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A Truly Amazing Day

…and I’m in Dallas for some anti-money laundering training for the WEEKEND never thinking how huge a day June 26, 2015 was going to be.  Fuck.   What I wouldn’t give to be back home today and celebrate this amazing day with Larry, my family, my friends….

Of course, first, we had the sensational news that the Supreme Court had effectively stricken down the laws against gay marriage in states that had them, and thus gay marriage was legal throughout the country.  About fucking time.  I’m going to quote here, for posterity, the wonderful statement made in Justice Kennedy’s remarks:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.  As some of the petitioners in this case demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.  Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

SO ordered, indeed.  I can’t wait to get home and start really getting ready for my completely nationwide-legal wedding to Larry!

Later in the day, as President Obama was speaking his eulogy for the slain pastor from last week’s slaughter in Charleston, he sang “Amazing Grace” and reduced anyone watching to tears:

Incredible.

I will miss this President when his term is finished.

And so now I sit here and wish I was back home.  Tonight is the Sound of Music Sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl, which is way earlier than it has ever been before.  My mom is using my ticket though so at least something good is coming of it as she’s not had the experience.  It is the 50th anniversary of the movie, so maybe some awesome surprises are on their way?  For my part, I’m listening to the soundtrack (“My Favorite Things” is currently playing).  GOD DAMN, why didn’t I look at my fucking personal calendar before signing up for this fucking training?????  I am actually physically angry at how this turned out.

The one good thing that I really am going to focus on is that things are going to work out and I’ll get to see my dad tomorrow after the session is done!  It’s quite a schlep he’ll be making so I’m super appreciative.  Can’t believe how long it’s been, yet again.

Finally, after today’s session, I quickly hightailed it over to the Book Depository here in Dallas, TX.  After reading 11/22/63 and of course just the morbid fascination that such a place in history holds, I knew that if I was going to do anything touristy, that would be it.  It ends up being quite an experience, as they’ve put up a very intense and immersive experience on the 6th floor of the depository, which is where Oswald carried out Kennedy’s assassination.  The corner of the building he was situated in has been recreated to look like it was, and it’s decidedly creepy.  A very good exhibit nonetheless – I’ve taken pictures but I don’t have an easy way that I can think of at the moment to get them here…but I may update this post shortly as I’m thinking of something.…Yay, Google Photos – thanks for making this work out after all…Pictures!

June 26, 2015 – Visiting the Book Depository in Dallas, TX

26-Jun-2015 16:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
 
26-Jun-2015 17:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
26-Jun-2015 17:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
Looking down at about the same view as Oswald had
Looking down at about the same view as Oswald had26-Jun-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
That white X on the road is where it is presumed the fatal shot was experienced
That white X on the road is where it is presumed the fatal shot was experienced26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
This was the stretch of road the motorcade was on before turning right below onto Elm
This was the stretch of road the motorcade was on before turning right below onto Elm26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

And did I mention how much I wish I was home?????

The Sound of Music Could Fucking End You

Okay, so Funnyordie.com is the best.  You probably already know that.  But here’s some more proof, coming on the heels of the already-known amazing Lady Gaga/Sound of Music performance from yesterday’s Oscars.  The Sound of Music, itself, wants you to know it fucking owns Hollywood (click the image below to read the full thing for yourself on the site):

fod_soundofmusicIt’s absolutely hilarious and I had no idea The Sound of Music was such a cokefiend.

As for previous epic and wonderful things that Funnyordie.com has made, here are some of my other favorite things:

I mean, this is just awesome….and we all know it’s not too far off from the truth!  But I’m not biased.

And of course, Funnyordie.com hosts the best Game of Thrones recap, Gay of Thrones.  Here’s the last one which I’ve already posted here but fuck it, let’s post it again, as it’s fucking awesome:

Lady Gaga and Her Amazing Sound of Music Oscars Performance

This year’s Oscars were just okay – Neil Patrick Harris was a decent host but definitely not firing on all cylinders.  Go back to the Tonys, buddy.  🙂  I kid, I kid.  But his jokes definitely fell on the bad side more than the good.  Yet there were quite a few redeeming parts of the show:

  • Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech was awesome, as were the reactions from Meryl Streep and JLo.
  • The Adapted Screenplay winner for Birdman and his emotional plea to “stay yourself, stay weird” after admitting he attempted suicide.  That was devastating.
  • The good spread of awards to quite a few different winners – I absolutely loved that both Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel walked away with a few high-profile wins.  Those movies deserved it.
  • I’m a little surprised Michael Keaton didn’t win but I have to give Eddie Redmayne proper credit:  he disappeared into the role of Stephen Hawking. He WAS Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
  • The performance of “Glory” was exhilarating.
  • But let’s be real….for me, once it was clear that the Oscars were about to honor The Sound of Music and that Lady fucking Gaga was going to be the one doing the tribute performance?  I nearly lost my mind.

I’ve linked to the official Oscars performance if you click on the screenshot below…..please, if you haven’t watched it, get blown away by how talented Lady Gaga is.  I’ve always been a fan and always appreciated she was more than the “pop star” that so many are nowadays.  The girl has got major talent, and it’s not only singing, as she can play the hell out of a piano too.  But even after enjoying her duet album with Tony Bennett, I never would have guessed she could put on a show as Julie Andrews and FUCKING NAIL IT.  God damn, it was amazing.

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And then to have JULIE ANDREWS come out herself and hug Lady Gaga and thank her for the wonderful tribute….tears, I tell ya, tears!  It was thrilling and I can’t get over how much I still love that movie, even after seeing it billions of times.  And to have Lady Gaga be a forever part of those memories is quite a new thing to marvel over.

Alright, I’ll fanboy my way out of this post now.  I’ll say one more thing about the Oscars – I admit I’m surprised Birdman won the Best Picture award over Boyhood.  I’ll write up about seeing both Boyhood and The Kingsman in a post coming shortly (I do recognize they’re not in the same league) as we have recently seen them but I’ve been preoccupied with other things.  Boyhood was quite a feat of moviemaking and the human story it told, over an actual 12 years, was quite amazing.  Those few scenes with his mother, father, and then that scene at the high school graduation and then when he goes to college?  YEESH – way too close to my reality.  Anyway, I still salute Birdman.  All of it up to that very last moment – then I have to leave the praises behind.

The Lonely Goatherd Won This Round

….ooof.   I took “last show of the season” a bit too liberally as an excuse to drink everygoddamnthing I could find.  A bit hungover today.  I’ve got pictures, and they’re below, and from what I remember “clearly” – which was up until the part of the movie after the Intermission ended – it was a LOT of fun, of course.  Lots of singing, eating, drinking….this 4th time at the Sound of Music Sing-a-Long was wonderful.  Can’t really illuminate more about it that I haven’t typed three times before, except that I can’t wait to go again next year!

September 20, 2014 – 4th Time at the Sound of Music Sing-a-Long

20-Sep-2014 17:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
Larry made his delicious chicken schnitzel fingers - sooo good.
Larry made his delicious chicken schnitzel fingers - sooo good.20-Sep-2014 14:22, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
Delicious
Delicious20-Sep-2014 15:27, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
 
20-Sep-2014 17:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.782mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
20-Sep-2014 17:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 200
20-Sep-2014 17:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
20-Sep-2014 17:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 5.083mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
Sveta!
Sveta!20-Sep-2014 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
20-Sep-2014 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 320
 
20-Sep-2014 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
20-Sep-2014 17:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.736mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
20-Sep-2014 17:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 20.572mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 125
 
20-Sep-2014 17:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 640
20-Sep-2014 17:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 500
20-Sep-2014 17:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.952mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 400