Monthly Archives: June 2009

toni basil and lots of butts.

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Alright.  I know. This post is late… but it’s both of our faults.  I’m having some trouble getting Chris to send me his posts on time and he’s having some trouble getting me to post them when he sends them.  Oops.

This week Toni Basil joined the panel of judges. Back in the day she was pretty legit. And by legit, I mean that unlike the pop stars of the day (*cough* Britney), Toni Basil could both dance and sing at the same time.

Exhibit A:

All that being said, she bothers me for two reasons:

1. Her judging comments just bother me.

2. She hasn’t aged. This leaves me to believe that she has a really good plastic surgeon – OR – she is a sorceress. Seriously, SWTCTW readers, she was born in 1943. Something is not right here, and I would like to see someone get to the bottom of it. In the mean time, if she offers you an apple, don’t eat it.

I feel better now that I have gotten that off my chest…

My Mia returned this week. With a butt dance. For me, it was lacking the certain something that is normally a part of her choreography. It was interesting, and about a butt. Despite a couple clumsy stumbles by Evan. He dropped the shoe, and he had to balance himself with his hand at one point in order not to fall over. It was distracting for me. Having worked quite a few dance shows as a lighting tech, I understand that dancers are notoriously clumsy, but it’s usually backstage.

In keeping with the butt theme, Philip and Jeanine did a Broadway number, during which, Philip split the seat of his pants. [Dear Producers: The close-up shot of the split was not necessary.] Let’s go easy on Philip, though, he did just jump over a couch, length-wise. Mary Murphy was a fan of the jump too. “I’m allergic to feathers, but I wasn’t allergic to that number (screams)!!!!” Oh Mary, such the wordsmith.

Voted off this week: Jonathan and Asuka

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read emails between sanford and mistress.

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Last Thursday The State, a South Carolina newspaper, published emails (allegedly) sent back and forth between Governor Mark Sanford and his mistress. The ones in this article were sent around the Fourth of July last year, which of course means only one thing: Mark Sanford hates America.

Take a look for yourself. These emails are just…embarrassing. They aren’t scandalous and juicy so much as they are boring. Make sure to look out for multiples references to the Cameron Diaz/Kate Winslet/Jude Law/Jack Black chick flick The Holiday, along the citation of a biblical passage. Mmm, hypocrisy on a Monday morning.

Thanks to intern Katie for the tip!

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wowza, what a week we’ve missed.

Kathleen and I have been naughty, naughty bloggers. Everything huge that can happen in the world of blogging happened this past week — important people dying, political scandals…that about covers it — and we have not kept you up to speed.

What a week. So first Ed McMahon died, and we’ll let our bloggy friend Caroline cover that in her trademark wacky way. Then we lose Farrah Fawcett to the bright forever, and Shaq to the Cavs (and no, I will not pretend to actually care about that, but I have to throw it in there). Amid all of that, we have perhaps the most delightfully bizarre Republican-having-an-affair story in recent months. I mean really, Mark Sanford? I remember hearing about him being “missing” earlier in the week, and I was totally giving him the benefit of the doubt. Like, “Come ON people, the guy just needed to get in touch with nature and clear his head on the Appalachian Trail!” And even when that story changed to Sanford “clearing his head” in Argentina, I was all, “Okay, that’s a little weirder, but whatever man. Let the guy do what he needs to do.” But of course — of course — he was having an affair. We all should have known (and most people who aren’t as naive as I am did, I guess). Here’s a well-articulated article about Sanford’s hypocrisy and irresponsibility that I just stumbled upon.

Michael JacksonThen, as you all know, we lost MJ. Part of the reason I hesitated to post about Michael Jackson’s death is that I didn’t have any idea what to say about it, and I knew that there were plenty of other people out there saying important things, better than I could have (take Andrew Sullivan and Michael Thomas, for instance). When big celebrities like Heath Ledger and Natasha Richardson died, I was really sad, for reasons I didn’t quite understand. With Michael Jackson, it was different, and I think that’s in part because his entire life was just so sad and strange and depressing. When I heard that he died, I was surprised, but I also felt the same as I always had about him. Andrew Sullivan, in the article I linked to above, puts it perfectly:

…he had no compass to find [a normal life]; no real friends to support and advise him; and money and fame imprisoned him in the delusions of narcissism and self-indulgence. Of course, he bears responsibility for his bizarre life. But the damage done to him by his own family and then by all those motivated more by money and power than by faith and love was irreparable in the end. He died a while ago. He remained for so long a walking human shell.

