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HCF- Ashley Graham, Would you hit that?

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Old news from last week. But to summarize... Ashley Graham starred in a Lane Bryant commercial that was pulled off a spot during the "family friendly" program Dancing with the Stars (ABC) and American Idol (FOX).  Accordingly to LB, the commercial was deemed too risque for that time slot.  It questions our ideals about beauty and what is too risque for Prime Time. Hypocritical, if you ask me, since Victoria Secret commercials air often, currently with the campaign The Nakeds Collection By Victoria’s Secret™

What really is the issue? The implication of what Ashley's character was going to do in her commercial or the ample amount of skin revealed?  Or is it just brilliant PR? I predict this will rocket Ashley Gram's modeling career and Lane Bryant sales. She's a bomb shell, IMHO.  Do you consider this HCF material; would ya hit that?

Warm Fuzzies

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In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in   Kenya  after graduating from University . 
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. 
He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. 
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. 
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. 
Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the   Chicago  Zoo with his teenage son. 
As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and 
walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. 
The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. 
The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man. 
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. 
Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. 
He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. 
The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs 
and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. 

Probably wasn't the same elephant. 

This is for everyone who sends me those heart-warming bullshit stories.

Great moments in Sports!-Can I slide this one by?

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H/T    http://www.atrueobamanation.blogspot.com/....I was compelled to post it. The goal is for government take over and to destroy Capitalism. Clicking on the link zoom in for text legibility. It's gone viral.


What Bug's You?-an open forum

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This year I have been plagued by Boxelder Bugs. Did you know that the Boxelder Bug is also known as the Democrat Bug? *Apparently, the term came about in the late 1800s in the upper Mississippi region, and spread, as a subtle insult to an "intrusive" political faction. Wordplay followed, and some substituted the word Democrat when talking about the pesky little bugs.  

Metaphorically, and literally, they have invaded my inner sanctum. These bugs been freeloading for months now, dying everywhere, and taking up room in my Dyson.  What the hell do these things eat anyway? I have to explain to house guests, that the boxelder bugs are not cockroaches, just a nuisance. Last night, I felt something crawling on my skin as I tried to fall asleep. In the dark, I took my fleece off, shook vigorously to shake “it” off and redressed. To no avail, I felt something crawling again. I repeated this process 3 times before I gave up, and fell asleep. Come morning, I found a live democrat bug nestled in my cleavage. (I feel kind of violated.) 

I'm a little biased when it comes to the Nicollet Island Inn.  Exactly a decade ago,  I hosted my wedding reception here. Dining here various times since, it serves as my litmus test. Here, my husband and I defined our phrase, "taste density(TD)." TD is the amount of pleasurable taste divided by bite (volume). Price is not variable in this equation. Although I'd prefer a tiny palm size portion of WOW for 50$ vrs. 12$ platter of filling tasteless "meh."  Imagine a 3.5" prime braised Rare medallion wrapped in bacon, drizzled with some awesome gourmet sauce(=high TD). One that possesses you embarrass yourself by trying to pry the recipe from the staff. Anybody ever tried this? Now think your average pasta dish at Buca di Beppo(=low TD).

Located adjacent to the landmark Hennepin Ave bridge, overlooking the Mississippi River, the Nicollet Island has never scored low in ambience. Parking will not be an issue. New to me, was an installed outdoor gas fireplace and the piano room. Live music plays on Saturdays. The tables are still on the outside patios, if your craving an after meal smoke. 

Now that's its back to school time, the media has been hammering warnings to students about the H1N1 Virus. But are we ignoring a more real threat?
Let's not forget informing our adolescents, and even pubescent kids about the hazards of unprotected sex. Despite what Clinton has proclaimed.....Oral Sex IS still sex. Emphasis YOU, Ben.
Chlamydia, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Gonorrhea, and HIV pose more health risks to our kids, this year, than the Swine Flu!*
•So when in doubt, tell your kids, "if it feels like a sin and you don't know where it's been...........don't..."
Below is a very effective video.  Note it "might" be NSFW-due to the fact Canadians produced it.


Some things about living in the MN Star and Tribune's hypothetical future community bothers me.
1) The "shared" vehicles which are "maintained" by the community and checked out by residents.
I want to know who left the gum under the front seat, and who let their cat piss in the back seat!? Last time went to use the community Smart Car the battery wasn’t fully charged before my reserved out of town trip. My association fees keep going up due to this “maintenance.” The valet is suppose to inspect the car and catch these problems before I get the car at my reserved time.

