February 7th, 2008

Ledger Meme

Mark with BOLD the drugs that killed Heath Ledger that you also use!

Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications including painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills, the New York City medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

Actor Heath Ledger, 28, died January 22 at an apartment in Lower Manhattan.

"Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam , and doxylamine," the office said in a short statement.

Tom Petty Halftime Show

If you google around the internets this week you'll find plenty of blogs/reviews/whatever discussing the Tom Petty halftime show. Half of them say something to the effect of "He fucking rocked!" and the other half say "WTF? It's like he was sleeping?!??"

To which, I have to say, yeah he gave a really laid back performance, looking like the cool old man on stage and letting the songs speak for themselves. Which, I think is both a good thing and intentional.

I mean, this is a guy who you know could give a shit about playing at the Super Bowl. You'll never convince me that he cares all that much about football and he's played huge arenas before, so it's not like he had any "OMG! I'm playing the Super Bowl" factor going on.

Plus, the dude knew that they were going to light him up with giant American flags and 4th of July style fireworks. He had to be concerned that, in a time of war, his set could come off as jingoistic - and be misinterpreted as pro-Bush patriotism by people who just didn't know any better.

So, he choose four songs that at first seem like "America! Fuck, Yeah!" but that deep down could also be interpreted as the opposite - as being songs against right wing jingoistic America. And then he downplayed them, so that people would get the joke.

Just consider his set list:

1. American Girl - I wrote about this yesterday, but in the context of 2008 "there must be a little more to life somewhere else" is not exactly patriotism, is it?

2 I Won't Back Down - Sure, Red State people could interpret "I will stand my ground" as being pro war and pro American power. But think about "Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out." Remind you of any current event? Think that's an accident?

3. Running Down A Dream - Any Obama supporter is going to read this as a love letter to their candidate complete with subtle MLK reference. The song also talks about a beautiful day coming after an extended period of bad weather, sadness and despair. That's a metaphor that I'm sure was not lost on Stoner Tom

4. Free Falling - Bombs fall. And again, this is a classic song that sounds pretty and romantic at first blush, but then as you listen closer becomes darker and more selfish. Plus you get all the references to freedom, and disappearing from this world for a while.

Puerto Vallarta Gay Guide

Interesting things I learned researching the Gay Guide to Puerto Vallarta.

1. The city is the biggest gay destination south of the border - and attracts more gay tourists than Rio. Who knew?

2. When you go to the main beach there are free beach chairs. But you get assigned a chair. When you go up they will ask you if you are gay, lesbian or straight. If you are gay you get a blue chair. If you are lesbian you get a green chair. If you are straight you get a red chair. They do this not for segregation purposes but so that you know who you can fairly flirt with. Maybe we could do this on American beaches - based on political rather than sexual orientation.

3. The most popular gay activity other than the beach is "Gay Horseback Riding With Boano." Do you think they ride bareback?


Gay Montpellier

I'm doing the Gay Guide To Montpellier Friday.

Anyone have the up to date skinny?

I know about Heaven, Villa Rouge, etc... but any inside skippy is fine by me.

Fell free to post anonymously if you want.