Thursday, September 30, 2004

Kerry Kicked Bush's Ass!!!

HOLY CRUD! Kerry hands Bush a can of WHOOP-ASS!!! This first presidential debate was AWESOME! It was clear that Kerry was the winner here. I loved how Kerry used George Bush, Sr.'s own words to make an incredible point against GWB! I also loved how Kerry said that he made of made a mistake talking about the war in Iraq but Bush made a mistake taking us to war in Iraq. I loved it! That was an awesome point! Another great Kerry point -- Saddam Hussein did not attack us, Osama Bin Laden did. I actually jumped out of my seat and yelled out with glee!

Bush looked flustered and completely uncomfortable. He looked horrible ... the cut away shots were very telling. Kerry looked poised and presidential, Bush looked completely flustered and lost


He kept getting mad, he lost control a few times and took some LONG ASS pauses -- shit, there were YEARS of silence when it was GWB's turn to talk. Did you notice how much water he was drinking? He was sweating bullets because he knew he was doing a horrible job. I *loved every single second of this debate*! I don't know what I loved more -- when Kerry spoke and articulated his position or when Bush spoke panicked and stood there in idiotic silence. John Kerry was EXTREMELY presidential.

You can tell, the Bush camp was not happy with this debate -- they were worried y'all because GWB is a moron and if you put a camera on him long enough it will be clear to anyone -- he is an utter fool! The best way for us to win this election is just to let Bush speak ... put a camera on him and let him talk -- he's a fool, he's a moron, and people need to see him in action. I can't wait until the next debate (Oct. 08)!

And let me tell you, the pundits were all saying that Kerry was the clear winner tonight. Fox News was ripping on Bush y'all! You KNOW that's good news.

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm off to jump around the house some more ... more on this tomorrow!!!

WOOT!

Give Me Moore

Last night's evening with Michael Moore was awesome! I forget how inspiring the man can be! He sold out the Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan and gave an impassioned plea to the "slackers" in the audience in the hopes that they would register and then vote on November 2. We (Jessica, Jeremy, Sarah, Mark and I) got there right before Moore was to take the stage so we were lucky to get seats together. Jeremy was able to save seats for us in the middle balcony. Unfortunately I was too far back to be able to take pictures but The Michigan Daily has posted a couple of pictures to go along with their story on the event. The article is very well-written and really gives a good synopsis of how the event went down.

The goal of the night was to reach out to college-aged students, one of the largest underrepresented groups at the polls. Moore gave out prizes to people who registered to vote while at the speech, but the majority of the night was an anti-Bush rally ... The atmosphere at Hill took on a more somber tone when Moore started reading some of the e-mails he has received from soldiers in Iraq. He explained how he has received more than 3,000 e-mails from soldiers, and then asked, ?When have we heard from soldiers who are dissatisfied with the war??

I was encouraged by the evening. Moore made the point that we cannot become disenfranchised with the belief that we are going to lose this election. We must do everything we can to make sure that we WIN this election and ensure that GWB is ousted from the White House. NOTHING would make me happier!

In unhappy news, The Michigan Daily also ran an article stating that polls are showing that Michigan is likely to vote to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Additionally, "[b]attleground states may swing into Bush's win column come Nov. 2 if voters come to the polls to vote against gay marriage and for the president ... Many states have laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but they are open to judicial review by the courts. Amendments to the constitution would prevent overturns by courts." It is completely disgusting to me that so many people would vote to amend the constitution in order to take away rights instead of ensuring rights to people.

Let's get to the goss:
  • 'Cause we need another zombie movie; George Romero is set to make his next undead flick. So if you want zombies, why not get the originator? Romero starts filming Land Of The Dead in Toronto next week -- a movie that pits a ragtag few uninfected survivors (including Asia Argento, Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo) against an entire zombie nation that has begun the process of socialization. I think that there are way too many dead people in movies these days. They're going to start to get uppity!
  • It seems that Rocco has run out of restaurants -- after his famed The Restaurant eatery was shut down just recently comes word that his first restaurant, the one that made him famous, is also going to close its doors. NEW YORK - Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, who rose to national prominence in the reality TV series 'The Restaurant' only to see the venture dissolve in legal acrimony with his partners, is leaving his other restaurant ... As of next week, DiSpirito, 37, will step down as executive chef at Union Pacific, the Gramercy Park restaurant where he first gained notoriety after it opened in 1997, DiSpirito and his partners said Tuesday. The restaurant will close at the end of the year. At least he's quitting while he's behind.
  • Good news for Chaka -- her son is NOT going to be charged with murder. Soul legend Chaka Khan's son Damien Holland has escaped a murder charge because Los Angeles police don't have enough evidence against him. It probably was an accidental shooting because I don't think that Chaka Khan has enough pull to pull a Kobe Bryant for her son.
  • A British woman is claiming that she is pregnant with Michael Jackson's twins. Actress Sholeh Bocchelli, 35, says she was originally pregnant with quads after IVF treatment with the singer ... But she had two babies aborted to save the others on the advice of doctors. Oh lord, just what the world needs ...
And that's all, sorry for the short post but I've got quizzes to grade, test review sheets to work up and computer problems coming out my ass!

Boo! I think I'm going to have to go shopping to make me feel better ... today is pay day! Woot!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

"Take A Chance You Stupid Ho"

This morning I woke up from a very bizarre dream with a strong craving for a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. I hate Starbucks coffee but I do enjoy their caramel drink every once in a while. Anyways, so I'm waiting for my caramel beverage in my pajamas (today is Pajama Day; my pajamas consist of A&F track pants and a Captain America t-shirt -- which is not really what I sleep in but I didn't think it would be a good idea to show up to work in my boxer shorts) and this young woman asks me "Is it Pajama Day at your school?" I told her that it was and she inquired which high school I was going to and then she asked me if I were a senior. The young lady made my day! I told her that no I wasn't a senior and that I was probably older than she was -- she told me that she too gets mistaken for a student as she is a teacher as well. Then she smiled at me in a flirty fashion. My drink was ready and I bolted for the door with a quick "Well, have a great day!" It's funny, I never get hit on when I go to Caribou Coffee for my occasional morning coffee.

I was happy to discover that Amazon.fr is now taking preorders for the 2005 Les Dieux du Stade calendar (the half-nekked French rugby players calendar) and accompanying Making Of ... DVD. Needless to say I have already put in my order. I have found that many people have found enjoyment from my 2004 Les Dieux du Stade calendar so far be it from me to deny those people another year of enjoyment.

That's just the kind of guy that I am :)

Gwen Stefani's first solo single What You Waiting For? is now available for download at iTunes. MTVnews has an article on the song saying that it "... captures the singer's conflicted feelings in the form of an inner dialogue with herself, with the more confident Gwen (who sings in a tough, strident tone) giving the nervous one (squeakier and higher) some tough love: "Take a chance, you might grow ... Take a chance, you stupid ho." It's very catchy, I suggest you check it out.

