Winter Is Here: Time To Bring in the Plants and Pour That Cup of Hot Tea

The first, and maybe only, pickings from the winter garden. Perhaps fried green tomatoes will be on the menu soon.

The temperature was right at 70 when I got home from work last evening, but after I let Annie out, I started carting all the potted plants that I could into the garage, knowing that the temperature was supposed to drop dramatically.   I tried to hurry, then walk Annie and put together something for supper, because Monday night is 90210 night.  It was a new episode; sadly without any of Teddy’s coming out adventures, mostly just a show focusing on the girls, in which they went on a yoga/sweat lodge retreat and dug their nails into each other in various ways.

This morning before six, I awoke to mean drops of rain pelting the windows and by the time I headed out it was around 40.  I don’t think it got much higher than that, and the car ourside temp went from 40 down to 34 by the time I reached home, where the thermometer on the back fence already was saying 31.  I dragged a few more plants, which I hadn’t felt so sorry for the previous evening, into the jungle inside the garage, and started to cover the one too big and my precious two tomato plants that I had put in last November. 

With it already getting so cold, I pulled off three of the green tomatoes, realizing that with a night of probably more than 12 hours straight below freezing and several similar days coming, even wrapped in a couple of layers of sheets, dropped cloths, and plastic, it’s doubtful that the plants are going to make it.

Even though I was somewhat bundled up (I know for you people who have real winters my being “bundled up” is relative), I was ready to get inside.  And Annie, having spent the time in the yard, while I was trying to cover the plants and wrap the outside faucets in the blustery north wind, didn’t seem in the mood for any walk either.

Tonight was a night for soup–a duke’s mixture of leftover homemade with a can of Progresso something-or-other tossed in and hot tea.  I rarely drink hot tea these days.  When I was kid on the farm, there were two evening meal drinks:  iced tea, which started its season somewhere in May, and hot tea, which, came along during the cooler football days of the fall.

So after all the outside puttering, and with downstairs being on the cool side with all its windows, tonight was night for hot tea.  

Soup and tea were ready just before seven–just in time to see my Tuesday evening standby, but, alas, no new Glee episodes yet.  They were trying to string us along with the re-run of the “Rocky Horror” episode.  And as good as that one is, I had been primed for something new, so I just switched over to ESPN and had my soup and hot tea along with some NCAA basketball.

Yeah, this is winter in Houston, Texas, and enough winter for me.  Even though hot tea is a nice change now and again, it’s nothing I want on a long-term basis.

I Want My Gay TV: Check Out “Botineras” from Argentina

I have to admit I haven’t kept up with any regular series much this season.  Tonight I caught most of “Brothers & Sisters”, which I had watched religiously through the first two seasons.  It’s still a good show, but there’s a predictability to it.  It’s nice to see Kevin and Scotty’s storyline given equal status to all the others, but something pretty big is going to have to happen before the end of the season; otherwise, I’m ready to call this one “stale”.

Every time I click over to Logo, either it’s current re-runs of “Rupaul’s Drag Race” or re-runs of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, something I never watched even when it came out.  The second season of “Drag Race” is probably one season too many.  It was something unique in season one, but more of the same just hasn’t pulled me in this go-round.


Manuel (Cristian Sancho) and Lalo (Ezequiel Castaño) in "Botineras" from Argentina


Something that I hope will be syndicated here in the U.S. on Spanish-language TV is a soap opera (telenovela) out of Argentina, called Botineras.  I just ran across some clips on youtube and with a little further digging found out it’s a show that started last fall and centers on the story of a professional futbol (soccer) team and, of course, all of the intermingling lives.  One of the stories is the gay romance between, Lalo and Manuel, two of the players, one of whom is married.

Several people have posted clips containing the Lalo-Manuel segments on youtube.  So far, there are 15-18 parts, depending on who uploaded them, but they are found in different places.  Start here for Part 1 just in Spanish.  If you want to see it with English subtitles, go here.  I only found the first 8 parts subtitled so far.  I found Parts 14 and 15 here and here.

I’m going to try to embed Part 15, which is recent.  If you watch 15, you’ll be hooked and want to go back and start over with Part 1.

So who’s going to call Telemundo or Univison to get them to syndicate this show here?

I Want My Gay TV (Part II)

Television has been a little bleak here recently, what with some time being given up to the political party conventions (I couldn’t bear to watch old McDrooly get any more boring than he already had been). Some of the new shows are starting soon. I’ll be ready to see the new episodes of “Brothers and Sisters” and “Desperate Housewives”.

Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant, and Ann Walker on "Sordid Lives"

Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant, and Ann Walker on Logo TV's Hit Series "Sordid Lives"

In the meantime, I’ve been turning over to see what’s on Logo and Bravo quite a lot. Would you suppose I wouldn’t? I’m really waiting for the next episode of “Sordid Lives”. I really like that show and do watch the reruns, but I’m not sure how many times I can watch them hit the already dead billy goat with the car.

This week on Bravo, I caught “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”. On this show, Former “Sheer Genius” contestant–she didn’t win, but ends up with her own show anyway–Tabatha Coffey does for hair salons what Chef Gordon Ramsay does for restaurants in Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares”–rips them a new hole. However, Tabatha does it in such a more acceptable manner than Ramsay. The Aussies do generally come off better than the Brits, who on these kinds of shows always have an attitude like they have just jammed their fingers in a car door. Another one like that is Nanny Jo on “Super Nanny”. Despite arriving in that cute little British cab, once inside the home, she acts as if she is about to pull a pencil out of her bag and poke somebody’s (usually the dad’s) eyes out. You’d think with all that coddled cream and scones, the British could just be a bit less brutal.

Tabatha Coffey of Tabatha's Salon Takeover"

Tabatha Coffey of "Tabatha's Salon TakeoverLest

Before I digress more, the first show I watched of “Salon Takeover” actually was the 3rd episode; I’ll have to catch the earlier ones on re-run. It was an “all’s well, that ends well” show. The shop is in New Jersey, and the owner, Martino, is out of control in “living the life”. He’s cute enough, to be sure, but just too stereotypically Jersey boy for my taste. Anyway, Tabatha whips him and the shop into shape, and everybody lives happily ever after.

Johnathan Murray and Stephen Tyrone Williams star in the short film "Float"

Johnathan Murray and Stephen Tyrone Williams star in the short film "Float"

Now back to Logo. The other day I ran across a program that I hadn’t seen before; it’s the “Click List: Best in Short Film”. The short film that i saw was “Float”. Just a little over 30 minutes, “Float” is one of those little gems that I like in gay films, but don’t often find. The story is simple; two very different guys meeting, and the changes they go through because of it. The acting and film-making are well-done, and despite it probably being a low-budget film, it has none of the below-par acting and near-porn style cinematography of a lot of American gay-themed movies. Actually, the filmmaker is Bahamian, and the setting is the Bahamas. After I watched this short film on TV, I discovered that you can see it here on Logo’s website. In finding “Float” online, I also found out that Logo has a whole slough of their “Click List: Best in Short Film” available for viewing right here on the computer. Thanks Logo! Even though they may only be a few minutes, many of the shorter gay-themed flicks are much better than their full-length counterparts.

Now I’m off to watch the Texans’ game. Yeah, I do have a variety of tastes when it comes to TV.

You can read “I Want MY Gay TV (Part I) here , (Part III) here, (Part V) here.