Thursday, May 24, 2012

John Mayer Sings 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to Potential Lady Love, Falls Flat

John Mayer Sings 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to Potential Lady Love, Falls Flat

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Who The Heck is Ariana Grande?!

Ariana Grande. You see her trending on Twitter pretty constantly - but if you're under 30, chances are, you have no idea who she is, right? Well, I'm here to tell you, she stars on the Nickelodeon show 'Victorious' and apparently has a gazillion followers on Twitter. And since I've been writing entertainment news, I've definitely learned enough about her...probably more than enough. Long story short: Ariana Grande's hot stuff, and getting hotter by the minute.

Today, Ariana Grande was set to debut a brand spanking new original song during an appearance in Illinois, so naturally Twitter lit up with mentions of "Good Luck!"

Say what you want, but these teen stars sure have some supportive fans.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kim Kardashian Gets a Brand New Car That Costs How Much?!

Kim Kardashian's got a new Ferrari. Kim K's fleet of cars continues to grow, and it's an impressive one. Her latest purchase is a very hot looking, very rare 458 Italia Ferrari in white. And yes, it's a beauty. Does she need to start thinking about getting a bigger garage? Perhaps a better question: Will Kim's new hubby, Kris Humphries, be allowed to drive the flashy new car?

According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian picked up her brand new sports car from a high-end dealership in Los Angeles, California, this week. This car is super-sleek and super expensive. How much? It's valued at around $325,000! Maybe that new garage expansion should also include an armed guard and round-the-clock surveillance. Kim K's Ferrari will have some good company, too: She already owns a Rolls Royce Ghost and a tricked-out Range Rover.

A car for every mood, Kimmy? Perhaps Kim Kardashian should invest in a convertible sports car next, though that would mean having messy hair in all of those paparazzi photos.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dear Everyone: Thank you.

The Tuscaloosa tornado on April 27, 2011, heavily damaged my father's primary home, in the Arcadia neighborhood, and devastated several of his rental homes near Holt. The destruction, as many have noted, is overwhelming - even after seeing it daily for nearly two weeks now. In my experience, you don't ever get used to it. At this point, each day I'm stuck with my heart in my stomach as I drive the now unfamiliar route to my dad's house to help with cleanup. I keep wondering when, and if, I'll ever be able to lay eyes on these hard hit areas and not feel physically sick. It'll be a while.

My experiences with all of the volunteers streaming into Tuscaloosa is two-fold: I've worked anywhere I can to help: at the Belk Center, a temporary shelter for those left homeless after the storm. There, I saw first hand how this storm has left so many with absolutely nothing. I'm no expert volunteer, but I've learned that sometimes, a smile, an ear and a hot cup of coffee can do wonders - at least short term. I also learned that the Red Cross volunteers are among the hardest working, most diligent people I have ever had the privilege to know. When I'm there, I'm in the presence of heroes.

I mentioned a two-fold volunteer experience, so let's get to that. My dad's Arcadia house was/is a total wreck. Not just tree damage - tons of structural issues as well. So much so that there's no way we could even begin clearing/cleaning up on our own. Then, a knock on the door: A small army of volunteers from a church in Elba staring back. "What do you need? We have chainsaws." I can't tell you what a welcome sight that group was to our sore, tired eyes (and bodies). My dad already has a massive cut down the side of his face from trying to clear the trees on his own...just to make it possible to get into part of the house. He's no spring chicken (sorry dad but it is true), and I worry constantly he'll try to do too much. Well, that's all fixed now. In one (long) afternoon, this group of dedicated volunteers, young and old, managed to cut, remove and clean up so much of what The Monster left in ruins. Thanks to their efforts, we hope that soon the utilities can be restored and repairs can truly begin on the roof and on rebuilding the 1/4 of the house that was demolished.

I cannot begin to thank that group enough for what they did last weekend. The image of my father "holding court" among that group, explaining what needed to be done and how to do it (LOL trust me, he always has a plan and will tell you in GREAT detail what he wants) is forever burned in my brain.

Another thank you is in order for those working with Samaritan's Purse. Apparently my dad's dog, BB the Wonder Hound (I am now convinced this is his 'grandchild'), managed to slip away from the house while they were working. BB went on a huge adventure, winding his long Basset Hound body through the debris and eventually finding his way to a food station manned by these lovely volunteers. They checked his collar and called dad immediately, saying "Oh no, he's fine, he's just enjoying some hamburgers. We'll hang on to him until you get here..." So thank you. BB also thanks you, as I have no doubt those burgers lifted his doggy spirits significantly.

I've never in my life been more proud to live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I've also never been more proud of my friends - everyone is finding a way to help, no matter where they live or how much time they have to contribute. Every. Single. Person. From the grassroots groups to the Red Cross, I'm seeing everyone make things happen. All day, every day.

Keep it up T-Town. Each time you see the destruction as you're out working, remember that you are doing all that you can to make a difference. Together, we will get there...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Just Because I Can - Top 5 Dead Show

Those of you who know me well realize that I'm not just a Springsteen fanatic. No no, I'm much more than that. I'm also a former Deadhead. Well, are you ever a former Deadhead? Whatever the case, I've been revisiting my youth for weeks now - I do this each spring, it seems, as that's when we did the most Dead touring. I wish we'd done even more. This March 29, 1990 show from Nassau Colesium remains one of my favorite Dead shows ever. Second set featured Branford Marsalis (Eyes, Eyes, EYES) but honestly, the FIRST set gets overlooked far too often. Effing TIGHT ass start with Jack Straw/Bertha and man I love Brent Mydland's We Can Run. And Masterpiece?

Happy Spring Ya'll.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Blount Punch Video

Oregon Ducks RB LeGarrette Blount should be kicked OFF the team for this sucker punch of Boise State player Byron Hout. Unreal. I'm not sure what has me angrier - the fact that he punched a player OR that he went after fans in the stands.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Hurricane Jimena Projected Path

This is getting really frightening. The latest recon info shows Hurricane Jimena is getting stronger and stronger as it bears down on Mexico and Baja, California. As in, almost a category five at the time of this writing. A FIVE. Winds were somewhere near 155 mph (sustained) and the pressure has dropped dramatically since this morning - now at 931mb, down from 940mb. Fellow hurricane followers, you know this means big, big trouble.

Hurricane Jimena's current projected path takes this extremely dangerous storm straight for Mexico's Baja peninsula within the next 36 hours.