Tuesday, August 19, 2008


No, not me. I'm referring to the atrocity that occurred in the women's uneven bar event finals. I normally do not become quite as passionate as my dear sister when it comes to matters which do not personally affect me. However, I'm willing to allow myself to make an exception in this case.

For those of you who have not been paying attention to the greatest TV event ever, otherwise known as the 2008 Summer Olympics, you've been missing some incredible feats of athleticism. I've become enraptured with this year's games, and urge you to tune in if you haven't already.

Anyway, on to my point...over the past week or so, the U.S. women's gymnastics team has competed in prelims, team finals, individual all-around and event finals. Throughout these events, despite phenomenal performances, we (yes, as an American citizen, I consider myself an integral part of this) have repeatedly been underscored and blackballed. I've been able to overlook these indescretions, but after last night's seemingly deliberate debaucle, I am no longer able to ignore the superfluous errors that continue to plague the gymnastics competition. In yesterday's Olympic coverage, Nastia Liukin (the current Olympic champion, mind you) competed in the uneven bar event finals against the seemingly perfect, (according to the corrupt and defunct judging) underaged Chinese gymnasts. Although she tied for the highest score in the event (even though she clearly outperformed her competitors), she was not awarded the gold medal. Instead, a ridiculous tie-breaking formula was inputed to break the tie, which resulted in Nastia receiving a silver medal. She was ROBBED! What kind of operation are these people running? Who do they think they are fooling? Well, I tell you this, they're not fooling this girl! Their continuing bias in favor of the Chinese gymnasts has officially gone too far! This is an outrage and I can only hope our coaches are challenging this decision...and with that, I shall end my diatribe.

Friday, August 8, 2008

5 songs I'm embarassed to admit I like...

I got tagged by Brooke to publish this post. Here are the rules:

Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that you like and tell why.
Tag 5 people at the end of post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So...let the mortification commence.

#1. "I'm Leavin'" sung by Jesse McCartney - I'm particularly embarassed when I sing the incredibly articulate refrain (if you could even call it that) which consists of "no stress, no stress, no stress, girl you deserve nothin' but the best, no stress, no stress, no stress...yeah, that's a lot of stressing!

#2. "You Oughtta Know" sung by the intensely bitter Alanis Morisette - I don't know why, but anytime this song comes on, you can bet I'll be singing along at the top of my lungs like the scorned lover that I am clearly NOT...ha ha.

#3. "Fergilicious" sung by Fergie Ferg - I honestly can't believe someone actually had the audacity to label themselves as such, but I can't help myself from belting out the empowering lyrics..."My body's stayin' vicious. I be up in the gym just workin' on my fitness. He's my witness." Yeah, those are some powerfully insightful and truly riveting lyrics! I hope you catch my subtle sarcastic undertone.

#4. "Tainted Love"...gosh, who sings that? It is by far one of my favorite songs to warm up to when taking dance classes. I get so into it, and yeah, it's pretty embarassing.

#5. "Way Back Into Love" sung by Hugh Grant and the pop singer in the movie Music & Lyrics. Yes, if Hugh Grant is singing, it has to be shameful...and I happen to love the cheesiness of it all!

So, there you have it. I could go on and on with this list, but I will stop myself at 5 as instructed by the tag. Please comment on your shameful secrets...as it applies to songs. I don't want to know the sordid details of your love life.