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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Men...

I was watching a movie called The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio about a woman in the 1960’s who enters all contests in order to, not only augment her family’s meager income, stave off boredom and challenge her brain. The husband is portrayed as a terrible husband and father. He was mortified that his wife would win prizes that inevitably came at a time when money was in desperate need for the family. He dealt with his insecurities with alcohol, spending what little money the family did have. Moronic actions, because it just made her have to enter more contests, which made him drink more, and act out with more violence.
It seems that many men in this era were abusive, violent and angry. While they seemed to be in charge of their lives and of those lives around them, these men were often impotent. The women, who did not work a paycheck bearing job*, ruled the roost through their love and mothering. The men hardly knew their children or their spouses at all. Often, fathering was done through violence, or the threat thereof. The children lost out on having any sort of healthy relationship with their father.
Obviously these statements are all of the blanket variety. My point is that I feel sorry for these men who felt it was weak to show a soft hand with their children. I feel sad that men of this era based their value on their jobs and the appearance of a nice family life, yet had little or no involvement in the family life aspect at all.
My father, who was such a wonderful and loving man to me, was not a man who ever changed a diaper or did things with his young children that I bet he would have done were he a young father today.
Have times changed men and women for the better? When I see couples interacting, they act as though each member was equal to the other. Obviously the power balance occasionally shifts at times, but in the greater arithmetic of it all, it equals out in the end.
Are men happier today? It seems that they are more involved with their children. Men, while still gaining much of their personal value from their careers, seem to have more freedoms in expressions of love and caring than seemed possible in the 60’s.
I am not fleshing this out as well I would like to. I am afraid of misrepresenting my thoughts.
It just seemed to me that men in the 1960’s (which is the era I am looking at) were shut into a mold of what was expected of them and were not allowed to soften until the children were grown and perhaps they had retired. It seems like such a waste of time. Those mens’ children never got to know their fathers. I truly hope that times have changed. I want my children and my friends’ children to know and appreciate their fathers for all their good traits and bad.

*I say this because I think being a stay at home mom is a much harder job than any one that they pay you to do.

AI top 16 results show

Well, Blake Lewis(not Edwards, who is Julie Andrews husband)demonstrates why he did not win last year. Boring. Fast forwarding... I tend to fast forward through most of the results show. So this should be short.

Bye Kady. Called this one. Boring don't wanna hear that boring song again. FF.

Bye Luke. Thank goodness.

Okay, Ramiele is safe. I kind of figured. But I did pick her to go.
Bye Asia'h She was my alternate. But I still picked her to go. See ya.

Bye Danny. JT will miss your queenyness. I think we will see it pop up elsewhere. But I do love a part of you. Best wishes, kiddo.

Damn, I was actually on this week.
I am worried this is becoming about me being right.

AI Girls Top 8

Yikes, Paula looks like she is going to go wash some laundry at the river. What’s up woth the hair? Whoa, but she is actually kind of funny, apologizing for causing the poofy hairstyle of the 80’s.

Asia’h Epperson: sings Whitney. She is begging for them to attack her. Them’s the ugliest pants I have ever seen. For karaoke, she is not bad. Blinded.by.the.horrific.spector.of.the.pants.

Kady Malloy: This girl has no consistent voice, except that she consistently sings in the back of throat. Whoa, she is hitting every sour note. Every one. A couple of times. What’s that? Oh geez, she is making me go deaf. It’s good I had a day to rest my ears between her and Luke Menard. Hmm, apparently I am deaf. Because they all liked it.

JT, you are right. Simon does seem totally over it. Wonder if he’ll do it again next year.

Amanda Overmyer: I still like her as a person. She has the cutest face. I just don’t want her to sing to me anymore. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to listen to a while album of her voice. And is she part skunk? Is Pepe le Pew her daddy? Is that why she has that hair? It’s her best yet, but meh. Go home already. (Hmm, all the judges are tone deaf tonight.)