Last night I finally found the time to watch this week's episode of Charmed with guest star Charisma Carpenter (the actress formerly known as Cordelia on Buffy). It aired this past Sunday and thankfully I had preset my VCR to record it because I was not home at all on Sunday. It was a pretty good episode. I dunno, Charmed just isn't doing it for me lately. There have been 3 episodes so far this year and they have been pretty "Eh!" if you ask me. It's no Buffy, that's for sure. But I'm loyal so I will continue to watch. I'm hoping that it gets better so that I can look forward to watching the show. Charisma guests again next week.

I was also able to catch the show that is being touted as "the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- Veronica Mars. There has been heavy promotion for this new show. I heard the commercial for it on the radio 3 times yesterday -- Paris Hilton guest-starred as a "rich, snobby bitch". She did a pretty good job actually. I missed the first episode last week but I think I got the gist of how the show is going to play out. I guess I liked what I saw but I wouldn't quite call it "the new Buffy" based on what I saw. USA Today likes the show ("... there's more than enough talent here to flesh out that story. Now let's hope UPN gives Veronica the time it needs ... This is one TV case we don't want to see closed.") I think I'll give it a try though -- I wasn't a Buffy fan for a long time so maybe this show will grow on me. Eh, we'll see ... I was pleasantly surprised to find that Shawn Ashmore (who played Iceman in the X-Men movies) is on the show. I guess we'll see if Veronica Mars-mania takes hold.

In other news:
  • Britney wants the world to know "Kevin took out a loan to contribute towards the wedding and so he could buy me my band. He insisted." She is offering this information so that people understand that she's not paying for everything between the 2 of them. Um, does she realize that she's not making him look much better by telling the world that he has no money?
  • Dolly Parton just can't take it anymore. She is ready to undergo a breast reduction. The I Will always Love You singer had silicone implants in both her twenties and her thirties, but doctors have now told the 58-year-old star her enormous double-D bust will have to be reduced to relieve the crippling pressure on her back and shoulders. She admits: "My boobs are killing me - and I don't know if I can stand the pain any longer. "My boobs have been a trademark for me - but I've paid one hell of a price." Is it crazy that I never knew she had breast implants?!
  • The New York Post wrote a scathing review of the recent Von Bondies show in New York. September 29, 2004 -- DETROIT city rockers the Von Bondies revved their engine, but sputtered through their Irving Plaza gig Monday like a lawnmower with a fouled plug ... The fans, a paltry 600 strong, were only totally engaged during "C'mon." For the rest of the performance, the hipster crowd just showed appreciation with bobbing noggin nods. Sounds like the reception at the June Scissor Sisters show here in Detroit. I can't wait to see them (with Melissa Auf der Maur) in a few weeks. I'm sure the Detroit show will be much more lively ... I hope.
  • Cedar Point will no longer be home to the world's tallest, fastest rollercoaster -- the new rollercoaster king is gonna be in New Jersey. JACKSON, N.J. - Six Flags Great Adventure is opening the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster this spring ? a thrill ride that accelerates to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and rises 456 feet off the ground. Boo! My friends and I are going to Cedar Point in a few weeks to enjoy the rides before the park closes down for the season.
  • Poor Eric McCormack (Will on Will & Grace) -- apparently he was hoping to get a record contract or something. "Eric had been hoping to branch out and, in addition to doing 'Will & Grace,' wanted to do an easy listening album," said our source. "He was petitioning BMG for a contract and even performed live on 'Today,' but no one is biting after the poor sales." What I don't understand is if Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan can get record deals then ANYONE should be able to get a record deal.
  • Sadly, one of The Weather Girls has died. Armstead, who along with partner Martha Wash started out as background singers for San Francisco disco diva Sylvester before forming the Weather Girls, died Sept. 16 of heart failure at a hospital in San Leandro, Calif., about 30 kilometres east of San Francisco. At least now she can enjoy all those nekked men in heaven full time now.
And that's it for the round-up. Tonight we are going to see Michael Moore in Ann Arbor. He was in Dearborn yesterday and will bring his "tour" to Hill Auditorium tonight to whip up support for John Kerry (one can assume). I'm hoping to have pictures of the event to share.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

My Milkshake Brings All The Paparazzi To The Yard

I am having a devil of a time finding the time to blog lately! I have all these lectures to work on, special assignments for Spirit Week, etc. -- they all are sucking time away from blogging! When I get home the last thing I want to do is play on the computer. Grrr ... I'm going to have to set aside a time to write ya'll! Because how else am I going to be able to talk about BRITNEY SPEARS!!!??? We all know the girl done lost her mind in recent months. So, it's not quite so surprising to see pictures of Britney Spears Federline and her crew running around with alien masks throwing milkshakes at paparazzi. She has been spotted in her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana shopping at the local mall but the latest word is that she and her rat-faced hubby are going to be honeymooning in the United Kingdom. Esther Madonna has offered her UK country estate to the newlyweds to enjoy while on their honeymoon. Madge called the newlyweds to send her congratulations - and then offered to put the pair up in her sprawling country estate in rural Wiltshire ... Madonna sent the happy couple a Kabbalah text as an engagement present, and Britney has kept it with her ever since. How precious! And because I'm sure you haven't had your fill of Britney wedding pictures head on over to EverythingBritney.net -- there you will find a PLETHORA OF PICTURES from OK Magazine from Britney's September 18th wedding.


In today's goss round-up
  • It won't be long before prisoner No. 55170-054 must report to prison to begin her sentence. You may know prisoner No. 55170-054 as Martha Stewart. The celebrity homemaker, who must begin serving her five-month prison sentence by Oct. 8, was assigned the number by federal marshals ... The number now appears under Stewart's name on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Web site. She is also listed as ''in transit,'' but the designation simply means she has a reporting date, prisons spokesman Dan Dunne said Monday. Yikes, this news makes her prison sentence seem all official and imposing.
  • I feel for her -- Chaka Khan's son has been arrested for murder. Damien Patrick Holland, 25, was arrested shortly after the Friday night shooting of an 18-year-old man, police Sgt. Catherine Plows said. Holland and the victim were fighting and both struggled to control a gun, which fired and struck the teen, police said. The victim died at a nearby hospital. Whoa ... that sucks! Hello, people shouldn't be playing with guns.
  • Does Paris Hilton allow all of her boyfriends to tape her having sex?! Get ready, ya'll, here comes another Paris Hilton sex tape. The 23-year-old blonde writhes in the back of a car with her ex-boyfriend NICK CARTER in one scene, and is then seen answering the door naked to model ex-boyfriend JASON SHAW ... In the video, Hilton reportedly jokes, whilst puffing on a cannabis joint, "Paris Hilton part two: how to roll a joint!" Now that's hot! Oh wait, not it's not.
  • A few days ago we got a glimpse at the costume that Jessica Alba will be wearing as Sue Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie -- now we have full pictures of the entire team (Click the image below to see the full size). THIS ARTICLE has a rundown of each of the team members ... and HELLO! can we talk about how "hot" the Human Torch looks?! I can't wait to see the movie now! [heads up via Thighs Wide Shut]
And that's about it for today. I'm really looking forward to a more uniform routine so that I can devote a time of day to writing. Right now, I'm all over the place when it comes to blogging. I will be back if time allows ... so it might not be until tomorrow.

