Sunday, August 30, 2009
It's finally happened...Kim Zolniak, from the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', has finally released her long-awaited first single.
"Tardy For the Party"
I have a feeling that I am going to be tardy for EVERY party I go to now, since this jam will be my Saturday night 'getting ready to go out' jam!
Personally, I like NeNe's version better, but I guess you have to take what you get...
Please enjoy the full version of the song below, complete with Auto tune and all... :)
Come on, ya'll...Don't be Tardy for the Party!
Friday, August 28, 2009
You survived another week, so go out and have yourself a delicious cocktail!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
1) They've got that delicious Canadian Bacon. Yum!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
A friend of mine...and loyal blog reader...decided to sent me an email describing the blind date that she went on last week. It's HILARIOUS! I had such a good time LOLing while reading it that I just had to share it with you all.
And please...if you have any really bad date stories, I would love to hear from you as well. This is the kind of stuff that makes my day!
I've decided to just type this out and send it to you. I wouldn't want to repeat a section of it in public.
I arrived a few minutes early at the Art Institute of Chicago. Jared wasn't there. I texted him to let him know where I was in case he forgot or if he was there and we couldn't find each other. Several minutes later he showed up. He asked what the text was for. He said he's only used to be texted or calling if they were running late. Apparently he doesn't offer the same courtesy. He thought the text was a, I quote, where the f*** are you text you're late.
So far this dating isn't starting off to well. We didn't shake hands or have a formal introduction. We headed to the Impressionism section, one of my favorites. He gives me some very good background on the pieces, but when I ask a question or make a comment, he criticizes my NY accent. He tries to get me to enunciate things the way he wants them to be heard. He lectures me about his expertise in dialects and tells me that I have a southern New England accent in addition to a NY accent. He says he doesn't think I have a speech impediment, but that I just don't want to give up my NY accent. Are you serious?
Then Jared complains that there are too many people in the museum. I mention it's free on Thursday after 5pm. I thought that's why he suggested Thursday. He's ticked off. He says he's a member and that there shouldn't be free days. He wants to show me the American wing which isn't as bad. Then he starts complaining that he wants to eat. He asks if I ate. I said no. Then he says, I quote, I guess this means I'll have to treat you to dinner now.
Why am I still here at this point? We walk around for a little bit more. He really starts to get cranky and asks to leave because of all the people and because he wants to eat. He picks on me some more about my accent. Then I start getting mad. I say I've been out of NY since '94, that's not my fault that I still have an accent. My accent comes out with certain words (call, ball, mall, walk, talk, water & coffee).
Then he says, he's playful, but he can be serious. So he says I have impeccable taste in clothes, a statuesque figure, great poise and the grace of a dancer. I thank him and then he says, I've purchased a cushion for later. He intends to pick on me more during dinner.
We're walking to the My Thai place and he complains that I walk too fast. So I slow down to satisfy his slow California stroll. Then he suggests we share dishes at My Thai. I didn't want to. I wanted my own. Then he complains and whines and says he won't eat then if we can't share. He says I can't go one meal without eating meat. What a baby. I offered my time to look up restaurants that had vegetarian entrees. He must be too cheap for restaurants. To shut him up, I agree to share three entrees.
We get to My Thai and he gets annoyed that a guy sitting two tables over is looking at him. Jared thinks he's eavesdropping in on our conversation. The waitress bought the three platters of food. I ate some of it. It was so-so, not a fan of tofu, but I was willing to try it again.
Then Jared says the dumbest comment yet. I thought the comment about Long Island only being for rich whites was crazy. He asks me if I prefer to be called black or African-American. I say black and give my reason. It should have ended. Then he asks if he can call me, I quote, negro or colored. ??? What is he on??? I say no and that I don't like anyone, black or non-black using those words or the other "n" word. He says I/blacks can't have it both ways since there's the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP. We argue over that. Then I try to get off the topic and ask what he did for the Obama camp. Then Jared asks me for money to leave a tip. The date eventually ends.
