Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Emergency Room at The Palace

Lots of medical emergencies at the Emergency Room last Sunday night. Some of the patients were a little strange.

The Countess and Horrothy Dior

The gang is out of control.

Dr. Leopoldo, Nurse Astor, Scrub Nurse Countess, and Nurse duBarry.

And be sure to check Mrs. Astor's blog for more pictures of the ER mayhem.
Countess Bedelia 10/30/2007 11:12:00 AM | 2 comments |

Sunday, October 28, 2007

No blog today...

I danced, I laughed, I had the time of my life.

Head on over to Mrs. Astor's blog to read about the royal reception I received last night at The Palace. There were so many flashbulbs popping that I felt like Britney Spears coming out of family court!

I love you all. Thank you for making me the Belle of the Ball.

The party will continue all week starting at Pimpernel's brunch this afternoon.
Countess Bedelia 10/28/2007 10:45:00 AM | 0 comments |

Saturday, October 27, 2007

On my way...

The Northern court has the steamer trunks packed and the carriage awaits. We are making our State Visit to the Southern Court ruled with an iron hand by the formidable Mrs. Astor.

Our destination:

The Palace at 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
See you there!
Countess Bedelia 10/27/2007 08:29:00 AM | 0 comments |

Friday, October 26, 2007

Red Sox Nation Rejoices!!!!

I have to give a shout out to the Red Sox. They just won the second game of the World Series and will be going to Colorado for the next three games. 2-0 RED SOX!!

I have a son in here in Massachusetts and a son in Colorado...how poignant is that? But Red Sox loyalties run deep. We will see how deep when this Series is over.

Even though I usually don't care a hoot about baseball, I do want the Red Sox to win this World Series.

GO SOX!!!!!
Countess Bedelia 10/26/2007 12:11:00 AM | 0 comments |

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bennett Harrington is doing it again....

OK, all you New England fans who have been asking for a local gig...click on to the Rhode Island Pride website and get yourself a ticket to see Bennett perform this Saturday night, October 27th.

Bennett is opening for Frenchie Davis, the American Idol contestant who was kicked off the program a couple of years ago for having topless photos pop up on the internet....puhleeeze, is that all? I had the pleasure of seeing Frenchie perform at the Empire State Pride Agenda dinner in NYC last year and, let me tell you, she has one powerful voice. She left American Idol in the dust and has gone on to appear on Broadway in RENT among other things. You go girl!

So get off your butts, get in your cars, and drive on down to Providence, Rhode Island, and see Bennett and Frenchie perform and support Rhode Island PRIDE at the same time.
Countess Bedelia 10/25/2007 06:31:00 PM | 0 comments |

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween Week in South Beach!!

The Countess is getting excited about her trip to Miami. The Halloween festivities are always fun and crazy on South Beach, just the way I like things!

Invitations have started to arrive and one of the first is the ER party at The Palace...

And the After Party at Ditmar's D-Bar...

Now.....what to wear?????
Countess Bedelia 10/24/2007 10:13:00 AM | 0 comments |

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Maurice Peterson Show and more.....

Last night at Rumpy's Tavern was the debut of Star Catcher, Maurice Peterson's new revue. I had met Maurice during the summer and caught his show one night. He has a great voice and many amusing anecdotes to tell of his brush with the stars as a performer, writer, and producer. He packed the room and everyone seemed to really enjoy his show.

Especially Todd and Kate from New York City. They liked it so much that Todd went back to his hotel to get his video camera to record the second show.

Todd likes to kiss!

Radu from Romania was having fun at the bar!

Donna and Cindy, aka The Queen of the Bar, were having fun with The Countess.

The famous artist, Michael Allen Lowe, stopped by to say hello.

My beautiful friend Troy held court at the bar.

I still love him even though my portrait is gracing the Ladies Room, right next to the hand that holds the paper towels down.

Troy's other half, Andrew, stopped in for awhile. Andrew is the very handsome proprietor of The Harrison House, a spectacular Bed & Breakfast Inn in Lenox.
Check out his Mama's Kitchen for some good recipes.
Next weekend The Countess arrives on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, for fun when the sun goes down! Halloween Week on South Beach promises to be a week of parties, dinners, seeing old friends and making new ones. There is always a lot to blog about; just ask my dear friend, "the" Mrs. Astor.

