why ask why me?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

things that make me go huummmm

That's right, ladies & gents... it's another installment of "horrid-scope sunday" here at whyaskwhyme....

as usual, i take horoscopes w/ a grain of salt... but in this case, since this is how i have always viewed relationships, i will just wait & see...

You thought this friendship was on its last legs, but you two get a second wind when you least expect it. The truth is there's no need to be so black-and-white about relationship matters. Wait things out.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

i'm stealing too

i first saw it done by dirk, then by me, and then by jenn.... so lets see what i can come up with:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

The finger rubbed her. It was slick with oil. She couldn't help herself.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

forgiveness vs. forgetting......

**before i get 87 people telling me the same thing as cappy - i KNOW that the article i am responding to is a common occurance, but for some reason, today it gave me a bit of a kick and made me think**

you all know i am Jewish.... those of you who have memories like vices know that i am not the most religious.... however - i DO know my cultural history

one of the most memorable conversations i had in sunday school was with a rabbi, who came to my small town to live

one reason this was so memorable was that we had this conversation in private. we were talking about the holocaust... many of my classmates understood that it was a big deal, but they just didn't get it (granted we were only 8 or 9 years old)... but what made it such a big issue for me was that i remembered my great-grandmother, who had survived Auschwitz and she had an identification number on the inside of her wrist. I wanted to know MUCH more than they did - & evidently i displayed enough maturity that he was willing to do this with me

Rabbi had also survived the concentration camps as a young boy.... he showed me his "number" tattooed on his inner wrist.... he answered my questions

when we were finishing our discussion he looked at me long and hard.... i can still see his dark eyes, a bit glazed over as he remembered the past over his white beard

and then he told me the following:

FORGIVE, but NEVER FORGET

he told me to forgive the german people as a whole - as many of them were NOT NAZI supporters... he attributed his survival to the many germans who helped him to stay alive... additionally, although there are still people who agree with nazi principals, not all of them are german... but more importantly, he said you should never blame someone for what their forefathers believed or did

ok, so where am i going with this story....

i was taken aback this morning when i read the first line of this story: Israel Adds 2 Nuclear-Capable Submarines With the purchase of two more German-made

WHAT?????? i am sure i have, on occasion, purchased items made in german or made w/ parts made in germany

but i NEVER though i would live to see the day that, not only does Israel buy subs made by germans, but GERMANY IS FOOTING 1/3rd of the $1.3 BILLION cost!

Forgive, but NEVER forget echoes through my mind as i think of what an amazing change this is from 60 years ago

is this a case of an apology payoff? is this good faith? or does the new germany agree that the Israeli state has a right to protect itself from those who want to harm her and they truly want to help?

and then i wonder, who else is germany supporting with weapons?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Failure

Today is an interactive blog


1- Go to www.Google.com

2- Type in Failure

3- Look at the first listing and laugh at what comes up first

4- Tell other people before the people at Google Fix it

Sunday, August 20, 2006

horrid-scope sunday

Are you being pushed beyond your comfort zone at work or home? Retreat to a private corner, gather up some cozy slippers and do whatever it takes to get into deep-thinking mode. You'll work it out.

reading this would have been a lot more helpful if i had read it BEFORE i left the house today - if i had, i wouldnt have ever gotten out my pj's, which inturn means i might not have pissed anyone off

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Friday, August 18, 2006

a new low

my age: 29

my dating status: crapola

my friday night dinner: easy mac


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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

the KING is dead, or IS he????

i admit, i do not own a velvet elvis, nor a pair of blue suede shoes... ok, i don't even own any of his music...

but i do recognize that for millions of you, today is either a day of mourning or, a day of speculation - is he REALLY gone??

for those of you who haven't had the opportunity to celebrate elvis today, these are for you:

