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Sandy Visits Mr. WoW (And Other Matters)
2:39 pm | November 10, 2012

Author: Mr. Wow | Category: Point of View | Comments: 340


I am extremely happy to report that I do not have a terribly dramatic tale to tell. 


Hurricane Sandy struck Hoboken (and plenty of other places) with brutal force.  But as usual, in Mr. Wow-land, for all my pessimism, cynicism, depressions and fears, B. and I emerged pretty much unscathed.  (Honest, I always feel like a warped Cinderella; just when is midnight  really going to strike?)


Our power was out for six days.  But we still had the gas stove to cook. (B. used to say, “Why do we have so many can of soup on these shelves?”  Now he knows.)   Candles were lit.  I read by flashlight. I think I went through ten books, including a few fave movie-star bios, some thrillers and a bit of Byzantine history.  I watched “Shame” (Michael Fassbender!) and “Rosemary’s Baby” on my DVD player until it ran out of juice.  I took agonizing cold showers.  (Not because of Mr. Fassbender—there was no heat or hot water, and I like to be clean.)


I missed a doctor’s appointment and another trip down to the Department of Labor, where I was supposed to present a log of my job hunt.  Of course I couldn’t make it.  And it was closed anyway.  And I couldn’t claim another week’s check because, obviously the computer was down.  Sooooo…that preyed on my mind dreadfully and is still an issue. (When I got down there finally last week I discovered to my horror that I’d left my passport in my suit jacket, which I’d worn the night before. It’s my only photo ID.  So, back again next week.)

   In the dark, despite all attempts to divert myself, I, as usual, internalized this huge event, which I knew was ruining and ending lives, allowing it to drive me into a desperate state of depression.   This was it, this was a sign.  All hope was lost.  My left eye was paining me.  I have to see my dentist.  Maybe I won’t be eligible for further benefits.  I have $9,000 in the bank.  I have wasted and ruined my life.  I should leave B. and set out alone and die on the streets someplace which is what I deserve.  I kept trying to make my head explode.  (Honest, I thought I could do it.)


Even after the storm subsided and I saw the wreckage of the streets and what some of my neighbors suffered in water damage, I couldn’t  rouse myself  from myself.  The darkness at night was driving me crazy.  I was a joy to be with, barely uttering a word to B.  (When I am like this, I feel keeping silent is merciful for him.)   He’s not too crazy about the dark and lack of diversion himself.  So there was a good deal of hibernating.   Two bears slumbering.


I upped all my meds.  There were no afternoon margaritas.  No coffee.  If nothing else, I was having a nice little cleansing.  No appetite. Lost about eight pounds.  The pants I’m wearing right now keep falling off my pert little ass. (I always take stairs two at time—excellent for the legs and rear.)



You all know I’m not religious, tho I’m always ready for a good chat on the subject.  But I surely live under a lucky star. And I’ve always known it, no matter how I might bitch and worry and lacerate myself. (Hmmm…when I get to where I’m going, eventually, won’t I be surprised when He greets me with:  “Ahhh…about that ‘lucky star’ stuff, wanna re-think it?”)

     But now I feel as if I live under dozens and dozens of lucky stars.  I do mean all of you.  You overwhelm me.   And when I say I love you, I’m not kidding.  I hope those of you on the east coast didn’t suffer and were much less self-involved than Mr. W. 


I’ll ask B. what organization is the best to send donations, and I’ll put in something. The Red Cross probably.  It won’t be a lot, but even if all it gets somebody is a few cans of soup, well, I now know how vital a few cans of soup can be.


Thousands and thousands of people are still without power.  I look at that and I am ashamed I allowed my six days of inconvenience to undo me as it did.   



Love,  W.



P.S.  A lot of people were concerned about me.  Several friends from Manhattan even came in with food and water!  (I was thrilled and grateful, but not very welcoming, because of the sloppy condition of our house.  “Don’t let people in!” I yelled at B. as he opened the door.)    Among those concerned was my boss. (I heard about it, somehow.)  I have known and worked with my boss since 1981.  It has always been an intimate environment and relationship.  In an unprofessional person (me) it has not encouraged maturity or a professionalism I can translate to another job. So far.  Sometimes, inevitably, the relationship  was volatile.  I quit in 1999, only to return a year later.  It had been, essentially, the only “real” job I have ever had. 


I was extraordinarily touched by my boss’s fear that I had been swept into the Hudson River.   That doesn’t mean I’m not still stunned about being laid off, and given to being swept away with some  free-flowing bile.   But after all these years we are family and I frankly wouldn’t know myself if I wasn’t somehow still involved with Boss.  I guess that’s not really a good thing.  I should have gotten to know myself a long, long time ago.   And maybe it’s not too late. 


But for now, I’m still here. And there.  And it’s not the worst place to be.  And even if I get there, I’ll still be here, in some way.  Get it?  



Holding a good thought for everyone in my life


Mr. Wow




Just as I was when I voted for Barack Obama four years ago, I did so with a heavy heart.  I did not believe he was going to win. (Of course I was a Hillary man, so that played a part in my reticent attitude.)    I feared a long brutal battle to discredit him in a tight race this year.  You know, sometimes it is better to be pessimistic. Mostly, one is pleasantly surprised.  When I returned from an evening event (just like last year) I was greeted by B. who said, “Obama won!”   To say I was happy and shocked would be a vast understatement.


The first thing I said to B. was, “Oooohhh!  Let’s watch FOX for a minute!”  Everybody looked like they’d just be told their entire families had been murdered.  It was great.  But I didn’t linger.  Even for me, the palpable misery there was hard to look at.  I didn’t bother with MSNBC.  I’d seen Chris Matthews’ spittle and hyperventilate enough.  And Rachel Maddows’ rapid-fire delivery and endless journey to the simplest point no longer amuses me.  I actually turned on TCM. 


 We’ll see what Obama can do with his last term. The handling of the Benghazi debacle hadn’t pleased me.  I found him most  unconvincing.  Now he’s squaring off again with Boehner, in anticipation of the “fiscal cliff” we’re all about to fall over.  My cliff has arrived so I’m less nervous.  Fatalistic—at least in regard to my own future.  And David Petraeous!  Resigns over an affair?   Much more on this to come, I fear.



On to trival matters.  Anticipating seeing “Skyfall” and “Lincoln” with two of my favorite Daniels (Craig and Day-Lewis)…Wish I’d made a big money bet that Lindsay Lohan would cancel her interview with Barbara Walters. (If the Lohan parents went over an embankment tomorrow, that’s Lindsay’s only hope.)  ….I am happy to have an iPhone, but I still don’t understand how people read, text, look at photos and generally conduct all their business out of the palm of their hand.  It’s  certainly no good for surfing porn.  Everything is very tiny.  But, I am comforted by having a phone in case of emergencies…Kind of looking forward to seeing Madonna at MSG, though she has done some really dumb shit on this tour.  Saw her in Philly when the U.S. leg of tour began and—as usual—there are always brilliant, exciting moments.   But, she’s gotta take off the cheerleader outfit and go a bit Dietrich.   She is still is young woman.  I mean, only 54.  People talk like she’s 70!  But she tries too hard, and it is that stubborn effort that ages her beyond her years…And I have decided that CNN has a death real wish.  The absurd people they have on.  This guy, Don Lemmon, who recently engaged in a “twitter feud” with the actor Jonah Hill?   Lemmon came off like an insecure little schoolgirl. (And he does lousy interviews.)   I don’t think newspeople should be on Twitter.  It’s utterly undignified.


Well, I think that’s it for now.  Although I find more to carry on about in my responses to any of your comments.  That’s always fun. 


It’s cloudy here in Hoboken and the sidewalks are still piled high with distressing signs of what Sandy wrought—furniture, entire floors ripped up, books, sentimental items ruined beyond saving, toys, clothes, computers.  I walk past it, to a house that’s messy, not well-decorated, but whole and undamaged.  And to a person who cares and exhibits remarkable patience in the face of…me.  





  • Sherry

    Mr. Wow, I’m relieved to hear that you and B came through Sandy mostly unscathed.  So many, many people have lost everything.  I know I’ve missed hearing how you are, so I hope things improve for you very soon.  Times are tough, but they’ve got to get better, right?  That’s what I try to tell myself.  Take good care of yourself and B.  By the way, you’re loved too.  ♥

    3:17 pm | November 10, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Sherry….the losses have been devastating.  At our place, the water came right into the vestibule, it was ankle deep.  I pushed a lot of towels in front of the door and then inside as well.  That was pretty much it.  As I said, inconvenienced by the power going off.  Big deal.  Thousands of others would love my inconvenience.

      3:50 pm | November 10, 2012
      • Sherry

        Even though there are many others worse off, there is nothing pleasant about the lack of heat and hot water.  I would have really missed my cup of coffee in the mornings.  It’s fortunate that the water didn’t flood your apartment too.

        4:06 pm | November 10, 2012
  • Deirdre

    Thank you so much for the hug, it felt just as warm as I think it was meant to feel.  So happy you and B have weathered this storm in pretty good shape. Talk all you want about not being “worthy”, the two of you are doing just fine and in my opinion have something really lovely together. I was relieved, surprised and joyous that the President was re-elected.  I know it is still going to be a rough road but I do believe we are moving forward.  I saw reruns of Meaghn Kelly busting Karl Rove over election results and the faces that went along with it were priceless. The only other coverage I watched were Mitt’s concession speech (sad and a wooden as ever) and The President’s acceptance speech (Daniel Sugar described it best, “eloquent and gracious”). Truly hoping that Congress gets the message and is willing to compromise and work for the good of the country.  Well I can dream, can’t I??While we were waiting to hear from you, I made a donation to the Red Cross in honor of my friends Mr. Wow and B. It made me feel, while we were waiting to hear from you, that I was doing something positive. (Other than asking anyone in the gang if we might find a helicopter).

    3:36 pm | November 10, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Deirdre….I wonder how much Obama can accomplish?  The hate and resistance is still out there.  Stronger than ever, in fact.   But, he’s in and I hope he can stay strong for all those who decided they’d rather give him another chance than bet on Romney. 

       I hate to say it, but for me, Romney’s Mormonism was an issue.  I know that’s wrong.  I’ve known lovely Mormons, but something is amiss. To me.  Maybe a thousand years from now  the precepts of the Mormon religion won’t seem so odd and new and culty.  After all, when you take a look at, say Christianity and all the hocus pocus and legends and virgin births, etc–not to mention the gilded palace in Rome–all that seems pretty darn cult-like too!   All religions require a lot of oddities and a suspension of disbelief.  Or, what is known as faith.  

      I honestly don’t think I’ll ever write a book.    Some success I can call my own before I retire?  Maybe. 

      4:08 pm | November 10, 2012
  • lulu

    We all missed you and B!!!!
    We all came up with ideas including the helicopter which unfortunately none of your minions had one. We thought of landing virtually, but as Lila pointed out our computers would have died shortely thereafter.
    However we are all planning a virtual potluck dinner with you and B as soon as you get more organized and B can make his chili.  You can provide the cans of soup and a little vodka.
    I have great confidence that maybe finally the American people have learned that compromise and working together brings good results for everyone.  We all need to keep reminding the Jerks in Washington to think about others than their own political careers and America will once again be a great country.
    I think the Red Cross and Doctors Across Borders who have landed on Staten Island and are making miracles work there are the two best charities to give to…We donated to both.  Just smiling and asking is there anything I can do for you seems to be what most survivors want.  A little tenderness and real concern goes a long long way.
    As for work, money, bosses and exbosses…The most important thing in life is being who you are and knowing that we all love you and want to be part of your life.  I still swear one day we will all say, “We knew Mr. Wow before he wrote his best seller or went to the premiere of the movie “The World According to Mr. Wow”
    hugs to both of you  xoxo

    3:50 pm | November 10, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Dear Lulu…Somehow  I mixed your and Dierdre’s comments and sort of replied to both. 

    As for the potluck, how about cans of vodka and a little soup?


    4:12 pm | November 10, 2012
    • lulu

      Gallon cans of vodka and a little consomme sounds good to me.
      I still swear you will write a book and there will be a movie…I might have to decide to become an agent only for MR. WOW   That will shake Lalaland up for sure!!!!

      4:19 pm | November 10, 2012
  • NSH

    So happy you survived Sandy.  We all missed you.  
    I truly believe this country is basically moderate – not liking extremes either way – that’s why I was positive Obama would win and I hope he’ll move forward with great resolve.  

    4:39 pm | November 10, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear NSH…yeah, tend to agree most people are moderate.  I don’t care for extremes myself.  Not anymore, anyway.  One lives and learns. 

      6:00 pm | November 10, 2012
  • Skyfall:  we are looking forward to it too.

    Lincoln:  Thank God!  THIS is what a Lincoln movie should be… not “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,” as if our public needed even more de-education.

    4:41 pm | November 10, 2012
  • Oh, Mr. Wow.  Cold showers?  Brrrr!  No, no, no.  Water + gas stove = warm bath.  A little more trouble, but with extra time to kill… why not.

    We were stuck with cold showers in Saudi Arabia for a while… not pleasant, especially when January and February came around… who knew it got so cold over there?  But we were waking up to find our water partly frozen in our canteens.  Brrr!  So first, we painted the water tanks on top of the shower stalls black.  That was not all that helpful, so we took the immersion heaters from the kitchen and stuck them up there.  Ahhhhh…. better.  Except for the part about the shower stalls being outdoors in freezing weather.  But yeah, I like being clean too, so you put up with what you have to.

    SO glad you have everything back to normal now!  A long hot shower is one of life’s best luxuries.

    4:50 pm | November 10, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Lila….Nah, I just gritted my teeth and jumped in (and out!)   Although as soon as I was able, I took a long, luxurious hot shower.   I also like baths, but the tub isn’t quite big enough.  In our old place in Hoboken, the bathtub was one of those deep, wide, claw-footed numbers.  And there was a little skylight too. Very pleasant, peaceful.  Tho I don’t know if I’d care to wake up every morning now and have early morning light above me.   Artificial overhead lighting is bad enough. 

      6:07 pm | November 10, 2012
  • As for the election – yeah, a lot of conservatives have been very sore losers.  Guess what Repubs:  You. Do. Not. Have. A. Mandate.  Too much of the country sees you as scary and Taliban-like.  And they are right.

    4:58 pm | November 10, 2012
  • lulu

    Well I think if all the Mr. Wow’ers band together and get more followers we will set a trend of cooperation, compassion and compromise.   We can become the beacon light for others.   The only thing I won’t give up is the idea of a virtual potluck dinner so we can all celebrate with Mr. Wow and B.
    I am a Virgo and I never give up….just in case you haven’t figure that out…rofl

    5:30 pm | November 10, 2012
  • mimi

    I am so delighted to hear that you and B had so little damage. So many people lost it all. I’ll bring my semi-famous pasta salad to the potluck and also a bottle of gin. I’ve never gotten used to vodka. It’s also good that you two hibernated like bears. I love that image. Love to both of you.

