“Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace and Music”

As a requirement for one of my classes I had to watch the movie “Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace and Music.” Not only was I looking forward to the music but I couldn’t wait to see the people who actually went and made this little festival the biggest peace gathering in the history of the 20th century. I watched the movie earlier this week and to be honest, I needed some time to really think about what I had just witnessed. It was interesting listening to the people in the crowd talk about why they were there. It was even more interesting to hear what the people of the town had to say about the festival in general. Adults that you would think would hate everything about a bunch of teenagers to young adults making their town a disaster area, actually had nothing bad to say about the people and the festival. Watching this movie and knowing the history of the time before hand, it surprises me how true the turn of phrase, “History repeats itself” holds up. Maybe the specific details of the history have altered in some way, shape or form but most of the meanings can be compared to the cultural issues of today. Moving on…

After having enough time to think about the movie and how I felt about what had just happened, I decided that there was only one true way that I felt. Disappointed, NOT at the movie at all but at my generation. That’s right, I said MY GENERATION. When you watch something that was so significant in making social and political change happen it makes you really think about what you’ve witnessed in your life and what you might have contributed to. My generation is responsible for the beginning of horrific entertainment and disgusting manners. Oh and being PC of course. Watching all those 400,000+ people come together in complete peace was uplifting and inspiring. Could my generation do that? HELL NO. 400,000+ teenagers and young adults of my generation coming together on 10-12 acres of land for 3 days with no expectations? We’d have a better chance if parents were a requirement. Even then there’d be fights, arguing and hurting each other before we’d make it through the first afternoon. Maybe I’m not giving my generation enough credit but when you come from the people responsible for having amusement parks torn down because of gang fights, there’s not much more you can hope for. However, I would LOVE to see something like Woodstock happen again. Where no one made a profit, everyone was there for the same cause and no one even mentions the word “violence.”

The performances from the movie were all wonderful but the one that got me the most would have to be Jimi Hendrix. Or to be more specific, Jimi Hendrix playing the national anthem. I HAVE to say that watching him play the national anthem was FAR more stupendous than anything I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen someone so animated become so humble and respectful while playing our countries song. I don’t care what anyone says, it was the BEST version of the song I’ve ever heard and ever will hear.

In closing I’d simply like to say, I’m sorry. On behalf of my generation, I’m sorry that we haven’t made many significant changes and that the ones we have, have ended in blood and tears. What a thing to live up to…

The Year End Review – 2012

So today is the last day of 2012, ARE YOU READY FOR 2013? That’s when you say, HELL NO. Well, there’s lots that went down and lots that shouldn’t have come anyway near us this past year. To sum up as quickly and painless as possible, I’m going to give you EVERYTHING that has happened this past year. Put on your reading glasses and catch yourself up in “LUDICROUS SPEED.” (If you don’t get that reference, you have stumble upon the wrong website and should go find prettykitties.com)

The Supreme Court fights against Fox TV for “indecency.” I actually forgot this happened. The cross dressing tv show “Work It” got cancelled. I’m suddenly remembering why this show got cancelled. The IFPI claimed that delays to the Digital Economy Act were the reasons for piracy still being high. Yea and it had nothing to do with people being tight asses. DC Comics brings back Watchmen as “Before Watchmen.”  I wonder whatever happened with that. Barnes and Noble Bans Amazon Books.  Yea cause that really hurt Amazon. Vicente Fernandez announced his retirement. Only to retire in 2013. Wii announces the Wii U. Released in the fall. JK Rowling announces new book for adults. I saw when it was released, then it disappeared into the universe. Dr. Seuss turned 108. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  The Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th anniversary. Damn those guys are OLD.  “The Rock” makes his comeback. This happened as quickly as it ended.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Gun’s N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces and Faces. Epic Concert. Pepsi and Twitter join forces. Concerts on youtube is genius. The Vatican denounces a sex book written by a nun. This story still makes me laugh. TomKat gets a divorce. All of America was waiting for this. “Meet the Dictionary’s New Words.” And they don’t all start of the letter ‘r.’ Wonder Woman and Superman set to become a couple. Only DC Comics. Bin Laden is killed. And then we tell them how we did it. Real smart folks Randy Newman writes, “I’m dreaming of a white president.”  Still makes me laugh every time I read about it. Who’s apart of the 47%?  ME!!! Matthew Perry returns to NBC with “Go On.”  It’s not just for the crazies. Disney buys Star WARS. Problem or good times? The wicked tale of “Standards and Practices.” Stupid TV politics.  Obama wins presidency. I voted. Channing Tatum is reported “sexiest man alive” by People magazine. Yea yea yea. NBC announces “The Sound of Music” revamp for TV only has Carrie Underwood as lead female role Maria. So not making people happy. People begin to blame the fine arts for the shooting in Newtown, CT. Because they are stupid. 

