Thanks to my husband for the links, these are must watch videos! A nice break during the campaign...They are both very funny (IMHO).
Thanks to my husband for the links, these are must watch videos! A nice break during the campaign...They are both very funny (IMHO).
With all due respect, I know that Democrats do this too sometimes...but this is current and either VERY funny or VERY scary, depending on how you look at it.
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This is probably one of the most blogged about videos right now, especially with the female blogosphere, but I'm going to do it anyway...Props to momlogic for posting it...
If you haven't seen it yet, apparently at a recent concert, Tim McGraw saw an overly aggressive male fan attacked a female fan in the audience near the stage. He calls for security, but then he and his stage hands reach down into the audience to pluck the dude out of the audience. He was handed over to the police shortly thereafter. Nicely done, Tim. Can I get a yeehaaaww! Oh, and he's pretty cute, too.
Now, I don't want to hear any comments from Twinga, my German friend who reminds me how much they are paying for gas there whenever I get to belly aching about US gas prices.
Just let us wallow in our pain. Everything is relative, my dear, and these prices are relatively GINORMOUS.
When I bought my Jetta 7 years ago, I could pretty much fill it up with $20. The last time I filled up it was $53! Premium gas is going for about $4.50 at my local gas station.
I think I'll start taking the train when my son's school year is over and I don't have to drive him to school in the morning.
I find myself with a lot time on my hands this weekend.
Husband is in Washington this week visiting his family and going to a conference, so I'm single-mom'in it. There is a big storm headed our way, so I ran out to Blockbuster this morning and rented Michael Clayton, American Gangster and Hairspray. Earlier this week I took the boys to see Juno and a I watched The Hours last night (for about the 4th time). I could hibernate and watch movies for days.
I loved Juno by the way. Cute, quirky, insightful. Ellen Page ROCKS! I'd love to hang out with her. And boy did Jason Bateman grow up nicely. I remember him when he was a young heart throb, although I never thought he was very cute then.
I think I'll do some scrapbooking this weekend also. Maybe I'll post some photos of my pages.
I know you'll be anxiously awaiting those!
You may or may not have heard by now. We had a minor quake in the Bay Area this fine Tuesday evening. The night before Halloween. I was finishing up cooking dinner for the kids. My son was on the couch watching the Warrior's home opener and boom!
It was his first quake (in 16 years, can you believe it?). Well, the first one he has actually felt anyway. He said, "Oh! Earthquake" and I wasn't sure but then I looked at my wine glass, next to the wine bottle and all of the California vino was sloshing at the same time in the same way, so sure enough!
Thank goodness it was just a wee one.
This is the lead-in to a story on CNN Money today:
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- With oil prices setting records over $90 a barrel and $100 looking ever more likely, experts say there's a good chance drivers will see $3 gasoline before the end of the year.
Ya know what REALLY sucks about this story? Here in California (most of it, anyway), we haven't had anything BUT $3 gas for almost a year now! The headline for this story confused me at first because it was telling me that something that I already had would be here soon. Then I realized, Ah, yes, they are talking to the rest of the country who has had $2 something gas all along. Joke's on me.
What this translates into is most likely that here in sunny California (ok, don't hate us, it is 70+ degrees and sunny here right now) we will be faced with $4 gas! AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! And all of this as we bring 2 new drivers into the family. Son #1 is already wishing we had bought him a geeky Hybrid instead of the cool Jeep he got. He said to me just the other day, "Mom, gas just isn't affordable!" He's right. Especially since he also just got a girlfriend (CHA CHING!). Son #2 only has **gasp** 1 more year before he is eligible to get his driver's permit.
How do people who have to drive 1/2 hour to get to minimum wage jobs afford gas? Pretty soon, the price of gas will surpass what these poor folks (I mean that literally and figuratively) make in an hour! Don't laugh. IT COULD HAPPEN!