Comments? Suggestions? Leave me a message ...

Monday, September 27, 2004

The Aftermath

Whew! What a weekend. I am happy to report that the party was a smashing success. I think it's safe to assume that everyone had a fun time at our place this weekend. We had a nice turnout ... 30+ people showed up. We were very pleased with how the party turned out. We ate, drank and were extremely merry. We received amazing gifts from our friends -- Sarah and Mark really, really outdid themselves! They arrived with a tub of gifts ... completely unnecessary but very, very appreciated. Erik and I were so happy to see so many of our friends in our home. We had an amazing time!

But, I just have to talk about this or I'm going to explode! I found out yesterday that Dave Koz (jazz saxophonist that I worshipped in high school when I was in band) has publicly come out of the closet ... THE MAN IS GAY! I don't even know what to say ... I was so SHOCKED and AMAZED! Anyways, yesterday I was flipping through Instinct magazine and they had highlighted Dave Koz as their Bachelor of the Month. Here is the first question they asked him:

INSTINCT: What type of guy do you go for?
DAVE KOZ: I'm a small guy, so I like guys around my height. And there's nothing more attractive than a guy who has a passion for what he does. But still, I'm a sucker for a killer smile.


You can read the rest of the article HERE.

I cannot tell you how bizarre it is for me to know this about him! I have all but his last album and have fallen away from following his career in recent years. Sherri and I have seen him in concert a few times back in the day. BUT I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GAY! From what I gathered in a few of the articles I've read (Dave Koz, take two, Dave Koz Comes Clean on his Sexuality & Readies Summer Tour) he has been out to his family since the 80's but has suppressing his happiness. He dated guys in college! What?! I cannot believe I never knew any of this!!! Anyways, he's out now and I'm very happy for him. I *must* see him in concert again soon! Sorry that I keep going on about this but it's just a huge surprise for me ... yay Dave!

In case you haven't had the opportunity to see this week's People magazine in person you can see the high resolution pictures of the magazine over at EverythingBritney.net. THE PHOTOS are all there for you to check out.

Oi! Britney, Britney, Britney ... make sure you check out the "garter belt" picture. It is so trashy -- very, very trashy in my humble opinion. I managed to pick up a copy of the magazine at the grocery store this weekend and it was on hand at the party. Believe me, it was passed around a lot. I love how everyone *hates* Britney but they are just as interested in her every move as her fans are. I love it! Stereogum has an article that claims that Britney moved up the wedding date because she is pregnant:

A source close to the singer said last night: "Britney has told only her family and closest circle that she is pregnant." The pregnancy, which Spears, 22, has privately admitted, is a dream come true, and marks the end of a turbulent year for the pop star.

I highly doubt that this is true but I'm just passing along the information. There are other things happening in the world, so let's get to it:
And that's about it. I'm actually really busy here at work (what's new?) so I have stuff to get back to. One more thing before I wrap up. I want to send out a big CONGRATULATIONS to my dearest Diana -- she secured a much desired job with the Washington D.C. police force. I am so proud of her and I love her!!!

Finally, can we just talk one more time about Dave Koz and his gayness?!? I am so happy for him! Weee!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Friday, September 24, 2004

Jean Therapy

This post will be a pathetic pittance of an entry. I am just FLOODED with a million different tasks that have kept me from scouring the Internet for interesting information for you all.

My deepest apologies.

BUT I do have to share with you that last night I purchased the coolest pair of Diesel jeans -- ever! I really wanted to find a pair of jeans that I loved and I did. I really wasn't hopeful that I would find a pair that I loved but the salesgirl was totally kickass. I told her the look that I wanted and she pulled out about 5 different styles for me to try (all of the styles made me look like I had a butt, this is a good thing). I liked 3 of them and loved the pair I got. I'll probably have to get the other 2 later on.

AND, this is hilarious, I have the funniest story to share as well. Today is free dress day (ie. everyone in the school is allowed to wear whatever they want, no dress code) and I am wearing really cool ripped jeans, a tight t-shirt and I had Erik do my hair -- I had 2 girls come up to me and ask me if I modeled! I about fell on the floor! I informed them that a.) I was too short to be a model and b.) I was too ugly to be a model. One of the girls replied, "Well, you certainly look like a model, Mr. Vanegas. I think you should try to model." HAHAHHAH!

Yipes, I have to go and finish my work. I think that posts are going to be pretty sparse for a while. We are going to be in heavy party preparation mode tonight and tomorrow ... then the party will be in full swing and then we are saving Sunday for a big fat DO NOTHING day. I'll update when I can ...

For the latest in what's going on in the Entertainment world visit:

Whatevs.org
Popbytes.com
Stereogum.com
ThighsWideShut.org

Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Bitching Hour

I was alerted to this by Neil Gaiman (and his wonderful blog), it seems that Anne Rice got fed up with all the negative reviews that people were posting at Amazon.com and decided to have her say. The Toronto Star even wrote an arcticle about it. Here is the full text of her response to the many, many negative comments made by Amazon.com customers on her book Blood Canticle:

From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here, September 6, 2004
Reviewer: Anne Obrien Rice (New Orleans, LA United States)

