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July 4, 2006

UPDATE–Fourth of July in Chicago, Illinois!

Last night I sat and watched the Fourth of July fireworks here in Chicago. From the other side of the lake, the Chicago skyline was bathed in deep, deep red and orange, fading to black, the perfect backdrop for the most spectacular fireworks I’ve ever seen here or anywhere else up to this day. Chicago really outdid itself this year.

The red and blue stars shooting up, drifting down, the gold chrysanthemums–my personal favorite–so large that one could fill the entire skyline, the white streaks shooting across the water, the purples blazing up into the red skies, incredible, and THIS year they had a brand new type of fireworks so beautiful that I could only sigh. They exploded against the night and floated out over the lake in what appeared to have been a thousand huge three-diminsional multicolored balloons–truly a gorgeous, gorgeous sight. I thought I’d seen everything before, but those new ones were incredible because they looked so round and SO real. Kudos to whoever invented them. They were the work of a genius.

When you look at photos of our Chicago skyline, especially those shot by the young photographer who took the photo that heads up this website, Jon Massie, they are definitely real. Chicago absolutely does look like that in the summer evenings, and when you see his beautiful photos that show red and gold streaking out in the water at night, that’s real. Those red streaks truly do shimmer with the kind of reality and beauty only a great photographer can catch at that moment.

And then to see all the boats out there on the water while the fireworks are going on–I’d never have nerve enough to do that if I owned a boat, but it must be a beautiful sight. (I’ll have to speak to the Count about that next year. I’m willing to try it on HIS yacht. 😉

Anyhow, it was beautiful enough for me to want to blog about it, sitting on the Opposite Side of the Water. Long live Chicago, a city I love more than any other city in the world.

Have a safe one tonight, folks. They’ll be shooting off more fireworks in the smaller towns around the USA. Hope you all have as wonderful a time as I did last night. Stay safe, stay cool, and come back soon, ya hear me?

Love y’all,

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June 18, 2006


Looks like Count Babbalallapaloozo is about to become a thing of the past. I saw Kinky on 60 Minutes tonight and I fell hopelessly, desperately (is there any other way?) in love.

But tell me, who would NOT love a man who:

Takes care of so many stray dogs who are just lookin’ for a home. Feeds them, doctors them, loves them all. I have three cats, but still.

Kinky, I’m yours. YoursYoursYoursYoursYours! The dogs got me. I LOVE animals.

He also said something else tonight that rocked my canoe bigtime. He said, on 60 Minutes, that he’s interested in telling the truth. Is THAT a great thing to hear from a man running for political office or WHAT? Truth is something I’m REALLY hooked on myself because I detest liars, mainly because they all assume you’re too stupid to know they’re lying. Always tell me the truth, no matter what, and you’ll find me eating out of your hand sure as God made little green apples and red ones, too, even the ones with worms. I don’t mind a few worms, just don’t ever lie to me.

He’s running for Governor of Texas. Now THAT takes balls, folks. Makes me almost want to move to Texas just so I can vote for him. Or better yet, run the Texas White House for him and plan all his parties and do a little redecorating in my spare time. I have it all worked out in my mind, right down to the new sunken living room with a huge brick fireplace.

Man, I can see that crackling, roaring fireplace now.

Specs available on request, Kinky.

He’s a published author of a lot of very popular books. THAT would get me if nothing else did, even if he didn’t have such a wild sense of humor. But he does. He DOES! He makes people laugh. How sexy is that!

Hey, Kinky, we could trade edits. Interested yet?

He hangs out with the most fabulous people in the universe. No, no, not anyone like Karl Rove or whatzhizname, the Vice Prez. I’m talkin’ WILLIE NELSON! I’m talkin’ KRIS KRISTOFFERSON! Whoa, baby! Imagine the midnight songfests around the campfire back behind the Texas White House! Hot dogs! Barbecued Beans! S’mores!

Bring it to me, Kinky!

Or, if you ask nice, I’ll bring it to you.

Well, I figure if Miss Snark can be hopelessly in love with George Clooney, I can be hopelessly in love with Kinky Friedman, right?

Signing off for now, having just blown the minds of everyone who checks in here to see what Hotclue’s up to this week.

Hotclue’s up to no good. I guarantee it.

Hugs till later this week, y’all. (See, I’m already practing my Texas accent.)

Hotclue Herself

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May 22, 2006

TAG! Looks Like Hotclue’s IT!

I’ve been Blog-Tagged by Pat Browning, who wrote Full Circle, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time because of her beautiful, beautiful prose. I’ll try to do this blog-tag thing justice, although at the moment I have no idea who to Tag, since it seems most people I know have already been tagged or are now incognito and have had their email addys changed forever–strangely enough, since this blog tag gig started sweeping the Internet. But for right now, here you are:

Q: Name 4 movies you would watch over and over

A: (1) I’ll Take Manhattan, a TV miniseries from Judith Krantz’s novel of the same title. Loved all of her books and all of her TV movies. I wish I could find someplace to buy copies of all her other movies, since I’ll Take Manhattan is the only one I have taped. Why doesn’t she put them out on CD and sell them at Anybody know?

(2) Sleepless in Seattle. A real feelgood, heart-melting movie. Gets me every time, really touches my romantic spot, which I don’t let out too often. Oh, I have my romantic side (just ask Count Baballallapaloozo) but I really like murder mysteries better. Except for this one. This one’s a keeper. Love it.

(3) Casablanca. If you don’t know why, you’re not reading this blog, because you’re functionally illiterate as well as cold and unfeeling or else very young and didn’t pay attention in History class and you’re still wetting the bed and picking your nose in public.

(4) “7”. A fascinating crime movie that should be watched several times because it’s so fast-moving and there’s so much there you’ll probably miss first time around.