    9:44 pm | November 10, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Since “Deirdre’s Delights” has been going strong since our first virtual dinner, I will bring an assortment of desserts, mini cannoli, a variety of Italian cookies, pumpkin, pecan and apple pies and two or three kinds of cheesecake. Requests are accepted. I have a preference for wine so I will bring some Chianti, Pinot Grigo and Pinot Noir. Now all we need is a date!

      10:03 pm | November 10, 2012
      • Mr. Wow
        Mr. Wow

        Sorry Deirdre—I accept nothing mini.  Big cannoli, please.

        10:05 pm | November 10, 2012
        • Deirdre

          Well of course my dear friend, anything for Mr. Wow! The big cannoli are easier to make!

          10:07 pm | November 10, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Mimi!  A gin girl?  Gin’s always had too strong a taste for me.  I like white wines, vodka, and those sweet drinks that have you thinking,  “oh, this is nothing.  I’ll have five more.”  Then you wake up Nutley, NJ with somebody quite unattractive.  (Luckily, I haven’t seen Nutley in decades.)

    Oh, and margaritas.  So I guess tequila, too.   Eh, it’ll all go great with a pasta salad.

    10:03 pm | November 10, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    P.S.  My own small experience, and the continuing agony of others is yet another reminder of just how dependant we are on “the grid.”   It’s all going to go down one day.  I believe that.  The collapse of our energy and tech sources will be the real apocalypse. (I know.  I enjoy the cinematic glamour of the meteor hitting earth too.  But I fear humanity will not be that lucky.)   And unless I meet my end fairly soon, I have a feeling I’ll live to see it.  I’m not an “off the grid” type, either–like you couldn’t tell.  Six measly days without power almost drove me mad. 


    Maybe instead of a cell phone I should have pestered B. for a generator.   Note to self: More soup, more rice, more beans, more batteries.   More books. And take at least one cold shower a week. Get used to it.  Oh, wait–water-power.  That’ll end.  I guess it’ll be a “ripe” old age.   Oh, well, they were all pretty dirty at Versailles.  If DuBarry (and Louis XV) didn’t mind, why should I?

    On this I feel my eternal pessimism is not unwarranted.

    1:10 am | November 11, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Not manhy of us are survivalists but it does make sense for all to be a bit more prepared for weather events that more and more include loss of power for extended periods of time.  As for the ripeness factor, potpourri and a tussy-mussy might help.

      8:23 am | November 11, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      As some of us in Houston discovered during Ike sometimes the lights don’t come back on after a day or two. Most were lucky to have the lights on after a week. I was lucky to have a gas range. So I could eat. People stock up on things that have to be heated. And then realize after the lights don’t come back on they have no way to heat them.  I noticed a number of people installed gas generators after Ike. Unless they’re is flooding which penetrates the gas lines, you flip a switch, a pilot light comes on, and you have lights.  Of course not everyone has gas. Everyone should perhaps. In the “new world.” As for flooding we had Allison. Which doubled back on us and turned Houston into a literal lake. Quite scary to remember.


      I was stunned by the landslide for Obama. And it was a landslide. Which has of course angered the Looney Tooney Republicans. They will continue the “war” against the “black man” in “their” White House. And the votes are still being counted in Arizona and Ohio. So some of the Looney Tooney Republicans including John Boehner could possibly find that they were bounced out of office as well.  There is growing evidence of violations of the Voting Rights Act in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio.  We should demand prosecution.  And we should also demand impeachment of those Supreme Court justices who rule that the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary. Which some will. 


      As for your employer I think they left no doubt in anyone’s mind how appreciative they are of you. Money isn’t everything.  But hopefully things will turn around for them and they can “hire” you back! 

      3:02 pm | November 11, 2012
      • Deirdre

        Good advice to all Baby Snooks.  As for counting in Ohio and Arizona, wouldn’t it be the icing on the cake if Boehner lost? Hope springs eternal.

        6:03 pm | November 11, 2012
        • BabySnooks

          I forgot to add in case someone wondered how the pilot is lit with no power they operate on a battery system. Some of them solar-charged.  Something I suspect more and more will look into.  They are encased so inclement weather doesn’t affect them. Unless there’s a flood but of course they can be elevated the way most water heaters are.  For those who’ve never been there, done this with a major storm, you have no idea how lucky you are. 

          6:43 pm | November 11, 2012
    • Mr. Wow, I don’t trust the infrastructure either.  I love my wood fireplace (and our woods… never have bought a stick of firewood…).  It kept us from freezing in the Snowmageddon blizzard of 2010, and I even cooked in it.  Next house we move to… I want a backup generator.

      4:04 pm | November 11, 2012
  • mimi

    Although I’ve lived in Ohio (ah the joys of living in a swing state) I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. I had a set of lovely grandparents who began giving me martinis with two olives at the ripe old age of 13. My parents were too busy with my younger siblings to notice. So I drink martinis in the winter and gin and tonic in the summer, with and occasional something else if it’s offered. I also like wine and beer.  One drink – considering it’s pretty much straight booze is my limit. It’s a darn good thing I’m not an alcoholic or I’d be in real trouble. Everyone that I love on the east coast is fine including you and B. I am grateful to God, lucky stars, or whatever kept them that way.

    9:04 am | November 11, 2012
  • Rho

    Glad you are okay Mr. Wow.  I did not lose power, just TV and Internet.  My phones still worked.  I ask for prayers for one nephew and his family, they live in Oceanside, NY, and still have nothing. Don’t know for how long, they said it might be Thanksgiving.


    2:10 pm | November 11, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    So glad to see you and B are well. I assume the plastic swan and the boobys survived OK, too. I think I would probably react the way you did. Let’s face it – this sort of thing is scary and disorienting and maddening and just miserable. Cold showers? Ugh! But all is much better now and I’m really happy to see your lovely self here again.

    And for the virtual potluck, I have a whole bunch of things. Since my ethnic heritage is largely German with some Polish, English and French, imported beer and champagne are my preferred drinks. Glad to share with others who have similar tastes.

    2:59 pm | November 11, 2012
    • Oh…. LEBKUCHEN!  It is the holidays soon…

      4:02 pm | November 11, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Haunted One…The Easter Swan and the Boobys are fine, tho even if we’d had water in the house, I feel certain they could have swam it out. 

      8:27 am | November 12, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    And domino steine and pfefferneuse and marzipan and stollen. No wonder I gain so much weight over the holidays.

    4:10 pm | November 11, 2012
  • lulu

    Reading this blog today has made me hungry and thirsty!!!
    There is no doubt in my mind that our virtual party will be a huge success. 

    5:39 pm | November 11, 2012
  • Lucy

    Dear Mr. wOw,

    Living in FL my whole life, it was surreal watching others go through what we usually go through. It was strange being a bystander instead of a “victim”. But……our house always held & we weren’t killed so that’s what we always focused on. I think Floridian’s (and the Conch’s from the Keys) have sort of a “Here we go again” attitude. We always have HUGE drinking parties before any hurricane, and then are too wasted to really do a proper job with the shutters.

    The next wave of shock will be when the insurance industry does what they did to FL – screw us royally. Between the new codes for everything – windows, doors, roofs, nails – you name it there is a new code for it – and the astronomical insurance payments we now have to  make for: Wind,  Flood & reg insurance – if you can even find an insurer, no wonder we drink before a hurricane hits.

    As for your Boss, I have a theory 1) I think your Boss may have become a little jealous of your talent, and that’s why you were put on leave; and 2) I had a similar experience -  I, luckily, went on to bigger and better things, but the moral of the story - for me – forever after that, was – don’t ever think you are really a friend to “The Boss”. They will worry about  you, can be extremely nice and generous to you, but when push comes to shove, they are the Boss and you are the Employee. Blurring the lines always ends up in a disaster for us = the employees. Remember this! I’m serious. Either YOU have to become the Boss – which I now am – or keep it fairly imprersonal and don’t get tooooooo close or you WILL get burned.

    So glad you are back with us and sharing your stories and amusing thoughts. You are really, really a funny, interesting man.


    5:48 pm | November 11, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Lucy…Huge drinking parties, eh?  I must visit Florida.


      As for the boss–no, not jealous. But I’m afraid it all got too personal a long time ago and no way to put that genie back in the bottle.  My own fault and choices.   Too fearful to move on.  I am paying for it dearly now.  And so is B.  I wonder if we can survive this?  Everyone has a limit, and I  have stretched his to the breaking point.  I express only fear and anxiety.  That’s been going on for almost 13 years now–a 13-year depression.  Who needs that? 

      8:24 am | November 12, 2012
      • maryburdt

        Oh, Mr. Wow—Have no fear, B will be there for you as you fight your demons.  Hang in there and know I say a prayer for you every day.
        Sorry I didn’t get on to this site before now, but my computer was acting like it had been drowned in Sandy, and I live in L.A.  I was so relieved that you two got through this horrific storm virtually unscathed.  Our love and good thoughts were with you.
        As for the virtual potluck, I’m in.
        Election night was fabulous.  Now we need to goose the GOP into action.  Obama made the mistake once of thinking the Repubs wanted to be included in reform.  Now he knows that ain’t going to happen. 

        12:30 am | November 13, 2012
  • Lucy

    P.S. To my last email. The barometric pressure from a hurricane is a very well know trigger for depression & migraines. Don’t beat yourself up — it’s Mother Nature.

    6:05 pm | November 11, 2012
  • mimi

    I do agree most heartily on the boss being the boss and never a true friend. He or she got there by working hard to appear to someone else as being better at doing whatever it is he or she does. It doesn’t matter whether she is better, just that she appears better.
    We had a storm in Ohio at the end of June that kept some people out of power for several weeks. There was a great deal of wind damage and trees that went down. I didn’t have a huge issue, but others I know did. A generator isn’t a hugely expensive purchase and doesn’t seem to be that hard to hook up. I sympathize with anyone who loses power. We have to find a solution that doesn’t include “The Grid.” It means that huge areas are incapacitated. I still think we need to find alternative source of power, but am not smart enough to know what it is.

    8:40 pm | November 11, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Dear Mimi… Well, our newly re-elected president keeps talking about alternate sources of power.   But I don’t think he can really move forward on it–whatever “it” is.   We are so melded to oil and the money oil brings, and now to our electronically entwined technologies, it seems a hopeless hope to hope that everybody  wakes up to what is likely to happen in a generation or two.  Or perhaps much sooner. 

    And that means people like me, too–who talk a good game, but still don’t do much other than talk.  I’m no brain in that area.  But a generator is a good idea.  Just for starters.   Those six days in the dark and mostly with no info at all was enlightening, so to speak.  Especially as B. and I are no longer reckless, restless kids, ready to hit the open road and travel with backpacks, facing the elements.  Yeah–like we were ever that!  But aging in an aging empire is rather scary.

    8:14 am | November 12, 2012
  • bigred52

    I am very glad to see you back and relatively unscathed (Sandy-wise, that is).  It’s great that you don’t have to deal with insurance claims and the like.

    I, too, have doubts about any progress in Obama’s second term, but you never know.  Maybe the Supreme Court can get another progressive in its midst.

    Welcome back.

    11:55 am | November 12, 2012
  • mimi

    One of my sons lives out in the country and has a well. When the power went off he came over with jugs and jugs to get water – none to drink, none to wash hands, none to brush teeth, none to cook on their gas stove with. He and my grandson both took showers that day and the next day they showed up to do laundry. My power came on quickly – his did not. Big learning experience for all of us. I can also make my ex-husband’s grandmother’s molasses cookies for our  potluck. They are wonderful.

    3:31 pm | November 12, 2012
    • Mimi, we are also on a well.  We have a very large pressure tank which gives us some reserve in case the power goes out, but we always keep a 7-gallon jug in the garage and about 10-12 one-gallon jugs in the basement… just in case.  In addition, when a storm is predicted, we fill one of the bathtubs and a washtub which we set next to the kitchen sink… and start making big ice blocks to take up all available space in the freezer, and put even more water and sodas in all available space in the fridge.  Cold fluids will maintain the temp much longer than cold air, and as you consume the water and sodas, you can bring an occasional ice block over to the fridge.

      Sometimes Hubby laughs at me for doing all this, but we have never had to throw food away.  And I love our woodburning fireplace because you can cook in it if need be.

      8:36 pm | November 12, 2012
      • LandofLove

        Lila, you sound like a great person to have around in an emergency!

        6:58 am | November 13, 2012
  • Rho

    My nephew got his power back, except for his TV, Internet and phones.  Both of his cars have to be replaced, they can’t be fixed.  He has to get new ones, I hope insurance covers it.


    4:17 pm | November 12, 2012
    • Rho, keeping my fingers crossed for a good result from the insurance company.  Ugh.  What a mess.

      8:38 pm | November 12, 2012
      • Rho

        Thanks Lila, so far I haven’t heard anything.

        9:42 am | November 13, 2012
        • lulu

          Dear Rho – I hope not only your nephew but everyone who has suffered are compensated as they should be.  I am delighted to see the names of celebrities who are donating their concert earnings to help everyone.  It makes my heart sing!!!

          3:15 pm | November 13, 2012
          • Rho

            lulu, I agree.  Everyone should be compensated.  G-D bless those who are helping.

            3:53 pm | November 13, 2012
  • mimi

    Lila, Thanks for the terrific comments. Last year I was taking care of my own mother out of state and the kids found a new “senior” apartment for me. Enough health issues and closer to both of the families made me do this sight unseen. It has turned out to be a good move for me, but there are people who live here who rely on medical equipment to live. I saw five ambulances at different front doors within an hour. And the next day my power came on in the morning. But it was funny to see that the planners in my family hadn’t prepared for a water problem. I did a lot of laundry for a couple of weeks, but they loved dropping it off and picking it up nicely folded. Next time a storm threatens I will tell them to start freezing ice and filling a tub and some of their many sinks. And I’ll tell them that my online friend Lila is the one who made the suggestion.

    8:32 pm | November 13, 2012
    • Mimi, thanks!  ;)   I use those cheap Glad or Ziploc food containers to make the ice blocks, and just leave them in the freezer until I need the space or the containers back (still have one in there now).  The rectangular containers are better fits for this than the round ones. 

      The bathtub water and a bucket are also handy for toilet-flushing, something pretty essential, I think….

      9:12 am | November 14, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Mr. W.,
    Wishing you and B. and all my Wow-Blog friends a happy Thanksgiving. 
    I hope we continue to meet in our little corner of the internet for years to come.

    8:36 pm | November 13, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes, Daniel.  I love how close we all have become on this site.  We are a special little group who care about each other.  Now, isn’t that nice?

      9:13 pm | November 13, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    It is!

    10:29 pm | November 13, 2012
  • Rho

    I also agree, Mary.