Seldom do I really answer those who criticize my work. In fact, the entire development of my career has been fueled by my ability to ignore denigrating and trivializing criticism as I realize my dreams and my goals. However there is something compelling about Amazon's willingness to publish just about anything, and the sheer outrageous stupidity of many things you've said here that actually touches my proletarian and Democratic soul. Also I use and enjoy Amazon and I do read the reviews of other people's books in many fields. In sum, I believe in what happens here. And so, I speak. First off, let me say that this is addressed only to some of you, who have posted outrageously negative comments here, and not to all. You are interrogating this text from the wrong perspective. Indeed, you aren't even reading it. You are projecting your own limitations on it. And you are giving a whole new meaning to the words "wide readership." And you have strained my Dickensean principles to the max. I'm justifiably proud of being read by intellectual giants and waitresses in trailer parks,in fact, I love it, but who in the world are you? Now to the book. Allow me to point out: nowhere in this text are you told that this is the last of the chronicles, nowhere are you promised curtain calls or a finale, nowhere are you told there will be a wrap-up of all the earlier material. The text tells you exactly what to expect. And it warns you specifically that if you did not enjoy Memnoch the Devil, you may not enjoy this book. This book is by and about a hero whom many of you have already rejected. And he tells you that you are likely to reject him again. And this book is most certainly written -- every word of it -- by me. If and when I can't write a book on my own, you'll know about it. And no, I have no intention of allowing any editor ever to distort, cut, or otherwise mutilate sentences that I have edited and re-edited, and organized and polished myself. I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me, and I will never relinquish that status. For me, novel writing is a virtuoso performance. It is not a collaborative art. Back to the novel itself: the character who tells the tale is my Lestat. I was with him more closely than I have ever been in this novel; his voice was as powerful for me as I've ever heard it. I experienced break through after break through as I walked with him, moved with him, saw through his eyes. What I ask of Lestat, Lestat unfailingly gives. For me, three hunting scenes, two which take place in hotels -- the lone woman waiting for the hit man, the slaughter at the pimp's party -- and the late night foray into the slums --stand with any similar scenes in all of the chronicles. They can be read aloud without a single hitch. Every word is in perfect place. The short chapter in which Lestat describes his love for Rowan Mayfair was for me a totally realized poem. There are other such scenes in this book. You don't get all this? Fine. But I experienced an intimacy with the character in those scenes that shattered all prior restraints, and when one is writing one does have to continuously and courageously fight a destructive tendency to inhibition and restraint. Getting really close to the subject matter is the achievement of only great art. Now, if it doesn't appeal to you, fine. You don't enjoy it? Read somebody else. But your stupid arrogant assumptions about me and what I am doing are slander. And you have used this site as if it were a public urinal to publish falsehood and lies. I'll never challenge your democratic freedom to do so, and yes, I'm answering you, but for what it's worth, be assured of the utter contempt I feel for you, especially those of you who post anonymously (and perhaps repeatedly?) and how glad I am that this book is the last one in a series that has invited your hateful and ugly responses. Now, to return to the narrative in question: Lestat's wanting to be a saint is a vision larded through and through with his characteristic vanity. It connects perfectly with his earlier ambitions to be an actor in Paris, a rock star in the modern age. If you can't see that, you aren't reading my work. In his conversation with the Pope he makes observations on the times which are in continuity with his observations on the late twentieth century in The Vampire Lestat, and in continuity with Marius' observations in that book and later in Queen of the Damned. The state of the world has always been an important theme in the chronicles. Lestat's comments matter. Every word he speaks is part of the achievement of this book. That Lestat renounced this saintly ambition within a matter of pages is plain enough for you to see. That he reverts to his old self is obvious, and that he intends to complete the tale of Blackwood Farm is also quite clear. There are many other themes and patterns in this work that I might mention -- the interplay between St.Juan Diago and Lestat, the invisible creature who doesn't "exist" in the eyes of the world is a case in point. There is also the theme of the snare of Blackwood Farm, the place where a human existence becomes so beguiling that Lestat relinquishes his power as if to a spell. The entire relationship between Lestat and Uncle Julien is carefully worked out. But I leave it to readers to discover how this complex and intricate novel establishes itself within a unique, if not unrivalled series of book. There are things to be said. And there is pleasure to be had. And readers will say wonderful things about Blood Canticle and they already are. There are readers out there and plenty of them who cherish the individuality of each of the chronicles which you so flippantly condemn. They can and do talk circles around you. And I am warmed by their response. Their letters, the papers they write in school, our face to face exchanges on the road -- these things sustain me when I read the utter trash that you post. But I feel I have said enough. If this reaches one reader who is curious about my work and shocked by the ugly reviews here, I've served my goals. And Yo, you dude, the slang police! Lestat talks like I do. He always has and he always will. You really wouldn't much like being around either one of us. And you don't have to be. If any of you want to say anything about all this by all means Email me at Anneobrienrice@mac.com. And if you want your money back for the book, send it to 1239 First Street, New Orleans, La, 70130. I'm not a coward about my real name or where I live. And yes, the Chronicles are no more! Thank God!


Yikes!

Off The Wagon

I am *so* off the wagon! As you may recall, I gave up pop (and most caffeinated beverages) for a full 3 months this past summer. From May to August I didn't have one single drop of Coke, Pepsi -- any soda pop. Once the 3 month hiatus was over I decided to only drink pop at "special occasions" (like at movies). Well, this morning, on my way to work, I purchased a liter bottle of Coke and am enjoying said beverage as I type. I had pop with dinner at Pizza Hut last night and had pop the night before.

Whatevs, rehab is for quitters!

Sarah managed to score tickets for us to go see Michael Moore in Ann Arbor next week. He is doing 60 CITY SWING-STATE TOUR in 20 states and he will be at the Hill Auditorium next Wednesday. Sarah, Mark, Me and 1 other person (to be determined soon) will be in attendance. Woo!

The Britney update is as follows, it seems that holier-than-thou Xtina is talking "trash" about Britney's weekend nuptials labeling the wedding as "trashy, pathetic and low rent". THIS ARTICLE has a quote from Xtina, she said: "I'd never have thought that girl would have done it this way. I know she really loves Kevin, but this is like really low rent this time ... It's surprising. The whole affair seems somewhat pathetic." LOL! Xtina is the skankiest pop diva ever and should, IMHO, keep her trap shut.

The high resolution pictures from People magazine have yet to hit the 'Net so I'm holding off on posting any thing until they do. It shouldn't be long now.

In other news:
  • Sarah Michelle Geller has been cast to play Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the movie adaptation. She'll be 30 when filming starts in late 2006. Update: SMGfan.com is reporting that this newstory is not true. Ah well, I think SMG would make a great Sabrina. [thanks for the heads up Shane]
  • Remember all those lucky people who won free cars on The Oprah Winfrey Show? Yeah, they are going to be responsible for about $7 thousand dollars in new taxes. Winners with lower incomes might be hurt the worst, Godek said, because the prize could push them into higher brackets, stripping them of possible tax credits. Yikes! No good deed goes unpunished, it seems.
  • There is hope for my friend Shane, it seems that Paris Hilton is looking for Mr. Right no matter what he looks like. "Looks don't matter anymore," the 23-year-old hotel heiress-model-actress said in the interview. "It's all about how nice they are. At this point, I want to find a guy who's right for me. I want someone who's going to treat me well and love me." Hmm, she must already be rich or something ...
  • Marilyn Manson is set to marry his beloved Dita Von Teese in a surprisingly normal ceremony. "Gottfried Helnwein [the German artist] whom I collaborated with a lot invited us to get married at one of his castles in either Germany or Ireland," Manson said. "So we thought we would just have the pageantry and the ceremony of a normal wedding, but without the church. Because I don't think that I would really be welcome there." Awwww! Oh yeah, he's also got a greatest hits album coming out and hates GWB.
  • Janet's boob finally has it's day of reckoning, CBS is fined $550,000 for the wardrobe malfunction at this year's Super Bowl. "The show clearly intended to push the limits of prime-time television," said the FCC, which called the half-time event an "outrageous stunt." Individual CBS affiliates were fined $27,5000 each as well. I say we outlaw all boobs on TV ... it's time for male butt shots if you ask me.
  • And speaking of male butt shots, want to see more of Eminem's ass? Go HERE.
  • Remember that televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, the one who was caught with a prostitute -- twice? Well, he's back in the headlines and he's still an asshole. Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart apologized Wednesday for saying in a televised worship service that he would kill any gay man who looked at him romantically ... In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay marriage when he said "I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry" ... "And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died," Swaggart said to laughter and applause from the congregation ... On Wednesday, Swaggart said he has jokingly used the expression "killing someone and telling God he died" thousands of times, about all sorts of people. He said the expression is figurative and not meant to harm. Gotta love those conservative Xtians ... no wait -- no you don't!
  • Hmmm, is this irony or poetic justice or something? Woman killed by falling cross -- ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- A 67-year-old woman was killed when a three-meter (10-foot) tall metal crucifix fell on her head in a small southern Italian town on Wednesday, police said. Too bad it didn't fall on Jimmy Swaggart.
And that's it for today. I don't teach today but I'm working on lectures and a project for Spirit Week next week.

