Thursday, March 21, 2013

"An Inspiration to All Skaters"

Johnny training at The Cooler near Atlanta 
earlier this week. Photo tweeted by Victor.

So I’m embroiled in yet another massive editing project, this one being an LOTR-style fantasy story that is even longer than the last one, though happily with fewer errors and the added bonus of being almost... interesting, but that’s why there’s been a decided lack of blogness this week, plus also our refrigerator suddenly quit working which resulted in our having to store all the food that we had JUST bought (of course, because timing is everything and also a giant cosmic joke) out on the juliet balcony—accessible only via narrow windows—of our third-floor walkup, because fortunately while the rest of the northern hemisphere is enjoying spring, we here in Chicago continue to enjoy our wintry temperatures in the way that one enjoys distant relatives whose political leanings are from another planet where people are stupid and who have worn out the tattered remains of their welcome to the point that one considers gently depositing them in their sleep out on the juliet balcony with the butter and the bologna and the beady-eyed raccoons perched with frighteningly intense anticipation in nearby trees, and which meant that in between reading reading reading and awaiting the arrival of a new refrigerator, I’ve had to periodically crawl out the window onto the balcony at the speed of light, before the cats have time to comprehend that the Window To Freedom That Is Also Forty Feet Above The Ground is both open and screenless, to retrieve milk (because we actually remembered to buy some for once, right before the fridge died) along with every scrap of food out there because I live with an impossibly skinny teenage boy whose conversation is limited to, “Is there anything to eat?” And then crawl out again ten minutes later to put all the leftovers back.

So that’s been my week (I am not making this up), in which I was resignedly fully engaged late Tuesday night, when Johnny randomly tweeted that he was doing something amazing for his fans:

Yes: the chance to watch him practice, just him alone on the ice, which is magic in itself, PLUS the opportunity to meet him and get an autograph and a photo. 

For free. Because he’s just that awesome. 

So here’s a brief look at how that went:

Photo tweeted by @GKuse: 
“@JohnnyGWeir stopped by the rink today. 
Thank you for the pictures! :)

Photo tweeted by @TheCoolerRink: 
“@JohnnyGWeir meet and greet at @thecoolerrink
 this morning #figureskating #teamrussia #iceskating”

Photo tweeted by @TheCoolerRink: 
“@JohnnyGWeir at the cooler today 
takings pics at today’s meet and greet”

Photo tweeted by @TheCoolerRink: 
“@johnnygweir with Cooler Front Desk staff Jill 
at this morning meeting an greet #iceskating…”

Photo tweeted by @TheCoolerRink: 
“@johnnygweir with a group of the 
#atlantafigureskatingclub #figureskating 
#iceskating #olympicskater”

Photo tweeted by @WendiNHiller: 
“Big thank you to @JohnnyGWeir for coming 
to the cooler and meeting everyone!!!!! 
Such an inspiration to all skaters!”

From Our Seriously Why 
Isn’t He Just On Every TV Show 
It Would Make Programming My DVR 
So Much Simpler (“Record All”) Dept.

According to the Stars on Ice website (which is normally not a place I would ever go because Stars on Ice):

The Stars on Ice “Now & Then” Tour featuring Dorothy Hamill and Kurt Browning was recorded for television at the Namihaya Dome in Osaka, Japan on January 6, 2013. The one-hour syndicated television special will be shown on network affiliates across the country from January through May, 2013.

This is the show in which Johnny performed his Swan Lake program as the Black Swan Prince, so here’s hoping his performance is included in the one-hour broadcast! (Although be forewarned that it may not be.) The show is scheduled to air this Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm EDT in the metro NYC area on WABC, as well as in additional markets around the country in the coming weeks. Check the broadcast list here for your area, and enjoy Johnny’s performance again below while you wait....

He’s also slated to appear on E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police at 10 pm EDT next Friday, March 29! The show is doing a countdown all month of “Most Stylish Athletes,” and named Johnny #9 on the list last week (I have no idea why he’s not #1, unless perhaps the placements are determined by some type of IJS-style scoring system, in which case [SPOILER]: congratulations to timeless style icon Patrick Chan). I believe they’ll be counting down to the top spot next Friday, with Johnny offering his fashion expertise along the way.

From Johnny’s website
Yes, it would. So don’t miss it!!

Bonus pics!! Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Dinner with @lilivoronov @vweirvoronov 
and #PapaTolik @ Viande Rouge Steakhouse”

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“My mother-in-law. Glamour 101. 
@lilivoronov @ Viande Rouge Steakhouse”

Photo tweeted by Victor: 
“Les Parents”: Lili and Tony Voronov.
Please revisit the Voronovs’ wonderful 
interview from Figure Skating Days here.

Fan art!! Tweeted by @ayukovon: 
“@JohnnyGWeir Hi! I couldn’t go there,
but I deliver my mind. :)“ 
Love this so much.

Throwback Thursday bonus pics!! 
I stumbled across these recently...  
From Sundance’s promotional shoot for 
Be Good Johnny Weir Season 1, I believe. 
Photo © J.C. Dhien.

He’s just the best thing ever.
Photo © J.C. Dhien, from his website
For a fascinating look behind the scenes 
of the famous Sundance promo vid
please see this Tumblr.

ICYMI: “Timeless.” 
40+ exclusive new black-and-white
photos © David Ingogly.

NEW in the Team Weir-Voronov fan store:
At last, by popular demand: 
Johnny posters!! 
Click this link to buy yours now!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.

Johnny stickers!! 
Click this link to order yours today!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.

Team Weir-Voronov shirts!! 
Click this link to buy now!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.

“A Mighty Dream” calendars for 2013, 
in both 12-month and 18-month designs! 
Order yours today! All proceeds from the fan store 
are donated to Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund
administered by the lovely Patti Weir.

A number of Johnny’s auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you’re in luck: It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

Patti has posted a new message 
on Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2013 Nationals 
and what lies ahead for next season. 
Please go read it now!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Yep, I’m still promoting this silly poll
in which you can vote at least once a day. 
Please vote for Johnny!!

Need to see Season 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
and the update on his website!

Yes, YOU can be a part of Johnny’s comeback!  
Please visit Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund today 
and chip in as little as $1 via PayPal. 
Our small gifts can help make his dream of competing 
in his third Olympic Games come true!
And now you can leave a message 
of support for Johnny, too!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his “58.132” rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)

Q and A! Go read it now!

Yes! Johnny’s dresses are now available
for purchase only on!

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
“Buy my single,’Dirty Love’ via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!”

You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny’s website,
or just click the “Buy” button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny’s website!

copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

1 comment:

aaaack said...

Thank you for these photos and all you do, Binky. We'd be adrift in suspense and the weightlessness of space without you.

Hope your refrigerator problems will soon be over.

Don't do as our family did and measure only the width at the top of the refrigerator space and wind up with a new refrigerator 1/2 inches too wide for the trapezoidally narrowing space at the floor. And so I had to devote a long weekend chopping 1 inch from the side of the entire cabinet and drawers with the help of a precision Japanese hand saw. Life's Marx Brothers moments.