Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tennis Tuesday


The second Nick Topel sighting in recent weeks!

Song of the Day: 'I Got You, Babe' by Joey Ramone and Holly Beth Vincent


Longtime readers know I'm a Holly Beth Vincent aficionado, which can be a lonely place. The gifted singer/songwriter is a bit manic in her output -- vanishing for years at a time and then releasing multiple double-disc collections plus online side projects all at once. So it has been comforting during this current quiet period to find Damian taking to her. Last week he was working in the living room (his "office)" when he heard me playing 2007's "Super Rocket Star" in the bedroom (my "office"), which instantly blew him away. (He called it a more accessible P.J. Harvey, which is high praise from this particular P.J. superfan.) When "Minnesota-California" followed -- I'm a chronological queen -- he asked if this was a collection of "Celebrity Skin" outtakes. (More high praise -- that's one of his fave albums!) 

From there I dabbled in some Vowel Movement (would you believe I tossed that CD out when I went digital and had forgotten to rip it so had to re-buy it used on Amazon Marketplace????) before going deep into "Demos Federico" featuring 29 raw takes and unreleased songs from the lost years. (He feel in love with "Then Carolyn.") Wait till he hears her two classic albums from the Virgin years.

As it would happen, I got on my latest Holly kick while building a holiday playlist. I wanted to include "Punk Xmas" -- which was Song of the Day in 2018 -- only to find it had been completely and inexplicably scrubbed from the internet. (And people wondered why I was reluctant go all streaming!) It claimed to be on Amazon's German and Spanish outposts, but neither would let me actual purchase it. From there I paid for an IP masker to see if I could pretend to be in Europe (no dice) and then asked friends in the respective countries to try. (Also no go.) All of this is to say if YOU have an MP3 of "Punk Xmas," I'll be your best friend forever if you email it to me. 

Until then, enjoy Holly's punk classic duet of "I Got You, Babe" with Joey Ramone. 

Joey Ramone feat. Holly Beth Vincent - I Got You babe from Jay honeydog on Vimeo.

Page 1 Roundup (10/20)


The Daily  NewsNYC students in homeless shelters still can’t get on the internet even after city switches cellular providers: advocates

’I used to warn him about how trusting he was’: Friends mourn man hacked to death with machete during Bronx Grindr date

Greg in Hollywood: Remembering Robert Reed -- aka Mr. Brady -- who was born 88 years ago this week

Back2Stonewall Gay History MonthKKK foiled in gay-bar bombing plan, Georgia’s sodomy apology and the U.S. Navy’s explosive gay frame-up

Towleroad: Joe Biden says Americans are 'tired of the lies'

Gr8er Days: The 'Designing Women' reunion some of you have been waiting for!

NewNowNextHallmark gifts us with new clip from channel’s first LGBTQ holiday movie

AJCPerdue’s racist mocking of Kamala Harris yields nearly $2 million haul for his rival

The Washington PostU.S. to execute first woman in 67 years for strangling acquaintance, kidnapping unborn child

 Long before post offices became political flash points, this artist was photographing them

The New York Times(Deadlocked) Supreme Court allows extra time for some Pennsylvania ballots

Michigan woman found alive at funeral home dies 8 weeks later

As local news dies, a pay-for-play network rises in its place

What a gay, Jewish Democrat learned when QAnon came after him

Loathe your loved one’s politics? Here’s some advice

What if your therapist’s tell-all is all about you?

Why social media is so good at polarizing us

Hot Cat of the Day: This 2,000-year-old faded feline found in Peru is either the hottest cat or the best prank ever!

Morning Wood


Monday, October 19, 2020

Meet Alan Ball's Gay 'Uncle Frank'

I'm a huge Alan Ball fan, so here's hoping my expectations aren't too high for this one. Although the story is about a straight young woman discovering her cosmopolitan uncle is gay, I'll be watching it through the lens of a guy who sure could have used an uncle like him growing up.

"Uncle Frank" plot: 
In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid "Wally" Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) -- an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank's father -- Beth's grandfather -- Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.

Remains of the Day (10/19)

Shirtless Egyptian police academy graduation  goes viral: ‘For a terrifyingly homophobic anti-LGBT government … this screams pretty gay’ 

NYT: “The New York Post’s front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly by a staff reporter who refused to put his name on it, two Post employees said.” 

Oh the stories Rock Hudson's bestie could have told ...

GOP's motto: 'If you're against it, we'll put you in charge of it' 

The alleged hackers are members of the same military intelligence agency -- the GRU -- previously charged in connection with efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign 

Yas queen

As Valerie Cherish once said, 'I don't want to see that!' 

Equal explores pre-Stonewall leaders and unsung heroes in the LGBTQ+ movement, profiling their stories using reenactments, interviews, and documentary footage. 