We're walking back and I ask him which section of the country does he like living in better: East, Central or West. He doesn't want to answer because he says he'll offend me either way. I know his least favorite is either NY or Chicago. So I snap back and say if it's really NY, you'll offend yourself even more since you got your undergrad at Columbia University and your birth certificate says Brooklyn, NY on it unless you paid someone to create a false one with Oakland, CA on it. He shuts up and then says that's a very valid point.
Then he picked on me saying I'm only going out with white guys and why am I knocking black men. I say I have no preference when it comes to race when dating. I ask if he only dates black women. He says he only dates the sisters. I ask what can a black woman give him that he can't get from any other woman. He says it all about two words. Now I'm worried and think he's going to say big ________. Jared says affirmative action. It's all about giving the sisters the opportunity to date the white men they couldn't have in the past. Then he says he's messing with me. I think he has flipped out mentally by now.
I can't wait to leave. He asks how it went. I was way too nice and said a B, when I should have said a C. He said since there won't be any further action this evening, I'm going to take a taxi home. He wanted to take me to a strip club since there were no sex shops in the city. Crazy lawyer. He thanked me for sharing the entrees. I was a block away from my bus stop and he didn't even want to walk me there.
That was a bad date for me and the cheapest at $21. LOL. I have too much patience. I think my other friends would have slapped him, poured water or him or done something else. He knew I took 10 months of kickboxing. He did say I was a hot bad a$$. He definitely has some personal issues going on.
The Jared on paper and via emails and IM is not the Jared you get in person or on the phone. I wonder if my NY accent brought up horrible memories from his childhood in Brooklyn. He could be way too sarcastic for me. I don't enjoy arguing. He's a lawyer and that's what he gets paid to do. He looked sloppy for a lawyer as well. I guess he wasn't in court. If he does email or call for a second date, I'm going to decline.
No dating for me this Saturday or Sunday. I need a break after this one. I'll enjoy a free dance festival at Millennium Park on Saturday :-) Maybe I'll head back over to the Art Institute this evening and enjoy what I couldn't see in peace.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
When I was in junior high/early high school, I had this uncanny ability to call in to a radio station and win prizes! Who KNEW!
Going to Middle and high school in Dekalb, Illinois, we had our own radio station. It was called WDEK and it played current Top 40 hits. Pretty much, that's all I listened to...so if an artist wasn't played on WDEK, then I had NO CLUE who they were.
Well, each night WDEK played the "Top 8 at 8," which was a countdown of the top 8 requested songs of the day. Once the countdown ended, there was a contest...The 8th caller would have 8 seconds to list Title and artist, in order from 8th all the way to #1
I got this!
I would sit up in my room, waiting for 8:00pm to come, with my notepad and pen...waiting for each song to play, and practicing how fast I could say them!
"Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey
"Escapade" by Janet Jackson
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette
Sometimes I would get a real tough one and have to SPEED read it:
"How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton
Well...one night, I was ready as always...The #1 song had just played, I had the phone in my hands...
I had already called the number in advance and hung-up...that way all I had to do was hit re-dial when the time was right!
The DJ said, "Ok, I am taking the 8th caller..."
OOH...I GOT THIS!!!
- "Hi, Who is this?"
- "Umm..my name is Paul"
- "Paul...You are the 8th caller! Can you name all 8 songs, title and artist?"
Of course I did. I was a seasoned Professional at this by now...
- "Congratulations! You Won! Your prize is 2 tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing at Northern Illinois University."
So...I won two tickets to a band that I had never heard of.
See...at this point, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a brand new band, who were starting to gain a following as a college band. Since NIU is a college, and in DeKalb, that's why they were performing there.
I was a freshman in high school. Listening to Pop/Top 40 music.
I had no clue.
And who would name themselves after a vegetable? I'm NOT going to see this band...
So, i never picked up the tickets from the radio station. No loss...
Well...within that same year, this song hit the Top 40 airwaves called, "Give It Away" by none other than the RHCPs. Then, it was followed up by a HUGE hit called "Under the Bridge."
I loved both songs.
