Puttin’ on the Ritz…

Where has the weekend gone?  Just yesterday it was Thursday and now it’s Sunday night.  Geez.

It’s actually been an event filled, busy, and yet fun weekend.

Yesterday I slept late, which I’m enjoying while I can, because I figure in the next few weeks it’s going to get harder and harder to find days that I can sleep in.  When I finally got out of bed I moved to the living room to catch up on the news.  As it has been for the past few days it was a slow news day, so I ended up watching HGTV for about 90 minutes.  I become obsessed with it, once it’s on.  I have a million ideas that I’d like to do to my apartment.  Of course I don’t own it, nor do I have 30 or 40 thousand dollars, so none of them are likely to get done in the near future.

I eventually got up and showered and headed downtown.  I was off to see The Brave One starring Jodie Foster.  I had seen a couple of previews and it looked good, so I thought what the hell.  I liked it.  Some of it is a little hard to believe, but it’s all about the suspension of disbelief.  The really fun part of the movie is that the last couple of big scenes take place in my neighborhood.  She has a bit of a breakthrough in a subway tunnel, that I walk through everyday, and the last scene of the movie was shot on my street.  It’s always fun to see movies that are shot in the locations you live in every day.

After the movie I met my roommate for dinner.  We were on our way to the theatre.  We had gotten a discount coupon for preview tickets to The Ritz that’s opening on Broadway.  I was vaguely familiar with it.  It’s a farce, that deals with mobsters, shooting guns, and caberet performances.  And the best part.  It takes place in a gay bath house called The Ritz.  In a word it’s hysterical.  From almost the moment the show starts, it’s a laugh out loud romp.  The performances are amazing and there are a couple of scenes that bring down the house.  Of course the best moment of the show is Rosie Perez’s caberet performance at the end of Act 1.  In the show she thinks that a big Broadway producer has come to see her show.  So she pulls out all the stops and does a medley of showtunes that lasts about 15 minutes.  And the joke.  She can’t sing.  She does the whole thing off key.  And it’s not just overacting, not being able to sing.  She comes out and does her best to sell the number.  It’s clear the character thinks she can sing, and she occasionally hits the right notes, but not enough to save her show.  At the end of the number the crowd went wild.  If you are going to be in New York, it’s a must see.   It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a supporting cast that runs around in skimpy little towels for the whole show.  There’s no frontal nudity, but there are several scenes with lots of very nice butts.  And you get Ryan Idol of porn fame as the Crisco Patron.  In case you don’t know Ryan…here you go.

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Today I got up early and did the unmentionable.  Sorry Dr. Spo.  I had to do it.  I went to Ikea.  It’s quite an adventure in New York.  There are free shuttle buses from the Port Authority on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.  I got downtown around noon.  It only takes about 30 minutes to get there.  I had actually gone there last week and found some chairs that I liked to replace the broken ones from my dining room table.  So today I went and bought two of them.  The only catch with going there is that you have to make sure you can get what you are buying back on the bus and then carry it home.  The chairs weren’t heavy but they were a little ackward.  But I got them home without many problems.  They were also the easiest thing I’ve ever bought at Ikea to put together.  It took about 10 minutes and they were done.  And they look great with my table and the best part is that they didn’t cost a fortune.

After the chairs, I cleaned my room.  For the past week I’ve had little piles of things that needed to be put away.  My room is about half as big as it needs to be to hold everything in it.  And I have about a quarter of the closet space that I need.  So I have had to be creative to make it all fit.  I wouldn’t say it all fits now, but for the moment everything has a home and so I guess it will do.

And then it was time for the Emmy Awards.  I don’t know that I’ve ever sat down and watched the whole show before, but my roommate wanted to watch so I was game.  It was kind of fun.  There were some upsets and surprises.  Of course I haven’t really watched TV much (at least prime time) in the last year so I didn’t know all of the shows.  It will be interesting to see what everyone else thinks about the winners.

And that my friends is my weekend.  Not bad if you ask me.  I’m off to bed.  I have to be up early in the morning.

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7 thoughts on “Puttin’ on the Ritz…

  1. Lemuel September 17, 2007 / 05:03

    The Ritz sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. condoblogger September 17, 2007 / 18:49

    Awesome weekend! The Ritz sounds really fun. Doesn’t Bette Midler have a whole “Performing in a bathhouse” backstory? Is this an homage?

    Glad to hear you liked the Jodi Foster movie… we were invited to see it early Sunday morning (there is a 10:30am show) but it was not in the cards. I agree about seeing places you live or at least have been to in movies… you get one of those, “Hey, I’ve Been there!” moments.

  3. deldell September 17, 2007 / 21:48

    Ryan is gorgeous.
    Isn’t the Ritz a remake of a ’70’s movie with Dom Deluise?
    The movie was hysterical!

  4. urspo September 17, 2007 / 22:43

    i think i know the Ritz line for line
    i still say ‘it’s the lighting’ and ‘screw you honey i can’t stand a queen with no sense of humor – you can die with your secret’

  5. Cincy Diva September 17, 2007 / 23:54

    If you can find it. Rent the movie the Ritz. Rita Moreno as Googi Gomez is not to be missed

  6. Shel September 18, 2007 / 13:19

    Baby – I ENVY you living in New York. It must be amazing to live in a “real” city. You are right…Ryan is hot.

  7. Donnie September 19, 2007 / 16:23

    I went to see The Brave One too this weekend. I liked it.

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. 🙂

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