These are the days of my life…

It’s been a 21 days since my last post. Within those three weeks, Michael Jackson passed away and the media frenzy began dissecting his life every minute of every hour of the day. Was he crazy? A pedophile? A good father? Did he overdose? Who’s going to inherit his money? Steve “Air” McNair was shot and killed by his mistress and the only thing folks cared about was the mistress. How long has he been cheating? Was he a bad father? Where did he travel to with his mistress? Did she kill him then herself? Here in DC, two Metro rail cars collided, killing nine, I started bartending, got into a bar fight with a Neo-Nazi inbred, and Marion Barry was set up again. It seems I cannot stop questioning the sanity and sheer madness of other people and I may have to go to therapy in order to cope with other people’s choices.

Life is about perception and for those that disagree, try to count how many times you pass judgement before you have all the details. I can remember when my mother would comb my hair to the sides and comb out a part in my head so I’d look like my parents took good care of me. Nevermind the patches in my jeans to hide the grass stains from when I played football at school everyday at recess. Don’t worry about the scuffed up Kangaroos or British Knights whose shoe strings looked like my rottweiler chewed on them all night while I slept. As long as I had that part, my mother’s reputation was intact. I was taught not to put my elbows on the table, hold the door for ladies and say “thank you” and “excuse me” when necessary. But since I said hi to 30 (Jay-Z) the world has begun to look very strange to me as if no one else was raised the same.

Those that know me personally know I’m extremely inquisitive. Even if you don’t know me personally, if you have and inkling of some sort of intelligence you can read in my posts how weird I can be. But I don’t think I’m all that strange.

Today I noticed a woman from across the pool deck that I attended elementary school with and tried to make eye contact with her. It seemed as if she’d seen me too because she kept looking – what seemed to be – in my direction. But I soon noticed the fear in her eyes and the imperative movement in her steps towards the pool were not attempts to greet me. Once she jumped into the pool fully clothed I knew something wasn’t right. A child, someone close to her, the son of a friend, laid motionless, face down in the pool. I ran to assist her in helping him as she rolled him over, unconscious, not breathing at all and lungs and stomach obviously full of water. Pandemonium set into the entire scene and it seemed to be the first encounter of the sort to everyone there but me, including the lifeguard. CPR was administered and after 1 or 2 minutes, the child opened his eyes, spat out a lot of water and began breathing. Sadly, what shocked me most was that there were several other adults within arms reach of him who noticed nor did a thing, even after the woman jumped in and screamed for someone to dial 911. As I knelt down to give chest compressions, I heard one of the adults say, “Oh my God, is he dead?” while steadily eating her french fries. Where’s the sympathy? Why was it so easy for her to be so crude and insensitive to the mother of the child who’s fearing death is upon her son?

After the paramedics took the child out on a stretcher as a precautionary method, other parents began pointing the blame and responsibility on the lifeguard. True, he should have been sitting a little closer but my disgust was towards the mother of the child. This kid drowned in 3 feet of water so it’s safe to say that he could not swim at all. So knowing this, as a mother, why allow your child to enter a pool and not have him in your sights? I touched her son before she did and came from behind the bar where I was preparing a drink for a patron.

The night before I decided to meet a friend of mine for drinks in Bethesda. He had a hookup where we were going and I’m all for that in my life. So, we’re chilling, drinking our first drink of what we planned to double before we left and out of nowhere, “You ghetto niggers! What gives you the right to come into my bar?” At that point it was eye for an eye, insult for an insult. My friend replied, “We didn’t know we walked into the Poor White Trash bar, cracker.” The dude literally spit in my face after that and he then accidentally head butted himself with a Bud Light bottle he’d previously sat on the bar before he insulted us and spat in my face. A fight breaks out between my friend and I and his friends and we fled once we heard, “I’m calling the police!” Well, we ran but we almost ran right to the police as they sat on their squad car at the corner. We did a 180 and began to retreat. They followed, and followed and followed us as if we were the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I felt like a runaway slave hiding from the police as I took off my baby blue Polo shirt as if the hounds would catch my scent if I’d kept it on. Once we lost them we went back to our cars and went home. Well, I did at least. My friend had glass in his hand from the bottle and he went to the hospital to get stitched up.