    3:08 pm | November 14, 2012
  • lulu

    I feel so lucky to have discovered wowowow and Mr. Wow.  I don’t miss wowowow but I would feel like I had lost ‘family’ if Mr. Wow, B and all of my fellow Wow followers disappeared!!!

    6:26 pm | November 14, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Lulu,  I consider myself blessed to have found all of you on wowowow.  What a close knit “family” we have become.  Even when we disagree, we do so with respect for each other.  I call that something to be thankful for.

      6:52 pm | November 14, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    I hope everyone here, especially Mr. Wow and B, have a lovely and safe Thanksgiving. We’re all still on the green side of the grass so everything else is gravy and I love gravy. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

    6:55 pm | November 14, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Really liked what President Obama said today at Staten Island about rebuilding New York. (He’s such a mensch.)

    2:28 pm | November 15, 2012
  • rick gould

    Welcome back, Mr. W!I am glad to hear you survived relatively unscathed and you are able to count your blessings.
    I was packing, driving across country, and unpacking during the worst of Sandy and the election. I hadn’t realized Sandy was THAT bad until it was at its peak…I hope the recovery is swifter than Katrina. As for the election, I chose to check in the morning after and avoid all the gasbags. Though I too was amused by the “fair and balanced” Fox crew acting as if they were waiting for The Rapture.
    I am a part-time Portlander and part-time Michigander in an effort to save money while I am in school. I totally relate to your dilemma as to career opps for middle-aged folks. I have been seeing some of my former newspaper associates go back to the news biz…and taking a big pay cut for it. Security or the great unknown…always a dilemma in the workplace. Add all these young people who can’t find work post-college…oy vey, it’s enough to make you want to throw the blankets over your head! I hope to find my niche somehow in writing, and I hope you find yours (and get paid for it!).Cheers, Rick

    8:29 am | November 16, 2012
  • mimi

    I love that “our little corner of the internet” is safe. I also love that we do treat each other respectfully and lovingly. That also makes us safe and happy in a “little corner of our hearts.” I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine will be spent with family, but know that one of the things I am most thankful for is each and every one of you. Mr. Wow, thank you for helping to create our little online family. My life is better for knowing all of you.

    2:15 pm | November 17, 2012
    • Rho

      I agree with you.  My Thanksgiving will be with my nephews.  They finally got power and help. 

      3:37 pm | November 18, 2012
  • Susan

    Happy Thanksgiving to Mr. Wow, B and everyone on the comment page.
    I’m thankful to have found “the little corner of the internet” also.
    Be safe and count your blessings this season.

    2:02 pm | November 19, 2012
  • lulu

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!! Tomorrow will watch the Macy’s Parade, eat too much food and then eat more.  Love the smells that are already permeating the house!!!!   Gobble, gobble, gobble to one and all  ….xoxo

    9:57 pm | November 21, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Happy Thanksgiving to all! So much to be grateful for; my wonderful family, great friends in the “real” world and in this virtual one. Grateful to have spent time with all of you this year, exchanging ideas and love. I am grateful that Mr. Wow and B are safe and hopefully snug today, stuffing themselves as we all do.  I send lots of love and hugs to my wonderful, virtual friends. Special thoughts to Briana B’s family today; she is missed.Ready to watch Macy’s Parade!!

      8:19 am | November 22, 2012
  • Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to Wow, B, and all the denizens of Mr. Wow’s blog!  I am especially thankful that Mr. Wow and B made it through Sandy with minimal issues.

    10:35 pm | November 21, 2012
  • maryburdt

    Wishing you and B a marvelous Thanksgiving.  One filled with good food, good friends and good booze.  Love you.
    To all of you:  Happy Thanksgiving!

    10:53 pm | November 21, 2012
  • Rho

    Happy Thanksgiving to Mr. Wow and B, same to all.  Enjoy.


    8:56 am | November 22, 2012
  • KE MH

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

    1:41 pm | November 22, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    To All…You better be eating, drinking, loving your friends and family right now.  You better not be here.  Stop reading this instant and have more stuffing!  (My favorite part of the meal, natch.  I could eat it everyday.)


    Happy Thanksgiving.  Healthy Thanksgiving.  And a happy, healthy everyday, too.

    Love, Mr W.   

      (I see you cannot do as you are told.  Didn’t I say back away from the keyboard?  Well, be like that.  Just wash up first.  Nothing worse than stuffing in-between the S and D.)

    6:53 pm | November 22, 2012
    • Deirdre

      All the dishes are done, pots and pans clean so there won’t be any stuffing between the s and d!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and B (I am toasting you with Moet)!  It’s been a quiet day for us, just my dear husband and I this turkey day. Odd but fine.  We will be with our gang for Christmas. I’m not a Black Friday shopper so I am not camping outside any Big Box or (heaven forbid) Mall. Not sure I get it but whatever floats someone’s boat. So I am listening to the soundtrack from Once (Broadway, not movie) and sending this to you.Soon!!

      9:32 pm | November 22, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    I had a quiet day too. Picked up some steamed veggie dumplings, watched the Macy’s parade, read the new J.K. Rowling and then watched “The Queen Of Versailles” on NetFlix. 

    10:11 am | November 23, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Daniel, sounds lovely. I will not admit that this very liberal, sappy, cry at the drop of a hat person, watched The Kennedys mini series marathon on REELZ! Since it was the 49th anniversary of the assassination, I could not resist and I went through lots of kleenex. Typical of me, even though I know the outcome. Oh well, another excuse for one more glass of wine!  Hubs watching some football, so we went back and forth between programs! Talk about mixing the entertainment! Hope all our lovely group had good, fun day!

      11:22 am | November 23, 2012
  • Rho

    Hi all, had a lovely day with my family at one of my nephew’s home.  I don’t cook, I get care packages, will have another lovely dinner again tonight.

    10:20 am | November 23, 2012
  • bigred52

    Quiet Thanksgiving alone.  No invitations.  To be fair I didn’t invite anyone either.

    11:05 am | November 23, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Hey big! We would loved to have included you!! Just would have made your way to Western Massachusetts!

      12:58 pm | November 24, 2012
  • rick gould

    My sister and I whipped up Thanksgiving dinner for the family.Honestly, the hardest part was the clean up!My contribution: Chocolate mint banana bread and buttermilk cheddar biscuits…no wonder Liz is my favorite movie star! I felt like the second Mrs. John Warner yesterday post-dinner!
    I watched two delightful movies on TCM on Turkey Day: Cheaper by the Dozen and Sitting Pretty, both with the delightfully sharp Clifton  Webb (Laura). “Cheaper” is one of my fave childhood flicks and both movies were surprisingly fresh with sharp, frank, situations for their day. And Webb was witty and delightful as the superior smarty pants in both.
    Excuse me now while I check into rehab and plot my next comeback ; )
    Hope your Thanksgiving was fine, Mr. W and friends!

    11:19 am | November 23, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Before the plotting begins, I think the chocolate mint banana bread recipe must be shared. We won’t tell it’s yours until after the comeback. That way we can all capitalize on your success!! LOL!

      11:27 am | November 23, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    Glad to hear everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I celebrated with family, a small group this year but we had a good time and caught up on family news. There was enough food for twice as many people but isn’t that the way it always goes?  No mall or any of that for me. I cherish what little sanity I have left. Rick Gould, could we trade a few recipes? Chocolate mint banana bread sounds degenerate, which is to say, I gotta have some. Buttermilk cheddar biscuits make me salivate. I have a good recipe for sweet potato casserole with pecan topping and sure fire brine for the turkey. Want to trade?

    4:20 pm | November 23, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    And now that we are suitably sated, food-wise,  on Sunday can all slip into our caftans, clutch a tumbler of Jack Daniels and and watch “Liz and Dick.”   I expect it to go down in history. (The trailer alone, w LL as ET saying, “Who’s counting?” in reference to her marriages, is  joyous camp all by itself.) 

     Oh, and keep a teasing comb nearby; use as a self-mutilating device to stop the incessant guffaws that are sure to annoy people miles away.  Although maybe nobody will notice?  I expect a nationwide cacophony.    

    4:28 pm | November 23, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      So far the critics who’ve seen it haven’t been impressed enough to even call it camp but I suspect that is what it will be and of course there will be this ”what a bunch of f**king crap” emanating from the cosmos. Followed by a familiar cackle. Just the trailers they’re showing so far would indicate that all you will be able to do when the shock wears off is laugh. But it will probably have quite an audience. People will forever be fascinated by “The Burtons.” And why not?  We all wanted at one time or another to be part of Anthony and Cleopatra. And they were George and Martha.  So they were us. And we were them. We just didn’t have the jet, the yacht, the money rolling in faster than we could spend it.  They were the right scandal at the right time. And ushered in an era of hedonism the likes of which we had never seen and probably will never see again.


      7:37 pm | November 23, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Mr. Wow! Wouldn’t you consider watching LL as cruel and unusual punishment?? I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch but I guess I will at least peek. The bits that I have seen are awful, but if you say camp, I’ll give it a go.  Wouldn’t want to be sorry I missed it later.  Somehow, I don’t see it being rerun very often.

      1:02 pm | November 24, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Can’t wait for “Liz & Dick”. (And as long as the rating are huge (which they will be) they’ll continue to cast her.) 

    7:24 pm | November 23, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      Keep in mind “Cleopatra” sank a studio. ”Liz and Dick” may sink a comeback…

      7:41 pm | November 23, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Dr Sugar–cast her in what?  She has made a cheesy TV movie.  Even if it gets ratings, she is still a dead duck in Hollywood.  


      Oh, and at the “premiere” of this thing, Lindsay remarked: “Elizabeth was drunk on sets.  I have never been drunk on a set.  I did my time and I respect the law.” 

      This is almost as classic a line as ET’s own:  “I only sleep with the men I marry.”

      8:28 pm | November 23, 2012
      • BabySnooks

        I think she meant to say “with the men I wanted to marry.” But it’s just as well. If she’d said that she wouldn’t have become a senator’s wife. 

        4:59 pm | November 24, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    It “sank” the studio (eventually it turned a profit) but didn’t damage Elizabeth.

    7:53 pm | November 23, 2012
  • mimi

    Happy day after Thanksgiving to all of you. 15 family members at one table is a bunch. We all had a great time. Tomorrow is leftover night which I like even better because my sister’s in laws have gone home.  They don’t approve of their daughter’s  same sex orientation. I don’t agree. I’m hoping for gay marriage so I can dance at their wedding.

    8:35 pm | November 23, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Mr. W,
    I doubt we’ve heard the last of Lindsay. Whether she’s cast in A-list movies or Z-level trash, she will continue to work. (Though she may first have to take a bit of time off to visit the gray-bar motel.)

    10:40 pm | November 23, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    R.I.P. Deborah Raffin and Larry Hagman.

    11:24 pm | November 23, 2012
    • Rho

      I once met Hagman on Madison Ave., he saw me standing there waiting for someone to pick me up, he gave me a hug, and we had a nice conversation.  May he rest in peace.

      1:55 pm | November 24, 2012
    • Deirdre

      I was sad to learn of Larry Hagman’s death. He was quite a character. I am sad too about the death of Deborah Raffin. I think she did some good work in Haywire and Once Is Not Enough. She was far to young (59).

      9:59 am | November 26, 2012
  • rick gould

    The chocolate banana bread trick is simple: follow regular recipe and add half a cup of cocoa. Then use a cup of mint chocolate chips instead of walnuts. Peanut butter chips are pretty dang good too.
    Buttermilk makes a subtle difference in biscuits. A little grated cheddar in the dough isn’t so shabby either!
    My sister keeps teasing me to watch Liz and Dick Sunday. I keep threatening to cut her out of my will!
    The only thing Lindsay and Liz have in common are circumstances. Their behaviour regarding their situations could not be more different. But that’s just my opinion ; )

    12:20 pm | November 24, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Thank you Rick! I’ll try the chocolate mint banana bread and let you know!  I learned the cheddar biscuits from my mother, they are wonderful.

      12:55 pm | November 24, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      Some would say the behavior wasn’t too different – it was just easier to keep the press from running with the stories in the 60s and the 70s and the 80s. The 90s arrived and it was downhill for everyone.

      5:04 pm | November 24, 2012
    • Haunted Lady
      Haunted Lady

      I think I love you, Rick. Here’s the sweet potato casserole:

      Serves/Makes: 8  Ready In: 30-60 minutes

      3 large sweet potatoes
      1/2 cup butter, melted
      1/2 cup sugar
      1/3 cup milk
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      2 eggs

      1 cup chopped pecans
      1 cup light brown sugar
      1/3 cup flour
      1/3 cup butter, melted
      1 teaspoon vanilla

      Peel and slice sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Cook in water and drain and
      mash. Beat with electric beaters, stopping every so
      often to remove any strings that may collect on beaters.

      Add butter and sugar to warm potatoes and continue mixing. Add milk, vanilla
      and eggs. Mix well and put in a buttered casserole dish about 8″ x 12″.

      Mix the Pecan Topping ingredients and crumble over top of casserole.

      Bake 30 minutes at 350F. Freezes well before or after cooking.

      And the brine.
      2 1/2 gal cold water
      2 c. kosher salt
      1 c. sugar
      2 bay leaves, torn into pieces
      1 bunch fresh thyme or 4 T. dried
      1 whole head of garlic, peeled
      5 whole allspice berries, crushed
      4 juniper berries, crushed or 1 sprig fresh rosemary

      Place water in a container large enough to hold the liquid and bird you intend to brine.
      (Note: a Rubbermaid storage container with a lid works well but be sure the bird is
      completely covered with the brine.)
      Add all the ingredients and stir until sugar and salt dissolve, about a minute or so.
      Place in refrigerator or cool area, like a garage or back porch, for 24 hours.
      When ready to stuff and roast, wash off the brine first. Remember to watch roasting time
      as a brined bird cooks in much less time than usual.

      The gravy from this is excellent and the meat stays moist and tasty.

      5:09 pm | November 24, 2012
  • mimi

    Won’t be able to watch Liz and Dick. Will enjoy the reviews here.

    3:11 pm | November 24, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    11:37 pm | November 24, 2012
  • lulu

    Daniel – Based on the photo you posted I think I’ll take out my DVD of ‘the real’ Cleopatra.
    Word here in LaLaland is those at Lifetime knew it would be a bad movie but bring in big dollars, so they bought it. 
    On a different subject watched the new big screen movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” last night.  Remarkably surprised by the story and acting!!!   Mr. Wow you would love the movie!!!

    11:32 am | November 25, 2012
  • Rho

    Good morning.  Wish I knew how to post photos here.


    11:35 am | November 25, 2012
    • Lauriate Roly.

      I wish you could do that too Rho; I bet you have interesting photos to show us – but I seem to remember seeing a photo of you in military garb somewhere on one of these popular sites. You looked very nice . . . and I can understand why Larry Hagman gave you a hug.