Only you
Can make all this world seem right,
Only you
Can make the darkness bright,
Only you, and you alone
Can thrill me like you do
And do fill my heart with love for only you.
Only you
Can make all this change in me,
For it's true
You are my destiny.
When you hold my hand, I understand
The magic that you do,
You're my dream come true,
My one and only you.
Only you
Can make all this change in me,
For it's true
You are my destiny.
When you hold my hand, I understand
The magic that you do,
You're my dream come true,
My one and only you.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

you know it's.....

a bad movie when you fall asleep before the first set of ads....

gigli

DON'T EVEN BOTHER on a BORING WEEKEND!!!

i was bored, i had already numbed my brain in the sun... i don't know why i tivoed it off of TNT (or when) but i did, so i figured, what the heck - it's just some mind candy

OMG - i LITERALLY was asleep 10 minutes in.


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a fun movie

drumline

even when you watch are watching it on TNT w/ the ads

even though i have watched this movie multiple times, i still didn't answer the phone during the band scenes

don't get me wrong - i was NEVER a band geek (my music was more along the lines of classical - i know, even worse)... i think this movie pulls me with the choreography

WORTH watching till credits


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span style="color:#993300;">a phenomenal movie

remember the titans

i don't know how many times i have watched this movie

it STILL makes me cry

and i will STILL watch it, even w/ adds

this one will be around for years!

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Friday, August 11, 2006

*YAWN*

today i see the end of my summer "fun" in my almost immediate future...for those of you in the education world, you know EXACTLY what i mean...

i am one of those people who needs to be BUSY and i have NOT had much of that lately (a few trips, and some summer school teaching, but that is it)....none of it has been mind boggling - some has even been mind NUMBING

so today i have spent lounging on my deck, reading some cheesy chick lit & e-mailing "og" (you know who you are girl), enjoying the perfect breezes and i realized that in 2 or so weeks it will be all gone...

so i if i am not around for a few days, don't worry - i'm just enjoying the end of my first summer vacation in YEARS

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

7 things i cook best

Food - it is such an integral part of our lives.

Every family gathering in my life has revolved around food....This past weekend was no exception - a bunch of family met to catch up and of course we had HUGE family meals that lasted for a few hours....

The traditional "Jewish" brunch if you are from the NY area is: bagels, cream cheese, lox (smoked salmon), & white fish... some like to add tomatoes, others lettuce, some like smoked herring, others like sliced onion.

Oh, and lots and LOTS of COFFEE.... ok, tea too.... and don't forget the battle of the oj vs apple juice.....

Now, this is a meal i can put together w/o a problem...

Other meals, that is where things get interesting...

A few years ago, i worked in a job where i had to prepare meals for a large group of individuals on a daily basis - some were clients, others were co-workers - EVERY NIGHT i was complimented, asked for recipes, even asked to "teach" others how to make my meals...

unfortunately, i now cannot cook for one. So until i have a family, it is cereal, sandwhiches, microwave meals, salads, and an occasional steak on the grill...

So today i decided to share with you my culinary expertise, so check out this weeks 7's list: 7 things i "cook" best

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Post Secret

I know a lot of you have checked out Post Secret. For those of you who haven't been there, or checked it out recently, go this week (7/6/06 - 7/12/06) and read the "letters" at the bottom....

Every Sunday there are new secrets posted. I curl up w/ my cup of tea & blog thru my morning while i watch the news shows... But i always end w/ secrets... I have been moved to laughter, tears, and self-reflection on a weekly basis - this weeks letters really moved me...

SO, instead of a trite message or a "meme" or a joke, i urge you to take a minute and check it out today. Maybe it will become a weekly stop in your life too.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Names

over the last few months i have read a number of posts about names...

jewish tradition says that you don't name a child after someone who is alive, but a loved relative who has passed - hence, i was named after my mom's grandmother

at some point or another i have researched the meaning of my name... lets just leave it at my name was derived from a kings name, was feminized, and is a "strong" name

some names have meaning, some are made up - such as those in inner cities that start w/ "la'______" and "sound neat" to the parents who created it...

then there are our porn names, which has many formulas... my 2 favorite are "your first pet & first street names" making me "annie 23rd" or "your first pet & mom's maiden name" making me "annie brown".... neither seems porn inspiring to me.. but what do i know...

earlier today i was bored, so i was randomly reading blogs and i found a quiz to find out your pirate name



My pirate name is:


Mad Ethel Flint



Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network


so what does your name say about you???

