Men Walk Mile In Women’s Shoes To Protest Violence Against Women

May 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Dozens of men in south-central Pennsylvania have teamed up for a good cause and put their best feet forward — in women’s shoes.

Frank Baird is the founder of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march. He says it’s an international men’s movement that aims to stop violence against women.”

The Associated Press

The men in heels had a lot of fun, and generated about $5,000 for a rape crisis center. I’d rather write a check for $5,000 than hobble down a city block in stiletto heels. Trying to walk in heels would demand all of my energy and concentration, I don’t know how women can go about their busy and productive lives wearing heels.

The event was billed as the “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes March”. Marching implies an organized, steady and rhythmic walking forward, those men in heels were probably a stumbling and bumbling mess.

Frank Baird may look silly in women’s shoes, but he is tackling a serious issue in an innovative and creative way. I applaud Baird, and I hope that thousands of men will join his crusade to stop violence against women.

Big Band & Classic Jazz, Hosted by Thomas Durnin on KOOP 91.7

May 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

red-nicholsShortly after I moved back to Austin in November of 1995, I discovered the community radio station, KOOP 91.7. More particularly, I found the radio show Big Band & Classic Jazz that was and is still broadcast today on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM CDT. This show has been hosted by Thomas Durnin since its beginning. Thomas often describes his radio program as “a weekly excursion into the roots of American Jazz.” I have learned a great deal about early jazz from a careful listening of Big Band & Classic Jazz.

Thomas Durnin provides valuable information about the history of early jazz, and provides little known data on the musicians playing on each of the cuts that he plays. It was my habit at that time to make cassette transcriptions of many of these jazz shows. I have retained these cassettes, and as an example of one fine broadcast, that dates from November 20th, 1999, Thomas featured the music of Hoagy Carmichael. You know Hoagy, he`s the piano player in “Casablanca.”

Thomas brings in many of his own rare records, and on this day, some ten years ago, we got to hear many rare recordings of Hoagy`s compositions, such as “Boneyard Shuffle,” “Washboard Blues,” “Riverboat Shuffle,” and “Rockin` Chair.” Mister Durnin explains much about the record labels and the early recording process as well. I am still trying to understand the waxing of records by using the acoustic recording and the early electric recordings using microphones? It might do me good to see some of these recording machines in a museum somewhere.

Fortunately, you can still listen to Thomas Durnin and his presentation of Big Band and Classic Jazz, since it is streamed on the internet now. In the meantime, I will have to continue to study some of my priceless transcriptions. Let`s see…that`s Duke Ellington and his Jungle Band doin` “Rockin` Chair” in 1929, isn`t it? What label is that again, Thomas?

Dude Saves Dog’s Life: Sucks Snake’s Venom From Him

May 25, 2009 by  
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” A man said he saved his dog’s life after sucking venom from a rattlesnake bite out of the animal’s nose. Bobby Jenkins said he began feeling ill after getting his dog, Tank, to a veterinarian. He went to the hospital and received a dose of antivenin.

In all, Jenkins needed four vials of antivenin at a cost of $3,500 per vial.”

The Associated Press

I love my two dogs, but if one of my pooches got a tick I would be too squeamish to remove it. Bobby Jenkins has my admiration for his remarkable demonstration of love for his canine buddy, he deserves a medal from PETA.

Our furry friends are priceless, and 14K is a small price to pay if it means saving the life of a dog.

Both man and beast have fully recovered, but I pray that Jenkins managed to kill the rattlesnake.

I hope Jenkin’s wife didn’t give him hell for depleting their bank account. At least Jenkins will always have the undying love and appreciation of man’s best friend.

Susan Boyle No Mrs. Miller on “Memory”!

May 25, 2009 by  
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“Midnight-not a sound from the pavement, has the moon lost her memory? She is smiling alone. In the lamplight, the withered leaves collect at my feet, and the wind begins to moan.” Memory-Cats-Andrew Lloyd Webber *(mostly)susan-boyle2

Susan Boyle returned in top form last night on “Britain`s Got Talent.” The humble 47-year-old singer, who fairs from a poor region of Scotland, brought down the house with a stirring rendition of “Memory”,  from the Broadway musical “Cats”. Her voice warbled an iota from nervousness at first, then she firmed up, and shimmered with confidence and feeling thereafter. “What pressure? I`ve really enjoyed myself tonight,” Miss Boyle said.

After achieving over-night fame last month, with her version of “I Dreamed A Dream” from “Les Miserables”,  a song that got 60 million views (nothing to sneeze at) on YouTube, Susan maintained a humble look this time out. Her curly hair was still frizzy and wild, and a plum colored dress with beads complimented her pleasingly plump contours. She wiggled her hips with joy when she heard of her success.

