Justin Chambers who plays Alex Karev rocked. His girlfriend, the great Izzie Stephens, is dying…and he showed some serious acting. I know, I know…it’s Grey’s Anatomy, not the best acting in the world, but he did really well. I’m also glad they explained the Denny halucinations…that was too weird.
And who could forget the hottest sex scene ever! Between Christina and Owen (red-head with PTSD). WOAH…it was almost too hot for tv. One of my friends who was watching it with me & Suz said, “This is like porn for girls!” We even had to rewind it and watch it over again.
Finally, Meredith and Derek are FINALLY engaged. And it happened on the elevator…where else! It seems like the show is back, after a season of stupid, cheesy plots and BAD acting.
But instead I think I will blog about my fav show…American Idol.
Tonight’s top performers en mi opinion.
1. Adam Lambert
2. Lil Rounds (the judges were too harsh)
3. Matt Giraud (Sexual…despite the mole)
4. Allison Iraheta
4. Kris Allen (sexy!)
I think Motown is much harder to do than it sounds…much harder to “make your own.” The songs are soo well known that they all sound like kareoke. But these five did awesome! Everyone else was somewhat under the weather…even Danny.
If you don’t watch Idol this won’t make sense to you. Sorry! You should watch it because it rocks!!!
I’m over it…work, school, Tuscaloosa, AL. Suz knows what I’m talking about!
I don’t know why I’m complaining b/c I had a good day at work. No yelling, no stressing…and I got everything done on time. Hooray! I think it’s just soo close to the end. Only 32 school days left until I graduate. WOW.
of sitting in the editing lab…for hours and hours and never feeling a sense of accomplishment. Right now I am waiting for DVDs to burn. They are taking about 15 minutes a piece…and I need 15 copies. I’m going on my 7th hour. My contacts feel like they are glued to my eyeballs. AHH…and I have to be at work at 8:30. I will think about my trip to Chicago on Saturday(!!!!) and perhaps it will go by faster.
That’s what Suz and I said when we exited the theater for The Reader. Not because it was bad, in fact it was REALLY good, but because it was real, real sad. And kinda hot at the same time. No one else would say it, but I thought the 15 year old was super cute. Stop thinking I’m a perv. His name is David Kross and he’s 18. Pictured above.
But really, it was a very compelling story with an awesome cast. Kate Winslet deserved the Oscar…for playing one twisted lady. Unlike Suz, I sympathized with her character for most of the movie. Anyways, if you live in Tuscaloosa, I hear it will only be here for another week. So go see it. I want to write spoilers.
This is a post from Jane…she commented about the first Kendra Key post I made on March 1st:
Just a quick note- The machine doesn’t have a hundred-year winning streak. The SGA was founded at Alabama in 1914, and the independent candidate has won 7 times since then. One of those times was as recently 1986, when current spokesperson for Tuscaloosa County Schools John Merrill won the election. Most agree that the machine is not a good way to decide elections, but if we are going to change anything it is important to know the correct facts about it.
Additionally, none of my friends who are members of Greek organizations have ever implied to me in the least that scare tactics were used to make them vote for one person or another. I had many Greek friends in this week’s election who I know for a fact voted for Kendra because they felt her platform better suited them. They were not afraid to post this on Facebook, join Kendra Key groups, or other forms of public support. Regardless of which candidate they voted for, they seemed to really know what each candidates platform included, which is something I can’t necessarily say of some of my other friends who blindly voted for Kendra just to vote against the machine and “change campus policies.” It’s important to remember that both candidates in SGA elections are very qualified and both sincerely do have students’ interests at heart.