Public Announcement -Mad Men is Back!

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Either Lady L. or Margaret recommended MAD MEN, and now I’m an addicted. It's like a sophisticated soap opera- only the acting doesn't suck. Two common award winning themes seem to be, the reality behind the idea of the American Dream & gender role issues. I feel the Oscar nominated movie, Revolutionary Road echoed MAD MEN to a Tee. MAD MEN has won their share of emmys, as well.

The shows popularity can be attributed to the clever writing and the appeal to both sexes. Women can imagine themselves in the beautiful vintage fashions. The issues and conflicts, which the complex female characters face, are still relevant. As a woman, watching Mad Men's painted version "Male dominated world," doesn't offend me.  Instead, it instills an appreciation for the freedom and power women have gained since. And guys can live vicariously through the male characters; who wouldn't want a wife who looks like Betty Draper, an agreeable mistress like Joan Holloway, (who knows her place), or someone to "manage peoples expectations," for them?

The Sample Room -Anti-strib Restaurant review

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This was my 2nd trip to the Sample Room. My husband and I, first tried it entertaining an old out of town friend. This time, I decided to take my new boyfriend. I’m deemed his token Queer Deer, aka sugar momma. Since he's a decade behind me in years and earnings, dinner’s on me. On a perfect sunny late Saturday afternoon, there was no problem getting a table outside. Note that this restaurant doesn't take reservations; it gets more hoppin’ after 6PM.

via videosift.comIn regards to Ed's post "It's Simple!" I saw this and thought of Ed's post:


I tend to watch a lot of BBC. You can see the punch line a mile away, but it is witty and something we can all relate to. Perhaps you've met people like this? (Double click -it will direct you to the video, or paste the URL below.)


via videosift.com






Las Vegas June’09

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Last week was my fourth trip to Vegas.  Previously,  I’ve stayed at the Mirage,  and Caesars Palace. This time my choice was Mandalay Bay.* Because a great swimming Pool area is a foremost priority of mine.  I’m a water sign (Cancer) that naturally is at home in the water.  I also have the buoyancy and swim skills of a sea mammal, so drowning isn’t an issue-even after a cocktail or two.  A room key is required to access the pool areas. I loved the Beach wave pool.  But depending on the day, It can get over crowded with a rowdy, spring break like crowd, or rude people who steal your lounge chair. Go at 8 am opening to insure a spot. Fortunately, I was able to secure a front row lounger, next to a life guard post.  The wave pool’s deep 7+ft end was almost vacant except for me and two lap swimmers. Most people tended to crowd the shallow section where the waves break. There are also 2 additional smaller pools, a whirlpool, a lazy river, and Euro-style pool (topless & Speedo friendly).  I didn’t have time to check the latter out.


Getting from Here to There

My travel companions are my husband, old sorority BFF, and her future fiancé. We sleep overnight @ parents conveniently 8 minutes from the airport, so Dad can Taxi us all  for early nonstop flight. No delays @ the airport and all goes smoothly.  We arrive @ Noon and  grab a Taxi. The taxi cab system in Vegas is highly regulated and runs like a well oiled machine.  Our first driver is a charming Armenian gentleman with a beautiful accent. I inquire about the aquarium shark display at Mandalay Bay that my husband wants to see.  Is it an over priced tourist trap? ; how does it compare to Chicago's Sheffield Aquarium or MOA’s Underwater World?.   He honestly replies, that it is not impressive.  We cross that off our “to do list.”  He takes us to the nearest Liquor Store on the Strip.  Upon asking my party for their requests, our Armenian friend kiddingly quips in for some tequila.  Sarcasm is always lost on me, so I gift him with a  mini 10$ tip bottle of Patron. Then husband and the BFF’s fiancé both unknowingly gave the full gratuity as well. That cabbie made out like a bandit.  He did give great tourist advice, and pleasant, so no sweat.  In fact all the Vegas cabbies we encountered were well fluent in English, polite and efficient.  Another transportation mode available (new to me) on the Main strip is the Monorails.  One travels free of charge from the Luxor to the Excalibur.  Another runs  for 5$ per person from Bally's Casino to MGM.  Most of the strip was travelled on foot though.


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Here's my avatar-so far


Ben- I did see the one one on the fail blog#7.  No. 5 will be reworked. Below are the other options for an avatar, I considered. One is actually not a mouse but a weird small rodent called Jerboa. But hey-it looks like a cute mouse to me.

To all, feel free to voice which one you think  is the best option instead of my default one above.