Saturday, November 26, 2005

What A Gootcher

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This is Jamie Hatchett. He's a British model and actor, who just happens to have a major role in "Slutty Summer." Re: my previous post.

Imagine my surprise at seeing him here in an ad in the latest issue of my beloved "The New Yorker" magazine?

After watching him fuck the wits out of another man in an amazingly sexy HOT scene in "Slutty Summer," I'm not sure I want to buy WHAT Sammsung is using him to sell~! Cheers!

What I'm Watching -- on DVD #5

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
Here's a low budget, sweet hearted film created in 14 days by an ensemble of friends in New York City. It's mega-campy and irresistably charming. I look for great things in the future from it's brain-child Caspar Andreas. Hopefully as a producer/director .... don't get me wrong, he's definitely eye candy. He just needs to hone in on his true talent, and focus.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Random Quote #33

"For in a real sense, America is essentially a dream. A dream as yet unfulfilled. It is a dream of a land where men of all races, of all nationalities and of all creeds can live together as brothers."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929 - 1968

Random Quote #32

"Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn."

- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1947-

Saturday, November 19, 2005

O, The Weather Outside Is....

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.

Well, not yet. But it's finally more seasonal! And with the forecast suggesting SNOW on the 25th, here's a photo from the winter of 2003. My home is on the right.

I love snow....

Friday, November 18, 2005

Different, Still Okay?

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
Love this add for Lambda Legal Services in the Nov-Dec issue of "The Gay & Lesbian Review" from Harvard University. As an elementary school teacher for over 20 years, AND gay; as a man who knew he was different at the age of 5! [I really don't get these late epiphanies....but, whatever!]; and as a patriot in a nation that declares independence so that liberty and happiness are now basic rights for all of its citizens: I just want to tell you once again that I LOVE this advertisement.

Congrats Keith Urban!

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
A smart and contemporary country music artist who managed to take home CMA's 2005 Male Vocalist of the Year award this past weekend at their ceremonies in New York City. Check out his music.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Sligo Creek Image #4

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
Another image from my most recent walk through Sligo Creek Park. Don't you love the way in which the ancient oaks loom and brood over the moment casting their shade and shadows across the forest bed? It was an amazing site which the late morning light accentuated.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

What I'm Watching -- on DVD #4

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
Okay, a mediocre commercial for McDonald's can illicit tears from me....I am quite the tender guy when it comes to heart-warming things. Every flower, every insect, invites me into their world after the simpliest glance....

So, it's no wonder that watching "Beautiful Boxer" has left me utterly devastated. The fact that it's based on a true story only adds to the power of the film and it's affect upon me.

I hope everyone I know will be able to find a way to watch this amazing foreign film...

Random Quote #31

"Sex is like Bridge. If you haven't got a good partner, you'd better have a good hand."

~ Woody Allen, 1935 -

My New Fetish

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
First, it has nothing to do with the photo! I went back out to walk the path along Sligo Creek below my home again -- camera in hand. And this is one of the photos. (Hope you like it, Stevie!)

But back to the topic at hand. I have recently discovered progressive talk radio here in DC. It's 1260, WWRC. On Saturday mornings there's a show called the "Satellite Sisters." It's 5 sisters who live all over the country and come together to chat and dis and share their opinions and worlds. Marginally interesting to me, but I can appreciate the concept.

But today, one of them (I haven't figured out who's who, yet) did a review of up-coming movies based solely on the press photos. It was HILARIOUS!

And so based on her (Sheila's?) recommendations, look forward to "Brokeback Mountain" (the gay cowboy movie where the secret gay cowboy pick-up line is finally revealed: "attaboy") and Woody Allen's "Match Point" (for no other reason than Jonathan Rhys-Meyers -- Amen!) They have a website:

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Autumn Musings, part #2

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
As leaves fall along with temperatures, teachers face the ritual of fall conferences. I've done this 19 times now. The rite of taking my 21 years of experience and education and mixing it with two weeks of experience with their child; shaken a little, and then poured out to be tasted....

These annual conferences inevitably leave me with as many questions as it does provide others with answers.

I have a very sharp and creative group of children this year. They work well together and respond with great trust and affection toward me. Together, we create daily a place where learning happens. I toss in the curriculum, and they devour it in order to grow in knowledge and skill. Teaching is the MOST amazing vocation of all. Trust me.

This second picture of the hiker trail near my home along Sligo Creek in Montgomery County Maryland, reminds me of the Robert Frost poem; "The Road Less Taken." And as I work with, grow to know, and learn to cherish my students, I wonder what the path of their futures will look like, and how my influence can help them to be successful. To choose the "Road" ("Less Taken" or otherwise) of their BEST future.

Monday, November 07, 2005

What I'm Listening to #6

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If I'm not careful, I might end up seeming like some kind of rabid red-neck with my penchant for earthy folk and country vocals! But you're as likely to encounter Indian raga, or Mozart on my CD player, so don't be mislead if my recent posts favoring country music. Remember, I'm also listening to Kanye West!

I am a newbee when it comes to Patty Lovelace. And I discovered this album via my new habit of listening to "Imus In the Morning" on my commute to work..... Yet, her powerful voice and expansive choices in songs touches my heart just as old familiars do: women like, Rhonda Vincent, Rosanne Cash, and Patti Griffith. My favorites on this CD are "Same Kind Of Crazy" and her duet with Dwight Yoakam "Never Ending Song of Love".

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Autumn Musing

Originally uploaded by Randuwa.
You know, I suppose my life is not very unusual. I could use a 26 hour day in order to complete all the things that my work and church and heart demand of me. And it isn't always easy deciding which of this trinity of expectations wins out.

But today, as autumn has finally decided to erupt in it's glorious zenith, the heart made it's needs acutely the priority. And so I rose early and waited for the morning sun to reach it's best angle and then spent two glorious hours hiking on the Sligo Creek trail (an urban wilderness that passes just below my home). Isn't this a lovely image from there? The pristine reflection of many colors in the water's glassy surface suggests a place miles and miles away from our nation's capital. But it isn't -- and it's in my backyard. May each of you succomb to your heart's desires when the results are so restorative to your soul.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Random Quote #30

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 - 1962