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Warning!

Jan
2009
20

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Be careful watching the clip below.  It could leave you gasping for air and your cheeks sore.  The routine below is included on “The Best of Victor Borge  – Act One and Two”.

 

 

My own cheeks have barely recovered.

I’m not dead yet!

Nov
2008
13

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spamalot

Kevin and I went on a date.  Ok, it’s not the first time we went on a date.   We actually manage to go out or find ways to spend time together all the time.  But we decided after 20 years of marriage that we didn’t want to wait for another special anniversary before we did special things together.  So we went to see Monty Python’s Spamalot.  It is (and I quote)

A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail

They had favorite lines that everyone expects to hear with just enough of a twist to keep it new (like working in a line about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).  There were times I went, “hmmm” and others I felt completely guilty for laughing.  But I laughed a LOT. 

We both agreed that our favorite character was the Lady of the Lake.  You could really tell she had a great time with her character. 

All-in-all it didn’t take our breath away like Wicked, but we both had a great time and really enjoyed the show. 

Seeing it with Kevin made it even better (Awwwww…. )

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I usually don’t forward emails.  I don’t try to encourage others to side with my view of politics or any number of issues.  Even though I’m pretty opinionated, but things can get pretty sticky when you do venture into those types of topics.

I even hesitate to bring up the subject of this post.  I do feel it’s important, but sometimes people will view any publicity as good publicity.  But this has me really bothered.  Enough to say something. 

K. is Educably Mentally Retarded.  I don’t mind the word retarded.  It is what is.  It takes her longer to learn some things, some things she’s not going to learn beyond what she has.  Today I’m ok with that.  When used as it was intended, the word isn’t malicious or derogatory.

Take it out of context and use it in the vernacular and it’s demeaning.  If you say, “That’s retarded!” You are implying stupidity.  The word retarded should never be synonymous with stupid and all of it’s negative connotations.  When used that way it’s not funny either.

I guess Dreamworks and Ben Stiller didn’t get that memo though.  Stiller’s latest movie, Tropic Thunder, apparently thinks it’s version of satire is funny.  They think having a tag line “Once upon time there was a retard…” is funny.  There is a phrase used in the movie “Never Go Full Retard.”   And as much as I work to keep calm when confronted with people who think it is ok to speak like that, it becomes extremely difficult not to grab them by their collar and yell, “HOW CAN YOU THINK THAT’S OK?!”

I realize that the word is used as slang on the time.  But you know what?  That doesn’t make it right.  

There are those organizing a boycott of the movie.  I would go a step further and ask that you simply educate those around you.   You can say my daughter is retarded or that she has a mental disability and use those phrases to explain it.  I won’t get offended.  It helps people understand things.  That’s all.  But don’t EVER equate her or her actions or who she is with anyone acting or being stupid.  Because she’s not.

PS – I’m not giving a link to the movie on purpose.  You want to check it out – Google it yourself.

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I haven’t been to many concerts in my life.  I would probably say it’s mostly motivated by who do I really want to see in person enough to deal with a monster crowd for hours on end compared to the cost of the ticket.  There’s a cost benefit analysis element for me.  See?  I’m a nerd.  That’s ok. 

Add in the concerts that I have seen and my nerdy goose is proverbially cooked.  When I was a tween my very first concert was to see the Osmonds.  I really don’t remember much about the concert.  I do remember that we watched the TV show every week.  I watched Donny & Marie in “Goin’ Coconuts”.  I hate to say it but I think the user reviews in that link might have been a little generous.  I wasn’t in love with Donny then though, I was in love with Merrill.  He was just cuter.  Donny was too reckless.  (I wasn’t in love with Luke Skywalker when Star Wars came out either – Harrison Ford all the way.)  I did however love watching Donny and Marie every week so I know I loved the concert.

My second concert was when I was 18 years old.  I went with my parents and Kevin to see Neil Diamond.  That was a great concert for me.  “Forever in Bluejeans”, “I Am… I Said”.  I was in heaven.  His was one of my favorite cassettes.  His show at the time didn’t disappoint (lots of lasers). 

The last concert I went to see was Alabama on their Farewell Tour. So many songs they sang remind me of high school and dating my husband that I had to go to this concert. It was a fabulous night for me. 

So now you know.  Hey, being a nerd isn’t so bad.  Actually maybe I should go back to the methodical creative thinker with above average intelligence. I really just has a good ring to it.