Fall is here and I hope it’s off to a great start for you. In the Midwest, it’s starting out very warm and dry — just as summer ended.
I feel inspired to write about a few things that crossed my mind, so here’s a guest appearance of Random Friday Thoughts!
I’m really baffled by the stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It’s reported that at least 700 were crushed to death and about 900 were hurt!
I know that about two million people take part in this, but what happened to orderly fashion?
Hundreds were also killed in stampedes in the past and in 1990, 1,426 people died in Mina, which leads to the holy sites.
While I love attending Christmas mass, I’m not going to trample over people to get there!
“FEAR THE WALKING DEAD”
I’m guilty of it and I bet you are, too. How many times have you started snacking while waiting for dinner just because you’re hungry?
I’m doing that with “Fear The Walking Dead”. While I’m enjoying the show, it’s so slow and the fourth episode was so uneventful until the very end of the hour.
I actually got excited when the previews of the next show came on at the end and it said something like “only two episodes left”.
I know the final two shows will likely be great and move faster, but I’m really ready for dinner to be served — the season six premiere of “The Walking Dead” on October 11th.
SUMMER IS OVER
While we enjoyed the pool this summer, we took it down last weekend.
But, that doesn’t mean we’re ready for winter and snow. We dived into the biggest project ever and it turned out fantastic.
MOVING UP TO THE EAST SIDE!
You’ve heard me talk many times about the fish pond we built back in May 2012. It held about 250 gallons of water.
Recently, some of our friends gave us three of their goldfish and koi and this fall, we were going to acquire a dozen more that our friends decided not to keep.
So, we expanded the pond last weekend. It’s now three feet deep and holds almost a thousand gallons of water!
We now have 33 gorgeous fish and because of my recent mink encounter, the pond has added security! (If you missed that mink predator ordeal, click here).
SINCE WE’RE TALKING FISH….
DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON’T
Whether it’s pizza, wedding cakes, or marriage licenses, controversy arises when two sides see things differently when God (or one’s perception of God being judgmental) is involved.
I’ve always been a strong advocate of equal rights for everyone, especially the LGBT community since I’m part of that subculture of humanity.
But, when we advocates raise awareness about people who deny others equal rights, there’s also a backlash.
When marriage equality became the law of the land in the United States, there were many reports of gay bashings the weekend after the Supreme Court of the United States made its ruling.
When a small Indiana pizza joint spoke out against marriage equality and when bakeries refused to make wedding cakes for gay ceremonies, the LGBT community spoke out and the media extensively covered the stories.
The restaurant and some of the cake makers started getting donations in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars for taking a stand against the LGBT community.
And, when a county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, refused to do her job and issue marriage licenses to gay couples, she became a martyr for standing up for her religious rights. (No, I’m not posting a picture of her or saying her name. She’s had enough celebrity and hopefully her fifteen minutes are up soon!)
Now, just in time for Christmas, I read that she’s penning a religious book with an advance of seven figures. Becoming a millionaire for refusing rights to the LGBT community and standing on the wrong side of history?
I sure hope that when she is confronted with the ghost of Christmas past, it’s less haunting for her than for Scrooge!
But, I’ll still raise awareness for LGBT equality. I just wish the price wasn’t making celebrities out of people who use God and religion to hate!
AM I A “BELIEBER”?
Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is a superstar.
While I’ve never declared myself a member of either camp, I have to admit he is a beautiful (and slightly troubled) young man.
Now, I’m beginning to think I may be a psuedo-Belieber (defined as a HUGE Justin Bieber fan)!
I loved his last song, “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo, which hit the Top Ten in America (and #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart).
And, “What Do You Mean?”, the lead single from his upcoming album has already topped the charts and is one of the biggest songs of the year just weeks after its release.
COUNTRY RADIO, SEXISM OR CUMULUS MEDIA?
I’ve written several times before that I think that country music radio is ageist and sexist.
There are many women’s new music in country that I’d love to hear in heavy rotation on the radio other than Reba, but she ignites that fire for me.
Now, I think it’s more than just sexism and ageism. I seriously think those elements are still there. But, I’m now convinced it’s Reba’s affiliation with Cumulus Media, which is a part of her new label, Nash Icon, that is the major problem.
Case in point is the second single from her #1 country album, “Love Somebody”, “Until They Don’t Love You”. It’s an incredible song and sounds great live.
It was released to country radio August 7, 2015, and now seven weeks later, it only being played on 61 stations (out of more than 260 reporting country stations) with 879 plays. (To put that into perspective, the #1 song on the chart was played 13,901 times.)
Earlier this week, country legend George Strait released “Cold Beer Conversation”. It’s now being played on 163 stations and got 830 plays in just two days!.
Yes, George is country music’s “king” to Reba’s “queen”, but obviously royalty isn’t being treated equal.
So, yes, there’s still the sexism thing. But, moreso, I think Reba made a big mistake by allowing Cumulus Media to play and promote her music, thus shutting out the larger radio groups.
I guess we can listen to “Until They Don’t Love You” and her new music at home because we won’t find a home at country radio or high on the country music charts.
“Communion” by the English trio, Years & Years, is one of my favorite albums of the year.
“Desire” is the new release here in the U.S. and I hope it gets more airplay than their first American hit, “King”.
The band will be in San Francisco at the Fillmore Monday night. I’ll be there, too, but sadly the concert is sold out and I don’t have tickets. :(
If you missed my album review of “Communion” and you want to know more about the album, here it is again.
“THE AGE OF ADALINE”
One of the best movies I seen lately is out on DVD. I mention DVD only because it’s late September and I still have not been to the theater this year to see a movie.
Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl” and “Savages”) and Michiel Huisman (“The Game of Thrones” and “Nashville”) star as a couple that falls in love.
The problem is that Adaline is 107 years old, but doesn’t age due to a freak accident. So, while everyone else in her life, including her daughter, played by Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn, ages and dies, she stays the same.
A movie I’m really looking forward to seeing is the Austrian psychological thriller, “Goodnight Mommy”. The trailer definitely creeps me out.
Although it’s been a couple of years now since my favorite sexy serial killer signed off Showtime after eight seasons, he’s still alive for me through books.
I’m reading Jeff Lindsay’s eight-book series that the television show was originally based on. I’m on book six now.
I’ve decided in January, in the heart of winter, that I’m going back and watching all 96 episodes again!
It so interesting to see how much different the television show and the books are with characters that died in one format and are still alive in the other. Also, the differences in the cases between the book and the show.
Thank you for checking out my Friday Random Thoughts. Feel free to share your thoughts with me — what you agree with and what you don’t.
Have a great weekend!