Another Random Tuesday of thoughts and follow ups...
And the winner for scariest costume is...
Woohoo!!! Winner, winner, winner! Jeanne and I were so excited we almost peed ourselves. And oh yeah, the boys were excited too. I was a little horrified with myself. Jimmy and I are so adamantly against Jude going into showbiz. Our constant mantra is "marketable skill, marketable skill, marketable skill". But for some reason, when he was in there in front of the Eighth Grade judges and parading around in front of the whole school, something terrible just came over me, and I turned into Mama Rose. "Be SCARY BABY! SCARY, SCARY!" I actually shouted out "Sing out Louise!" But I don't think anybody got it (for those who don't know '50's Broadway musicals, that's a "Gypsy" reference). And he WAS scary! He waved his little cape around dramatically and bared his fangs. I was so very proud. And they WON! The prize? A two dollar gift certificate to Baskin-Robbins. Which, honestly, excited Jude more than any adulation from his peers. He seems to have his priorities straight.
Question: If bacon raises your cholesterol, and oatmeal lowers your cholesterol, then if you eat them together, does your cholesterol stay the same? Makes sense, right? Sort of? I had a roommate in college who decided that if salt made him retain water, he would only eat garlic salt, because garlic is a diuretic. Thus canceling out the retention qualities of the salt. He swore it worked. Anybody out there with any knowledge?
The last three status update horrors from "Joey" (Jimmy's cousin's son who foolishly "friended" me on Facebook):
1. Joey "swears her tits are three times bigger than my head." 5 comments. Cassie is "lmao". Angelina says "this is ri-cock-u-lous!"
2. Joey says "Dear Mother, If I ever get arrested, please dispose of the black shoe box underneath my bed before the cops find it...Just found out those things are illegal in all 50 U.S. states." 0 comments.
3. Joey "has never hit a woman I wasn't in love with...don't make me start tonight." 4 comments. Jessica "likes" it, but Angie finds it "disturbing".
I swear to God I am NOT MAKING THESE UP! I agree with Lawyer Mom's comment about "Joey" - I hope he isn't applying for an office job any time soon.
Jude asked me the other day "Is God made out of molecules?" I love the way my kid's mind works!
I found myself suffering from Columbus Day Guilt and Confusion this year. On one hand, Jimmy's family is Italian, and Columbus is a great source of pride with these people. On the other hand, I'm basically just right of "bleeding heart" liberal, and realize that this holiday is basically a celebration of the European's massacre and dislocation of millions of indigenous people. On the other hand, one could really just rethink Columbus Day as a celebration of the feat of actually sailing across the Atlantic - sort of making Columbus the winner of the first America's Cup race, not actually "discovering" anything. On the other hand, in coming to America, Columbus and his men brought disease that wiped out entire populations. On the other hand, those populations gave the Europeans syphillus, which they brought back to Europe. On the other hand, they probably got the syphillus because they were raping the indigenous people. On the other hand, calling a holiday "Indigenous Persons Day" is just plain embarrassing. On the other hand, Columbus Day is a great excuse for eating Italian food. It's a conundrum.
We actors are a superstitious bunch. Almost everybody has some sort of ritual they go through before a performance - certain items one has to carry on their person, words to utter under your breath just before showtime. And the greatest superstition of all, an ancient and serious believe, is that NO ONE must EVER utter the word "Macbeth" inside a theater (unless you're actually performing Macbeth, and the word is in one of your lines). It is ALWAYS refered to as "the Scottish play". So...the other day, I ran into an actor whose last name is Macbeth. That's his name. So what does he do? Does he get special dispensation for saying "Macbeth" since his name is Macbeth? If he has an audition and intruduces himself, does he have to say "Hello. I'm John "The Scottish Play". This is the kind of thing that I obsess and worry about.