Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Close to the Vest: Part 2

The Conclusion of
       an Untold Skate-for-Hope Story--
             Well, Untold Until Now, Anyway

Starring denizens of the Haus of Weir: Fairy Godmother, Ninja Girl, and Fresh New Designer (Notorious F'nD). Featuring cameo appearances by Glitter Yak and Glen Coco.



We interrupt our story to bring you this brief word from our sponsor:

I just have to say how much I loved the fabulous tweet-a-thon with Johnny via Bluefly.com yesterday, during which he responded to more than 100 of our tweeted questions and kept answering us for 20 minutes longer than he was supposed to. Because he's wonderful to his fans like that.

One of our cats broke my alarm clock a few weeks ago and you know I don't really go to bed until about 6 a.m. and then I get up around noon CDT (which would be about the time this thing was supposed to end), so I wasn't sure I'd even make it, but an alert Facebook fan who I met at Ice Dreams was kind enough to give me a wake-up call on my cell so I wouldn't miss it. :)

So I watched the whole thing and got the failwhale like three or four times ("Twitter is over capacity! Please try again later! Or just shoot yourself now because you are missing out on words that are coming to your computer directly from Johnny Weir and by the time these stupid little birds dump my giant fat ass back in the water it'll be too late!"), but mostly I kept up really well.

I loved reading all the questions and answers. My favorite one was this:

@JohnnyGWeir @bluefly_com What will your last words be? (Sorry if that's creepy!) #bfclosets

@hanssen_ @bluefly_com #bfclosets I love you. I hope

What a beautiful thought.

But I was too shy to ask him anything of my own. I spent much of the time with my fingers poised over my keyboard, having a failwhale of my own as I tried but could. not. type. anything. Like that thing where all your words get stuck in the back of your very dry throat along with all the leftover r's you mispronounced in high school French class--only in the tips of your fingers.

So I am an idiot. But a happy one, because it was really fun to watch the tweets flying back and forth and to picture him taking time out of his day, fresh off the ice in his leggings and orange tank and skates, to interact with his fans.

And wouldn't we all love love it if he would do this like, oh, say, once a day week OK month? :)

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.




When last we saw Ninja Girl and F'nD, they had a nearly finished one-of-a-kind fashion creation to bring to Skate for Hope and give to Johnny. We rejoin our story already in progress, in which Ninja Girl is now in Columbus, Ohio.

Waking up that Saturday morning wasn’t difficult. To wake up, first one must have slept. This did not happen as Ninja Girl’s super-chic hotel room was apparently possessed by Satan, and the moment her eyes would finally decide to shut, Beelzebub would start banging on the very hipster exposed ductwork with a lead pipe while whistling Dixie. Awake and upright are two different things.

As rough as her night was, F’nD’s day would have made a saint weep. He arrived at the hotel on the day of Skate for Hope around 1:30 p.m., slim, impossibly lovely, and only slightly rumpled from his flights that day. Also he was almost nearly done with the vest.

Almost.

Due to school and the fact that he actually had his priorities somewhat straight re: passing his FIT finals (by way of contrast, Ninja Girl had cancelled a business trip and gleefully tapped into her savings to have what could easily be described as one of the Top Ten Best Days of her life—so no regrets, baby!), there were only a few finishing touches to go before they could give Johnny his vest.

The lovely fans of Facebook had planned a pre-show dinner to get to know one another, hold each other, laugh, cry, and rub glitter on all the bits that are hard to reach on your own. So Ninja Girl’s ever-patient roommate, Glen Coco, went on ahead to alert others that they would be along soon. As F’nD’s needle flew through its paces and Ninja Girl rolled on the bed watching SpongeBob, the time started ticking away. But they had it, right? Right!

Wrong! They arrived at dinner just in time to shovel down a few bites of salad like pigs, down half a margarita (bonus points for contributing to the delinquency of F'nD!), and wave frantically at everyone before dashing back out the door to run screaming to their room to fetch the vest, and to primp. The screaming was from Ninja Girl. Earlier she had thought to herself, “Heels are so pretty! I must wear them to meet everyone!” not realizing the cobblestones, hills, and heat would turn her feet into something resembling sliced roast beef. If beauty is pain, she should now look like Megan Fox.

Finally primped and prepped, they eventually found their tickets and limped into the arena.

