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Holly Cavanaugh / American Idol Ice Queen / I Cannot Read Chinese / Inflation Is Taxation / Problems Weigh On My “Mind”


Here are some things that are not working in my life. I don’t know what to do about them. Maybe there is someone out there who can help me.

One. I have Google Plus and have been looking at some cool photos there and making some positive comments about them. But the individuals who took the photos only write in Chinese or Japanese. So we have been having these conversations and I don’t understand what they are saying. Also, I now have this strange (to me) writing all over my G-mail front page. It looks untidy and it reminds me that I suck at languages.

Two. A couple of weeks ago I realized I’m very attracted to one of the American Idol contestants, Holly Cavanaugh. She’s beautiful. She’s the Ice Queen (in a world of little people). And she can sing well too. But mainly, she is just gorgeous and she has a very nice personality. But then, last night, she was voted off the show. So I can’t watch her anymore except on Youtube. Also, she’s only eighteen. Then there’s the fact that I’m married and well over 50 years old. So I don’t think this is going to work out. Probably, the odds are better that I will learn to read Chinese.

Three. I’m concerned about inflation. I just went out and bought a few shirts. The bill was over 100 dollars! Then I went out to lunch at a fast food place. It cost 10 dollars! It costs 5 dollars for a piece of cheese at the supermarket!! What’s happening?!! When the government spends more money than it takes in we have a deficit. No amount of taxation is going to fill that hole! So the government has to print money to make up the difference. And when it prints money we often have inflation! Inflation is a tax on poor people especially! It raises the price of basic necessities. So when your government representative spends our money on you he or she is also secretly raising your taxes! Even if you don’t pay taxes! They are taking your money and giving it to you as a gift! Aren’t you grateful!

Four. I bought a lottery subscription but so far I have only won 30 dollars. The subscription cost 52 dollars so I’m still in the red. When are they going to send me the rest of my money?

Five. I have a window AC unit next to my desk and all the computer stuff because it gives off so much heat. It gets hot in this little room. But, now it’s May, and I can’t turn the durned thing on because some birds built their home in it or under it and are raising their family around it. My wife would kill me if I turned it on. Kellan was over here today and he was watching Big Bird on Sesame Street. I’m sure Mr. Bird would not be happy either.

Six. I have all these clothes from LL Bean that don’t fit anymore because I’ve lost 40 pounds and I was thinking about sending them back to the factory. They have this guarantee that says “If for ANY reason you are EVER unhappy with our product SEND IT BACK”. I’m paraphrasing but I’m pretty sure this is what they say. Well, I’m unhappy because the clothes don’t fit! I can’t wear them. Maybe LL has somebody who is fat up there in Maine and would like to wear them. It would help them fight inflation.

Seven. I’m concerned about life, in general, and the fact that it can end so rapidly if I drive off the road at a high rate of speed. Probably this won’t happen but what if someone runs into me? Cars should be shaped like round spheres with thick rubber all around them so when people run into each other they just bounce in different directions. Maybe there could be gyroscopes located in the engines that will keep folks in an upright position while the outside skin rolls merrily down the road. We could save a lot of lives if GM would follow my suggestion. And, cities would look more like Christmas all year round with colorful balls all over the place.

Well, that’s it for now. I don’t want to burden the world with too many of my problems. I have a date in December with some Mayans and I’m hopeful they will have some answers that don’t involve human sacrifice of any kind. In the meantime, it’s going to be “stay in the present moment” and when that doesn’t work “watch old videos of Holly singing her cute little face off”. And walk every day, of course.

The world and all its problems seems to disappear when one walks those miles again and again.

NBC12 New Cover Photo Contest / Vote! / Bringing Us All Together

So the local NBC station, NBC 12 decided to have a photo contest for their Facebook page and picked out eight photos to be finalists.  One of my photos is one of them but it’s not winning.  There are a couple other photos that have more votes.  Maybe they are better.  Probably so.  I was surprised to get 75 votes because I don’t have that many family members on FB.


It may have something to do with karma too.  Because I never vote after watching American Idol.  These young people get up there and sing their guts out in front of millions of people.  Sometimes they are humiliated by the judges and have to keep on smiling.  They hold up their fingers so we can figure out how to vote for them.

And, apparently, millions of people do vote.  Although they did something last week that looked phoney.  One of the best singers in the remaining group was voted off!  Jessica Sanchez, who is a very nice talent, got the fewest votes!  Apparently.  So the judges rushed up on the stage and saved her.  One of the other contestants,  Elise Testone,  had a funny smile on her face through the whole process.  She didn’t look worried at all about going home.  Maybe she knew something ahead of time?  Because last week she looked very unhappy after a poor performance.  The girl doesn’t know how to hide her feelings.

I don’t think there’s much chance she will become an actress.

Whatever.  Maybe the whole process is rigged.  It wouldn’t surprise me.  But it would really surprise me if I won the NBC12 new cover photo for their FB page contest.  And it would really, really surprise me if I end up rich and famous because of photography.   Or anything at all!   My best bet is probably to figure out some way to write that is actually very interesting.   Think of Jack Handey, for example.   Jack Handey said,  “It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man”.   That’s just genius in action.

And maybe a good agent, too.  But the point is he became somewhat rich and famous by writing sentences!  Not books.  Not even pamphlets. Writing sentences isn’t too hard!  We all can do that.  But how do we make them really interesting, funny and then get them in front of millions of people?   Ah, there’s the rub.

