Friday, April 3, 2009

Bronzer Gone Wrong: Valentino

Hello everyone:

Spring is here and summer is almost upon us. The chill of winter has lifted. Light arrives earlier in the morning and the birds sing in the trees. People begin dieting and exercising in an effort to look decent in the skimpy fashions of warmer seasons.

Some folks hit the tanning salon. Some folks begin buying bronzing powders a-plenty. And some folks, older folks, harken back to the bronzing gels of the olden-days.

Enter aged fashionista, and legendary designer Valentino. These pics depict what I like to call `Bronzer Gone Wrong`. Poor guy, there is almost no way to regain the credibility lost from poor cosmetic application. Just ask any farsighted old crone with pink blusher circles on her cheeks.

Valentino and Anne Hathaway. I wonder what she thought when she first saw him. Did terror enter her heart when she realized there would be photographic evidence of her ignoring the very obvious (ironically more obvious by her own blanched complexion?);

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thank God for Musicians and Comedians: Were it not for them, America may have been lost

It began with the amazing Dixie Chicks, during a concert in London in 2003 when these brave women let it be known that they as Americans did NOT agree with George W. Bush`s decision to start a war in Iraq by telling the audience that they were `ashamed the President is from Texas.` These women were utterly villified for daring to believe in Americas most revered right. Freedom of speech.

It continued in 2004 when the band Green Day released its now classic rock opera, American Idiot, one of the most inspiring, smart and popular political releases in history:
Green Day presents American Idiot

Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, The Colber Report) blew the world away and exhibited uncommon bravery in May 2006 when he mercilessly ROASTED then-President George W. Bush (from ten feet away) at the Annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington DC. If you havent seen the video in a while, I urge you to take the time to watch it again. Though it takes some minutes to warm up, it eventually achieves the surgical evisceration of BushCo. This magnificent piece of work is almost three years old now.

And we are brought home by Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, The Daily Show) taking on the criminal behavior by so-called financial media and journalists. The below series of videos are incredible and not to be missed. If you have not seen them in chronological order, you should take the time:

In the beginning...

Clip number two...

The piece de resistance... (Parts 1, 2, and 3)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fault Lines: Wall Street vs. Americans

Its hard to believe that I posted in over a month, but sometimes I just get so busy! When I saw the below video, I knew I had to share. Enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2009

...But I Digress: My Favorite Limerick

I am not quite sure why I thought of it, but this is the one limerick that I've been able to remember since childhood.

There was an old man named Frick,
who took liver-pills to avoid being sick.
He died when quite old,
but his liver (I'm told),
had to be beaten to death with a stick.

(shout out to the great Jack LaLanne, we love you)
(this post hardly seems worth the wait, eh?)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama Inauguration: "Some Came to Sing, Some Came to Pray, Some Came to Keep the Dark Away..."

There is something in the air. The collective world vibe is palpable and indescribeable. The throngs of people at Obama's Inauguration are the most visible part of an entire mass of humanity that, one and all, are in thought and deed one organism in this amazing transition.

This morning during my exercise, the words of the Melanie Safka song "Lay Down" came to me. It described something I feel about why so many people have been drawn to DC...

Lay down, lay down, lay it all down
Let your white birds smile up
At the ones who stand and frown...

You've got to lay down, lay it down, lay it all down
Let your white birds smile up
At the ones who stand and frown

We were so close, there was no room
We bled inside each others wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace

So raise the candles high, 'cause if you don't
We could stay black against the night
Oh raise them higher again and if you do
We could stay dry against the rain

Some came to sing, some came to pray
Some came to keep the dark away

So raise the candles high, if you don't
we could stay black against the sky...

Some of my neighbors will be here at 8:00 AM PST to watch, to share, to sing to pray, and do our best to wash the dark away...