Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Welcome to today’s issue of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, the City of Pittsburgh’s only magazine of commentaries, culture, movie reviews, sexy stories and topless women.
How’s everyone doing?
I’m doing well. I’m enjoying my vacation from the madness (and joy) of hanging out in Little Italy. I’m getting my work done (blogging) and replenishing my creative juices with some well deserved R&R. One way I replenish my creative juices is by watching videos on YouTube. I don’t own a television. I found out that I get a hell of a lot more blogging, reading and writing done without a television. So, if I want to watch television at home I watch YouTube. And last night I punched up Law & Oder: Special Victims Unit.
The show has had several changes in cast over its 17 seasons, but there is no doubt that Mariska Hargitay has evolved into the star of the show. Good for her. She’s been married since 1982, has three children and is 51 years old. The show is so well written, acted, directed and produced (it was created and is produced by Dick Wolf) that I just lean back and let it wash over me. Usually, when I’m drinking at Armand’s in Little Italy, I can get the bartender to put it on the television at my end of the bar; but last night was the first time I thought to punch it up on YouTube. And the episodes flowed one after the other. Some episodes you have to pay for. But last night all the episodes I watched were free and they were new episodes, too.
You know you can’t beat that with a stick!
The series is known for dealing with crimes of a sexual nature. Yes, dear reader, sex sales. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Mariska Hargitay.
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (/məˈrɪʃkə ˈhɑrɡɨteɪ/ mə-RISH-kə HAR-gi-tay; born January 23, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her role as NYPD Special Victims Unit Detective/Sergeant/Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe.
The daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and actor and bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, Hargitay made her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in film and television shows throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast as Olivia Benson, a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused.
Well, it’s not noon yet and if this is the only post I publish today I feel I’ve done my duty. But who knows. The day is young and I’ll just putter around the apartment, check my online sources, read my books from the library, pick up a free copy of the City Paper, listen to sports and news on the radio and keep my eyes and ears open and try to think deep thoughts about life and writing and maybe I’ll get lucky and come up with something else worth blogging about.
So, explore the site and return often. I honestly think we are doing something original here at The Gazette; but that is not something for me to decide. That is something for you to decide.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Today in Pittsburgh there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 55.
Hail to Pitt!
PS I’ll be back in Little Italy later this month.