Reminder: Election Day is two weeks from tomorrow

Mug Shot Monday


Sounds like this violent former child star could use some "self improvement."

Weekend Tennis Diary


The Associated Press reports that Andrey Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win four tour singles titles in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as he beat Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the St. Petersburg Open. Rublev came back from 5-2 down to win the first-set tiebreaker with a five-point streak. 

In the second set he broke Coric's serve at 2-2 before holding in his next three service games to complete the win. Rublev didn't face a single break point. The win brings Rublev closer to securing a spot at the ATP Finals next month after he moved into the top 10 of the rankings for the first time Monday. The Russian won the Qatar and Adelaide titles in January and added the Hamburg title last month.

Second seeds Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin captured their first team title on Sunday in  St. Petersburg, defeating Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop 6-2, 7-6(4) to lift the ATP 500 trophy.

The Austrian assumes the winning position

Meanwhile in Cologne, Alexander Zverev won an ATP Tour title for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 to triumph at the bett1HULKS Indoors. The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime is still waiting for his first career title after losing six finals in two seasons, all of them in straight sets.

France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed the Cologne doubles title after beating No. 1 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final, 6-4, 6-4. Herbert and Mahut, seeded at No. 2, saved four consecutive break points in the eighth game of the first set, before claiming the lone break of the opener a game later.

Alexander also played doubles with (really) big brother Mischa -- who in a rare singles appearance upset John Millman before narrowly losing to Hubert Hurkacz -- but fell to Raven Klaasen and Oliver Marach. Alex and Ryan Harrison need to start a support group for the hottest men to be the "ugly brother" in a family! 

Laslo Djere became the third Serbian to capture a tour-level trophy in 2020 on Sunday, claiming his second ATP Tour crown with a 7-6(3), 7-5 victory against Marco Cecchinato at the Forte Village Sardegna Open. 

The easy-on-the-eyes 25-year-old joined countrymen Novak Djokovic (4) and Miomir Kecmanovic (1) to take his nation’s trophy haul to six titles this year after two hours and 19 minutes. Serbian players own a 6-1 record in championship matches this season and Djokovic also led Team Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup trophy in January..

In Challenger Land ...

Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has joined the group of Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet and Felix Auger-Aliassime as the only players aged 17 and under to lift three trophies on the ATP Challenger Tour. The 17-year-old won the 2020 Alicante Ferrero Challenger held at the Club de Tenis Juan Carlos Ferrero de Villena. Alcaraz defeated compatriot Pedro Martinez Portero 7-6(6), 6-3 on a sunny Sunday morning in the Valencian Community.

Albano Olivetti -- seen here working out his 6-8 body -- and Enzo Couacoud took the doubles title. The unseeded Frenchmen edged past Spanish wild card entries Inigo Cervantes and Oriol Roca Batalla 4-6, 6-4, 10-2.

And Alex de Minaur captured the latest installment of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown

Elsewhere around the net ...

Despite a loss in the final, Borna Coric definitely looks to be back in form; Watch him stretch HERE.

Fellow Croat Franko Skugor -- who reached the St. Pete doubles semis with partner Ben McLachlan -- was also looking fit

Germany's Oscar Otte had a nice run to the round of 16 in his home town before losing to Radu Albot. (The 6-5 pretty boy got revenge on Albot in the quallies for this week's second event in Cologne.) Oddly, though, I found his woofy bedmates to be far more intriguing.

I'm guessing Liam Broady is referring to Jamie in his IG "ask me a question"! 

Liam seems to have posted this on a dare, although I'm not sure if it's the kitty or the booty in the back that has his commenters so excited!

And speaking of hot Brits: Did you get a load of this photo of British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith?

Or Kyle Edmund's new Wilson ad?

Or Lloyd Glasspool's modest post?

And my Damian had no problem spotting Cameron Norrie behind that mask during the Medvedev-Opelka match in St. Pete. (The jumbo American got his biggest win to date!)

After qualifying for St. Pete, Ohio sexpot J.J. Wolf extended Milos Raonic to a first-set tiebreak before running out of steam.

As my faith in Karen Khachanov wanes, what do we see as a more likely second act: News anchor ...

or male model?

And speaking of pretty boys, Stefanos knows what he's doing here

Masked man Tommy Paul 

Do two of the hottest men on the ATP Tour have to flaunt their sexualities?

Retirement's a picnic for Sam Groth

Doubles (and skincare) specialist Robert Farah hasn't been able to win a title since giving up "tainted meat" 

Cristian Garin announced his split from his Argentinian coach. (And I thought they made a hot Daddy-Son combo)

Jan-Michael has some fun in the sun (with Mom!)

Christian Harrison and his shadow (aka Cesar Ramirez)

If Matteo Berrettini wants me to buy an electric car, I'll do it

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And last but certainly not least: German journeyman Tobias Simon didn't just get THOSE LEGS sitting around blogging ...

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