on her "intention" and rides it. Bowen has also been one lucky (if there is such a thing) gal. She had a starring role on Boston Legal where she played off actors like James Spader and now is on the brilliantly written, "casted" and Emmy-showered Modern Family.


 

September 18, 2011


Alan Cumming
63rd Annual Primetime Emmy
Awards Performers Nominee
Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA
September 16, 2011
Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's You Got it Going Girl (Guy) Awards for Mr. Alan Cumming. Cumming rocked his pink and gray checkerboard suit. And those flip flops certainly give him extra points for punctuation.


 

September 13, 2011

Here is an interesting article on MSNBC.com about a lawyer who has turned to topless dancing to pay the bills.

P. S. She definitely has a book here.


 

August 18, 2011

Musings on Walking the Streets of New York:

1. If you walk on the streets of New York, please don't even think about strolling, ambling or meandering. If you want to take a quick look at something interesting or talk to your friends, move to the side of the sidewalk to gawk and chat. If you don't, you are blocking traffic, bozo.

P. S. The only time any polite person should walk three abreast down the streets of this city is when two of their companions are under the age of six. If you are walking three abreast without holding onto the hands of small children, you risk being assaulted by unbrellas and walking sticks (I wish they still sold hat pins). And no one will have any sympathy for you.

2. Everyone has two sides, front and back (with a smattering of side views). I am constantly seeing people walking down the street who have it "going on" from the front but look atrocious from the back. A three way mirror or a "not afraid to tell you the truth" spouse or roommate is critical to to anyone who spends their life in a three dimensional state.


 

August 12, 2011

The heat has finally broken in New York City and we are enjoying some pleasant days (don't count on it continuing, it is only August 12th). During the worst of the heat wave, while hurrying home to my air conditioned apartment, I would walk by apartments where the windows were open and there is not an air conditioner in sight (I live in a very nice area of the city). This lack of air conditioning is a New York phenomenon (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis supposedly did not have air conditioning in her apartment). Middle and upper middle class people choose to not have air conditioning for obscure reasons such as "I hate to lose a window view." Huh?

I suspect that these middle-to-upper-class New Yorkers who "don't need air conditioning in 100 degree heat" are members of a different tribe of people - similar to the Star Trek Klingons. If Homeland Security runs out of things to do, they might want to keep an eye on them - I suspect they might not be human.

And P. S. I do know that there are people in this city who do not have air conditioning because they cannot afford to pay either for an air conditioner or the electric bill. My heart goes out to them and I suggest they buy a fan and a mop bucket (fill the mop bucket with water and ice and stick your feet in the bucket). Here is another old Texas trick for sleeping in heat - cover your bed with towels and put on a cotton night shirt or thin tee shirt. Then fill an empty Windex bottle with water, spray yourself down, lie down and turn on the fan, turning your body into an evaporative cooler.


 

August 7, 2011

There are three related stories making the news this week: (1)the world lost 2.5 Trillion in stock value (MSNBC.com, (2) Standard and Poor's just downgraded the credit rating of the United States of America (NY Times) and (3) 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is taking care of the country's business (NY Times).

The next story I am looking for in the news is one about just how do you recall your Congressperson when you suddenly realize that he or she is a f'cking idiot.

The blame for this stock debacle lies solely on the Tea Party. True believers are dangerous whether they are the Mullahs in Iran or the "I know better than anyone else" newly elected Tea Party Congressmen and Women who have held the Republican Party and the United States Congress hostage.

In case you have not been following the story, this is what those idiots did. They were shown on national tv pontificating about how they were not going to honor the nation's obligations by paying the interest on bonds that we have already issued. I don't like Boehner, but boy could I see the pallor under his spray tan; he looked like a man whose bipolar wife just hauled off and slapped the President of the PTA.

That would be tantamount to one of us going on national TV and talking about how we don't think we want to pay our mortgage and Visa bill unless our wife or husband decides to rein in their spending.

So Standard and Poor's downgraded the credit rating of the United States of America the same way our credit agencies would downgrade us if we made an ass of ourselves in front of the entire world.

