Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Talking Heads 'True Stories'

This past weekend, we had a party for my mother who turned 60 on March 14th. For some weird reason, she didn’t want everyone to know exactly which mile she was logging on her odometer. It’s not like having a 40 year old son wandering around the party looking for any hint of alcohol would give it away. But she got over it and decided to be a good and sober sport.

When I turn 60, I will be just like I was on the night of my 40th… Drunk like Otis Campbell…

There were a few family members at the party… Paulette, Grandma Pence, Uncle Byrl, Aunt Sherry, Christine, Lilly, and the grand assortment of in-laws. I had no in-laws for anyone else to pick on because I’m not married. I went alone.

I think this bothered my grandmother just a bit.

I saw her Sunday afternoon and she sat a spell to chew the fat. She asked, “So Eugene, how’s your love life?”

Being the guarded S.O.B. that I am with the folks that actually care about me, I kept things to myself and said, “It’s all right.”

“You’re 40,” she said. “Are you going to be an old maid?”

I looked her in the eye and said with the most serious tone I could muster, “Grandma, I’m gay.”

She knows me pretty well. She knows that I am a maker of jokes and nothing is out of bounds no matter who I’m talking to. Although she did tell me that I nearly gave her a heart attack.

I guess that my 19 year old lover Zach and I will have to wait a little longer to ride around on my inheritance in the new convertible with our scarves waving in the wind like Jackie-O.

For a long time, Netflix has been telling me that I should seriously consider renting the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. I went ahead on put that joker on my queue. I mean after all… It had a shooting star semi-halo over it.

For those you do not know, that star means that according to previous ratings, Curb Your Enthusiasm would be up my narrow alley like a big bodied Cadillac. (Please don’t take that as a “masked” coming out of the closet comment.)

I finally got season one last week and found the time to watch it last night.

Through the first episode that ran just over 29 minutes, I looked like this…

It was like watching a bad public access show.

I LOVE Seinfeld! I think Larry David is very funny and border line genius. I decided to give the second episode a try. Maybe the first one requires getting to know the characters a bit. I shouldn’t be too hasty.

Here’s how I looked after the second episode…

I pulled the plug on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Not only had it been curbed, it was taken outside and put down like an old, gimpy horse.

There were only 2 discs for the first season and I sent them both back. Holy Mother of Liza Minelli, it was boring.

Here’s the friendly invite to add me to your list of Netflix friends… Just use my email address! eugenebsims@yahoo.com


  1. Anonymous11:53 AM

    You made it further than I did on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' I think I got through about 20 minutes of the first episode on HBO on Demand. I had the same experience with 'Extras' - another show I was supposed to love but didn't. Bottom line, I think HBO dramas are much more up my alley than their comedies.

  2. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Got to give the thumb's up on Extras. It was a great series.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm could be hit-or-miss, but I enjoyed what I saw of it. Never recommended it to anyone because of its odd pacing.

    Mind you don't drool on the couch, Eugene.

  3. I kind of dig the HBO series Entourage. The first episode didn't exactly knock off my socks, but I hung in there. And by the end of finishing up the first season, I added season 2.

  4. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Entourage Season 3 will be out April 3! It took a few episodes for me to start getting into it. I recently caved in and rented season 1 of Grey's Anatomy.

  5. Anonymous8:22 PM

    I love Curb Your Enthusiasm, but it was definitely an acquired taste.

    Entourage I adore - I discovered it throught Blockbuster Online last summer. Excuse me while I add season 3 to my queue.

    Weeds. Add Weeds to your queue. Excuse me while I fire one... oh wait a minute -- never mind. Uh, I highly recommend this series, too.


  6. Anonymous7:46 AM

    'love Weeds. I'm patiently waiting for the next season to come out on DVD/Netflix.

  7. Joan,

    Grey's Anatomy is awesome! I've been bugging the crap out of Deidre to borrow season 2 from her.

  8. Bebo,

    I have Weeds on my queue forever. I think you suggested it about a year ago... I just haven't gotten to it yet.

  9. Anonymous3:32 AM

    Oh, Eugene... I don't even know what to say. You will openly admit to watching Grey's Anatomy but have no love for the greatness that is "Curb Your Enthusiasm"? For shame...

    I will give you that the first season starts off kind of slow, and is the weakest of the bunch, but it picks up... really it does! (That whole Ted and Mary storyline is a snoozer, and I still skip them when they cycle back around on HBOC, but the next three were comedy gold!) As always, if you ever change your mind, I've got the DVDs.

    Of course I may be biased, because HBO Sunday night television owns my soul. If it's TV and it's on HBO Sunday night, I watch it.... unless the main characters are whores, cowboys or British. I mean, you've gotta have standards, right? This Sunday marks the loss of my beloved "Rome". Now where will I get my weekly fill of ancient Roman historical figures? Where?!