Monday, July 28, 2008

A little silly summer fun...

I am working on a "Service with a Shrug 2.0" posting...

BUT - for now...I stumbled across a little summer silly... TLC's Rock the Reception is a hoot.

Ordinary (but clearly fun-loving) couples decide to surprise EVERYONE at their reception and work with professional choreographers to plan a knock-out first dance. Sometimes the Best Man and Maid of Honor are part of the numbers.

This show may have been inspired by Amy and Robert's (yes...Everybody Loves Raymond) surprise at their reception...

In a summer full of - what my Momma would call "CRAP & CORRUPTION" - It's fun. Light. Great to watch the reaction shots of the families and friends.

Surely made me smile!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

R.I.P. Sophia Petrillo...

[AP photo]

Estelle Getty made us laugh. Still does - at least 4 times a day on Lifetime. The Golden Girls continue to give me hope for the future [as they have for 20-some years...eep!]...a fun, feisty, sassy old age.

She passed away today at 84. Here she comes Sal!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Skewed priorities...self-referential media gets it wrong

[AP photo]
This man had a groundbreaking medical career of over 70 years and saved thousands of lives.

[wikipedia photo]
This man wrote speeches for Bush 1, guest-hosted for Rush Limbaugh, and was press secretary for Bush 2 for a little more than a year.

Both passed the same week. But - their lives/careers oddly didn't receive quite the same coverage. Why is that odd?

Dr. Michael E. DeBakey - deemed the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, invented dozens of medical procedures and tools, developed the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and created what later became the VA hospital system.

DeBakey performed the first successful heart bypass operation [a procedure he developed], the first successful removal of a blockage of the main artery of the neck, and in 1966 he created a partial artificial heart. He performed more than 60,000 operations.

Yet - my unofficial, admittedly incomplete, monitor of recent media shows that the former FOX news personality received as much, or more, broadcast coverage as this pioneering medical genius. From "Breaking News" announcements to obits to follow-up coverage of his funeral. Just made me wonder... Would Dr. DeBakey's passing have received more attention had he been a major network's "chief medical correspondent?"

Both passings are sad. One - obviously too soon... One after a long, productive life... But who, in the end, contributed more? Just something I've been pondering.

Monday, July 14, 2008

A little minty commercial joy...

[from the DQ site]

OK...have to admit it... The new DQ THIN MINT BLIZZARD KICKS ASS!

What a yummy, naughty treat! Love the the flavor combo... Other than the fact that chocolate cookies and products get a little funny (waxy?) when frozen - it's a dream!

Made a tough day really swell.

Get 'em while they last.

Of course - I do have a thing for chocolate and mint - HELLO!?!?! Chalmers Ultra Mint delicious client!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Band of Brothers... or so I'm told

Separated at birth?

What do you say?

used to be Robert Downey, Jr. [during my younger, thinner days]... have heard Nathan Lane...

NOW - it's comedian Eddie Izzard and Top Chef Richard Blais [from Atlanta]...

What say you?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Yeah...America's 232 - but... 51 years ago...

Connie Doman married Graham Duffield...

It's been 51 years and no one got killed...