A big Hello to the idiots who elected these true believers. The money the world lost in the stock market just came out of YOUR 401K. There are no "others" in this equation. The Tea Party just forced Congress to take out a gun and aim it at all of our feet. So you just got spanked.

For shame!


 

July 26, 2011


Amy Winehouse
Photo Credit: PR Photos

Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment on Saturday, July 23, 2011 (MTV). Her autopsy was classified as inconclusive, but twenty-seven year old women don't just drop dead for no reason. Winehouse had been struggling with drug addiction for years and with her fame and money she was in a position where she did not have to listen to anyone and she did not and Winehouse thought she was invincible and she was not.

Winehouse was an extremely talented musical artist and she was also an artist in the way she presented her persona. It was show business baby and she was the product and she told a story every time she walked out the door.

Rest in peace to an extremely talented young lady who succumbed to the excesses of fame and has now joined the 27 Club.


 

July 20, 2011

The news is filled with articles about whether right wing nut candidate Michele Bachmann should be disqualified for the Presidency because she suffers from debilitating migraine headaches. All these articles are focused on the effect these headaches have on Ms. Bachmann and none of even them mention how highly contagious her headaches have proven to be. I personally get a headache every time I hear her name.


July 11, 2011

In a fun start to the week, there is an article on MSNBC.com about how Republican Presidential candidates Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed a pledge supporting a ban on gay marriage and pornography and stating that black families were stronger under slavery. And all over America, columnists (including me) are giddy with joy over the prospect of roasting these two bigoted fools on the press barbeque.

With one quick signature, theses two asses maligned gay Americans, black Americans and Americans who use their computer after 11PM.

P. S. The verbiage about black families was removed after Bachmann and Santorum signed the pledge and after all hell broke loose over the black families part of the pledge (any fool knows that black famlies where torn apart by slavery because they were property and could be sold separately).


 

June 25, 2011

Congratulations to gay New Yorkers and all freedom loving citizens of the great state of New York. The New York Senate voted to allow gay citizens to marry and Governor Cuomo has signed the bill. It will be thirty days before gay couples can marry in New York (something about marriage license changes) but that give everyone time to stock up on new summer frocks, cummerbunds and silver chafing dishes.

As they say in New Orleans: Laissez les bons temps rouler.



June 23, 2011


Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
HBO's True Blood Season 4 Premiere
ArcLight Cinemas / Hollywood, CA, USA
June 21, 2011
Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos


Alexander Skarsgard
HBO's True Blood Season 4 Premiere
ArcLight Cinemas / Hollywood, CA, USA
June 21, 2011
Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos

The fourth season of True Blood premieres Sunday night at 10PM on HBO. The HBO-subscribing-world is all a twitter; fans have divided into two camps - Team Bill (played by Stephen Moyer) and Team Eric (played by Alexander Skarsgard) with lots of trash talking on both sides. Both Bill and Eric complete for the love and attention of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin). Rabid fasn from both teams are threatening to never watch again if their personal avatar is not triumphant.

This is truly funny on so many levels, the most basic being - it's a TV show and secondly, just like in football, there is no drama if there is no opposing team. But many kudos to True Blood creator Alan Ball for managing to drive so many closet perverts into a froth!


 

Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2011
June 16, 2011
Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2011
June 16, 2011
Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Oh, the English and their hats! Here are two wonderful photos from the Royal Ascot Ladies Day. I have no idea who these two ladies are, but they deserve a round of applause for getting together these getups and cheering us up.


 

June 19, 2011

Ruminations: So, Anthony Weiner has resigned, which was a good call. So what if frat boys all over the nation are doing much worse, he was in Congress and he would have never been effective again. It is a pity for two reasons: (1) I have yet to meet a New Yorker who actually cared about what he did or wanted him to resign (things are different in New York) and (2) he seemed to be a pretty good congressman.

But the internet has turned us all into a nation of village biddies and Weiner just got his (well you know) roasted.


 

June 9, 2011

There have been so many funny (and not so funny - Anthony Weiner, I am talking to you) political stories in the news this month.

