The Jungle Book:

I'm tempted to rip the book apart just for this one plate.

I Need to See Some Gay I.D.

So happy to see that Mississippi still has some people with an activist mentality. In a previous post I suggested that businesses should display the rainbow flag as a way to show their support for shoppers without incurring discrimination or businesses that do discriminate should fly the rainbow flag with a swastika in the middle of it.

Two business owners in the Fondren district of Jackson have gone one further and have done just that! They have created a decal for businesses that support diversity without prejudice and discrimination. The decal simply states, “We don’t discriminate - If you’re buying - We’re selling.”

So proud to find out my local Bakery, when I lived there, Campbell’s Bakery and the owners of William Wallace hair salon, both located in the hip Fondren district spearheaded this initiative.

If anyone saw the movie The Help then you probably saw the Fondren area depicted in the movie. My High School was located on the edge of Fondren, which, made it easy to ditch school on lovely Spring days and have lunch at Brent’s Drugs, also depicted in the movie, then stroll up to Campbell’s Bakery for some pastry confections, where you could see teeny tiny ballerinas shimmy through the space between two buildings to load up on sugar between dance classes.

The Fondren area is where the gay bar, Emerald City was located. Where at 16 I was allowed to pass for 18, the legal drinking age of the time. The handsome off-duty cop that worked the door was kind enough to look the other way when I.D. was required.

Thanks handsome off-duty cop for letting this happen and for not giving me a speeding ticket the day you pulled me over and then tore up the ticket once you recognized me and told me to slow down and to get my butt home.

The first businesses to move into the revitalized Fondren district were Max Contemporary Furnishings and Petal Pushers Florists. I knew the good looking and talented gay owner of Petal Pushers from the bar scene and I met the owner of Max from hanging around (bothering) her at her shop. She offered me an internship when I finished my interior design degree. I took her up on her offer.

So, thank you Max, Campbell’s and William Wallace salon and all of the other pioneering individuals/artists for standing up for what is right and creating the, “We Don’t Discriminate/ If You’re buying/We’re Selling” slogan and campaign.

Like I said, “I need to see some gay I.D.”

Mystery Guest Revealed:

Would the mother of the mystery guest please sign in and disown your child. 

April 5, marked what would have been the 106th birthday of Bette Davis. As usual I pulled up her Wikipedia entry and snuggled up to savor her story like the blockbuster biography that it was when I got to the part about her daughter, our mystery guest, B. D. Hyman. I had forgotten that the ungrateful daughter raised in a privileged Hollywood royalty setting had written a Mommie Dearest type of account of her upbringing. 

All this would have been salacious had any of it been true as everyone that ever new the private life of Bette Davis came forward to refute it including her two adopted children. Everyone truly believed Joan Crawford to be the monster that her daughter's book made her out to be but I don't recall anyone having the same feelings about Bette. Just watch Now Voyager and the way poor Charlotte Vale treats Dr. Jeremiah Duvaux Durrance's little girl with such kindness, "Tina, Tina, Tina." This could have been an excellent acting job but I so want to believe it to be who she was in real life. 

Bette as expected by anyone who ever saw her movies disowned the ungrateful child saying in her memoir, "I am still recovering from the fact that a child of mine would write about me behind my back, to say nothing about the kind of book it is. I will never recover as completely from B.D.'s book as I have from the stroke. Both were shattering experiences." 

A final thought is that B. D. Hyman has a link to her own Wikipedia page listed on Bette Davis's page. I found that distasteful but, it's where I found the external link to her ministry website and clicked over to see what she looked like. I was not pleasantly surprised as you could imagine.

Thanks to everyone for playing along. A special thanks to Muscato for not giving it away...I half way expect to see a comment stating something about the time he actually met her. And to Jason for sheepishly identifying her first. It's rare to stump you guys!

Mystery Guest:

Do you recognize her? 

If you know for sure who she is then please email me rather than commenting and spoiling the surprise for others.

HINT: She's the daughter of someone famous...