Friday Randomness: Featuring $$, Mel Gibson and My Craptastic Metabolism
I made it to Friday in one piece. I hope you did, too.
Here's a few things I'm wondering/thinking about:
1) Does My Metabolism Suck?: Not being able to run over the past couple of months due to my patellar tendonitis means my jeans feel TIGHT. To be clear, I've never been one of those people to stress about being fat because a) I'm not that interested in being pencil thin and b) Starving to fit into a size six isn't my idea of fun.
But now that I'm trying to get back into the swing of marathon training, my goodness, trying to get the scale heading downwards is a pain in the rear. My one treat all week was half of a small cupcake and the scale barely budged! Friends in their mid to late 30's are noticing the same thing. We're getting old and our metabolisms SUCK!
2)Traffic 911: SHOCKER another study shows that Los Angeles' traffic is the worst in the United States. Yawn... why is this a story? However, oddly enough, our traffic isn't as bad as London's or gay Paris' -which makes me wonder, what the heck is going on in London and Paris? Also, all you Angelenos will appreciate that this afternoon I made it from Hollywood and Highland to Eagle Rock and back in 50 minutes!
3) Must-Read: The Tracks of Chris Brown's Tears: Gina from the must-read blog What About Our Daughters does a fantastic job breaking down why Chris Brown's BET Awards Michael Jackson performance didn't move me. I highly suggest you go read her post, "The Tracks of Chris Brown's Tears: Redemption Via Musical Selection" - and read through the comments. I especially appreciated comment 70.
4) Homelessness = Children: I'm working on a story for the Pepsi Refresh Blog about Los Angeles' non-profit School on Wheels. This week I spoke with Catherine Meek, School on Wheels' Executive Director. She told me the average age of a homeless person in the United States is NINE. I can't get that stat out of my head. It's so heartbreaking... and completely immoral. Quite frankly, I care more about that than about whether Chris Brown's career bounces back.
5) Do Good For The Gulf: Speaking of Pepsi Refresh... The project gives $1.3 million in grants every month and this month, if you have good ideas to help hard-hit communities in the Gulf States, on July 12th get ready to submit a project for an EXTRA $1.3 million that Pepsi's setting aside JUST for the Gulf States. I'm so happy this is happening and it's my hope that some REALLY high-quality projects will submit for the grants.
5) Skipping My 20 Year High School Reunion: My 20 year high school reunion is later this month and I decided today that I'm not going because a) I hated high school and b) I pretty much hated myself in high school.
I didn't like myself in high school for multiple reasons, most of which because I was crazy insecure, thought I was ugly and I always felt like I didn't fit in anywhere. I never felt like I was truly myself till after I got to college. Besides, it would cost a lot of money just to show up and be all How Ya Like Me NOW??? (and why do I even feel the need to do that?)
6) Mel Gibson =Possibly Mentally Ill. Definitely Racist. Violent. Misogynistic. I'm glad I never found him attractive or paid to go see any of his films. I've been talking about it with friends on Facebook over the past day or so and today debate ensued over whether this meant I'd never go see one of his films again. For those who say yes, they'll still go to Gibson's films, my old friend Frank said something that really resonates:
"But I know there is a man/spirit behind the actor. And I guess "pack of n*ggers" will ring in my mind next time one of his films come on. for me it's not even about my $$$, none of us can "hurt" Mel financially, but I'm not sure I can compartmentalize my mind and soul when I watch the guy now..."Great work Mel, touching, moving...am I one of those pack of N*ggers you mentioned?" Not to mention calling her a pig in heat...wow..."
What gets me beyond the n-word slur is his belief that black men are rapists - how many hundreds of years have we endured the racist lie that black men are just lining up to rape white women? How many years till it ends?
7) Prince + Sheila E. = A Love Bizarre: I miss real music. I miss real musicians who play real instruments and don't rely on autotune and being naked on stage to be successful.
I feel like a crabby old lady saying it but Prince and Sheila E.'s performances in this clip prove how much modern R&B is in the crapper. I've been watching this clip all week and every time I view it, I'm amazed. Enjoy!