celebrities, obits

Suzanne Somers has passed away. She was a big part of my childhood.

The featured photo is a screen grab from Suzanne Somer’s jive dance on Dancing With the Stars.

Last night, I heard the news that Suzanne Somers, a star of one of my favorite TV shows of all time, passed away just one day before she would have turned 77 years old. When I was growing up, I loved seeing her on Three’s Company, along with the late John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. When she was famously fired for asking for a salary as high as Ritter’s, I continued watching. I think my favorite of the blonde roommates was Priscilla Barnes, who played Terri Alden. But it was Suzanne Somers who really helped make the show as famous popular as it was.

I’ve watched Three’s Company many times over the years. I have the box set on DVD, and I tend to pull it out when I need something funny and lightweight to take my mind off of something heavy and sad. I guess the main reason why Suzanne wasn’t my favorite of the blondes is because when the show started, her character as Chrissy Snow was different than it was when she was fired. She started off naive and sweet, not stupid. Then she changed, and adopted the annoying snorting laugh and wide eyed obvious dimwittedness. I liked her much better when she was innocent, sweet, and naive, rather than obviously dumb. Maybe it’s because I’m a blonde myself, and I don’t like the “dumb blonde” stereotypes.

Early Chrissy Snow… I liked her like this better than…
when she was like this… but I know I’m probably in the minority.
Bwahahahaha… maybe they’re now up in Heaven being funny together.

I never regularly watched Suzanne Somers on her other shows, like Step by Step and She’s the Sheriff. In fact, I don’t think I ever saw an episode of Step by Step until last week, when we were in Brno, in the Czech Republic. In Brno, they still show reruns of Step by Step during prime time, and Bill and I watched a few episodes dubbed into Czech… which means we understood very little of what was going on. I still think it’s kind of eerie that a week ago, I was watching Suzanne on TV, not realizing that she’d be dead now.

This ad is cringey. Suzanne smiles like she’s having an orgasm as she uses the Thighmaster. But it was obviously a very successful product, because she sold a lot of them and made some bank!

I do remember seeing Suzanne on infomercials a lot in the 1990s, as she was selling her Thighmaster device. Evidently, she made a lot of money marketing that thing on late night TV. I also remember seeing her made for TV movie about her life, and how she grew up with an alcoholic father who berated her. I could really relate to her story, because I had a father like that, too. My dad probably wasn’t as bad as hers was, though. I also read her book, too, about growing up with an alcoholic parent. I think of all of the things Suzanne did in her life, it was her book, Keeping Secrets, that resonated the most with me.

Keeping Secrets, the TV movie about Suzanne Somers’ life, based on her book.

I remember hearing Suzanne Somers talk a lot about her strategies for beating breast cancer, which dogged her for over twenty years. I distinctly remember her talking about how she no longer ate sugar, as it’s “poison” to the body and promotes cancer. And below, she talks about how people are all full of toxins, and that’s why they get and stay fat after age 40.

Hmm… I don’t think I was that sexy even before I was 40.

Based on what I’ve read, Suzanne passed peacefully at her home, with her husband, Alan Hamel, and her son, Bruce Somers, Jr., at her side, along with other family members. While some people might think that 76 is not that old to be passing away, she was one day away from turning 77, and she has spent the past 23 years battling cancer. She must have been doing something right. On the other hand, I have an aunt who got breast cancer in 1986 and is still living… and I don’t think she did any drastic changes to her diet.

Here she is, cutting a rug on Dancing With The Stars.

Anyway, I can’t claim to have been the greatest fan of Suzanne Somers’ work, but I do have many fond memories of watching her play Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company, which will always be one of my favorite shows from my childhood. And yes, I know it was not really an appropriate show for kids to be watching, but I had parents who didn’t supervise me very much or often. You can see where that kind of upbringing got me. Suzanne was a very accomplished and talented woman, and she had a lot of moxie. If she hadn’t asked for a raise on Three’s Company, who knows where she would have ended up.

Entertainment Tonight’s report on Suzanne’s life and death.
CBS offers an obit…

My condolences to Suzanne’s friends, family, and fans… She was clearly a ray of sunshine to many people. She was a very accomplished person and a brilliant businesswoman. We could learn a lot from her.

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Biden, celebrities, humor, narcissists, politicians, politics

More than I bargained for… and blonde jokes are stupid!

It’s Thursday already! And although it’s early August, it feels more like mid September. As I write today’s post, it’s about 59 degrees outside and overcast. I don’t normally like to include weather reports in my posts, but this is kind of unusual, even for Germany. Not that I’m complaining. This year, at least we have a nice, green lawn in the backyard.

I just checked my spam folder for my Hotmail account. I got another one of those “I’ve infected your computer” emails. This time, the message was different, though. Sure, there were the usual threatening words about how, if I don’t pay them, they’ll send my contacts pictures of me doing unmentionable things. But this time, they included several graphic dick pics of some balding guy with a beard and the threat that next time, the photos could be of me. Trust me, it wasn’t what I wanted to see… especially first thing in the morning.

It’s funny, though, because they would never get such graphic photos of me, even if they could video me doing “nasty” things. It just plain isn’t possible. Was sending those nasty photos supposed to convince me to pay them? I don’t know. But it didn’t work, and it was really gross. I reported the email to Outlook, not that I think they’ll do anything about it.

