Monday, June 29, 2009
Can you believe that 2009 is already Half over?
And remember in January when you made a list of goals to have accomplished before the year is through...and haven't been able to even check ONE of those goals off? SLACKER!
Well, since we are at the midway point, i decided to take a look at my iPod and see what are my most played songs of 2009 so far...
Now...I am not necessarily saying that they are my favorite songs of the year; they just happen to be the ones that I must've played the most. So clearly I enjoy listening to them...i mean, come on...these are some DAMN good choices!
They also, in my opinion, accurately portray where I am right now in life. Oddly, there aren't really any love songs (probably because it's been soooooo long that I've been in love that I've become numb to love songs! he he...), no break-up songs (once again...if I haven't been in love, i haven't broken up with anyone!), and only one Lady Gaga song? What???
In true countdown style, here are the Top 10. If you don't have these songs yet, DOWNLOAD THEM! :)
#10. "Heavy Cross" by The Gossip
When Beth Ditto belts the lyric, "i checked you..." I feel empowered everytime! :)
#9. "The Promise" by Girls Aloud
Just a fun pop ditty...but very sexy & very infectious!
#8. "Jesus Doesn't Love You" by Dragonette
This is one of my favorite songs ever! It's a carry over from 2008, but still a great song to run to...or dance around naked in your living room to!
#7. "Work" by Jars of Clay
Interesting video, but I like the song much better without having seen the video. This jam has me hooked, though!
#6. "Don't Stop Believing" by The Cast of 'Glee'
Oh...don't pretend like you didn't fall in love with this version of the song, too! You know you watched the premiere of 'Glee' repeatedly and then downloaded this song immediately after!
#5. "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
My most 'vulnerable' moment here in the list...yes, I admit that the lyrics of this song do get me a little choked up. Excellent song that has been on repeat for a while now!
#4. "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
Ever since i first heard this song last month, i was IN LOVE! Kelly Rowland looks and sounds incredible here! This song is definitely my new favorite JAM...i can't stop listening to it! SONG OF THE SUMMER!
#3. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
I mean...come on... Do i really need to explain this one?
#2. "Raindrops" by Basement Jaxx
Ooh wee, T-Shane! After a couple of listens to this song, you will be subconsciously moving every part of your body to the slammin' chorus! Trust me!
#1. "The Fear" by Lily Allen
Whether you love her or hate her as a person, it doesn't matter when it comes to her music. Her new album is one of the year's best, and this first single was the catchiest little ditty! Great song that apparently I've played more than any other... Enjoy!
What are some of yours? :)
I admit, around mile 5 the bright sun was slowing me down a tad, but not enough to keep me out of the top 5! No way, no how! :)
Friday, June 26, 2009
Ooh, man...Could it be...A GIRL CRUSH?!?!
I'm telling you! Every week I watch "So You Think You Can Dance" and every time, contestant Melissa rocks my world!
Now, it's no secret that she's my favorite contestant this year (as i have blogged about previously...), but this girl seriously has my engines revved up!
Melissa is amazingly talented. At first, I had a little bias towards her because of her age (at 29 years old, she is the oldest of all the contestants), but if you've seen the last 3 weeks you have noticed that she and her partner Ade are 2 of the best dancers on the show!
Thank you America, for voting for my GIRL so far...always keeping her out of the bottom 3!
Will she win? I don't know...but the longer I get to see her performances, the happier I will be! :)
Check out the HOTNESS that is Melissa in the video of this week's dance below. Careful...you might need to take a cold shower afterwards!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
After seeing the "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" videos, I wanted to DANCE. I would practice in my bedroom, trying to get all the moves right, mirroring the great one himself.
I'll never forget my naivety watching "Black or White" or "Scream" thinking, "What a Rockstar!"
Say whatever you want about him as a person...but as an Artist, he was on an entirely different level.
And deep down...I believe that he had a beautiful soul.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Apparently, Will.I.Am was upset after Perez told bandmate Fergie that he did not like the new Black Eyed Peas album. Now, i don't really know all the details about the assault, but this incident got me thinking: Black Eyed Peas, what the hell happened to you?