I hate to sound ornery at a time like this (the SoCal fires), but I thought that some the reactions (as posted on a SD area blog) to the announcement that W is coming to SoCal in a couple of days were so telling of our current political state:
- Ugh! Like he is going to do anything productive? Maybe he'll fly a banner up in the skies proclaiming "Mission Accomplished".
- After 9/11 and Katrina, he is completing the tri-fecta.
- Maybe George can show the potential evacuees how to use a mountain bike to escape on-coming fires.
- maybe liberals would stop bashing bush if he did something worth noting that wasn't idiotic or corrupt.
Some folks made an interesting point that "us liberals" would be just as pissed if he said he wasn't coming. Not sure that's true, but other than drawing national attention to the crisis, what good does it do? It's not like seeing what has happened first hand will make him do anything different about it. Why take up the resources?
I have a dear friend who has been evacuated (along with her husband, 2 children and a dog) from her home in Chula Vista because of the Harris fire. I have been keeping close tabs on what can be done for all of the people who are currently displaced by the fire. There is a great blog called San Diego County Fires 2007 that is keeping people posted with all kinds of information.
If you would like to help out right now, here is an idea:
Donations of toiletries, food and bedding are needed to help fire evacuees.
Those wishing to help can drop these items at the Community Resource Center, 650 Second St. in Encinitas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Most needed items are: toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash; non-perishable food, such as canned goods, breakfast bars, juice boxes and bottled water; blankets, towels and pillows.
For information, call: (760) 753-1156.
The address again is:
Community Resource Center
650 Second St.,
Encinitas, CA 92024
If you are in the area, you can just drop stuff by. I am going to my local discount store today to get a bunch of stuff, pack it up in a box and send it ASAP. I know I can do this because of my dear friend Grace to did this on a massive scale with Hurricane Katrina victims.
With all of the hubub around J.K. Rowling's confirmation/announcement that Dumbledore is in fact gay, I find myself wondering why Dumbledore must have a sexual orientation? Is it an important part of his character's development? I don't think so since most people, including me, never really felt a need to wonder who he had been shacking up with all of these years.
Or did you? What do you think? I'm really curious...and wondering why (other than for publicity purposes) Ms. Rowling felt compelled to give Dumbledore a sexual identity that would cause a stir.
I have to admit that when I first heard the news, my reaction was "Oh. COOL! I never knew. Did I miss some signs somewhere? Should I go back and watch the movies over again looking for the clues?"
And that's when it hit me that this is probably just a publicity stunt. And then I couldn't help but feel that this is just an exploitation of the gay community. But who am I to say. I wonder what the gay community is saying about this.
As I read some of the reports, what is being said are things like this:
"By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she's reinforcing the idea that a person's gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed." - Melissa Anelli, Webmaster of the fan site http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org
What do you think?
My 14 year old chuckled last night as he came across a website where he could order a t-shirt that said "I'm already smarter than George Bush" or "If you can read this, you are not The President." He thinks that this kind of humor is especially funny, and while I'm proud that he considers things likee knowing who our President and Vice President are and how to locate Iraq, England and Australia (among others) on a map ask basic knowledge for a 14 year old, I am equally as devastated when I see things like this:
Good lord. This girl couldn't find Europe on a map if her life depended on it. Now, I know, Miss USA is not an intelligence test, but I thought that by now they would at least have certain standards on IQ. Alas, no. They don't. I'm embarrassed as an American, a woman and a parent that we let people like this out in the world. I'm sure she is a very nice young woman. But really....good lord.
Props to The Evil HR Lady for this one. Thanks. I think.
Yet another data point to prove that people all over the world are more alike than different,
even especially kids:
"ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from a U.S. aid organization have used them to explore pornographic sites on the Internet, the official News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Thursday.
It has been troubling me, recently that there is so much divisiveness in the world. We fight over differences in religious beliefs and political ideologies; we hate and fear each other because of differences in race, class, sexual orientation, and culture; we isolate ourselves into pockets of perceived sameness.