I also came across a stupid blonde joke this morning. Check this out…

I don’t understand why it’s funny to make fun of blondes…

I think blonde jokes are stupid, mainly because I’m a blonde, and I’m not dumb. I mean, some people might call me dumb, but I know I’m not a dim-witted person. I have blonde friends– natural blondes, mind you– who are also not deserving of the dumb blonde stereotype. I spell it with the “e”, because blonde jokes are always directed at women. You rarely hear someone making fun of a blond man.

Among Dolly Parton’s first hits… but she didn’t write it. At least the words are sort of bucking the stereotype.

Wikipedia tells me that the “dumb blonde” stereotype comes from 18th century Europe. Blondes were supposedly more desirable, but less intelligent than brunettes. It’s sad that in 2023, people are still promoting this idea through lame jokes. I was a big fan of the old sitcom, Three’s Company, back in the 70s and 80s, and Suzanne Somers played a “dumb blonde”. When she left, her character was replaced with a clumsy blonde, Jenilee Harrison,… then came Priscilla Barnes, who played a smart blonde. But, Priscilla’s character didn’t do that much to change the stereotype.

I’m back to natural blonde…

When I was younger, I did have sort of light brown hair for awhile. But I started getting silver hair when I was 24 years old. I’m now 51, and I don’t use haircolor anymore. My hair is now naturally blonde again. Not only am I not dumb, but I never had that much luck with men, until I met Bill. Then, I really hit the jackpot. I think he married me for my mind, rather than my looks. When I ask him, he says it’s because he felt comfortable with me. It wasn’t because of my blonde hair and blue eyes… although my big boobs probably did play a part.

Dolly is no dumbass… that’s for sure. Is she a blonde? Who knows… but the end effect is the same.

The funny thing about the above interview is that Barbara Walters is acting like Dolly looks like a “freak”. I guess in 1977, Dolly’s appearance was pretty extreme. But then, I can think of other people from that era who were also pretty extreme in the way they looked. In 2023, that look is nothing, though. Now, so many people seem to be covered in tattoos and piercings.

In 1977, we couldn’t conceive of some of the stuff that is going on today, with some folks trying desperately to take us back to that less liberated era, and other people fighting desperately to keep evolving. It certainly is a strange time to be living… but I guess that could be said for almost any time in history. Imagine how people felt during World War II, when Hitler was trying to take over Europe. Maybe then, it also felt like the strange times would never end.

Watching the news every day, as Donald Trump gets into an ever deeper legal pit of quicksand, I wonder if his reign of the absurd will be ending anytime soon. I don’t think he’ll be president again, but I do think his influence is going to make life more challenging for a long while. He opened a Pandora’s Box of delusional weirdness that may never again be squelched in my lifetime. I have to admit, though, it is kind of satisfying to watch his legal woes pile up.

I am also quite proud of Joe Biden for telling Alabama to stick it and deciding to keep Space Command in Colorado. Fuck those anti-choice people. In Colorado, the whole force will be more ready, because females and LGBTQ folks can get the healthcare they need in PRIVACY. This is about military readiness. In Colorado, it’s more likely the military will be ready to deploy than they would be in Alabama, where politicians want to force people to gestate.

Fuck you, Tommy. You shouldn’t be in office. I love how he’s whining about Biden playing politics, as if Trump wouldn’t do the same thing or much worse.

In any case, as the old saying goes, “nothing endures but change.” This weird stuff isn’t going to last forever. I do wonder, though, if I’ll live to see the end of it. It’s got me feeling a little unsettled.

Yesterday, as I was writing my blog post, I was looking for a clip from the show, Avenue Q. I didn’t end up finding what I was looking for, but I did watch a very reassuring video of the original cast singing the last number, “For Now”. “For Now” is a comforting reminder that everything in life is temporary. Times will either get worse, or they’ll get better, but the one thing we can all count on is change. Just as I had platinum blonde hair as a child, that turned kind of dishwater blonde, then light brown, and has now gone back to platinum blonde, change is a given, and it’s a constant. I’m sure eventually, my hair will turn white. If I manage to live that long, that is…

I’ll admit listening to this made me a little emotional. There’s a lot of truth in this song. I see they made this during the hell of 2020. It was a message we all needed. I still need it in 2023.

Speaking of change… my life changed when I saw the video below. I had never seen it before today, but it’s been around for 16 years.

Don’t be put off by the name of the channel. This is a pretty funny song. Matt Lucas is also in this video!

I’m all over the place with this blog post today. I had meant to write about a different topic entirely, but I got sidetracked by that disgusting spam email with the actual dick pics. And now I’m a bit traumatized. I need some eye bleach, because I can’t unsee those pictures.

Then, I saw the dumb blonde joke, and wondered why so many people think women with light colored hair are dumb. I think it’s a mistake to underestimate people… especially those who are beguiling. There have been many blonde performers who have milked that stereotype all the way to the bank. While I congratulate them for making money, I also think it’s sad that some people feel compelled to promote a negative stereotype to make a living. No one should be encouraged to act “dumb”… at least not unless it’s being done for a very good reason. I don’t think getting rich is a particularly good reason to act dumb.

Anyway, if you managed to follow me through this convoluted morass of a post, I offer my congratulations. Maybe I am a dumb blonde, after all. But I would never park my ass in first class when I paid for economy. 😉

Well… I suppose it’s time I closed this post, and got on with the day. It’s Thursday, so that means vacuuming. Yecch. Maybe Noyzi will get a walk. He didn’t get one yesterday, because of the rain. I’ve also got to buy some new dress shirts for Bill. So… I’m off to tend to my chores. Have a good one, y’all.