At some point last month, I happen to notice that I had 3600 blog posts published on this blog. This is not really worthy of noting here, but I did mention it on Facebook, adding “millstone or milestone.” At which point, someone said something correct – about it being either one or the other if I let it, or something like that; I can never find anything on FB, even things I write myself.
I was having a terrible time in that period completing posts. I had plenty to write about, but few posts were coming together. Part of that was how terrible the news was Continue reading
You know, I no longer remember from whom I
stoleappropriated the idea for Ask Roger Anything. Did it come from Jaquandor, who used to do his own iteration every February, but now also takes requests in August? I’m pretty sure Arthur the AmeriNZ swiped the idea from me. I KNOW SamuraiFrog did, and with my encouragement.
More from New York Erratic:
Who is your favorite visual artist? Favorite director?
I tend to be rather catholic about these things. Here’s the best way to recognize the artist of paintings, BTW.
My church has Tiffany windows, which I like; the one above is one of them. Gordon Parks is a favorite photographer. Always though Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings were interesting, if not always practical. Van Gogh I enjoy, but there are so many more; I love going to the house in the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY because it’s so eclectic. Did one of those Facebook things where you should live, and it came up with French Polynesia, which reminded me that I like Gauguin too.
But I guess my favorite visual artist is Rodin, whose work I find sensual as all get out, even if it isn’t all his work.
I took this list of a list of the 50 greatest directors of all time. Of all the directors whose films I’ve seen more that three Continue reading
From New York Erratic:
How do you think growing up gay today is different than growing up gay in the past?
Well, since I never grew up gay, it’s kind of tricky to say. But I’ll try.
In my collective of high school cohorts, the politically involved, left-of-center, antiwar demonstrating, civil rights supporting folks, we formed a club called the Community Action Forum. But outside of school, we were friends called Holiday Unlimited, and our motto was “a splendid time is guaranteed for all, stolen from the Sgt. Pepper album.
In our group of maybe a dozen and a half people Continue reading
MDS of Pantheon Songs wonders:
What are some movies that are generally considered to be classics that you found to be just terrible/boring/ridiculous?
I fell asleep watching Citizen Kane on video; in general, I prefer seeing a film first on the big screen. But that lapse was probably because I was tired. The only film during which I ever fell asleep at a movie theater, excluding drive-in double features, was Empire of the Sun (1987), and again, maybe I was just fatigued.
I didn’t love either Continue reading
More from New York Erratic:
What was the greatest joy in the last year?
It had to be Thanksgiving. My wife and daughter and I spent it at my second cousin’s house, just outside NYC, with her and her family, her sister, my eldest niece and her husband, a couple of my mother’s first cousins (the hostess’s uncles) and more. The next day, my family did Manhattan with the niece, her husband and her friends.
What do you think is really causing the deficit?
I just don’t know. It seemed that Bill Clinton had a real handle on reducing the deficit, but then, kablooey, it got all out of control. It’s totally mysterious.
I just don’t think you understand.
It’s actually fairly easy for me to write about holidays or people’s birthdays or movies I’ve seen or the like. What is NOT so easy is coming up with content for all those days in between. That’s where YOU come in.
New York Erratic, who was probably snowbound when she wrote this, asked:
Another question (another life question): what’s different about dating when you’re older than dating when you’re a teenager?
You’re asking ME? I have no idea.
Let’s review my “dating” history:
High school: Hung out with a group of folks, and somehow, I’m going out with one of them. We break up Continue reading
LONG-time blogger Dustbury asks a question for this round of Ask Roger Anything:
If a purely arbitrary decision was handed down to the effect that you could no longer remain in upstate New York, where would you first consider going?
I’ve thought on this a lot, actually. It’s pretty much a process of elimination.
Not moving to anywhere there is no fresh water, so desert states such as Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico are definitely out. California – well, is the big earthquake still coming? Continue reading
Let me answer the rest of the questions from New York Erratic:
What would you say is the most difficult part of buying your first house? Is there something that you wish people would have told you?
I didn’t own my first house until I was 46, when I moved into the house my bride had purchased seven years earlier.
“Everyone” said that you’re “supposed” to own a house. I was never that interested in doing so. Continue reading