My dumbass was kicking myself at this point. You know...if we had internet back then...and Youtube, and other ways to hear music online, I probably would've done some research on them. BUT...back in the day, it was either buy the album, hear it on the radio, or nothing!
Damn! Why didn't I go to see them before they got HUGE?
Apparently they had been a band since 1983. Who knew?
Well...today, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have become one of my favorite bands. I love it when one of their songs randomly shows up on my ipod. So creative, so smooth, so talented....
However, I have YET to see them perform live.
If only I would've known...
I didn't make that mistake with Amy Grant, though!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It's when I see something like this, that I'm reminded it's OK that I am SINGLE! What a crazy, crazy beeyatch!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Little did I know!
That hobby has since caused her to become one of the most famous female athletes of all!
In case you don't know who Danica is, it's time for you to come out from under that rock...
She is currently a racer in the IRL (Indy Racing League) where she is the first woman to ever win an IRL race! She's also the only woman to ever lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500, the granddaddy of all races.
She is no flash in the pan, as she consistently finishes in the Top 10 week after week!
And yes...Danica is also well-known for her numerous magazine covers & endorsement deals, the most famous being the sexy 'GoDaddy.com' ads that you see during the SuperBowl.
AND...Danica is on the verge of playing with the Big Dawgs, as she is rumored to be jumping to the NASCAR racing league within the next couple of years, to compete with the most talented racers out there!
So yes...I used to work with Danica.
A few months back, I saw her Facebook page and decided to 'Friend Request' her. Clearly she would remember me, right?
Well, I logged on a couple of weeks ago to check on that...
The friend request is still pending...
Hmmm...She must just be really busy, I'm sure.
Also, about a month ago I started following her on Twitter. I responded to a couple of her tweets with very nice, witty remarks.
No response. Guess she didn't read them.
I'm sure she gets SO many responses that there would be no way for her to answer back to them all...
Oh well...I guess I should've expected it. When you get famous you make new friends...and like we all do, people just move on with their lives.
Well, last night I left one more message. Very direct...
"Hi Danica. This is Paul who used to work with you at the Y is Rockford. Congrats on your success!"
And then it came...
I woke up this morning to a new message on Twitter. It said, "Hi Paul. Thanks."
(Either she's really bored on Tuesdays, or she has someone responding for her...)
Sure, it wasn't much...but much more than I expected.
Now, if I ever run into her again one day, let's see if she recognizes me...
GO Danica! Congrats on the success! I'll be cheering you on!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Should I just have let her follow in behind me?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Aah...Good Ol' Sunday Funday!
One last chance to get together with friends and have a few cocktails before the weekend is over and its back to reality.
A good Sunday Funday doesn't necessarily need to include alcoholic beverages, but generally, yes...they are involved.
Which makes for a wonderful HOT MESS!
For most, a quality Sunday Funday begins with a "drunk brunch," consisting of numerous mimosas or Bloody Mary's. The day then continues on to a house party, or a local bar where you get together with others who are also celebrating. Then, for the "Champions," the day continues into the early morning hours of Monday.
Here's the thing: Once you begin, it's hard to get out! Sunday Funday will SUCK YOU IN like a fat guy at a buffet!
I did not participate in Sunday Funday yesterday, but I got to see the effects of it, which turned out to be quite entertaining!
As I was walking around, running some errands, I passed a guy on the street who CLEARLY had too much to drink. He was stumbling hardcore; However, you could tell that he was trying his hardest to look like he was completely sober.
OH MY GOD...Haven't we all been there before!
Now I know what I look like when I try to do the same thing.
The funniest part is that this was around 3:30 in the afternoon. It was great to watch people's faces as they would also pass him, and laugh and smile at how ridiculous he looked!
Then...coming home from the gym yesterday, around 6:30pm, I saw someone that I know sitting on the bench outside of 7-11, completely devouring a sandwich. He was so out of it, looking like he was ready to fall asleep. It was so funny that I couldn't help but watch him for a few seconds...would it have been cruel to take a picture? :)
Finally, I said hello and out of his mouth came, "Paul, I need to get home..."
So, I walked him ALL THE WAY across the street to his apartment building and watched him walk in the front door. Hey...at least he walked in the right direction!
