Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Brief Conclusion to Our Travelogue Picspam from China (With a Happy Surprise at the End) Because Now They're Already in Japan ...

So if a picture is worth 1,000 words and Johnny and Tara have now arrived in Tokyo which is about 1,300 miles from Beijing and 14 hours ahead of my life, thus continuing to render me all Marty McFly-eyed, how many pictures will it take to sum up a behind-the-scenes look at their time in China given that I should have gone to bed 3 hours ago? (These are the kinds of story problems I am faced with in real life for which none of my math teachers prepared me.)

And the answer is: Five, plus a bonus pic whose extra-credit value is OVER 9,000! (more extra-credit points if you have any idea where that reference comes from. And yes, I just ended a sentence with a preposition, but at least I haven't used the Z-word so far ... )

We begin back on the flight to Beijing (pls try to keep up ...).
Tara notes that this sign is missing an "IN" 
and really should read "PAIN IN PROGRESS." 
As we saw previously, the seat backs were supposed to fully recline, 
but Tara explains that "those chairs were broken. 
And somehow I ended up accidentally squirting Johnny 
with an entire bottle of hand sanitizer, and because the seats 
didn't lay down right, when he got up to go clean it off, 
he scraped his little skinny leg across the chair in front of him. 
And so, bloody and completely hand-sanitized from head to toe, 
he hobbled to the bathroom. Pain in progress ..."

Next we have the wonderful welcoming scene at the airport 
with the fabulous Chinese fans, 
who could not have done more to show Johnny the love 
and thus relieve any lingering pain. :)

Now we skip ahead to ... "some fish from the place 
where we got coffee when Starbucks was closed," says Tara.
"Yes. Giant fish tank in coffee restaurant."

Later, thankfully, Starbucks WAS open, 
and Tara and Yana Rudkovskaya went there 
while "the boys were skating." 
Apparently even the camera had the shakes at this point ...

Oh. Yes. He skated.

(Click here for a really great-quality vid from the show.
Thank you to fan Tatiana Edrenkina for the link!)

And: The bonus pic, your beautiful reward 
for reading all the way through this ridiculously random post. 
Caption- and macro-free and approved for all audiences 
by the Association of Sensitive and Tasteful Bloggers 
Who Really, Sincerely, Do Not Wish to Offend Anyone 
Except for Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and
Those Clowns from Westboro Baptist Church.
Do with it what you will. :)

Twitter voting roundup!
(although I have to say that I'm not impressed
with the way Faxo is monitoring--or rather, not monitoring--
this voting stuff, so I'm kinda only half-heartedly following
these contests now but I still want my people to win ...)

Vote here for Johnny to win "Follow Me."
Current rank: #1
5 voting days remaining.

Vote here for Johnny to win "Mr. Twitter"!
He ended August's contest at #3,
and has been renominated for September!
Current rank: #5
26 voting days remaining.

Vote here for Gail Turley's blog
"WheresMyKoppy" to win "Best Blog"
Current rank: #5
12 voting days remaining.

Hey! Check out this clip of Johnny
from the Rachel Zoe Project!
The episode in which he appears
is coming up next Tuesday, September 7, on Bravo!

Yes! Johnny Is skating in Yu-Na Kim's fabulous show,
All That Skate, in Los Angeles in October!
Everything you need to know about tickets
and special gatherings of The Cabal
is right here!

Weirlandians for Life organizer Gary Podschun
notes that we're a little more than one month away
from the Chicago AIDS Walk,
Please visit the group page here for more info.
We hope to see Johnny well-represented by his fans
at the walk on October 2!

Very special thanks to
Agentress Extraordinaire Tara Modlin
for so generously sharing her pics
and the stories behind them!

Coming soon: More in the series
of translated interviews from the Mook Book
courtesy of the fabulous Akiko Nakata!

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


WheresMyKoppy said...