Unbeknownst to them, security had a policy of taking larger gifts from attendees to give to the skaters during intermission. If looks could kill, there would be one less security guard working in Ohio. F’nD and Ninja Girl were both somewhat crushed.

As they surrendered their gift, they could hear the opening music playing, but naively hoped that maybe, just maybe, they hadn’t missed those first few moments of Johnny Weir skating into their lives.

They had.

Though Ninja Girl did almost make her own on-ice debut when, in stumbling though the dark to her seat, she missed the last step and nearly faceplanted the rink.

But their moods were lifted considerably as skater after skater came out to perform. The children were beyond precious, and Ninja Girl was very impressed with everyone who had the guts to get out there and show their support for such a wonderful cause.

And then there he was.

Johnny’s performance of Heartbroken seemed different from his previous skate at Chelsea Piers. The program was less skated than attacked and bludgeoned to death with a giant hammer. It was so powerful and so beautiful. Ice was flying off his skates, and after he finally, furiously stomped his last step and gently collapsed to the ice, it looked like a bomb had gone off. It was as if perhaps all of his frustration and anger and grief at the fresh loss of his grandfather poured out of him and turned the rink upside down.

Ninja Girl didn't cry. She didn't breathe either.

Intermission consisted of Ninja Girl and F’nD texting each other from across the rink, since their seats were not together, still in sad disbelief that they were missing the golden moment of Johnny opening his gift, but thrilled and nervous that it was finally in his hands.

Finally skating resumed with more adorable children and an incredibly moving performance dedicated to the spirits of four of the performers’ mothers.

Then Johnny returned for Bad Romance.

Seemingly in a better mood, he plopped down on the ice and faced, she swears to sweet Weirsus, directly toward Ninja Girl. (Yes, everyone in VIP seating will say the same, but let’s let her have her moment.) And he did the cutest little “grrr” fingers. He was flawless, of course. His speed, grace, and skill were tempered with a little humor--not the usual super-feisty man fans know, but so much more than Ninja Girl or anyone might expect from someone in his circumstances.

He finished his skate and did something Ninja Girl had not seen him do before, and which broke her heart: He took his bows, on all sides--on his knees. Maybe he has done this at other times, but it was as if he just couldn't bring himself to get up.

He truly gave all that he had and then some; it was, without a doubt, appreciated.

After the show, he started his last lap to greet the fans, and the VIP group was (sort of) informed on what to do. F’nD eventually located Ninja Girl, and they wandered aimlessly around the arena until a security guard took pity on them and pointed to where they should go, which was roughly three feet away from where they were currently standing. After a very long waiting period which consisted mainly of waiting and then being told that there would be a bit of a wait, after which there was more waiting and not a chair in sight, which was unfortunate because next there was a lengthy wait: They waited. Approximately three years later, groups were separated out and sent back ten at a time to the meet-n-greet.

Ninja Girl can proudly say that the first words she ever said to Johnny were, "You're beautiful."

And he is. Of course he said he looked a mess with pink still all over him, but she just shook her head and told him he was amazing.

Then he saw F’nD.

Someone turned up his wattage because Johnny’s face lit up a little closer to the man we know, and before a word could come out of F’nD’s mouth, Johnny stared him straight in the eye and thanked him for the beautiful vest. And told F’nD that he wanted to wear it to an upcoming premiere that he would be attending! And then F’nD and Johnny started jabbering about stitching, sewing, needles, lots of stuff about which Ninja Girl had no clue, and it was wonderful. Then they segued into spending an inordinate amount of time gossiping about The Simple Life, filmed in the town from which Ninja Girl hails and thus a subject about which she had many clues, and also about how amazing Eric Alt is. Then pictures were taken and there were very enthusiastic JWe hugs.

And then it was over.

Overall, it was mission success. F’nD gave his work to one of the most incredible, beautiful creatures on earth who will, hopefully, one day wear F’nD’s work in front of the cameras. And maybe this small token was enough to put a little light back into the heart of a man who gives his fans everything he has, even at one of the most difficult times of his life. He always puts his fans first, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

And though they didn’t get to see him open the gift, in the end, all that matters is F’nD’s gesture to Johnny in appreciation of Johnny’s inspiring artistry, and Ninja Girl and Fairy Godmother’s support of two wonderfully talented young men.

