November 20, 2012
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First, I don’t normally get into the political comment game. I keep it in the back of my head that it might be interesting to run for office some day, and I am mindful of what I post on the internet as a result. I do a mental litmus test for how people will judge me for what I say when I post it. I assume I’m a reasonable person, so I assume my litmus test is useful. Hopefully my political commentary doesn’t anger anyone too terribly, and this type of writing will hopefully end here – there are much more fun things to write about than what feels like junior high school peer drama.
Why did I write this? I was on my RSS feed and found this article on CBC. It really made me angry. So here’s my commentary, a message to the over-entitled whining-because-I-got-nothing-better-to-do sore loser right of the USA:
First, you didn’t lose. Your country is far too black and white when it comes to this distinction – it’s one or the other, you’ve won or you’ve lost, and there is no in between. It’s why you pour so much money into international competitions to strut about and chant “USA” when you win and you’re the best, but if you lose then someone obviously cheated. You could put that money towards fixing your own internal problems, but that would be socialism, so it’s better to keep puffing your chest to the world.
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April 1, 2011
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I don’t understand this. I’m going to bed too late tonight. Again. And why? American Idol. I don’t get it. This is the show’s tenth season, and I have never watched it before… ever! Not even a passing interest or a care about what was happening. The closest I’d ever gotten to this show was watching Steve Carell yell “Kelly Clarkson!!” in the throes of agony of getting his chest waxed in the 40 Year-Old Virgin. Now, I can’t stop.
Of course, I’ve seen some of the horrible auditions, because there have been some spectacularly bad moments on that program. But an entire episode? Where I actually consciously chose to give some of my quiet, hard-earned evening to Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez (yeah the last two are new, but still)?? Like, I went out of my way to watch it, and I haven’t missed an episode.
It started by just watching the auditions… Entertaining. Bus crashes and surprise standouts, all. And Steven Tyler was quite possibly the funniest thing ever, or maybe it was just that he was the off-the-wall counterpoint to Jennifer Lopez’s straightforward sweetness. I don’t know what happened but here I am, months later, sitting in front of my TV, critiquing with Adena (quite seriously) each performance as it passes.
I’m too invested now. I have to make it to the end. But again, why now, in the tenth season??
I have my favorites, how about you? I’m so embarrassed.