Carly Smithson-Corr: I know what her most embarrassing moment is. It’s only selling 378 cds with a $2M promotion backing her. Hmm, guess she does not talk about that. Maybe my speakers are warped. Everyone sounds off key. Oh, she is singing Cyndi Lauper. My childhood idol. Damn it. This girl is starting to grow on me. But I still hate her ugly singing face. Yeah, she sold it. Rock on, Carly. (Celine Dion covered Cyndi Lauper?).

I should take this moment to apologize for being as retarded as the AI judges in thinking that Michael Johns sang an Inxs song. “Don’t You Forget About Me” is a Simple Minds song.

Kristy Lee Cook: She can make any song sound country. She sang it prettily with just a dollop of cheese. But she is way better than the guy who took over for Steve Perry (aw, Steve Perry).

Ramiele Malubay: She is not singing this song to my satisfaction. C’mon! You know how many concerts, starring me singing this song, there have been? I dunno. It’s like listening to a Princess Cruise entertainer from the 80’s, in a cobalt blue Bob Mackie gown, sing it.

Brooke Light-White: I keep calling her Brooke Light, so I decided to hyphenate her. It looks like John Frieda got to her. I hate to admit that she’s got something. (There is something in me determined not to really like any of them. Why? Damn, maybe Simon and I are sharing the antipathy). I like her acoustic version. But she is just singing it. She is not expressing the emotions behind the song. And that is a hella good song to get emotional about.

Syesha Mercado: Does anyone actually read my blurbs? Does it matter? I don’t guess I care. I like to get it out of my system. For some reason, this show gets me slightly obsessed. I just have always loooooved watching people perform. I think my ideal job would be as a talent scout. This has nothing to do with Syesha, but I needed to get it off my (heaving?) chest. (I love you Simon! Wooooo!!)

These kids most embarrassing moments are pathetic. I can trump them with a story from any year of my life!

Sysehsa Mercado: For real… Um, she is nailing Whitney. Right there on stage. She is singing a little slow, but hell she’s got it. (I love this girl). Judges say: “Good”; Sophisticated, lovely”; “Predictable, but good”. And that’s all they say.

I say goodbye to:
1. Kady Malloy
2. Ramiele Malubay?
Runner Up: Asia’h Epperson?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Strike Out

I think I am going to go back to being a Mets fan. Yesterday, I along with every other baseball fan, signed on to buy opening game tickets. I sat and waited to no avail. That’s okay, but the time I spent in the virtual waiting room reminded me of the time I had to wait an hour to get a bratwurst at RFK. Then I was reminded of how I never got a bobblehead doll because they gave out multiple vouchers to some people and none to others (myself being in the none category). Then you had to wait in some long line for an hour before anyone told you that you needed a voucher that they didn’t have any more of. Meanwhile, some jackass is strolling down the corridor arms bulging with many boxes of teeny, wobbly Brian Schneiders.

I hope the new park is better, but I am not very hopeful. Stop breaking my heart Nationals. Go Mets.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

AI Top 8 Guys

Is it wrong that I am sort of bored with this whole process? None of the people are very interesting to me. I can see some of them having record deals after the show and feasibly even be popular, but I don’t really care. I won’t buy their CDs (except maybe Michael Johns whose first album I don’t have nor want, so…)

Whoa, holy 80’s hair, Paula Abdul!

Luke Menard: Nonononono! Ugh. Off tune. Yucky. Stop it. I don’t want you to (try to) hit that high (and he did it twice). Go away.

David Archuleta: Is going to sing Phil Collins. My Phil Collins. He’d better not ruin a perfectly great song for me. (Sorry. Don’t know why I am suddenly not a fan of this kid. The colored contacts, the cheesy grin, and the big nostrils are getting to me). He looks like a monchichi. Damn, he picked a good song to wheeze through. He did a little too much adjustment to the song, but it was okay. Geez, this kid is paving the path to becoming a goodwill ambassador. Last week it was Imagine and this week he sang Another Day in Paradise because it makes people aware of the homeless?