Dear Johnny. From Ninja Girl, F’nD, Fairy Godmother, Glitter Yak, Glen Coco, and all the rest: We love you, we appreciate you, and we will always support you--no matter what.

So this made me realize what a market
there would be among us for a Johnny paper doll!
He would come with all his favorite fashions
that we could put on him with those little fold-down paper tabs,
and then of course take them off again ...


Facebook fans Wendy Stevens and Li Mann
have graciously compiled all or nearly all of the tweets
from Johnny's Bluefly gig and put them in the Discussions tab
on Johnny's Facebook page!
And you can still watch the video of his closet
on Bluefly.com's "Closet Confessions" if you haven't yet!

Coming soon: More Twitter madness!
Olympic Tweeters, we need you
as we launch our comprehensive campaign
to tweet Johnny onto DWTS!

PLEASE KEEP VOTING for Johnny as Skater of the Year
in USFSA's 2010 Readers' Choice poll
(voting ends July 15)!

Please also vote here to tell Pepsi
that you want them to donate $250,000 to Just Push 'nPlay!
Johnny is on the board of the 'nPlay Foundation,
and this funding would help to provide physical activity
programs to nearly 20,000 kids.
Let's help make this project the top vote-getter!
(voting ends today!)

Special thanks to Ninja Girl for her invaluable help
in writing most of this post!

copyright 2010 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Close to the Vest: Part 1

An Untold Skate-for-Hope Story--
      Well, Untold Until Now, Anyway

Starring denizens of the Haus of Weir: Fairy Godmother, Ninja Girl, and Fresh New Designer (Notorious F'nD). Featuring cameo appearances by Glitter Yak and Glen Coco.


[cue Mission Impossible theme]

dun dun DAH DAH dun dun DAH DAH dun dun DAH DAH dun dun ... 


Great moments of inspiration sometimes come from the most unexpected places at the most surprising times.

Thus the idea hit Ninja Girl whilst in the bath.

Some weeks earlier--May 6, 2010, to be precise--Johnny had attended the 88 for AIDS benefit in support of AIDS Walk New York. At the beautiful reception for which Ninja Girl would have cut off several limbs to attend, he met Fresh New Designer (aka Notorious F'nD), an FIT student wearing a particularly dazzling vest covered in peacock feathers that F'nD had designed and sewn himself:

Notorious F'nD models his peacock-tastic creation
at 88 for AIDS!


Johnny was so stunned at the sheer brilliant awesomeness of the vest--as was everyone else in attendance--that reportedly he cooed, "I want to rip that off your body." (How often do we get to hear that come out of his mouth? Sweet Jesus, not nearly often enough. But we digress.)

Johnny and F'nD at 88 for AIDS after Johnny apparently decided
not to rip F'nD's clothing from his body.


So while Ninja Girl was sudsing up and certainly not thinking anything inappropriate about any figure skater in particular, it hit her that since she was headed to Ohio soon to see some random figure skater of whom she would never think inappropriately, she needed to find a gift for Johnny! Er, for some random guy, we mean. Or girl. Don’t hate.

Ninja Girl had not previously spoken to F'nD--whom she had friended on Facebook soon after seeing his picture with Johnny, because there’s nothing Ninja Girl loves more than a small, well-dressed gay man--but she flung herself at the computer to explain her idea to F'nD and beg for his help. Happily, she was able to secure an enthusiastic thumbs-up, despite the fact that finals were fast approaching and F'nD was just the tiniest bit swamped with trying to survive FIT.

Then came the mission to find Johnny's measurements. Because you can't create custom-fitted clothes simply by making assumptions and microanalyzing hundreds of pictures while holding up a tape measure to a computer screen. That involves math, and for Ninja Girl, that shit is not happening. So she sought the help of Fairy Godmother, who was thrilled to be involved in helping to create such a special gift.

Then came no small degree of panic and many tense days of waiting. And waiting. And then panicking because they had no idea how fast F'nD could sew (actually pretty damn fast, as it turns out).

[Here follows a brief abstract of the mission to figure out Johnny's measurements as approved by Weirlandian Homeland Security:

REDACTED and REDACTED Fairy Godmother REDACTED and REDACTED REDACTED. Then REDACTED also Glitter Yak! Because REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED. After REDACTED, plus of course REDACTED REDACTED, and then, REDACTED both Fairy Godmother and REDACTED Glitter Yak REDACTED. So finally, REDACTED REDACTED, and at last REDACTED. There. Don’t you feel all REDACTED now? ]

So the heavens parted and everything was underway!