When they first bust onto the scene with their big single, "Where Is the Love?" I thought, 'What a great song...with a nice message.' But then from there, it ALL went downhill!
I mean, seriously...this R&B/Rap/Hip Hop/Pop group is more popular now than ever by stringing together a bunch of hit songs better known for their stupidity than for how good they are.
My Humps, anyone?
For example, in their current #1 song "Boom Boom Pow" the lyrical genius himself, Will.I.am, writes,
Y'all hear the space shit zoom
"Hey Fergie, for 'Boom Boom Pow' I came up with a futuristic,
spaceship theme so that people will think we are writing the future of pop
music instead of the same ridiculous, played-out crap that's been on the
radio now for years..."
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday & Saturday night, we ended up DANCING our BUTTS off! And as you can see in the pic to the right, we ended up at a club with an actual DISCO BALL! Seriously! The club also had a cage elevated off the ground. It doesn't get any better than that!
A definite highlight of the weekend was watching the R&B Diva herself, BRANDY perform on the Milwaukee Summerfest stage. And yes...she still has GOT IT! Ms. Brandy sang all her hits from the past 2 decades, including favorites, "The Boy Is Mine," "Have You Ever," and "Almost Doesn't Count." I was surprised at how well she sings Live. I was also hoping she would sing more of the material off of her current album, because it is WONDERFUL and definitely didn't get the attention that it deserves. Somebody, PLEASE start playing her music on the radio again!
Friday, June 19, 2009
This may have been THE greatest hour of television I've seen in a LONG time!
I mean...Who knew it would take a bunch of Jersey girls to make such RIVETING television?
And the problem for me is...I like them all! So, even though there was a huge fight, which sort of makes the viewer choose sides on who they like better, I just can't! Which is WONDERFUL!
I was never a fan of Danielle until she pulled that book out and stuck it FACE UP on the table. Like, "BOOM...Now, what?" That bitch has some balls! And of course sweet little Jacqueline decided to go against her family and stick up for her friend. Ooh Girl...you better watch out because they are 'thick as thieves!" That took guts!
Then there's my girl, Caroline! This Italian mama runs the show! To me, she is the most balanced of the Housewives, and when she looked at Danielle with the attitude of "it wasn't Dina...it was ME. What are you gonna do about it?", you know not to mess with her!
Dina is just fabulous. Yes, she is a bitch, but it's endearing how much she loves her daughter. And Teresa...OMG, Table Flipping Teresa! She finally came out of her shell! In a matter of a dinner party, she changed from laid-back, nice Teresa, who lets everything roll off her back, to "I'm Gonna Flip This Table Mother F**ker" Teresa...providing us with one of the best moments in reality TV history!
WOO! I Love It!
I'm gonna miss those Jersey girls...
I can't wait for the Reunion special this Tuesday. I bet it's gon' be FIREY!
In other TV news, the Top 18 dancers performed this week on 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
In my opinion, I think the episode was a bit of a letdown. Now don't get me wrong, I think they are all incredibly talented dancers, but maybe it's becuase they are so good that I expect a LOT more from them.
OR...maybe the choreographers are to blame and were just phoning it in this week. (Shane Sparks? WTF was that???) At the end of the day, there was really only one dance that remains memorable to me: That was Jonathan & Karla's comtemporary routine to "Falling Slowly," which was Amazing!
The rest of the show was "eh"...
However, my favorite couple is still Melissa & Ade. My girl Melissa is still hanging in there, performing at the top notch quality that she always does! I hope she makes it really far! I guess we'll see...
In case you missed it, below is my pick for Dance of the Week by Jonathan & Karla.
Check it out!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
E - m a i l s f r o m a n a s s h o l e
Kittens for my Tiger
Original ad: litter of 6 kittens up for adoption! they are all 3 weeks old and are looking for a good home. contact if interested.