Countess Bedelia 10/21/2007 08:47:00 PM | 2 comments |

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Royal Family and the Red Sox

Sometimes it is hard to separate the Countess' Royal Family and the Red Sox Nation that we live in. Tonight the Grand Duke arrived and we went off to visit the Principe and his family. Of course all conversation centered around the big game tonight against the Cleveland Indians. The Grand Duke has been invited to attend Saturday night's game at Fenway Park IF the Red Sox win tonight. So there was a lot at stake. One of the Royal Sons lives in Colorado. They are already in the World Series. Will it end up being a Royal Jousting Match between the Colorado Son and the Massachusetts Son? The Countess is biting her fake fingernails!!!

After leaving the Principe's Palace, we stopped in at the local watering hole to quench our thirst and get a bite to eat. How were we to know that two Patriot's cheerleaders were in attendance?

The place was packed to capacity and the Red Sox were ahead 2 to 1 so the general mood was pretty upbeat. Add to that the fact that the whole bar was packed with people who probably are movie stars in their other lives.....The Countess was very impressed with the beauty of the patrons, both male and female.

I did manage to have a chat with Scott, the hunky bouncer who was guarding the Patriots Cheerleaders. He is a doll!!
It is always a treat to watch a baseball game with the Grand Duke. You might recall that he has played baseball since he was knee high to a grasshopper and was the captain of the baseball team at both his private prep school and his college. He brings such insight to the game from the perspective of an experienced pitcher. He is moving to the Orlando area soon and will be playing baseball for a team in that area.

Josh Beckett pitched a heck of a game with a 96 mile an hour fast ball and a curve ball that defies definition and brought the win in. Two more games to go but they are back in Fenway Park, the land of magical sprites and fairies. As Tinkerbell lived because children believed; then so do the Red Sox win games.

Then it might be the Royal Family Rivalry of the Century.....The Colorado Rockies vs. The Boston Red Sox! Which son will emerge victorious?
Countess Bedelia 10/18/2007 11:06:00 PM | 1 comments |

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bennett's Music Video

Bennett Harrington has a video of his recent performance at Pasha in Washington, DC.

You can check it out here.

And don't forget to check Bennett's MySpace Page for updates on performances and new recordings.
Countess Bedelia 10/15/2007 09:18:00 PM | 0 comments |

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hey, Diddle, Diddle......

My dear friend, Mrs. Astor, has accused me of being a master at court intrigue. Of course I laughed at this suggestion as I am just a little old Countess from Transylchusetts.

How could I possibly indulge in court intrigue?

The court of Elizabeth I of England was a hotbed of intrigue. Several of our favorite nursery rhymes came about as a way to set the court’s intrigue into a popular jingle much like an advertising slogan will do today.

Hey diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

The cat is argued to represent Queen Elizabeth I who was nicknamed ‘The Cat’ because of the way she played or fiddled with her cabinet members, much like a cat will play with mice. An interesting quote by Elizabeth I states, “I may not be a lion, but I am a lion’s cub, and I have a lion’s heart.” Perhaps the nickname, given behind her back, was not unknown to Elizabeth.

The little dog was reportedly Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Some believe Elizabeth loved Robert; others feel that they were simply very close friends. It is said that Elizabeth once referred to him as her ‘lap dog.’ It is suggested that the cow and the moon are also nicknames for members of Elizabethan court intrigue.

It is said that Elizabeth’s serving lady represents the dish and the spoon was the designation of the royal taster. These two servants fell in love and secretly eloped and ran away from the court. When they were captured, Elizabeth had them thrown into the Tower of London.

Perhaps Mrs. Astor had better keep a good eye on the Royal Taster.

Countess Bedelia 10/12/2007 10:00:00 PM | 3 comments |

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Oprah show tomorrow on transgender issues

With the controversy swirling around the ENDA legislation that has dropped transgender as an identifiable category in workplace discrimination, Oprah is doing a show about transgender individuals and their families.

I don't want to preach to the choir here as I'm sure my readers want transgender individuals to be covered under ENDA, so just watch the Oprah show if you have a chance tomorrow. I am never home during the day when Oprah is on (and....horrors....I don't TIVO or have DVR), so I hope that some of you will post your opinions of the show.

It seems to me that we are constantly having to vote on civil rights these days and that is very discouraging. Why are we still doing this in this day and age? All citizens should be free to be whoever they feel they want to be. Laws should be on the books to protect our person and our property; not to discriminate against a man wearing a dress or a woman with a butch haircut. Why is this still an issue in this country?

