Nothing Says Christmas Like People Running Through the Streets in Speedos

Continuing what has become a pattern, I had another busy weekend. On Friday night a bunch of us got together and saw Joan Rivers at the Wilbur Theatre. I hadn’t been there in years (7?) when I saw Dame Edna perform there. At the time, the theatre was a standard live theatre with audience seating. Since then, they’ve removed the seating on the lower level (orchestra, I suppose) and installed tables with chairs and now provide wine service. I must say, it’s a nice touch.

Our table was in the back, but was elevated so I had an unobstructed view of the stage. And Joan was pretty damn hilarious. Obviously her plastic surgeries have made her face very (artificially) youthful, but I have to admit I was incredibly impressed to see how mobile she was. I mean, she’s 77 years old, just two years younger than my mother, but she was so animated and active. She walked all over the stage, she moved her body wildly (even simulated sex at some points). Hell, at one point she dropped to the floor and laid on her back (I think and simulated sex again).

But she was so full of what my elderly aunt used to call “piss and vinegar.” I was impressed. And she was quite funny…and offensive. I am always enamoured with performers who say “screw the PC police” and just go off on everybody and anybody.

So, Friday night was great. On Saturday, we met up with some friends in Boston and watched the Santa Speedo Run: 500 drunk people take off their clothes and run around the Back Bay of Boston in speedos all in the name of charity. The event now takes place in cities across the world, but it started here in Boston. (side note: I find it silly that these runs now take places in tropical climates…the whole point is how shocking it is to see folks running around in speedos while spectators are in winter coats and gloves. Where is the irony when it’s 75 degrees outside?)

That afternoon we headed to a Yankee Gift Swap before returning home and joining my parents at our house (who came up to visit my uncle) and played some cards.

On Sunday my parents and I visited my uncle at the nursing home (this is the 3rd facility he’s been to in the past month). He was doing well, but it seems he’s now at the stage where he won’t be returning home again. I suspect he will spend the rest of his life in a nursing facility. But you never know.

And that was my weekend. I was going to post a picture of this year’s speedo run, but we’ve not taken them off the camera yet. So, I’ll use a picture from a previous year. Enjoy.

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Lise on December 14, 2010 3:03 pm

    Watch the Joan Rivers documentary – it’s out on DVD now. Fascinating. I have a lot of respect for her.

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