Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Drowned...in Leaches and Lies?
A PROBLEM BIGGER THAN DRUGS
Let's face it, the phrase "Say no to drugs" has been drilled into the minds of each and every one of us ad nauseam. To reduce the lessons one should learn from the untimely passing of the greatest voice of our time, down to something as cliche as the "dangers of drugs" is a waste. I'm sure Whitney Houston was well aware of the "dangers of drugs." After all, she had two older brothers already deep into the throngs of addiction well before she allowed it to take over her life. However, circumstances resulted in her choosing that path regardless. So, rather than focusing on the obvious, I'd like to attempt to dive into the deeper and perhaps, more significant lessons.
BEWARE OF THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
At this juncture, it would be easy to rehash Houston's obvious misstep in marrying "bad boy" Bobby Brown, however that story too, has already been told. Granted, Brown has launched his version of a publicity tour in an attempt to erase and rewrite history, but at the end of the day, his rap sheet has been far too publicized for far too long to expect the public to forget the years of insanity he has displayed over the past two decades. From peeing in police cars to domestic violence, that story has been written and sold over and over again. More importantly, Houston had divorced Brown 6 years ago. That chapter of her life was gone and discarded. However, once Brown was gone, who remained?
Accompanying Whitney Houston the weekend of her passing were several individuals:
Ray Watson: Patricia's brother who served as Whitney's bodyguard
Her sister-in-law and manager shared during a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, that she didn't believe drugs played a part in Houston's death. While the initial investigative report stated that no illegal drugs were found in the hotel room, the last and final report stated that there were drug paraphernalia and a "white substance" in the bathroom where Houston was discovered. Patricia was there on the scene when Whitney passed, so how could she have not been aware of the drug remnants found all throughout the bathroom? The most likely explanation? Patricia Houston lied. Suffice it to say that there was at least one dishonest person in the fold.
To be continued...
10 Awesome TV Theme Songs in Random Order:
1) READING RAINBOW
Ahh, the memories. We'd watch this in elementary school and all the kids would sing along. Well, except me. I sang it quietly in my heart.
2) COSBY SHOW (SEASON 6)
Vanessa had the best dance, right? Right? Of course I'm right! The Huxtable's came with many different theme songs, but I think season 6 is the most memorable.
3) DUCK TALES
Duck Tales! A Woo Ooo! As far as cartoon theme songs go, this one is near the top!
Ok, so I never actually watched this show. But somebody in our house did, because I fell in love with the theme song!
5) SALUTE YOUR SHORTS
It makes me wanna fart!! Ok, I'm showing my (im)maturity.
It's one of those tv theme songs that just makes everybody feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We have no idea why.
7) PUNKY BREWSTER
I once owned a pair of multi-colored punky, brewster sneakers.
8) GOOD TIMES
Nothing says "Good Times" like temporary layoffs and easy credit rip-offs! Ain't we lucky we got 'em?
9) FAMILY TIES
It's so smooth and so 80s, and so worthy of being on a list of the best TV theme songs!
10) WHO'S THE BOSS
Well... it's quite inspirational, and well, I like it. Who's blog is it? Who's the boss?
Eight points? EIGHT? Last year, when Lebron James scored 8 points in game 4 of the 2011 NBA finals (Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks), all I could do was shake my head. Eight points? Really? The more I watched James' disappearing act, the more I started to question if I was watching a heated competition between the best basketball players on the planet or a well orchestrated television drama series. It made me start to wonder if the NBA was rigged or fixed.
When Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls star player, went down with a torn ACL, I found myself once again doubting the reality of the NBA. Rose goes down and within 20 seconds, without having any clue as to whether Rose was suffering from a torn ACL or a charlie horse, the announcer exclaims "Oohh my goodness", as if he was bleeding profusely or losing consciousness. As this goes on, the other announcer emphasizes how devastating it is to see Rose holding his knee "late in a game that's already been decided." The announcers trade remarks back and forth such as, "why was he in the game?" and "oh my!" Like anyone else, I too hoped Rose was okay, however I couldn't help but notice that the announcers seemed to be urging me towards much more concern than that which I naturally felt inclined to feel.
The announcers continued on to state that there was "some give" on his knee, and that it "went in." Quite frankly, I can see no such thing. They then go on to predict the future and the effect that his injury will have on the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals.
See the video here(real or rigged?):
Fast forward to the 2012 NBA finals, and I'm left wondering if it simply wasn't a song and dance put on for drama and entertainment purposes. I'm wondering if last year was simply Lebron "paying his dues", and the seemingly, never-ending media ridicule, was nothing more than his initiation or hazing as you may call it. Perhaps, in the world of sports entertainment, it was already known that in 2012, the red carpet would be rolled out for "King James" to take the thrown and finally be crowned as a champion.
Rigged or real, either way you slice it, the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder to, once again, become NBA champions. Lebron James finally has his ring and the "big three" have accomplished, at least part 1, of their mission. I suppose all of the Lebron haters will have to let go of the "ring" jokes and stick to the "traveling" and "hairline" jabs.