Over the next few weeks, this project brought together some of the most creative, incredible people Ninja Girl had ever met. Acquaintances became close friends and close friends became best friends. One of the many things that is so amazing about Johnny Weir is that he draws to him wonderful people similar to himself. Artistic, sweet, giving, brilliant—these are just a few words that describe both Johnny and F'nD.

So then there were the questions: What's Johnny’s favorite color to wear? Are peacock feathers really a good idea? What if F'nD added a crazy liner? Should the front have a zipper closure? Or maybe buttons? Does Johnny need a pocket? Who doesn't need a pocket?!

Back and forth and back and forth. F'nD relied on Ninja Girl and Fairy Godmother's extensive knowledge of / obsession with Johnny to create what all involved thought would be a perfect example of F'nD's skill and Johnny's taste.

The collaboration resulted in a truly stunning piece of couture that everyone very much hoped Johnny would adore. Behold the creative process:

We begin at the beginning ...


Wow. It looks like some sort of math may in fact
have been involved. Which did not in any way snare Ninja Girl
in its ugly grasp, for which she remains forever grateful ...


 The vest begins to take shape...

F'nD at work in his artist's garret ...


A rockin' pink lining, and yes! A pocket!


The nearly finished one-of-a-kind original ...


Physically getting the vest to Johnny--and, in fact, the Skate for Hope event as a whole--was an adventure all its own. Join us tomorrow for "Close to the Vest: Part 2" to get the rest of the story!


Please join Johnny for LIVE TWEETING
and the video of his closet on Bluefly.com's
"Closet Confessions" today! You can pre-tweet questions
to Johnny starting at 11 a.m. EDT; be sure to include
the hashtag #bfclosets in all your tweets.
Live tweeting runs from 12 noon to 1 p.m. EDT--don't miss it!

Coming soon: More Twitter madness!
Olympic Tweeters, we need you
as we launch our comprehensive campaign
to tweet Johnny onto DWTS!

PLEASE KEEP VOTING for Johnny as Skater of the Year
in USFSA's 2010 Readers' Choice poll
(voting ends July 15)!

Please also vote here to tell Pepsi
that you want them to donate $250,000 to Just Push 'nPlay!
Johnny is on the board of the 'nPlay Foundation,
and this funding would help to provide physical activity
programs to nearly 20,000 kids.
Let's help make this project the top vote-getter!
(voting ends Wednesday!)

Special thanks to Ninja Girl for her invaluable help
in writing most of this post!

copyright 2010 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

Monday, June 28, 2010

Speechless ... But Not Tweetless


I'm still hung up on this clip.
Plus I didn't have time to find a new graphic
because I spent all night filling out papers
to officially change my first name to "Boys" ...
(thanks to Facebook fan Maggie Strasser for this brilliant idea!)


Wow.

Yes, I had already seen the BGJW finale when it first appeared via On Demand last week. But of course I had to TiVo its official airing again last night because not to do so would just be, you know, wrong.

But the finale coupled with Johnny's wrenchingly eloquent new SUNFiltered blog entry, which was posted yesterday morning and which offered a painfully eye-opening behind-the-scenes context--albeit infused with Johnny's wonderful sense of humor--in which to view the finale: That was a one-two punch I was not expecting.

If you have not yet read his entry, please: You must. It's one of the best pieces he has ever written, IMO. And despite how hard it is to get through, because of how truly awful so much of the Olys were, reading it breathes all-new excitement into anticipating the January arrival of his book. Because yes, the man can write. And he's funny.

So just three things before we move on--because move on we must, since the whirlwind never stops in Weirlandia and we already have NEW STUFF! to look forward to this week.

First: The corruption of the judging (yes, I know I'm repeating myself, but I am just compelled to say it over and over and over--on this aspect I am NOT speechless), and the complete and utter lack of support for Johnny from within his own sport--which he has represented so amazingly for so many years--is truly beyond appalling.

There's one thing he left out of the blog entry, BTW.

As he mentioned, not one official from his federation showed up to his final practice.

In like manner, not one showed up to support him at his press conference, either.