      1:12 pm | November 25, 2012
      • Rho

        Military garb?  That wasn’t me, but I have many photos with celebrities. 

        3:12 pm | November 25, 2012
        • Lauriate Roly.

          Rho – you can’t tell me I didn’t see a photo of you in your army fatigues, sitting alongside what seemed an armored vehicle, or a tank, when you were in the service of your country. I can’t find it, but I know I saved it somewhere on this stupid computer.

          8:49 pm | November 27, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    I really enjoyed the novel so I’m looking forward to seeing “Wallflower” as a movie.

    1:55 pm | November 25, 2012
  • BabySnooks

    “Liz and Dick.” Thank god there are commercials. So far, well, I hope Lindsay Lohan put something aside for retirment…

    9:20 pm | November 25, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Baby…you mean, put something aside for next week?


      Oh, it’s sooooooo cheap. 

      9:32 pm | November 25, 2012
      • Deirdre

        I just watched about 3 minutes, it’s all I can manage. It is awful!!

        9:43 pm | November 25, 2012
      • BabySnooks

        I was thinking more in terms of “cheesy” which sums up the writing, the acting, and the storyline. 

        9:44 pm | November 25, 2012
        • Deirdre

          Cheesy is the perfect comment. Anyone who has anything to do with this production (?) should never be thought of a credible again. Awful!!

          9:46 pm | November 25, 2012
  • lulu

    on West Coast not on yet… However think her mom and dad still get part of it

    9:25 pm | November 25, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    The biggest problem was that she did not, for one moment, seem to “be” Elizabeth Taylor. Still, it was trashy fun. 

    2:11 am | November 26, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      She didn’t seem to “be” anyone actually including herself. It was was so awful I went to bed  not long after the “second bankruptcy” and the screening of Virginia Woolf. It was too much to, well, to overlook. They were never broke, never close to it, were in France not Mexico during the Academy Awards, and I could feel my body going numb when he bought the yacht so they could live at sea to avoid taxes.Dramatic license is one thing. Making things up is another. 

      I must admit I roared when Sybl Burton just casually showed up and casually agreed to a divorce. Did these writers check anything? I doubt she was casual about anything from the point she realized this was not just one of the flings.

      That actor playing Burton, and forgive me for not knowing who he is but I just woke up and haven’t had coffee, actually wasn’t bad.  At times he managed to capture Burton. Unfortunately that merely made the casting of Lindsay Lohan all the more ludicrous. Elizabeth Taylor could go from 0 to 90 in a split second  – Lindsay Lohan never got the engine going.  There was no emotion to her performance.  She seemed to just be reading lines most of the time.  Maybe it got fun after I went to bed but I suspect it got trashier as well.  And cheesier.  Definitely deserves a “Rotten Tomato” award.

      6:57 am | November 26, 2012
      • Deirdre

        Well it certainly sounds as though the 3 minutes I managed to watch was more than enough. It was repeated right after it ended. I tried one more time but just couldn’t stay with it. Cheesy and pathetic; so very sad to see Lohan, who was very good a few years ago, was truly “not there”. Awful, awful, awful.

        8:00 am | November 26, 2012
  • Susan

    OH MY GOSH! I watched for 5 minutes and that was ll i could stand. 

    8:46 am | November 26, 2012
  • Lucy

    Baby Snooks – Your review was exactly what I thought. I wanted to read the posts today to see if anyone knew if this movie was acurate or not. It didn’t “seem” to be true – I don’t know anything about the 2 of them, but I couldn’t believe they were broke or that ET would live on a boat with her whole family – I was also confused by the ending, etc. Did Liz still love him? I thought they hated each other? Were they still married when he died? In the movie it looked like it?  If you are going to do a movie about probably one of the most famous couples in Hollywood – get your facts straigth for people like me, who watched to see the true story. I didn’t even care about the acting, I knew it was going to be awful and casting a skinny Lindsay as Liz = she looked like a kid dressing in Mom’s clothing complete with bad wigs… was no surprise. I guess I’m going to have to get a book and read about them


    10:24 am | November 26, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      There was this odd “based on a true story” flashed across the screen.  Which was curious since most of what followed in fact wasn’t true at all. And seemed oddly to be more a hatchet job than anything else which turned out to be a dull hatchet. As dull as the movie itself.  Love?  Certainly a lot of passion.  I think obsession would be a better word. On both their parts. Bottom line is in a way they were playing parts in a movie they were starring in. And I tend to agree having heard it said so often that there probably would have been a third act.  They were toxic to each other. Fun to watch however.  I found out recently that their house, which soon became her house, in Puerto Vallarta was torn down for condos. The bridge which was a copy of the Bridge of Sighs that linked his house that he bought for himself and her house remains. No one knows what will happen to his house. It will probably become the parking garage. The bridge was quite symbolic in a way because some remember the days when things started flying across the bridge and people would sigh and go “they’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.” They were fun. Probably the funnest couple in Gringo Gulch. But there were times they were more fun to watch. From a distance. She also sold the house in Switzerland in 2010.  So she knew the end was near. But she knew that in 2004-2005. That must have been difficult for her since it was the last of the ties to him. After he died, Christmas was more about just the annual trip “home” to avoid taxes.

      Maybe if someone else had played her it might have worked. Lots of comments to the internet reviews. Most amazingly very favorable to Lindsay Lohan.  Some will continue to shop at Walmart. Some will continue to proclaim Lindsay Lohan as the next Meryl Streep.  Which must frighten Meryl Streep.  Particularly the possibility that Lindsay Lohan might portray her next. When Elizabeth Taylor heard the camera start whirring, she turned on what can only be called the magic. Unfortunately there is no magic with Lindsay Lohan. There certainly was none last night.

      2:23 pm | November 26, 2012
  • Susan

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was on Sunday afternoon.
    THAT was Elizabeth Taylor. I hadn’t seen the movie in a while.
    God, she was gorgeous in that film.

    10:54 am | November 26, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    I tried watching a few minutes but couldn’t stand it. It was SO bad.

    12:13 pm | November 26, 2012
  • Rho

    I did not watch, and won’t.  Nobody can be Liz.


    2:59 pm | November 26, 2012
  • rick gould

    I chose not to watch.You can watch the real thing on TCM or Netflix.Just my opinion, I predict that Lindsay Lohan is over as contender as an A List actor. I say that knowing that anything is possible in Hollywood. But Lohan, even while filming the Liz epic, couldn’t stay out of trouble for five minutes.And the reviews have been vile.Her negative image, to me, is nearly beyond repair. And Lindsay ain’t no Liz or Scarlett in picking herself up, dusting herself off, and declaring tomorrow to be another day…I truly think Lindsay is going down a lonely road more like Marilyn than Liz.

    3:41 pm | November 26, 2012
  • BabySnooks


    I sort of agree with the comparison to a Saturday Night Live skit and I suspect their writers are already fast at work.   I have this vision of Tina Fey having lots of fun with Lindsay as Liz….

    4:51 pm | November 26, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    She’s not over. She has 3 movies in post-production: “InAPPpropriate Comedy”, “The Canyons” and “Scary Movie 5″.

    5:27 pm | November 26, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    3.5 million people watched (which means it’s Lifetime’s 4th most-watched TV movie of the year).

    5:36 pm | November 26, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Dr. Sugar…

      I guess I was among that 3.5 million.   I am stunned by the cheapness of the production and poor Lindsay’s attempts to be an epic figure.   I mean, it’s not like La Liz wasn’t quite slutty for her time.  She was!  But she had brilliant press people to eternally re-imagine  her ever-changing image, and her own inherent “fuck you”  survival instinct.  Also, she had great posture. Taylor’s vulgarity excited her audience.  (Even as they gasped their disapproval)  

       In another era, Lohan might have been captured by a studio and reasonably constrained.  At the very least, some of  her exploits would have been covered up.  (And her parents put to sleep.)

      That was then.  This is now.  LL is a gaudy train wreck..  The conductor has abandoned control.  Only Lindsay can stop or re-route this personally murderous Orient Express.

      6:57 pm | November 26, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    The train wreck will continue. (Hopefully, she will survive.) 
    (I worry about this young woman.)

    7:06 pm | November 26, 2012
  • rick gould

    Lohan had the opportunity to work with Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep and managed to get called on the carpet both times for unprofessional behaviour.
    Now Lindsay is reduced to working with Charlie Sheen and porn star James Deen, Heeeyyy, I rhymed!(a little Virginia Woolf shout out)
    Lohan actually reminds me behaviour-wise of Lana Turner, who kept the MGM PR department in over-time…abortions, adultery, quickie marriages, bigamy, gangsters, constant nightclubbing, etc. But because she showed up on time and her movies made money, LT was cut slack. Compare that to Judy Garland, who gave MGM fits, as well. Except Judy’s constant latene$$ and behaviour caused the studio to drop her at age 28.
    I think Lindsay has fallen into the fallen star category…not a survivor-type star.

    8:02 am | November 27, 2012
  • mimi

    So glad I missed that movie. I’m sure they’ll rerun it and I’ll hop on the train wreck until the end. This site is fabulous. We have gone from being grateful to learn that Mr. Wow and B are safe and well, through disaster planning, onto Thanksgiving wishes and recipes, and now to Liz and Dick. I love this and think perhaps we are writing some sort of epic that future generations will look at and say “Huh, look at the stuff these people talked about back then.” Perhaps they will have costume parties where they portray what  they think we look like.

    8:32 am | November 27, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Mimi—we are epic!

      3:06 pm | November 27, 2012
  • BabySnooks


    Sometimes Liz is too “sugar and spice” for my taste. Lindsay Lohan is yesterday’s news…

    8:54 am | November 27, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Liz is terrific and anyone would love to have her in their corner. The program was awful, end of story.

      9:04 am | November 27, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Baby…really?  For Liz, I thought that was pretty rough on Lindsay.  I mean what–shall we load her into the tumbrel and have her guillotined?

      It was a bad movie with a bad lead performance.  She has been unanimously panned. She is such denial I doubt she understands the criticism.  Which is sad. 

      7:55 am | November 28, 2012
  • Lucy

    Thanks for the links Baby Snooks – interesting to read that Lindsay was devestated by the reviews. Kind of sad to be that much in denial. Did she actually think that a Lifetime movie was going to put her on the road to the Acadamy Awards? Didn’t she have a clue when she saw the sets? Read the script? Apparently, she has always thought of herself as a great actress. In what? Herbie Fully Loaded? Hasn’t she ALWAYS been a B actress?  What is so different about this Lifetime movie and Freaky Friday 5 (or whatever it’s called?) I don’t get it. Seriously. She could have had some fun, camped it up – take it for what it was. It’s a paycheck, afterall. But she was “really” counting on THIS movie as her big comeback? That’s really scarier than all her fright movies put together.


    11:27 am | November 27, 2012
  • rick gould

    I don’t know if this will show, but somebody had fun with Lindsay as Liz visiting Burton’s grave–in an evening gown, no less– (with the demise of Lohan’s career on the headstone)!

    12:40 pm | November 27, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Rick–I was thinking, why is Joan Collins visiting Burton’s grave?

      Of course the reality was not far off.  After being barred from the funeral by the last wife, ET showed up a few days later in skin-tight jeans, four inch heels, a tight striped blouse and blonde hair (her first flirtation with blonde)  She was not invisible.  The paparazzi would not let her be, so she left.  Later–like four in the morning–she returned.  The paps were still there but her entourage opened huge umbrellas around her so she could kneel by the grave with some semblance of privacy.   The few shots that escaped show her disheveled, without makeup.  Looking like, well–a 54 year old woman in deep grief.    She later said her experience trying to get to Richard’s grave was “the worst thing in my life–worse than Mike’s death.” 
      2:52 pm | November 27, 2012
      • BabySnooks

        He bought plots in a cemetery in Wales. The wives and husbands that followed aside, they probably both should have been buried together there. But, well, the taxman. He hated the taxman. Why he had bought the house in Celigny to begin with. Same reason why she and Eddie Fisher bought the house in Gstaad. I suppose he could have bought two plots in Celigny. But didn’t. And he bought the plot. Not Sally. Or so I heard as they say. Just for him. No Missus. I think Elizabeth’s visit was overplayed by the press. She always spent Christmas in Gstaad. To appease the taxman.  Sally of course bought the adjoining plots in Celigny. To make sure only she could be buried next to Burton.  Angered by the media circus at the memorial service. They were both out of line. But there is just one widow. Elizabeth thought there should be two. His financial arrangements were sealed as were hers.  But rumor was there was still some “intermingling” of the assets by agreement.  And Sally got her “share” after Elizabeth died. I doubt anyone will ever say. Including Sally. But she got very “forgiving” shortly before the auction at Christie’s.  So it may have been a matter of expediting the final check.

        Liz Smith made a comment about the loyal entourage. Well first of all Elizabeth paid more than most. And paid very well. She also had everyone sign “non-disclosure” agreements. And those didn’t come to an end when she died. Which may explain why there haven’t been an avalance of tell-alls.  Her children have probably made it clear they will sue. She left her image the way she wanted it. Interviews. The various books she lent her “approval” to. But no real authorized biography. So this and others will never really be the “real” story.  The ones who might tell can’t. They signed the agreements.  He was a different matter. And those diaries. Well. Pretty damning when you get past the Shakespearean repartee. As far as I’m concerned, she meant well. Even at her worst. And that really is all that matters. She meant well. She made a difference in people’s lives for the better.  So few really mean well. So few really make a difference. 

        8:31 pm | November 27, 2012
        • BabySnooks

          I should add with regard to Liz Smith’s column that not everyone loved working with her. I heard there were problems with the foundation. And towards the end the publicists came and went. Including Warren Cowan. Everyone polite about it. But they weren’t exactly devoted and loyal. And things weren’t always warm and fuzzy with Chen Sam. But the friendship always prevailed. Still midway through the Washington adventure Chen took off for New York. And the entourage took over finally. I still say she should have sent the entourage to Los Angeles and stayed in Washington. But alas that isn’t what happened. It’s a good thing the perfume deal arrived because even with the televison movies and the trusts the entourage as well as the family would have capsized Cleo’s barge at some point. Some people don’t talk publicly. But they still talk. 

          As for the film it was really unfair to her. Have heard that from several. As for the public image the reality is they were really more George and Martha than anything else. There probably would have been a third act had he not died. And it probably would have set off World War III when the curtain fell.  Which it would have. Like my grandmother used to say sometimes love isn’t enough.  They loved each other. But they were also toxic to each other.

          8:47 pm | November 27, 2012
          • Mr. Wow
            Mr. Wow

            Dear Baby…well, all I know is that when her assistant’s mother was dying, and that woman asked to die in Elizabeth’s home, ET said, “of course.”  And she was there at the woman’s bedside when she passed.  And Elizabeth paid for everything.

            Whether or not she was always “easy” to work with…that true-life tale speaks volumes to what she was, under all the crap.

