The Underdog Triumphs

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Binge & Purge

I am in the process of getting rid of stuff. I just want to make my life a little less congested, and in order to do that, I need to get rid of stuff.

Over the years I have bought and accumulated lots of junk. Lots of things I don't know what to do with. My closet is filled with old albums filled with photos of people who are no longer my friends. Movies on VHS that I used to have to time to watch again and again. Dishes my mother have has given me. Art supplies for projects left unfinished. Books and clothes that need to be donated. Shoes that I've never worn, or only wore once because they were so painful I never wore again. I have piles of magazines that I hold onto because I haven't had a chance to read them, yet I can't throw them out because what if they contain that one story that will affect my life?

So I ask myself what am I ready to get rid of. It doesn't feel right throwing out photos, even if they are painful to look at? And what if some snowy afternoon I decide like watching the last episode of The Wonder Years? Or I finally get an outfit to go with those brown clogs? Deciding what stuff I am ready to get rid of is hard. But for sanity reasons, I must get rid of stuff.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bush Sucks

I rarely get political...but here is another reason why Bush sucks: He plans to slash funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, by over $150 million! Read about it here.

All I have to say is take your 6 conglomerates that control 90% of the media and shove 'em where the sun don't shine.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

One Woman's Football is Another Woman's Ballroom Dance

My last semester in Kansas was quiet. I had less than a handful of friends, challenging graduate level courses, soup for dinner almost every night, and was borderline agoraphobic. But every Sunday night I looked forward to seeing Sandy Duncan's blonde up-do and glittery dress as she hosted ballroom dance competitions on PBS.

I was addicted to it. It brought me into another realm--part fantasy and part hypnotic with a bit of humor mixed in. I love to watch the men's perfect posture and the women's toned legs. I love how great dancers make it look so effortless, though I know I would trip over my own feet if I tried. I love the costumes, hair, and music. I love how the faces of some competitors are so fierce, while others look genuinely happy and proud.

Last night PBS started airing America's Ballroom Challenge, it's only a two-part series and now hosted by Marilu Henner, but I sat for an hour in my chair mesmerized.

Maybe I have loved ballroom dancing since I first saw the classic Australian flick Strictly Ballroom, or maybe it was how beautiful I thought the Japanese film Shall We Dance? was. It doesn't matter really how I came to love it. It just makes me happy to watch it.

So, next Wednesday night between 8 and 9 pm, don't call, I will be happily in my realm.