First Sarah Palin (who is always a delight) declared that the purpose of Paul Revere's ride was to "warn the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms." This is incredibly funny on so many levels, the first being that Revere was riding with the express purpose of secretly warning the Colonists that the British were coming as in "The British are coming! The British are coming!". Whether the British would seize the Colonist's arms was just one of the things that the the Colonists were fighting to prevent. But we can safely say that "trash talking" the British was not one of Revere's goals.

There is more fun to come: Palin's emails have been released and they are sure to surpass the first President Bush's bloopers in fun malapropisms.

And then a development rich with irony: Representative Charles Rangel (who has had his own, but not sexy, ethics problems) is now defending Rep Anthony Weiner saying that Weiner was not going out with prostitutes or little boys or taking a wide stance in the restroom. (New York Daily News). Well, now that is quite some defense.

Someone should have told Representative Weiner that with his hoot of a last name, he should constantly be vigilant to see that no crotch area references are ever associated with his name.

And sixteen employees of the Gingrich Presidential Employment have quit en mass. I guess they took a close look at Gingrich's three marriages and the new wife and realized that they neither had magical powers or the abillity to walk on water.

In Texas we used to say, "This s..t won't float."


 

June 1, 2011


Newt and Calista Gingrich
2009 White House Correspondent Dinner-Red Carpet - Arrivals
Washington Hilton / Washington, DC
May 9, 2009
Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

The Beat Goes On: The news has been full of stories about how when Calista Gingrich worked "on the hill" she had a $500,000 - $600,00 Tiffany's bill. Half a million dollars worth of jewelry and that hair!!! In the words of Truman Capote's Holly Gollightly, "The mind simply reels."


May 18, 2011

Donald Trump has declared that he is not going to run for the Republican nomination to be President. If any of my readers are so naive so as to be actually shocked, please email me and I give you a crash course in "How to Get Free Publicity Without Really Trying." I would also like to declare that I am not running for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States. Before you start sniggering, remember Sarah Palin has set the bar really low so there are possibilities for all kinds of candidates, including the New York gubernatorial candidate who campaigned with the only six words, "The rent is too damn high."

In another truly funny note, Newt Gingrich has thrown his hat into the ring assuming that since he "says" he loves wife number three, his Bible Belt constituency will forgive his massive infidelities with wife's number one and two. Gingrich famously delivered divorce papers to his first wife while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. He married again and while married to wife number two, had a six year affair with wife number three. Gingrich and wife number three now attend church and think this will be enough to placate the Christian South. Well, I grew up down there and all I can say is, "I have no idea what he is smoking, but instead of wasting his time by running for President, he might want to consider selling it."

Woody Allen famously wrote that if you wanted to know everything about your teachers, just look at them. Take a quick look at Mrs. Gingrich - google "Calista Gingrich" images (use the quotes around the name) for an AHA moment.


 

May 12, 2011


Queen Elizabeth II
Royal Windsor Horse Show - Day 1
Windsor Home Park / Windsor, Berkshire, UK
May 11, 2011
Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's You Got it Going Girl Awards to Queen Elizabeth II. Kudos to her for self confidence and authenticity. Her head scarves never took off, but that did not stop England's indomitable Queen; she has perfected the art of turning frumpy into fine.




April 28, 2011

Donald Trump has pulled another one of his rabbits out of a hat (creating a whirlwind of free publicity) when he both accused President Obama of not being born in the United States and of not being qualified to be admitted to Harvard Law (President Obama graduated from Harvard Law Magna Cum Laude and he also headed The Harvard Law Review). Trump has pulled or attempted to pull these publicity stunts before with his infamous feud with Rosie O'Donnell (she ate too much cake at his wedding) and his attempt to feud with Angelina Jolie by declaring that she was not beautiful (she ignored him). But this time Trump's rabbit has come covered in jack burrs. Both of his accusations (blacks are not real Americans and they get preferential treatment in college admissions) are classic racist diatribes - anyone who has ever lived in the South knows exactly what he meant to say. And since his real goal (no one thinks that the Republicans would ever nominate him unless they were convinced they would never win and just needed a sacrificial lamb) was to garner free publicity for his show, The Apprentice, he has managed to greatly offend large portions of the TV viewing audience including all minorities and all educated people. Perhaps Trump should have asked advice from Don Imus before opening his mouth.

