Monday, November 30, 2009

Viking Prince?

Well, the Chicago Bears officially suck this season. It's particularly crappy to see my hometown team usually known for big defense, have none. They lost 36-10 to Bret Farve and the MN Vikings. But even creepier than the bears crappy, is Minnesota native Prince at his hometown team's football game looking like he was at a funeral. You'd never know his team was winning. Fox News showed Prince several times throughout the game and he never even seemed to have moved or smiled. It was creepy and sad. Who goes to a football game and sits in a skybox to look like that. He looked so lonely. It was said that Prince was invited by fellow musician "One in a Million You" Larry Graham. No sign of Graham or anyone else talking to or high fiving with the Purple One during the game. I don't know who looked more distressed, Bears coach Lovie Smith or Prince.

"The artist currently known as Prince is still here. And he hasn't changed his expression since we last showed him."

Hey, I even started to cheer for the Vikings by the end of that slaughter. Prince looked just weird and alone. Well, in his defense, he does need both hips replaced so maybe he couldn't jump up to celebrate a Bears fumble. Maybe he was in pain so he couldn't even work up a smile when the Bears let the Vikings walk into the end zone for another TD. Maybe all his friends pooped out and didn't show up. Maybe he hasn't got any friends. That's all the "D" I can muster up for Prince which is more than the Bears have had all year.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy ThanksGiving!!

“Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.”
J. Robert Moskin

Thursday, November 19, 2009

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2009 is the 11th annual Day of Remembrance.

From the TDoR web site:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn't perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who've died by anti-transgender violence.

Every year I get angry that there is need for such a commemoration. Every year I am compelled to make a point of honoring this day. I'm not compelled simply because I am a member of the GLBT community or just because there are many Transgender people I like and admire and there are Transgender people that I love, but also because they all lost their lives because of hate.
Please go here to honor these people and take a moment to mourn.
You can go here to find a vigil or event near you.
For the the 11th year the TDoR is hoping to increase compassion and awareness and decrease indifference and ignorance, and to shorten that list.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

40 Years on Sesame Street

On Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street premiered on public television, changing children's television forever.
I guess we all have fond memories of Sesame Street.

Sesame Street came along just in time for my nephew Nolen to learn "which one of these things belong together", his ABC's, and all the other life lessons taught on the most famous and colorful neighborhood in the world.
Nolen is 36 now and Sesame Street is 40. Both hard to believe. OMG!

I admit it. I along with my mom watched Sesame Street before Nolen was born. We loved the Count and Roosevelt Franklin and even the mean Oscar the Grouch.

Nolen had a terrific crush on Susan, one of the non-muppet Sesame Street residents. Marshall Field's here in Chicago, had a Sesame Street show in the downtown loop store, featuring Susan. My sister and I took 3 year old Nolen. More than 100 kids sat on the floor in front of the stage with the parents seated in the back edges of the kids circle. At one point while Susan sang Nolen stood up and began making his way to the stage. OMG! Out of more than 100 kids, why us? We waved and motioned for him to sit down but he simply waved back and continued on to the stage. My sister whispered to me "go get him", I said "no way, you go get him!" Susan waved us back and went to meet him and held his hand on stage for the rest of the song. Nolen's eyes were so sweet and big to see Susan in person and he seemed oblivious to being on stage. He got a big kiss from Susan.

Who are your favorites or your kids favorites? Maria, Mr. Hooper, Bob, Cookie Monster, Gordon, Elmo, Luis, Ernie or Bert? Personally, my favorites are the childlike know-it-all Elmo and the wannabe super-hero Grover. Shut up.

First Lady Michelle Obama teaches Sesame Street Muppets how to plant vegetables for the first episode of the show's 40th-anniversary season, which aired November 10, 2009.

Sesame Street's 40th season aims to educate children about the wonders of the
natural world and teach them about concepts such as habitats, hibernation, and migration.
Here are some other favorites.
Remember Susan's hubby Gordon (Roscoe Orman) who also played a pimp on All My Children? His sister Olivia played by Alaina Reed also portrayed Rose Halloway on 227.

Through Mr. Hooper, kids learned about Jewish traditions and customs. When actor Will Lee died, it was decided to allow the beloved Sesame Street store owner to pass away too. It was a first for TV in teaching children about death and grieving.

Kermit was the star of Sesame Street and the Muppets.

Oscar tried to exemplify the hard NYC attitude. He succeeded and then some.

Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street....