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Ken Called -- We're Going to "Newsies" -- Adeena Came By

Adeena contacted Marilyn and me about going to see "Newsies" on this coming Sunday. For those of you unfamiliar with the movie "Newsies," it's from 1992, a Disney film featuring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly -- and based on the actual newsboy strike in the 1890's in New York City. The movie is a FAVORITE of Marilyn's and mine -- I don't even know how many, many times we've watched it! We really love that film.

Anyway, it was turned into a Broadway musical -- and is currently here in Portland. The musical is different from the movie -- the female lead is not the sister of Davey and Les, but a newspaper reporter that Jack falls for. Apparently the songs differ as well. And Pulitzer is not the awful bad guy he was in the movie, as Jack ends up WORKING FOR HIM at the end of the musical! It should be interesting to see the differences. Bryan Denton is the reporter in the movie (played by Bill Pullman, a favorite actor) -- clearly replaced by Katherine Plumber, reporter, in the musical (there apparently is no Sarah, who Jack fell for in the film).

When we saw "Mame" (on May 10, 2015) the musical was obviously different from the movie "Auntie Mame" that we've always watched and loved.

We've seen very little live theater in our lives, but always enjoy it when we do! And we're really looking forward to this.

We have the Clown Corps graduation on Sunday, but that's earlier in the day...

I can't help wondering if Jessica is going to see it (she was Marilyn's assistant during the Centennial year at the festival and is a HUGE "Newsies" fan)...

I worked on the website today, but didn't get everything done I'd planned to. Oh well. It will all get done eventually! Hahaha.

I was going to Remote in to Katie and have her try doing the Float page -- with me walking her through the code. Christine had wanted to sit with her and observe, as well. That page is more complicated than the other pages because it has a heavy amount of code.

Adeena came by on her lunch break. But unfortunately she and I didn't get to talk much, because Ken phoned me while she was here and talked for half an hour (!!!). But I really needed to catch up with Ken, so that was fine.

Amusing note: Rob and Jeff are Marilyn's and my friends -- and I originally met them because they're friends of Ken who live here in Portland. Rob was telling all of us that Ken would turn 50 on Grand Floral Parade day -- so we've been planning accordingly. It turns out Rob got the date wrong! Ken will have his birthday on June 11 -- but he's turning 49, not 50! I thought he was joking when he told me today. Hahaha. Poor Rob! He's going to be so disappointed.

Anyway, Ken and I were discussing whether or not he should judge bands for the parade or not. He decided to do it. I love him for that. I totally understand WHY. He's an events person -- and that's what we do! Hahaha.

I talked to sister Sue this morning, who is really suffering from her fall. (sigh) Her daughter-in-law Tammy didn't manage to make an appointment for Sue's hair, so I'm going to try and do that tomorrow. Marilyn thinks she and I could take Sue next Saturday, if Kathy has an opening...

I think Sue will feel much better when her hair is done. And Marilyn feels it's imperative to get it done. She doesn't even want to take her to another doctor appointment until after that. (She feels Sue appears too 'old and frail' with her gray, un-styled hair. I think that's very true, by the way. Doctors treat you very differently when they see you as 'old.')

Spaghetti for dinner (no garlic toast!). Marilyn ate the sauce (no pasta). And we had homemade popcorn after that. We've been planning to have the popcorn all week long, so I'm glad we finally did.

Marilyn needs to be up VERY EARLY tomorrow for Court Orientation. I'll probably start doing some more website work at that point. I also have some chores around here I MUST tackle. We need to go SHOPPING at some point, as we're nearly out of several things.

Say, by the way, if you don't drink pop, that's fine. Or coffee. But PLEASE don't try to tell ME not to drink them! I can make a list as long as my arm as to why coffee is GOOD for you, by the way. (And I've done it before.) And maybe diet pop isn't great for you, but I don't give a damn. Got it? I'll drink what I want to, and you drink what you want to. I won't go into WHY I'm mentioning this, but boy was I annoyed today to get a 'lecture' about drinking those beverages. Spare me, please. Everybody is an 'expert' and thinks they need to tell others what to drink. Geez.

