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An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama

This morning when Monkey woke up I told him that the man he picked to be president won.

Realize my 4 year-old picked you on a whim yesterday based on your appearance. So congrats on that.

I chose to break my two-presidential-election streak of third party voting (Nader, who has clearly gone cuckoo) to vote for you based on a lot more than Monkey – though I hope he has a good eye for character). Though it wasn’t a whole-hearted “Yay! I am votin’ Obama” vote like it has been for some, because I’m jaded. I chose you over McCain quite easily, because quite frankly the man scares me, with the Bomb Bomb Iran (sorry, not funny) and the “100 Years in Iraq” and Palin not knowing that Africa is a continent (thinks it’s a whole country, for reals). So take it as much as a vote against McCain as for you.

But Sen. (President-Elect) Obama, as someone who voted for you and watched history be made last night, I make one request:

Bring It.

A message of hope brought you to victory, and as such, you’re going in with a lot of expectations. Many think you’re the Messiah, while others think you’re the Anti-Christ. The Messiah camp thinks you will be the BEST PRESIDENT EVER, while the Anti-Christ contigent thinks the apocalypse is nigh and thinks, if we’re lucky, you won’t make it past four years. Some I know who voted for you think you will be a one-termer.

So Bring It.

Surround yourself with good people. Let the healthcare thing go, at least for a while (frankly, I’m not on board with your plan there) and help the market to correct itself. Get us out of freaking Iraq in a responsible manner. Fix what Bush broke.

Congratulations, and best of luck to you. W left you quite a mess. I know I would not want to be in your shoes.

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Pop Culture and the Preschooler

The pressure to succeed, materialism, an emphasis on outer beauty, narcissism, romance trouble and other issues faced by high schoolers may not be what draw young children in, but the issues are there nonetheless, Twenge said.

“How do you even talk to a 3-year-old about this stuff? Think before you leap. If you’ve leapt, then cut her off. There are things you have to take a stand on,” she counsels parents.

A couple of months ago, a little girl in our preschool bible class (who’s very sweet and was SIL and I’s little blessing in the class), told us EVERYTHING about High School Musical. She already has a little crush on Troy. When Monkey mentioned liking Backyardigans, she said she used to like it, but it’s “a baby show”. She’s 5 – all of a year older than the Monkey.

Pop culture creeps fast into kids’ lives. While I first thought when I read the article “Wow, I’m sure glad that I don’t have girls”…let’s face it, it’s just as bad for the boys, just in a different way. While with the girls it’s all about fashion and relationships and who’s dating Troy, for the boys it’s superheroes and guns. While I liked Transformers as a child, as a parent I was VERY disappointed to see a PG-13 movie marketed to my preschooler.

So how long can or should we as parents keep pop culture at bay? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Are you comfortable, Senator Obama?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, can I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time. And I don’t mind. I — you know, I’ll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious, and if anybody saw “Saturday Night Live,” you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow. (Laughter, boos.) I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all of these issues. But I’m happy to answer it.

For those of you that missed the particular skit in question, here it is…don’t worry, I’ll wait…

Hillary? Or can I just call you Hill? I can? Thanks. Hill, let’s have a little chat…just us gals. I know they’ve been a little harder on you in the debates. Obama’s almost been crowned the winner, and you’re being crowned the…er, nevermind.

So it’s been rougher than you planned. I get that, I do. But making passive-aggressive remarks like you did in the debate tonight in referencing the SNL sketch – you’re just making it worse. You look more desperate. Let the sketch speak for you, Hill – let the sketch speak for you.

I’ve got some beachfront property in Oklahoma I’d like to sell this guy…

Poor guy.

For My Blake, Incarcerated…

Do you know how many times over the past two days I’ve put on a BAD British accent and said “For My Blake, Incarcerated” to BHE…too many times, and it never gets old. OK, it never gets old to me…

I missed Foo Fighters at the Grammy hoopla due to ongoing Bear and Monkey illness (they were checking into some serious On Demand toonage) but I caught on youtube if you want a looksie:

And is anyone else a little freaked out by Amy Winehouse? Did the comin’-down-off-the-crackarock-shimmy-shake freak anyone else out? Just me?