Now, I'm not a world traveler. I have only ever been outside of the US once (and that was to Tijuana, so that doesn't even really count). But what I see in people is that we are all SOOOOOO much the same. We want to live in a safe environment, we want to be connected to our communities (however that may be defined), we want our children to live happy and productive lives, we want to eat, sleep and go about our day to day lives with a sense of health and security and meaning. Some want to have the ability (freedom) to believe and worship in our own way, and the others want to be able to not believe and not worship in peace. We don't want to live in fear.
We all need to eat. We all need to shit. We are not that all that different.
Today, a colleague and friend of mine pointed me to a short video that brilliantly illustrates this very fact. It is from the perspective of women, but it is clear that it can be applied across the genders. Please watch it and see what you think. I personally think that so many of our world's problems could be solved if we could all just get a handle on how ALIKE we all are. Maybe my being born in the summer of love (1967) gives me a propensity towards hippyness and thinking of the like.
So sue me.
There are people somewhere (everywhere) all over the world who love their children unconditionally, who desire to provide a good, safe, healthy life for their families, who enjoy dancing and eating, who love having a warm and comfortable place to sleep at night, who enjoy shopping for fresh vegetables at a market, who can't wait to have a few moments to read something of interest, who cry when a loved one passes, and who want to make the world a better place. And those people look, sound and live very differently than I do. They eat different food and dress differently. But really, they are the same as I.
They are just like you, too.
The news I've been waiting for
All of those Mai Tai's and other fruity cocktails are going to keep me from an early grave. According to a recent article in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, the ethanol found in rum, vodka and tequila (among other spirits) has been found to enhance the effectiveness of the cancer and heart disease fighting antioxidant nutrients found in fruits such as strawberries and blueberries. Read more about it here.
So let the strawberry margaritas flow, baby!
There is a God.
Now it's time for Phil to go.
I'm so way behind on my Idol viewing...I went to dinner last night with a business contact and tonight I'm hosting my book group, so I haven't watched the American Idol performances, and by the time book group is done, I'll have to race through TiVo to watch them before I can watch the results show (also TiVo'd).
Now, America, PLEASE don't put me through another week of torture by putting Sanjaya through to next week. It was bad enough that you prolonged my agony with Chicken Little last year!
Don't make me cry...again....
And if you comment...don't spoil it for me! I may not know who got kicked off yet!
Larry "Bud" Melman passed recently. If you are 40ish, you'll remember Bud from the David Letterman spots where he did wacky things. I specifically remember him handing out hot, moist towels in the bus station at the Port Authority of NY to the weary commuters and singing "I Got You Babe" with Sonny Bono. He had such an innocence about him and was such a good sport. And let's face it, when you are PLOWED in college, watching the Letterman Show just BEFORE you actually go out for the evening (at 11:00pm), there is just nothing better than watching the exploits of Larry "Bud" Melman. Although I haven't seen his escapades in quite a many years, I still morn his passing.
Larry, I salute you. You brought me joy and laughter, and really, what better compliment can you give a guy?
Check this out!
Saddam Hussein's execution is but an hour and a half away. Although I am not a supporter of the war in Iraq, I am a supporter of removing Saddam Hussein from power. ANY power. I am also not a supporter of the death penalty, so this event poses a series of contradictions for me. If it were me who were deciding, I think I would lock him up in an Iraqi prison for the rest of his life and pipe in "Imagine" by John Lennon...over...and...over...and...over...again.
I'm not good at handing out punishments...ask my husband. I guess that's why I'm not a judge, or a President or any such thing.
No doubt about it, however. The world will be a better place tomorrow, when we awake to a world rid of such an animal.
Loved this story today out of England that Flora, a pregnant Komodo dragon, fertilized her own eggs and is expected to give birth (right around Christmas, seriously) to 8 baby dragons! This article on CNN gives more of the specifics, but basically scientists are saying that nature found a way.
Maybe THAT would explain the virgin Mary? Was nature just "finding a way?"
It is however, interesting to think that maybe the species that will out last the rest of us are those that can procreate on their own. Wouldn't surprise me.