I'm forgetting to share things here. But it's late (again). So I'll take my meds and head to bed, I guess. At least it's not 4:00 in the morning! (Only 2:00.) So it could be worse!

Happy dreams, all!
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Worth Reading -- In Playboy and About Playboy

This article about AGEISM is really worth reading! Here's a quote: Aging is difficult, but the passage of time confers very real benefits. Older people exhibit better judgment, become more emotionally adept and often grow more creative. No one reaches 80 without encountering adversity and loss, but life remains very much worth living. By blinding us to those benefits and heightening our fears, ageism makes growing older in America harder than it has to be. Most of w hat we know about aging is wrong—and staying in the dark serves commercial and political interests that don’t serve ours.

In the 20th century the civil rights and women’s movements woke us up to entrenched systems of racism and sexism around us. More recently, the gay rights movement has made great strides against homophobia. It’s high time to mobilize against age-based discrimination and stereotyping. Otherwise, ageism will pit us against one another. It will rob society of a vast amount of knowledge and experience. And it will poison our futures by framing longer, healthier lives as problems instead of the remarkable achievements they represent.

You can read the entire article online HERE. And I highly recommend it, even if you're not over 50! Because someday YOU WILL BE (hopefully!).

And in Playboy-related news: No more nudes in Playboy magazine, centerfold's future at risk...

I think it's a good decision on many levels. Because of the online world, anybody who wants to see nudity is only a few clicks away. Playboy was always about more than mere nudity, from the very beginning. (The magazine was created the year after I was born, by the way.) Marilyn and I have subscribed to it for decades (and read our father's magazines prior to that). You can read that article HERE.

Sexy isn't just about nudes, of course. Most women can tell you that clothing can enhance a man or woman in ways that nakedness never could. Even if we're just talking about scanty bits of clothes. But women are so self-conscious about their bodies that they're rarely comfortable without at least some sheer covering (especially if the lights are on!). Just sayin', guys. Hahaha. Yes, there's a time and a place for nudes. But I think this might be the thing to save Playboy magazine.

I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens!

By the way, if you've NEVER read Playboy, then you're missing out. Some of the most amazing FICTION appears in those pages! I just recently read a short story that knocked my socks off! The political debates are wonderful, too. It's informative. The comics and jokes are humorous. And the articles ARE first rate. (Some people DO read Playboy for the articles, all joking aside.)

I hope the magazine doesn't go under, as I feel it would be a terrible loss.

In OTHER news, I chatted a couple of times with Kris today. He's coming to the office on Friday so we can deal with several IT concerns -- including Marilyn's Outlook problem. I would LOVE to resolve that!

I tried to phone Hector, but didn't reach him -- and I couldn't leave a message because his voice mailbox was full. Unfortunately, that happens all the time with Hector. (sigh)

Okay, Hector called back. He's coming either tomorrow or Thursday. We need our usual work, plus the gutters done.

Fine, get this: I just brought in the mail, and I've been called for jury duty. Again. I don't even know how many times I've been called in my life! (I was just called in 2014.) There are TONS of people who never get called, so what gives with that??? I've actually served several times. My last experience was HORRIBLE. I was treated really badly by the judge. As far as I'm concerned, I NEVER, ever want to serve on a jury again. No, I'm NOT kidding.

My status as a full-time volunteer was denigrated by the judge -- and later by almost the entire jury I sat on. WTF??? They acted like it wasn't the same as a paying job. Well, HELL NO, it's not! I have the same responsibility as people who get paid, and I do the work without a pay check. I'm not only our Webmaster and IT Manager, but I help train our new personnel and do a number of other tasks during the year. Anyway, because there's no one else who can replace me in my IT role (among many other tasks), I'm sure Jeff will write to have me receive a Discretionary Excusal. We'll see how that goes. I have no clue who would do my job if I wasn't around to do it!!!

(heavy sigh)