I wanted to put this on my homepage so everyone could read it. I think that Jane makes some excellent points…I didn’t have all of my facts straight. But isn’t that interesting thing about blogging? It teaches us the lesson that we can’t trust blogs as facts. But then again, her facts are coming from wikipedia…should we consider it an accurate source? In response to her response, I would say that 7 wins out of 95 is pretty much considered a 100 year winning streak and definitely makes the point that the machine has a little too much influence on this campus. Second of all, unless you are in a the greek system, like I am, then you can’t really describe what kind of tactics they use. “Scare” might be a little strong of a word…but someone intimidating me into voting for a candidate that they chose to me is considered a scare tactic. Before now, as a senior, I did not feel comfortable speaking out against the machine. It sounds cowardly…I know…I admit it. But as a little freshman, I was too scared to say anything and now that I’m about to graduate, I know that they can’t do anything to me— not that they ever could. Jane is right, many greeks like myself, have chosen this election to show public support for Kendra because she is so qualified. I am very happy about that. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. She lost by just 261 votes. She did mobilize ALOT of people who don’t normally vote, though. Over 14,000 people voted in this election! To give some perspective, last year around 5,000 people voted. I guess this election showed that you can run a competitive campaign against the machine…but you still probably aren’t going to win. 1 point
Hooks brings up such interesting concepts in her article, “Race and Feminity,” pointing out that the history we learn in school of the women’s movement is misleading. These white women reformers were actually quite racist. Yes, they wanted to end slavery, but they didn’t want to change the racial heirarchy and had no intentions of having black people as their equals. She also explains that men have pitted black and white women against each other to ensure that patriarchy remain intact. Interesting, huh? She explains that b/c black women were used as sexual objects there was resentment from white women, and at the same time, there was resentment of white women from the black slaves b/c they were expected to serve them. I know this is all a little deep. But it makes me think about the SGA election on our campus. A black woman, the first ever to run, lost by just 240 votes. She mobilized more groups than ever before. Reading some of the statuses on facebook by white women prove that hooks is right…
"I hope Kendra Key has a recycling plan for all her stickers and cups."
"GET THE FUCK OFF!!!! WE RUN THIS SHIT!!! YAYYYYY STEVEN OLIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I have great girl friends! Suz, Les, Al, Rach, and Megan (even though she doesn’t live here.) I don’t think some people are as lucky as me in that respect. While I may not have a boyfriend or any guy friends that don’t get on my nerves, I am blessed with girl friends! We have had some fun, chill nights recently out in T-town, visiting some bars that are out of the norm. It’s going to be really sad to move away and not have them around. Oh God, please help me not to have to move to Kalamazoo!
I’m not one of those bitter people who hate PDA…in fact when it’s me in the situation, I love it. BUT as I am sitting here in a computer lab on campus, there is a couple literally making out and feeling each other up right in front me. I can hear the smacking and the whisperings. GROSS. There are times when snuggling and hand holding are appropriate. Computer labs are not one of them!
This is going to make me sound stupid, but why is Prez Obama talking tonight? It looks like the State of the Union but he’s already done that. He also just had a prime time address a few weeks ago about the catastrophe we call the US economy. I’ve been watching, but it’s too long! A whole hour. Plus everyone keeps interrupting with clapping every five seconds.
at least for me. I have the “B” strand of the flu which is not covered under the shot, plus bronchitis. I literally felt like I was going to die, which is why I haven’t blogged in several days. However, despite Suz and my mom’s requests, I didn’t go to the doctor and studied and took two tests (which I actually think I did ok on). It completely took a toll on my body…this is a lesson to everyone to take care of yourselves even if you have had a flu shot. My mom felt so sorry for me that she made my dad drive to Tuscaloosa from Auburn to get me! At first I felt like a baby, but it’s awesome! They have on demand, a big HD tv, plus all of the best shows on DVR. And we’re having steak tonight!!! It’s ending well…but it definitely wasn’t worth the hellacious week.
Last night, he asked the question, “Has anyone here ever kissed a black person?” There were about ten of us in the room and everyone just kinda looked at him. What kind of insane question is that? I didn’t hear what sparked the question. So I perked up…almost imediately…and said “I have!!” And you wouldn’t believe the looks I got from the guys. Shock and disbelief! They looked at me like I had committed a crime. The girls in the room were like me, appalled by the question and laughing at my quickness to respond. The sad part is that I was momentarily embarassed for saying anything. I tried to justify my kiss! The black guy I kissed is way more attractive than most of the boys in the room! It was eye opening. I have to put up with this shit allll the time!
but it’s so good! I just watched American Idol and can’t wait to see the top 36 perform. I really like all of them, but didn’t understand why they let Danny’s (the guy whose wife died) best friend, Jamal (I think) go…He was good and very memorable despite what Simon said. I also already loathe Tatiana. I really want to watch Real World now, but must get started on my massive amounts of homework.
one memorable quote before I fainted that I found insightful:
"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." —Florence Kennedy
Why do men still dictate what’s right and wrong??
Speaking of that I jotted down a few things that I overheard from a few fratastic guys behind me…don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense to you…It took me a while to figure out what they meant…the stupid idiots
"[women’s studies] is the most discrimanating class of them all…never once do they mention the white, middle class [as being oppressed]."