Dead on, right? [Ed. note: In proofreading I noticed the interesting choice of the phrase “dead on.” Pun not intended, but I’m leaving it.] We lost a great talent, but I would imagine anyone who knew MJ felt they lost Michael Jackson the person long ago.

It gets nuttier, though. This crazy week just HAD to go out with a bang: Mark and Michael and Farrah and Shaq and Ed…not enough! Billy Mays had to go and die. Yep, that Billy Mays:

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Billy Mays of infomercial fame was found dead in his home this morning at the age of 50. (Some sources are saying he was 49, but according to his Wikipedia birthday, he was 50.) No foul play is suspected, and no one seems to know what caused the death. The only slight lead is that he had been in a minor plane accident the day before and was hit on the head with some luggage. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about Mays’ death.

Let’s all hope for some much, MUCH better news in the upcoming week. We can really only go up from here, eh?

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guess we’re all in trouble, huh?

Guys, this is totally my jam:

It’s a challenge for me to not associate Phantom Planet with The O.C., which probably says something about my musical knowledge/taste, but I lurve this song. I’m going to totally dance around my bedroom to it all summer long.

Speaking of dancing, last night Kathleen and assorted other friends of ours went to the Red Sox/Nationals game, and at the end of the game Miss Potter, my roommate, hooked us up with access to a suite. Excitement about moving from the nosebleeds to a suite (Suite 1, no less), prompted some celebratory awkward dancing. (To replicate, be gangly, then wave limbs around wildly.) See, Kathleen’s Connecticut-loving boyfriend — let’s call him Miguel — and I are both wonderfully awkward dancers. I say wonderfully because when you’re an awkward dancer, you just have to embrace and love the awkwardness, or it just gets worse. Kathleen (poor thing) was blessed with actual coordination, so Miguel and I made a pact that if we ever find an Awkward Dance Contest for Couples, we will totally enter. And totally win. Our confidence is so enormous that Miguel makes this bold claim: “I could enter an Awkward Dance Contest for Couples and win, alone.” Bring it on.

In related news, remember the time Kathleen and I reviewed the 2008 All-Star game? (Here, read it again!) J.D. Drew was at bat at some point last night, and Kathleen was all, “Hey Mal, remember the time we wrote about the All-Star game and we like loved J.D.?” And I was all, “[Awkward laugh] Yeah…I mean, actually, no, I don’t remember that at all.” Kathleen proceeded to make fun of me and said that we both had huge crushes on J.D. Drew and we were both a little ashamed (and mocked by Miguel), because J.D. Drew looks like this:

Which isn’t to say Mr. Drew is unattractive, but I mean, he is a bearded ginger, and I think I would have remembered having a huge crush on a bearded ginger. Turns out, this was the boy we were talking about in said All-Star post:

This means, of course, that Kathleen was wrong! Huzzah! I may have the long-term memory of a housefly, but I’ll take the little victories where I can find them.

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liar, liar, pants on fire, starface!

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Oh Kimberley.  Remember Kimberley Vlaminck, aka Starface? She claimed that she had fallen asleep after asking for three stars on her face and when she woke up, she had 56 stars.  Rouslan Toumaniantz, the tattoo artist, said she was lying.  Eye witnesses said she was lying.  Now, Kimberley says she was lying.  From the Telegraph:

She said after the tattooing last week: “It is terrible for me. I cannot go out on to the street. I look like a freak.”

But the 18-year-old has finally confessed she did not fall asleep, that she wanted all the stars and was “fully aware” of what Mr Toumaniantz was doing.

Ms Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew: “I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them. But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and the that the tattooist made a mistake.”

Everyone who read the story didn’t believe her.  I have no idea how her father could have believed that.  Toumaniantz has since withdrawn his offer to pay for half of the tattoo removal.

I don’t know what’s worse– having 56 stars tattooed on your face or having a face that everyone will recognize as the face of a liar.

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a random and gratuitous elevator story.

