This afternoon, Son Jason, Son Guy, and I took a cab out to the San Francisco Sunset neighborhood to attend the housewarming of our old friend, Robert "Buzz" Zurcher. Buzz lived for years in the Lower Haight, and now he is going to have more rustic digs. His old biker buddies had transferred his goods and set up in his new backyard a Weber barbeque of a couple of sides of ribs (well-rubbed) and all the lean hamburgers we could eat with plenty of beer to wash them down.
Buzz used to live in our walk-in closet at Jason's apartment when we all lived up on Alamo Square. He was a construction man at the time with Jason, then a union leader, and finally a cabbie. Buzz calls Jason "his oldest friend on the West Coast," and all of us love and respect him, dearly.
He suffered a serious a serious accident a couple of years ago, and now resembles a Vietnam War Vet, ready to join the Occupy Movement. He remains one of the kindest men I've met in my later life.
Arriving back home, Guy and I watched the Screen Actors Guild Awards Show. My actor friend, Wayne the K always says that the SAG Awards are a little more on the level than some of the others. Most of the winners pleased us, but when the Guild chose BOARDWALK EMPIRE over BREAKING BAD, we fully understood the joke floated by several presenters that everyone should take a drink at the mention of [Martin] Scorsese's name. We especially loved the beautiful, talented, and impish Tina Fey when she drank down Steve Buscemi's glass of champagne when he was obliged to mention the Director/Producer's name in connection with BOARDWALK EMPIRE. We watch that show because our protegee, Nellie McKay, had a hand in the music during its First Season, but the subject of the series has been done to death (none more so than by Scorsese), and the execution is pedestrian. I must say that Todd Haynes' MILDRED PIERCE miniseries was not far behind. The entry of two such top directors into cable contracts, however, certainly indicated the course Movies are going to take!
We were left wondering when the superb HOMELAND will make an appearance in the Awards lineup.
Next year, I suppose.
We ended our evening by watching a biographer of Kurt Vonnegutt on C-Span.
And so it went.
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