After the key change on the final verse , (“touch me, it`s so easy to leave me, all alone with the memory, of my days in the sun. If you touch me, you`ll understand what happiness is. Look , a new day has begun.”) she shone like a bright star, light radiated about her Dionysian locks *(see my photo), ie she blossomed  like a daisy with the closing refrain. Her Star Power is sublimel! Susan is not a novelty act like Mrs. Miller of the 1960s. Only Tiny Tim`s take on “Memory” exceeds Susan Boyle`s. Mister Tim was a bunch of tulips himself from 1-800-Flowers.

Sports and the “Unimportant”

May 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Sports

Coming at you straight from the upper deck, off the lips of my friend and favorite sports humor writer Glenn Card.

Sports and the “Unimportant”: The Bleacher Seat !

If you’re not the richest fan sitting in the luxury boxes at the sporting venues, then you know me well. I’m the “unimportant” bleacher seat.

My official name is something like, “Section G4 Row 23 Seat 14.”

I’m also known as “nose-bleed.”

I’m not next to the aisle, not near an exit, and the bathroom is a seven-minute trek away.

Read Glenn’s Full Bleacher Report and other content Take a pee before you go. Who knows maybe we can convince Glenn to join us around the water cooler. Glenn Card Bleacher Report

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Evans Vs Machida

May 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Sports, Top Story

Los Vegas Vevada: The undefeated and undespouted UFC lightheavey weight championship fight between Rahad Evans 18-0-1 and Lyoto Machida 15-0 is in the history books. 

For those of you who sleep under a rock most of your life rather than gather around the water cooler for world updates and news. Machida unleashed a butt beaten of a life time of Evans. Knocking Evans out in the second round with a devastating over hand and left hook. 

UFC LighHeavy Weight Championsship Evans Vs. Machida

Horror Story Printed On Toilet Paper

May 24, 2009 by  
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“In a country where ghosts are traditionally believed to hide in the loo, a Japanese company is advertising a new literary experience — a horror story printed on toilet paper.

Each roll carries several copies of a new nine-chapter novella written by Koji Suzuki, the Japanese author of the horror story “Ring,” which has been made into movies in both Japan and Hollywood.
“Drop,” set in a public restroom, takes up about three feet (90 centimeters) of a roll and can be read in just a few minutes, according to the manufacturer, Hayashi Paper.”

The Associated Press

I suspect that quite a few of my fans wish that my articles were printed on toilet paper. I wouldn’t care if they were printed on toilet paper, as long as my readers read them before they flushed them down the toilet. Words live forever — e ven when they are flushed down the toilet.

The special rolls of toilet paper sell for about two bucks, that’s a good deal for a product that serves a dual purpose.

Most of us love to read when we are in the John, so why not print a short story on toilet paper?

Suzuki is a master of horror and his movies scare the crap out of people — it’s appropriate that his horror stories be printed on toilet paper.

Shades of MJ in LeBron James

May 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Sports, Top Story

Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard (12), Rafer Alston (1) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Delonte West (13) watch LeBron James’ 3-point shot go through the basket as time expires to give the Cavaliers a 96-95 win in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals.

Footloose: Let’s Hear it for Chace

May 23, 2009 by  
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Let’s hear it for Chace Crawford, as the Gossip Girl heartthrob has been signed to play the lead Ren McCormack in the modern remake of 1984’s Footloose, which launched the career of Kevin Bacon.  Originally Zac Efron was supposed to star in it, but dropped out. 

The original, about a cool Chicago teen living a small town that bans dancing, grossed $80 million domestically and its soundtrack was #1 for eight weeks — spawning six Top 40 hits such as the title track from Kenny Loggins, a #1 hit.

Casting is underway for Ariel, the bad girl with a heart of gold and Ren’s love interest.  According to E! News, Dancing with the Stars‘ Julianne Hough have been in talks, as Amanda Byers, indestructible Hero Hayden Panettierre, and Hannah Montana herself Miley Cyrus have also auditioned for the role originally played by Lori Singer.

CW Gets Serious for 2009-10

May 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Movies/TV

It seems that the CW has lost their sense of humor as well as diversity, as the network decided to cancel Girlfriends spinoff The Game and Everybody Hates Chris, along with Reaper and Privileged.

Smallville will take over the 8pm slot against CBS’ Ghost Whisperer.  Supernatural will remain on Thursdays at 9pm, with the new lead-in Vampire Diaries at 8pm, from Dawson’s Creek and Scream mastermind Kevin Williamson. Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill will remain on Monday night, which has been successful for both shows holding their own against CBS’ Monday comedy lineup and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Tuesdays are going to be a you know what with 90210 and Melrose Place, featuring an all-new cast that includes Katie Cassidy (Harper’s Island, Supernatural), Colin Egglesfield (All My Children), and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.  Returning to the complex is Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini) and Laura Leighton (Sydney), back from the dead since 1997, but the actress told TV that her resurrection will be revealed slowly throughout the series.

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