I wear a crown. Does this mean that I should be jailed for anarchy?
Countess Bedelia 10/11/2007 11:20:00 PM | 0 comments |

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

D-Bar is the Party Place!

If you are in Miami, make sure that you stop in at D-Bar. It's right in back of The Palace on Ocean Drive.

Ditmar will make sure you are well taken care of. The Countess will be there soon!
Countess Bedelia 10/09/2007 11:33:00 AM | 1 comments |

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Ugly Betty fans......spoiler alert

My favorite show is "Ugly Betty" on Thursday nights on ABC. I won't bore you with accolades of the show which has won all kinds of awards for its first season including the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for its wonderful star, America Ferrara.

While I was following a link completely unrelated to Ugly Betty, I came upon this spoiler report and picture from an upcoming episode. Posh Spice (or Mrs. David Beckham) is guest starring in an upcoming episode as a bridesmaid for Vanessa Williams character, Wilhemina.

Ugly moment: Victoria Beckham with actress Vanessa Williams on the set of Ugly Betty

The Countess just can't help a little squeeeeeeee at the total camp of Posh, who has made a lifestyle out of being a Twiggy model/celebrity, being on the ultimate camp show, Ugly Betty.

Long live shallowness for without it our sense of humor will perish!
Countess Bedelia 10/06/2007 07:34:00 PM | 1 comments |

Friday, October 05, 2007

Republican Logo advertises gay sex ???

An analysis of the Republican's 2008 convention logo offered by the Daily Kos:

"yes, this is real, not an extremely clever photoshop job, and truly encapsulates what the Republican Party is all about.

Wide stance? Check.

In Minneapolis? Check.

Prison stripe-wearing? Check.

Starry eyed? Check.

As for the elephant humping the "2008"...

Are they going for a "Still screwing the country in 2008" theme, or is it a reference to hypocritical adulterers like David Vitter and just about the entire Republican presidential field?
All of the above? Check!

Apparently they ran out of space for a collapsing bridge."

Personally, IMO, the elephant looks like a top to me and those tusks come in handy when poking under the bathroom stalls.
Countess Bedelia 10/05/2007 09:57:00 PM | 0 comments |

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Slow day....

My dear friend Ditmar, the owner of D-Bar in South Beach, sent me a few jokes the other day. Since I have nothing to post about today, I will share one with you. I don't know why this one cracked me up but it did.

This sent me on a search for dead cat pictures and I found a lot of them but they were just too gross to put on my blog. I can't believe how many items there are on the internet about cats.

This seems to be a popular book. You can buy it at Amazon. com

The New Yorker also has a cat cartoon book out. Amazon.com again

Bill the Cat apparently was a big political figure in the 1980's, even running for President in 1984.

And here is another cat joke that I found on my internet travels through GoogleLand.

"A man runs into the vet's office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.

The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog's body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, poking and sniffing the dog's body and finally looks at the vet and meows. The vet looks at the man and says, "I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too."

The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes. The vet answers, "$350.""$350 to tell me my dog is dead?!" exclaims the man.

"Well," the vet replies, "I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $300 was for the cat scan."

The End

Countess Bedelia 10/04/2007 11:23:00 AM | 2 comments |

Monday, October 01, 2007

Lenox Village has a party.....

(You can click on the map to enlarge it.)

Once in a great while The Countess ventures outside during the day. The sunlight is blinding and usually there is some walking involved but even The Countess must mingle with the peasants occasionally and spread good will among the people.

This past weekend was a Country Fair sort of day in the town of Lenox. I'm not sure exactly what the festive occasion that was being celebrated. Maybe it was just because it was a beautiful fall day in New England; you know the kind.....70 degrees, dry air, sunshine, the harvest is in and the crops were good....that kind of day.

At any New England festival you will see some antique cars which have been lovingly restored....

There was food....

Safari Rides....

A One Man Band outside my favorite silver shoppe (stop in there for a good deal on beautiful silver jewelry).....

Most stores had their sale merchandise displayed on the sidewalks....

Of course in Red Sox Nation, no Yankee fans allowed....

The crowds seemed to be having a wonderful time sampling clam and corn chowders, homemade pies and other baked goods, taking chances on the many raffle tickets being sold for worthy causes, and just enjoying the camaraderie of small town New England. The Countess found some bargains including a fabulous hat and a few antique rings to add to her collection.
Countess Bedelia 10/01/2007 09:39:00 PM | 1 comments |