Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Random observations by a dissolute Countess

First, please acknowledge my new knight in shining armor, Hoss. He is a diamond in the rough who posts an entertaining blog entry every day. That in itself is worthy of knighthood. (Jesse, take notes.) So I dub thee, Sir Hoss, Keeper of the Dictionary.
In his honor I give you my Word of the Day:
dissolute, adj. given to immoral or improper conduct.; def. What the countess is really like!

Next up, I find out that DJ AM will be at Mansion in Miami Beach this Friday. I doubt that Nicole Ritchie will be with him since they have broken up but for all you fans of "famous people who are famous for being famous", get over to Mansion and check him out. You might wonder why the Countess even knows about this. For some reason Mansion sends me regular e-mails with their entertainment line-up. Go figure!

Now AdAge reports that NBC doubled their advertising rates for Katie Couric's farewell show. From $50,000 for a 30 second spot to $110,000. Pretty good cash if you can get it. And then it just reverberates on down. Same for Meredith Viera's premiere on Today, Rosie's premier on The View, etc. Maybe they engineer this stuff to generate revenue since they can't seem to put on a decent prime time show to save their life.

Next on the list is the new Comic Book Hero, pop song subject, and all around decision making guy, Shrub, The Decider. In the old days, a person with this much power was called a dictator. Today we call him a decider. I must be getting old. Maybe Hoss can dig up a definition to fit.

A bit of really exciting news is that Batwoman is making a comeback as....drumroll, please....a lesbian. Yes, DC Comics is riding the back of Brokeback Mountain and bringing in the first acknowledged lesbian to the comic reading public.

Finally today is the day that the New York State Court of Appeals begins its oral arguments about same sex marriage rights. I invite you to step into the Court and hear the arguments. This is a powerful testimony to the benefit of the internet, as we would never be able to view these proceedings unless we could get ourselves to Albany, NY, and get into the courtroom.

If you read my blog, you know that I am a member of MassEquality and a supporter of the Empire Pride Agenda. I believe in personal freedom and the separation of church and state. I believe that this country is for all its citizens which is why we are defined as a Republic.
I hope that Hoss will agree with this definition.
Countess Bedelia 5/31/2006 06:12:00 PM | 4 comments |

Monday, May 29, 2006

It's not everyone who gets an ice cream named after them!


There once was a young man named Mark,
Who liked to party a lot after dark,
To the Palace he ran
And was called ‘Black and Tan’
Now he sells Ben & Jerry’s for a lark.


Congratulations to Mark, an original member of the Tinker Bell Brigade

......looks like you've made it after all!!!




Credit to Ian, our computer genius, for the artwork. *waves*
This ad is not sanctioned by Ben & Jerry's ice cream and no money will be made from this publication, so tell your lawyers to f**k off.
Countess Bedelia 5/29/2006 07:47:00 AM | 5 comments |

Friday, May 26, 2006

Ian needs all the Positive Energy you can send to him.



It's funny how people come into your life in a random pattern and then end up being an integral part of who you are. One day I didn't know Ian.....and then, I did.

I had been reading Mrs. Astor's blog and noticed a lot of references to and comments by "Ian". So I clicked on his blog and started to read about his story.

One of the things that connected with me....besides the incredible journey that he been forced to take....was his attitude of "Reinvention". Here was a young man who was a star of the stage in Buenos Aires; a young man who had the world by the tail as the saying goes. Struck down but not out. Reinventing himself to accomodate life's cruel tricks. Read his blog and you will be inspired.

Fast forward to today. Ian is back in the hospital. Once again, as incredible happiness came his way with his marriage to Alexis and his success as a director seemed assured, he is again struck down. How much can his beautiful spirit take? He needs all the Positive Energy that we can muster.

I do believe in the power of positive thinking and the power of positive energy. So please, whatever you believe in, please send some of it Ian's way. He is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. The world will be the poorer for the absense of his spirit.

Ian, I love you, my beautiful friend.

Countess Bedelia 5/26/2006 06:26:00 PM | 0 comments |

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mai-Ling


I just realized that I had never posted on my blog about Mai-Ling. She was the child of my heart and the one that fate brought into my life.

When Husband #2 and I were about to enter into cohabitation, he mentioned that he would like to have a dog. "A DOG ! ", I HYSTERICALLY SHRIEKED. After all, here we were.....kids grown up, financially secure, travel on the horizon, in love, and ready for a new adventure. A dog would keep us tethered to our house and I was ready to fly. "NO DOG," says The Countess.

Soooo, he called one day and asked me to meet him at the mall. He took me over to the pet store and introduced me to this shaggy haired little ball of white fluff who promptly took the biggest shit that a little dog could possibly take. The smell was so bad that I had to leave the area.

But the damage was done. I had looked into her eyes and a connection was made. Brain paths were remapped and she was mine and more importantly, I was hers. The strange thing was that the night before I met her, I had a dream about a white, fluffy, dog named Mai-Ling and suddenly....there she was. Karma, Fate...give it any name you want....Mai-Ling was meant to come and live with me.

She lived with me for 14 years and a lot of things went down over those years but her beautiful eyes and her steadfast devotion never wavered. Once I overheard my children (those human forms of self-perpetuation) comment: "Ma loves Mai-Ling more than us" and, you know, I couldn't contradict them. Because we shared a connection in a mystical way that I could never explain or comprehend.

My husband passed away one year before Mai-Ling. She used to sniff the bed skirt to try to bring him back. In that last year she had so many illnesses and problems but she kept me going and gave me so much love. When she finally left me, it was the worst death that I had ever experienced. But then I was given this poem and I had hope. So I do believe that some day Mai-Ling and I will be reunited over The Rainbow Bridge.
Countess Bedelia 5/24/2006 08:30:00 PM | 4 comments |

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Viagra Name Game Contest

In Pharmacology, all drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name. For example, the trade name of Tylenol also has a generic name of Acetaminophen. Aleve is also called Naproxen. Amoxil is also call Amoxicillin and Advil is also called Ibuprofen.

