10 Things You Should Not Do


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English: This photo depicts Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Making fun or insulting others to get a laugh. (Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Bill Mahr,  Steven Colbert and most comedians. We laugh with them at people.)

At first, I included Jon Stewart, but after thinking it over I decided his humor is not mean-spirited. I like the way he gets his point across. He reminds me of an intellectual Johnny Carson.

Some people carry this  line of comedy into real life towards real people. Insulting other is not nice or funny.

2. Believing that you are superior to everyone. (Donald Trump, Carl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, etc.)

3. Not listening to anyone else.( Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity.)

4. Talking only about yourself. (Donald Trump)

5. Being rude to hard-working people in stores and restaurants. There’s plenty of ordinary people who do that. It’s really pathetic behavior, and if you do it, stop it immediately!

6. Driving drunk or drugged up. (Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton)

7. Saying things that you know will embarrass others.(Donald Trump, Joan Rivers)

8. Calling people childish names, like pig.  (Donald Trump). Name calling in general is a no no.

9. Looking at the bad side of life. Fox channel, CNN Channel, Local News,  Reality Shows, The Khardashians, Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil, Prison reality type shows, Serial Killer Documentaries, television in general)

10. Being a home wrecker, and speaking ill of the dead. (Rielle Hunter)

As I was writing this, I wondered why those people are famous? What’s even sadder is that they are rich too. Some of them, like Mr. Trump, have stars embedded in cement.

I am interested enough  to read all the gossip magazines, watch reality shows and mention these people.

I do not like it when I am the target of humor that is directed at me. Especially humor that makes fun of my weaknesses. (I have plenty.)

Maybe we need some better role models.When did things change? Where should we draw the line? Which of these people offend, and which don’t. Do you agree or disagree with me?

The fact is that we like controversial people. Go figure?

Comments?

Dancing With the Stars Week 3 Emotions Abound


This was a great week on Dancing With The Stars. I enjoyed every moment of it. The so called “stars” shared their most private and emotional moments. It is true that this group of stars seems the most naturally talented.

Jack Wagner and Anna

In 2011 star “Jack Wagner”  met his daughter Kerry for the first time. It was his most memorable year, and event. She looks 17 or 18. It’s not clear whether he knew she existed, or just left the mother. (I have taken an instant dislike to this guy).

The good news is that he’s accepted her now that she’s a grown-up, and was dedicating his dance to her. He was also choked up.

To make me dislike him even more, he was dancing to one of his own songs.

They liked him more than I did. I suppose they were judging him on his dancing, not his personality.

24/30

Maria Menunos and Derek

I liked Maria’s story because it was so American. Her family immigrated from Greece, and worked as janitors in Boston to make ends meet. When Maria would accompany them, if she found a quarter she’d put it in the jukebox and dance to the “Material Girl.” Okay, the part about pilfering quarters off the floor wasn’t exactly honest.

Maria has already proven she is a good dancer. She has a perfect body, and knows how to move it. It helps that she’s dancing with Derek, one of the best dancers on the show. He gave her a simulation of a kiss during the dance. I would say this girl danced beautifully. She was wearing a very pretty white sparkly dress

It was surprising to learn that she had a broken rib because the night before she’d participated in “Wrestlemania.” Apparently, she is still insecure about padding her bank account.

As Len Goodman put it,”it was bedroom to the ballroom technique, and a fabulous dance.

27/30

Gladys Knight and Tristan

Gladys went back to 1957 when she was 13. She was excited to be with super artists. “They taught me how to walk, talk and treat an audience.”( I was glad to find out that Gladys was older than me.) I was wondering why she wasn’t attending school at 13.

She was wearing a pretty peach-pink dress with lovely sequins on the back and front.

After a long career, you would expect her to have stage presence, and she does. She did a Fox Trot, and she improved from last week. The judges agreed, although I thought they went overboard complimenting her.

Tom, the host, referred to her as “the elegant empress.”

24/30

Roshon Fagen & Chelsie

In 1996, Roshon—a Disney star— was 6  years old, and saw Michael Jackson live. MJ inspired him to get into show biz. He got to  work with MJ’s choreographer at rehearsal. He wanted to make MJ proud.