The first rule of gun safety is don't aim the damn thing at your own foot.


 

April 19, 2011


Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly
Extra Interview with the Cast of NCIS
The Grove in Los Angeles
April 16, 2011
Photo Credit: MISSB / PR Photos

If you love NCIS (hey, I have to watch something while I am surfing the internet), you will love this photo. Who knew Ziva and Tony could laugh?


 

April 16, 2011

Check out this video - T Mobile's Royal Wedding:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kav0FEhtLug
Hysterical!

April 11, 2011

In an attempt gain traction for a dead-in-the-water campaign, Donald Trump has joined in with the "birthers" in questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States. All this carrying on makes me question whether Mr. Trump was actually born on this planet.

For more on this issue, see MSNBC.com.

And so you say, "Trump's not dead-in-the-water, he is polling second among the potential Republican candidates for President." Well, he is polling second because there is no one out there who is even a slightly viable candidate for the Republican nomination. But Republicans, with their Bible Belt base, will never nominate a New Yorker with Trump's baggage - multiple marriages, several almost bankruptcies. Just ask Rudy Giuliani who also polled quite nicely early in the 2008 game.

But perhaps these shenanigans will fulfill Trump's real goal - boosting ratings for The Apprentice.


 

March 30, 2011


Boy George Appears for OverKitch at the
Champs Elysees Queen Club in Paris on March 28, 2011
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos



Oh my goodness, just when did Boy George begin to resemble a Queens housewife? Oh well, I guess it can happen to the best of us.


 

March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor died of heart failure yesterday at the age of seventy-nine. Taylor was an icon, a stunningly beautiful young girl who became a gorgeous woman. She starred in dramas and her life was drama - eight marriages to seven different men. Taylor famously said that her mother told her that if she was to "be with" a man, she should marry him and she religiously followed her mother's advice. Taylor was one of the last relics of the studio system, a system that created stars by controlling every aspect of their lives. And that control plus the pressures of being a young star, may have contributed to the stress that led her to self medicate in her adulthood, landing her in Betty Ford where she famously met her eighth husband. But all these shenanigans aside, Taylor was a loving mother (all four of her children were with her when she died) and a dear friend who supported AIDS victims like Rock Hudson long before it became fashionable to do so. She was loyal, standing by Michael Jackson through all his trials. And she was talented - watch National Velvet and then watch Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf to see the range of Taylor's accomplishments (you have Netflex so you can do it.) Taylor was the last of her kind and she will be sorely missed. Rest in peace to a glorious screen goddess.


 

March 20, 2011


Georgia May Jagger
Hudson by Georgia May Jagger Jeans Collection Launch
Selfridges | London
March 10, 2011
Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Remember when Mick Jagger hooked up with Texas model Jerri Hall (I am certainly aging myself). Well, Miss Georgia May Jagger is just one of the results (they had four children). Mick and Jerri's genes certainly had a harmonic convergence (among other convergences) and this kid is actually better looking than either of her parents


 

March 11, 2011


Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Katy Perry
Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - Backstage
Pavillon Concorde / Paris, France
March 8, 2011
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos

Here is a You Got it Going Girl Award to Miss Katy Perry. Perry never forgets that no matter where she is, she is the product, she is the brand. Both Perry and Lady GaGa are marketing geniuses.


 

March 3, 2011


Kokon To Zai Fashion Show
London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011
Somerset House / London, UK
February 23, 2011
Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Here is a witty photo to brighten your day. When you are not one of the big boys (and London Fashion Week certainly is not), you do have to try harder. And this "trying harder" can be a lot of fun.


Musings: There needs to be a new name for the medical syndrome that causes celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and John Galliano to run off at the mouth and ruin their careers. "Getting drunk and making an a** of your self" simply does not cut it anymore.


