10 03 2010

Guess whose back? So, I knew when I started this blog that I wasn’t going to post every day. And I haven’t posted in well over a year. The blog just kind of sat out here in Cyberland waiting for me to return and revive it. Well, I’ve decided to revive it for my own personal state of mind. I don’t care if people read it or don’t, cause mostly right now it’s going to be for me. I can pretend I am telling people things, even if no one reads it.
I’ve recently discovered the beauty of the podcast. I don’t know why I haven’t even listened to podcasts before. Probably because I don’t really listen to the radio either, because I don’t like people talking interrupting my music. But as some of you know, many of you don’t, I am a member of a message board for my biggest obsession: Disney. The message boards (which are part of the
Dis family) are known as the Disboards. There are tons of Disney fans, and also Disney newbies who are just looking for info about planning their trip to anywhere within the Disneysphere. Everyone is superfriendly, and very helpful. Anyway, as I was wandering around the boards, I noticed the Dis Unplugged board. The Dis Unplugged is the Dis podcast. More out of curiousity than anything, I went into itunes and subscribed, and began downloading some of the past shows. Well, I’ve been listening to it for a few days now, and I am addicted. The folks that do it (podcasters? cast? crew? employees?) are great fun to listen to. I’ve also subscribed to some other podcasts (not Disney related) cause I have decided that podcasts are the coolest thing ever. My ipod (16gig) is literally 100% full (for the first time ever) because of all the podcasts. I know I sound really old, that I have just discovered them. It’s not that I didn’t know the existed, its just that I didn’t get the appeal of them. Now, I do. I talk back to them in the car. Which is probably the most amusing thing about it. Anyway, if you don’t listen to podcasts, I would suggest that you go into your little itunes account, go to the store, and search a topic that interests you. (In addition to my Disney podcast, I listen to a travel podcast, a design podcast (like, interior design), and a book review podcast). Subscribe to the podcasts, which are usually free, and you’ll have an hour of entertainment.


April Fools’ Day!

1 04 2008

April 1st, today, is April Fools’ Day. I don’t think I ever pranked anyone on April Fools. If I did, I don’t remember. Did anyone prank you? Or better yet, did you prank anyone?
Here’s some news for the day. So, my alma mater is Oklahoma State University. They don’t have a great football team, but they have (in the past) done well in basketball, making it to the Final Four at least once while I was a student there. That was under head coach Eddie Sutton (and his infamous scowl). Well, two years ago, Eddie Sutton retired, and his son Sean was named the new head coach. And today, there was a statement released that Sean was being asked to leave. Or, being fired. Whichever you prefer. Poor Sean. It’s true, the Cowboys haven’t done nearly as well since Eddie Sutton retired. Was Sean given the chance to prove himself? He did have two years. Geez, that’s got to be embarrassing. Wonder what they are going to be talking about at the next family reunion. Ah, I don’t mean to be harsh. But I was disappointed with my Cowboys this year. Football and basketball.
Then again….it is April Fools Day. Is it possible someone is making a big joke? How uncool is it to fire someone on April 1st? How do they know if you are being serious?

Dr. Death in Congress

25 03 2008

As if we don’t have enough characters in the United States Congress already…Dr. Jack Kevorkian has announced that he is running for a congressional seat in Michigan as an independent. We’ve all heard of Dr. Kevorkian, otherwise known as Dr. Death. He was convicted in 1998 for assisting in the suicide of a patient in the final stages of ALS. This was not the first time Kevorkian had been on trial for assisting suicide. His medical license was revoked in 1991 by the state of Michigan. According to Kevorkian’s lawyer, he assisted in the deaths of over 100 terminally ill patients between 1990 and 1998. Then in 1998 he was convicted of second-degree homicide of patient Thomas Youk. Youk was in the final stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often times called Lou Gehrig’s disease. Kevorkian was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison for second degree homicide, charged so because Youk was physically inable to kill himself. Terminally ill from a strain of hepatitis C which he contracted while researching in Vietnam, Kevorkian was not expected to live much after May of 2006. But he has and is, and was paroled in June of 2007 for good behavior. He wasn’t running around helping people die in prison, I suppose. On March 12th, he announced that he will seek a seat in Congress, running against long-term Michigan congressman Joe Knollenberg (R). One of his main goals is to decriminalize doctor-assisted suicide. Does it sound like Congress is becoming more and more like the setting for a cartoon?