Legends we lost: Dick Clark, Ann Rutherford, Marvin Hamlisch, Ron Palillo, Michael Clark Duncan, Jenni Rivera, Larry Hagman, Etta James, Don Cornelius, Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, Donald Dunn, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Kathryn Joosten, Richard Dawson, Nora Ephron, Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine, Neil Armstrong, Andy Williams, Dave Brubeck and so many more.

What did you think of the 2012 year? Was it good to you?

The Sexiest Man Alive

Would it be wrong of me to say I was slightly disappointed in this decision??? Okay, okay. Yes, Channing Tatum was… like woah in “Magic Mike” and yea, he’s got his moments of ridiculously sexy appearances, but really? Nothing against him, seriously. He is attractive, he can definitely get any straight woman’s blood pumpin’ but can you really say that he is the sexiest man alive? I think what’s killin’ me the most is the “alive” part of this title. For some reason, I’m coming up with a list of men that seem more like possible candidates.

For example: Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Leonard DiCaprio, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Alex O’Loughlin, Gerard Butler, Blair Underwood, Shemar Moore, Taye Diggs, Joe Magliano, Apolo Ohno, Tim McGraw, Vin Diesel, William Levy, Antonio Banderas, Andy Garcia, Simon Baker, Adam Brody, Joe Mazzello, Patrick Wilson, and David Boreanaz. Really, my list could go on for days but I feel that would be rude in some way shape or form.

But alas, I must bid a big congratulations to the actor simply because, well… he won. And at the end of the day he was voted on fair and square. Here’s what Tatum had to say about his win. “My first thought was, ‘Y’all are messing with me. I told Jenna {wife} after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked. She was like, ‘What?'”

I think the one things for sure. In my dictionary sexiness really is like wine. It only gets better with age.

The Tale of “Jack of the Lantern”

Ever wonder why it is that we crave creepy and scary faces into pumpkins for Halloween? Look no further!! I have the answer for you right here dear students and friends. Now sit around while I tell you the “Legend of Stingy Jack.” According to this Irish myth there was a man nicknamed Stingy Jack who once had a drink with the Devil. He ends up “convincing” the Devil to pay for the drinks by turning himself into money. Once the Devil did so, Jack  decided to kept the money and held it by a silver cross to stop the Devil from returning to is original form. Jack stated that he would release the Devil only if he promised not to bother Jack for one year and that if he should die, he would not claim his soul. Naturally, the Devil was released. The following year, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing a tree to pick fruit. While the Devil was in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the bark forcing the Devil to promise not to bother Jack for another 10 years. Jack died soon after and was turned away both the Devil and by God. But the Devil gave Jack a piece of burning coal to light his way through the darkness. Jack placed the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to him as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then “Jack O’Lantern.” As the story grew people carved Jack O’Lanterns and placed them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other evil spirits. Carving pumpkins only began once the tradition took place here in America since it was easier to carve.

Once Upon a Halloween…

I realize that I’m a WHOLE two days late but the season is still in the air and I know that EVERYONE wants to know everything possible about their favorite spooky holiday. Every Halloween comes and goes faster than the last and with every year the holiday becomes more and more popular across American college students. Whether its the costumes or the parties, students fallen in love. But how, fellow students, did this holiday come to be.

Apparently the very thought of Halloween is over 2,000 years old. It goes back to the Celts when they used to celebrate the new year on November 1st. It marked the last day of summer and what they called the first day of darkness. The Celts believed that the night before the new year the ghosts of the dead returned to earth to cause trouble and damage crops. This became known as the Festival of Samhain. The Celts also believed that during this time the presence of otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids or Celtic Priests to make predictions about the future. The Druids would build sacred bonfires and the Celts wore costumes.
After the Roman Empire conquered Celtic territory, many of the Roman traditions began to meld with the Celtic ones. The Romans had two festivals at the end of October. One to commemorate the passing of the dead, the other to honor the Roman goddess, Pomona, of fruit and trees. Her symbol is the apple. And so bobbing for apples was born.