            Warren Cowan?  He worked for her for free, for the “prestige” (such as it was in those last years.)   He was an old man himself, and hardly knew what to do with a client who was crippled and often a bit loopy.

            I think the Lohan movie was most unfair in how it portrayed her as a mother.  I doubt she was always “there” but when she was I think it was quality time.  And later, she became a non-judgmental friend to her adult children.  She knew better than to ask, “Why are you doing this?!”

            Someone who knew her at the peak of the Taylor/Burton madness remarked: “Sober, she can be boring.  All she talks about is her children.  But with a few drinks she’s quite lively and vivacious.  Very sexually attractive!”



            9:10 pm | November 27, 2012
  • Lucy

    You guys know so much! Is there any book or books you can recommed to me to read about Elizabeth Taylor so I can get a more complete knowledge of her life? That movie was so bad and choppy, I don’t feel satisfied and want to know more.


    10:17 am | November 28, 2012
  • rick gould

    Hi-I do not have much “inside” knowledge of Taylor’s personal life.

    But when ET passed, I noticed many local news items around the country where people who had had some personal interaction with Taylor (usually assisting her professionally in some capacity) and almost uniformly, they all commented on how polite and pleasant she was, and more than a few commented that she seemed genuinely curious about them as people.

    Elizabeth also brought Chen Sam into her home when she became terminally ill. As well as her former daughter-in-law Eileen Getty, when she was ill at times with AIDS. ET has always been there at the end for her friends and loved ones.
    That’s what I find noteworthy about Elizabeth Taylor as a person.

    3:54 pm | November 28, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      I thought Aileen had died in the 90s. Was told she had. Apparently not. Liz Smith ran something in 2005.  She also thought she had died. Missed the update.  But she’s alive and doing well for others.

      8:21 pm | November 30, 2012
      • BabySnooks,13969,05_03_2005_1_1,00.html

        Missed this. Someone mentioned her earlier today. I thought they’d lost their mind. Apparently they thought I had. Very bizarre.  She certainly had been low-key for awhile because I know it was widely reported she was dead. 

        8:24 pm | November 30, 2012
        • Deirdre

          Looks like no one thought anyone but Magic Johnson had survived from the early days of HIV/AIDS. I am sure Aileen is happy to be living a low key life or any life. Hope she and her boys are together.

          8:33 pm | November 30, 2012
      • Deirdre

        I couldn’t remember if Aileen had died or not. I am so happy she is still here on earth and doing all she can for others. Sounds as though this work helps keep her sober and healthy. Nice to see such a good story. Wish her all the very best.

        8:29 pm | November 30, 2012
  • BabySnooks

    Added to the “parallels” may be the problems with insurance. With Lindsay Lohan the concern may not be that she will end up in the hospital for six weeks. It’s that she may end up in jail for six weeks. 

    5:42 pm | November 28, 2012
  • rick gould

    This just in…Lindsay Lohan arrested for punching a woman in the face at a nightclub at 4 a.m. 
    I must be getting old. The only time I am up at 4 a.m. is to tinkle!

    8:19 am | November 29, 2012
    • Deirdre


      8:26 am | November 29, 2012
    • BabySnooks

      Hopefully you remember fondly the day when the night was still young at 4 am.  I do. I suspect Mr. Wow does.  I suspect Lindsay Lohan doesn’t remember much of anything whether it’s 4 am or 4 pm.  She has violated her probation so many times that at this point it should be a matter of her violating her parole.  She is, again, yesterday’s news. 

      8:47 am | November 29, 2012
      • Deirdre

        I remember very fondly the 4 am nights, especially in NYC. It isn’t all that unusual, there is so much to do in “the City that never sleeps”.  It’s a perfect time for breakfast after a night of theater and visiting clubs to hear music.

        8:59 am | November 29, 2012
  • Susan

    So sad! What is WRONG with this girl???????

    8:48 am | November 29, 2012
  • Rho

    I feel so sorry for her, she needs help.

    10:19 am | November 29, 2012
  • lulu

    Lindsay has been offered help so many times that I have stopped counting.  Until she decides she wants the help, listens and gets away from her lethal family and so-called friends, she will continue on down her spiral path to…..

    On a brighter note, I wish all of you would go to Lila’s blog… and read the magical post of Joan Larsen….it is what we all should be concentrating on, not Lindsay

    10:54 am | November 29, 2012
    • Deirdre

      I usually read Forming The Thread early in the day. Haven’t gotten there yet. Will look for Joan’s post.

      11:31 am | November 29, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Hi Lulu–Joan’s post on Lila’s thread is awesome.  Helping those less fortunate is exactly where our thoughts and actions should be.  Let’s forget about Lindsey and move on to something more important and worthwhile…please!

      1:20 pm | November 29, 2012
  • Susan


    Amen sista about not concentrating on Lindsay. I just read the post by Joan Larsen. 
    Beautiful and inspiring.   
    Thank you!

    11:29 am | November 29, 2012
  • Susan

    After reading the post by Joan Larsen I went to Target on my lunch hour and bought packages of undies for little boys and girls. I took them by the elementary school in my neighborhood. My brother was an elementarty school counselor before he retired and I remember him always telling me they sometimes needed these items for the younger students.
    Thanks again for reminding me what is important.

    1:40 pm | November 29, 2012
  • mimi

    Oh Lila – I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes. I’ve had a lucky life, filled with people who love me and always enough. Not ever excess, just enough. I’m going to start digging through the accumulation of my lifetime (I no longer have funds to give – time and caring have to suffice) and donate it now. There is a Goodwill store right around the corner and I know some people do there holiday shopping there. Very inspiring. Thank you.

    7:14 pm | November 29, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Put together some nonperishable food for our local food bank. Tomorrow I will do some shopping and then as we do every year we will send our donation to our local “Toy for Joy” in memory of my most precious friend who died of breast cancer 26 year ago. Joan’s wonderful post only reinforced what we all know; for the most part we lived nice lives. Let’s all try to do whatever we can this season and when possible throughout the year, to give what we can, when we can. I know and love this group because we all care so much about Mr. Wow, B and each other. Now let’s try to help those in need. We can call it  Mr. Wow’s Fabulous Group Doing Good Things. There are so many small things we can do; let’s hear some suggestions!!This group has a power of unity that is amazing to me.

      10:16 pm | November 29, 2012
      • maryburdt

        I like to give to Toys for tots at the local fire dept.  Just buy whatever you can and take the unwrapped gift or gifts to any fire station.  I do this with  my grandson and it shows him that we have to give back to those among us who otherwise would go without.  Another idea is:  Contact your neighborhood school and see what you can do to help those students and their families who are having a rough time.  Every school has a need for this kind of involvement.  Or, bake something yummy and treat those living in a nursing home.  When I was teaching, I would take my second graders to sing Christmas carols at a local senior center.  Many a tear was shed on these happy occasions.
        Do what you can–it will bring you joy, as well as those you are helping.

        10:39 pm | November 29, 2012
        • Deirdre

          Great ideas MaryBurdt! I am certain we can make differences in all out communities this season. 

          10:47 pm | November 29, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Put together some nonperishable food for our local food bank. Tomorrow I will do some shopping and then as we do every year we will send our donation to our local “Toy for Joy” in memory of my most precious friend who died of breast cancer 26 year ago. Joan’s wonderful post only reinforced what we all know; for the most part we lived nice lives. Let’s all try to do whatever we can this season and when possible throughout the year, to give what we can, when we can. I know and love this group because we all care so much about Mr. Wow, B and each other. Now let’s try to help those in need. We can call it  Mr. Wow’s Fabulous Group Doing Good Things. There are so many small things we can do; let’s hear some suggestions!!

      This group has a power of unity that is amazing to me.

      10:18 pm | November 29, 2012
      • BabySnooks

        Call your nearest food pantry, they are usually run by “faith-based” organizations, and see if they will take a driect donation. Saves them money. Most people don’t realize the food pantries have to buy the food from the food bank. 

        10:52 am | November 30, 2012
    • Mimi, Joan Larsen gets all the credit for that article.  All of her posts (every Wednesday) are so uplifting, whether she writes about travel or about life in general.  I just love her stories; me, I am just a curmudgeon, I am afraid. 

      You can see all her posts here:

      And look for her new posts on Wednesdays, here:

      I always give her headlines the top billing because her stories are just the best!

      11:26 pm | November 29, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Lindsay Lohan socked a psychic! 
    (You can’t make this stuff up.)

    8:27 pm | November 29, 2012
  • Deirdre

    Sorry that posted twice, don’t know how it happened. By the way, thanks to Joan.

    10:27 pm | November 29, 2012
  • lulu

    My ideas….
    search through your house and find things you own and haven’t used for four years….donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc…. you will never miss them and think how lucky you have cleaned out the clutter that had accumulated
    go visit a senior center or retirement home and bring your old books, dvds, and just yourself
    continue inviting others to join Mr. Wow and Forming the Thread and watch out world…here we come!!!!

    11:32 pm | November 29, 2012
    • Rho

      Good ideas, but I always do that. 

      3:17 pm | November 30, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar
    2:39 pm | December 3, 2012
    • Dr. Sugar, I saw that… ugh.  And on the heels of slugging some other woman in a NYC nightclub.

      She’s 26 and an adult; her toxic parents got her off to a rough start in life, but at this age, she’s responsible for her own actions.  If all her jaunts in and out of courtrooms, house arrest, jail, and community service hasn’t taught her anything by now, she’s not going to learn.  I wouldn’t hire or bankroll her for ANYTHING, nothing personal, just business survival.  She’s damn lucky she got the Liz n’ Dick role.

      10:06 am | December 6, 2012
      • Deirdre

        I read that the woman who Lindsay smacked was a ‘psychic’ who was pestering her wanting to ‘give her a reading’. Doesn’t excuse the smackdown but I know I would feel like doing that too. And before we get caught up in the you wanted to be a celebrity, it’s part of the territory and she should not be out at all hours, yes, very true. I still think everyone is entitled to some personal space and the option to say no to anyone.; 

        11:02 am | December 6, 2012
  • lsmyers

    In my past job, many clients were from New Jersey and I did not know one who could not weather the storm! So glad to hear all is well as can be at this time Mr. WOW!


    8:46 pm | December 6, 2012
  • Rho

    Hi all, haven’t been around for a while.  Just one thing or another. Tomorrow night begins Chanukah, have a happy to all who celebrate.  I do.


    3:53 pm | December 7, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Happy Chanukah Rho and to all others who celebrate.

      4:11 pm | December 7, 2012
      • Daniel Sugar

        Thanks, Rho.
        Happy Channukah to you too!

        8:03 pm | December 7, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Happy Holiday Rho and all the others on this site that celebrate Chanukah. 


      6:08 pm | December 7, 2012
  • Rho

    Thanks all.

    9:24 am | December 8, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Dear All…B. and I wish all of you a Happy Chanukah!  Or is it spelled the other way, with a H?  I always see it both ways.  Anyway,  happy C or H even to my non-Jewish friends.  Why not?  Never a wrong time to send love and good wishes.

    Even to the people who made “Les Miserables.”  I went to an advance screening and it totally reversed the supposed effects of my anti-depressants–after the first 30 minutes.  More than two hours later I was in despair.  I know the show has a lot of fans–even I saw it 20 years ago on Broadway–but the movie?  Oy, is what I say, in the spirit of the holiday.

    5:56 pm | December 8, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Mon dieu!! I was soooo excited and looking forward to seeing this movie. I saw the play several times and loved it. I am sorry it was a source of despair to you. I will most likely see it anyway but lower my expectations.Hope things are going well with the cleanup and restoration for you and B and the rest of Hoboken.

      6:22 pm | December 8, 2012
      • Mr. Wow
        Mr. Wow

        Deirdre…don’t let my opinion dampen your spirits.  Look, lots of people adore the show and are ready to kill all those who don’t get it, or the new movie version. 

        A lot of passion went into it.  Too much passion for me, but I’m quite the curmudgeon.   Okay–not totally.  I think the George C. Scott TV version of “A Christmas Carol” is the best, and I watch it every year and sob on cue, just as I did when I first saw it.    ”Les Miserables” was just not my cup of musical misery.   

        1:21 am | December 9, 2012
        • LandofLove

          I agree, Mr. wOw, that the George C. Scott version is excellent. It doesn’t get enough respect, in my opinion.

          8:55 am | December 9, 2012
        • Deirdre

          Not to worry, dear friend, my spirits are not dampened.  What a very dull world we would live in if we all liked the same thing (except you of course, we all love you).  I will see Les Miserables with high hopes and the knowledge that I love the music most.

          9:23 am | December 9, 2012
        • Deirdre

          Must add, yes the George C.Scott version of A Christmas Carol is the very best. Will watch and cry from opening to end.

          9:26 am | December 9, 2012
    • Rho

      Dear Mr. Wow, and B — there are many spellings for this holiday.  Thanks for your good wishes.

      10:59 am | December 9, 2012
      • Lauriate Roly.


        Dear Roh, amongst all the good wishes you are receiving form your many friends here, please add my good wish to you for a Happy Chanukah.

        11:54 am | December 9, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Happy Chanukah, Happy Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Rockefeller.

    8:10 pm | December 8, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    (Ironically, once the screening ended, you suddenly became less miserable.)

    8:28 pm | December 8, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Good one Daniel!

      9:45 pm | December 8, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Dr. Sugar, my one and only thought as the screening ended,  was, “There now, see–Hell isn’t forever, you silly boy.  Go to the after-party and drink.” 

      1:25 am | December 9, 2012
  • TheRudeDog

    Daniel Sugar, you got a coupla rim-shots in there — you are on FIRE!  :-)

    9:59 am | December 9, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Rude Dog, where have you been?  I have been quite worried about you.  I was so happy to see your post today and hope all is well with you.  We will probably go on another virtual trip after the Holidays so please stay in touch.  I think Lulu is missing you sitting on her lap while we drive from place to place.  Happy Holidays!

      11:17 am | December 9, 2012
      • TheRudeDog

        Thanks, Mary.  But how do you know I haven’t been in Lulu’s lap all this time?  Napping, snoring, snacking, napping… :-)

        Dog Life sort of beckoned after our last blow-out(s), but all is well and I’ll certainly be ready for another adventure after the first of the year.  I think it may very well have taken all this time to recover from those little jaunts!  Mr. Wow, you and B missed some serious fun; I’m SO glad you both are safe and relatively sound.  We’ve got some snow here in Denver so I think I need a nap.  After lunch.

        12:21 pm | December 9, 2012
      • Deirdre

        I certainly hope we do take more virtual trips in 2013. I am going to look into some places we might be interested in seeing. I have missed Rude Dog’s warmth on the chilly nights we spent here and there on our earlier trips. Wish I could have made the Bali trip, I am sure he was wonderful to travel with.  

