Headlines that made me stop and think last week. . . .

Over the last week, there have been some things that made me stop and think.  Think about what we are doing to our planet, think about how we are losing so many of our natural resources, thinking about how I really don’t care who Jennifer Aniston is dating or what café they have eaten at lately.  Here are some of the ones that, for whatever reason, caught my eye:

  • In my mind, money is money.  I know people that laugh at those that collect change in a jar, but I’m here to say that that aforementioned jar has allowed me to pay my electric bill or buy milk in the past, so I say money is money be it a penny or a $100 bill.  Evidently this man feels the same way I do.  He tried to prepay for his gas, and he only wanted $10 worth.  Granted, he was trying to pay in pennies, but what’s wrong with that?  The article doesn’t say if it was pre-rolled or not, something I probably would have done in advance to make it easier, but it certainly wasn’t worth calling the police in and reporting the man as abusive and hostile.  If gas prices there are as bad as they are in the rest of the world, what’s wrong with putting the copper Abe Lincoln to use rather than having them sit around in an old jar somewhere? Continue reading

So are these lyrics brilliant or absurd?

Look, I have very particular music tastes.  I know this.  I enjoy a very wide variety of song genres, but the basic requirement is that it must have a lyric that I not only understand but enjoy singing along with as well.  Thus Broadway is a love because it hits all types, hits all genres, has lyrics you get, tells a story, and is just fun.

SXSW is always a great deal of fun for me, even though I don’t go.  The lovely performers make their music available for downloading, and I get it all.  Yes, all.  All 600+ songs each year.  It takes a bit of weeding, and some stuff you just know isn’t going to be worth listening to after three seconds.  And trust me–there is some weird stuff in there!

There are the surprises that you find and fall in love with.  April Verch.  Amos Lee.  Blackie and the Rodeo Killers.  Then there are those you already know that show up, like Chatham County Line, Flogging Molly, Aimee Mann, Kate Voegle, and so on.

It takes me awhile to weed through the songs, as I don’t get to listen to stuff at work like I used to.  Usually I keep between 100-125 songs from each year.  Some years are good for Rock, some for Singer/Songwriter, a few years ago it was AltCountry.  You never really know.  But I get some great stuff mixed in with the true lemons.

Then there is this one I ran across today.  I started to delete it, then it grew on me.  And I can’t decide if the lyrics are brilliant or just the stupidest thing I have ever heard.  It’s supposedly from a song called Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America–that’s how it downloaded at least.  You listen to it, and it’s, uh, well, not.  Turns out it’s actually a song called Peaches. Continue reading

As much as I love Joshua is as much as I am annoyed by Mary

And that’s a lot.

I am absolutely immersed in So You Think You Can Dance.  I have watched since Season 2, and it’s the water-cooler show for the girls here on the second floor at the office.

I love Mia Michaels and her ‘earthy’ style of choreography, I love the addition of Tabitha and Napoleon this year and their ‘lyrical hip-hop’ routines, I love that Doriana Sanchez thinks that disco and the hustle (which are admittedly difficult when done properly) deserve their proper place among the foxtrot and contemporary despite how cheesy they look.  I think that Tyce is hit or miss, I that Nigel is very well versed, and I think that Mary is extremely talented and full of great advice but needs to shut her yap on occasion and stop with the screaming.  It drives me nuts.  Be complimentary.  Have a shtick.  Just don’t do it at twelve decibles.

That being said, ohmigoshhowawesomewerejoshuaandkateelastnight?????  Continue reading

100 Modern Day Must-See Movies

Okay, this is more to my liking.  A while ago I had this post which showed my unbeknownst lack of movie knowledge.  The following is another list of the top 100 by Entertainment Weekly, with the caveat that it had to be released after 1983.  MUCH more to my style, as thus far I have a 63% viewing rate.  Not so big on some of the action/guns-‘n-gore movies, so that puts a bit of a damper on it..  Again, those I’ve seen have been marked.  I’m not sure how much I agree with the list, though.   I do find it interesting that there are quite a few Oscar winners not on here, and I’m not so sure that I would have put some of these on the list, but who am I to sit and contemplate the top 100.  Let someone else do the work, and I’ll make my own snarky comments!  Oh, and again, anything that has a year ending in an 8 will probably show up as 8) .  Anyone know how to get around that?

100 New Movie Classics:

100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)  [Yeah, just no interest in seeing this one.]
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
97. Glory (1989)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
95. In the Mood for Love (2001) Continue reading

Sometimes what is considered news just baffles me

You know, there are legitimate news stories. Sad, happy, scary, serious, trivial . . . but legitimate. News, sports, entertainment, weather, culture, international . . . also legitimate. Tim Russert died. Floodwaters in Iowa. Wildfires throughout the country. All legitimate.

Then there is the other news. The stuff that I just don’t believe is considered worthy of headlines, yet various websites and news services deem noteworthy. These are some of the examples:

  • In Genoa, Italy a man kidnapped his ex girlfriend. Yes that is a crime. I get that. He was mad at her for leaving him, so he kidnapped her. The motivation behind it is what cracks me up–he needed someone to iron his clothes and do the dishes.
  • A man in Singapore was arrested for molesting 23 women in 15 months. He is to serve 14 years in jail and receive 18 strokes of the cane (Caning on the buttocks is an additional punishment for male criminals in Singapore for offenses ranging from vandalism to illegal possession of drugs and rape). Again, molestation is a legitimate crime and deserves harsh punishment. But he did not sexually molest these women. He was convicted for sniffing their armpits. He received such a harsh sentence because of the extreme likelihood that he may repeat the crime. Hey, you never know. He might work for Secret–it’s strong enough for a man, but made for a woman, remember? Continue reading

My eMailbox Overfloweth

Usually, when I check my email, I have to delete a ton of spam, then a bunch of emails from places like Target and Lowe’s that I don’t really care about to get down to the one or two really important things (like my checking account balance and something sarcastic from my brother). Today I go to check and I freaked–how on earth could I have so many?

Ah. The one person I called out in my very first post finally cleaned out her eMail box and found my blog.

Hi honey! I’ve missed you!

That’s it for today, but stay tuned for tomorrow’s weird news roundup as I found some bizarro stuff across my desk the last few days!

Am I a Second-Cousin Now or a First-Cousin-Once-Removed?

I still have a hard time believing my cousins N&S are parents, but how cute is this little guy?  He was born today and weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces.

Here’s the irony–yesterday was the family reunion for those on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family, hosted by my mother.  My mother’s sister is now one of the proud grandmothers of this beautiful child.  Of the five cousins, N is the first to become a parent, and I couldn’t be happier for them.  And doesn’t S look fantastic for someone who had given birth less than 10 hours prior to the photo???

The reunion last night was fun as well.  We only had about 16 or so show up, but once again we met a relative we had never heard of before.  The “new guy” last year brought his 5 year old daughter, and after a few moments of shyness she was a doll.  It also turned into a surprise birthday party for my nana, who will be 80 in a few weeks.  Since the majority of the family will be out of town we figured this would be the perfect time to celebrate.  After way too much food, the 3rd annual reunion came to an end.  It has been nice to be able to get together while everyone is alive in this family, as frequently the only time the majority of us get together is when a family member has passed away.

Today was also father’s day, so my mom, brother, and I went with my step-father to the local AAA team’s ball game.  Fun, but as we were with a bunch of people I work with it was a bit odd.

But hey, what a father’s day gift for my cousin–he’s a daddy!!!!