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Last week I did the annual Freedom Road 5-K in Golden Gate Park with my running buddy, Ivan. In a field of 89 people, I came in dead last and was beaten by a 70 year old woman...WHO WAS WALKING.




Congratulations and Jubilations to Anderson Cooper, both for officially coming out and for the upcoming nuptials.

I have nothing but love and admiration for ANYBODY taking the step, no matter how much derisive "yeah, big surprise" flack comes up along the way. Yes, we were all sure we knew and there was always talk about the "glass closet." SO WHAT? Nobody ever REALLY knows what someone does in private and every single individual who stands up and says, "Yep, I'm gay" (Or Bi) is a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

The only downside for me, is the lack of angsty fic I can write about closeted Anderson pining for Keith or Stephen or Jon or Shepherd Smith or whoever. Not that anyone should stay in the closet for the sake of my muse. Luckily I can still write angsty Keith, Stephen, Jon, Shepherd etc pining the other way. In fact, the out-ness makes it that more poignant for the one left behind, especially if Anderson and Ben are all happy-shiny gay married.

In fact, that was sort of the dynamic driving a lot of my Barrowman/Tennant stuff, and would be the ONLY interest I would have in writing Matt Bomer slash. So YAY for more coming out...as long as I still have someone suffering in the closet to write about. Sadly, in our culture, this won't be a problem.

Also, when Anderson came out, and the wing-nuts were having their usual vicious, revolting response, I saw this tidbit on a Wing-nut website:

Wish that cute guy on White Collar had stayed in.

THIS is exactly why we need every single person to come out who can do it without too great a cost to themselves physically, emotionally or financially.


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Awesome Tour De France so far, except...too many damn crashes. Lots of amazing riders and I could happily cheer for any and all of them. Bradley, Cadel, Sagan, Griepel, Morcov (however the hell you pronounce it), Leipheimer etc.

I do have to say, I HATED the Road ID commercial with Bobke stuck in the truck with the flatulent driver...until I found out it was Jens Voigt playing the trucker. Now I think it's hilarious.
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Loving Season 4 of Mad Men.

This exchange:
Peggy: I have a boyfriend.
Joyce: He doesn’t own your vagina.
Peggy: No, but he’s renting it.

Best thing ever.

Also, whoever thought I'd learn to love Peter Campbell? (Which strangely and appropos of virtually nothing was Robert Urich's bisexual tennis pro, back in his Soap days.) Although I'm still struggling to get through Season 1 of Angel, I'm tempted to hang in there because I know Spike's coming back AND now I know that Vincent Kartheiser plays Connor.

So I was reading Vincent's wiki and found this: Kartheiser lives ascetically: he eschews car ownership, instead walking or taking mass transit; he currently lives in a bungalow he describes as a "wooden box" with no mirrors; and he has been selling or giving away everything he owns. At one time it was reported he did not own a toilet, but he has since denied this. Kartheiser is a vegetarian and has chosen not to have children describing both decisions as "green choices."

Does anyone know if this is true or just someone (Vincent himself?) having some Wiki fun? And is there any good (or halfway decent) Mad Men slash featuring Peter?
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Any suggestions for the next TV Show I should tackle for my 100 Things? I have a list pretty much covering the late sixties to the present day, but if there's something you guys want my thoughts on, it can go sooner rather than later.

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Just a Tumblr pimping reminder:

http://karaokegal.tumblr.com/

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msp_hacker
Jul. 12th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
I saw a post that Anderson Cooper came out, but I didn't realize that he was getting hitched!
karaokegal
Jul. 12th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Not sure there's been a date set or formal announcement, but it's certainly being bandied about in the press.
vanillafluffy
Jul. 13th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Robert Urich's bisexual tennis pro

This? Came with sound effects. I read it and my brain made jingly pinball machine noises.

I remember RU from his "SWAT" days, when one of my HS BF's had a *huge* crush on him. Not sure what she made of "Soap", since we'd grown apart by then.

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karaokegal
Jul. 13th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
I barely registered SWAT or even SOAP, but when Vega$ came along? OH MY HOLY GOD! I may have to do Vegas$ next, or very soon. I think it's interesting that for all the brou-ha-ha about Billy Crystal playing a gay character, it's Peter (not long for this world) who's truly subversive.
vanillafluffy
Jul. 13th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
And let's not forget "Spencer for Hire", although RBP is on record as saying he pictured Robert Mitchum as Spencer.

My fav thing with RU was the movie "Turk 182", because it had Tim Hutton angsting around as his younger brother and Robert Culp as the heavy.

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karaokegal
Jul. 13th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
My fangirl relationship to RU is a strange one, given my usual trajectory. The day he stopped being Dan Tana I pretty much lost interest and, didn't watch anything else he was in and was shocked when he announced he had cancer and showed up bald on Larry King.
vanillafluffy
Jul. 13th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
I wasn't so much a fan, per se, as I kept him on radar (I knew he'd just started a new series, a western, when he was diagnosed) and was fondly nostalgic about Simpler Times.

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rose_cat
Jul. 13th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
SPENSER. (Sorry, pet peeve ;) )
vanillafluffy
Jul. 13th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
...and I've read the books. I *knew* that....


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rose_cat
Jul. 14th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm just teasing :)
vanillafluffy
Jul. 14th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, when you're right, you're right.


