the feeling that comes

Photo by Jackson Solway

Photo by Jackson Solway

Yesterday folks at work talked about Obama’s speech [which I hadn’t yet watched].  Apparently Oprah mentioned that she cried a great deal during the speech.  No one could understand why people would be crying.

I caught up on the DNC this wknd [the parts that I wanted to watch from PBS] and while I didn’t cry, I can certainly understand anyoe who may have been overcome by emotion.

In fact, I think my own tears may have been averted due to the fact that I was trying to keep my mind on the present.  Any person who starts thinking about the American legacy, the anniversary of Dr. King’s dream, has got to be touched.  But any person who has experienced what life can be like for a person of color, considering the history, you can expect some tears.

IMO, that really tells more about the people I work with.

For me, no matter the politics, the nomination is worthy of note and celebration, and I wish the family well.  I will be very happy to see a family that looks more like mine (not exactly, but more).

the romantic bone: tickled

Tonight’s DNC avoidance was a well-timed viewing of Mansfield Park.  I had no idea I was in the mood for a romance, but I was.  Exactly.  I haven’t read most of the classics, and have only gotten into Jane Austen recently, but her knack for a well-put-together story keeps me coming back for more [even if I am watching movies].

So another day has come and gone, Barack is firmly ensconced as the no-longer-presumptive nominee, and my eyes are drooping.

I need this holiday break, this wknd.  Enjoy!

watch the breathing – and don’t sit down

Yeah.  If a designer gave me those directions after getting all pissy at me, I don’ know what I’d say.  I’m watching Project Runway in lieu of the DNC tonight.  (I’m sleepy, but don’t wanna go to sleep on the couch…)  Keith is a whiner.

Just cuz the judges aren’t impressed with him now he’s gotta go around complaining all the time?  eh.  I have no pity for you, young sir.

And how can he say that he has more riding on this than the model?  Both of them get to go to Bryant Park at the end.  And now he’s crying?  Not impressed.

Auf wiedersehn.

Speidi crashes the party

Because The Hills is about drama.  It’s Steph’s bday party and how would it be if there wasn’t a good clash between LC’s crew and Speidi?

Lo looks so old, but I’m likin’ her more these days.  Lo’s always saying just what she thinks.  [“The people who matter get along.” Ha! “I’m glad we talked.” HA!]  Audrina’s definitely coming off bad in these first two episodes.  And she seems a tad too vapid to be able to redeem herself.  What a shame.

Meanwhile, Kelly Cutrone is SO wanting to get a ton of publicity from this show.  It’s kinda hilarious how obvious it is.  And we all coulda predicted that girl getting fired, and Whitney getting her job.  I kinda feel like I’d like a bicoastal life – at least for a little while.  Maybe it’d get old, I dunno.

As for Stephanie – is LC the only one who doesn’t know she’s transparent?  At the end of the day, she’s Spencer’s sister.  That’s one thing Spencer has right.

I definitely like that Brody left the moment Speidi got to the party, he may be kinda lame, but at least he has a personality.  This Doug fellow is like a dead fish.  No personality.  Yawn.

Anyway, I’m having a party of my own tomorrow night, so I gotta get some sleep.

getting exiled: MTV screws brats and their indigenous hosts

We’re all familiar with Sweet 16, right? Well, MTV has found a way to capitalize even more off of this sad franchise. Recycle the faux debs after their 18th birthdays, and thrust them upon some 3rd world folks that are eager for some o’ that Western money [though the dollar bill ain’t what it used to be].

Throw in a bunch of reruns of the shows for the lucky divas and divo (who could forget Bjorn?) and then clips from the respective parents who’ve decided that 18 is a perfect age to start parenting their children. Great! Add a slew of indigenous peoples around the world and well, there’s sure to be drama.

Here’s a bit of Mtv’s own take on this:

A few years after tossing the parties that made them stars in their schools and fueled rivalries among the rich kids, you’re going to see some of the Sweet 16-ers you loved to hate the most — Ava, Sierra, Amanda, Bjorn, Marissa, Chelsi, Meleny and Alex — shipped away from their plush homes and easy lives and Exiled to foreign locations such as the jungles of the Amazon, the tundra of the Arctic Circle, the Andes mountains and remote islands in the South Pacific where they’ll have to live like local commoners with none of the amenities of their normally privileged lives.

Yes, we are now inflicting our own badly unraised children on MORE of the international community. CLassic question from one of our lucky prizewinners: “Have they even seen people before?” Parental response: “They are people, hon.” Common people.

