January 18, 2014

Janis Joplin ... You'll Always Have a "Piece of My Heart"


January 19th is Janis Joplin's birthday and she was one of my first "American Idols". I didn't "discover" her until after her death. I read everything about her and listened to her music for hours while annoying my parents... and the neighbors. I was blown away by her voice, her creativity and her honesty. She was ahead of her time and thought outside the box. Janis actually questioned "the box"... whatever the hell "the box" is! Wow, whatta concept. I related to her feeling like an outsider and never fitting in. I also knew what it was like to be different and to be bullied, this was way before bullying was such a hot topic in the media. I'm sure Janis would be a big supporter of the NOH8 Campaign today.

I find it comforting (maybe Southern Comforting) that I live near Larkspur, her last home. It's a beautiful suburban town with redwood trees not far from San Francisco - a city she loved. Often when crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at night, I picture Janis driving her psychedelic Porsche zooming past me onto the windy roads to Larkspur. Okay, I have a vivid imagination!

Even though Janis has been gone for many years... her energy and her music are still alive. And now there's a whole new audience discovering her with the new hit Broadway show "A Night With Janis."  I saw the show and loved it even more than I thought possible. I'm gonna see it again (and again) it was a magical night at the theatre and nyc2suburbia will once again be tweeting about it! I know Janis would be loving the show. She'd be cackling in the back of the orchestra every night and would make sure the audience got up off their asses! Just like Mary Bridget Davies and Kacee Clanton do at all of their performances.

Janis has inspired many of us and we've learned from her "Get it While You Can" philosophy, to live each day the best you can, coz it may be the last. Amen sister!
So, Happy Birthday Janis and Keep on Rockin’! I'll be having my Southern Comfort while toasting one helluva woman and listening to your music. I will continue to celebrate your life and be forever grateful because you will always have a "Piece of My Heart".

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January 12, 2014

What A Dump !

I cannot believe what I actually did tonight. Furthermore I can't even believe that I'm gonna share it with you, but I've never been one to keep things to myself. Okay, I joined forces with the rest of the Suburbanites out here and did something many of them do. I couldn't believe how many of them did this and I'd constantly make fun of anyone who did.

THE DUMP
First of all, I was not talking on my cell phone, texting or drinking while driving - that infuriates me and I get crazy when I see that! But what I did I'm almost embarrassed to share, especially for a native New Yorker who loves to walk. I DROVE the car 126 feet from the driveway to pick up the mail and throw out the garbage. OMG, I said it out loud, I may delete this. What the hell came over me? What was I thinking?  I've stooped to an all time low. Who am I? I may have to even turn in my Gay card and never mention Green Acres Gone Gay (GAGG) again. What've I done? This is not fabulous behavior.

THE MAIL
In my defense it was not premeditated. As I started to walk outside in the cold stillness of the early evening, I thought that I heard an animal. I immediately thought I was gonna be attacked. (I think this many times when I walk outside). I thought it was a bear, a killer deer or that "friendly" burglar who has been spotted in our community (the community is so PC they actually call it a "friendly" burglar - WTF?) Nevertheless I got my ass in the car so fast and drove 126 feet to throw out the garbage and pick up the mail. I am and will always be totally embarrassed on so many levels... and whatta disappointment. The mail was all junk and as for the garbage... like Bette Davis said "What a dump".


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