From Mike Hunt to *********@***********.org
Here's one more:
Original ad: I am looking for help moving on June 23rd into my new apartment. We will need to load everything from my old apartment into a truck, and then drive to my new place and unload it. I have a lot of furniture that is very heavy, as well as a big screen tv that is bulky. We will need to lift a lot of this stuff down three flights of stairs since it won't fit in my elevator. I will pay $25/hr.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Isn't it funny how one website has become so popular that it has become a regular part of the lives of so many people? How many times do you check Facebook every day? AT LEAST twice, right? Do you have the facebook application on your phone? I bet you check status updates randomly throughout the day, am i correct? On that train ride home?
That's alright! In my opinion, Facebook is a good way to keep up with what your friends are doing. It's also a wonderful way to pass the time when you're bored... It's a VERY addictive site.
I like Facebook. I'm not going to pretend like I am a FB hater. Like many of you, I check it out a couple times per day. It keeps me pretty entertained...and some of you come up with the funniest, wittiest status updates, or take the craziest pictures!
HOWEVER...there are a few things that people do on the site that I would classify as "douchey," meaning, 'having characteristics of or pertaining to a douche.'
"But PaulBenjamin, how do I know if you are talking about me? Am I a facebook douchebag?"
Let me help...Here is a small list of things that just may classify you as a facebook douche.
#1. If you give away the results of a Television Show or Event in your status update, then you are a douche. Since we live in the era of Tivo & DVRs, many people don't watch a television program as it is airing. Therefore, I don't want to log on and see your status saying, "OMG...Guido just won Top Chef. I can't believe it!" Thanks for blowing it for me...
#2. If your status update is ALWAYS about how incredible you are, you just might be a tool. What high-end product did you buy today, and how can you make people jealous of it? What fancy trip are you on now and have to tell us what you are doing every 2 minutes? Now, don't get me wrong...I'm ok with you telling us that you are excited about buying something new, or taking a fun trip, but you all KNOW what i mean...the people who constantly rub it in our faces. "Just bought my new $300 Prada sunglasses!" Really? You just couldn't resist leaving it at "happy to be wearing my new sunglasses" could you?
#3. Your profile main photo. You do own clothing, right? I kind of want to get to know you for who you are, not ONLY for what you look like. I mean...that's great that you look amazing and have rock hard abs, or a killer rack, but there really are other websites for that...
#4. Do I know you? You send me a friend request, and I accept it because I remember meeting you out at a party once, or some random different social setting. Then, the next time I see you out, you act like you don't know me. This makes you an instant douchebag.
#5. You may not agree with someone's religion or politics, which is ok. It's great to have different opinions, as they make us question our beliefs and strengthens them. But when you resort to petty name-calling and outrageous behavior, you might be a dilhole...
#6. The Gym Bunny. Of course we all (well...most of us) try to keep in shape and exercise regularly, but if your status update is ALWAYS, "Going to the gym," "...had an amazing workout," or "Drinking a protein shake" ...and never really about anything else, then you most likely are douchey.
#7. You're ALWAYS promoting something! I'm very happy that you have an event coming up, but i didn't accept your friend request ONLY so that you can solicit your products and your $3 you-call-it nights to me. Yes, I'll probably still come (hee hee!), but i would also like to know more about you as a person too...
Now, please...if you are guilty of one or more of these rules, just remember that I am merely here to help you! I admit...I've sinned and have committed facebook douchiness in the past, and who knows...maybe might accidentally do it again in the future. We are not perfect human beings.
All we can do is try to improve, and turn from our 'douchey' ways...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
And that means that it's time to decide who has had the best week ever! Except...that it turned out to be a pretty CRAPPY week!
In a week that saw the return of the Swine Flu, and cold rainy, October-like weather here in Chicago, I would be going out on a limb to say who's having the best week. (except for my awesome Beach Volleyball team who won all 4 games last Friday night!)
Therefore, here are the Nominees for WORST WEEK EVER!