Maybe I could do a sitcom!   It would start out being a blog and the daily ramblings of a blogger.  But then, at some point,  this blogger and his readers would all end up on NBC12!  Cool!   Right now I’m watching American Pickers on the History Channel.  We all know it’s about two guys and their search for really exciting junk that’s been hiding out in old barns for a long time.  So anything is possible if not very likely.

One thing that I have noticed is that our local NBC channel has done a good job of interacting with folks on Facebook. They start discussions about things like Tom Brady’s new mansion out there in California and they ask questions like this. . .”If you were the lone winner of tonight’s Mega-Millions lotto Jackpot. . . So let me ask you – is it true that money can’t buy happiness – or is that just something people of modest income say to make themselves feel better..?”.

They post pictures and ask us to add captions. They’re nice. And I’m starting to feel like we are all in this thing together. Although I’m still not feeling like my pic is going to be their new cover photo. It has been fun to be included though. And it’s fun blogging as well. Ten years ago it would just have been an old guy with his big television box being fed media nonsense.

Now he can interact! And send nonsense back to the world! He’s much less isolated (as are we all in a way) and using his imagination. He has even learned to talk about himself in the third person! What’s next?!

Maybe he should make a Youtube video! It worked for Justin Bieber!



Families / The Good, The Bad And The Ugly/ My Dreams Of Jennifer Lopez/ Emily Dickinson/ Edgar Allen Poe

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
~Emily Dickinson, Poems

The strongest nation on earth is your imagi-nation. ~Matt Furey

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora”

Here is a photo I took some time ago over at the botanical gardens. It’s all about a busy bee doing what bees do best. . . being a bee. And I admire the little guy for simply going about his business without worrying about anything at all. When I walk I try to do the same thing. Just walk. Forget about the world. Forget about all the things going on in our lives, Betsy and myself. We are surrounded by many people who are doing the best they can to deal with this world. Only a few resort to treachery and causing others pain.
But I seldom think about them. I’m mostly at peace with life and for some reason have a great deal of time to use my imagination. I never have bad dreams or nightmares. Last night, for example, I dreamed about Jennifer Lopez. For some reason, once again inexplicable, she had the hots for me. I used to dream about Charlize Theron but apparently she has moved on. No problem. It’s fun having Jennifer around. In some ways it’s even nicer because she has a softer personality. I’m still amazed at how the singer on American Idol who was finally kicked off last week worked her to last as long as he did. He was a blubbering mass of insecurities and she was very protective of him. But then, America voted him off and they made her tell him he had to go.

Life can be cruel, can’t it Jen? But it goes on and we go on too. And we do better if we imagine a better place where  serious mischief makers do not go. It actually is better to be robbed or manipulated than to do either of these things. It’s better to be at peace with yourself. It’s better to be hated than to hate someone if you have tried to make amends. And it’s not like you have to wait to pass away in order to find “heaven”. It’s right here. Maybe it becomes more visible at a later date. Maybe heavenly architecture does exist somewhere but it’s not really very important. Because the true peace arrives more quickly and it is invisible to those who cannot see.

It’s in our hearts and souls. It animates the imagination with delightful dreams both day and night.  We can go here now!  And it sorts out our families and takes us all where we will fit in most perfectly and BE the most happy in the end as well.

American Idol Concert/ Greensboro NC/ The Blogger Is Deaf Now/ But It’s Alright Because It’s A Mad World

 American Idol concert

Last night we drove down to Greensboro, NC to see the latest group of American Idol finalists perform in concert. We did this two years ago when Jordin Sparks won. I realize that this stuff makes some of my friends barf/gag but we like it. These kids were standing in line this time last year and now they are performing in front of millions. It’s fun to watch.

My ears are still ringing this morning and I’m beginning to worry about permanent hearing loss. Can you mess up your hearing at just one concert?
I promise I won’t do it again Lord. Just let me hear the crickets one more time!

Let’s see. . . things about the concert. Lots of people got up and left after Adam Lambert performed. Rude! May all your ears be ringing this morning too!

Allison tried to sing Barracuda but basically just flopped around the stage like a wounded Grouper. I love this girl but she’s so young and she’s going to damage her voice if she doesn’t get some training soon. Now, in fact. Her throat and my ears need to get together at the nearest ENT doctor’s place today.

Scott Macintyre sounded pretty good in spite of all the echoes and distortions in the cavernous hole that swallowed up all attempts to produce pleasing sounds.

Adam Lambert has seductive moves that match his amazing vocal talents. This is the last time you will ever get to see this guy perform live for the bargain price of 81.50. So grab your ear plugs and get down to ticketmaster before the window closes.

Lil Rounds deserves a mention. She’s working hard, sounding good, adding some nice dance moves and generally adding value to her future job prospects. All of the others did well but how can you really tell? You can’t actually hear them sing. If you had a television and stereo system that allowed you to see your favorite performers this well you would throw the whole mess out a window. It reminds me of a time long, long ago before CD’s and LCD tv’s when my friends used to go see the Beatles sing. And you couldn’t hear them sing! At all! They could have been reciting the telephone book and no one would have know.

Back to the concert.

Kris Allen had the unenviable task of performing after Adam got done with the audience. He has got to be hating this tour by now. All of his great musical talents are wasted in these giant arenas more suited for monster dunk shots and demolition derbies. Hopefully he will make a really good CD and forget all of this every happened in about six months.

Well that’s all I have for now. I need to find a drugstore here in (where are we?) and purchase some ear drops. Maybe I can find a copy of The Who singing Tommy while I’m out cause I definitely need some inspiration in the deaf, dumb and blind category.

Click on the thumbnail photo for a brief slide show and a larger photo clearly showing Michael Jackson’s spirit trying to inhabit Adam Lambert’s body.

American Idol
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