The Daily T LOunge for August 14, 2020

Posted on August 14, 2020

RumFire Bar and Patio – Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Yes. This is where we will all spend today. Attendance is mandatory, darlings. Drop your plans for the day and meet us on the terrace for snacks and booze. Why? You know why.

Today is FRIDAY. That’s why.

We have nothing witty or interesting to add to that news, so have at it, kittens. Order a drink, settle in, and tell us how your week went and how you’re planning to amuse yourself in the brief time before Monday rolls around again.


The re-emergence of charming ‘little wine holes’ in Florence
Bars and restaurants around the world are having to rethink the way they interact with customers during the pandemic. In the Italian city of Florence, some are looking to the past: using centuries-old wine windows to dole out food and drinks.
Rising just above ground level, blink and you might miss these tiny openings, called “buchette del vino,” (literally “little wine holes”) in Italian. The small windows were used to sell wine-to-go during the Renaissance period, and were intended to be cheaper, direct-to-consumer alternatives to taverns and other drinking dens — not to mention a discreet way for merchants to avoid paying taxes on the alcoholic libations they were peddling.


How Hair Salons Are Mobilizing to Help Clean Up the Mauritius Oil Spill
For Jones, the spill in Mauritius reinforces the need to transition—rapidly and responsibly—away from fossil fuel use and toward clean, renewable energy. “Not only do we need to make the transition because of the climate crisis, but also because oil-based fuels are incredibly toxic and damaging and—despite all our technological advances—the world is still subject to horrific spills like this one that impact the ocean, wildlife, and people,” she explains.


Michelle Obama Wrote a Heartfelt Message After Kamala Harris Got the Vice Presidential Nomination
“You get used to it, even as a little girl — opening the newspaper, turning on the TV, and hardly ever seeing anyone who looks like you. You train yourself to not get your hopes up. And sometimes it’s a battle just to keep telling yourself that you might deserve more,” Obama wrote. “Because no matter how much you prepare, no matter what grades you get or even how high you rise at work, it always feels like someone is waiting to tell you that you’re not qualified. That you’re not smart enough. That you’re too loud or too bossy. That there’s just something about you…you’re just not quite the right fit.”


How Brittany Packnett Cunningham Went From A Theater Camp Counselor To A Social Justice Activist
This year, as protests once again unfolded across the nation, Packnett Cunningham has been a guiding force for many, while making changes to her career in real-time. In the past few months, she left two of her most well-known projects—as a co-host of the podcast Pod Save the People and as a member of Campaign Zero, a campaign she co-founded to help end police brutality. Additionally she’s been working as a contributor for MSNBC and writing a book. Below, Packnett Cunningham shares how she finds opportunity in life’s challenges, the questions she always asks herself, and the benefits of planning backwards.


Maya Rudolph’s Top SNL Impressions of VP Candidate Kamala Harris
To keep you busy until the new season premieres this fall.
When Maya Rudolph found out Joe Biden had selected Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the 2020 election, she had just two words: “That’s spicy.” “I’m as surprised as you are, guys,” she said of the news.
Well, actually, when she first heard the news on an Entertainment Weekly panel of Emmy nominees, she said “oh shit.”


The Memorabilia King vs. the Studio Detective: The Never-Before-Told Account of an Epic Battle Over Stolen Movie Props
Back when the entertainment world was just getting wise to the value of their on-set assets, an LAPD cop embarked on a hunt for the man he claims led a sophisticated theft ring, selling items including Mr. Freeze’s blaster and Marty McFly’s jacket.
David Elkouby’s trouble began with a missing gun, but since he deals in Hollywood memorabilia, it was a movie prop. Mr. Freeze’s light-up cryogenics blaster, wielded by Arnold Schwarzenegger, had disappeared from the Warner Bros. set of Batman & Robin in the fall of 1996.


The Unfinished Work Of The 19th Amendment
A century after the 19th Amendment was ratified, these women are still fighting to protect the right to vote.
In the middle of the blazing summer of 1848, more than 300 people gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, for the nation’s very first women’s rights conference. By the end of that convention, the participants would vote on 11 women’s rights resolutions, including the affirmation that women in the United States of America should have the right to vote. (Notably, it was the only resolution that did not pass unanimously.)


Emmys 2020: How Lead Actress Nominees Reflect TV’s Tide Turn on Tropes
The first Black female self-made millionaire. A successful doctor also dealing with a full house. An artist who steps in to take care of a friend’s kids when she thinks she’s going to jail. A Satmar woman secretly educating herself and eventually breaking out on her own. This year’s lead actress nominees portray a breadth of complicated characters, and mark the TV industry’s continual edging away from ageist tropes to create meaty roles for women across all generations.
“When I first started in this business, I remember thinking that roles after 40 were so scarce that you had to be in a certain category to even be offered those roles because there were so few,” says Linda Cardellini, who’s nominated in the lead comedy actress category for Netflix’s “Dead to Me.”


Did Desi Really Love Lucy? The Scandal That Rocked TV’s First Family
“What’s she upset about?” Arnaz said of wife and costar Lucille Ball. “I don’t take out other broads. I just take out hookers.”
Desi Arnaz, one feels compelled to say, had some explaining to do. Arnaz, the big-boned spouse on America’s favorite TV show, had been caught out, in real life, with a prostitute. At the very top of I Love Lucy’s success. And it seemed that for some time, he’d “sprinkled his affections all over Los Angeles,” as a reporter for Confidential put it. Now the whole country would know. The perfection that Lucille Ball and her husband broadcast to American homes veneered a much more complicated, intriguing truth. Desi’s infidelities had long been a glitch in their relationship—and as a result the most successful program in the history of American TV almost didn’t get on its feet.


A Day in the Life of a Beloved Brooklyn Diner in the Age of COVID-19
Owning and operating a small business is stressful at the best of times, but as MeMe’s staff begins to settle into an August groove of regular service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, questions are arising about how to preserve the escapist restaurant experience for guests even as the industry heads into a free fall. “Our customers aren’t supposed to know how hard and hot it is in the kitchen because it’s supposed to be this magic atmosphere with music and a disco ball, but not everyone realizes how much it costs to create that in an economy that doesn’t do anything to support the people who actually make the food,” says Willis, gesturing to the basement, where walk-in fridges hold the largely farmers-market-acquired food that MeMe’s sells.
On a daily basis, the MeMe’s crew is racing to respond to sudden and often confusing government mandates about food service. “The hardest part is you don’t know what to expect on any given day,” explains Clark. “You can only serve outside, in a summer where it’s pouring more rain than ever, then you get four days’ notice that you can suddenly start serving, then they change the laws, and you’ve spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on outdoor-dining stuff.”





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