The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Also considered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin, Dixafix, and of course, Ibepokin.

Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of "cocktails", "highballs" and just a good old-fashioned "stiff drink". Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO.

Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.
Countess Bedelia 5/23/2006 03:33:00 PM | 3 comments |

Thursday, May 18, 2006

"Let them eat cake" says Empress Georgette



Molly Ivins, that intrepid Texas reporter, feels that lunacy is the only explanation for the actions of the present administration and The Empress Georgette.

"Meanwhile, further proof that the entire party is cuckoo comes to us with the passage of another $70 billion tax cut for the rich. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says the average middle-income household will get a $20 tax cut, while those making more than $1 million a year will get nearly $42,000."

"As for the Iraq fantasy and those who pushed it on a reluctant country through lies, disinformation and bending intelligence -- isn't there a law against that?"

Off with their heads, I say!

Countess Bedelia 5/18/2006 11:14:00 AM | 4 comments |

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Rain worthy of Noah's Arc

Some of you might have been reading in the newspapers about the rain of "biblical proportions" as quoted from Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts. Now the Countess does not agree with Mitt very often but in this case his rhetoric is not too far fetched. It has been raining for over a week and flooding on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border and other towns has reached the disaster status of Hurricane Katrina.

So pardon my euphoria when I looked up from my computer a minute ago and saw..........drum roll, please..........THE SUN!
Countess Bedelia 5/16/2006 07:39:00 PM | 3 comments |

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Emperor's nakedness is starting to show....


Once upon a time there was an Emperor who wore no clothes but all the courtiers complimented him on his attire anyway; because if the Emperor says he is clothed in the latest fashions, Then.He.Is.

Finally some of the court are starting to question what they are seeing and those closest to the Emperor are being taken to task for bad fashion sense, gaudy jewels, and toooooo much makeup.

Will Karl Rove be indicted this week for PlameGame? TruthOut is reporting that he will.
Countess Bedelia 5/14/2006 09:10:00 AM | 6 comments |

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ian has redecorated my Palace...Do you like it?


In spite of some very serious problems of his own over the past few weeks, Ian was determined to design a beautiful blog site as a special present to me. He has been working so hard on it over the past several days. He even got me set up on msn so that we could chat about the ideas as they were taking shape.

Ian and I have had some conversations about 'Reinvention'; a life concept that both of us aspire to. When life gets you down or changes drastically for you, reinvent yourself.

The initial metamorphosis can be extremely painful; especially when you are going from a butterfly to a caterpillar. At first it seems as if you are going backwards, but if you look hard enough, you can find new joys, strengths, talents, and success. Ian is an inspiration to me and many others and if you read his blog, he will inspire you too. He is the First Knight on the list to your left.

So THANK YOU, dearest Ian, for creating this Palace of Beauty for the Countess to reside in. I love you, my friend.
Countess Bedelia 5/11/2006 06:10:00 PM | 5 comments |

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Honors and Awards and becoming a Lesbian


It is amazing what one can find out about oneself by Googling "The Countess Bedelia". Apparently my blog has been added to the Best Gay Blog site.

My good friends Jesse and Jeremy have also been added. Which is totally not fair since they NEVER update their blogs. Of course they are both handsome, adorable and witty gay men so that might have something to do with it!

The other amusing thing about this honor is that I have been categorized as 'Lesbian' presumably because I am a woman. I checked out the categories and they do not have one for 'faghag' (Although I never could see myself as a 'hag' of any kind...Do hags wear jewels?).

My lesbian girlfriends will have a good laugh over this one as they have always said that I would come over to their side someday. Does it make it official if you can Google it?
Countess Bedelia 5/10/2006 09:53:00 AM | 3 comments |

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

To keep my audience entertained....

It has been a couple of days since I posted and I have a few irons in the fire to post about. I've just had such a busy weekend with lots of people camping in L'Hotel, as The Countess' palace is known (not kidding...I even have a sign).


Anyway, I came upon the most interesting snow sculpture in my travels, which I share with you.
Countess Bedelia 5/09/2006 06:13:00 PM | 4 comments |

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Check it out

I just couldn't pass up this video from the White House Easter Egg Hunt.
Countess Bedelia 5/04/2006 10:23:00 PM | 3 comments |

A bit of nostalgia to go along with anticipation....

Tomorrow night several family members will descend on my home for a sort of once a year birthday gift from me.....a trip into Boston to see Wicked at The Opera House. I am the type of person who hates to just buy gifts for the occasion and so will organize an outing like this to take care of a whole year of obligations. I am really not a big musical fan but Wicked caught my imagination. I've seen it several times since that first trip to NYC in 2004.

My daughter, The Principessa, and I took the train down from Boston and stayed at the magnificent Italian boutique hotel, The Michelangelo. I wore my Wicked t-shirts everywhere and everywhere we went people came up to talk to me about Wicked. You know that The Countess loves to talk to everyone and this weekend was another adventure.

To see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith in their roles as Elphaba, the green witch, and G'a'linda, the good witch, was incredible. I became a Wicked fan for life....and that t-shirt became a very lucky shirt for me. Every time I wear it I seem to meet a new friend.
The Principessa and I had many adventures that weekend culminating with the New York City Pride Parade down Fifth Avenue. You all should try to go to this parade if you ever have a chance. We sat on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral and watched the pageantry unfold.

It is a most wonderful memory.
Countess Bedelia 5/04/2006 08:51:00 PM | 3 comments |