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About Annie

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  • Birthday July 8

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    History buff. Antique recordings (pre-1930) aficionado. Almost-reformed joke writer. Gourmand.

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  1. Happy Birthday, Annie. Hope you have a great day. =) -David

  2. Lori

    Wishing you a very happy birthday 2013!! :)

  3. =) Happy Birthday, Annie. -David

  4. Annie

    Pope Announces Resignation

    . Pope Benedict was always meant as an interim pontiff-- he was elected at age 78 after all. (It was a fast seven years, no?) I'm hearing the next Pope will be from Latin America. Annie
  5. . David-- Because QUEEN CHRISTINA was released at the beginning of the Hays Office's reign of censorship terror, I've always felt that scripters were forced to turn this Scandanavian Royal into a fictional character who needed the love of a man for fulfillment. Surely the real Christina preferred the ladies. As for Greta Garbo's sexuality, no photos have ever surfaced to my knowledge. I suppose "gay or no?" speculation can be fun and harmless if there's no downside for the person under the microscope. One screen personality of Garbo's generation who was openly gay, Patsy Kelly, saw her hireability really suffer for it. Louis B. Mayer destroyed the career of a leading man in the early '30s because he refused to take a wife to clear up rumors about his preferences. This actor left Hollywood and for decades was a successful interior decorator. He also stayed with his partner for life. There's always been questions about Rudolph Valentino. For certain, his actress wife, Jean Acker was a lesbian. The usual stories circtulated back then about Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis or any actress with an assertive, self-assured manner. For certain, Marjorie Main (Ma Kettle), her lover Spring Byington, Nancy Kulp (Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies) and designer Edith Head were gay. I'd like to recommend an interview book on the subject: http://www.amazon.co...h/dp/1569800677 It's called HOLLYWOOD LESBIANS The list of celeb gays, lesbians and bisexuals at WIKIPEDIA is a literal encyclopedia, with one page per alphabet letter (sometimes two or three pages!: http://en.wikipedia....exual_people:_A Annie
  6. . The most practical thing is what gals did during the WWII nylon shortage-- spray paint the legs suntan or taupe color. If you get a run THEN you are surely in trouble! Annie
  7. Lori

    Always nice to see you Annie :)

    1. Annie



      I've got all these buttons here on my screen that are either unmarked or have an X in them. I just clicked on one for the first time and noticed you left me a message on July 13th. Sorry for the enormous delay in responding, but I'd like to say it's always nice to be here.

  8. . Whoa, is this thread still around? Amazing. I wish nylons were as durable as the endless pantyhose vs. stockings debate. My choice way back when was NEITHER. These years, part of my everyday at-work attire is a pair of black or dark gray knee high nylon socks (I get 'em at WALMART in 10-pr boxes, No Nonsense Queen size, if you must know!). Annie
  9. . My first impression was : Quaker Oats guy in an odd hat. Annie
  10. David-- Wow, that's really going back! I knew you'd remember my friend, who was also briefly a member here. There was no point in revealing his identity here as the guy whose last name I legally adopted has probably long since been sublimated by that religion. On the other hand, maybe after me he was able to re-emerge with someone else. Despite the buckets of tears I cried over this person, there's still gratitude for who I now am publicly, a feat I couldn't have accomplished alone. Thus I only have best wishes to extend. And now back to current events... Annie
  11. I was deeply involved with a Jehovah's Witness during the months leading to my divorce (we were chatroom friends) and once I was single and on my own. This person was (not sure anymore) an FTM TG. We were together on and off for four tumultuous years, during the first of which (2000). I made my transition and went through some cosmetic surgery and a legal name change. It was a complicated situation, for L. was encumbered by many things, including a deep attachment to the religion. I was taken to a couple of services related only by calender to the Catholic Easter mass. Part of this ritual is congregants passing a glass of wine from one person to the next, with no one drinking. That's just extraneous to my main point. Our relationship fell apart, again for many reasons. I've always felt regret we got involved at all, yet grateful, as without my friend's support I'd either still be in gender limbo right now or a suicide. There's been no contact for nearly a decade, and never will be, I imagine. My friend was a burgeoning artist and did much painting while we were together. A while back I found an inactive webpage that had a self-portrait on it of a crying clown, a very disturbing image, as the face under all that pancake is so familiar. I haven't said "he" or "she" on this post as that was one of the most troubling aspects of our friendship. At first, "he" was very present, but within months disappeared. It didn't matter to me, for I loved THE PERSON, but I feel that his closeting was related to being a Witness and the guilt that resulted. Maybe I'm the worst judge on this matter, as I am the ultimate non-denomnational heathen. As an outsider though I've got to say: guilt sucks, no matter what causes it. Annie
  12. Belittling of the transgendered through ad hominem commentary and "innocent" comedies such as this latest TV show have always been a source of irritation to me. Recently, a talk show host whom I listen to occasionally began to speak with a verbal smirk about "Chaz Bono is saving up to buy a male appendage.." I immediately hit the car radio's FM band to escape this nonsense. Any mention of TG news stories by these otherwise reasonable personalities seems to bring out the worst in them. I won't subject myself to their prejudices by lending an ear at those times. As for WORK IT, there's a long precedent for such humor, but in this supposedly politically correct era, that doesn't make it right. From TV shows like BOSOM BUDDIES and the short-lived UGLIEST GIRL IN TOWN, to Billy Wilder's SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), crossdressers have long been the easy target of laughing ridicule. Further back, on Broadway, CHARLIE'S AUNT was a perennially popular show (a starring role that even Jack Benny played at one time). Female impersonators and male impersonators were a common offering in British music halls and American vaudeville. With the rare exception of serious performers like Julian Eltinge, who was quite beautiful in his youth, men in drag always meant: laugh at this silly person. Male impersonators were treated with respect and had non-comedy stage acts-- a double standard based perhaps on the wrongful idea that men in skirts were surrendering their place of superiority; women in slacks aspired to be better. A final thought on WORK IT: I'll never see this program, and chances are, because it's a one-joke pony, this lame mid-season replacement will be gone to the sitcom graveyard comes September. Annie
  13. Thanks Lori and David! :?)

  14. Lori

    Another happy birthday wish for you Annie. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  15. Annie

    Walmart Pharmacy

    I use WALMART for my spironolactone prescription, of which I take a lotta pills. At a regular discount pharmacy, spiro was costing $102 a month. At WALMART it's been $40 for a few years, although recently they've been trying to raise the price by $20, but the pharmacist keeps knoocking it back for me. Annie