Thursday, April 18, 2024

On the Rag, Vol. 804


Your next swimsuit has arrived; he'll make you "woof!"; Kathy Griffin is back; and more in this week's magazine roundup BELOW.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Remains of the Day (04/17)

AutoStraddle52 TV shows with gay and bi women characters that were axed after just one season -- would also like to see a full LGBT list with the hilarious "It's All Relative" (2003-04)

RemindTom Selleck gives fans an inside look at his "accidental" career in new memoir (Note: I tend to like guys as they age, but I must admit the pre-fame Tom on "Taxi" back in 1978 was definitely the hottest he's ever been!)

Gr8er Days: The "Airplane!" soundtrack will finally be available in full ... but will it include "River of Jordan" by everyone's favorite stewardess, played Lorna Patterson?!!!

Threads: I get -- and accept -- that language is constantly evolving. So my only comment on THIS is that I'm not convinced an offensive term for any other minority group in this country (black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, etc.) would be readily accepted by older members of any of those groups during their lifetimes if younger people started spewing it -- much less be expected to be accepted at the risk of ridicule. So I'm not sure why LGBT people immediately get lambasted as boomers (or worse) for not readily jumping on board with this.

Plan of the Rising Son

Several of you have reached out about how we planned our trip to Japan, asking if we'd used a tour group or not. The short answer is no: Damian is my travel hero, more capable of putting together a dream vacation I will never forget than I am for myself! I'd like to flesh this out with photos and ephemera at some point. But in the interest of time, I'm going to start with just the lineup for now. xo

Okawa river cruise 
Osaka Castle Park 
Kaiyukan (night aquarium) 

Himeji (aka White Heron) Castle (incl. Koko-en Garden) 

Stayed in Miyanoura, Hotel Yakushima Ocean & Forest 
Shiratani Unsuikyo Gorge, incl. Taikoiwa Rock and Bugyosugi Trails 

Gion (Geisha) district, incl. Hanamikoji (lanterns) and Pontocho (along canal) Streets, Kennin-ji and Yasaka shrines, as well as Miyako Odori geisha performance at Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater 

Philosopher's Path (cherry blossoms along canal), starting at Nanzen-Ji Temple w/ large archway and park 

Sanjusangendo Temple (garden and long temple w/ 1,000 statues, near hotel) 

Nijo Castle (incl. garden w/ cherry blossom trees, tower terrace, and Ninomaru Palace w/ nightingale floor and tapestries) 

Tenryu-ji (botanical garden w/ large pond and cherry blossom trees, and temple complex), next to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (with red "torii" arches and fox statues along mountain path) 

Lake Kawaguchiko (Fuji Five Lakes): 
Fufu Kawaguchiko hotel w/ private onsen 
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (ornate gate and little garden by hotel) 
Kawaguchiko North Coast Walking Trail (lakeside promenade) 
stairs to Chureito Pagoda w/ viewing platform of Mt. Fuji 

Stayed in Shinjuku District 
Shibuya Crossing (plus Tower Records nearby) 
Ueno Park (Sakura Boulevard, cherry blossom trees on both sides) 
Yoyogi Park (and Meiji Jingu shrine nearby with a few large gates) 
Kabukiza Theater (w/ kabuki single-act performance) 
Ginza Six mall w/ rooftop garden 
Cat Cafes: Mocha Lounge Ikebukuro (large) and Monta (small) 
Harajuku District and Omotesando Boulevard (large Beverly-Hills-esque) 

The Great Buddha at Kotoku-In temple 
Kamakura Hasedera temple (hillside with ocean view and gardens) 

Matsumoto (aka Crow) Castle (in Nagano Prefecture w/ mountains)