Archive for July, 2008

31
Jul
08

Billy’s Hot Cowboys, July, 2008

Let’s start July off with a bang! Happy Independence Day. Today, let’s remember that we became independent in the first place to exercise religious freedom, independent thought, and the respect for each and every one of us to be distinct and independent. What ever happened to that?

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. xo

30
Jul
08

Fresh Vegetables & Our Urban Homestead

About six weeks ago, Sam and I cleared a sunny, un-grassed space in the yard formerly reserved for a tangle of hose and a shortcut to the garage, turning it into our first vegetable garden. My Grandmother would call it a Victory Garden; that’s the term I grew up with. Well, between the war, the economy, and the record deficit Bush is leaving us with, we could use a little homegrown victory.

We started by making mounded rows 8″-10″ high, and we planted Continue reading ‘Fresh Vegetables & Our Urban Homestead’

30
Jul
08

The Most Dangerous Script in Hollywood

The red journal.I spent the first five years of the millennium on a therapist’s couch: a noisy, brown leather one that always left my ass damp from sweat. When I told Dr. S that I’d been molested, survived it sane, vanquished my molester, and written a musical about it, she didn’t bat an eye. “What better way to deal with really difficult material than to soften it with levity and music?” she quipped.

It made perfect sense to her just as it had made perfect sense to me when I wrote it. Happy or sad or angry, or peaceful, we usually choose a soundtrack to help us channel those emotions, or to soften their blow. That’s why there are break up songs and mix tapes.

That’s what I’ve done with Damages. I’ve used the operatic style of 13 mostly lesser-known Queen songs to convey some of the best and worst days of my life. In fact, the bounciest song in the soundtrack is sung at easily the darkest and most crucial moments. It’s not just irony, it is the remedy of light into darkness that placed it there; it’s also that contrast that makes it rightfully disturbing.

Continue reading ‘The Most Dangerous Script in Hollywood’

29
Jul
08

5.4 Diamond Bar Earthquake Rattles Burbank

This was it: a 5.4 in Chino Hills, about 40 miles away. I was in the office, on a call, when everything just started rocking back and forth gently, for about 20 seconds.

The two others I’ve actually felt just made stuff creak, barely, like a door slamming and affecting the air pressure, so they didn’t really count.

I just drove home to check on the house and the dogs, and with the exception of a few picture frames knocked off of shelves, all is well.

It was so exciting and fun. Everyone’s okay.

And to think that fear of earthquakes was a reason I hesitated to move here. Feh!

29
Jul
08

Roger Rabbit and the Future of California Transportation

We’ve all seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The evil Dr. Doom sought to shut down the Red Line through Hollywood and Toon Town to make way for cars and freeways, but was foiled… at least in the film.

But did you know that the story is true? Continue reading ‘Roger Rabbit and the Future of California Transportation’

25
Jul
08

Our Life on the D-List

The waiting is over. The show aired. Kathy was hysterical. I couldn’t be prouder of Sam. India was even more beautiful than I remembered (if that’s possible) and none of you saw the best/funniest stuff.

After Kathy kissed India, Sam was dared to make out with a straight girl, and I was dared to… well, let’s just say that the lesson learned was not to wear just a Speedo to a game of Truth or Dare, especially with Kathy Griffin and India Brooks. Naugty girls. Here are the photos… Continue reading ‘Our Life on the D-List’

24
Jul
08

Howard Bragman Kicks Ass

According to the L.A. Times: As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O’Donnell, Bratton made it official: He and his wife, former Court TV diva Rikki Kleiman, strongly believe that gays have a right to marry. And in honor of Bragman and O’Donnell, who wed this past week in Norwalk, the chief and Kleiman have made a donation to Equality California, a group seeking to stop a state ballot measure this November that would ban same-sex marriages. Continue reading ‘Howard Bragman Kicks Ass’




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