There are three other strange things that have happened to me over the past three weeks that raised a brow and left me baffled. Due to my extensive readership I’ll keep those stories private in fear of sure backlash if I disclosed details. Still, ’til this day I have no idea what the hell she was thinking, nor her stupid friends for encouraging such behavior, but they all thought they were justified in their childish ways. I suffered a few days of punishment afterwards but had no idea what I was responsible for. I also have no idea why another acquaintance of mine feels I need to apologize to her when I’ve done nothing wrong but point out to her that she’d done something wrong. At this point I beginning to feel that my problem is that I don’t have a problem.

Will I continue living life looking at other people’s actions and asking why? Do you all live peaceful lives where nothing and no one affects your day? If so, how do you do it? I hear people say they don’t care what people think and often use rap lyrics and slang terminology like “brush them haters off” or “I’m just keepin’ it real” to support their decisions to be ignorant. I feel that that thinking is exactly why I have so many issues. No one cares that they are rude, obnoxious and just plain ol’ dumb anymore. No one cares that they will be perceived as someone whose mother never taught them right from wrong or how to respect others.

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Hip Hop Parody

Hip Hop is so funny these days. Everyone is a character. But these guys at 2-Cent Entertainment just saved me $30 in gym membership fees with this video. I’m savoring the others for later to prolong my inexpensive abdominal workout alternative but you can go ahead and browse their site for more funny videos and blogs.

Keep doin’ what your doin’ peoples!

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Shutter Island

Originally seen on kanYe West‘s blog:

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David Letterman’s jokes got their panties in a bunch

Hmmm. I must admit, I’m no fan of Governor Palin and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her make a complete fool of herself during the 2008 Presidential Election. But I’m also no fan of David Letterman’s either. Yes, I think the guy is hilariously funny, smart, witty and has had success in his career for decades because of it but I don’t DVR, TiVo or stay up at night to catch his show. But because of these jokes about Governor Palin and her family, there is a huge calling for his head amongst those that have dangerously misconstrued his words.

The watchfulraven has blogged anti-President Obama postings before and now have joined in to help call a boycott of David Letterman’s advertisers.

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CONFIRMED 6/15: Embassy Suites pulls their ads from CBS.com

Please take a moment to thank them

Dawn Ray, Public Relations, 901-374-5954, dawn.ray@hilton.com

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Update 6/16:

We’re hearing that Hellmann’s/Best Foods (Unilever) is pulling their online ads.

Stay tuned – in the meantime, keep calling and writing to everyone below

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I could care less which political party you affiliate yourself with – since when did it become ok to joke about the rape of a young girl? On behalf of mothers, wives and daughters everywhere, I urge you to boycott David Letterman’s advertisers.

Call and/or email every single person below to denounce their support of this show – Letterman should get his ass fired.

Update: Letterman “apologized” saying the sexually perverted crack was aimed at Palin’s 18 year-old daughter, not the 14 year-old. Really? And he thinks that’s ok?

Is it ok for someone to talk about your mother, wife, daughter, sister or friend this way?

Important Note:

This misogyny has been a long time coming (think of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton); it reached epic proportions in the past few years, and has risen precipitously these past few months. Letterman can indeed say whatever he wants to (as is his right to do so), just as it’s the right of others to object. To remain silent and let this go unchallenged shows that you agree. Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, there comes a time when one has to say: enough is enough.

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Dear Late Show Advertisers:

As an advertiser on the David Letterman show, you endorse his point of view; I am appalled that your company supports the rape of young girls.

On June 8th 2009 Mr. Letterman “joked” that a female Governor of the United States is “slutty” and worse still, “joked” about her 14 year-old daughter and statutory rape by an adult baseball player. He continued his slander of this young girl during his June 9th show, likening her to a prostitute.

I refuse to buy products from a company who supports such a vulgar, reprehensible attitude toward women and girls.

Shame on you.

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CBS Television

Main number: 212-975-4321

Les Moonves, President and CEO – CBS, 212-975-4545, lmoonves@cbs.com

Nina Tassler, President – CBS Entertainment, 323-575-2747, nina.tassler@cbs.com

Mike Nelson, VP Communications, 818-655-2156, mjnelson@cbs.com

CBS Television Studios

Lauri Metrose, VP Communications, 818-655-7223, lauri.metrose@cbs.com

Jennifer Solari, Executive Director Communications, 818-655-7222, jennifer.solari@cbs.com (email error was fixed)

Kim Sartori, Director Communications, 818-655-7221, kim.sartori@cbs.com

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Companies who run TV ads during the show

We’re focusing on just a few to concentrate our effort. Calling these companies is the best way to voice your disappointment – go ahead, call them every day!

