Monthly Archives: September 2009

Rush, Justin, Demi – I have a bone to pick with you

This morning I woke up feeling catty.  Usually I prefer to talk about people behind their backs but today I’m throwing caution to the wind and speaking my mind to anyone willing to listen.  This is actually an exercise in “emotional cleansing” and it comes highly recommended by this one guy on this one show I saw on late night television.
rush

Tips: When Rush attacks, don't look him in the eye and if that doesn't work, play dead

There are certain guidelines that are suggested the “cleansor” follow.  First, it’s best to choose a target that can’t fight back.  This will eliminate spouses, family members and Rush Limbaugh.  Second, make sure your digs are confusing enough that you can always claim that the “cleansee” took you out of context and didn’t understand what you were trying to say. An example might be something along the lines of “I didn’t mean stupid.  Stupid has more than one meaning.  Sure it can mean dumb, but it can also mean injudicious.”   Chances are they will not know the meaning of that word and will be unwilling to admit it.  Snap.  Point scored.

Let’s get started

keith

This is NOT Freddy Krueger (it's Keith!)

My personal opinion is that once you hit middle-age, you can’t, with a straight face, say that you are a “rocker”.  You can claim you enjoy rock n’ roll, or you used to be a “rocker” but that’s it.  When your hairline is receding or you stop buying your bras from Victoria’s Secret, you have given up the right to use hip verbiage or hand signals. 

This is!  Hard to tell the difference, isn't it?

This is Freddy! Hard to tell the difference, isn't it?

There’s nothing sadder than seeing Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones in his wheel-chair making the rock n’ roll horns with his arthritic hand.

paula

Seriously, is this the face of an alien?

If I hear one more suggestion that Paula Abdul is an alien, I will personally issue a call to my own mother-ship and lodge a complaint.  Paula has always been misunderstood (the sure sign of a genius) and even though she speaks in tongue at inappropriate times, it is all a part of her act.  And it’s obvious that she is an excellent actress.

demi

So she's kind of cute - big deal!

I am tired of seeing women who are old enough to have grandchildren in bikinis and miniskirts (Hello Demi Moore . . . Jennifer Aniston?)  Have some self-respect ladies!  You may look hot but you’re not fooling anyone.   Your insecurities are written all over your face and trust me, that is one thing Botox won’t cover.  I am not envious (give me a break – I choose to wear stretch pants), I’m just concerned that you may be headed for a fall and frankly, I don’t have the stomach for one more break-up.

glenn

Don't cha just want to eat 'em up!

I wonder if Glenn Beck is as charming in person as he is on TV?  I love a man who can cry on cue and act as melodramatic as a teen-age girl on a bad-hair day.  There’s definitely something appealing about Glenn Beck . . . something that makes me want to tell him Sarah Palin called and wants him to run as her VP.  Then tell him I was pulling his leg.  Is that wrong?
 

How are they all fitting in the front seat?  There can't be 3 seatbelts!!!

How are they all fitting in the front seat? There can't be 3 seatbelts!!!

There should be celebrity regulations on whining and complaining about being a celebrity.  Unless you have been granted special permission by Paula Abdul, you can’t mention that you are tired of being thin, rich or talented. Also, no more droning on about open crotch shots by the papparazi; if you think you might accidently spread your legs at an obscene angle when getting out of a car and you aren’t wearing underpants, make sure your parents won’t find out and have to explain that one to the bridge club. (Lindsay, Paris and Britney – it’s called common sense, but there’s nothing common about it.  The upper-class can also enjoy it.)

Am I the only one that is confused by Justin Timberlake’s appeal?  Sure he’s kinda funny and can sing like a girl but so can Prince and I haven’t heard much from him since Purple Rain.  I wonder if JT hadn’t pulled that “wardrobe malfunction” stunt with Janet Jackson if he wouldn’t still be on the Mickey Mouse Club.  Think about it.

I know, I know, but he claims he's not.

I know, I know, but he claims he's not.

I think it’s so unfair that Joel Stein gets his own column in Time Magazine.  The last I knew, he was trying too hard to be funny on that silly show “I Love the Eighties” (who doesn’t love the eighties, Joel?), but as a self-professed hater of America and a lover of porn he has somehow risen in the ranks.  Well, I’ll do you one better, Mr. Stein.  I hate the world, no – the universe, and I not only love porn, I think I’ll marry it.   Get over yourself, Mr. I’ll-say-anything-for-attention.

ryan

No . . . of course he's not crazy!

Is Ryan O’Neill as crazy as he says he is?  My bet is yes, probably even crazier.  Crazy and asinine are two traits I personally know are hereditary and his children have had the poor luck of picking up at least one, if not both, of those genes. 

As I read what I have just written, it occurs to me that some will see this exercise as mean-spirited and insensitive.  This is totally not my intention and with all due respect, might I suggest that you are being a bit injudicious? 

