Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ramblings - Tia

So 3 weeks away from the internet was interesting and challenging and enlightening all at the same time. The first first few days were tough. It was like trying to break a habit. I would think of something and my first inclination was to look it up on the internet. The next few days after that it was like kicking a drug habit. I would think, "I wonder if anyone has left me a comment, nod, quiz challenge on my Myspace, Facebook, Buddytown, etc" I missed Crunktastical like a fat kid misses cake. Then after a while it got easier. I realized I had more time to read and do other things of merit. And I have to admit, it was nice not having to read about Britney Spears on every page that on the internet. So I'm thinking from now on I'll be trying to spend a little less time online. I realized I need to get out more and do stuff. And I will...when it gets warmer. (I don't do cold.) And there is a laundry list of books that I've been swearing that I'm going to read for about forever now that I just haven't gotten around to. (I say this now. But I may be an internet junkie again in another month.)

Anyway, the break was needed but I definitely need to get back to blogging. So here are some of my random thoughts about...well a little of everything.

- Was I the only person who didn't know that Brad Renfro died? I really liked that kid when I saw him in The Client. I think I liked him so much because he was from Knoxville. I was born there. (I'm a Ft. Sanders baby for those who are wondering.) But I always thought he was a fairly talented little southern boy. But when I would see him in interviews it always seemed like someone needed to step in and help him out. CLEARLY, he had a substance abuse problem. But I guess that's Hollywood. No one cares until you're dead. Then they exploit the hell out of you. (More on that later.)

- Hollywood is trying to kill Britney Spears. That child's life is trainwreck and those people will not stop until she pulls an Anne Nicole. Now while I do believe that she is a victim, I think she is partially to blame for her own situation. If you know that you can't go anywhere without dozens of people taking your picture then STAY HOME!!! I heard that she makes like $18k a month. That's enough to have someone make 8 Starbucks runs a day for you. She needs to go to Switzerland, take some time off, get her act together before they're splashing pictures of her in a bodybag all over every station in the free world.

-The Heath Ledger thing is COMPLETELY out of control. I was at the gym when I heard about it. I was on the elliptical which is a pretty good distance away from the televisions. So when I saw his picture on the screen I figured they were going to be interviewing him about the upcoming Batman movie. But then I noticed that it was on another television that was on a different station. So I slowed down to get a better look at the screen (with the distance and the motion, I felt like I was getting vertigo) and I realized they were reporting he'd been found dead. I honestly thought it was a mistake. In my opinion, he was the last person you would think would be found dead from "mysterious causes." You never saw him partying with the celebutants. The only time you really ever saw him out was when he was with his ex or with his daughter. So when they said it was a possible suicide I was totally floored. Of course we came to find out later through the media hysteria that it was probably an accidental overdose.

But that leads me to the point of this whole tirade. After this whole thing, I am convinced that the media is the devil. Honestly, it has been a non-stop assault of speculation and assumption and they have REFUSED to let this man rest in peace or let his family grieve properly, all for the sake of ratings. It's disgusting. No one should have their final moments analyzed by three "celebrity experts" during primetime. No one should have to see the body of their loved one being carted away by the coroner via a live feed on CNN. And frankly every station manager in the world that carried video of Heath Ledger's body being transported to the airport should wonder how they're going to sleep at night.

And I think the thing that pisses me off the most is that once the man is in the ground, the media will be right back to trying to kill Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse. Heath Ledger will be nothing more than a page in history. It's disrespectful and wrong.

moving on...

- Is it wrong that I couldn't respect my trainer because he was shorter than me? I signed up with a trainer but at the time I wasn't aware that I would actually be working out with the gym who signed me up. They told me he was just the guy in charge of the program. Plus there were other reasons that I assumed he wouldn't be the guy. First of all, I specifically asked for a girl (I wanted a Gillian from Biggest Loser.) And second, I wouldn't have picked the guy that I ended up with even if I didn't want a girl. Not to be mean, but I need a trainer who looks more the part. Not that this guy wasn't buff. But well, he was short and more stocky than anything.

I know I sound like a height snob, but I can't help it. There's something about a short guy that doesn't automatically command respect with me. Remember the cop from the time my rental car got stolen? Even with a 9mm on his hip I still had jokes (in my mind anyway. he WAS after all a cop, regardless of how short he was.) Well anyway, it turns out that I didn't have a problem. I went in for my 2nd training session and was informed that my trainer was, "No longer with the gym." I had been reassigned to Toby. Blond, tattooed, Toby. REALLY???? Whose idea was that? Anyway, I still want a girl. But Toby is good. My abs still hurt with I breathe, so he must have done something right.

-Why is it okay to say a**hole on regular television now?

- Where is Eminem?

- I think I may have successfully convinced Toya to do a BGLU podcast. Now I just need to get a MacBook.

- I just found out that my cousin does brand marketing. So I'm going to talk to her about some BGLU branding. I know we have been saying this for years, but with the economy and the gas being $4/gallon and houses prices in Atlanta in first born child range, multiply streams of income are clearly the way to go. And BGLU is going to get in where we fit in.

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