I would call it the trip of a lifetime, but something tells me we will be going back…! Last week we came back from the bucket list vacation, a 15-day cruise to Antarctica, starting and returning from Buenos Aires, with stops in Argentina (Ushuaia), Uruguay, and the Falklands Islands. We saw amazing landscapes, met fun and interesting people, had some really great food… and had a bit more of an adventure than planned… this is a ship equipped with barf bags! Ice ice baby…. as the weather there is severe and volatile, rough weather in Antarctica (39 foot waves, holy crap) forced a couple of changes in itinerary. We did not hit that storm, though did have a couple of rough days and nights (I popped a seasick pill or five), and some of our planned excursions --- such as the penguin rookery visit --- were cancelled as we went to different places on different days than originally planned. Antarctica is breathaking… the highest windiest driest coldest place on earth, it is technically a desert as does not get rain… and while no humans live there, it has tons of wildlife due to the rich oceans. This was an amazing trip! Over the next couple of years as we explore the world more, and K builds his travel business with a cruising speciality, we are headed to Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, and then who knows where…. Pics are below, and of course do not do the real experience justice… we were jaw-dropped awe-struck more than once…
Today K and I are heading due south, by plane to South America and then by cruise ship for two amazing weeks, stopping at several ports in along the coast of South America, the Falkland Islands, and cruising through Antarctica.
We took our first cruise together in 2012, thought the Panama Canal (another 'bucket list' trip) and both loved it. K is actually now building a business as a travel agent specializing in selling cruises… and yes we will apparently be taking many, many more cruises in the future.
As we head to such an amazing place, I have started on a bit of research… granted most of that is reading articles on Wikipedia and watching cute penguin videos on YouTube, but also some real research.
On long drives I listened to the audio book of Endurance, the acclaimed true bestseller about Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to cross Antarctica on land with his team; their ship was crushed and they survived for five months on ice packs before setting sail in a lifeboat. It is an amazing, inspiring story. Our trip will be easier.
Now I am reading Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of A Mysterious Continent, in which a science writer talks about the research happening there, the secret lakes and landscapes, and the impact of global warming. Interesting stuff from a really smart person. My brain hurts a little.
Stay tuned for more after we return… we plan to come back with awesome memories and very cool pictures… none of which will resemble this:
I am usually all for silliness and wackiness and the mocking of authority, however this one totally hit me the wrong way. Last week while on a quick business trip to Calgary I was radio surfing and stumbled across these idiots... A Calgary radio station whose call numbers are 90.3 are having a Valentine's Day contest for "The 90.3 Hour Marriage": Enter the contest, marry a total stranger on Valentine's Day, hop a plane with your new spouse to spend a weekend in Vancouver including seeing the Miley Cyrus concert, come back to Calgary and get a divorce… assuming one or both of you want a divorce, and really what are the odds? Ah poor Miley… and poor marriage. Both are getting twerked here. Maybe I am sensitive about the seriousness of marriage cuz I waited til I was in my 40s to get hitched, or maybe because I am in a same-sex marriage and very conscious of how rare and precious that still is, or maybe just because I am a grown fucking adult who is not Billy Bob Thornton, however this is nuts… and stupid and disrespectful and giving the entirely wrong message to everyone. So people have an issue with gays getting married, but THIS is ok? That is fucked up. And yes people are entering this contest. A lot of them. Morons. You can read more on the station's website… but please don't enter the contest: Calgary Amp Radio
"For everyone asking, we’re taking a mini hiatus so people can grit their teeth and suffer through an Olympic games marred by homophobia and mediocre levels of public interest. Back February 26th. … Follow up point — Good luck to all the athletes who have worked so hard for so many years and essentially geared their entire life around this opportunity. Hopefully, a lot of them will use their success and a public platform to remind everybody this isn’t the stone age.”
– TV's "Arrow" star Stephen Amell showing he stands up for equality while noting his hit series is on hiatus during the Winter Olympics, in a message posted on his Facebook page
Though I don't love him the way I do Jimmy Fallon, I do enjoy watching Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show, especially his ongoing shtick with running out of time to talk to Matt Damon, and his recurring segments where he has his celebrity guests read mean tweets about themselves.
It's cringe worthy fun and shows the celebs to be good sports… and reminds us there are some real douchey people out there.
Actress and Avenger Scarlett Johansson is the new international ambassador for Soda Stream, a home-carbonating pop maker… and before her Superbowl commercial this weekend controversy has erupted.
Soda Stream is an Israeli product manufactured in the disputed West Bank, and there is politics all over this one. I wrote about it at Lefty Pop on Wednedsay…. prior to Johansson splitting with Oxfam on Thursday over this. Click through to read my post:
I have always loved Goldie Hawn, the cheery Oscar-winning actress (and mother of Kate Hudson) best known for light entertaining flicks like Foul Play, Overboard, The First Wives Club, and one of my all-time favourites, Private Benjamin.