Preparations for our party this weekend are underway. Erik and I are hosting a housewarming party this Saturday and we're starting to get things completed. I'm sure I'll either be talking more about this or too busy to post about it ... I hate having 10 million things to do all at once.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The Federlines Respond

Britney and new hubby not faking it
Newlywed couple still haven't filed marriage license, however

... Turns out that Spears and Federline are not legally married because even though they have a marriage license, they haven’t yet filed it. They say they plan to file the license next week. As Federline explains it, after the couple hammered out their prenuptial agreement, the lawyers advised them to wait a week before filing the marriage license. But then they moved up the wedding date because they were tired of being stalked by photographers. “Basically, those reports that we didn’t legally wed are [bull],” Federline told People. “But it doesn’t bother me, those reports.”

“I know we’re not completely legal until we file the license, which we’ll do next week,” Spears told People. “But in a real sense, a spiritual sense, we’re married. We’re just following our lawyer’s advice.”

Regarding the reports that it was a fake marriage, she said, “I’m really upset that somebody some place decides to write a false headline about a special day that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl. It’s too bad. I don’t understand the thinking behind it."


Read the full article HERE.

Psych! Illegitimate?

Wow! Leave it to Uncle Grambo to dig up the dirt. Things are coming to light and are starting to make more sense. CBS news, in THIS ARTICLE, has more details surrounding this whole "did Britney fake her wedding" thing:

(CBS) Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are still not legally married despite a weekend ceremony that was such a surprise not even the parents and bridesmaids knew they were going to a wedding ... Jess Cagle, People magazine senior editor and contributor to The Early Show, "A lot was complicated because they moved up the date and next week, they’re going to file all of the paper work," he said ... So they’re not legally married now? "Not yet, although they have sort of followed everything by the book and that is the next bump in the story that you’re going to see: The wedding was a fake. It’s really not."

Sounds to me like it's a matter of paperwork ... CBS also has the first of the wedding pictures that will be featured in this week's People magazine:



The CBS news article also clears up a lot of misinformation about the wedding itself:

  • Absolutely NO ONE who attended the "event" knew it was going to be the wedding.
  • Kevin's children were at Disneyland at the time of the wedding and were not in attendance.
  • Everyone wore classy, tailored outfits that were fitted weeks ago and secretly brought to the residence where the wedding took place; "All of the groomsmen and the bridesmaids had had their clothes fitted the week before so those clothes were secretly brought to the house," Cagle said. "They said, 'Surprise, we’re getting married, here are your clothes. Get in them.'"
  • Reports that there was a cash bar are untrue; "I think after they all went out to a club, maybe some people paid for their drinks," Cagle said. "However, they did get a drink free at the house after the reception."
  • The CBS report also states that a prenup was signed.
Leave it to Uncle Grambo to provide the information we need ... he's a much better source of news than Drudge!

Psych?

This is interesting, I just got a heads up from Mike ... US Weekly is claiming that they have "proof" that Britney faked her wedding this weekend. My first reaction to hearing this was that US Weekly is wrong -- but, they may be correct. Is it really so unrealistic that the whole thing was a sham to throw off the media?

My guess is that she did, in fact, get married this past weekend. CNN got a quote from one of her spokespeople stating that they did get married. But, who knows if the spokesperson is only saying what she wants him to say. I think that the tabloids are just trying to come up with different scenarios in order to sell more magazines. I mean, they can't talk about her "upcoming wedding" anymore -- and they have to talk about something.

Time will tell what really happened this past weekend ... I just can't wait for TheSmokingGun.com to get us a copy of the prenup.

Murder On The Dancefloor


News is s-l-o-o-o-o-o-w today. So, I'm going to post about ME! Well actually, about Matt & Ame's wedding pictures that have just become available online. Digital copies of all of Matt & Ame's wedding pictures are available for purchase online as of last night. Here are a few of the pictures. I love how the photographers were in LOVE with Erik because only Ame is in more pictures than Erik is (and I suspect that Erik is in more pictures than Matt is). There are a couple of really bad pictures of me (I look like I'm having a fit on the dancefloor) so I opted to not share those with all of you lovely people. Click the image above to see it larger.

Anyways, as I said -- there really isn't shizz for goss today. Perhaps Britney's wedding has zapped all life out of the gossip world? Hmmm, we all wait with baited breath for the official wedding pictures to surface (People magazine?) but there is news that she DID have Kevin sign an "iron-clad" prenuptial agreement which is the smartest thing she's done in, well, her whole life ...

R.E.M. fans should head over to My Space where you can stream their new album for 2 weeks before it gets released. I'm not an R.E.M. fan but I'm sure this information will benefit someone.

And finally, could YOU live for 2 weeks without the Internet? I surely would curl up and die ...

Laters!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Geeks 'R' Us


I watched Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi tonight. I ate a meal of KFC popcorn chicken, potato wedges and a "mega" Pepsi (which turned to be a 1/2 gallon of pop). I am officially a nerd.

That said, the remastered versions of the films are surprisingly good. The colors are amazing, the sound is superb and the movies look updated. They do not look like movies that were made in the late 70's/early 80's. I'm now a believer.

May The Force Be With You ... In Remastered Digital Form


So here we have it ... the FIRST LOOK at Britney & Kevin's wedding invitations. They were sent out earlier this month stating that the wedding would take place on October 16th. And because there are MORE tidbits about how the whole thing went down, MTVnews has pieced together all the various bits of information:

Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, purchased casual slacks, while Britney's younger sister, Jamie Lynn, dyed her hair back to its original color of brown to prepare for the event. Britney, also back to brunette, spent the day prepping at the Burke Williams Spa in Santa Monica, where she checked in under the name Bella and had a facial and massage, according to TV show "The Insider." When the time came, friends and family (holed up at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica) were driven by two vans to a secret location, save for Jamie Lynn, who pulled up in a black limo.

About 25 miles from the hotel, the wedding planner had made arrangements to hold the affair in Studio City, California, in the tented backyard of her ex-husband's house. Her ex also tailored custom-made tuxedoes for the groom and the men in the wedding party (Federline's brother was best man).

The low-key ceremony was short, starting at 7:30 p.m. and only lasting about five to 10 minutes. Spears walked down the aisle in a white strapless dress by designer Monique L'Huillier, with a long veil and a tiara. She carried a bouquet of pink and white roses, while her bridesmaids and maid of honor Jamie Lynn wore burgundy and carried red roses. For rings, the bride and groom swapped platinum bands -- a plain one for her, and one with diamonds for him.

Afterward, the wedding party and guests changed into made-for-the-occasion velour sweat suits, which were party gifts of a sort. Women got pink ones that read "Maids" and "Hot Mama" on the back, while men got white ones that read "Pimps" and "Pimp Daddy" on the back. Britney's sweat suit read "Mrs. Federline," while Kevin's read "Hers."

The menu reportedly included chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, crab cakes, ribs and Waldorf salad, but there was no open bar. Guests did get a gift bag that included Gap jeans, candy and a silver teardrop ring with an image of the bride and groom. Guests also reportedly had to sign an affidavit that they wouldn't take pictures.