 

February 25, 2011

Lindsay Lohan should send a thank you note to Charlie Sheen for effectively shielding her from even more bad publicity by continuing to make a fool of himself in public and effectively throwing his career (and his show, Two and a Half Men) onto a drug-fueled funeral pyre.


 

February 17, 2011


Patricia Field and Amanda Lepore
The Blond's Fashion Show
Milk Studios / New York City
February 16, 2011
Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Here are two of Miss Wendy's You Got it Going Girl awards for fashion stylist Patricia Field and everyone's favorite trannie, Miss Amanda Lepore. Don't you just love the way Patricia's hair matches Amanda's fur stole? It is never good to be too matchy-matchy, but this does work.


 

February 9, 2011


Brooklyn Decker
Just Go with It New York City Premiere
The Ziegfeld Theater / New York City, NY, USA
February 8, 2011
Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Sports Illustrated model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker certainly had a Married To The Mob moment when she wore this Dolce & Gabanna dress to the premiere of her new film, Just Go With It. What 80's Mafia chic!

But if you are looking at this look and admiring it, please do not try this at home.


 

February 4, 2011

Okay, the weather has won. After three years of being able to walk the wintry streets of Manhattan clad in a pair of non-waterproof Uggs, it is time to give it up and purchase a pair of Hunter boots (Neimanmarcus.com). Other brands may be in the waterproof boot business (Coach etc), but no one does it better than Hunter. And yes, you do need the socks or otherwise, you will have a gouge in your calf where the top of the boot rubs against your leg.


 

January 29, 2011

 

Jean-Paul Gaultier
Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011
January 26, 2011
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos


Jean-Paul Gaultier
Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011
January 26, 2011
Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos

 

It is still cold and wet outside. Here are some fun fashions from Paris Fashion Week to cheer you up. Calling Lady Gaga!


 

January 26, 2011

It is cold and miserable outside in New York City. Click on these links to places where "you are not" and feel the envy:

concierge.com1

concierge.com2


 

January 17, 2011

That cute Sarah Palin is at it again, talking to everyone who will listen telling them that she is not a fault for the Arizona shooting even though she did put cross hairs on the Congressman Gifford's district (Daily News) on the Palin website. And, according to Palin, anyone who says so is committing a "blood libel." Great news extender, Ms. Palin, piggy-backing on a tragedy and milking it for every interview you can get. Now would you please just can-it and go away! You've always been irritating, but now you are boring.


 


Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
Spike TV's Scream 2010 Awards - Arrivals
Greek Theatre / Los Angeles, CA, USA
October 16, 2010
Photo Credit: Chris Hatcher / PR Photos


It is five months until the premiere of Season 4 of True Blood on HBO. Here is a photo of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer to tide you over. If Anna's character Sookie is to "hook up" with either the six foot plus Eric or Alcide, these heels might be a good wardrobe choice, although they will look at bit odd with her Merlottes's waitress uniform.


 

December 31, 2010

Happy New Year to All!

The Beat Goes On: Here is a look back at some of the fun events of 2010:

The Republicans took over the House which is actually a good thing. The nation is in an impossible situation right now and it is only fair that the Republicans be around to shoulder the blame for not immediately fixing the mess they caused in the first place. So pick up your mop and shovel, Mr. Boehner, and start cleaning up your sh*t.

The Republican Senate nominee from Delaware, Christine O'Donnell (Youtube.com) went on television to proclaim that, "I am not a witch." Her potential constituents were quite relieved, but they did not vote for her anyway.

Not to be outdone in the sharing department, Paula Abdul (ABC TV) chimed in to declare, "I am intelligent." The jury is still out on that one. Abdul and Simon Cowell have now left American Idol and were replaced by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

Trying to compete in an arena where everything has been done before, Lady Gaga wore a meat dress to the MTV awards (Reuters.com), shocking Cher and enraging PETA and her many vegan fans.

Lost finally ended and the series many fans are now officially lost without their Lost.