Danny NoriAlba: This kid is odd. Maybe he’ll be on Project Runway next season. Hmm. There is just so much to deal with. He could be a cutie, but he is so diva-esque which makes him write-off-able. (And he is a mouth breather.)

David Hernandez
: Booger story teller (is how he will now be known to me). Boring arrangement. Some flat notes. He’s getting better, but for me? Smeh.

They all suck tonight.

Michael Johns: Does an Inxs song. Didn’t see this coming… (Right). He has energy. I like that. I am not a huge Inxs fan, but he did well. I am not blown away, but I did not hate it either.

Does Ryan Seacrest look like a Muppet? Is it just me?

David Cook: He is still so creepy to me. And he’s rockin’ Lionel!?! I actually kind of like him, so long as my eyes are closed. But I can definitively say Hello, It is NOT you I am looking for (get it? ‘Cause I don’t want to look at him). That was the best so far for me, dawg!

Jason Castro: He reminds me of some of the boys at my niece’s school. I still like this kid. He’s got a nice voice. It is unexpected song, but he does it well. I just don’t know if this song will resonate with the kids and housewives (and Tyler from DC101) who vote. (Gross story about the ripped out dreadlock). He is one of my favorites.

Is it sad that I have no idea which guy is left to sing..?
Oh it’s Jacuzzi!

Chikezie: I like this song. He keeps missing the notes slightly. (I always sing this song as “He builds me up”. Is that wrong?) Kind of a weird ending, but otherwise okay.

The people I vote off the stage are:
Luke Menard
Danny NoriAlba

AI Scandals

Okay, I admit I am a one trick pony when American Idol is on, but so what. Let's discuss scandals and interesting facts about season 7's contestants, shall we?

Michael Johns: under the name Michael Lee, with the band “Film”, the CD “Rolling” was released under the Maverick label in March 2001.

Brooke White: released an album in October 2006 called "Songs From the Attic" (which makes me thinks of "Flowers in the Attic" and maybe explains why I think Brooke seems a little crazy).

Robbie Carrico: Was in a band called “Boyz-N-Girlz United” that released a self titled album in 2000. The band opened for Britney Spears in her early (non-crazy) days. And now people are accusing him of wearing a wig... and that he dated Britney...

Carly Smithson: Before she married, she was Carly Hennessy and she released a CD called “Ultimate High” on MCA records in November 2001. Multi-million dollar promotion only helped her sell 378 copies.

Kristy Lee Cook: Was signed under Arista Nashville, BMI, and Britney Spears label in 2001. She released a CD in July 2005 called "Devoted" under the name Kristy Lee. The self proclaimed horse handler had a song called "Hold Your Horses". Good one, Kristy.

Luke Menard: Released at least four CDs with his (superbly annoying) acapella singing group "Chapter Six".

Kady Malloy: Released a demo cd in 2006.

I do think it is a bit unfair for these people who have already had contracts to be on this show, yet at the same time, it is a show to make a star, right? They ain't stars yet. So, whatever.

Just randomly:
Someone has photos on Maxim's Hometown Hotties; someone got popped for a DUI; someone might have nudie pics show up in National Enquirer; someone was getting naughty in their MySpace page pictures; someone was a male stripper; one of them made a stupid profane Christmas video; one of their supposed sex tape scandals was photoshopped; Someone's father is NOT Adam Archuleta (the NFLer); Jeff Healey died, but that really has nothing to do with anything save for sharing a last name with an already booted contestant; one of them dated Cheyenne Kimball and showed up on her show.

So AI is on tonight. Expect a recap sometime soon.

You better run, you better take a bath

Colin Hay (Formerly of Men at Work) will be at the Birchmere on Monday, April 21 at 7:30 pm. I love Colin Hay and the tickets are only $25. Anyone want to join me? The Birchmere is fun, and should I be flush with cash (unlikely), i might even spring for a pitcher of beer! ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!!!

Men at Work was my favorite band as a tyke and someone should join me to relive my golden era (of age 8).