At the late night/early morning reception, held at the Xes nightclub on the Sunset Strip, Spears and Federline's first dance as a married couple was to the tune of Journey's "Lights."


I love that they have a Journey song as one of their wedding songs ... I hate that they dined on chicken wings and cheeseburgers! Ah Britney, how I love you so ...

Sarah sent me a COOL ARTICLE that forecasts what the future will be like for Mr. & Mrs. Ratface Federline:

Looking ahead to Britney Spears’ future
How long till the prenup hits the Smoking Gun?

PARODY
By Kim Reed
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 10:11 p.m. ET Sept. 19, 2004

With Britney Spears' wedding to backup dancer/Red Bull aficionado Kevin Federline now confirmed, many fans (and foes) are wondering what will come next in the former Mouseketeer's career. Whatever happened to the teen who was "Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman"?

With the couple still measuring their wedded bliss in hours instead of days or weeks, prognosticators and pundits alike are trying to figure out what Britney's next move will be, and how her marriage will affect her career.

Many have criticized Britney's choices lately: an impulsive quickie marriage here, a barefoot journey into a public restroom there. At 22, she seems to be heading on a downward spiral, one from which she may never recover. Herewith, a glimpse into her future:

September 18, 2004: Britney Spears marries Kevin Federline in a small, private ceremony attended by family and close friends. Those worried that Britney is losing her sense of tackiness can rest assured that guests dined on chicken fingers and ribs, and the couple shared a first dance to Journey's "City By the Bay", played on a boombox. Of all the cheesy love songs Journey produced, the happy couple chose the one about San Francisco? In addition, the men in the wedding party donned matching warmup suits emblazoned with the word "Pimps" on the back. Classy!

September 22, 2004: Kevin Federline's ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson issues her own statement about how happy she is for the couple, and by the way, did you hear about her great idea for a reality show about a single mom?

October 2004: Tabloid reports begin to surface about Britney and Kevin feuding in public, and Britney travels to Louisiana to stay with her mother for a few weeks. Britney's publicist strenuously denies any problems in the marriage.

November 2004: Britney and Kevin do an exclusive primetime interview with Katie Couric during November sweeps. They discuss how they want to start a family as soon as possible. They also work in no less than 10 mentions of Britney's "Greatest Hits" CD, which drops Nov. 9.

April 2005: Britney reveals to a writer from Vanity Fair that she is pregnant and due in September. Vanity Fair puts her on the cover of its May issue, and there are behind-the-scenes reports from the photo shoot that Kevin wanted to be included in the photo and Britney refused. Allegedly, Kevin threw his half-empty can of Red Bull against the wall and stomped outside for a smoke. The cover photo featured a pregnant Britney alone.

September 2005: Justice Lynn Federline is born. Tabloids report that Kevin barely made it to the hospital in time for the birth of his third child, and rumors begin swirling that Britney and Kevin are no longer sharing a residence.

November 2005: Britney, Kevin, and Justice do an exclusive primetime sweeps interview with Diane Sawyer. Britney insists that her marriage is fine, and that they've never been happier.

January 2006: Britney files for divorce. The Smoking Gun Web site posts copies of Britney and Kevin's prenuptial agreement. Kevin countersues, protesting that he signed the prenup while under the influence, and thus was unable to make rational decisions. An anonymous source from Britney's camp asserts that even on a good day, Kevin is unable to make a rational decision. A California judge rules that the prenup is invalid, and Britney settles with Kevin for an undisclosed amount. Kevin promptly drops out of the public eye, and is last seen performing as a backup dancer on the New Kids on the Block reunion tour.

July 2006: Britney is photographed exiting a New York club with Tara Reid and Lindsay Lohan. Her publicist issues a statement that Britney was discussing potential film collaborations.

August 2006: Britney is photographed exiting a Los Angeles club with Ashton Kutcher, fresh from his July divorce from Demi Moore. Her publicist issues a statement that Britney was discussing a comeback vehicle for both of them, since Kutcher has not been seen on screen since "Punk'd: The Movie" bombed in late 2005.

September 2006: Britney delivers a rambling and incoherent discourse on the nature of celebrity during a press conference announcing the release of her new CD "Greatest Hits: Volume 2." Her publicist issues a statement that Britney is suffering from exhaustion and jet lag.

November 2006: Britney's new CD drops off the charts after spending two weeks at number 36. Rumors of Britney's mental deterioration fuel tabloid stories. Late in the month, Britney checks into Promises rehab center for a month-long stay for addiction to prescription painkillers.

January 2007: Even the tabloids stop paying attention to Britney.

October 2008: Almost two years after her last CD was released, Random House announces a Britney Spears tell-all memoir on their fall release list, titled "Sometimes I Run."

November 2008: Britney makes the talk show rounds to promote her new book. She wears a suit and appears both self-deprecating and lucid. "Sometimes I Run" stays on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller List for 14 weeks. Critics hail the book as "courageous" and "juicy." In it, Britney reveals that she never stopped loving Justin Timberlake, and that all of 2004 was a reaction to losing him. When reached for comment, Justin (in the middle of his 'NSYNC reunion world tour) says, "Britney was my first love, and she will always have a special place in my heart." Meanwhile, tickets sales for 'NSYNC's tour are less than expected.

June 2009: Britney announces a string of performances in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, recently vacated by Celine Dion. The shows sell out immediately, and Britney eventually performs a month's worth of shows to rave reviews, then takes time off to record a new album.

May 2010: Britney does a tongue-in-cheek cameo as herself on ABC's hip sitcom "No New Messages" during May sweeps.

June 2010: Paparazzi capture photos of Justin Timberlake kissing Britney on the cheek as they exit an L.A. restaurant. Britney's publicist claims that they are "old friends and nothing more."

July 2010: Justin Timberlake's publicist issues a statement confirming that he and Cameron Diaz have divorced, and Cameron will retain custody of their two children, Rhubarb and Scarlett. The publicist denies that Britney Spears had anything to do with the breakup.

November 2010: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake do an exclusive prime time sweeps interview, in which they admit that they are dating, but are trying to take it slow. They record a duet of a dance version of "The Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song" which hits number one on the club charts.

December 2010: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake get married on New Year's Eve in Memphis in a private ceremony. Shortly thereafter, Britney announces that she is pregnant, and due in early summer.

March 2025: Britney Spears is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. The nominating committee cites her pioneering work as a teen pop artist, and despite a few missteps early on in her career, acknowledge that her more mature sound paved the way for both male and female artists in the years to follow. Britney attends the ceremony with her husband and fellow inductee, Justin Timberlake, as well as their children Justice, Rhubarb, Scarlett, and Britain.

Britney is back, and it's fabulous.


Hilarious! You can find the URL of this article HERE. OOOH -- and, I'm not even kidding you, you can hear Britney rap HERE. LOL!