You can't help but notice that it's just Johnny and Tara up there at that table.

His federation's silence on the personal attacks / insults / name-calling he endured at the Olympics--AT THE OLYMPICS, as an Olympic athlete representing the USFSA and the United States itself HELLO--was deafening.

Where was the press release from the USFSA defending him? Or maybe a federation official speaking to reporters and condemning such outrageous statements about their own three-time national champion and two-time Olympian?

Nowhere to be found.

The officials' absence from the press conference? Just another f*ck-you moment for Johnny Weir, courtesy of the USFSA.

And that leaves me speechless.

But: To be the champion that he is; to have the grace, self-possession, dignity, and humor that he has, with all that he's given and all that he's had to put up with--that leaves me awed and humbled.

Secondly: I was very touched by the words from Galina that he shared. From his blog entry: "When Galina and I parted ways after my event, she leaned over and hugged me and said, 'Johnnyka, you have made me prouder then anyone has ever made me before. I feel that you are champion; God blessed us today. Your victory is my victory. We came a long way together. I am so proud of you.' That statement, coming from Galina Yakovlevna Zmievskaya, is worth its weight in gold to me."

So this is good to know, because Galina has kind of been on my grrrrr list ever since I found out in the finale that she had stopped speaking to him over his withdrawal from Worlds. But OK. I still love her.

And finally: He writes in the entry that he thinks maybe his post is too long, too emotional, too “woe-is-me.”

No, BB. Not at all.

It is beautiful.

It is so honest, so wry, so heartfelt, so courageous–so very Johnny. It is everything we love about you.

He also writes: “In my heart, I am a champion for everything I was able to accomplish.”

And in our hearts, too.

Always.



And now we move on to new and exciting events with which to distract ourselves from the ever-louder whisper in the back of our minds, the persistent thrumming of will-he-or-won't-he-will-he-or-won't-he-WILL-HE-OR-WON'T-HE ...

This week the focus is back on the Twitterverse, that wonderful place in which we cast more than 100,000 tweet-votes for Johnny to help him handily win "Most Addictive Reality Star" in the NewNowNext awards.

So remember this twitpic?


This is from May 20th, the same day Johnny tweeted, "With @joeycamasta and @ericaltsalons filming for Bluefly.com in my closets. Joey is making potatoes." Sadly, nobody ever said anything about how the potatoes turned out. But now finally we not only get to see the footage, we've been invited by Bluefly.com to TWEET LIVE WITH JOHNNY TOMORROW!!

To which many Facebook fans have responded with: "Yay!" Followed closely by, "Lol wut? I don't really get how Twitter works."

So to answer these and other burning questions, possibly including but not limited to "what is the past participle of 'tweet'?", here's what you need to do first:

(1) Create a Twitter account, if you haven't already.

(2) Follow Johnny on Twitter! His Twitter account is here. Just click "Follow" under his picture.

(3) Follow Bluefly too! Their account is here.

(Oh, and follow Joey, Eric, and Tara! And me too!)

Now, here are a bunch of random things you need to know about Twitter:

*Tweets are limited to 140 characters.

*You can only see tweets from people YOU follow. So if you follow Johnny, you can see his tweets. They'll show up right on your Twitter home page! You can even set your preferences so that his tweets are sent to your phone as text messages, so for one sparkly-special second, you can imagine that he's actually texting you personally ...

*You can't see tweets from people you don't follow. And people can only see your tweets if they follow you. This part often confuses people. But there is a way around it that we'll get to in a minute.

*You can tweet to Johnny all day long if you like! Just put @JohnnyGWeir in your tweet! Like this: "@JohnnyGWeir: My zipper is stuck and I'm really really desperate ... You busy?"

*Johnny can see your tweets to him in one of two ways: (1) If HE follows YOU (but he just can't follow every fan, because if he followed all 60,000+ people who follow him on Twitter, he would lose his mind in about 200 tweets or so); or, (2) When he searches for what are called his "@replies." These searches are something that you and all Twitter users should do. Searching for your Twitter name lets you see who's tweeting to you that you DON'T follow (the work-around mentioned above). That's how celebrities on Twitter see what their fans are saying without following every fan.

In the search box on the right-hand side of the page, type in your Twitter name, including the "@"sign, and press "Enter," or click the magnifying glass next to the search box. A list will pop up in chronological order of all the tweets that include your Twitter name.