Carrie Prejean has officially been stripped of her title as Miss California. It turns out, she really was a bitch after all! She put on this innocent little, "I'm a good christian girl" act, but it turns out that's just what it was...an act!
Donald Trump decided to give her the HEAVE-HO after reports surfaced that Ms. "Opposite Marriage Only" told California pageant directors that she was pretty much going to make her own schedule. OH HELL NO!
It also turns out that Carrie is rude, disrespectful and still needs her mom to do most of the work for her. Carrie, read your bible! Follow the commandment that says, "Thou shalt not be a BITCH." (that's in there, right?)
Bret Michaels, everyone's favorite Rocker of Love performed on the Tony Awards this week (WHAT?...Bret on the Tony's?!?!), and after his performance he missed his cue, to find a giant stage piece falling down on top of him! He was knocked to the ground, fractured his nose, and had to get 3 stitches in his lip. Looks like the "Nothing but a Good Time" singer was having too much of a good time, that he forgot where he was supposed to be on stage! That's ok...I'm sure there is a bus full of strippers and sluts waiting to take care of our precious Bret.
Heidi (Montag) Pratt also had a pretty suck-y week! On Monday. Heidi & Spencer were voted back onto "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" by their peers, only to leave once again! It was funny the first time, entertaining the second time, but now...it's getting old! We get it, you wanted a publicity stunt! Well, it may have been karma, because this week Heidi got 'so sick' upon returning to the jungle that she had to be rushed to a hospital, thinking that she was suffering from a gastric ulcer. BUT...that's not the worst part. The real pain occurred when fellow contestant, Sanjiya, asked Heidi to sing a little bit from her upcoming album. IT WAS AWFUL! This bitch got a record deal??? WTF! Even Janice Dickinson said she sounded like a 'drowned cat' when she sang...
VH1's weekly Clip show, "Best Week Ever" (and my inspiration for this lovely weekly blog feature) is having a pretty bad week, as it may be on it's way out the door! The show has been put on hiatus and at the very earliest will not be back until January 2010. The program used to be really funny with commentary from many different comedians, skewing the weekly news events. However, the show was retooled with host Paul F. Tompkins late last year, and it just wasn't nearly as funny and people just stopped watching. Hopefully the show will go back to the earlier format, because it SUCKS! I mean, blows hard!!!
For the second year in a row, AOL and Comcast have finished #1 and #2 in Money magazine's "Customer Service Hall of Shame." 45% of the survey respondents gave AOL a poor rating, while 41% gave Comcast the same rating. Your companies SUCK! Get with the program! I mean...is AOL even that relevant anymore? NO. So get with the program before you become extinct! And Comcast, well that's another story. Many areas around the country are only offered one choice in Cable television, so people kind of have to put up with their ridiculousness...or buy a DirecTv. Either way, Congratulations...you both deserve the bad publicity, as well as the rest of the Top 10 on this list!
The Celebrity Boy Toy
It is debatable, saying that these guys are having the worst week ever, since now they won't have to be attached to these two ridiculous human beings. For most of us, that would be a good thing, right?
Well, not in their case. Clearly, these guys are both hungry for FAME, and by not being in the spotlight anymore, they are going to have to find some other meal ticket! Doug and Justin, because the paparazzi have probably already left you alone, you are having the WORST WEEK EVER!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It was Kelly Clarkson's, "I Do Not Hook Up."
I was about 6 miles into my run, and the infectious beat was just what I needed for a quick pick me up in order to help me through the final stretch. The song, which poses as a rock song with it's guitar riffs and Kelly's almost-screaming vocals, is a pretty successful pop song...as it fits the criteria for frequent radio airplay.
Since it helped me to pick up my pace, i decided to play it one more time. So, i was still pumped up and getting ready to hear it again, when it hit me:
"What the hell kind of song is this???"
The lyrics to this song are some of the sh*ttiest lyrics I have ever heard! (Seriously...if you haven't heard the song, please youtube it!)
The song is basically an anthem for what the title says; Not hooking up. ????