Alrighty, enough Britney (for now), let's get to the other news:

Did you know that Kurt Russell was considered to play Han Solo? Harrison Ford was a carpenter on the set and had been reading other parts for screen tests when he won the role. Apparently, there is a lot of new material included on the DVD release of the original Star Wars trilogy which is released today. Chances are that I'll probably buy my own copy even though the movies have been ALTERED and AMENDED. I find it a little annoying that they George Lucas would make changes to the original films but overall, it will be very cool to see all the movies in remastered form on DVD.

Other geek news, we now have the first look at Jessica Alba as Sue Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. THIS ARTICLE has more information on the movie -- did you know that Julian McMahon (Charmed, Nip/Tuck) is going to be Dr. Doom? That's hot!

And finally, John Kerry was on Late Night with David Letterman last night where he delivered the Top Ten List below:

Kerry's "Top 10 Bush Tax Proposals" are:

10. No estate tax for families with at least two U.S. presidents.
09. W-2 Form is now Dubya-2 Form.
08. Under the simplified tax code, your refund check goes directly to Halliburton.
07. The reduced earned income tax credit is so unfair, it just makes me want to tear out my lustrous, finely groomed hair.
06. Attorney General (John) Ashcroft gets to write off the entire U.S. Constitution.
05. Texas Rangers can take a business loss for trading Sammy Sosa.
04. Eliminate all income taxes; just ask Teresa (Heinz Kerry) to cover the whole damn thing.
03. Cheney can claim Bush as a dependent.
02. Hundred-dollar penalty if you pronounce it "nuclear" instead of "nucular."
01. George W. Bush gets a deduction for mortgaging our entire future.


Boo! I want John Kerry to win the presidency! I want GWB to get fired! Boo! Boo! Boo!

And now I have to work ... I shall return ...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Game, Set, Match

Tonight was fun. Erik and I got tickets for a few shows (Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Melissa Auf Der Maur & The Von Bondies) and had a nice dinner at Zumba. Then we decided to go to a "nice" movie that didn't have zombies or killers or massive amounts of blood or anything negative in it at all. We settled on the movie Wimbledon.

I have to tell ya, it was pretty entertaining. Surprisingly, there was a lot of male nudity in this film. It was a little predictable but I was not too keen on the gay friend, Dieter, not getting any play at all! Ah well, the locker room scenes more than made up for my disappointment. Anyways, this is a great date movie ... it's funny and romantic and completely unbelievable -- you'll love it!

We had such a nice night together ... I love when we have nights like this. I'm really happy we got the concert tickets that we did (while we have the money to spend). We're getting tickets for The Killers and Rilo Kiley this Friday ... woo!

Sooo ... I have to "go to bed" now :) Piece out!

Monday, Monday

Whew! I've been so busy that I hardly have the time to breathe! Let's get to it ... I have a lot of topics to cover.

Lessee, yesterday was fun. Erik and I went into Canada to pick up Mike at the train station (he was at the Toronto Film Festival for 8 days) but we were totally hassled at the border. My car got searched and everything ... lame! The whole thing took less than 10 minutes but it was still a pain. We had a nice dinner in Windsor's "little Italy" at a restaurant called Il Posto. It was very, very good. Erik was going to have rabbit, then he mentioned quails ... he ended up getting chicken or something. Whateva, he should have had the wabbit! We picked up Mike at the appointed hour then hung out at Devonshire Mall for a bit (no shopping, even HMV was a total disappointment!) before coming home. Yeah, we were hassled at the US border entry point as well. Lame, lame, lame!

Last night we toyed with the idea of seeing a movie but ended up staying in. I was able to watch Charmed, Panic Room and Se7en -- I know, I know ... reaaal exciting. But I did get to see the trailer for next week's episode of Charmed (titled Cheaper by the Coven) with guest star Charisma Carpenter


It should be a cool episode. She's been confirmed for 2 episodes but I doubt she'll become a permanent cast member. We'll see though ...

Poor Sarah, she got all of her wisdom teeth ripped out of her head last Friday and I haven't had the opportunity to share with you her pictures. I chatted with her today and she said she's feeling better. I have to admit that this doe-eyed picture she sent me is really cute. Yes, her cheeks look puffy but overall she looks pretty damn good. I looked a right mess when I got my ONE tooth extracted. I hope she's back to normal soon ... and I hope she saves me a few of those "V" thingies that I asked her for ;)

So everyone and their mother now knows that Britney Spears entered into her second marriage in 9 months. I was sold once I read the report from CNN (Although, the Sun Newspaper has a pretty good article on the nuptials as well). But, USA Today has a blow-by-blow of how the whole thing went down:

• Spears had a bachelorette party Friday night, People reports, while Federline spent the night with pals at Houston's in L.A., according to the New York Post.

• The bride started wedding preparations Saturday afternoon at Burke Williams spa in Santa Monica, The Insider reports. She checked in under the name "Bella" and had a facial and massage before leaving at 3 p.m.

• After a stop at her apartment, The Insider reports, Spears headed to the Fairmont Hotel at 7 p.m., where she met up with two vans filled with family and guests. The vans drove to the Studio City home where the couple were married.

• The home is owned by Jeff and Alyson Fox, says The Insider, which reports that Alyson Fox is the couple's wedding planner. Star says that the ceremony took place in the home of the groomsmen's tailor and that he and the wedding planner are divorced.

• With helicopters hovering overhead, neighbors spilled into the streets for an impromptu block party, People reports

• Britney gave Kevin a platinum ring with diamonds, according to Star, and she got a platinum band.

• At 1 a.m., the wedding party and guests left the home, The Insider says All guests came out wearing sweats — the girls in pink velour tracksuits (one said "Hot Mama") and the guys in white velour tracksuits with "Pimp" embroidered on the back. The reception was at Dublin's in L.A. at 2 a.m.


And that's how it all went down -- trashy to the bitter end ... Oi! In other news:

Guess what child-star was arrested in the panhandle state for possession of controlled substances, from TheSmokingGun.com:

The 24-year-old actor, best known for starring in the "Home Alone" movies, was nabbed for possession of marijuana and two controlled dangerous substances (Xanex and sleeping pills) for which he did not have a prescription. A bleary-eyed Culkin is pictured below in an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office mug shot. Following a traffic stop--a Culkin buddy was driving--the movie star was arrested and briefly jailed before being released on $4,000 bond.

Oh Mac ... transporting drugs in Oklahoma?! I could have told you that was a bad idea!

Morrissey is set to release his third single from You Are The Quarry -- it's going to be the song Let Me Kiss You (which Nancy Sinatra also recorded for her upcoming album) and will come with 3 new songs -- Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice, Friday Mourning & I Am Two People.

That's pretty much it for now ... I have lectures still to work on for my class. Things are going better here at work, I think it's just a matter of me adjusting to the new workload. I know I'm probably missing tons of good goss so I'll update if I come across anything.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

SHE DID!

Oi ... all this confusion ... CNN, MSNBC and Entertainment Tonight are all confirming (with quotes from reps.) that Britney and Kevin DID get married.

"Yes, I can tell you the happy couple got married yesterday," David Frostman of Jive Records, a British spokesman for Spears, told Reuters in London. Frostman declined to provide further details.

Well, congratulations to the couple ... I guess.