NOTE: we’re hearing that many emails are now bouncing back – if that happens to you, please follow up with a phone call

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Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Listerine and KY Brand)

Main Number: 1-888-222-0182 (Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products)

Kristina Chang, Public Relations, 973-385-4370, kchang12@conus.jnj.com

Steve Schonberg, PR (Listerine), 212-704-4494, stephen.schonberg@edelman.com

Cliff Carson, PR (Aveeno), 212-317-1462, cliff.carson@rprny.com

Names of J&J executives you can write to are here (thanks Hillbuzz!)

Kellogg’s (Mini-Wheats)

Main Number: 1-800-962-1413 (Consumer Affairs) or 1-269-961-2000 (Headquarters)

Allison Costello, Ketchum PR, 412-456-3741, allison.costello@ketchum.com

Names of Kellogg’s executives you can write to are here (thanks Hillbuzz!)

M&M’s (Mars Candy)

UPDATE: Mars says that they bought their ad time months ago, and there’s nothing they can do. Yes, there is – they can tell their ad agency (MediaVest) to pull the ads.

Main Number: 1-800-627-7852 (Confections), 1-800-696-6788 (m&m’s), 1-973-691-3536 (Mars) or 1-703-821-4900 (Mars)

Fax: 1-703-448-9678 or 1-973-691-3829

Paul S. Michaels, President, paul.michaels@effem.com

Michele Kessler, VP Mars Snackfood US, michele.kessler@effem.com

Carole Walker, VP Marketing Communications, carole.walker@effem.com

Ryan Bowling, Media Relations, 1-908-850-2396, ryan.bowling@effem.com

Names of Mars Inc executives you can write to are here (thanks Hillbuzz!)

Olive Garden

UPDATE: Olive Garden is apparently “voicing our concern to CBS” and will take all feedback into consideration when reviewing future advertising. Nice first step – but not quite far enough.

Main Number: 1-800-331-2729 (Guest Relations) or 1-407-245-4000

John Caron, Executive VP Marketing, jcaron@olivegarden.com

Grey Advertising (their ad agency), 1-212-546-2083

Names of Olive Garden executives you can write to are here (thanks Hillbuzz!)

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If the above isn’t enough…here are two more

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Old Navy (Parent company is Gap Inc)

Main Number: 1-800-653-6289 (Customer Service) or 1-650-952-4400 (Headquarters)

Nicole Bender, Public Relations, 1-415-832-2889, nicole_bender@gap.com

Southwest Airlines

Main Number: 1-214-792-4847 (Public Relations)

Gary Kelly, CEO, 1-214-792-4000, gary.kelly@wnco.com

Ginger Hardage, SVP Culture & Communications, 1-214-792-6924, ginger.hardage@wnco.com

Linda Rutherford, VP Communications, 1-214-792-4625, linda.rutherford@wnco.com

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Other National Advertisers:

(For those who would like to like to avoid their products/services)

June 15 show – Burger King, McDonald’s, Miller Brewing, Wendy’s, Best Buy, DirecTV, Netflix, Sears, Bristol-Myers Squibb (Abilify), Sanofi-Aventis (Ambien), Eli Lilly (Cialis), Just for Men, Proactiv, Thermacare, Allstate, AT&T, T-Mobile, Hyundai, Lincoln and Mazda

June 12 show – Boston Market, Best Buy, Icy Hot, Netflix, Macy’s, Cricket, T-Mobile, Samsung, Microsoft, Chase Bank, Merck (Rogaine), Sanofi-Aventis (Ambien), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Cadillac, Kia, Lexus, Mazda and Saturn (and others above)

June 11 show – Old Navy, Touchstone Pictures (Disney), Samsung, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Chase Bank, Pfizer (Zyrtec), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Ford, Lexus, Mazda and Saturn (and others above)

June 10 show – Southwest Airlines, DirecTV, MetLife, Amica, AT&T, Samsung, Verizon, Chase Bank, Aventis (Actonel), Merck (Pepcid), Pfizer (Zyrtec), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Honda, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota (and others above)

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Companies who still have Banner Ads on the Late Show website

Again, we’re focusing on just a few – call them to voice your disappointment.