He did the Samba with MJ moves.  This kid has proved that he is an extraordinary dancer already. I thought he did MJ perfectly. He touched his private parts and everything.

Len wanted a traditional Samba, but he was glad the kid gave 100%.

Bruno saw the real MJ practicing in the 70′s and thought Roshon could’ve been him.

25/30

Gavin Degraw & Marina

He doesn’t seem confident when he’s dancing. Compared to everyone tonight, I found him the least natural dancer. He gave a touching story about the unconditional love and support his family has given him over the years.

I think the judges are giving him higher marks than he deserves because he tries hard.

24/ 30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark

Maybe because this woman is a British opera star, she has a natural advantage. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is a fabulous dancer.

She had a sad story of her dad dying from cancer. In 1996, they called her home from school to say “goodbye.”

She said she was dancing for her dad, and by the tears in her eyes, you believed her. She did a touching waltz, and it was beautiful.

Carrie Ann noted,  ”it was magic, you could imagine her father’s arms around her.”

29/30

Sherrie Shephard and Val

When her son Jeffrey was born, he was only 1 pound and 10 ounces. He’s her miracle baby and she was dancing for him.

Sherri danced the Rumba.

She was wearing a white dress that I didn’t think flattered her. To me, she looked a little heavier on her feet than last week. The judges didn’t agree with me. They thought she did a great job.

She kissed her son after she was done, and he looked thrilled. it was touching.

24/30

Melissa Gilbert and Maks

She revealed that she’d broken her back in 2010 while doing a musical version of “Little House on the Prairie.” I guess she couldn’t get another acting gig. Anyway, she cried because she was so happy recalling the fact that she wasn’t paralyzed.

She did a “jive”. She was wearing a cool purple outfit, and I thought she did a terrific job keeping up with another of my favorite pros, Maks.

The judges were complimentary.

24/ 30

Jaleel White and Kim

Jaleel’s moment was when he played cool suave “Stafan Erkel” on “Family Matters”.

That meant a lot to him because he got choked up about it. I guess he really didn’t like being known as nerdy Erkel.

He did the Rumba and moved with elegance. He looked spiffy in his white shoes, and white outfit.

Carrie Anne said, “You have a unique style and you glided.”

Len thought he was a little stiff in the arms.

25/30

William Levy and Cheryl

William Levy’s most memorable year was in 1995 when he got out of Cuba. He didn’t appreciate having 8 people in the same house. When he got to the USA he was excited about eating apples. Apparently, they don’t have  butter  in Cuba because  he thought it was melting ice cream when he saw it on pancakes for breakfast.

Maybe, because they don’t spend a lot of time eating in Cuba, they have those sexy moves down. He enjoyed doing the salsa, something that reminded him of Cuba. Before  starting the dance he hit the bongo. (Remember Desi and Lucy?)

He was wearing a blue bandanna, and a white shirt, showing his  chest. He knows how to move and shake  his hips. He’s got it all!

Sexy, sexy, and sexy.

Len said, “you conquered the salsa.”

Bruno said, “amazing.”

Carrie Ann said, “ridiculously hot.”

28/30

Donald Driver and Peta

Donald’s story was so touching. In 2010 he lost a friend to cancer, and right before he died a tear rolled down his cheeks. He took another breath and died in Donald’s arms.

He did a very passionate dance, and he was wearing a pink shirt, and black pants. He is also sexy, sexy, and sexy.

Carrie Ann said, “I’m truly touched.”

Len said, “you dance was filled with warmth and emotion, really top-notch performance.”

Bruno said, “you push yourself to the limit.”

26/30

My guess about who is going to go: It’s either Jack Wagner or  Gavin Degraw

What do you think?

The Hunger Games leaves me craving for more


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53:366(Y2) - The Hunger Games (Photo credit: Nomadic Lass)

If you like reality shows, good-looking teenagers killing each other, and Lenny Kravitz ―he doesn’t sing but exudes sex appeal― in a minor role, “The Hunger Games” is for you. Donald Sutherland does a great job playing the bad guy.