UPDATE: Star Magazine claims to have all the details, here's what they are reporting:

BRITNEY AND KEVIN SAY "I DO"

(Updated 9/19/2004 7:57AM PST)

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline pulled a sly one on everyone by saying "I Do" at what was supposed to be an engagement party and not even Brit's own mother, Lynne, was in on the stunning surprise.

Star brings you the details no one else has!

It all happened Saturday night, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the relatively modest Studio City, Ca. home owned by the tailor, who had custom-made the tuxedoes for the groom and all the men in the wedding. The tailor happens to be the ex-husband of Britney and Kevin's wedding planner -- it was all very close-knit.

Only 20 immediate family members - including Britney's shocked mom and sister Jamie Lynn. Britney wore a strapless white dress by designer Monique L'Huillier, with long veil and tiara, and she carried a bouquet of pink and white roses. Kevin suited up in black tux. Five bridesmaids and a maid of honor all wore burgundy and carried red roses.

Guests dined on chicken fingers, crab cakes, ribs, Waldorf salad, and the newlyweds danced to Journey's City by the Bay. Britney gave Kevin a platinum ring with diamonds, and she got a platinum band.

The actual ceremony lasted but five minutes. "He was crying, she was crying," a source tells Star. "It was beautiful."

Wedding invitations had already gone out for the Spears-Federline October 16 wedding near Santa Barbara. That event is now being revamped as a party for all the newlyweds' friends.


And, I have it on very good authority (from an inside source) that Britney and Kevin will NOT be MTV's new Newlyweds. Nick and Jessica are definitely doing one more season.

Did She Or Didn't She?

I woke up this morning to a couple of reports that Britney Spears got married last night (September 18th) at a private residence in California.

Britney already married?

Britney weds...(again)

Here you can see Britney laughing in the back seat of a car wearing a white dress and leaving the house where the party wedding (?) took place.

EverythingBritney.net has some pretty convincing pictures that show either that a wedding took place or that it was just some huge party. Here is what the site says about the pictures:

BRITNEY SPEARS GOT MARRIED LAST NIGHT!
BRITNEY SPEARS AND KEVIN FEDERLINE MARRIED IN A HOUSE IN STUDIO CITY CA BELONGING TO A PARTY PLANNER. THE COUPLE TRIED EVERY TRICK TO KEEP THE LOCATION SECRET. EARLIER BRITNEY WENT TO A SPA WHILE KEVIN RECOVERED FROM HIS BACHELOR NIGHT. THE WEDDING WAS ATTENDED BY ABOUT 40 CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY. PICTURE SHOWS BRITNEY AND KEVIN LEAVING THE HOUSE 18TH SEPTEMBER


Here is a picture of the house


You should visit the site to see the rest of the pictures. The guys are wearing warm-up suits that read "Pimps" on the back and the women (Britney's mom and little sister are seen in a picture) are wearing warm-up suits that are pink (not sure what they read on the back). We should know pretty soon whether the wedding actually took place or not.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

A Very Special Flager Family Day

This post will be quick and concise, only because I'm tired and must get to bed.

Last night Erik and I went to the Necto for dancing ... twas very fun. We stayed out late and had to get up early to drive out to Onsted to spend the afternoon with his mom, who is going to Chile for a month.

We got to Onsted at the appointed hour and had an amazing feast. Soon, other members of the Flager family arrived (no one was there when we got there, they were either at work or at the Michigan football game or WHATEVER) and we all hung out. We walked over to the Frosty Boy for ice cream and stuff. It was very nice.

On the way home, we stopped at Best Buy because I wanted to finally buy the new Pokémon game. When we got home, I had a quick pizza, we watched an extremely disturbing movie called Wizards and went to bed.

Sorry for the lack of detail or conviction, but I'm going to bed now.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Pick On Someone Your Own Size

Whoa man! The Detroit Free Press is totally harassing ULS over the whole football debacle. Last week they railed against us for not being able to have a football team and this week they are haranguing us for "picking and choosing" the games we want to play. It's all very complicated (and somewhat boring) but the administration around here is having a fit over all the bad press. Here's an excerpt from the latest attack:

Liggett's actions last week were reprehensible. The school thumbed its nose at the entire Clawson community, not just the 24 players and their coaches. At the very least, Liggett officials owe the Clawson school district a big fat check for the revenue it lost in not having a home game. At some schools, that can be several thousand dollars. But this is about more than just money ... This is simply the arrogance of people running a school where juniors and seniors pay $17,000 in tuition and they think they are a little more special than everyone else.

You can read the full article HERE.

Yowch! You just knew they were going to say something about money. I feel bad for the kids, they don't deserve to get yelled at in a major newspaper but I love that the administration is completely livid over this whole thing.

It's a circus, y'all ... and all this hoopla is over football -- we have always sucked at football! But hey, we've got a wicked golf team.

SMILE! (Like You Mean It)

Last night was pretty quiet. We briefly talked about going out and doing something but the better part of laziness won out. Then we spent a good bit of time discussing what we were going to do for dinner. Once again, we took the lackadaisical route and ended up grabbing a couple of sub sandwiches from Tubby's. We were able, though, to catch the season premiere of Survivor (men vs. women, again -- yawn!), the second episode of Joey (eh) and the season premiere of Will & Grace with special guest star Jennifer Lopez -- this one was funny! I loved the whole Kaballah thing. Will & Grace is always funny in a topical way. The BEST thing about last night was that I saw a commercial for THE REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES CHALLENGE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES 2


OMG! I'm so excited. Head over to the site to see who the players are this time -- but I'll let you know now, both Veronica and Katie are back for more! Wee!!! It debuts October 11th at 10pm.

And now, today's goss:
And finally, I was able to order a nicer digital camera yesterday. I like my Elph S500 but I wanted my next digital camera to be more "professional" with a nice lens and more manual controls. I wasn't looking for one, but I stumbled across the Kodak DX6490 and it had everything I wanted for a very reasonable price (around $300).

Now, hopefully, I will be able to take more professional-looking photographs at concerts and stuff. I did a lot of reading on this camera and there wasn't a single negative review that I could find. I also ordered a big memory card for it (unfortunately, it uses an SD card so I can't use my 1Gb Compact Flash card for it) and had them both overnight delivered. They should arrive at my house by noon.

Woo!

I have to work on my lecture for today so I'll probably be pretty busy today. I'll post more if the need arises.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

T Control

We decided to keep date night chill again (as has been our custom of late) if only because we're both tired all the time. We got Chinese take-out from Moy's and watched the first 3 episodes of Buffy season 4. It was nice and relaxed.

I ended up taping those "exclusive interviews" that were on TV last night, here's the gist: Britney wants to be a "young mother" and Whitney is going to work with producer and mogul Clive Davis again to stage a comeback (Whitney also performed last night at the World Music Awards -- I was able to watch her performance and I thought she did an amazing job. I was very surprised, you can see it HERE). Not very exciting, but TRL did premiere the commercial for Britney Spears' perfume Curious. You can download the commercial at EverythingBritney.net.

Tonight is the season premiere of Will & Grace with guest star Jennifer Lopez ... should I watch it?

There is lots of goss, so let's get to it:
And that's it ... I'll be back in a bit ... to work, to work, to work ...