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MTV

where were you 25 years ago today? i admit, i was only 4 years old. below are some of the wonderful additions to our fabulous lives due to MTV - and where i was at the time (taken from the above linked article)

i was at my grandparents with my dad watching MTV!!! I am one of the few, the proud, and the "lucky" to have seen:

1. THE DEBUT: Aug. 1, 1981. The first video? The slyly prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the now-forgotten Buggles. Only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. Sometimes the screen would go black when someone at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR. Within a few years, millions of kids demanded their parents buy cable so they could see MTV. Along with CNN, it led TV's transition out of the three-channel world. "This was the fuse that lit the cable explosion," said Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.

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We HAVE CABLE!!! i was six, and we were the proud "owners" of the slide box cable box.. it had all the channels listed, it was white plastic with a fake wood sticker on top, and you slid the slider to the channel of interest - and then you nudged the tuner wheel to bring the channel into the sharpest focus possible

2. BEAT IT: March 31, 1983. Michael Jackson becomes the first black artist with a video on MTV. The segregation was MTV's early shame, ironic considering its later role in popularizing rap. And the early snub wasn't forgotten: "You don't have all of music television when you are leaving things out," says Los Lonely Boys singer Henry Garza.

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Can you say: at almost 7, i knew this was fake, but something about it bothered me, even back then.... i watched it on a wall sized projection tv at my best friends house

3. THRILLER: Dec. 2, 1983. Less a video than a 14-minute mini-movie with Vincent Price, ghouls and goblins, the premiere of Jackson's "Thriller" was an event. MTV gave it a set time on the schedule — several, even. It was the apotheosis of the idea of music videos as an art form. With director John Landis involved, it also was proof that Hollywood's finest weren't looking down upon what are essentially promo clips.

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What were my parents thinking letting me watch this?? who knows, but i DID!!

4. MADONNA BUSTS OUT: Sept. 14, 1984. Performing "Like a Virgin" at the first Video Music Awards, Madonna popped out of a cake dressed in a wedding gown and writhed through her hit. At that moment, Madonna became a superstar, put the VMAs on the map and set an enduring tone. Who cares about those ugly "moon man" trophies? What matters is making the audience gasp.

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8 years old and singing along... did i KNOW what the words ment..... hummmm, possibly

5. MONEY FOR NOTHING: 1985. The Dire Straits song was about MTV, mocked MTV and became the band's biggest hit because of MTV. It was one of the first videos to feature computer animation, and Sting made a clever cameo echoing his role in iconic "I want my MTV" ads. The rules for music stardom had changed. Being photogenic was now crucial; an eye-catching video made hits. "It was America's first national radio network," says record executive Phil Quartararo.

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WHERE DID MY VIDEOS GO?!?

6. BYE-BYE VJs: Original video jock J.J. Jackson's contract expired in 1985. Nina Blackwood followed him out the next year and so did Martha Quinn, breaking the hearts of countless teenage boys. Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman were next. Only Adam Curry lasted into the '90s. MTV refused to follow its aging first fans, courting teens instead. It also realized that airing videos was a dead end and began aggressively developing other programming. Those were probably the most important financial decisions MTV ever made.

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BRASS MONKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! - yeah, i was 9... it was on right after i got home from school... and I LOVED IT!