*You also can search "@JohnnyGWeir" in the same way to see who's tweeting to him and what they're saying, and retweet all the good ones (like this one) just for fun.

*In addition to user names and @replies, Twitter also uses something called "hashtags." These are keywords with the "#" symbol in front of them; popular ones currently are #worldcup, #OilSpill, and #Vuvuzela. This is also how we tracked our NewNowNext votes: To be counted as a vote, every tweet had to include the hashtag #realityWEIR. You can search for hashtags in the search box also, to see who's tweeting about a particular topic. A search for #BeGoodJohnnyWeir last night resulted in lots of fabulous tweets, including this one.

OK, now you know all about Twitter accounts, following people, @replies, and hashtags, so you're good to go! The live Twitter Q and A with Johnny is set for Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time. In order to participate, you need to be able to see Johnny's and Bluefly's tweets, which you can because now you're following them (if you're not, go back to steps 2 and 3 above, and ingest more caffeine before reading this again).

In addition, Bluefly has asked that our tweets include the hashtag #bfclosets. That's what they'll use to search for tweets and bring questions to Johnny's attention.

So now all you have to do is think of some questions for Johnny that are OK to ask in public where millions of other Twitter users will read them! (Oh.) Here are a few sample questions:

Niecy Nash comes to help you clean out your closet. What do you do? Agree to a yard sale? Or lock your doors and pull the blinds? #bfclosets

Is your closet deep enough that you can see Narnia from the far end? #bfclosets

Please explain the whipped cream. Do you consider your fridge an extension of your wardrobe? What food do you wear most often? #bfclosets

What three things in the closet (besides Evan) could you simply not live without? #bfclosets

What three things (in addition to Evan) could you easily toss out without a backward glance? #bfclosets

What must-have item could I buy with the $3.57 I have left after scooping up VIP tix to every event at which you are skating? #bfclosets

If we promise not to make a mess, could we have a pj party in your closet when BGJW Season 1 comes out on DVD? We'll bring the whipped cream ... #bfclosets

(BTW: How many of you fear that we are totally going to crash Twitter on Tuesday and spend that hour mostly staring at the #failwhale ... ? )


Coming soon: An untold story from Skate for Hope,
and more Twitter madness! Olympic Tweeters, we need you
as we launch our comprehensive campaign
to tweet Johnny onto DWTS!

PLEASE KEEP VOTING for Johnny as Skater of the Year
in USFSA's 2010 Readers' Choice poll
(voting ends July 15)!

Please also vote here to tell Pepsi
that you want them to donate $250,000 to Just Push 'nPlay!
Johnny is on the board of the 'nPlay Foundation,
and this funding would help to provide physical activity
programs to nearly 20,000 kids.
Let's help make this project the top vote-getter!
(voting ends Wednesday!)

Tubey Awards voting has ended for Be Good Johnny Weir,
but as of today you can still vote here
for Johnny's Foot Massager, nominated for
Best Performance by an Inanimate Object!
It's listed among categories 13-16.
Only the top 10 vote-getters in each category
will make it to the final round of Tubey polls!

Special thanks to Facebook fan Jennifer Apodaca
for her suggested questions!

copyright 2010 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Here's Just a Little Teaser Clip ...


... with which we can amuse ourselves by pressing "play" repeatedly until the BGJW finale airs tonight. Which currently is hours from now. Sigh. Yes, I already watched it via On Demand, but it's just not right until all the kittens have seen it and we can all purr together over every fascinating facet of Johnny and mew plaintively over Vancouver and try not to claw out the eyes of the Olympic judges and eat them for our little kitten supper.

Oh. Never mind. Obviously they're already blind. Not to mention morally challenged.

[Programming note: Watch for former Olympic judge Jon Jackson in the finale and revel in his courageous on-screen comments. Then go order his 2005 book prophetically titled On Edge: Backroom Dealing, Cocktail Scheming, Triple Axels, and How Top Skaters Get Screwed while you're on Amazon pre-ordering Johnny's book.]

And for further amusement because only five minutes have passed (unless you're busy pressing "play") and the finale is STILL hours away, here's the clip again as a .gif:




Pros: It repeats over and over by itself--no need to click the "play" button. So now you can have both hands free to do stuff like wipe away that little bit of drool running down your chin. Or whatever else you might need two hands to do.