This morning, two people on the elevator with me were discussing the overall strangeness of airport food, and the strange exceptions people tend to make for themselves when they eat in airports. “Ben and Jerry’s,” says one guy, “opens at 8 a.m. in such-and-such airport. 8 a.m.! And I saw people eating ice cream, at 8 a.m.!” Other guy, of course, is shocked: “People would never normally eat Ben and Jerry’s at 8 a.m.”

And I couldn’t help but wonder…what kinds of “people” do these guys know? B&J 4 LIFE.

Good morning, happy Wednesday, etc. etc.

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elisabeth hasslebeck hassled by plagiarism allegations.

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Ruh roh.  Elisabeth Hasselbeck is being sued by Susan Hassett, the author of a book for people with Celiac disease, for plagiarism.  From the AP:

Hassett said in the lawsuit that she sent Hasselbeck a personal note and copy of her “Living With Celiac Disease” book as a courtesy after the television celebrity disclosed she had the illness last year.

Hassett claims that Hasselbeck lifted word for word passages for her own book, “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide”.

People with the disease, like Hasselbeck, are unable to eat foods with gluten in them.  The book offers tips on how to live healthily with the disease.  On top of plagiarism charges, Hassett is claiming that Hasslebeck’s book gives bad advice and can be dangerous for people with Celiac disease.  Oh my.

I wonder what the ladies on The View have to say about all this.  I can imagine that Mama Barbara won’t be pleased…

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the girl who does not age.

I’m not going to comment a lot on this story because I really don’t even know what to say about it other than you MUST read this. It  is, by far, one of the craziest things I’ve ever read.  It seems like it should be science fiction.

 Brooke Greenberg, age 16, does not age.  The doctors cannot figure out why.  She has been a toddler since she was a toddler.  Here is a picture of her, at age 16, being held by her younger sister.  Her sister is 13.

 

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I think the Greenbergs are a wonderful example for all of us.  They have such an inspiring outlook on life. 

CLICK TO READ THE STORY.

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grayson wynne is boy vs. wild.

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Apparently shows like Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild” have some value. When 9-year-old Grayson Wynne was separated from his family during a camping trip in Utah’s Ashley National Forest, he remembered the things he had seen Bear Grylls do. (That man, by the way, is the biggest fake. Not that the New York Post is gospel, but this article is worth a read: click here. Fancy resorts, Bear?  Seriously?)

Grayson ripped his yellow rain jacket in to strips and tied them to trees to leave a trail and clues. He spent the night in a small shelter he made under a fallen tree, and the next morning followed a creek in hopes of finding a lake. He was found on Sunday after surviving on his own for 18 hours. I’m impressed, little G! This story of boy vs. wild also has a warm and fuzzy ending. The first thing he said to his dad was “Happy Father’s Day”. Awwww.

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deadliest crash in d.c. metro history.

APTOPIX Metro Train Derailment

Yesterday around 5 p.m., two metros on D.C.’s red line collided, leaving seven nine people dead and over 70 injured. According to The Washington Post:

One Metro train slammed into the back of another on the Red Line at the height of the evening rush yesterday, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 70 others in the deadliest accident in Metrorail’s 33-year-history.

D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin said cadaver dogs were also being used, and the wooded areas on either side of the tracks had been thoroughly searched for any surviving or dead victims. Earlier media reports had put the death toll as high as nine. A total of 76 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries that ranged from minor to critical.

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said this morning that seven people were confirmed dead in the crash, and two others remain in critical condition after being hospitalized overnight. He said rescue crews were using heavy equipment to search through the crushed rail cars for any possible remaining victims, and hoped to be able to say definitively by late afternoon whether there were additional casualties.

Perhaps most worrisome about all of this is that this exact situation was supposed to be impossible:

Metro was designed with a fail-safe computerized signal system that is supposed to prevent trains from colliding. The agency’s trains are run by onboard computers that control speed and braking. Another electronic system detects the position of trains to maintain a safe distance between them. If they get too close, the computers automatically apply the brakes, stopping the trains.

When all else fails, the operator of a Metro train is able to slam on the brakes to prevent a crash, but it seems that in this case, the operator of the train that crashed never braked.

We’ll keep you posted as more news comes out, and until then, we’ll all be thinking about those involved and their families.

UPDATE (6/24): Read more about what officials are speculating about the crash, along with some stories about victims, in this morning’s New York Times article.

UPDATE (6/25): Metro officials seem to think that a faulty circuit may have caused the crash, says The Washington Post.

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