        12:39 pm | December 9, 2012
  • lulu

    Wow – I turned the computer on there was my ‘favorite’ lapsitter!!!!  All the wishes and repartee started my day off brightly!!!!
    What ever Daniel is drinking, I’ll have one too please.  Happiness and joy during all the celebrations to every Mr. Wow blogger.

    12:28 pm | December 9, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Like sand through the hour glass, so are The Days Of Our Linds…
    Lindsay Lohan‘s probation was revoked this morning in court and the judge has now set a hearing to decide whether to lock Lindsay up for the better part of a year.

    Lindsay (who wasn’t present) was arraigned this AM on charges that she lied to cops and drove recklessly when she crashed her Porsche on Pacific Coast Highway last June. 

    The judge who arraigned her — Commissioner Jane Godfrey — scheduled a hearing for January 15th on the probation violation.

    If Godfrey decides Lindsay did violate her probation, Lindsay could face 245 days in the pokey.

    12:28 pm | December 12, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    As sick of hearing about the Lohan girl as I am, I still feel very sorry for her. Something is terribly wrong and she’s headed for tragedy. I hope she goes to jail and I hope she gets genuine help. I hope, too, that her contact with her parents and most of her “friends” is severely curtailed for her benefit. No matter who or what or why or whatever, I truly want to see people get a real chance to get their lives sorted out. There but for the grace of God go you and I.

    2:41 pm | December 12, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Amen, Haunted Lady!

      3:32 pm | December 12, 2012
  • BabySnooks

    I’m in the mood for some Christmas. So where’s the annual photo of the tree?

    4:24 pm | December 12, 2012
    • Snooks, I second that!  TREE!  TREE!  TREE!

      5:50 pm | December 13, 2012
      • Deirdre Cerasa

        I add my voice to the chorus, tree, tree, tree! And how about a from the back pic of Mr. Wow and B? It is Christmas, doesn’t hurt to ask. xo

        9:22 pm | December 13, 2012
  • Susan

    Yes yes yes…..We need a little Christmas from Mr WOW.

    4:43 pm | December 12, 2012
  • lulu

    Everyone, don’t forget to watch the 12/12/12 concert on TV tonight.  That should put us all in a joyful spirit!!!

    5:59 pm | December 12, 2012
    • Deirdre Cerasa

      Watching now!

      8:29 pm | December 12, 2012
      • lulu

        The Concert is bringing back fond memories!!!!  Not sure I could survive all of those days again but would be fun to try. 

        10:59 pm | December 12, 2012
        • Deirdre Cerasa

          Oh lulu I have been dancing and singing all night! So much fun! Can’t wait for Sir Paul!

          12:18 am | December 13, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    And don’t forget the boobys.

    6:38 pm | December 12, 2012
  • Rho

    I watched too.  Great show.

    9:38 am | December 13, 2012
  • And tonight’s show, if you have clear skies… the Geminids meteor shower.  They say it will be a good one this year with as many as 100 meters visible per hour.  I plan to bundle up and head outside… 

    5:55 pm | December 13, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    “Wait’ll you see my Gidget, you’ll want her for your valentine.You’re gonna say, she’s all that you adore, but stay away, Gidget is spoken for.You’re gonna find that Gidget is mine.”
    (Sorry, was just watching Sally Field in “Lincoln”…)

    12:13 pm | December 15, 2012
    • Oh, how was “Lincoln?”  The trailers look good.  I was happy to see a REAL Lincoln movie come out, after the tacky travesty of “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” 

      I confess I have not seen “Vampire Hunter” nor will I.  I rebel against the idea of taking a flesh-and-blood historical person and twisting their story into…. THAT.

      1:08 pm | December 15, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Hi Lila,
    Mr. Spielberg’s always terrific but my fave movie of the year so far is “Argo”. 100% pure entertainment.

    1:24 pm | December 15, 2012
  • Rho

    I have not seen Lincoln yet, my nephew’s wife’s cousin is it.  His name is Jeremy Strong.

    4:21 pm | December 15, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    12:17 pm | December 16, 2012
  • Oh, my.  Salome, I presume?

    12:24 pm | December 16, 2012
  • Nicety Gridlock

    Judith and Holofernes

    2:21 pm | December 16, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Nicety Gridlock is the winner of today’s Caravaggio Contest.

    2:39 pm | December 16, 2012
  • Rho

    Am I seeing things?  What is the ad for Shout?

    2:49 pm | December 16, 2012
  • lulu

    Can’t get into the picture….spent the day thinking about Newtown and the poor children who died ..
    I am not against guns, but I want tighter rules/laws….and how about insurance if you own a gun just like you must have if you own a car….insurance for each gun, just like each car

    9:19 pm | December 16, 2012
  • Deirdre Cerasa

    What is wrong with me? I cannot stay away from this. I have been watching since Friday. We have friends who lived in Newtown, it is beautiful. I live about an hour from there, I have grandchildren the same ages ad those precious angels. We MUST stop this insanity. Our children, families and our country are far more important, to me, than anyone’s “right” to have automatic or semiautomatic weapons and huge amounts of ammunition. Rational steps must be taken.

    10:02 pm | December 16, 2012
  • mimi

    Don’t like the violence – no matter what we profess to believe, I really want to think the best of my fellow humans. One person can and does destroy a human life, but no one has succeeded in eliminating humanity. This is a season for joy, happiness, and peace – and I’m trying to keep my eyes on that even as we pray or offer compassion to the victims families.
    I’ve never touched a gun,  never had any desire to. I simply can’t imagine a life where I need one. 
    At any rate, I’ve now shared my not-so-profound thoughts with the rest of you. Please feel to blast awayl. 

    10:13 pm | December 16, 2012
    • Deirdre Cerasa

      I have never touched a gun either; nor do I have any interest. I also do not understand why anyone needs guns in their homes. And please, I beg you, don’t use the Second Amendment as an excuse or even better the idiotic “guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Those arguments just don’t cut it anymore. 

      10:50 pm | December 16, 2012
  • Rho

    I have not stopped crying since this happened.  They were only babies.

    10:19 am | December 17, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    While I understand how deeply people have been impacted by the horrible tragedy in Connecticut, I don’t think knee-jerk reactions are likely to prevent any mentally unbalanced people from committing murder. If someone is determined to kill, they will find a way. There needs to be greater awareness and support for mental health issues. Taking a course of action when one’s emotions are high is unwise.
    And Second Amendment rights are as valid and as important as any other rights. Nothing is a weapon until someone uses it as such.

    11:48 am | December 17, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Haunted Lady, this issue has been debated ad nauseum since Reagan was shot in 1981. For me, the argument that if someone really wants to kill they will has lost all meaning.  Does that mean we do not try? Do we just sit around ringing our hands and crying over these mass murders?? It is absurd that in this century we a clinging to the “as written” Second Amendment. The laws against automatic weapons and huge amounts of ammunition need to be strengthened and enforced. No grandfather clauses which let some keep these weapons because they already have them. We need to fully support and fund mental health care and do everything possible to erase the stigma of mental illness; just has been done for cancer. And we need the NRA (remarkably silent this weekend) to not have to power to “buy” a large percentage of the Congress.

      My reaction is not knee-jerk. I have expressed it over and over and over for years in letters and petitions and with people in general.  I am not alone in feeling this way and quite sadly to me, I find more support each time another mass murder occurs. I am tired of the people who say they will give up their weapons only when they are “pried from their cold dead hands”. Horrendous statements made so easily unless or until it is someone they love.  I read that a man in Aurora, Colorado who was in the theater that night; was carrying his legal weapon. He said he could not use it because it was so dark he was afraid he would hit someone innocent and at least as important, it happened too fast. I will stop for now. I respect everyone’s values and points of view on nearly everything. For me, there is no debate on gun violence. It is long past time for some level of control to be instituted in our country.

      1:44 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Therudedog

      Oh, how I did not want to allow myself to be drawn into this; just meant to stick my head in a few days ago, say “Hey” and then mosey on.  As it is, I’m having to keep a tight rein on my words:

      H.L., I wonder if you could give me one Good Reason why I should 1) Want an AK-47;  2)  Think I would need an AK-47;  3)  Register to own an AK-47;  4)  Imagine that I would ever be in a position that an AK-47 could possibly help me;  5)  Assume that “they” just MIGHT have an AK-47, so I need one, too;  6)  Feel any more “free” as an American just because I can get myself an AK-47 fairly easily;  7)  Feel any less “free” as an American just because I can’t have access to an AK-47;  8)  Explain, with a straight face, my need/want/right to own an AK-47? 

      Little children who STILL SMELL LIKE BABIES are being killed in our country.  Shall we allow the sale of automatic and/or semi-automatic weapons to continue because of the fluidity of interpretation of an Amendment that was written before the idea of a semi-automatic weapon was even a damn concept?  Our place on the Food Chain of Civil Human Behavior falls lower and lower every day.

      “Why buy an AK-47?  Um…because I can?”   This is the foundation for some sort of reasonable debate?  Please.

      3:50 pm | December 17, 2012
      • Deirdre Cerasa

        Rude Dog! Love you more than ever! These are the points I have tried to make. And Lulu, I too have signed every petition and sent letters to legislators. I understand it is a complex issue for some. Not for me, I have 3 irreplaceable children and 7 irreplaceable grandchildren; 2 of them the ages of the children murdered on Friday. I will pursue this cause for the rest of my life, if necessary. It is long past time.

        8:44 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Dear Haunted Lady,
    “Nothing is a weapon until someone uses it as such.”
    I disagree.

    Whether or not someone uses it as such, an assault rifle IS a weapon. It is not a back-scratcher, it is not a hockey stick, it is not a baton used to conduct an orchestra – it is a weapon. (You may never use a nuclear weapon but it is, still, a weapon.)
    Use does not define objects. They are what they are.

    1:26 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Deirdre

      Thank you Daniel Sugar, your explanation is spot on.

      1:46 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Deirdre

    One more thought. There needs to be more careful ratings on movies and video games. And parents must shoulder the responsibility for making certain that their very vulnerable, impressionable children are not exposed movies, television and video games that are unsuitable. 

    1:50 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    The weapon does no harm until it is used. If you wish to tighten controls on guns then you should tighten control on knives, motor vehicles, aircraft, blunt instruments, etc. And every time something like this happens, there is a great outcry about gun control but not a word on finding out why someone does this and implementing preventative action. Banning or increasing controls on guns will not end this kind of thing and I think it takes away resources to determine the real cause.

    2:00 pm | December 17, 2012
  • mimi

    How true. I remember being on vacation with one of my kids, his wife(at the time), and two of my grandies. Princess Diana died and on vacation and when it rained, that was all that was on TV. We turned it on at times, but I started referring to it as “The Princess Diana Marathon of Death.” My granddaughter saw the reruns the following year and said “Oh look, it’s The Princess Diana Marathon of Death” as though it was a movie. I was horrified at what I had done and after that, no matter where we went on vacations – and there were quite a few – I packed a VCR and some kids tapes. Wasn’t going to be that stupid ever again. Parental controls are meant to be used. I rarely watch the news, I prefer to read it. I read something once to the effect that if you read something, the horror is  limited to your own imagination. If you watch it, the horror is limited by someone else’s imagination. I  think my own imagination provides me with quite enough horror. I was once an abused wife. Horror and fear are something I’m very familiar with. 

    2:10 pm | December 17, 2012
  • mimi

    How true. I remember being on vacation with one of my kids, his wife(at the time), and two of my grandies. Princess Diana died and on vacation and when it rained, that was all that was on TV. We turned it on at times, but I started referring to it as “The Princess Diana Marathon of Death.” My granddaughter saw the reruns the following year and said “Oh look, it’s The Princess Diana Marathon of Death” as though it was a movie. I was horrified at what I had done and after that, no matter where we went on vacations – and there were quite a few – I packed a VCR and some kids tapes. Wasn’t going to be that stupid ever again. Parental controls are meant to be used. I rarely watch the news, I prefer to read it. I read something once to the effect that if you read something, the horror is  limited to your own imagination. If you watch it, the horror is limited by someone else’s imagination. I  think my own imagination provides me with quite enough horror. I was once an abused wife. Horror and fear are something I’m very familiar with. 

    2:10 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    In politics, (as in life), you get what you settle for. If you’re happy with the way things are, do nothing. If not, contact your elected officials and let them know you’ll vote them out of office if they don’t get rid of the guns. You get what you settle for.

    4:18 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Friends–considering the awful deaths of those 20 children and six adults in Conn., I am hesitant to say I’ve been silent because of an unusually harsh cold, now in its second week.  (Yes, I had my flu shot.)   The only good to come of a cold this bad is that when I talk–when I’m able to talk–I sound butch and sexy. 

    As to the terrible Conn incident, nothing will change.  No matter how many innocents die, people will, in the infamous words of candidate Obama, “cling to their guns…”  All empires are founded upon blood and violence, a worship of power and the symbolic power of weaponry.  Our empire is no different.  Nor it will help to remind anybody how outmoded the 2nd Amendment is.  Apparently the shooters mother had become some kind of Doomsday prepper.   We are the most over-weaponed country in the world, with the worst crime rate. Grisly irony.  (Have any of you noted that all the Doomsday preppers appear to be white?!  I guess they figure they have more to live for, being white?)   Anyway, the NRA will allow nothing–not even 20 dead little children–to get in the way of their “hunting rights.” 

    I am all but inured to this latest horror because of the 24/7 coverage and unconvincing  newscasters attempting to wring pathos out of every second.  The facts stand alone and need no commentary.   I don’t need to be told how bad it is, or how I should feel. I know how I feel. Stop turning this into a damn movie premiere. Just as we can become desensitized to violence, we can go the other way, too.  But there’s never a balance. 

    And then we have Fox and Huckabee telling us it happened because there not enough God in schools and modern life.   How this sick creature explains hundreds of years of bloody history–during far more “religious” times is beyond my understanding.  (Fox has also been quite sparing with footage of Obama’s remarks on the Conn slaughter–why show him as a human being, after all?)   Anyway, I thought it was us gays that caused tornadoes and mass murders.    I guess the closer gay marriage comes, the less credit they want to give us?

    Other subjects up and down while I’ve been hacking my brains out–Lohan.  Pathetic.  I just can’t help feeling for her.  She appears to have destroyed everything–her beauty, career and talent, which was once considerable.   I’d  give her a helping hand and a prayer  before I’d lift a finger for for the likes of that detestable man of God, Mr. Huckabee.  I’d make sure she was locked away from booze, pills and her parents, of course.  (Yes, at this point I think only real jail time might help.)


    As for The Tree.  If it goes up, it’ll be this weekend.  But it’s been a really bad year, and I’ve struggled with “getting in the mood” for many years.   This might be the Christmas lit only by a string of lights.  I’ll see.  If the tree goes up, you’ll find me with it.  Tho I am awfully skinny, apres bad cold.

    Love you all, and let’s none of us complain too much (me most of all)  Christmas might not be genuinely holly jolly–we’ve known that for a while.  But at least we are not spending it with the memory of newly buried children.