This has train wreck written all over it, so of course, I might have to watch. But my sentient mind will be protesting. The anthropologist in me will most likely die a slow, painful death.

How do I reconcile participating in this tripe? I have no idea. I might actually be morally superior enough to avoid the entire show. But I don’t know. Where’s Bjorn going?

catching up: Olympic moments

my heroes

my heroes

I’ve recorded just about all of the Olympics and I’m trying to catch up on my viewing.  My heroes of this Olympic Games?  May-Walsh.

These ladies dominate the beach volleyball like nobody else.  THey’re phenomenal, in that they haven’t lost a game in almost a year, and they just do things that no one else can do.  It amazes me every time one of them dives into the sand and the next moment – they’re back up – digging that ball again.

But when did equestrian events enter the olympic arena?  I was fast-forwarding through commercials and talk and stumbled upon this strangeness.  How are equestrian events in the Olympics?  The horse is doing all the work.  In fact, the horse would have an easier time if the human wasn’t on its back.

I saw Phelps win his 7th gold (and 8th, but the 7th was the crazy one).  Watched Torres win her silver medals.  Saw Fountain win the first American medal in the women’s heptathlon since Jacki Joyner-Kersee.  It’s been an exciting games so far.  Which is interesting, since I’m not really that into sports.  I used to be a lot more into the Olympics than I am now.

I don’t really get how they do some of the judging for diving and gymnastics.  Gymnastics used to be my favorite event.  [Back when the two Dominiques were our American stars…and Kerri’s amazing vault.]  But now?  No one has really grabbed my attention.  I don’t even know their names.  I’ve never been into men’s gymnastics.  I think they look kinda goofy.

My sister has called me several times to complain about the injustices involved in the gymnastics judging.  I just watched it myself and it seems like there’s been some shady stuff going on.  (Cheng Fei vaults (badly) – lands on her knees – and still gets a score > 15.  Bela Karolyi is incensed – he keeps calling the judging error a ripoff.  And then there’s the whole age thing.)

Oh, and I forgot about the trampoline.  I had no idea there was a trampoline event in the Olympics.  [Or maybe I did and I forgot.]  It looks really fun, though.

But I’m still puzzled about the equestrian events.

the company that comes

Cuz I admit that I am into the Hills.

famous. for no reason.

famous. for no reason.

It’s the premiere, tonight, and I am loving it.  Trash tv at it’s finest, ‘the Hills’ is a little piece of what’s wrong with America and I love it too much to quit.  Sad, but true.

(Note the vacant look in Whitney’s eyes.  As though there is nothing behind them.  And you thought it wasn’t a candid shot.)

Tonight, LC’s decided to throw a bday party for Audrina to try to smooth things over with her and Lo.  Everyone except LC knew this wasn’t going to work.  For some reason my sister loves Lo.  [I think it goes back to the Laguna days, and I don’t go that far back with the show, so I don’t get it.]  Lo gets on my nerves though.  The editing makes it look like she’s just being rude to Audrina [who, in Lo’s defense, is a bit of a dimbulb – evidenced by her continued dalliance with the now-famous Justin-Bobby].

In the villain arc, Heidi’s sister comes to town, just as Spencer’s moved back in to the apartment.  I will never understand why anyone would want to be with Spencer…other than money I suppose [which Heidi doesn’t seem to need].  He is the opposite of attractive, in my opinion.  [Sometimes I throw up a little in my mouth when I see him.]  Anyway, Heidi’s sister comes to spend some time in LA and heeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Spencer!  ::shudder::  Not the welcome, I think she had in mind.  She tries to be delicate, but ends up with a very thinly veiled comment about how Spencer is cutting Heidi off from her friends and family.

Best moment so far?  The break, where the VJ du jour [I don’t know her name] talks to Heidi’s sister (Holly) live, and mentions Spencer’s rudeness.  Holly stumbles all over herself trying to be diplomatic.  Cuz we all know Heidi’s all into him…and they’re supposed to be getting married and everything.

As much as I like this show…I can’t do this 6th grade BS between Lo and Audrina.  Because I seriously lived this crap.  In the 6th grade.  Ok.  Well.  Not me personally.  But I watched all this crap go down when I was in the 6th grade.  To the point where these girls got permission [I do not even know how this worked] to get out of class and sit in the hall and talk about their feelings.  It was like – 6 of them.  And I think it was all about some birthday party that some of them got invited to and some didn’t.

So, now we see, Audrina’s the one who’s the actual *beep*.  “We’re never gonna be friends.”

This season looks like it’s gonna be good.  Best real life soap opera ever.