The weekend is almost here. I’m not in Cancun and I’m not back from there for one day before heading to Chicagoland to see Depeche Mode like last weekend. Don’t get me wrong. Both were awesome.
However, this weekend, with the intense summer heat, I’m vegging out with Ray and my sister, Tammy. Maybe we’ll spend some time floating in the pool, grilling out, and devouring humans and taking part in the bloodshed of the undead. Simply put, we’ll be watching season three of “The Walking Dead”!!! It arrived Thursday.
Whatever you do this weekend, be safe outdoors. Drink plenty of water, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and take some air conditioning breaks! For now, check out my random thoughts this week!
WINTER IS COMING!
I believe in forecasting several days in advance with a decent degree of accuracy. I refrain from giving forecasts for an entire season, yet people love to hear outlooks for the upcoming winter. So, here goes…
The “Farmers’ Almanac”, which has been forecasting weather since 1818, just released its winter forecast and it looks pretty cold (biting or piercing) for us in the Quad Cities. Whatever you do, don’t cross the Mississippi River from Iowa into Illinois unless you want a “snowy” winter!!! 🙂
However, NOAA is not forecasting “piercing” or “biting” cold this winter. It’s calling for above average temperatures this winter!
On that note, there’s a local television meteorologist in the Quad Cities that’s probably already calling for 20″ with every snow event that develops this winter!
If you really want me to go out on a limb, I expect many days with really cold temperatures, several round of light snow, a few heavier snowstorms, and many people dreaming of a “White Christmas”. Since the “Farmers’ Almanac” and “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” both boast a high degree of accuracy with their vague forecast, I bet my vague prediction there is pretty accurate, too. 🙂
WHERE DOES PAULA DEEN GO FROM HERE?
A few weeks ago, I talked about the “racial discrimination” lawsuit against Paula Deen being dismissed. Last Friday afternoon, Judge William T. Moore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia signed an order of dismissal in the case of Jackson vs. Deen.
What this means is that Lisa Jackson, the woman who filed the lawsuit against the celebrity chef that brought down her culinary empire after Deen admitted using the “n-word” many years ago, reached an undisclosed settlement with Paula and her brother, Bubba Hiers.
While Deen said she was happy and was looking to put this all behind her, I’m agitated with the money-hungry accuser Jackson. Here is what she (or her lawyers) released after the settlement:
“I assumed that all of my complaints about the workplace environment were getting to Paula Deen, but I learned during this matter that this was not the case. The Paula Deen I have known for more than eight years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone. I now know that the workplace environment issues that I raised are being reviewed and will in the future no longer be at issue. I wish Ms. Deen and her family all the best in all of their future endeavors and I am very pleased that this matter has been now been resolved and can now be put behind us.”
Wait, let me read this again, “The Paula Deen I have known for more than eight years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone.”
That doesn’t sound like the kind of woman I’d file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against, but maybe I’m wrong!
SPEAKING OF DESPICABLE
Two words: Pat Robertson.
Just when I think the man might have just an ounce of humanity, clarity, or compassion, he proves me wrong and solidifies my belief that he’s a moron! I will not even apologize or sugar coat it for people who like him or listen to his drivel.
Earlier this week, a question was posed from a woman who drove a man dying of AIDS to church on Sundays. She did this more than twenty times. However, she wasn’t told he had AIDS and she feels deceived and is going to another church until she “sorts this out.”
In response, Robertson starts out with a moment of sanity before it goes south.
His co-host Terry Meeuwsen is compassionate about the situation adding, “I think you were doing a good thing by transporting this man. I have known people in AIDS and have never felt fearful even if you had had a car accident.”
And, now, here’s where it goes to hell. Robertson says, “You know what they do in San Francisco? Some in the gay community there, they want to get people. So if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” he said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper had the best response to Robertson’s hateful, hurtful, and stupid comment, along with some of the best of the worst of Robertson’s God-loving “advice”. (For the uninitiated, that was sarcasm!)
I’m glad I have God in my life and I’m glad I don’t have to find him through some vile little man like Robertson.
Oh, by the way, even “The 700 Club” or The Christian Broadcasting Network obviously knew that Robertson was so far off his rocker that it edited that segment out of the show before posting it to their website later that day!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
MEMORIES OF CANCUN
Since our trip to Cancun was all-inclusive for food and drinks, here are a few pictures of my favorite drink there.
It was a heavy pour of Smirnoff Vodka, melon liquor, a splash of sour mix topped off with a little blended (not frozen) pina colada. It was incredible! Maybe I’ll have to make some at home by the pool this weekend!
OKAY, I’VE GOT TO MEET THIS WOMAN AND HANG WITH HER!
While I’d love to meet Madonna, Gaga, Britney, Kylie, Olivia, Reba (again), and Gillian (Anderson of “The X-Files” and “Hannibal”), I just read an article in “Out” that made me fall in love with Angela Raiola!
If that name doesn’t ring a bell, try “Big Ang”, from the second season of VH1’s “Mob Wives” and the one season of “Big Ang”, the spin-off.
She just opened her second bar, “Miami Monkey” in South Beach and that’s where she’s enjoying that big orange fruity drink.
I don’t watch reality television, so I don’t know anything more about her than what I read and she sound like a hoot!!! I think she and Divine would have made an awesome team.
And, she told “Out” that she’s an incredible cook and her favorite hot-weather dish: tangerine zest linguine (minced garlic, olive oil, Parmigiano, fresh linguine with tangerine zest, salt, and pepper).