Cons: No audio of Johnny's sweet-silky-sexy voice intoning, "Hello, boys ... and welcome to Vancouver ... " again and again and again.

Well. That will never do. So here's the audio clip below. Press "play" once, and it will loop endlessly until you tell Johnny to stop (as if anyone would do that).




Bonus points if you can clearly imagine Johnny saying your name instead of "boys" in the clip.

Also: Here are two tweets to help you pass the time today in your happy place. The first is from www.bluefly.com (remember the photo with the bow in his hair?):


Yes! Footage from whence all those twitpics came! And LIVE TWITTER Q and A WITH JOHNNY this Tuesday! (I'm guessing they mean 12 noon to 1 p.m. EDT). Imagine the tweeting possibilities ...

And second is this fabulous invitation from Johnny today to everyone:


OMG. He wants to spend the whole day with us! I wonder if he can hear our collective purring from there in New Jersey? And how much Pledge this will involve ... ?

[Programming note: Watch for multiple cans of whipped cream inside Johnny's refrigerator door during the finale. Thanks to alert Facebook fan Natalie Maxwell for pointing this out. Then ponder his invitation anew ...]

All righty then. We're all set for hours of entertainment until finale time!

Wait--you still need something more with which to occupy your mind and prevent your slow descent into utter finale-deprived madness?

OK.

Please analyze the graphic below carefully for hidden meanings:


Alert Facebook fan Krystal Pacheco notes that the skates are hanging up ...

Of course, your results may vary, depending on personal bias / hopes / wishes / Johnny-infused dreams and/or fantasies. Especially if you stare at it long enough while that distracting audio clip is playing ...


You can catch Johnny on MTV's When I Was 17
again today at 8:30 a.m. EDT, and throughout this week!
Click here for additional air dates/times!

Check out Johnny's new blog entry on SUNFiltered!
He'll be posting entries there throughout June and July!
And PLEASE KEEP VOTING for him as Skater of the Year
in USFSA's 2010 Readers' Choice poll
(voting ends July 15)!

Please also vote here to tell Pepsi
that you want them to donate $250,000 to Just Push 'nPlay!
Johnny is on the board of the 'nPlay Foundation,
and this funding would help to provide physical activity
programs to nearly 20,000 kids.
Let's help make this project the top vote-getter!
(voting ends June 30)

Tubey Awards voting has ended for Be Good Johnny Weir,
but THIS WEEK ONLY you can vote here
for Johnny's Foot Massager, nominated for
Best Performance by an Inanimate Object!
It's listed among categories 13-16.
Only the top 10 vote-getters in each category
will make it to the final round of Tubey polls!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

When He Was 17 ...

Johnny takes a look back at his teen years
on MTV's When I Was 17,
airing this Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT
and again on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. EDT!


When I was seventeen, it was a very good year ...
--sung by Frank Sinatra


(Note: While my thoughts and prayers are very much quietly with the Weir and Moore families this week in the loss of Johnny's grandfather, Robert Moore, my über-stan-ness and sense of humor remain here on the blog, where there are still finales over which to squee and more voting to be done and upcoming performances for which to consider selling everything my husband owns on CraigsList while he's at a conference in order to be able to afford to attend ... )



... it was the year 2001.

So in preparing to watch Johnny's segment on MTV's When I Was 17 this Saturday as a fun and fabulous but actually rather poignant lead-up to the BGJW season finale on Sunday (yes, OK, I already watched the finale through On Demand, but I'm watching it again Sunday night because otherwise my life just feels wrong), I was wondering: What was going on with Johnny when he was 17?

I'm not as familiar with his earlier years in figure skating, for which I have no excuse other than to say I was very wrapped up in my little ones at that time, who were ages 7 and 3 for most of 2001. That was also the year I celebrated the 15th anniversary of my 25th birthday--or, working backward in JWe terms, I turned 11.
(I love JWe Math. It's crazy like the New Math, only with a more flattering drape and much prettier colors).

So I turned to Wikipedia for some context, where I learned this: "Weir's first major victory came in 2001 when, at the age of 16, he skated three clean programs at the World Junior Championships and won the gold medal ahead of fellow American What's-His-Face. This was the first time since 1987 that the U.S. had placed first and second on the World Junior podium."