I actually like “Rehab” alright but…I don’t know, maybe she’s just a better singer than dancer.

Rockin’ Out

BHE and I went out on our first “date” in a while (and first concert in a very long while, as the last one was Motley Crue back in Summer ’05), and had a blast at the Foo Fighters show last night. They are absolutely my favorite band, getting better and better with each album, and I haven’t seen them in years (last time was when they were touring with The Colour and The Shape…ten years ago). I wanted to see them when they toured with Weezer, which would have been awesome, but I don’t think they came to Nashville during that tour.

There were two opening acts. The first was Hello Stranger (I think – I am guessing from the T-shirt stand merchandise). They were OK. Opening acts are always kind of a pain for me and BHE – unless they’re someone really awesome, you just get really sick of it and you’re like “bring on the show!”. Anyway, the highlight of Opening Act A, whoever it was, is the keytar…used to AC/DC’s Thunderstruck…sung by a gal…it was all kinds of crazy. BHE thought it was all kinds of wrong…I thought it was all kinds of hilarious. And they closed with it, so we were glad to say ‘Adios’ to Opening Act A…

 …until Opening Act B came out. Ever heard of Against Me? Well, I wish I had gone a little longer without knowing about them…was not impressed. Very “we’re from Florida but we think we’re UK metal meets UK punk in ’82″….and cripes they were loud. I don’t mind loud music at all…I am queen of hearing nothin’ but then radio when it’s just me in the car…but AGH!

Anyway…on to the Foo Fighters, who were indeed awesome. I think they cut it a little short due to Dave Grohl’s voice – he was really at the limit it sounded like, and according to their blog (check the blogroll to your right) he had a cold or something (oh wait, checked the blog again…they’re canceling dates…he’s sick alright).

BHE did note this morning that, surprising, they did not play the current single, “Long Road to Ruin” – I have a feeling this was due to vocal strain as it is odd not to play the current song that’s out (plus their blog shows pics of the set list from previous shows, listing this song)…but who knows, maybe they were changing things up.

They played a good mix of new and old songs, acoustic and rock; I’m not going to go through them all but here’s some:

  • Opened with “Let It Die”. No comment, song is awesome. Segue into “The Pretender” – awesome.
  • “Times Like These”, and I was beyond thrilled. One of my favorites.
  • “This is a Call” and “Stacked Actors” – turned these into huge songs (length) without going all jam-bandy. I think it was during one of these Taylor Hawkins ripped into an awesome drum solo. It’s incredible to see how, with some of the older songs, they’ve added in variations to keep the song fresh.
  • Acoustic set time – “My Hero”, “But Honestly” (I love the ending guitar on that, which was not acoustic…I think acoustic set means that Dave Grohl is acoustic). Taylor Hawkins sang “Cold Day in the Sun”, my absolute favorite off the acoustic side of In Your Honor. Everlong was also awesome – just Dave Grohl until the end when it was back to electric.
  • Played “Monkey Wrench” (yay!). Encore was “All My Life”.

Dave Grohl really hammed it up on stage and is masterful with the crowd. Funny thing with him is he always notices at least someone in the crowd – at Riverstages 10 years back, I remember that there was a girl minus a shirt and he said “hey, somebody get that girl a shirt!”…well, this time he picked out tye-dye guy, stating that in 13 years of Foo Fighters, that’s the first tye-dye guy. OK, on blog that doesn’t translate as funny, but trust me it was. Oh, and did I mention that he got the percussionist, aka triangle guy (aka “the Foo Fighters got to baddest MF’ing triangle player”), to play a triangle solo?

And I was just DYIN’ to see Rambo!

That’s a great celeb endorsement you have there, McCain.