She seems like a down-to-earth gal that also knows how to have a good time. Big Ang, let’s hang some time! It might even be fun attending one of her Botox parties! She loves them and she’s not shy about it. 🙂
DEPECHE MODE CONCERT
Last Saturday night, we saw Depeche Mode in concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, outside of Chicago.
I have to admit that I was really scared that we’d miss the opening of the show because traffic was such a cluster (you know the rest of the word). It took us more than an hour to travel one-quarter of mile once we were within 1.5 miles of the venue. Needless to say, we missed the opening act, Bat For Lashes, and I was seated for only about ten minutes before Depeche Mode took the stage.
Tinley Park, EPIC FAIL!
However, Depeche Mode was great and it was well worth the 30-year wait to see them in concert.
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
The big winner (and loser) was Miley Cyrus at last Sunday’s ceremony in New York City. More on that in a moment.
I never thought it would excite me so much for Mother Monster to be booed and have people say “I hate her”. However, that was part of the act as Lady Gaga kicked off the awards show in a triumphant return to performing after having to cancel much of the North American leg of the “Born This Wall Ball” tour for hip surgery earlier this year.
“ARTPOP”, Gaga’s new album featuring “Applause” comes out November 11th!
The biggest reaction from the show was Miley Cyrus’ over-the-top sexual performance of “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke.
After watching the performance, the dirty dancing and sexcapades with Thicke didn’t bother me since you see that kind of action in music videos and movies all the time. I think the thing that was most creepy to me was Cyrus sticking out her tongue like an animal and the hideous bear costume she was wearing.
Love it or hate it, the performance got Cyrus what she wanted: free publicity for her album “Bangerz” which comes out in early October. The first single and song she performed Sunday night, “We Can’t Stop” is a Top Ten radio airplay hit after reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s already sold two million copies, and the video has been viewed on Vevo almost 166 million times! And, if you saw this video, you should have known that “Hannah Montana” would not be at the VMAs!
If you didn’t like Cryus’ performance and you wonder what happened to little Hannah Montana, just remember that Miley’s birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus. Maybe this was her “Destiny” and there’s still “Hope”. 🙂
Earlier this week, I blogged my in-depth thoughts about the performance and the Miley-bashing that took place for days afterwards. Here is that much-viewed blog if you didn’t a chance to read it: https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/she-blurred-lines-but-mileys-not-the-antichrist/
ONE CHILD STAR TO ANOTHER
Former Disney Channel star Selena Gomez, who is scoring hits at pop radio and won a Moonman at the VMAs Sunday night has this to say of Miley’s sex-driven performance, “Amazing. I thought it was awesome. I love Robin Thicke, too, so I like that they collab’d.”
Before becoming a Disney star herself, Gomez appeared on three episodes of “Hannah Montana” with Miley.
TAYLOR SWIFT, GO AWAY!
Full disclaimer: I own an early Taylor Swift CD and I saw her in concert with Keith Urban several years ago and, at that time, she was enjoyable. Now, enjoyable, for me, has turned into annoying.
At the MTV VMAs, while One Direction was accepting the award for “Song of the Summer”, Swift is caught on an “audience cam” apparently mouthing the words “Shut the F&*k Up”.
Was she talking about her ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles’ band onstage or did Selena comment on how cute the boys are?
Whatever the reason and I don’t really care if we’re misunderstanding the lip-reading or not, just go away Taylor. Please.
PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK
Since sex was mentioned early in the blog (hello Miley and Robin), why not flashback to the 1980s with a song that doesn’t even beat around the bush with the sex in the title?
“Sex (I’m A…) was the second single from “The Pleasure Victim” album by new wave band, Berlin in 1982. Imagine how scandalous this was to a 17-year-old Kentucky boy.
However, this one was a little to hot to handle for American pop radio where it peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. It did, however, reach the top ten on the American Mainstream Rock and the Dance charts. Canada wasn’t so shy. It peaked at #5 on the Canadian Hot 100.
The band would go on to score huge hits with “Take My Breath Away” (#1) from the “Top Gun” soundtrack and “No More Words” (#23).
PICK HIT RE-DUEX
While I was in Cancun last week, it was interesting listening to the radio. We found a station that was a mix of ’70s, ’80s, 90’s, ’00s, and today in both English and Spanish. One song that I really liked was “Take A Picture” by Carly Rae Jepsen. And, they were also playing was a song I picked as a future pick hit back in May. I chose it as a potential song of the summer. Maybe next summer!
Here’s Erika Jayne, featuring Flo Rida with “Get It Tonight”.
FINAL THOUGHT ON MILEY CYRUS
Okay, I know personally that my Facebook page blew up with negative comments about Miley Cyrus following her VMA performance Sunday night.
And, then you started seeing reactions from celebrities in the audience and the one that caught my attention was Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and their two kids, Willow and Jaden. For the record, this shot of the Smith family was during the Lady Gaga performance and Willow was in mid-chew with her gum and Jada was rubbing her nose. It had nothing to do with Miley as some believe or have posted.
Now, about Jada. She is a beautiful woman. However, in that photo, I don’t know if the look of horror is from seeing the performance on stage or that she just realized, for the first time, her poor rip-off of Tina Turner’s amazing “Auntie Entity” look from 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”. 🙂
Tina Turner as “Auntie Entity”
Here’s a “Peeps’ ’80s Friday Flashback” bonus — Tina Turner’s #2 smash from the summer of 1985, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”.
Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for checking out my blog!