Ah, New Years Eve. Am I the only one that finds this to be a very overblown "holiday"? The only parts of it that I am really on board with are getting a new wall calendar and having the day off. And let's "chat" for a minute about the televised coverage. Carson Daly, Ryan Seacrest and the reanimated corpse of Dick Clark are amongst the hideous hosts you can chime in the year with. These are NOT options, folks. Speaking of hosts, did I miss something? Did CNN's Anderson Cooper finally make a public announcement that he's gay? Because he's hosted a NYE show with Kathy Griffin, so if he didn't "come out" yet, he's about to. I like Cooper, he's a good journalist and from what I can tell, a decent man. And seriously, did I miss his coming out? Griffin is very funny, and you have to hand it to her for building an enormous career that goes from D list to A list:
As a kid in the '70s I attended the New Years Day Rose Parade every year. I've been there so many times that I can barely bring myself to watch more than 10 minutes of it on TV now. Seeing it televised brings back haunting memories of freezing cold weather, the OVERWHELMING smell of horse shit and the enormous crowds of humans. But this year's parade did offer me two reasons to watch it AND to celebrate it.
1. Stephanie Edwards FINALLY came back as the co-host with Eubanks. Why on earth was she ever pushed off? Eubanks and Edwards are the Astaire and Rogers of parade commentators.
2. Cloris Leachman was the grand marshall. Holy moly, how great is this? I'm really hoping she'll flash the crowd. Whatever she does will be brilliant, even if she just sits in the car and waves.
My hope for 2009, which I am calling "2000 and Fine" is that heterosexuals will stop kidnapping children, shooting family members while dressed as Santa, being arsonists, starting fist fights in shopping malls, shooting up schools, raping, holding people hostage in hotel rooms, yelling "faggot" at me from their cars while driving along Santa Monica Blvd. in WeHo, and shopping at Wal-Marts.
And for all in the GLBT community, I hope this year brings us a better reason to continue being productive citizens of the U.S.A. Oh, and party queens, stay off the meth. You're not helping.