Wow, this was an eventful week in VivianWorld.
My Korean husbands . . .
. . . BTS, debuted their new single Dynamite at #1 on Billboard. They are the first Asian group to go straight to the top 100, and the first Asian musicians to have a #1 hit in America since 1963, when a Japanese-language song with the nonsense name “Sukiyaki” did it. (I wrote about “Sukiyaki” in my garden book, a digression on the thoughts about a Japanese garden on Long Island that I did not care for. “Sukiyaki” was a mournful ballad that was actually anti-American and it’s Japanese title was “I Will Walk Looking Up (So My Tears Won’t Fall)”. It was given the name “Sukiyaki” because Americans have shit for brains when it comes to Asia and sukiyaki was all that most Americans cared to know about Japan in 1963.)
This #1 hit in America is a big, huge deal in South Korea. There are nine national newspapers in South Korea, and here are the headlines of six of them:
The President of South Korea tweeted his congratulations to the boys, to quote: “It is truly amazing. It is a splendid feat that further raised pride in K-Pop. The success of BTS will bring huge consolation to Koreans suffering from the crisis brought about by COVID-19.”
In other news, Top Cat and I went strolling in a nature preserve here on the north shore of Long Island last weekend. I made a deal with Nature, that I wouldn’t be bored if She sent me a Blue jay feather. And an hour into our hike, lo, lying there in the middle of the path . . .
It’s like it was placed there just for me, moi, my own eyes:
That’s all it takes for me to believe that life isn’t just random and pointless, a momentary blip in oblivion. Redemption By Blue Jay Feather is what I call it.
The week was also redeemed by a delightful painting session. The subject is Miss Lizzie Cosette, the Cat In The House of Dear Reader Jeanie, who hosted The Sromness Rock in Lansing, Michigan and whereabouts:
You see that Lizzie is photographed in a fetching ray of light that makes her white fur brilliant. So the trick this week will be to get her highlights, to paint her white fur in shadow and in light.
I thought I’d give you a look at my equipment:
Lizzie has gorgeous green eyes with little golden highlights:
To paint the shadows in her white fur, I’m going to use blue paint:
Oooooooo, time for a bleed:
It wasn’t’ until I got her eye like this that I knew whether or not I’d gotten her “right”:
Now all that’s left are Lizzie’s ears. Her ears are a combination of pink and gray, and painting them so that they don’t get muddy, and painting them so that they look like they have shape and depth, is the trick.
Thank you, Miss Lizzie, for being a beautiful presence in my life this week.
In case you’re wondering what Christian America has been up to this week, they’ve been fundraising for this guy:
I checked it out, and it’s confirmed by Snopes. A Christian website called GiveSendGo has raised $314,000 for the legal defense for this little scumbag.
Let’s check in with the rest of the news:
Trump told Fox News the a plane flying from “a certain city”, heading to Washington DC during the Republican national convention, was “completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that” adding: “Here were like seven people on the plane like this person and then a lot of people were on the plane to do big damage.” Asked for details, Trump said: “I’ll tell you sometime, but it’s under investigation right now.”
Neither the FBI nor Homeland Security can confirm that any such investigation is taking place. But that’s not a surprise, right?
Melanoma’s former best friend wrote a tell-all book about the way the Third Wife really feels about Trump’s kids, and the former hooker had something to say about it:
And let’s not forget:
Knowing the Trumps as we all do, I’d say that Melanoma is right on brand.
In case you need to know this, when you feel like you have to stab someone, stab and orange. The are the same consistency as human flesh.
And here are a few more reminders that life, and stable humans, can, sometimes, be wonderful:
And that’s the State of Things this first week of September.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Remember that we are only stabbing oranges, not Republicans. For now.
And, let’s not forget. . .
. . . Fuck Trump.