"If my girlfriend got pregnant, I would totally feel responsible, and if I had to, I would run to the hospital to get rid of it…and when the doctor asked me why she wanted to get rid of it…she should say ‘I did what I had to do becuase I was a whore."
A WHORE!?!? WHAT KIND OF IDIOT CALLS THEIR PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND A WHORE!!
I’m reading The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr for class. She is describing her dad and his quirks…it made me think of my dads. My dad is weird…in a good way. I used to get embarrassed and now I love all the weirdness about him…so much more interesting. Sometimes it kind of reminds me of Big Fish, because you almost don’t believe some of the things he says. Anytime a song comes on the radio, he has a memory for it, the year it came out, and who sang it. “Crimson and Clover came out in 1965 and I danced with a girl for the first time.” You want to say, “how in the world do you remember that!” He has some very strange sayings that he picked up from his childhood in South Alabama that he still uses in everyday life. For example, if I’m going out to a party he’ll say, “You look like your going trollin’…don’t you need a dog pallet.” Translation: You look like you are trying to pick up boys…go put on a jacket. He also calls the frigerator “frigadare” and the bathroom “latrine.” If you eat garlic bread, he’ll say, “that breath is going to make a train back up a dirt road…” or “that breath will stop an eight day clock.” He also loves the garage. He picks furniture up off of the side of the road and refinishes it in there…he also recently decided he wants to be an artist and started painting out there. He only paints fish though. He has about 50 of them. I really think he likes it because he can smoke. Gotta love him!
I just found out one of my favorite authors lived in Tuscaloosa…
I did some research about it…hoping to do a story of my own. I talked to several professors who lived here and worked with him while he was here. It’s actually a really sad story. One of the professors I spoke with said he was only here teaching for a semester, but was in such bad health he decided to stay here because of the cheap cost of living and the warm weather. He said he was extremely poor and very sick, which he tried to fix by smoking and drinking. Around town they called his car “the bomb” because he would drive around with his oxygen mask in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I’ve only read Revolutionary Road, which shows his very insightful view of 1950s society and succinct writing style. But apparently he knew he was good. Although never famous in his lifetime, he knew that he deserved more credit than he was getting and was very vocal about it. Unfortunately he died before he got any recognition, but ironically a man who lived the end of his life in poverty would now be extremely rich with an Oscar nominated, big-budget film in theatres.
The Tuscaloosa News wrote a great article about his time here:
While I did have a good time last night, I wanted to comment on what it’s like to go out in Tuscaloosa. There are very few bars and they are extremely clicky. There is a greek bar, a graduate studentish bar, a trendy bar, bars that only black people go to, one for emo/hippies (I know that seems impossible, but we have them here) and one (that I know of) gay bar. Unfortunately I don’t want to be around one group of people all night…why can’t there be a mixture of people in one place? And don’t even get me started about the music scene or cover charges. I don’t mind paying five or ten dollars to see a good band…but I don’t want to pay twenty dollars for country or eighties cover bands. Yikes if I have to see “fly by radio” or “azz iz” one more time! Last night at Gallettes (the greek bar) I paid five dollars to see a friend’s band, so of course, I didn’t mind paying. Then he informs me that they don’t get any of the door money! SO basically this place charges you to hang out in a disgusting cave where it smells like a toilet and you come out with bar sludge up to your knees! I’m not kidding…some people go there every night!!!! Every time I leave I say I’m not going back…but if I want to see people my age I have to go there?
"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.
We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.
And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”
-President Barack Obama
Jan. 20, 2009
It seems surreal to me right now that just over 24 hours ago I witnessed this piece of history! I went to the inauguration as a journalist and followed a group from Tuscaloosa. The quote above really stood out to me while watching it on the mall in D.C. Even though it was an enormous leap for our country to elect the first African American president, to me it was even greater that so many people of all races and religions traveled to Washington to see the historic event. Everyone on my bus was black except for the photographer and me. At first this was a little disappointing to me…because I don’t want Obama’s presidency to only be about his race. But when I got to the Inaguration and looked around at the 1.8 million people, I realized that maybe there was hope. Every kind of person was there…black, white, asian, muslim…not to mention the large numbers of people from other countries. To me this showed that President Obama will not just be the African American president, but the unifying President. Although, living here in Alabama, I see racism all around me all the time. I hope President Obama can help to change that.