First off, thank you so much for the behind the scenes pic of Johnny and Stephane! Wow! There's one no one else has! (How much do you want to bet it will show up you know where? Hmph...)

Anyway, LOL to the hand sanitizer on the plane! I am so trying to visualize this and the only thing I can really do is laugh at Johnny's expense! So sorry Johnny, don't be angry with me for laughing! :-D

And that scene at the airport? I bet Johnny stayed and signed for every last one of them, because he's Johnny and that's how he is...

Anonymous said...

squee! love the bonus pic! actually, i love all of them!

thank you to Tara for sending us pics and to Misfit for posting them ♥

Robin aka Princess Johnny-Love

Anonymous said...

These guys are even more beautiful together. How is that possible?

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that Johnny is looking at St├ęph with such hearts in his eyes. *swoon*

Mimi said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-mazing! Thank you so so so very much! For all you do and who you are! Sunday morning, glorious summer/more like fall air, bf snoring as I type, cup of hazelnut coffe, and your brillian, clever, HIlarious blog! Thank you thank you thank you....Cabal-fully Yours!

akiko said...

I really enjoyed the lovely pics and the stories behind them. Thanks so much, Binky and Tara!! I'm sorry to hear about the pains in progress, but I'm relieved that Johnny in the airport looks happy feeling that he is so much loved and welcome by his Chinese pandas.

About the giant fish tank in a coffee restaurant. It is not surprising to see a fish tank in a coffee restaurant in Japan too, but in the tank are usually tropical fishes, neither golden fishes--those in the pic are pretty!--nor such a large fish--what's that fish?--swimming upper in the tank. The larger fish seems to me to be from a huge fish tank we see at some traditional Japanese restaurants. Breams, flatfishes, yellowtails, lobsters, crabs, etc. are kept in the tank, and when some of them are chosen by customers, they are taken to the kitchen. . . Discuss?

aaaack said...

Water and fish improve feng shui at a business establishment. The water traps the monetary spirits and keeps them in the room instead of wandering out. Same thing with wind chimes by the door of Chinese establishments. Ditto with red objects. (I'm rooted in science yet have bought pretty red objects for the living room when job hunting.)

How about this for a caption: "Worth their weight in puppies in cuteness."

germansoulmate said...

Nice as always. I love to read little backstage stories.

Wendy S said...

I need to wallpaper my life with that adorable picture of Preshy-Stephy and Johnny, and look at it often -- to up the happy-factor. Those boys are too cute. Stephane looks like a trouble-maker. :)

And Johnny in his original PF costume? Killin me. That costume belongs on the ice. Often.


Beth (twitter-bsontwit) said...

Tara thanks do much for these pics!!! and MM thanks for another funny blog and posting the pics! on labor day weekend too!! Yay! And What a show! #bringshowtoNYC!

btw-those are some very large fish in that coffee shop!!! Wow!

Debora Walsh said...

OMGIDIE is right.....and all I can manage to say at the moment.

Thank you Binky!...
Thank you Tara!...
and Thank you China, for showering Johnny with SO...MUCH...LOVE!

Anonymous said...

I must say that that last picture of Johnny & Steph is going to keep me up ALL NIGHT!!!! All I have to say is WHATTAMAN!!!!! And that remark about them being worth their weight in puppies as far as the cuteness goes - - priceless!!!! Both the comment & the sentiment (~.~)

PumaJ said...

Ah, such spicy sweetness at the end of a busy day:-) Thank you oh Great Mistress of Sublime Drollery!

Ms. Tara, kisses for sending such pleasing images to delight us:-)

aaaack said...

An e-mail sent up this link again. Oh well. Might as well comment regarding the fish tank.

The fish tank has to do with feng shui...having a fish tank full of water keeps the good fortune trapped in your store/restaurant.

Here in the states, a fish tank is a good sign at an Oriental eatery because it says that the folks are not that long out of the old country and haven't yet figured out the ways that they can cut corners. Chances are, you will have a more authentic meal.