Lindsay Lohan went back to rehab for the something-or-the-other-time (it is hard to keep up without a stop watch) and so far so good. Lohan is at the famed Betty Ford Clinic until January 3, 2010. Missing their daily free lunch, TMZ made an ass of itself by paying a Betty-Ford-employee-who-also-happens-to-be-a-recovering-drug-addict to say that Lindsay was drunk and refused a breathalyzer test. This story went away in a pfft (recant, recant, recant) when both the money-grubbing -now-former employee and TMZ were reported to the California Attorney General for violating California's medical privacy act. They may have also realized that there are security cameras all over the Ford Center and they might have a hard time proving this very convenient story. Strangely enough, TMZ is not covering their own legal mishegas.

Jennifer Aniston continued to make movies that tanked (The Switch, The Bounty Hunter) and Hollywood continued to hire her to open tanking films. When will the powers that be realize that we are Just Not That Into You (Her).

Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for The Blind Side, a film about a conservative Tennessee family who adopts an impoverished black boy. Bullock gushingly took to the Oscar podium to proclaim her love for her then husband Jesse James. Proving the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished, her husband was immediately outed as a good-for-nothing-hound-dog-who-screws-tattooed-sluts. Bullock is now a single mother, adopting a black baby boy in an life imitates art moment.

Mel Gibson made a complete ass of himself, making foul mouthed racist phone calls to his now ex, Oksana Grigoriev, who recorded them and promptly violated a court order by leaking the tapes. In a strange twist, Grigoriev is now being investigated for extortion. This is a cautionary tale both for foul-mouthed-but-rich-bigots and ambitious-Russian-honeys-looking-for-a-rich-baby-daddy.


December 23, 2010


(Note: The following is a reprint from November of 2007. But very little has changed for the flying public, so it is unfortunately still relevant.)

Dear Miss Wendy,

It's Christmas week. Does Miss Wendy have any advice to the air traveling public?

Sincerely,

Down Home Turkey

Dear Turkey,

The airport police will be on high alert. Not for terrorists, silly, but for any hint of bad behavior from the flying public who are being thoroughly mistreated by our overbooked airlines and the under trained, underpaid airport security guards. Airports have grown to resemble subway tunnels with filthy restrooms and travelers forced to sleep on the floor; the situation is become so bad that many Jet Blue travelers plan ahead and pack mats so they don't have to lie on the dirty floor! So no matter how upset you become, please stay calm so you don't become the next Larry Craig (arrested for twitching in the men's room), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (arrested for public drunkenness after years of sobriety) or worse yet as agitated and depressed as Carol Gotbaum, the lady who died while in police custody. Save your whining for someplace safe - the visit with your family.


 

 

December 19, 2010

Both Houses of Congress have voted to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and it is about time. Years from now people will look back on DADT and wonder "Why?" If you don't believe me, just take a quick survey among high school students and see how many you can find that have issues with gays. All this hand wringing about what soldiers will do in the shower is the provenance of older people with extraordinary amounts of time on their hands.

It was crazy to be kicking people out of military service because of their sexual orientation. We need all the soldiers we can get. And just how many of the people who are ringing their hands about "the effect on military cohesion" would be willing to sign up and take the place of expelled gay soldiers? That's what I thought.


 

December 14, 2010

Chelsea Handler has tweeted a photo of her lying in bed cuddling Fifty Cent. What an incredible ratings boost that will be, right up there with her trashing Angelina Jolie for stealing Jennifer Anniston's husband. And instead of something that happened five years ago (Brangelina), this Fifty things seems to be ongoing.

Why pay a publicist when you can get everyone (including me) all atwitter over your hook up?

You go girl!


 

December 9, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards has died of breast cancer at the age of sixty-one. Edwards was one courageous lady who fought a long hard battle with a nasty disease. Rest in Peace!

The latest out of Hollywood has Lindsay Lohan joining Dancing With the Stars as soon as she gets out of rehab. This is a much better gig than playing Linda Lovelace but it sure will be full of stress for someone who is supposed to avoid stress and concentrate on staying sober.