First of all, who in their right mind sings a hip, pop/rock song, excited about not getting to hook up? I mean this song comes across like A PARTY! Oh Kelly...Why???
Check out some of these lyrics:
Can someone please translate..or better yet, DECIPHER this for me?
Here's part of the chorus:
WHAT THE F***???
I mean, I guess i could kind of see what she is trying to say...Maybe I'm just not up to date on my cliches...
Well...clearly Kelly Clarkson, our original wholesome American Idol must've written this song, right?
No! The song was written by Kara DioGuardi, the newest judge on American Idol. Yes, the same Kara who was responsible for the shittious single "No Boundaries" that Kris Allen & Adam Lambert had to suffer through during this year's finale week!
Kara is also responsible for such AMAZING gems such as, "Screwed," by Paris Hilton and, "L.O.V.E." by Ashlee Simpson.
No, I'm not joking...
Here's a GENIUS lyric from that tune:
Yes. This is one of those times!
People...how hard is it to WALK TO THE RIGHT?
Seriously. It's like driving. When you stay to the right, everything flows much smoother.
It really isn't that hard of a concept is it? I mean, I am one of the "smarter" people alive today, so it could be that I am just merely expecting people with lower cognitive abilities to rise to my level. If that's it, then I apologize (because I wouldn't want to come across snooty...)
But in any case, it is time for a few Rules of Etiquette when walking down a sidewalk.
First, if you are walking with someone, or a small group of people, PLEASE MOVE when I pass by. It is RUDE to take up the entire width of the sidewalk and make me either step into the grass, or try to scramble to find a way around you. I don't care if you're newly in love and holding hands even. Move Over!
Second, if you are walking your dog and the leash is extended across the entire sidewalk & you have no intention of moving it, then you are ALSO being rude. "But it's my precious, CoCo..." Yeah, I don't give a sh*t, he's in my way! (...and yes, I have stepped on top of leashes before.)
Third...and this one I will be a little more sensitive towards because its easier to be guilty of... Just because someone isn't coming towards you while walking 2 or 3 abreast doesn't mean that someone isn't coming up behind you. As a runner, it is very frustrating to not be able to get by a gaggle of people taking up the entire sidewalk. Please move.
So, really the lesson here is GET THE F*CK OUT OF MY WAY!
Now that we are all aware of the problem, here are a few things that you can do to get a 'tiny' bit of sweet revenge.
Gotta teach people somehow, right?
#1. The Accidental 'Trip.' If you are getting ready to pass by someone who is coming at you a little too closely, just sort of...extend your left foot out a couple more inches, and watch the stumbling begin! Of course, you can always apologize your way out of this. If the tripee gets defensive just say, "Sorry, i was walking as far to the right as I could to avoid you..."
(I'd wait a few seconds before grinning too big or mumbling *dumbass* under your breath...)
#2. The "Oops...I Didn't Mean to Hit You With My Bag." Many of us carry some kind of bag (shoulder bag, messenger bag, purse, etc.). For those who get a little too close, Don't be afraid to use it! If I am all the way to the right and you are STILL coming towards me, then you might just get a heavy blow into the shoulder. THIS IS YOUR WARNING. Move.
#3. (This is my personal favorite choice.) JUST STOP. That's right; stop walking and just stand there in front of them. This is a nice choice for someone who doesn't want to use violence and it still gets the point across. :)
However, you MUST stand your ground! Don't just stop there and then try to get out of their way a second later. That defeats the purpose! You must Stand Firm, look them in the eye with the look of "are you going to move out of my way, dumba$$?" It is really fun to watch them get indignant, realize they are actually in the wrong, and then fluster out of your way...all in the span of a second or two!
It's really fun.
LOOK, i don't ask for much from my fellow humans, but I do expect common decency and respect. When people are being ignorant or ridiculous, I will continue to call them out on it.
In this country, we stay to the right. We drive on the right, and we walk on the right!
Think of this as a good deed, my public service announcement to you all...
Now, don't get me started on rude bike riders...