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rose_cat
Jul. 13th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
Congrats on your latest 5-K. I mean it. (Running, yet! I'm always impressed -- if a little jealous -- that anyone can run that far. Hell, I'll be pleased as punch if I can walk that far in twenty years.)

...every single individual who stands up and says, "Yep, I'm gay" (Or Bi) is a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

DAMN RIGHT! And, no surprise that the point flew right over that wing-nut's head.

I'm eagerly awaiting your Matt Bomer slash :)

B and I are enjoying the Tour De France as well. The domestique winning a stage (damn, who was that, again?) was really cool.

I should really watch Mad Men one of these days.

Oh, Soap. It's still one of the best things Billy Crystal ever did. And now I'm reminded of the remark my sister, an avid reader of the books, made about Robert Urich's starring role in Spenser for Hire:

"Yes, he's good. But he's not really big enough."

I wasn't blessed with the massive case of gutter mind I have now. Pity.

I take it Soap's on your 100 TV show list?

Also, have you seen any of The Dead Zone series? (If you haven't, you should.)
karaokegal
Jul. 13th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I really do recommend Mad Men. The writing and acting are amazing, and although it can be uncomfortable to look at a fairly honest version of the early 60's, it's still sumptuously done. Which can lead to a bit of cognitive dissonance. (These people are behaving terribly, but they look fabulous drinking and smoking and whoring themselves to death.)

I saw the movie of The Dead Zone, but that was mostly about my Martin Sheen obsession. Soap is probably on the list...I know I watched it at least through the period where Jody was living with the lesbian. Didn't they end up falling in love and getting married and then fighting for the kid. (Or am I somehow mixing it up with Steven and Claudia on Dynasty.) In retrospect it sounds a lot like what would now be branded as "gay erasure" or something. (As if Erasure wasn't gay enough.)
joanne_c
Jul. 13th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
I'd love another zeitgeisty show if possible. If Friends is on the list, maybe that? But yeah. I'd love something along the lines of the Miami Vice/Twin Peaks zeitgeist.

That's interesting about your preference for the angsty thing. I mean in the case of out and gay people. I must admit that there's a hell of a lot of "super understanding SO/unusually flexible or jealousy free poly arrangement" fic out there, but I'll take that (and often write it) over bashing the SO.

Strangely I find myself more interested in writing Matt Bomer with his partner nowadays. Yes there's a lot of them taking someone home or that Zach (or someone else) is a part of Matt's life. I think the reason it can work with Simon where I can't see it with a lot of others is that he does have the Hollywood presence and the huge list of clients that I have fun imagining him with as well (I actively ship him with Jude Law, actually), so it's not like the actor half of the partnership is out there meeting amazing and hot people and leaving his SO at home with not as interesting possibilities, or even no possibilities, Simon has at least as many hot and interesting possibilities as Matt does.
karaokegal
Jul. 13th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I take your point about Matt and Simon, but I don't see Simon enough to have a really clear image to use for him. I've seen and heard Scott
Gill, including all those great pictures where John has that possessive arm around him, although I STILL see John having angsty fan-boy sex with David, Daniel Boys, Eve Myles. It might just reflect a certain distaste I have for Matt right now as a result of the White Collar disintegration AND the ship-teasing over there, which may be the next thing I need to write about...which is basically a hearty STFU to TPTB. (Yes, we know that you know that we know, but STFU about it already.)

Angst just turned out to be the brand that tickles my Id while fluff almost literally makes me break out in hives and the particular brand of angst has a great lineage going back to the earliest days of KS.

The first batch of pundit-slash I ran into that just SPOKE to me was Keith/Anderson with massive amounts of self-loathing and closet angst. As we've learned from the TV meme, once I glom onto to a vibe, an image, a dynamic, I'm loathe to embrace change.

This is why Hubby is always trying to sell me on Buddhism. Impermanence and all that.
starhawk2005
Jul. 13th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
was beaten by a 70 year old woman...WHO WAS WALKING.

Ooops. Hm, time to train more?

Anderson Cooper is gay? Hm, I must've been out of town when that was revealed. Congrats to him on coming out and getting hitched!
karaokegal
Jul. 13th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Indeed he is. It's one of those things where presumably everybody who was in the know...knew. Even "Out" Magazine referred to him being in a glass closet. However, now matter how many people THINK they know something, I still believe it makes a difference when a prominent individual (or any single human being, for that matter) makes a statement and therefore takes a stand that there's nothing to be ashamed of.
starhawk2005
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
makes a statement and therefore takes a stand that there's nothing to be ashamed of.

Hell to the yeah! *standing o for Cooper*
damigella_314
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I have nothing but love and admiration (...) is a BIG FUCKING DEAL.
This. I couldn't possibly say it better. Applause to you and to everyone who has the courage to come out. I'm sad that too many of my favorite Italian singers remain firmly in the closet, but I do not feel like blaming them because, really, it takes a damned courage to do it, no matter how rich and famous one is.

ETA I took part in a running race exactly once, because I had to. It was 3/4 of a mile, and I was in seventh grade. I arrived 41st of 48: seven girls hurt themselves and didn't finish. I was fifty yards behind the 40th. That you can run 5K at any speed impresses me no end.

Edited at 2012-07-16 01:11 pm (UTC)
karaokegal
Jul. 18th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
I was such a wuss at any and all physical activity when I would actually have been in some kind of shape for it. This makes me sad in retrospect, but still determined to fight my genetic destiny until the bitter end.
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