Totally random dispatches from a goofy lesbian Presbyterian who loves books, history, old-time radio and walking.
The Village Carpenter Mrs. Fruit's woodworking blog, filled with pretty pictures and words I've never heard of. I really don't know what she's talking about. There are also a few cute pics of our companion animals, because we're gay and it's a requirement.
Mrs. Fruit and I went to an agricultural and industrial museum that exhibits all kinds of, well, agricultural and industrial stuff. There were old cars (yay!), train engines, printing presses, a replica 1928 machine shop, an exhibit on how false porcelain teeth are made (seriously) and, of course, some woodworking tools.
When Mrs. Fruit told her mom where we were going, mom said, "Poor Presbyfruit."
I had a terrific time; Mrs. Fruit ended up dragging me out of there. Here are some photos the Mrs. took of me; I look insane, but I'm having fun. I obviously haven't mastered the art of photo uploading. Ignore all the white space.
I've been listening to a new podcast about World War II. It's called "Radio At War: Old Time Radio Tales of War." For anyone who's interested, you can find it here.
It consists of old radio shows that were broadcast during the war or shortly thereafter. The ones that ran after the war are recreations of OSS adventures that couldn't be told for the duration. These are full of treachery and espionage and lots of stuff about occupied France.
My favorite is a CBS broadcast of London during the blackout. You can hear the air-raid sirens in the background; they're chilling. This particular podcast, "London After Dark," features reporters Edward Murrow and Larry LeSueur.
I was remembering today what my mother, grandmother and little brother used to do on the Christmas Eves of my childhood. My father and grandfather would pack up boxes of meat (family business), and we'd distribute them all day on Christmas Eve to folks we knew who probably needed it. Mostly, they were elderly people, many of whom lived alone. Some were distant relatives. I was a child in the 70's, so most of these people would have been born in the century before last or very early part of the 1900's.
This Christmas Eve, we're here with Mrs. Fruit and her parents. I have to usher at the early service, then I'll come home and we'll all don matching jammies (seriously) and watch (I hope) "It's A Wonderful Life."
I'll call my mom in WV when she gets home from her service at 10 p.m. Tomorrow, I'll do what my dad always did on Christmas day and make phone calls to family members. We're eating our Christmas lunch at a nursing home with an elderly woman who has no living relatives. After that, we have a copy of "The Simpson's Movie." And I see a nap in my future.
An interesting take on Jodie Foster's recent remarks publicly acknowledging a woman believed to be her partner of 14 years.
Most people in the lgbtq community have known for eons that Jodie is one of us. In the last ten years or so, she's been relentlessly outed on the internet but there's never been an official confirmation. I don't think she's ever officially denied it, either.
In print media, I find it interesting that whenever her reticence about her personal life comes up, the Hinckley incident is trotted out as a justification for her guardedness.
I guess an attempted presidential assassination because of some nut's devotion to YOU is a good excuse to play things close to the vest.
One thing's for sure: she' s still smokin' hot. Even at 45.
"I was out sick yesterday, still can't talk missed church and everything. Was able yo go to DAR and then came home and went to bed. Those are some of the craziest bitches ever to assemble in one room. Love you"
Craft Mentality Amber and Tasha talk about kntting, sewing, cooking, reading and Project Runway.
Craftlit Billed as a "podcast for crafters who like to read." Heather is a writer, teacher, mom, blogger etc. with great insights. Podcast ends with a chapter or two from whatever book is currently featured.
Russell Brand Alas, old Russ resigned from the BBC so his podcasts are no longer available, but here's a link to his youtube website. He's smart, articulate and damn sexy. And he knows that "drugs is bad."
Savage Love Podcast Profane, disgusting, entertaining and very educational podcast based on Dan Savage's sex column. I've learned about some things I rather wish I hadn't, but can't stop listening. Mrs. Fruit refuses to partake----too many F-bombs.
Stephen Fry's Podgrams Writer, actor, comedian, filmmaker, Mac enthusiast and really interesting podcaster. The worst thing about this podcast is that he doesn't do it enough.
The Archers My current, hopeless addiction. A daily podcast of the world's longest running daily soap.