Q: Name 4 places you have lived

A: (1) Baltimore, Maryland–born there, although instead of gold-plating Mercy Hospital because I was born there and making it an adjunct to the Smithsonian, they tore it down. The clods.

(2) Metropolis, Illinois–stayed with my grandmother lots of summers and for a couple of years when I was in second and third grade. This was where I first learned about zombies and fell in love with Delbert Shelby, who was two years older than me. I was eight.

(3) Pekin, Illinois–went to upper grade school and junior high there. I still remember the long evening walks to the park to watch the boys play baseball, when it was still safe enough to walk anywhere in the evening alone. I bought my first bottle of perfume there. Blue Waltz. .14 cents a bottle. So there.

(4) Chicago suburb, Illinois. A nice suburb. We haven’t had too many gun battles in the streets. Yet. Although there was the time the drugstore across the street was robbed and a slight gun battle ensued. The only victim, aside from the drug store of course, was Beth’s and my husband, Stan, who ran around the house screaming for everybody to get down on the floor, didn’t do it himself, ran into the lounge chair in the living room, and got taken to the hospital with a broken toe. Sigh. What can I say.

Q: Name 4 TV shows you love to watch

A: (1) Sunday Morning, because it’s so peaceful and positive, a great way to start a Sunday. I love the last minute, when they show you something beautiful, athough it’s been cut down so much you really have to look fast. I want a whole minute. I’m going to have a parade (with banners and foghorns) in D.C. in front of the White House to protest if I don’t get it. Look out, CBS!

(2) Meet the Press, almost always fascinating, mainly because Tim Russert has the most diabolically gentle but relentlessly probing ways of getting answers from people who don’t want to give right and true answers. You can learn a lot about them just from watching the WAY they answer. Or don’t.

(3) Emeril Live. He’s a sloppy cook and he uses too much parsley but he is fun to watch.

(4) I would have said The Apprentice, but I’m getting tired of watching those whiny brats lie and undercut each other. The only thing that keeps me watching is Trump, and I can’t explain that myself because he’s so pompous. But hey, he’s rich and smart. Gotta give him points for that, right? Plus, his hair seems to be growing in nicely again, after Ivana pulled it all out.

SO–my #4 that I really enjoy would have to be anything on Court TV OR the Saturday night show on NBC where they solve horrific murders every week. I love to watch crime shows as long as I’m not the victim; that might possibly diminish my enjoyment somewhat, especially if it’s based on murder.

Q: Name 4 of your favorite foods

A: (1) Bagels.

(2) Bagels with cream cheese.

(3) Bagels with cream cheese and lox and onions. Red onions, please. They look so nice.

(4) Almost everything else except anything with cooked anchovies. Just shoot me first.

Q: Name 4 web sites you visit daily

A: (1) My stats. Sorry, it’s private, but astonishing (to me). I am amazed and humbled by the number and locations of all my visitors, and I thank every single one of them. Or should that be “every single one of you”. Either way, I’m truly honored to have your attention even if it is only for one .25th of a second.

(2) The New York Times, although I am extremely torqued that they started charging to read all of my favorite columnists and I may boycott them one of these days, as soon as I can figure out whether a boycott of one would make much difference.

(3) The Washington Post. They really nab events of the past day or so AND they don’t charge to read their columnists. (Hear that, NY Times? The POST doesn’t charge.) So the Post gets most of my time. (Somebody pass me another bagel, I’m getting frustrated all over again just thinking about it. They have to CHARGE people to read Maureen and Tom? They need money THAT much?) Maybe we could get the government to subsidize them, it subsidizes everything else. Oh, no, wait. I forgot. Maureen picks on Bushie and Rummy and Chaney. Well, forget a government subsidy, for right now, anyhow. But my time’s comin’. It is. (I believe in Santa Claus too.)

(4) Miss Snark, almost daily. She’s the only one online I know of who is worse than I am about being ludicrously (I think I just made up a word, I should get points for that) outspoken. Oh, I’m sure there are probably others, it’s just that she’s the only one I know of and she is brilliantly snarky. Just being honest here.

(5) Can I have five? I check in on Brian Williams and Kinky Friedman online every day too. They’re both adorable, each in his own way, and I’d have them both on my list of future husbands except that Brian is happily married and I want him to stay happy. But that leaves Kinky. He’s happily single. I might not be quite so understanding about that. Still, they’re both on my list, as are Jack Nicholson and Karzai.

Anybody want to vote on this issue? Which one should Hotclue go after, once the Count is a definite has-been?

Q: Name 4 places you would rather be right now.

A: (1) New York, having lunch with my agent and publisher, surrounded by adoring photographers and fans demanding my autograph. (I did tell you I still believe in Santa Claus, didn’t I?)

(2) Maui, lounging around on the beach, surrounded by hot and cold surfer boys, watching the preparations for tonight’s Luau. (Well, you did ask.)

(3) Las Vegas, in a casino, winning. Yeah, baby! Winning. LOVE the sound of those quarters spilling down into that Dolby Surround Sound-enhanced metal tray. 😉

(4) I once took a very good mind control course where we were all instructed to pick a quiet place where we could be alone and meditate and decorate any way we wished. I chose the inside of a marshmallow. So that’s my fourth pick. The inside of a marshmallow.

Now, I’ve got to figure out four other courageous bloggers to tag. Any suggestions? I can’t tag any of the True Biggies, they’d all jump on my head with their spike-heel boots and scratch me with their diamonds while they scream, “Don’t you have anything to do except games?” Well, no, it’s not like I’m hopping over to New York to have lunch with MY agents and editors every day the way you guys are. Mainly because I don’t have any at the moment.

But my time’s comin’. It is.

Love Y’all, and Thank You so much for stopping by,
The Hotclue

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