By 609 AD Pope Boniface IV dedicated May 13 as all Christian Martyrs Day. It wasn’t until Pope Gregory III that this day became known as All Saints Day and was moved to being celebrated on November 1st. By 1000 AD November 2nd was declared All Souls Day and was celebrated in much the same way as the Celtic Festival of Samhain. All Saints Day was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas and the night before, the traditional Celtic Festival of Samhain became known as All-hallows Eve.

When Halloween first started in the colonies, it wasn’t very popular outside of Maryland. Their celebrations included “play parties,” public events, sharing stories of the dead, telling each other’s fortunes, and dancing and singing. What we call Halloween now didn’t come into existence until the holiday hit America and spread like wide-fire with the immigrants of the mid 19th century. By the 20’s and 30’s Halloween became the secular holiday we all now know and love. Trick or Treating slowly became more and popular between the 20’s and 50’s. Not only did families use this as a way to build relationships within their community but they also used it as a way to avoid having tricks played on them. It would soon be known as the American tradition added to the old Celtic Festival of Samhain.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

The time: October. The color: Pink. The guest: Fighters & Survivors. Although it’s not my favorite color in the world it has come into my life for the past year in a BIG way. Cancer has impacted more than 1 and 3 people in a life time with that stat growing every year; the top three of the cancers being Non-melanoma, Lung Cancer and Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer has affected 12% of women, killing 115 women world-wide in one day. That’s 1 woman every 15 minutes. While it has affected every average sally, the cause has spread like wide fire over the past decade to bring it to the fore front of the entertainment industry as well. Entertainers affected by breast cancer include: Sheryl Crow, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newtown-John, Melissa Etheridge, Cynthia Nixon, Edie Falco, Robin Roberts, and Christina Applegate.

So Why Pink? The pink ribbon was first used by the Susan G. Komen Organization in 1991 and was adopted by National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the following year. The ribbon represents fear, hope and goodness of people who support the breast cancer movement. Although the ribbon is commonly known for the cause, it also symbolizes  goodwill towards women in general.

There have been several sources in my research that lead me to people who don’t find BCAM all that… well they think it’s a sad excuse to attempt to coerce people into buying things with a pink ribbon claiming it will help breast cancer victims. Well… I just have one thing to say about this: BCAM isn’t about getting people to buy things, it’s about educating women about something that could affect them regardless of their knowledge of it. “The best protection is early detection.” Educate yourself, talk to your doctors and make sure that you don’t become easily misguided.

Make sure that if you’re interested in bringing an end to breast cancer to donate at Susan G. Koman for the Cure or the American Cancer Society. Separate we may fall but together we are STRONG.

Love Latinos Month!

That’s right, I said it! It’s Love Latinos Month! I’m renaming it. It sounds so much better than Hispanic Heritage Month. Technically the celebration doesn’t really start until this weekend, Sept 15th, but no one pays much attention to specific dates. No lie, the reason why they picked September is because so many Latin countries declared their independence during the month of September. Actually it’s over a week in September but President Reagan changed it to a month-long celebration in 1988. Really just giving Latinos and everyone else an excuse to have fiestas and pachangas for 30 days instead of 7. The countries included in this celebration are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile. It may not read like it’s a lot of countries, but I promise it is.

The whole point of this month is for people to recognize contributions of “Hispanic and Latino Americans” to the US as well as celebrating the heritage and culture. This PC excuse to celebrate has really just turned into an excuse for people to eat “Hispanic” food and thank us for the invention of Tequila and Rum. Am I angry about this? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I’m damn proud of my Latin ethnicity and definitely think that a month dedicated to loving us is necessary and awesome. Just remember these important tips: Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence day, White Rice and Black Beans are called Cristianos y Moros (Christians and Moors), the worm is full of protein, Plantains are NOT bananas (so don’t try to eat it like one), and NEVER keep a Latino from our food when we’re hungry. It won’t end well.

So during this Hispanic Heritage Month give a Latino some love. We don’t bite unless we’re hungry.