There’s no accounting for taste

It always surprises people when I tell them that I have an accounting degree.  I’m sure this is because I don’t act like an accountant or dress like one or talk like one.  I’m not like all, you know, um . . . put your net worth income in hedge fundsOh wait, I think that’s finance – but you get the drift.

When I first mentioned to my partners, Dawn and Kristyn, that my background was accounting, they were suspect then curious.

Kristyn and Dawn at their Mothers Against

Kristyn and Dawn at their meeting for Mothers Against Mother Accountants (M.A.M.A) Frankly, it bothers me that they look so pleased.

“Really?  asked Dawn.  “Did you graduate?”
 
“I sure did.  When I was thirty-two,” I told her proudly.

“From an accredited school?” Kristyn pressed.

“Yep, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University.”

“And you have a diploma?”

“Somewhere,”  I replied.

Honesty is my best policy

But in all honesty (and I pride myself in being honest – to a fault), I’m not really a good accountant. If I were to interview myself, I would find me charming and witty and a good cook, but when it comes to the numbers, there are issues.  This dates back to my diagnosis of having contracted a viral infection called Fibrosis in Bottom Brain Involving Numbers & Graphs (F.I.B.B.I.N.G.) when I was a small child. 

Because my parents were never interested in my well-being they did nothing to treat it and it has affected my ability to, well basically, count.  And tell time and a number of other digit issues that I share only with my therapists.

I don’t want to jump back on the “blame your parents” bandwagon - again!  I am an adult now have accepted and embraced the fact that they were to blame but there’s nothing I can do about it.  Sure, I can tease them with not caring for them when they are old and kid them about leaving them in dirty diapers for days, but I digress, I was talking about how they royally screwed me with the whole disease thing.
 

This photo has not been doctored!  This is proof that I graduated from something and my green gown is a dead-giveaway that it's MSU!

This photo has not been doctored! This is proof that I graduated from something and my green gown is a dead-giveaway that it's MSU!

So, needless to say, I did graduate, (no thanks to them) but I limped across the finish line.  The horror story that I will share with you haunts me to this day and I have many a reoccurring dream that puts me right back in the situation – with the exception that I am only wearing a towel.

Marketing, shmarketing . . booring!

Marketing classes always threw me for a loop.  The vague terms for the airy-fairy concepts were so different than the vague terms for the accounting concepts and I found the subject tested my patience and understanding.  I studied many hours, often late into the night with my good friend, Karen, trying to master the ambiguous ideas.
 
The last final of my college career was my Marketing one.  It was also on Friday, the last day of finals and at 3:00, the last time-slot for a final – the last of the last of the last.  Karen had been over the night before until the wee hours and when she left, we were exhausted but confident we could hold on to the “A’s” we currently had going into the test.  (At this point I should explain that I what I lack in certain areas, I make up for with enthusiasm and many many hours of rote learning)

What’s that about the early bird and the worm?

I decided to show up an hour early to the test and sit outside the auditorium where the exam was being administered.  I didn’t want anything goofy to happen and I sat, fully prepared, on the bench beside the exit doors and waited patiently for the current exam to finish. 

Eventually, students began filtering out; their faces flush with excitement at having the last of their tests behind them.  I recognized many of them from the business school and from possibly other classes we shared, but when a girl that I had actually done a marketing project with walked out of the doors and gave me a funny look, a feeling of panic hit me like a ton of bricks.
 
I raced into the auditorium and flew down the aisles, past Karen, who called out in a loud whisper “Are you finished?” and over to the teaching assistants at the base of the stage.  I breathlessly explained my situation, stating I had actually been in the building, right outside the doors for almost an hour.  I told them I thought the exam started at 3:00, when  it fact it was apparent it had started at 1:00.  

They looked at me like I had two heads and one cigarette.   There was nothing they could do they said, and I saw them sneak a glance at each other with raised eyes.  They certainly weren’t going to wait another two hours while I took the exam, especially when other students had finished and could have shared questions from the test. 

The best they could do was had me an empty answer sheet and say good-luck.  I had fifteen minutes, which was just enough time to color in every ‘c’ answer throughout the entire exam.

Do not believe this!  (I know from experience)

The rumor that “c” answers are correct more often than not, is simply not true.  I failed the test and squeeked by my marketing class with a C-.  I did not graduate with high honors as I expected I would but, I did still manage to graduate and that’s a good thing.
 
Now, of course, it doesn’t really matter.  I didn’t miss out on any jobs because of that marketing grade that I know of.  And actually, the first job I was hired for as an accountant, was by an ex-football player who liked the fact that I had worked food service at a previous Super Bowl.
 

In my heart, I will always be a "spartan"

In my heart, I will always be a "spartan"

I was totally devastated when I missed that final.   I had restarted my college career as a mother and a “non-traditional student”, paying for the whole thing myself and working two jobs.   At the time, it seemed like an unjust ending to a Cinderella story and it put a damper on the graduation party, though the midget stripper did cheer me up.  (Yes, you read that right)

I feel differently now – actually, just the opposite.  Matter of fact, it makes for a great story.