Ryan Gosling is even more everywhere right now

This summer Ryan Gosling and I made a special connection, so I’m really happy about this backlash that People Magazine in facing for choosing Bradley Cooper as sexiest man alive.

The public has spoken, and the public is mad, and it’s starting a movement, and it’s not about the 1% or the 2% milk. It’s about RyGuy and why he was robbed of the prestigious title. I was going to call it the “Occupy me, Ryan” protests, but CNN more tastefully named it “Occupy Sexy,” so I’ll just go with that.

Anyway, as much as I love me some Ryan, I don’t know if I would call him the sexiest man alive. But he definitely beats Bradley and also he is just so in right now. If getting pregnant would get me famous, getting pregnant by Ryan Gosling would get me a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year. (“Occupy me, Ryan Gosling’s love child”?….too much?).

Watch these guys go:

Additional link: 63 Reasons Why Bradley Cooper Definitely Isn’t The Sexiest Man Alive

Get involved; make a vast difference in the world: The Pro-Gosling People Magazine Movement Facebook Page

Telling Target to suck it

- Thanksgiving in Nebraska? -

Some Target employee in Omaha got really pissed off this year when he got his schedule and saw that he had the overnight shift on Thanksgiving night. Not only did he think that was unfair because it’s a holiday and because it’s the anniversary of his proposal to his girlfriend, but he brought up a good point – Black Friday is dumb.

In an effort to kick start the most heinous shopping day of the year, Target, along with a ton of other stores, has decided to open on Thursday night. This guy got so angry that he started a petition on Change.org called “Tell Target to save Thanksgiving,” and it already has 152,828 supporters.

Personally, working on Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the worst thing for me because Thanksgiving is really lame and it will def. not include any marriage proposals for me this year. But regardless, I give this guy props for starting a movement. In some career paths (such as mine), irregular hours are just part of the deal – the news never sleeps after all. But if you are a part-time Target employee in Omaha Nebraska, I think it’s reasonable to complain about working an overnight shift on a holiday. Seriously, no one needs a discounted Swiffer duster SO badly that they can’t wait until morning.

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The bigger issue here, though, is how crazy people are. In general, people work too much – we are too stressed, and 24 hours a day has become way too short. I find myself going at high-speed everyday just to save as many minutes of the day as I can until I drop dead in my bed at night. And I don’t even have a family to take care of. I don’t have a solution for this – I know that’s just how the world turns – but we’re talking about a chain store here, which brings me to my next point: Black Friday.

Black Friday is the epitome of how crazy people are. First off, stores are working their employees to death and staying open all night to beat the competition. But it’s not their fault that they need to stay afloat; it’s the shoppers’ faults. Nobody in their right mind needs to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to wait in line for a flat screen TV no matter how cheap it is. Maybe we should all be like this guy and boycott the gimmicks – if you can sell a laptop at 90% off at 5 a.m. you should be able to sell it at 90% off at 10 a.m. too.

I hope Target listens to good old Anthony Hardwick and decides to forgo the whole Black Friday thing all together (like I do). Make bold moves, Target. Do it.

All the poor guy wants is to celebrate like they did in the Wonder Years, and wife up his lady.

- Oh Em Geee, I LOVE pans! -

Appreciation

Yesterday, while western Massachusetts was dealing with the aftermath of a freak tornado that killed 4 people and left towns in ruins (the world is definitely ending), just one state over in Connecticut we were enjoying a perfect June day.

We are spoiled here in New England, and in the Northeast in general; natural disasters are things that happen somewhere else. So for a tornado to cause significant damage so close to home is a scary thing and somewhat of a wake-up call that it can happen to us too.

“Mayor: ‘We are in life-saving mode’ in western Massachusetts” – CNN

“Massachusetts wakes to death, ruin after tornadoes” – CT Post

In appreciation of the storm sparing us here in CT, I decided to go out for an hour and enjoy everything that was left in tact.

Tornado videos:

The hills are alive with the sound of Housewives

I knew you could still be a respectable journalist while being obsessed with the Real Housewives!

- Don't try to click play because it's not a video due to CNN being lame and not letting me embed, but click to watch on the site-

Thank you, Anderson Cooper for showing me that it’s okay to prefer talking about the queens of Bravo TV than actual world events.

In his latest “Ridiculist” video, Anderson goes through all the housewives’ musical manifestations of genius, including a new single from Michaele Salahi, the dumbest of the excruciatingly boring DC Housewives. She’s the one who snuck into the White House. Although, maybe that makes her the smartest because who else can say they pulled that off? – which brings up a phenomenon worth talking about: the stupid/genius paradox.

- Andy and his OC ladies -

First of all, talking about the Real Housewives brings on the same frustrations for me as talking about that ManCan kid, the main frustration being: Why can’t I get rich off a stupid idea? I mean, Bravo could make “Real Housewives of the corner of Main Street and Walmart, Rushville, Illinois” and get viewers. And what’s the premise? Just follow around some dumb rich MILFS, laugh at their divorces and destroy their lives by giving them a taste of fame. Jackpot.

I have stupid ideas like that all the time, but I realize that they’re stupid so I don’t tell anyone, which in itself is probably more stupid than the idea itself.

So, either Andy Cohen and the rest of the Bravo crew that came up with the Real Housewives are so dumb that they don’t realize their show is stupid, or they are so smart that they know the rest of the country will either not know that their show is stupid or not care (like me). I think it’s the second option.

Now, their little baby “Real Housewives of Orange County” (that I’m pretty sure had one viewer when it premiered back in 2006: me) has turned into a gold mine. They even get shout-outs on CNN.

You go Andy, and you go too Anderson Coop-a-loop. There is no shame in spending your time rambling about the Real Housewives, and you taught me that.

Barbie’s Bad Rep

A couple weeks ago I came across an article by a college student and HuffPost blogger named Galia Slayen who created a life-size

-HuffPost-

Barbie to show how unrealistic the doll’s figure is. I thought it was interesting, and it’s definitely worth talking about the negative influence Barbie can have on girls’ self-esteem etc.

Here are some disturbing facts that Slayen lists:

• If Barbie were an actual women, she would be 5’9″ tall, have a 39″ bust, an 18″ waist, 33″ hips and a size 3 shoe.
• Barbie calls this a “full figure” and likes her weight at 110 lbs.
• At 5’9″ tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not menstruate.
• If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
• Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight” with directions inside stating simply “Don’t eat.”

This is now getting extensive national coverage on every news site I have come across. But is this really that news-worthy? Hasn’t it already been established that Barbie’s boobs are way too big and her waist is way too small? Hasn’t Mattel already redesigned Barbie to have slightly more realistic measurements?

I did a whole portfolio on Barbie and her influence on young women in America back in high school. Of course I came to conclusions about Barbie being over-sexed and that she perpetuates traditional female stereotypes – especially in her early years.

However, there are a lot of positive things about Barbie that I think are worth mentioning. Barbie has gotten a bad reputation, but the truth is she is also a symbol of female empowerment. While her physical representation of women is definitely off, Barbie has had more careers in her life than you can count – and not just teacher, nurse or secretary.


Here are a few listed on Wikipedia: president of the US, firefighter, police officer, dentist, doctor, various US military positions….

Also, while Ken has always been her main man, Barbie is not married and she owns various dream houses and cars all on her own.

She is also international. Over the years, we have seen Barbie dolls come in many different races encouraging little girls that they can be beautiful no matter what hair, eye, or skin color they are born with.

My point is that yes, Barbie is not the best role-model for young girls, but she also isn’t the worst. And lately she has been getting bad-mouthed left and right, so I wanted to cut her some slack.

link: CNN Video