Hawn is now better known for her books and mediation and spiritual journeys, and for her charity work (and for being the mother of Kate Hudson).
Then last week Hawn was speaking on mindfulness at the World Economic Forum in Davos (yes, really) and she tweeted out this…
So the problem with Hawn's tweet about the "wonderful" president of Nigeria is that he has enacted harsh anti-gay laws that have led to violence and gay witch hunts. Gay people have been tortured and imprisoned, and the Human Rights Campagn identified Nigeria's president as one of the most dangerous anti-LGBT politicians in the world today.
The gay internet quickly erupted (not half as much as Beiber being arrested, but still erupted).
Deleting the tweet was expected, and she did. To Hawn's credit she went further than an "oops"… and she didn't hide or make excuses or back away.
A long time supporter of gay rights, Hawn says "I had no idea" and "I was appalled (when I found out)"; she sat down with an interviewer to talk about what she has learned, how "barbaric" Nigeria's new laws are towards gay people, how she was uninformed about the new law and that the photo "had every right to cause an uproar."
She said: "It breaks my heart because I have my own personal feelings about this. This is man's inhumanity to man of the first order… it's more than ridiculous, it's barbaric."
So looking for an upside here, Hawn's misstep and the publicity from it have shed a light on the situation in Nigeria… now will the world listen?
Well done Ms Hawn… now bring out another movie, it's been a decade since the (hysterical) Banger Sisters!
You don’t hear about our little northern city of Edmonton in the news very often, even in Canadian news, but lately we got some attention…
Last week news broke about a teenage who attempted to take a pipe bomb through airport security, and when that bomb was discovered in his carry-on baggage, security staff attempted to give the explosive back to him. YES, THOSE MORONS TRIED TO GIVE IT BACK TO HIM.
I wrote about it at Lefty Pop, click through below to read…
Dingbat Sherri Shepherd is at it again. The actress/ comedienne/ game show host / talk show host/ moron has always been a homophobe and she is at out there touting her stupid "I'm not a homophobe but…" thing again…. I would say that it's time to stop watching The View, but I really don't watch The View, cuz I am rarely home during the day and cuz the show is not worth watching… Joy Behar is gone, Barbara Walters is going senile before our eyes, Jenny McCarthy is a dangerous anti-doctor nut job, and hell, even Whoopi Goldberg looks bored and she is paid to be there. Shepherd has been a View co-host since 2007 and is known for saying things like she doesn't believe in evolution, doesn't know if the world is flat (she retracted that one), has never voted, believes Christians predated all other people, blamed gay men for spreading HIV to women, said straight solders should have access to counselling once gay soldiers were allowed to serve openly, is appalled by boys in dresses, that gay relationships "are all about the sex"… oh and my personal favourite, when she called gospel singer Shirley Caesar "the black Patti LaBelle" (uh, brainiac, Caesar and LaBelle are both black). Then last week in a new interview Shepherd struck again, clearing up all the confusion… she doesn't hate us, boys and girls, she just doesn’t “agree with our lifestyle" …
I think people feel I’m very judgmental. I think people feel I’m very homophobic. If they knew me, and knew my heart … You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you’re going to hell if you’re a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it’s something that I grew up believing.
Uh… so if I “grew up believing” racism was acceptable, would that make it ok?
I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you. You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me … I don’t say it’s a choice. If you tell me, ‘Sherri, I was born gay.’ Okay. I’m not gonna argue with you, because I can’t tell you how you feel and what’s going on inside. I’m trying to make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth … I don’t know who I’m gonna see. So if you tell me you’re born [gay], I’m not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel and we can have a great dialogue.
Sorry, moron... In order for us to “have a great dialogue,” you’d need to first shake the stupid bigotry out of your head. Cut the crap… you don't love us, and we don't love you.
This moron almost makes Elisabeth Hasselbeck look good. Almost….
"Welcome to everyone here this evening, and to all the women and gay men watching at home…"
As expected, on their second outing as Golden Globe Awards hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did an amazing job… here are their best lines from the open to the show:
“Matt Damon is here for Behind the Candelabra. Matt, on any other night in another room, you would be a big deal. But tonight, and don’t take this the wrong way, you’re basically a garbage person.”
“Meryl Streep, so brilliant in August: Osage County, proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”
“Gravity is nominated for best film. It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”
“Matthew McConaughey is here. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he lost 45 pounds, or what actresses call ‘being in a movie.’”
“The Wolf of Wall Street is a big nominee tonight. I really love the film, but some of it was too graphic. I mean, if I wanted to see Jonah Hill masturbate at a pool party, I’d go to one of Jonah Hill’s pool parties.”
(Amy) “One of the most nominated films this year is 12 Years a Slave. I loved 12 Years a Slave, and I can honestly say that after seeing that film, I will never look at slavery the same way again.”
(Tina) “Wait — how were you looking at it?”
Fey and Poehler are already signed up to host again next year… and have set the bar pretty high for Ellen DeGeneres at the upcoming Oscars!