    5:09 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    P.S.  Well, that was quick.  Not only did Obama fail to mention the word “guns” in his initial speeches on the Conn massacre, today we’re being told that “it’s a complex issue.”  We should be patient.  Yeah, we should be patients in a mental institution if we thought the government would actually move on this–or on any other vital matter.  Too busy being afraid, greasing palms, placating, meandering, misleading.

    5:57 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Mr. W., 
    Get Well. (That’s an order!)

    6:39 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dr. Sugar!  When you put it that way…



      7:28 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    (Sorry I had to be so rough on you.)

    7:37 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Oh, doctor, it’s nothing compared to what Sebastian made me do at Cabeza de Lobo. 

      7:44 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Mrs. Venable: ”Oh, Sebastian, what a lovely summer it’s been. Just the two of us. Sebastian and Violet. Violet and Sebastian. Just the way it’s always going to be. Oh, we are lucky, my darling, to have one another and need no one else ever.”

    7:47 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Up goes the elevator…Miss Foxhill runs out crying…Dr. Hockstader proclaims “the girl’s story could be true”…Miss Catherine’s eyeliner is miraculously intact after her shriek-fest.

      12:36 am | December 18, 2012
  • lulu

    I have signed every worthwhile petition to change gun laws hoping that maybe if we all express our desires Congress will have to listen.  Thank goodness of Diane Finestein!!!! 
    At least Senator Mecham and Warner, both with A ratings from the NRA was ready to see changes made.  A few steps forward.  We need to keep writing our Congress and insist.
    I have no problem with sensible rifles for hunting and a sensible handgun for protection if that is ‘your thing’ but then also storage them away locked from strangers, children and other people who do not know the proper handling and use of guns.

    7:52 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Lulu…From your mouth to somebody in government’s ear and good for you for doing, rather than just bitching. 


      Ummm…no hot toddies right now.  Drinking anything with a cold just lowers my resistance.  Then again, drinking anything at any time lowers my resistance.  Luckily, I have reached the age where I am pretty much resistible, despite margarita-ville.

      Did you see the great story about the golden retrievers sent to Newtown, to help comfort the kids–and many adults, too, I bet.   

      12:30 am | December 18, 2012
  • lulu

    and Mr. Wow, a couple of hot toddies will help your cold and put you in the mood to decorate a Christmas tree.  You and B need a little cheer.

    7:53 pm | December 17, 2012
  • Deirdre Cerasa

    Mr. Wow, feel better. Think I’m needing you to give me a lift. I need to see your tree and some irreverent chatter. Hugs!!

    8:48 pm | December 17, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Deirdre..if I continue to recover–I’d really like be able smell and taste again!–I think I’ll be more ready for irreverent chatter. But I send hugs, and as always appreciate my luck in life. 

      Oh, question to all—what’s everybody doing on the 21st?   Any apocalypse parties planned?   

      Just in case, I really do hope my senses are back soon.  I’d like a final cheeseburger deluxe. 


      12:42 am | December 18, 2012
  • Rho

    Feel better Mr. Wow.  As far as the world coming to end on Friday, at this point I really don’t care.  lol


    9:53 am | December 18, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    Here’s hoping you feel better soon. And I can hardly wait for the tree. There must be something in the air this year as I keep running into people who just can’t get into the holiday thing at all, me included. No decorations or anything. In site of that, I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a better New Year.

    11:09 am | December 18, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Haunted One…Even for people with “normal” depressive problems, the holidays—the insistence on being happy–can drain every ounce of the spirit out of you.   I hope I feel better enough physically to do the tree thing. (It’s actually hours of hard work–especially if the tree fights back.  ”I’m straight!  Get this crap off me!”)   But I also don’t want to feel I’ve done something bad if I don’t.  

      Everything this year and the due any minute six-oh has put me more under the holiday radar than usual.   I do see some indications of a rally.  But if not, I hope nobody holds it against me. 


      3:17 pm | December 18, 2012
      • maryburdt

        Oh, Mr. Wow,  You have our love and respect no matter what.  If you don’t put up the tree, no biggie.  The Christmas Season takes its toll on so many people.  I think it is the expectation that everything needs to be perfect, the tree decorated, the cards sent, the presents bought (and wrapped), the many get-togethers to attend.  All this with a smile plastered on your face and a ho, ho, ho for all we meet.  Don’t get me wrong, I usually love the Holidays, but some years we just need to lay low and take things easy.  You have been sick, give yourself a break and enjoy what you can and let the rest go.
        Love to B.  Mary

        3:51 pm | December 18, 2012
        • Deirdre Cerasa

          True Maryburdt, we love Mr. Wow and B no matter what. Just want to hear from you when you are up for it support you always. Do what you feel like doing, we are fine.

          4:07 pm | December 18, 2012
      • Haunted Lady
        Haunted Lady

        Of course no one would hold it against you if you don’t do the tree. In fact, many can empathize. Maybe we should put together an I Don’t Feel Like It This Time party and not worry about it. I still wish everyone happy holidays anyway.

        11:48 am | December 19, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader: She burnt a nun with a cigarette. 
    Dr. Cukrowicz: Yes she did, I was there, I saw it, she was provoked! 
    Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader: Provoked? Whover would provoke a mentally disturbed person? 
    Dr. Cukrowicz: You’d be surprised. 

    11:31 am | December 18, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      “Don’t be such a bully sister!”

      “Disobedience must be paid for.”

      “Fine, I’ll pay for it–later!”


      11:38 am | December 18, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Mrs. Venable: Strictly speaking, his life was his occupation. Yes, yes, Sebastian was a poet. That’s what I meant when I said his life was his work because the work of a poet is th elife of a poet, and vice versa, the life of a poet is the work of a poet. I mean, you can’t separate them. I mean, a poet’s life is his work, and his work is his life in a special sense. 

    12:52 pm | December 18, 2012
  • mimi

    Just feel better. That’s my Holiday wish for you.

    4:37 pm | December 18, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    To Mr. W. and B. ALL My WowFriends:
    Though it’s been said, many times, many ways, merry Tyler Moore to you.

    8:59 pm | December 18, 2012
    • LandofLove

      Dr. D, you rock!  :-)

      6:39 am | December 19, 2012
  • rick gould

    Mr. W-Enjoy whatever amount of holiday spirit you feel ; )Christmas has never been my favorite holiday, but I am in Upper MI with family, so I keep the snark to an acceptable level, and concentrate on my adorable nephews!
    Aside from writing and researching for school, I’ve been jotting down notes of the various movies I have been watching (on my sister’s TV) after 5 years of being TV free. I want to start a blog after the New Year and will def put the word out to my friends here…
    What can I add to the comments about the shooting tragedy? Your sentiments echo mine, Mr. W. It’s just another example of the polarization in this country over issues, where people from both sides won’t give a little and meet each other half way. In this particular issue, it is literally killing people. Sad, sad, sad.
    But on an up note, I look forward to reading more Mr. W in 2013…Best wishes and good health to you! And to everyone here, I love checking in and seeing what folks are talking about ; )

    9:09 am | December 19, 2012
    • Haunted Lady
      Haunted Lady

      Rick, are in the U.P. or just way up north? I’m in the balmy south, near the Indiana state line.

      11:50 am | December 19, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Rick…Thanks, honey.  I have no adorable nephews,  although I’m always asking the nice young men who help an old party like me cross the street if  they would like to be my…nephew.  So far, nada.  Family spirit is a dying thing.

      Along with banning assault weapons, I say tax guns and ammo to the sky.  Let everybody who claims they “need” guns to defend themselves pay big-time for protecting themselves.   Their  lives are precious, even if  the lives of five and six year olds aren’t.

      2:46 pm | December 19, 2012
      • Rho

        I agree with you Mr. Wow.

        3:14 pm | December 19, 2012
        • Deirdre Cerasa

          Yes! Tax guns and ammo to the max.

          3:19 pm | December 19, 2012
      • BabySnooks

        Dirty old man! Hope you two have a wonderful holiday. And hope you are busy “creating” your Christmas tree! 

        11:53 am | December 22, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Thanks, LandofLove.

    11:23 am | December 19, 2012
  • Rho

    Hi All, AOL just did a moment of silence.


    10:38 am | December 21, 2012
  • NSH

    Hello All – I just wanted to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday season and a healthy New Year ahead.

    10:52 am | December 22, 2012
  • Rho

    The same from me. 

    10:08 am | December 23, 2012
  • Rho

    I am having trouble signing in, darn computer.

    10:19 am | December 23, 2012
  • Deirdre

    I want to take a moment to wish everyone on this lovely blog a very politically incorrect,Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holiday Season to all. This group is such a unique a loving place to be. We have said it before but it bears repeating, the respect and kindness shown here is special. Although few, if any of us know who we are in “real life”, we care. Mr. Wow and B have become important to us all and they have cemented this crew in a bond of friendship.  I wish everyone here a lovely season and all the very best possible in 2013!xo

    1:28 pm | December 23, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Thank you Deidre for the well wishes.  They are returned to you, as well as all the loverlies on this site.  We have become very close, some of us even went on trips together, although, virtual, we had a blast.  I can feel the the love and caring when I read the different posts, even when we disagree, we do so with respect for each other.

      Mr Wow brought us together and we stuck like glue.  No one can ever have too many friends.

      Happy Holidays!

      1:43 pm | December 23, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Thanks, Deirdre, thanks, maryburdt.

    2:26 pm | December 23, 2012
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    Dear Friends…me and B. just came from the emergency room here in Hoboken.  Mr W. has a touch of pneumonia.   And I much I adore the late great Miz Liz, I do hope this doesn’t lead to a tracheotomy.   That’s only glamorous when you’ve stolen somebody’s  husband, been forced to portray a hooker on screen and then won an Oscar for said portrayal (and/or tracheotomy.)   I’m afraid no tree this year.  I can barely drag my ass downstairs to try and eat food that I can’t taste. 


    I must say– the year began with being laid off and ends with pneumonia.  I assuming 2013 will be cheerier.!

    Merry, Happy, much love from me and B.


    6:25 pm | December 23, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Hi Mr. Wow–Emergency Room, pneumonia, what the hell is going on.   I assume you are a little better,  since they sent you home.  Funny thing, I also was in the E.R. this week for about 24 hours.They would have admitted me but there was no room at the inn for this Mary either.  Long story short. I am home, chest pains are gone and I will try to have a cheery Christmas.  My daughter and grandson are expecting no less.  Mr Wow, you MUST take better care of yourself. Relax, eat, do as B says and you will enter the New Year feeling up to the task of keeping us entertained.  Love to you and B and Merry Christmas!  Mary

      7:05 pm | December 23, 2012
      • Mr. Wow
        Mr. Wow

        Dear Mary—I think they sent me home because my temperature dropped while I there.  Otherwise be using B.’s IPad sitting up in bed, in hospital, as the Brits say.


        I’m glad you are better.    Very Merry Christmas!

        7:29 pm | December 23, 2012
        • BabySnooks

          Well I hope you are sitting up in bed at home. You stay there and rest and take care of yourself.  And let B take care of what you can’t. I would come do your tree but I don’t do winter well. Maybe I’ll come in July.  I was in bed most of the week. I don’t do the Pneumovax very well either. My second one. So I’d been there, done it once before. Hopefully you haven’t. But have had the Pneumovax just the same. And if you haven’t, this is your gentle hint to.  Sending you lots of love and hugs and cute young things walking down the street to look at while you recuperate. While B isn’t looking of course.  Don’t forget the chicken soup!

          9:00 pm | December 23, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Mr. W.,
    I’m so sorry to hear this news. Please keep us updated (I know we’re all going to worry).

    6:43 pm | December 23, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      I thought knowing two doctors (B. and you) that I’d be safe.  But I realize it’s my only brain and those obscenities I blurt out that interest you. 

      Thanks, Daniel.  I’m sure I’ll be fine.  Just very disappointed I wasn’t able to tart up a helpless fir this year.


      7:33 pm | December 23, 2012
  • Deirdre Cerasa

    Where can I send the homemade chicken soup?? So sad your ate ill but am wishing you feel better soon. Rest and remember how many people out here love you and B. Take care. xo

    7:22 pm | December 23, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Deirdre…thank you, honey!  I’d take up the offer of chicken soup, but I cant taste anything, still.  Frustrating.  I hadn’t intended on being a size zero for my any-second-now 60th birthday!    So not a good look for me.


      love, mrw

      7:37 pm | December 23, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    (You can get a tree drunk and take advantage of it in January.)
    P.S. Cheer up; i’m not just after your brain (i’m also attracted to your spleen).

    7:59 pm | December 23, 2012
  • mimi

    I’m so sorry about the ER trip. I’ve had pneumonia more than once and it is no fun at all. Hard to have a happy holiday when you feel so lousy. You and B take care of yourselves. 2013 will be better for all of us – I’m convinced of it.

    8:52 pm | December 23, 2012
  • Rho

    So sorry to hear this, Mr. Wow.  Take care of yourself.

    Merry Christmas to all.



    9:04 am | December 24, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Rho…thank you so much.  I will, I am.  I had hoped to rouse myself to cheeriness, as much for you all as for myself–it’s been a grim year.  (BUT, a blip on the heartbreak radar screen of thousands of others. I can’t  imagine what those Conn. parents are experiencing, tho I was impressed at how much faith and comfort in that faith they apparently found.)


      I’ll be back in 2013, older, none the wiser, but still hoping the future can still be “plump with promise” as Maya Angelo once said. 

      10:04 am | December 24, 2012
      • Rho

        Glad you are taking care of yourself.  I feel the same way about the shootings, they are now in heaven, with the angels.

        10:53 am | December 24, 2012
  • KE MH

    Dear Mr. Wow,
    So sorry to hear about your pneumonia. I hope you get well soon!!
    Rest lots, take your medication, and enjoy all the attention you’ll get from all of us who care about you!!
    May you and B. have a joyous Holiday Season, and may 2013 be a billion times better than 2012 (for you and for all of us!!)
    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Prosperous New Year, everyone!!

    10:44 am | December 24, 2012
  • lulu

    First Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone on Mr. Wow’s blog!!!!
    Dear Mr. Wow….All I want for Xmas is for you to get well!!!!  We need you fit and healthy.  Don’t fret over another ‘big’ birthday.  Remember 60 is the new 40 as they say. 
    We have become a ‘special’ family and with all of us working together we can make wonderful things happen in 2013 and for years to come.
    I am just enough of a rascal that I intend to live for at least another 30 years so I might finally master the game of bridge and write at least one best-seller.
    Hugs and love to all

    10:45 am | December 24, 2012
    • Mr. Wow
      Mr. Wow

      Dear Lulu…thanks so much, but when you’re sick 60 is the old 60!

      I don’t know how much I’m looking forward to 2013, but I’ll be glad to see it.  And whether it’s a good or bad year, depends mostly on me. 