NOTE: we’re hearing that many emails are now bouncing back – if that happens to you, please follow up with a phone call

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Lancome (Parent company is L’Oreal)

Main Number: 1-800-526-2663 (Lancome Customer Service)

Carol Hamilton, President – Luxury Products, chamilton@us.loreal.com

Rebecca Caruso, Public Relations, 1-212-984-4894, rcaruso@us.loreal.com

Suzie Davidowitz, Public Relations, 1-212-984-4105, sdavidowitz@us.loreal.com

John Frieda (Kao Brands)

Main Number: 1-513-421-1400 or 1-800-521-3189

Lee-Ann Silver, Public Relations, 1-203-353-5100, leeann.silver@kaobrands.com

Best Western

UPDATE: Best Western continues to insist that they do not advertise on Letterman. The fact is, Best Western authorized someone to create banner ads and pay for their placement on the CBS.com website; as a result, they are showing up on the Late Show’s pages (I have screen shots of two different ads from multiple days this week). If Best Western is unhappy with the negative publicity, perhaps they should not advertise online via CBS.

Main Number: 1-602-957-4200

Bonnie McPeake, Chairwoman, bonnie.mcpeake@bestwestern.com

Troy Rutman, Public Relations, 1-602-957-5668, troy.rutman@bestwestern.com

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Other Website Advertisers:

(For those who would like to like to avoid their products/services)

Bowflex, Cabela’s, Crate & Barrel, EBay, Electronic Arts, Gamespot, Guitar Center, Home Depot, Intel, Lexus, Neiman Marcus, On the Border and Walgreen’s

The above companies authorized someone (either internally or at an agency) to create banner ads and pay for their placement on the CBS.com website; as a result, they are showing up on the Late Show’s pages. It pays to keep a close eye on where their ads are running .

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Note: The above names, phone numbers and email addresses were pulled from each of the respective company’s websites and press releases, or derived from simple Google searches.

~~ End of the posting from the watchfulraven ~~

This is bologna. There’s nothing wrong with adding satire to real events. The real event that cannot be denied is the fact that Bristol Palin is the daughter he’s referring to and she was/is definitely a little fast in the sheets. The jokes about the Obamas had no validity at all but Governor Palin saw nothing wrong with satirical picture on the cover of The New Yorker:
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Let’s face it; Bristol Palin was pregnant at 17 years old and this doesn’t make her a whore but when she turns 18 (which she is) she can become subject to these kinds of jokes.  Oddly enough, I found the jokes to be more detrimental to the men involved in the joke than she.  Does Mr. Letterman deserve to be fired for this though?  Hmmm.

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You know what Bristol, you’ve got a point there.

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Artomatic

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Artomatic celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the soon-to-be Half Street Hotel in Southeast DC.

55 M Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

May 29 – July 5, 2009

Fri-Sat: Noon-1 am
Sun, Wed, Thu: Noon-10 pm

Take Metro! Located directly above the Green Line Navy Yard Metro Stop, West Entrance

info@artomatic.org

The event features artists that paint, photograph, film, sculpt, draw, dance, sing, rap, graf (graffiti artists…you know, spray painters), and more. I thought I’d stop by today and take a look and already have plans to return tonight and tomorrow as well as special dates with guest features throughout the month.

Here’s some of what I captured today.

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Jeff Nyveen, a USC graduate who moved to the DC Metropolitan area several years ago, features several photographs of visual memories of his travel.  But don’t let me bore you with my interpretation.  After viewing his website and photographs I’m sure you’re going to schedule a few flights to exotic lands and purchase a nice camera to capture the evidence like he has done for years.

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Jared Davis‘ piece, Hurdi Gurdi. This guys scene design and staging is phenomenal.

Check back later for more updates from my sitings at Artomatic!

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Flashmobbing

If you haven’t heard or witnessed these groups, well, here’s your chance. There’s a popular group called ImprovEverywhere that causes scenes all over New York City and have been doing so for years. I love them. Here are a few of my favorites:

High Five Escalator

No Pants Subway Ride

Frozen Grand Central Station

Well, there seems to be some competition stirring up on the West Coast now. I’m not sure if this is an organized group like ImprovEverywhere or if this is just a skit put on by A&E TV but it’s funny.

Hammer Pants

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Amerie – Why R U

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Well, she’s back!

I love her personality, her pleasant sounding voice and subject matter. Her fourth album, “In Love & War” is set to be released this August under new label Def Jam.

Thanks to TrackLeaker a link to one of her newest songs can be heard online.

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