Last night around 10:30pm, I got a text from a friend that said "u r such a gret friend. i love you very mus."
Then...a few minutes later, the same person texts again, "I am so sad." It was hard to tell whether this was a "mass" text or not, but in order to be a good friend, I called him back.
Yes...he answered at a bar.
Then, he began mumbling on, something about being so thankful for his friends, etc. It was really hard to make out what he was saying, with all the noise in the background.
Then, a long pause...and he just hung up on me.
Clearly, he wasn't TOO sad...
Another friend was such a mess this weekend that he came home, went online, and deleted over 200 of his friends on Facebook. WOW! That clearly must've taken some time...and thought. Well, drunk thinking...
Look...it was all quite entertaining!
Honestly...i generally do not drink to get drunk anymore. Why not? 'Cuz I got plans, y'all!
I have important projects and goals that I want to get accomplished, so it helps me to keep 'somewhat' of a clear head. Plus...I am in my 30s now, so it isn't as 'cute' to be wasted out of your mind as it is for someone younger...
Also, I didn't realize how much else I was missing out on. I live in a World-Class city, and there is so much to do and enjoy! I'm having a great time discovering it all...
Yes...unfortunately, this has caused me to not be as close to a couple of my best friends as I used to be, as they still operate under the same mindset of drinking to get drunk. I just don't feel the need to go out to the same few bars EVERY Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. I like drinking 'socially' and am having a good time with it while still trying to stay within my limits (MOST of the time...he he he!)
Plus...I'm saving a LOT of money and getting things Done!
But...don't think I am judging any of you...that's your prerogative. Do your thang! Just be responsible, y'all!
However, if you are going out, getting blitzed out of your mind every weekend, PLEASE keep updating your facebook status' while intoxicated! I love reading your drunk ramblings the next morning when I wake up!
Friday, August 14, 2009
How many of you were able to attend the Lollapalooza music festival this year? I know you probably went to see some of your favorite bands, like the Killers, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, or Kings of Leon right?
Well, the REAL entertainment is found within the crowds...
Hopefully you weren't too focused on the stage, because then you would've missed out on witnessing the World's greatest Dancer!
The hoofers on 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'Dancing With the Stars' have NOTHING on THIS guy!
Well, if you were too busy listening to Santigold, or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs...and didn't get to see the AMAZING moves from this gentleman, then you are in luck!...Because I have posted the video below.
So please enjoy on a wonderful Friday! I expect you all to go home and memorize these dance moves so that you can perform them out tonight in the clubs!
Love you all!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I hope you are having a FANTASTIC week...or at the very least, not a crappy one. For those of you having a rough go at it, remember: The weekend is right around the corner! Yippee!
***On a (personal) side note, I want to say Congratulations to my kickball team who won BIG again last night, 11-1! Go Team XCell! Way to kick the crap out of that ball! ***
I know that some of you have some pretty stressful jobs...believe me, I am feeling your pain. Therefore, I thought this video would cheer you up!
Please take a couple of minutes out of your day (for yourself and your sanity) and get a nice chuckle out of this video. You'll be glad you did.
...And if you've seen it already, it is one of those videos that just never gets old. :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Employee: "Would you like it toasted?"
Monday, August 10, 2009
Have you ever gone to the gym and were so uninspired that you had to FORCE yourself to keep moving in order to get through your workout?
OF COURSE you have! You know what I'm talking about...
Some days it's a struggle!
I had one of those days yesterday. I picked up my free weights, walked over to a bench, did a quick set, and that was about it for me! I started rationalizing my way out, telling myself that doing one set was better than nothing, right?
All I could REALLY think about was how fast I could get through the workout and make my way over to KFC for some delicious chicken, coleslaw and some biscuits! YUM!
That's when I had to clear my head, look to my faithful iPod, and find one of those "special" songs that can pull you through a gym session....one of those tunes that provides you with an extra KICK, and may even cause you to thrust out an extra rep or two!
I do have a special playlist of these certain songs, but it's always good to find more songs that can inspire and pump you up!
