Thursday, April 18, 2013

The One Where Whitney Died

High-profile celebrities have a reputation for dying prematurely due to their assorted extracurricular activities.

·  Five years ago, Heath Ledger was found in his Manhattan apartment, dead from an accidental overdose of painkillers and sleeping pills.

· In 2009, Michael Jackson’s death crashed TMZ, Aol Instant Messenger, Twitter, and the Los Angeles Times.  It was one of those moments where you’ll always remember where you were when you heard the news. I was crossing the parking lot of the Mellow Mushroom when a guy yelled out that the king of pop was dead. I remember mentally calling him an asshole for making such a stupid, terrible joke...then I saw the news and had to believe it for myself.

·   Amy Winehouse stumbled around like a hot mess for several years before succumbing to her bad habits at the ripe-old age of 27.

·   February of this year marked the one year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s accidental drowning in her bathtub. Heart disease and cocaine had more than a lot to do with it.

Somehow, each of their deaths managed to be a shocking loss, no matter how much we expected them…

The One Where Whitney Died

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The three of us were sitting around in the living room, still absorbing the fact that the legendary pop singer had died. We could hear mom on the phone in the other room. One of her friends had called to reminisce about the life of the singer that ended way before it should have.
“Wow,” my sister, Geri, said. “I can’t believe she’s dead.”
“I know. It’s so sad,” I agreed.
“It was that powder,” Nate added.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The One About Pole Dancing

The origins of pole dancing can be traced back to several countries. In India, pole dancing was an ancient sport designed for men. The Chinese had pole climbing, more of a gymnastic thing, dating back at least 1,000 years. And then there was Africa. If it’s twisty, rhythmic dancing, then it probably had a dabble somewhere in Africa. There, women once used pole dancing to show future husbands what type of intercourse they wanted. Cool huh?

But let’s talk about the modern day. Pole dancing is having a bit of a revolution. No longer just a strip and a tease done for money, women all over the country are embracing pole dancing as the new fitness craze. And it does have plenty of benefits.
  • It’s great cardio! Burn 200 calories within an hour.
  • Improves balance and flexibility
  • Strengthens muscles in the core, legs and butt  
  • Feel sexy doing it. Build confidence.

With all these good effects, why not join the crowd and try it out? Well, that’s what I thought. Nathan had other ideas…

The One about Pole Dancing

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“I went to a strip club once. It was not stimulating.”
Nate and I were sitting in front of the paused television having a conversation that--like many of the conversations that we have—wasn’t going anywhere productive.
“There was a girl over here in a cage and a girl over there.” He gestured with his hands to indicate the left and right sides of a stage. “And then there was a girl on the stage but she wasn’t on the pole.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Old Lady and the Trash Man

It's another week! I hope the one you're having isn't dreadful. If it is, maybe this blog can be your little, weekly pick-me-up. I warn you though: the stories here may be a little mean. They might also be somewhat gross. And they will always feature at least one jerk. Which brings me to Nathan. I love him. He's a sweet, funny guy. He can be an ass, but sometimes I can be one too. And this short below probably proves that...

The Old Lady and the Trash Man
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It’s mid-afternoon. I’m standing at the kitchen sink watching a confrontation that had been building to a pinnacle of entertainment for quite some time. Mrs. Bobby, Nate’s next door neighbor, had run outside wearing nothing but a purple bathrobe, house shoes, and hair rollers the size of soup cans.
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