7. RAP BLASTS OFF: Aug. 6, 1986. It's no coincidence that "Yo! MTV Raps!" premiered about the same time rap started becoming the dominant music form for young America. Hip white kids like Rick Rubin or the Beastie Boys may have loved rap before, but "Yo! MTV Raps!" brought it into every suburban living room. "Going from the network that was called on the carpet for not having blacks to this was a huge leap, and it was the right one for MTV," says Christina Norman, MTV's first black president.

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I am a freshman in high school - so yeah, i got the CD - never really got into the whole grunge look - but still.....

8. ENTER GRUNGE: Sept. 29, 1991: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video killed the hair metal scene and signaled the ascendancy of grunge. The images themselves were an arresting accent, with the tattooed cheerleaders and what seemed like an underwater pep rally in a dank gymnasium. "The band, the sound and the imagery in the video was sort of a breath of fresh air — or a scream," said MTV series development guru Tony DiSanto.

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ - but i DID fall in love w/ clapton and proceeded to buy lots of his music

9. CLAPTON UNPLUGGED: March 11, 1992. Only the most desperate of fading 1980s bands — Nuclear Valdez, Squeeze, the Alarm — responded to MTV's first requests to show off their acoustic chops. But fans responded to the intimacy and stars soon lined up: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen (who got nervous and insisted on an electric guitar) — and Eric Clapton, in his first performance since his son died after falling from a skyscraper window. "Everybody who was there felt something special was going on," says Van Toffler, president of MTV's music services. Clapton had to be talked into releasing the show on CD, and it became his biggest-selling album.

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he he he he he, and this is how i spent my junior & senior year in high school

10. HEH-HEH. COOL: March 24, 1994: Who'd have thunk that "Beavis and Butt-head" would make the cover of Rolling Stone? When Toffler received a pilot tape of two adolescent cartoon characters playing baseball with a frog, he watched it nearly 100 times. "You have a feeling in your bones that there's something different about it that's unique and it will either flop miserably or succeed brilliantly." It was stupid, gross-out humor — but many older people secretly wished they could act that way.

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They made living in NYC look SO COOL & EASY

11. REALITY BITES: June 23, 1994. It's hard to recall a time when setting up a group of strangers in a camera-filled home was a new idea. But the 1992 debut of "The Real World" "invented reality TV," says Thompson. "It's absolutely ground zero." And the inclusion of Pedro Zamora, who was gay and soon to die of AIDS, in the 1994 season did more to promote tolerance than hundreds of public service announcements. "It was probably the most riveting piece of television I had ever seen," says Brian Graden, then a young, gay man and now an MTV programming exec. "I had never seen someone like myself reflected back to me ... it really changed things for a whole generation of gay people."

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I admit, i was talked into watching THIS EPISODE - and i LOVED it - but after watching this one, i never got into the show.... maybe because i wished it was really happening?

12. ASHTON PUNKS JUSTIN: March 17, 2003. "Candid Camera" with an edge, the debut of Kutcher's series "Punk'd" had a crew posing as the "Tax Enforcement Agency" seizing Justin Timberlake's possessions after saying he owed $900,000 in back taxes. The title is now ensconced in the popular lexicon.

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Again, i was talked into watching.... and i laughed... sort of - but i'm still not sure why......and can we really be suprised they didn't stay together

13. CHICKEN OR TUNA?: Aug. 19, 2003. "Newlyweds" followed the telegenic Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey as they navigated marital bliss. They truly became famous when cameras caught Simpson confused by whether a can of Chicken of the Sea contained tuna. Presto! America had a new favorite dim blonde.

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*YAWNNNNNNNNNN*

14. THE KISS: Aug. 28, 2003. It was MTV's idea to bring back Madonna for a reprise of "Like a Virgin" for the 20th video music awards, and MTV's idea to pair her with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The open-mouthed kiss that she planted on the two young stars? That was pure Madonna, and it outranked the creepy Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley for most memorable kiss.

Those of you who stuck w/ me... thanks for going on a walk thru memory lane with me! What are yours?

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