Hi and thanks to all who voted for me. Oh right, that will come when I make my annual Academy Award speech. When I gave it at the nursing home they thought I deserved a bed in the home until they realized that I was kidding. I have a sense of humor that can be over the top and it can be so wry people don’t get it.
My blog began as a writing exercise. But I was also angry at things that were happening to my city that were a direct result of 9/11 and the federal government. Remember Montana got the same amount of aid as New York did proportionately. I don’t think anybody except for some residents of Montana thought that was fair.
New York looks better than ever; except for that hole called Ground Zero. New York has many private groups funding much of what makes it look better. It’s in much worse shape than it was three years ago.
The average price of a Manhattan apartment is now a million dollars. Where people get this amount of money is beyond my comprehension and I’m not poor. Many buildings require 40 or 50 percent in cash. Some require all cash from certain people. The all cash people don’t scare me.
The people who pay 10 to 50 percent in cash and get a mortgage for the rest really worry me. What if a person loses his job just when interest rates go up? The finger that’s holding the concrete in place is going to crushed.
I want to write about other things. My life isn’t about politics. I really want to write about HBO and how it out Miramax’s Miramax (probably not a good example today, but…) Geoffrey Rush who has given some brilliant performances was at his most brilliant as Peter Sellers. The Life & Death of…should have had a theatrical opening; it was a thousand times better than most films out now. I’m in total shock that he died at 54; I thought he was old when he died. I guess I thought 54 to be ancient then.
I want to write about the conversation Big Luce and I had last night about James Spader. I told her about the comment I received about him being fat. She kept on thinking that I was talking about somebody else. I pointed out that his face has gotten heavier. She agreed.
Then we dissolved into laughter thinking about him sitting in a law firm meeting with a silver sequin star on his head. It looked like something both the character Alan Shore and James Spader would do. Big Luce and I laughed longer because I’m the only other person we know who would do something like that.
I’m all about silver sequins and stars. When Big Luce first knew me, I would wear purple heart shape sunglasses and other non-professional attire to work. I still was promoted because they had to promote me. I was one of the best workers, and had a ‘tude that outwardly said I don’t care, while inwardly I cared all too much. But if they wanted to fire me for my outward ‘tude, they were welcome to. I wasn’t desperate for money and knew I could always get another job. Part of me really felt worthless; another part felt more worthy than anybody else. I admit that’s a strange combination, but one that more people have than you think have.
Alan Shore, James Spader’s character, is unethical in a legal sense, and is also the most ethical character on TV, because he’s all about compassion and righting personal wrongs. He acts like he couldn’t care less, but I think he’s like I was when I worked in corporate jobs. I adore the character.
Yes I think that James Spader’s one of the most underrated, underused (until recently) actors. Three movies prove that–Sex, Lies and Videotapes; White Palace, and finally my favorite, Secretary. It’s on record somewhere that I picked it to be the best film of 2002. I believe that now more than ever.
I wrote this piece to prove to myself that I could turn any article I write into one of three topics: Me, me and more me; James Spader; James Spader and me.
You see I’m not all about politics and or social issues. I don’t spend all my time or even half my time hating Bush. And I can’t wait for Sunday nights which usually belong to HBO but right now belongs to ABC. Come on Extreme Makeover–Home Edition, that’s an hour of tears of enjoyment. Desperate Housewives is just fun. Then, stop my heart from pattering, there’s Boston Legal.
For awhile I was having trouble with my cable box which is also a DVR. Every Sunday night it would freeze on James Spader. Since I have another, old set I’d watch Boston Legal on that one. In the morning when I’d wake up I’d turn on the TV to see if it would unfreeze. There would be James Spader in digitized glory. The set would unfreeze; I finally convinced the cable company to give me a new box. It works fine. I kind of miss that one second of looking at the digitized James Spader.