Disco died this week. It's sad. Though I tended to lean toward the "Disco Sucks" camp, and was often found slam dancing to The Ramones, I also spent a notable amount of time during my late high school/early college days discoing my butt off in various Austin gay discos. And therefore, I have a soft spot in my heart for Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, who both passed on this week. So I will begin and end today's post with musical tributes.
First up, RIP Robin Gibb - 1949 - 2012. Also known as the "not as cute Bee Gee". I dedicate this first video not only to Robin, but also to my husband, Jimmy, who, in his youth, totally rocked the tight white suit and disco moves. "Don't touch the hair!"
Run out of ideas for your kids next birthday party? No worries! For a fee, you can now hire Swiss actor Dominic Deville to pose as an evil clown and stalk your child for a week before showing up at his party to throw a pie in his face.
According to this article in the Huffington Post, the creepy clown will send the birthday child threatening notes and texts, and leave them creepy phone messages for a week, "warning them that they're being watched and that they'll soon be attacked." Then, on the day of the birthday party, the clown shows up and attacks your child with a cake, scaring the bejesus out of him/her. Deville says that it's "all in fun" and that "most kids absolutely love being scared senseless." Apparently, the fee for this service is pretty reasonable, but they don't mention the cost of the many years of therapy which would be required in the future.
I have a question for y'all. Does anybody actually use the "Plate Warmer" function on your dishwasher? Every dishwasher seems to have it, so I'm assuming that it's used by somebody somewhere, but...really? Is this a selling point for a dishwasher? Do people avoid purchasing a dishwasher without a plate warmer? I mean, I guess hot food tastes better when it's actually hot, but is this keeping food hot thing a big problem that most people have? I can't say that I have ever once thought "Damn, if only the plates had been warm the dinner party would have been a success." Thoughts? Is this something I'm seriously missing out on?
Love this idea! Repurpose your old tv as a bookshelf...
Another excellent website from my friend Amanda. PROFANITY ALERT. Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table. How to describe this one? Hmmm ... how about...a hysterically subversive home decorating blog. Pulls no punches, and totally calls designers on their pretentious overdecorating. Example:
...which inspires them to say f&%$ your "typographic wall art pair, ethnic wall hanging, faux fur throw, atomic floor lamp, convex mirror, bingo cage, buffalo silhouette, milk crate, floor skull, wall skull with antlers and an accessory, and your tiny succulent array."
So I'm gonna wrap things up here with the final part of my Death of Disco salute.
RIP Donna Summer - 1948 - 2012. Saw her at the Hollywood Bowl just a few years ago and she ROCKED. This was always the last song played at the end of a long night of dancing in a disco, right before the lights came up and you saw what everybody really looked like. So put on your platform shoes, chug down the last of your Cuba Libra, take a hit of poppers and crank this UP!
Oh, and go visit Stacy!