Sunday, July 29, 2012

...Two Loves Have I...

Phylicia Rashad performing Two Loves Have I from the Josephine Superstar album

On a related note, there's an epsiode of the Cosby Show where Cliff tells Sondra that he always wanted to go to Brazil because he saw the movie Black Orpheus and wanted to find the woman in the movie.

Years later when I would finally see the movie, it was hard not to notice there was a woman in there that looked like a young Phylicia Rashad, who played Cliff's wife. Funny.

("Bonjour, Sondra" - The Brazil story starts at about the 6-minute mark)


(Black Orpheus trailer. Or have a great lazy Sunday and watch the full movie here. One of my favorites!)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

...It's a Good Thing...

I was on the phone with my mom when I opened the email about Pharrell’s engagement.

Her response was an enthusiastic, “Ohh! That’s good news. They have kids, right?”

“Yep, one boy.”

“Good for them. That’s a good thing.”

And while I know you don’t believe me, I agree.

Maybe now we’ll get to see her smile for once.

And maybe now people will stop referring to her as “wifey” which is high on my list of words I wish I could set on fire never to be used again. It’s not a real word people, it’s a Judy Blume book about two sluts married to each other and their disintegrating marriage, and the term is not used positively.

As far as I’m concerned that word lives next door to the c-word. Yeah that one.

But I digress, this is a happy occasion and congratulations is definitely in order.

Had I bet money, I could throw a party right now because I predicted an engagement right after Shae’s wedding pictures were released.



Sunday, July 22, 2012

..."I Don't Have Low Self Esteem....

...I have low esteem for others".

I loved this show and related well to the title character, Daria.

Rumor has it that MTV will re-air a few episodes later this summer during something called Retro Mania. Try and catch a few if you can.

If nothing else, don't miss this one. (Daria: Esteemers)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

...Smarts and Stupids is Relatives...

I had a strange and somewhat humbling experience while I was going through a gigantic stack of training evaluations earlier this week.

I review these things pretty regularly and I’m noticing more and more that while most of the attendees have an advanced degree in whatever, more than half of them are barely literate.

I don’t mean common misspellings or grammar errors. I mean I’m pretty sure some of these people probably can’t read very well at best, or are completely illiterate at worst. Unbelievable the things they write. And these were handwritten evaluations so it wasn’t like they were typing when their fingers slipped off the home row.

I’m telling you there were a lot letters put together but not a lot of words.

Some of them were (I think) trying to complain that their skill level was above the training content. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they meant their job skills and not their English skills.

Still it’s hard to not believe that part of being well-educated is the ability to read and write, but I guess not.

The humbling experience came from how many people tried to sound all smurt and stuff. I could tell they were supposed to be saying something thoughtful or intelligent but it was mostly coming across like, “we who that are always we that who”


Sunday, July 15, 2012

...I Practice in my Living Room...

Simply because one of the happy side effects of yoga becomes less than desirable when you are in a classroom setting.

Prepare for class with these handy tips.... Remember, it's unhealthy to hold it in.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

... A Funny Thing Happened...

I’m late as usual, and it’s not like I matter but I must say, I like him even more now.

I’m so tired of all the liars in my life; honesty is the balm.

I live daily with the pain of secrets. And it’s surprising how often I share this with people and instead of encouraging me to set myself free, they remind me that I am strong enough to hold it. I wonder.

It’s funny what happens when you write things down.  Did you see it?

I wrote “set myself free” … An accidental reminder that it’s up to me I guess. It’s hard to do without help or a little support sometimes. Even harder to do when people are working so hard to make sure you don’t get it done.

If misery loves company why don’t miserable people stick to their own kind? There are more than enough of you to go around, you don’t need to recruit new members.

Anyway, I know what it’s like to have people crap on you just for being who you are and feeling like you aren’t allowed to be yourself because people wouldn’t understand.

Those people are stupid. But they are loud and forceful, so we just have to do the best we can.

I say this a lot but it never stops being true: Be nice to you; You are your own best thing.

Frank Ocean performing “Bad Religion” on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Wow. Amen.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

...This Looks Like a Norman Rockwell Painting...

Great shot, Win Mcnamee
My mom is a huge art collector and loves, among others, Norman Rockwell.

That kid knows how to keep cool and have fun doing it. (Freakin’ summerheat). And that face is priceless.

Whatever you do to celebrate Independence Day, remember to practice firework, grill, and heat safety.

Look. Some of these people are just asking for it.


Be nice, Have fun, and Happy 4th!

P.S.

Turner Classics will air A Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith at 8pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 18th. You don’t have to be a fan of the actor to love this movie, but you will be impressed.

Also, lots of hugs, kisses and cool thoughts to our friends on the eastcoast. I was complaining about how my A/C breaks annually and I’m barely keeping cool under the fan. I think I’ll shut up now.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

..."One morning Gerald awoke transformed into a woman"...

This is so freaking awesome. Be sure to watch the credits.
{Animated short Geraldine}


See more great work from Arthur De Pins including the hilarious short La Marche du Crabe