      1:55 pm | December 24, 2012
      • BabySnooks

        Turning 60 is not the end. It’s the beginning. Just another number. Think of all the things you can get away with because people just think you’re an old fool. How I look at it. Now when we turn 70, well, we can get even more foolish! 


        Hope you are doing better. Don’t forget the chicken soup…

        1:30 pm | December 27, 2012
        • Lauriate Roly.

          Baby Snooks, you are great;  always thought so. You have the knack (about everything I guess).

          10:30 pm | December 28, 2012
  • mimi

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my dear friends here. May your stockings be full of blessings and your champagne be full of bubbles. Love to you all, Mimi

    11:34 am | December 24, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    Thanks, mimi.

    11:18 pm | December 25, 2012
  • rick gould

    Mr. Wow–

    Get better as B. and TCM take good care of you!Sending good health vibes your way…Rick

    8:16 am | December 26, 2012
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    Get well soon. Liberal doses of old movies, chicken soup and a hot toddy or three will do you so much good. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful, and safe, New Year. Please consider celebrating at home due to the nasty weather. Want you all in one piece.

    6:07 pm | December 27, 2012
  • Rho

    Happy New Year to all here.  Hope you are feeling better Mr. Wow.

    3:05 pm | December 28, 2012
  • lulu

    Happy New Year to All!!!
    I have spent today tossing out all the cobwebs of 2012, setting simple priorities that are attainable for 2013.  Now I can relax and just enjoy watching 2013 roll in around the world. 
    Life isn’t perfect, but I concluded, we are all darn lucky in comparison to others.  I think we tend to forget that….Hugs to one and all

    1:55 pm | December 30, 2012
    • maryburdt

      Back at you, Lulu and all my friends on this site.  Wishing all of you good health, good friends, and a good life in 2013 and beyond.

      6:57 pm | December 30, 2012
  • Happy New Year, everyone!  Mr. Wow, thanks for keeping your blog going!  I love your stories and opinions, and I love the discussions here. 

    Looking forward to more of the same in 2013!

    6:39 pm | December 31, 2012
  • Deirdre

    HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the wonderful friends on this blog and to all you love.  This is the first year my husband and I will be celebrating New Year’s together. We have been married for 43 years but he has been in the restaurant business for all that time plus 22 before that. A family business started by my in-laws before my husband was born. They decided to end the run earlier this year. Decided to leave while people still enjoyed coming in while my husband and his older brother still had some life left to enjoy not working. We had planned to have a lovely evening with lifelong friends just 4 of us but on Saturday, I was hit with whatever plague is currently going around. Fever, chills, cough et al. Don’t want to share with anyone and certainly don’t have the energy to shower, dress and make my way to the car. Oh well, at least I won’t be hung over. Guess we’ll wait until next year for our “big New Year’s Eve” bash.  Instead we will curl up on the comfy couch and watch our son’s alma mater Clemson play LSU in the Chi Fil’A Bow. I do love college football. Oh and I did promise my children that I would not be doing the thing that I seemed to have done for nearly all of the New Year’s Eve’s of the past; I will not be folding laundry as the ball drops in Time’s Square!Love to all and blessings for 2013!!

    6:53 pm | December 31, 2012
  • Daniel Sugar

    86 year old Hugh Hefner is marrying a 26 year old woman tonight.
    (That noise you’re hearing is his children hitting the roof.)

    9:43 pm | December 31, 2012
  • Susan

    Back to work….although I am truly thankful for my job it has been hard get back on schedule.
    Happy 2013 to the readers, to Mr. Wow and B. I hope everyone will have a healthy and happy new year.
    Mr. Wow, I hope you are feeling better!

    1:29 pm | January 3, 2013
  • Rho

    Mr. Wow, are you okay?  Haven’t heard from in a few days.

    12:51 pm | January 5, 2013
  • mimi

    Rho, I’m worried too. Should we start all planning to descend on Hoboken? Mr. Wow hasn’t posted since December 24th. That’s a long time and he’s sick. Anyone else have an idea?

    7:47 pm | January 5, 2013
    • Deirdre Cerasa

      I am concerned too. He told us he has been sick and down. I do wish he would send up a smoke signal. I do think B would let us know if he were in trouble. 

      8:39 pm | January 5, 2013
  • lulu

    Now I am really worried!!!  January 11th and no a peep from Mr. Wow or B.  Has anyone heard anything that isn’t posted here?????

    12:17 pm | January 11, 2013
    • maryburdt

      Lulu, I haven’t read or seen anything about Mr. Wow and B.  Time for concern.  Maybe Lila knows something.  I hope so.  I miss our little back and forths on this site and on Lila’s.  Maybe everone is pooped after the Holidays.

      3:12 pm | January 11, 2013
      • Rho

        Same here Mary.  Where is everyone?  I looked at Lila’s site, nothing new since Thanksgiving.


        4:10 pm | January 11, 2013
        • Deirdre Cerasa

          I have tried to convince myself tha B would post something if Mr. Wow were in trouble. I am really worried and am thinking we are getting close to search party time!

          4:47 pm | January 11, 2013
      • Lila knows nothing, but would like to!  Where IS Mr. Wow?  Mr. Wow, hoping all is well with you there. 

        10:46 pm | January 11, 2013
  • lulu

    dare we ask Miss Liz? 


    11:18 pm | January 11, 2013
  • BabySnooks

    I am sure he is fine. With his own “doctor in the house” how could he not be?  Maybe he’s waiting to see if we all descend on Hoboken. ”Mr. Wow, Mr. Wow where are you?”And then of course will laugh as the Hoboken police department calls Bellevue and has us all picked up. 

    11:12 am | January 12, 2013
  • Daniel Sugar

    Where’s Mr. Wow?

    4:09 pm | January 12, 2013
    • Lauriate Roly.

      There are a lot of people in the audience that I do  recognize. Unfortunately, since I’ve never seen Mr. WOW, I would not be able to pick him out of this crowd. . Does he have red hair? Maybe he’s the red-headed guy in the seats on the right, who eventually caught the ball after it flew through the goalposts?

      Well, no matter, I just hope Mr. WOW is okay and that he’ll contact us soon.

      8:13 pm | January 13, 2013
  • mimi

    We ought to do something, shouldn’t we. If Mr Wow is too sick to post, I wish B would give us an update. Is it time to start up the search party? I’m in if we do – even if we end up in Bellevue.

    1:01 pm | January 13, 2013
  • Daniel Sugar

    I’m with you, mimi!
    (Bellevue here we come…)

    1:14 pm | January 13, 2013
  • BabySnooks

    I guess I will start packing for my trip to Hoboken…


    2:20 pm | January 13, 2013
    • Rho

      Me too, I’ll meet you there.

      3:53 pm | January 13, 2013
      • Deirdre Cerasa

        I’m in! It has been too long since we have had even a peep. Maybe they’ll let us all room together at Bellevue. Hoboken, we are coming!!

        5:00 pm | January 13, 2013
  • Daniel Sugar

    What really worries me is that Mr. Wow didn’t do his usual Golden Globes commentary.

    11:04 pm | January 13, 2013
  • Mr. Wow
    Mr. Wow

    January 15, Monday 2013…

    Dear Friends…a lingering flu/cold-pneumonia/…a dark, treeless Christmas…a New Year’s without much genuine hope…and a startlingly crushing 60th birthday have kept me down.  I could have done a whole post on it and thrown myself a giant 2013 pity party, neatly forgetting actual tragedy, real problems.  Including all of yours.

    I am alive and well despite my inability to get my head out of my ass and begin to live again, truly.  It’s a shameful thing to be so self-absorbed and I’ve always thought so.  At least when that self-absorption takes such bewilderingly dark turns.  (It’s okay to be amusing and self-absorbed.)  I couldn’t fake it, not to you all.  So I stayed away.

    I hope to write a new post soon and attempt, without driving you all to drink,  to explain recent weeks, with at least of modicum of humor and general awareness.


    Mr. Wow





    8:06 am | January 14, 2013
    • Deirdre

      Dear friend, I so truly wish you could find a way to believe that your crew here at Mr. Wow does our level best to understand and empathize with you and your feelings.  I, for one, do not want you to hide from us and think that we only want the bon vivant part of you.  Yes, we all have sadness and rough times in our lives and sharing those things with each other is one way to give them light and then do our best to find a place for them.  For reasons that honestly don’t matter, the core of this group has decided that you are special and important to us; please believe this.  We care about you and B and the things that have darkened you life.  You make us laugh and cry and think and dream.  I would not have taken virtual trips with anyone other than my pals here.  To the best of my “pollyanna” ability, I understand your struggle; and hope and pray for some relief for you.  I know that just telling you how much we all care about you is not enough but it is all I have. 60th birthdays are hard for most people and for some, truly debilitating. You know what? It’s okay.  I am sorry that the meds you take are not giving you much help.  We have all said this many times, but I repeat, you do not have to post an epistle every time, just a quick message to let us know how you are doing.  Please, take care and when you write again let it be whatever you want to say, dump, rant or even scream about. It can’t hurt and it might help.Hugs,Deirdre

      8:57 am | January 14, 2013
    • maryburdt

      Hi Mr. Wow–Thank you for getting back to us about what is going on in your life right now.  We love you, dear man, and want only the best for you.  Depression is a horrible disease that sucks us dry.  But there is hope of better days ahead even after turning sixty (believe me).  Each day, as you are feeling physically better, go outside and soak up a little sun.  Go for a walk with B and raise your head high and keep moving forward. 
      Best, Mary

      12:30 pm | January 14, 2013
    • BabySnooks

      Well we do worry about you.  We love you when you’re down as well as when you’re up. Shame I don’t live next door. We could “god I’m so depressed” together.  Just remind yourself each day like I do that life is fair. Unfortunately it’s filled with schmucks. And like Elizabeth Taylor, we’ve met them all. 

      1:56 pm | January 14, 2013
    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR WOW!  In honor of the occasion, here is a small gift, a token of your association with Elizabeth Taylor.

      9:38 pm | January 14, 2013
  • Susan

    Mr WoW:
    So glad to hear from you. No matter how low you feel physically or mentally please know you have a group of friends that think you are THE BOMB!
    You are truly admired and loved.
    Don’t give a rat’s ass what you write….just write something. I adore you stories.

    Make this a good week!!!!

    9:23 am | January 14, 2013
  • Rho

    So happy to hear from you.  We love you, Mr. Wow.

    9:51 am | January 14, 2013
  • mimi

    Dear Mr. Wow, we all love and care about all the sides of you, not just the happy joyful ones. We knew you were sick, and we were worried – although I do think Bellevue would only improve with all of us there. I’m so glad you are okay. Please take care of yourself – eat some chicken soup – and remember that we all love you.

    10:28 am | January 14, 2013
  • Daniel Sugar

    Happy to hear from you.

    10:37 am | January 14, 2013
  • lulu

    So happy to see that Mr. Wow is alive and ‘kicking’!!!  Now I have one less thing to worry about as I get ready to start the work week.  Look forward to a long post from our Mr. Wow.


    10:45 am | January 14, 2013
  • KE MH

    Dear Mr. Wow,
    Deirdre said it best.
    Please stay in touch and take care. We love you no matter what.

    12:07 pm | January 14, 2013
  • Morgin1013

    Miss you!

    12:20 pm | January 14, 2013
  • Haunted Lady
    Haunted Lady

    Please remember we love all your parts, not just the bon vivant part. I’ll be 64 in about 3 or 4 weeks which means you’ll always be younger than I. Maybe that thought will perk you up a bit. Hang on, dear lad.

    1:19 pm | January 14, 2013
  • rick gould

    Miss Catherine lives!Just don’t take any trips with Cousin Sebastian this summer ; )
    When you can put it down, let us know what has been going on…Wishing you the best, Mr. W ; )

    2:19 pm | January 14, 2013
  • bigred52

    Thanks for letting us know that you’re OK (being a relative word, of course).  I turned 60 last year with no one to share it with (talk about a pity party!) and it doesn’t look any different for this February 21st either.   Sending you my best wishes for a complete recovery.  Hugs. bigred.

    2:36 pm | January 14, 2013
    • OK BIG RED!!  Now you have given us something to do!  PARTY at Mr. Wow’s blog on 21 Feb!! 

      Mr. Wow, you don’t have to provide anything but the venue, the rest of us will trash this place up but good.  Booze, noisemakers, party hats, cops…   And it may be belated, but we wish YOU a happy birthday too! 

      Any other birthdays coming up? 

      9:33 pm | January 14, 2013
  • Jamie

    Dear Mr. Wow,
    I understand and I’ve been in the dark, crippling grip of depression myself. I am here to tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I promise. I missed ‘live blogging’ with you during the Golden Globes last night, and I was imagining your sarcastic humor all through out the show.
    Mr. Wow, you will prevail. 
    Just remember, in the throws of depression, at the worst of it, it’s considered a GREAT DAY if you can manage a hot shower.
    We are all pulling for you, but don’t feel any pressure. When you can, you’ll update us.
    Until then….  ((((((((HUGS))))))

    6:09 pm | January 14, 2013
  • rick gould

    Ongoing depression’s a fucking drag, especially when you’ve tried everything, and there’s no magic cure.
    I’ve been at a MFA writing conference, doing great on the writing part, and struggling with the social and networking part. It’s in these situations that life feels eternally like high school! But all you can do is put one foot in front of the other. Which is what I did, and now near the end, I’ve managed to make some nice contacts. But I die a thousand deaths inside!
    So, for anyone out there, and particularly Mr. W, I am empathetic. I love coming here.Rick

    1:55 am | January 15, 2013
    • maryburdt

      And we love having you.  Mary

      11:36 am | January 15, 2013
    • Rick, MFA?  All that comes to mind is Ministry of Foreign Affairs… that’s not it… Master of Fine Arts, maybe?

      What are you writing?  Fiction?  Would love to get into that sometime… too many distractions at the moment, though… but I have noticed that my “writing style” is gradually emerging on my blog, after years of cut-and-dried, bare-bones, just-the-facts military writing.  It’s interesting.  Different.

      2:47 pm | January 15, 2013
  • rick gould

    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction ; )
    Sometime this year, I want to start a blog featuring my writing and things that interest me…I will put out the call to my friends here when that happens.
    I wish we could convince Mr. Wow that not only does he have a distinctive voice in writing, but that he has a story or two to tell!

    11:22 am | January 16, 2013
    • Deirdre Cerasa

      I cannot wait to read your blog Rick! Hope you get it up and running soon. I agree that Mr. Wow writes beautifully and has wonderful stories to tell, fact or fiction!

      1:49 pm | January 16, 2013
    • Rick, if you start a blog I want to link to it in my “Our Friends” blogroll.

      10:55 pm | January 17, 2013
  • mimi

    Rick, you’d better let all of us read your blog. I’m sure it would be interesting and you know we are honest. I sure do love all of you.

    1:51 pm | January 17, 2013
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