So...I need your help...I am asking for suggestions. What are your songs that get your adrenaline pumping? I'd love to know so that I can potentially add them to my workout list as well!
I don't care how cheesy you think they may be. If they work for you, then that's all that matters!
In order to share and share alike, I have listed 10 of my favorite songs to jam out to at the gym. Each of these dittys have killer riffs that 'rock my world' upon first listen! I've even decided to rank them in terms of how "workout worthy" they are. Yes, many are older, but they still do the trick!
Please feel free to listen, and if you like, start using them yourself!
Best results occur when the volume is CRANKED UP!
SONGS THAT GET MY ADRENALINE PUMPING!
10. 'Love In An Elevator' - Aerosmith
9. 'Getting Away With Murder' - Papa Roach
8. 'On and On' - Nikka Costa
7. 'Up All Night' - Hinder
6. 'One Step Closer' - Linkin Park
5. 'The Sharpest Lives' - My Chemical Romance
4. 'Life Is Beautiful' - Sixx: AM
3. 'The Beautiful People' - Marilyn Manson
2. 'Enter Sandman' - Metallica
1. 'Till I Collapse' - Eminem
Just like the title of the song, this one will keep you moving until you are ready to collapse! Enjoy!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Over the past few days, there have been 7 random attacks in these Chicago neighborhoods. Reports say that anywhere from 3-6 random men are responsible for the various beatings, where the victims are mugged and violently attacked.
This just SUCKS!
Unfortunately, this story hits home with me for a few reasons:
1. I live here. I basically live on the border of the Lincoln Park & Lakeview neighborhoods.
2. Many times I go to the gym later at night, which leaves me walking home around 10:30-11pm. I also run the lakefront path in the later evenings at times...and although I do not run with my wallet or anything of much value, I don't want to have to start worrying about being ambushed.
3. I know one of the victims. A friend of mine was brutally attacked late Sunday night. He was hit in the head & face with a brick and brass knuckles, ending up in the hospital. He had to get 10 stitches in his lip, has a gash in his head, bruised and sore all over.
Like I said...This gets me pissed!
My initial response to the situation is:
"You Goddamn Motherf*ckers! You low-life scum of the earth! GO back to wherever you came from! I hope you are caught and punished heavily, you f*cking pieces of shit! Karma's a bitch and I hope you get everything that's coming to you, f*cking assholes!
Sorry if that seems harsh...
But it's my initial reaction.
Look...when my safety...and the safety of my friends...is threatened, it is not something that I take lightly. I should not have to worry about getting attacked while walking on my own street.
After taking a step back, and pausing to breathe for a minute, I want to try to rationalize why a person would do something like this?
The therapist in me wonders, 'What would cause a person to disregard someone else's life so much that it leads to brutal, physical violence? I mean...clearly these attackers have no conscience, right?
There must be a reason. Maybe they grew up with terrible childhoods and lived out extremely bad situations. OR...maybe they had great upbringings, and when forced to make it on their own they couldn't deal with the pressure.
Something happened along the way to cause morals and values to go out the window.
So...after thinking about it, and taking a step back to rationalize why a person would possibly do something like this, I have come to this conclusion:
Those people are the scum of the earth. I hope these assholes get found out and justice is served!
I hate to say that, but look...We've all faced tough situations in life. I don't know about you, but I've had my share of rain, and I have been making it through.
I grew up with a rough childhood, I've been kicked down, and still continue to get kicked down by many...but I can't imagine violently attacking someone. I have been to the point where I've felt so hopeless, and so low that I would have LOVED to have punched a few people in the face, but random attacks on strangers?...for pleasure? No way!
That thought wouldn't even cross my mind!
It's just such a sad situation.
So to the attackers: I hope you are getting some kind of sick pleasure out of it now, because it's only temporary. In the long run, hopefully you will get caught & punished, and you will look back asking yourself why you were so stupid! Even if you don't get caught, you will have to live with yourself and the karma you just brought upon you. I hope you get help for your sick, twisted minds.
In the meantime, please...PLEASE...leave me and my neighbors alone.