Wow. Just wow. Which I often find myself saying when I contemplate Johnny, whether it's his career achievements or, even more so, his uncompromising, let's-not-only-get-outside-the-box-let's-run-the-complete-opposite-way-as-far-as-we-can-from-the-box-wearing-the-most-outrageous-jacket-we-can-find-and-cracking-ourselves-up-the-whole-time stance on just about everything but especially on life itself--a stance that I think began rather quietly and has become more bold along the way as he has gained both years and confidence.

So Junior Worlds ended in March 2001. Later that year, on July 2, Johnny turned 17.

That fall he returned to public school for his senior year--and more context.

From Johnny on MTV: "I was traveling a lot while I was still attending public high school. So I'd get back from all these beautiful, worldly experiences and then I'd just be the kid that got made fun of because I was a lot smaller than everyone else. I won the Junior World title, which means I was the best in the entire world. The first day back when I went for my senior year, I was trying to scoot around a group of ladies, and they were all a bit bigger ladies, and one of them swung around with their book
bag--knocked me flat on my ass."

Welcome home, BB. No prophet is without honor save in his own country, where his peers jeer at him for his size and probably some other stuff too. Which breaks my heart.

But there's a deeper perspective that I have been pondering since I first learned that this show, which Johnny tweeted about some months ago, was finally airing this weekend:

Johnny filmed this episode around mid-March this year, just a scant few weeks after the soul-crushing travesty that was the scoring of the 2010 Olympic men's figure skating. He was asked in this show to look back at his 17th year--a year that could be considered the beginning of his meteoric rise to fame and medals in competitive figure skating, which would reach a high point five years later, in 2006, with his third consecutive national title and his first Olympics.

And he was asked to look back at those years from this year--of all years. Sigh.

I remember in BGJW, after a disappointing Grand Prix event, Johnny wonders aloud whether his best years in competitive skating are behind him. And yet he persevered this season, with immeasurable grit and determination--and despite obstacles that included the complete head-up-their-ass attitude of the figure skating establishment, which we are privileged to enjoy to this day--to accomplish his dream of making the Olympic team a second time. Which is another one of those "just wow" moments.

But I think that filming this MTV thing had to be tough, even for the incredibly resilient Johnny. As hard as his critics are on him, he is harder on himself. And to look back, from that precise moment in March, at the heady years of victory that had come before (even with his hallmark honesty about falling on his ass and being teased at school)--that could not have been easy.

Yet there he is, with his usual grace and humor and charm, sharing himself with all of us as openly as always and making us fall in love with him all over again. Because this. so. much.

So: I'll enjoy watching When I Was 17 for the very first time this weekend (because I stopped watching MTV about 17 years ago), though I know I'll be annoyed that there are other people covered in this episode who are taking up valuable screen time that really should have been devoted to a lengthy montage of more photos of Johnny in various blond wigs.

But at this point, as we head into the season finale of BGJW, we still await his answer to the searing question he has been asking of himself: "Are my best years in this sport behind me?"

Will he or won't he?

We still don't know.

But BB, I do know this. Whatever you decide: Your career, your life, yourself--all these are extraordinary, and fans are loving every minute.

Whether you're 17 or 102 (oh, excuse me, I mean -51), the GlitterHeads will still be along for the ride. Swarovski-encrusted walkers and all.

And it will be a very good year.


You can catch Johnny on MTV's When I Was 17
this Saturday, June 26, at 11 a.m. EDT,
and again on Sunday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m. EDT!

Check out Johnny's new blog on SUNFiltered!
He'll be posting entries there throughout June and July!
And PLEASE KEEP VOTING for him as Skater of the Year
in USFSA's 2010 Readers' Choice poll
(voting ends July 15)!

Please also vote here to tell Pepsi
that you want them to donate $250,000 to Just Push 'nPlay!
Johnny is on the board of the 'nPlay Foundation,
and this funding would help to provide physical activity
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Tubey Awards voting has ended for Be Good Johnny Weir,
but THIS WEEK ONLY you can vote here
for Johnny's Foot Massager, nominated for
Best Performance by an Inanimate Object!
It's listed among categories 13-16.
Only the top 10 vote-getters in each category
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Yes! The season finale of BGJW airs on Sundance
this Sunday, June 27, at 9 p.m. EDT
(although it's already available
via On Demand in some cable markets)!

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