Monday Music

Heard this blast from the past on the way home and I couldn’t help but blast the volume.  If you grew up in the 90’s it’s impossible to not love this song.

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Five things on my mind lately

Lately the following things have been taking up some serious space in my brain.  When life gets busy and fast-moving, my daydreams get a little more creative.

1. I want to roadtrip across the US.  I’ve been wanting to visit all 50 states and lately I’ve been dreaming of meandering through Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.  I mean, who would’t be blown away by how vastly different the topography of this country is?

2. Exercise is addictive.  Seriously — I’ve been running a lot more, and lifting heavier weights.  The sense of accomplishment in weighting up and feeling stronger is the best feeling – especially during stressful times.  I have had several injuries so it’s even more awesome to know that I can run several miles, and pump out a bunch of weighted squats.

3. All I want to do on the weekends is go on the boat and it keeps being too damned windy.  Not cool weather. Not cool.

4. My nomadic instincts are kicking in guys. I keep wondering what it would be like to live someplace else – California, Italy, Spain. Wherever.  Obviously I don’t have the resources for this, but how awesome would it be?  I’ve had this explorer/nomad instinct for as long as I can remember. I’m restless like that.

5. I am on a new music kick. And I have Mumford & Sons on repeat. Oh yeah, and I really want to go to Bonnaroo.

Tuesday Night Jam

So I’ll admit – I’m not always the biggest fan of Adele.  She’s talented, she has a great voice, but I can only hear the same song over and over again for so long. That being said, I love her take on the new James Bond theme. It makes me want to dance all melty, turning fusion-like.  It’s so perfect for a Bond movie and I really appreciate that she took the Bond sound but made it her own.

Also, I am dying to see Skyfall, but I hate crowds, so maybe this weekend? I dunno. We will see:

Around the interwebs

Hi guys! How’s everyone doing? I hope you all, and all your loved ones are safe and dry after Hurricane Sandy.  Living in Florida, and having grown up in the Southeast it’s almost surreal to see another part of the country go through hurricanes.  I grew up with them so I am used to them, and fortunately my last big storm was Wilma.  In my perusing of the internet, I have come across several stories, but will not post them all because I feel like it’s overload for some.

Cranberries vs. Raisons

Milan is not my first choice for a visit, but this is cool. We had a similar movement going on last year.

Pumpkin tetris

What does it all mean? Pasta names explained.

Slow Food.  I’m a fan.

Tribal Fest registration is open.  Here’s a tip… take Alicia’s workshop! I want to go but not sure I can swing it.

Shame on you, NBC

So I am really obsessed with the Olympics. I think the amount of work and dedication that these athletes have dedicated to becoming the best of the best is truly admirable — especially the young ones who could be out partying with their friends.

In particular I have always loved gymnastics. And I love Gabby Douglas because she just has such an exuberance about her. You can tell that she really, really loves gymnastics. I also think that she has probably overcome a lot, because like it or not, there are not many minority gymnasts.  So I was pretty upset when I read that people were criticizing her for her hair. WTF? I mean this little girl is 17 and has been working her ass off to represent the USA and you are going to say she needs a perm? Get off your couch and try doing the stuff she did.

So when that girl won the Olympics, and because the first African American woman to win the Women’s gymnastics individuals, I was so excited (especially after watching the little Russian girl have a tantrum over getting the silver.)  NBC’s announcer gave a short segment about how great her smile was, and how she is the first African American woman to win, etc.

And then they cut to a commercial about a zookeeper show or something. But it wasn’t any commercial. The beginning screen showed a monkey widely grinning and hanging off of gymnastics rings. I kid you not. As soon as I saw it, I exclaimed “What the Fuck are they doing? Are you serious?)  That’s some seriously poor taste. And you can’t say it was a mistake because the gymnastics were pre-recorded.

Throughout the entire Olympics I have had issues with how NBC has been cutting out parts, showing clips, showing more commercials than actual games and not allowing viewership online. But that commercial placement seriously crossed the line.  Regardless of whether it was intended to be openly racist, or if it was just a poor slot placement doesn’t matter. It was offensive and inappropriate.

Talking about it the next day, several of my other coworkers also had the same impression and were equally shocked that a major news network would make such a mistake.  I hope that the next time around, NBC is not even in the running for the rights.  Poorly played NBC, poorly played.