Saturday, May 29, 2021
For many here and on other blogs a huge vacancy is being felt. I got word yesterday that dear friend and blogger Anne Marie unexpectedly passed away and headed to the great dance hall of Fabulon. I though of posting a flower, but she'd most likely say fuck that shit. I thought I huge disco ball would suit her better. Large, fun and glittering. Each beam from the disco ball touching one of us. I had never expected to meet such a good friend like her through blogging. And to put Anne Marie in three words is just impossible. What comes to mind with me are- FUCK D'AT SHIT, FUCK YEAH, Philadelphia pride, GIN, love for cats, loud, proud, in charge, brawdy, incredible knitting talents, love of classical, jazz, and disco music, a honorary drag sister, a excellent LGBTQ ally, great listener, thoughtful, a fighter for all, caring, baking goodies, dirty seas shanties, boozy four hour lunches, juicy gossip, WE NEED MORE OF YOUR CAKES, civil rights, out spoken, warm hearted, tough as nails, old school, fiery and fierce. I will miss her reaction at our infamous lunches when I asked for a table for four- me , her and her two jahoobies!!! And of course casing and commenting on the hot waiters. I swear she was angling to fix me up. Poor Todd, for what we put him through when he joined. The only disagreement we ever had was over ABBA. I loved tormenting her with ABBA and would get a "NO MORE FUCKING ABBA!" crack back. And boy did she love the Candy Shop. But most of all she loved music and dancing....so I think this song could not be more fitting.
Of course, on one of our earlier meetings, I picked her up at the regional rail station... and the K -Klass came on in my car...and even though we had years apart, we both had some church up in the car...and it was a shaking and rockin'. I knew then we'd would go on to be good friends. So this song and message will remind me of her always. Good night dear sister, friend and advocate.... and save me a dance when I get to Fabulon dear! You in your sequins..... I in my marabou.
Ill fucking drink to that!
Friday, May 28, 2021
But children ...did I really go anywhere??? Yes darlings....Pam Demic is still here and standing, tit's out, shoulders back and cocktails chilled from my current vaccine site!
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Another of my favorite spots in Austria, was Salzburg, where we spent two days, and without a doubt, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. During our two days, we kept finding ourselves back in these gardens again and again. The outside of the palace is stunning, but we didn't tour the interior, as much as I might not have minded seeing the Marble Hall. Mirabell dates back to 1606, when it was then known as, Altenau Palace. Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau commissioned the building as a token of his love for Salome Alt, his common law spouse. After Wolf Dietrich's death in 1617, his successor renamed the palace "Mirabell". The most famous room of the palace is the Marble Hall. It was originally the Prince-Archbishop's ballroom, but was also used as a concert hall where Leopold Mozart and his children would regularly perform. The gardens were a joy to visit, and considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Europe. Some of these pictures may look familiar for being in the film The Sound of Music, where part of the movie was filmed when Julie Andrews sang Do Ri Me to the kids. But the Dwarf Garden gave me the willies. It is on an old bastion, a little removed from the main part of the Mirabell gardens. It features a display of misshapen dwarfs. It's believed some of these sculptures are people who were actually lived on the court of the Prince Archbishops of Salzburg. Creepy. But then I've seen to many horror movies where these things come to life and terrorize.