The Mind Wobbles

So many things to absorb, think about, deal with and put up with - it simply makes the mind wobble...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

'Toon Tuesday


Friday, June 26, 2009

The Lola Shuffle - The "R.I.P Michael" Edition

Today Lola is shuffling within her Jackson 5/Michael Jackson content, let's see what comes up...
  1. The Love You Save
  2. I Want You Back
  3. I'll Be There
  4. Never Can Say Goodbye
  5. ABC
  6. Heal the World
  7. Rock with You
  8. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  9. Man in the Mirror
  10. Black or White

It still doesn't seem real that he's gone. May he finally be at peace and have the happiness he never knew.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Two Icons From My Youth - gone in one day

"Farrah Fawcett is dead". Sadly, this was a statement for which we were prepared and based on reports of her suffering on her last days it came as a relief. But my God, she really was gorgeous...just look at her on "the poster" - the perfect embodiment of the all-American golden girl. Arguably her "talent" was questionable, but really, did it matter?

I remember never missing an episode of "Charlie's Angels" and there she was a vision of teeth, hair and tan. Now, to be honest, Jill wasn't my favorite - we were too different. I could never be her: blonde athletic and gorgeous - even at 13 I knew that just wasn't going to happen.

She embodied an era, she was a powerful symbol of American womanhood and for better or worse a role model or a lust object for millions. Would she have been an icon today? I don't think so - the world has changed and perceptions of women have changed. But for those of my generation - in our collective memory, she'll always be the quintessential all-American golden girl.

May she be at peace...beautiful again with the sun beaming from behind her flowing hair.

A bit later in the day after news of Farrah's passing two or three news alert e-mail messages hit my inbox. "Michael Jackson Suffers Cardiac Arrest!" What? I'm working from home today so I switched to CNN and there was Wolf Blitzer clearly distressed. It was true. CNN had reporters all over the place: the house, the hospital, Sanjay Gupta, some other medical correspondent, all of them talking, all saying the same things - but there was no music. Until later. Once Wolf announced that several outlets were reporting Michael Jackson after being in a coma had died, he said "now let's watch a 10 year old Michael Jackson with his brothers performing "I Want You Back". And there he was, clearly a star even then. I switched to MTV where they're playing back-to-back videos of a grown-up Michael Jackson. "Bad", "Thriller", "Beat It", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "PYT-Pretty Young Thing", and more. So much music...and "We Are The World".

His life became a circus the last few years - weirdness, the rumors, the indiscretions. I hope that's not for what he's remembered. That's not what I'll remember. I'll remember the sweet-faced boy singing "ABC", "I'll Be There", "Dancing Machine" and "Ben". I'll remember his electric performance of "Billie Jean" at the Motown 25th anniversary special - it's almost like the world stopped when he did the moonwalk the first time. I'll remember when I went to see him and his brothers in concert for the Victory tour in the mid 80s.

Today the world lost Farrah - an epitome of beauty and Michael - an epitome of musical genius.

Is today the day "our" music died?

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Enjoy the fathers in your life...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

'Toon Tuesday


Friday, June 12, 2009

The Lola Shuffle - "The I Missed a Week" Edition

I don't have a good excuse...I just haven't felt like Blogging. I don't even have a picture for this post! I suck.

Last Friday I worked from home and completely forgot about the bad.

So, here's my makeup shuffle...let's see what Lola has for us.
  1. I Am Woman - Helen Reddy (this one's for you Dixie!)
  2. Who Am I (What's My Name)? - Snoop Dogg (it's kinda bad that I really like this song - the uncensored version no less - isn't it?)
  3. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
  4. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
  5. Hump de Bump - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. Love You Inside and Out - Bee Gees
  7. Roxanne '97 (Puff Daddy Remix) - Sting and the Police (Apparently Lola is in a gangsta mood)
  8. Sway - The Pussycat Dolls (Yes, The Pussycat Dolls - don't judge me people!)
  9. May Your Music Live On - Terrance Simien
  10. Stay - Cyndi Lauper (an excellent version of this song)

I don't know why I'm so disaffected lately. I guess my muse is on summer vacation. Lucky her.

Stuff has been going on too. I was summoned to Federal Jury Duty. I went on Monday and went into a court room for jury selection but didn't get picked for the trial - maybe because on the Judge's questionnaire I said I was against the death penalty and against the Three Strikes law.

But here's the kicker - I'm "on call" for two weeks. Every night this week and next week I had/have to call and see if I have to show up the next day.

To be honest Federal jury duty wasn't nearly as soul shatteringly boring as County jury duty - they kept us busy all day between filling out the questionnaire and the jury selection show. One of the times I was called to county jury duty I sat in the frickin' frackin' jury pool room all day - brutal!

I've got a relatively busy weekend ahead. Saturday morning I want to sleep in because I haven't been getting enough sleep. Then I have a Cuban cooking class for the Cuban Home Cooking Blog - we're learning how to make "Fritas Cubanas" - which is sorta like a Cuban hamburger only way better.

On Sunday, I'm going with my friend Cris to see a slightly scary performance - it's something called Fuerza Bruta. If I survive maybe I'll tell you about it afterwards.

So, have a great something fun and stay cool.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

'Toon Tuesday