I went to see this movie, not knowing what to expect. the movie takes place in the future in a place called Panem. There has been some cataclysmic even that destroyed much of North America. Our heroine, Katness Aberdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12 which is the old Appalachia. There are dirty miners coming home from work, ramshackle houses, and a gate that keeps everyone inside.

Our main character is a strong 16-year old teenage girl. She’s a little rough around the edges, but you know she’s downright beautiful, smart, and courageous. She’s brave enough to go under the  fence that is supposed to keep everyone in their own district. She has the admiration of a very good-looking male teenager who is her friend. Katness is really good with her bow and arrow and hunts wild game to keep her family going. (This is against the law).

The way this new civilization keeps the peace is by having “Hunger Games” every year.  There are 12 districts, and the civilization is being punished for a rebellion in which a 13 th district was destroyed. Each district picks two volunteers, a boy and a girl, to fight it out in the city. Only one can be a winner.

The rest of the movie takes place in the wealthy capital where the contestants get makeovers, stay in plush surroundings and finally fight it out. They place tracking devices inside the contestants so everyone can watch the killing on TV.

I won’t tell you who wins. You’ll have to figure that one out by seeing the movie. There is a unique twist, one you wouldn’t expect.

It’s not so far from today’s society where people watch other people’s lives on TV to get a vicarious thrill. I’m talking about the Reality shows that are not really reality, but are orchestrated.  (Not to mention how we’re all needy and watch “news” 24 hours a day.)

This movie has everything you need to hold your interest: a good plot, romance, good acting, excitement, good-looking kids and it keeps you guessing about what is going to happen next.

Unfortunately, it leaves you hanging a little. I guess that’s because they’re coming up with another movie next November.

The only thing I questioned was parents bringing their kids to see this? Wouldn’t this scare them, or are we so used to violence that this is no big deal?  It is PG13, but I saw children much younger than this at the movie.

What’s your opinion?

Do you think people should bring their young children to this movie?

I’m not sure on how far we can go with subject matter without being offended? I guess I was, just a little.

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The Case of the disappearing post


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I wrote a post on my views on reality television, however, I lost it when I used Zemanta. I ended up with a picture instead of a post!

I have a Mac, and have religiously gone to some of the classes. I’ve even gotten one-to-one instruction. They young genius helpers are patient. They seem to understand that some people of my generation are just not tuned into the technology age.

They find it strange that I ask for a paper and pencil to write things down. It’s something from the 20th century. Don’t I realize it’s now a paperless world? (Which is a good thing because I hate hunting down little pieces of paper).

When I walked into a Best Buy several years ago, I realized things had drastically changed. Fancy cell phones, answering machines, recording devices, and on and on.  What happened to knobs that you turned? What happened to high and low volume switches? What was going on?

When I went into the Apple store to figure out how to use my new computer,  I looked over at the children at the kiddie computers.  It was especially disturbing to see the little boy sitting in the chair with the pacifier hanging out of his mouth expertly playing a game.  These days they must be  born with a computer chip in their brains.

I finally have realized that I need to back up my posts.Because when they’re gone, I don’t have the patience to reconstruct them.

I realized that it can be generational when I sat down with my uncle several years ago, and tried to show him how to use a mouse. He just couldn’t get it. I just didn’t have the patience to wait till he caught on. I suddenly understood why my son looked like he was going to explode when he’d agree to help me every once in a while.

In the meantime, I’ll renew my one-to-one at the Apple Store and keep at it. It’s a good way to meet other people my own age. They’re sitting at the projects table with me.

I have to clarify that there are plenty of people my age who are fantastic at technology. Some of them have been leaders in the field. I guess, some of us are born to adapt to this stuff, and others just have to keep taking classes.

Dare I try to add a picture to this post?  Will it disappear?

Anybody with some simple tips you can give me about word-press? Put it in the comments section.

I’ll reconstruct my reality TV  post tomorrow. I thought it was one of my best.

If you’ve had the same experience, feel free to comment. If you have advice, make it as simple as possible!

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