It’s a free country…

21 03 2008

…so why wouldn’t someone want to sell their life? Ok, there have been some pretty interesting things sold on ebay, but this has got to be one of the strangest things I have seen. There is a man who is going to sell his life on ebay. Ian Usher, from Australia is offering his furnished home, car, motorbike, friends, and job in an auction on ebay that opens for bidding on June 22th. The man rides motorbikes, snowboards, and sky-dives in his free time. Seems to be a pretty full life to anyone. And, as Usher told ABC News, it is. For someone other than him. He’s tired of his life, and wants a new one. He says the desire for a new life was triggered by the break-up of his marriage. He’s even put up a website that lists the reasons that he’s decided to sell his life, as well as a list of it’s contents. His current plan is to do to the airport and take the next flight that has an empty seat. Geez, I wonder where he is going to end up. I think it would be funny if the next flight took him somewhere random, like Casper, Wyoming. Not that he probably wouldn’t enjoy Wyoming. Mountains and stuff. (And, I mention Casper, WY, because one of my very good friends from college was actually from there. It’s not even a small city or anything.) He could still get into extreme sports. I wonder if he is going to give up his name. I mean, if I won this auction, would I suddenly be Ian Usher? I guess that would be pretty weird. It’s not that uncommon though for people to sell most of their belongings when they are moving? So what is unique about this guy? Besides the fact that he doesn’t really have a destination plan. Well, and he says that he is selling his friends, and his job. And his boss agreed to give whoever wins a try at the rug store where he works. That’s interesting.
So, what if I decided to sell my life? Well, ok, my apartment is very nice. It comes with a roommate, who is awesome. You’d have to be the maid-of-honor at her wedding, because if you are getting my life, that comes with it. My family, whom I adore. But they are not for the weak or weary, I’ll warn you. This includes 1) My dad-totally brilliant 2) My mom-biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met, and waaaaaaay creative 3)My brother-the life of the party 4)My sister-such a sweetheart, and always a surprise 5)My Gran-hard-working and always inspiring 6)My Nana-beautiful, uplifting, and an awesome cook 6)My Nanny-caring, independent, adventureous, and so energetic. Not to mention an entire slew of Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. My job-which comes with it’s own set of interesting people, and is only for a true-blue geek-at-heart. My car-a yellow nissan xterra. My friends-spread all across the country, but have all made a mark on my life. Hopefully they can do the same for you! This blog, I suppose you can have. You are also welcome to my college loans. Those, I’ll throw in for free! So, whatdya think? What would you pay for all of that?
You know, on second thought……I have a damn good life! I ain’t sellin’!! Ian, I’m sorry, but I think you’re crazy!

Punky Brewster had a baby!

18 03 2008

Yesterday, Soleil Moon Frye, better known to us 80s kids as Punky Brewster, gave birth to her second child with husband Jason Goldberg. They’ve named the little girl Jagger Joseph Blue Goldberg, and she joins her older sis, 2 year old Poet Sienna Rose Goldberg. Congratulations to the happy family! But what is up with those names? Jagger? Thanks, Mom. Love it.

If I was a movie star…..

18 03 2008

Ever noticed how famous people are about as far from being real as they come? I don’t just mean movie stars, I’m talking sports stars, television stars, reality tv folks……..even the randomly famous people like Paris Hilton. I still have no idea why she became famous in the first place. I think I am going to open a hotel chain so that my kids can be famous if they want to. I seem to notice that as far as famous people go, musicians are about as close to being real as they come (and you’ll notice I said real, not normal). And I exclude people like Britney Spears from this “musicians” category, because no one knows what exactly she is. Anyway. There is a big to do right now about Kristin Davis (Charlotte, from Sex and the City) and a sex tape that she may or may not be a co-star in. So, I got online to do a little recon work into her life. Her middle name is Landon. Although, according to International Movie Datebase, sometimes she goes by Kristin Lee Davis. How many stars actually go by their real names? Associated Content has a list of stars and their real names here. If I was a celebrity, I would totally use my real name. It’s not Hayden Panettiere, but it works for me. We don’t get to choose our own names. If we did when we were young, we might all end up calling ourselves “Frankenstein,” like the kid in “Big Daddy.” You know, I’ve changed my mind on opening my hotel chain so that my kids can be famous. I don’t want my kids to be famous! Look at what happens to them!? What stars do you hear about that have tasted stardom while they are young that haven’t been in some sort of trouble? Hilary Duff hasn’t been arrested for anything yet, I don’t think. Miley Cyrus (daughter of Billy Ray) hasn’t tripped up yet, although I think that people are trying to get her to. As soon as a young star states a preference for remaining on the right side of the law, it seems that people start taking bets on when and where they are going to trip up. And recently, The Jonas Brothers came out with a statement that all three of them plan on waiting until marriage before they have sex. *cough* A commendable goal, gentlemen, and I wish you all the best of luck. I remember when Brit-Brit was sweet and innocent. And now she’s a mess. Well, I am older than the young kids that are approaching the age where “the wheels come off the wagon.” Let’s hope that at least a few of them can retain their integrity. Although…I’ve noticed that the stars who have consistently remained out of trouble don’t really get that much press. Anne Hathaway is someone that I am specifically thinking of. Does that simply prove the old adage “no press is bad press?” Who knows….
Oh, by the way, footage (in the form of a photo) of this Kristin Davis sex tape has emerged on Perez Hilton. You’ll have to see for yourself…it does look like her, but is it photoshopped? Her press office is claiming yes, but who knows?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 03 2008

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, in which we celebrate the Saint Patrick, patron Saint of Ireland. In the Roman-Catholic church, the holiday is celebrated by a feast (unless it falls on Palm Sunday, which won’t happen again until 2160). In Ireland, there is a five-day festival that includes a parade, Irish food, and thousands dressed in green. Green was not the original color of the holiday, however. Blue was the color long associated with St. Patrick. However in more modern times, green because the color closely associated with the holiday as a part of the “wearing of the green,” an Irish tradition that meant wearing a shamrock pinned on one’s clothes, symbolizing Irish nationality, or loyalty to the Roman Catholic faith. The official day of the holiday is March 17th, the date of St. Patrick’s death, and is a bank holiday in Ireland. Here in the United States, many celebrate the holiday, although it is not an observed holiday. In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green for the holiday.
In New York, there is a parade that goes right past St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Photobucket
St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated in the US as a day of revelry, wearing green, and drinking. The restaurant Bennigan’s is an Irish pub style restaurant, and they really get into celebrating St. Patty’s Day. They serve green beer, and their website even has a place where you can send your friends “lepregrams”. As children, we are told to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, or else we will get pinched. Because of the general merriment (and the fact that the bank is open) of the holiday, it is generally viewed as a day to wear green, tell lore of creatures called Leprechauns who hide a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and drink Guiness. But in Ireland, this is a widely recognized holiday, celebrating their Patron Saint. It is easy to forget that there is a serious aspect to the holiday. So, wear your green, lest you fall victim to pinching, and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Slaintè!