But life does go on and if you are alive, you have stress.

And the Oscar buzzed film Blue Valentine (see the New York Daily News) now has an R rating instead of the NC-17 rating proposed by the MPAA after Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein company launched a massive appeal with the board. Now everyone will have to rush to see this film to find out just why it almost got a NC-17. What a massive publicity coup this is for the film. Game Match Set Harvey!


 

December 4, 2010


Liza Minnelli
2010 World AIDS Day Light for Rights
Washington Square Park / New York City
December 1, 2010
Photo Credit: Beth Wagner / PR Photos

Here is one of my You Got it Going Girl Awards to Miss Liza Minelli. Long live camp!


 

November 30, 2010


Amanda LePore, David LaChapelle
and Daphne Guinness
9th Annual GLAAD OutAuction and Out in Art Award
Metropolitan Pavillion / New York City
November 21, 2010
Photo Credit: Wild1 / PR Photos

Here is a fun campy photograph that caught my eye. Famed tranny Amanda Lepore, world renowned photographer David LaChapelle and Karl Lagerfeld muse Daphne Guinness posing at the 9th Annual GLAAD OutAuction. This photo is fun on so many levels: Guiness and LePore carrying the same color purse, the fine line between camp and art and LaChapelle's instinctive eye in choosing just whom he should stand next to when someone is shooting a photo.

Photographer Bradford Noble is a friend of mine and whenever I take his photo, he looks at where I have my lens and how far away I am and then moves himself so he fills the lens in the best manner (basically doing my job). Looking at this photo I can tell that LaChapelle does eactly the same thing.



November 25, 2010


2007 Macy's Thankgiving Day Parade
Photo Credit Angelo Rivera

From Miss Wendy to Her Readers: Today is Thanksgiving and here are two helpful recipes you can use if any one is foolish enough to ask you to contribute a dish for the festivities:

Miss Wendy's White Trash Fruit Salad

1 large can of fruit cocktail (drained)
1 large bag of colored miniature marshmellows
1 large container of Cool Whip

Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy

Miss Wendy's Queso

One package of Velvetta cheese, sliced
One jar of salsa
16 ounces of half and half

Put all ingredients into the crock pot, heat and serve with chips.

Happy Thanksgiving!


November 16, 2010

There is joyful news from London - Prince Williams and his girlfriend Kate Middleton have announced that they are engaged and will wed in the Spring or Summer of 2011 (MSNBC.com). This is great news for both the Prince and Miss Middleton and for the news outlets of the world who will now have a tasty dish on our dining room tables - a dish that should feed us all for the next year or so.

But here is a quick style question: Just what is it with young English ladies and their hats? Now I think the hats are fun and I applaud them for wearing them, but why would a young woman even own a pinwheel hat? And they only wear these confections when they are actually in Britain. New York City is filled with British expats and you never see young women wearing decorative hats (everyone wears wool hats in winter but they are for warmth not show). English ladies abandon their hats as soon as they leave Britain much the way Saudi women toss off their robes and veils the minute the plane leaves Saudi air space.

Do young upper class British women wears hats as a subtle hint to young royal men that they would be happy to replace their hats with a tiara?


 

November 13, 2010

Here is a funny bit I read about while I had my coffee (Daily News). New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice of the Bravo TV show , Real Housewives of New Jersey is teaching a course at the Learning Annex titled "How to Have it All." Mrs. Giudice and her husband recently filed for bankruptcy after spending an entire season on the show living the good life Jersey style. Perhaps she should co-host her session with a good bankruptcy lawyer who could help her explain how to "buy and file."


 

November 9, 2010


Cher
Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards 2010
Carnegie Hall, New York City
November 8, 2010
Photo Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Here is one of Miss Wendy's You Got it Going Girl Awards for Cher. The sixty-four year old Diva is still rocking it in style. Cher has a three year contract with the Coliseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. It is the perfect match. Caesar's Palace is the epitome of camp and so is our Miss Cher. I saw Cher about five years ago on one of her "Final Tours" and she is "marvelous, simply marvelous."


 

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