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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Drive: California Dreamin'

Your Head Trucker has been snowed in here for the weekend with only a single electric heater for warmth - the HVAC repairman will be out tomorrow, I hope.  The landscape all around looks just like the winter scenes in this video - which is a good choice for a bitterly cold and dreary day here in Nowheresville:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"I Thought I Was the Only One"

Some moving oral histories from the Los Angeles LGBT Center, 2013 - I only wish they were longer:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fresh for Health (1956)

Santa Fe reefer by Lionel.  Click to enlarge.

The Santa Fe shows off its ultra-modern, high-speed refrigerated freight service in this promotional film:

It really is a marvel to think how many hundreds of millions of people were - and are - fed so well by so few in this country.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tired Old Queen at the Movies: Rebel Without a Cause

Steve Hayes reviews:
James Dean gives an iconic performance in Nicholas Ray’s classic study of troubled youth Rebel Without A Cause (1955). With able Oscar-nominated support from Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, it’s the story of a teenage misfit who moves to a new town and must juggle the pressures of an unhappy home life and his peers at school. Dean never lived to see his most famous screen role, which has served as the basis for countless movies about teenage rebelliousness ever since.

Catch more fabulous movie reviews at Steve's YouTube channel.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Marriage News Watch, 2/23/15

Matt Baume of the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Drive: Theme from A Summer Place

So far this year, winter has been fairly mild in Texas - but tonight and tomorrow we're getting hit with snow, sleet, ice, and freezing rain. Brrr! And then more of the same on the weekend, bummer.

I wonder if there's anything to that positive-thinking stuff . . . .

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Pork Boys Do Mardi Gras 2015

Or, How them evil homosekshuls are destroying Western civilization, one meal at a time.

Your Head Trucker has just returned from a visit with his best friend M.P. and a week of good food, good company, and good cheer, with some guidance from our beloved Julia Child, as shown.

La table de fête, all set for Mardi Gras with lace and beads and glitter - naturellement!

Notice the perfect fleur-de-lys napkin folds that M.P. cleverly devised.

Masks and beads make the fireplace festive too.

Above and below, crepes filled with julienned ham and asiago cheese, covered with Hollandaise sauce; at the side, wilted baby spinach leaves with bacon and chopped sauteed onions.

Above and below, fresh hot beignets, just as yummy and irresistible as those from the French Market in the Vieux Carré.

Evening photos of the table, with masks M.P. made.

Candlelight always adds a lovely, festive glow to the evening.

Crunchy fried eggplant, a Southern delicacy - cooked up by your Head Trucker, as it takes no particular culinary skill.

Aubergines en Persillade, Gratinées - chopped eggplant baked with parsley, garlic, béchamel sauce, and breadcrumbs - yummmm.

Baked onions stuffed with rice and Parmesan cheese - so sweet and tender.

The main course:  Boeuf en Daube à la Provençale - top round larded with pork fat, braised in a thick sauce of red wine, beef stock, dark roux, scallions, tomatoes, and herbes de Provençe.  Melt-in-your-mouth good.  I tell you what.

Fresh out of the oven, M.P.'s perfect croissants, made entirely from scratch - flaky, crunchy, and buttery, far better than anything you can buy in stores.

Above and below:  a King Cake, made from featherbed biscuit dough, was of course the pièce de résistance, drizzled with melted butter - oh my!

So with plenty of good food, good wine, Marlboros, and music, we had a fine time - couldn't have been better if we were in Jackson Square or on the Champs-Élysées. And when the day's work is done, is that not the point of living - to savor and enjoy it?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

First Gay Wedding in Texas!

I can hardly believe it.  The Austin American-Statesman reports:
Two Austin women were legally married Thursday morning after a Travis County judge ordered the county clerk to issue a marriage license.

Minutes later, Texas had its first legally married gay couple when Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, together almost 31 years, said their vows before Rabbi Kerry Baker while standing in front of the Travis County Clerk’s Office sign on Airport Boulevard.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said his office will seek to void the marriage license “issued due to the erroneous judicial order” and promised a lawsuit seeking to halt the Travis County clerk from issuing any more marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The judge's order applied only to this couple, and no others. Late this afternoon, the Texas Supreme Court for good measure issued a stay of the Travis County order, although news sources indicate that Bryant and Goodfriend's marriage appears to remain valid.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A World of Art: The Metropolitan Museum

A thoughtful, fascinating history and tour of one of the world's greatest museums:

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