Today’s Theme Music – Starships

“What’s my guilty pleasure? The thing is, I never feel guilty about pleasures.” ― Tom Hiddleston

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite as highly evolved as Mr. Hiddleston when it comes to guilty pleasure. There is more than a few things I’m not completely ready to admit to. This is especially true of music. Being a DJ sometimes you come across, intentionally or not, as a bit of a music snob. There are just things you are not willing to play on-air. For instance, I’m not ever going to play Justin Bieber. Not like I can anyway, it’s against‘s station policy.

However, there are bands and singers that people just seem to universally hate; Britney, Kayne, Lady Gaga, One Direction, etc. And yet they are selling millions of albums and thousands of concert tickets, so obviously someone is listening.

So today theme music is one of my guilty pleasures. Nicki Minaj frankly scares me. I mean Lady Gaga can be out there quite a bit but she’s always impressed me as an art student trying to be avant garde. Minaj is different, I actually think she may be from another planet.

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Music


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Fangirl Friday – Samuel L. Jackson

AATTP-Samuel-L.-JacksonObject of my obsession – Samuel Leroy Jackson – December 21, 1948

Favorite Roles – Captain America:The Winter Soldier, etc. – Nick Fury,  Black Snake Moan – Lazarus


Where do I even start with Mr. Jackson?  Yes, Mister, cause you know when you meet him you’ll be way too intimidated to call him Samuel and definitely not Sam.  The thing with Mr. Jackson is you often don’t know where he ends and the character begins.  It’s not to say he doesn’t have an acting range.  Just look at the movies he’s been in, comedy, action, sci-fi, animated; he has range but he’s also has a really freaking intense personality that can’t help but burst forth onscreen.

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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Fangirl Friday


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-title_25Yes, of course, I’ve been waiting to see this movie from the moment they announced it was going to be made.  Captain America (Chris Evans) is easily my favorite Avenger, apologies to the very hot Hawkeye.  Prior to seeing the first Captain America movie I hadn’t read a comic or seen a cartoon with this character, but after viewing I was completely a fan.  You see the reason I like Captain America more than other heroes is that he doesn’t fit the trend.  There are just too many, fast wheeling, irresponsible guys who suddenly have a great tragedy befall them then they grow up and become super.  Think Iron Man, Green Hornet, Thor, etc.  Then you have the born supers, Wonder Woman and Superman.  But Captain America, he was just a kid from Brooklyn.  He had hero qualities even before the serum; it just enabled him to be able to use them on a grander scale.

Anyway back to the movie.  I’ve seen several places where people have written that this was the movie that Captain America deserved, basically dissing the first movie.  I’ll correct them; this definitely was the sequel he deserved.  Without the first movie laying the groundwork, and still excellent in its own right, the sequel wouldn’t have meant anything.

Of course I’m not going to spoil it for you but I will tell you some of the reasons why this movie is probably my favorite Marvel sequel to date.

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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Movies, Reviews


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Bingewatch – Supersize vs Superskinny

Supersize_vs_SuperskinnyThere is no end to shows and specials on TV addressing the obesity “epidemic”.  Between game shows likeThe Biggest Loser to documentary style shows like Heavy and Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss Edition, we seemed to be obsessed with watching people lose weight.  The problem with the majority of these shows is that they feature people losing massive amounts of weight fast; often losing upwards of 10 – 20 lbs. in a week.  There is no practicality to these shows for the viewer, it’s just a sideshow.

But I have to admit I’m still drawn to them.  There is a part of me that still wants to believe that I too can shed half my size in less than six months. Plus, you have to admit that there is a bit of Schadenfreude when you see people that easily weight one to several hundred pounds more than you.  You can take a small comfort in the fact that you may be fat, but you’re not THAT FAT.

This is the reason I started watching the BBC show, Supersize vs Superskinny (SSvsSS).  However, the first thing you notice about this show doesn’t just focus on the morbidly obese but also the dangerously underweight.  They don’t directly deal with people with anorexia, just people whose bad eating habits leave them painfully, damagingly underweight.

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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Reviews, TV Shows


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Today’s Theme Music – Swings and Roundabouts

There has been less than a handful of people that actually have heard of the band The Bolshoi when I’ve mentioned them. That’s really unfortunate, because they have some pretty great music. I remember when I first heard the album Lindy’s Party, I was a freshman in college and my newest best friend had made a cassette for me (sorry we were broke students). I fell immediately in love with the song TV Man, then the title track Lindy’s Party, but the one that would really make me smile was Swings and Roundabouts.

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Music


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Bringing Classy Back

nVrhIXQHere’s a secret about me… despite being an introvert I like parties. The problem is the parties I like are a dying breed, hell I think they are buried but I’ve getting out my shovel. See I like those small intimate affairs like you see in the swanky movies of the late 60′s. Think Rat Pack, think Mad Men… give me small classy affair over a bacchanalia anytime.

But as I said it’s a dying breed. I tried having one last year. It was fairly successful thanks in part to a friend who has both good conversation and bartending skills. But I know I was missing some skills. But I had put the thought back its into it’s little bottle. Appreciating that I got to have one sort of close to what I was looking for. But then I started reading Playboy’s Host and Bar Book (c. 1971) and to say it re-awaking the desire is an understatement. Now, I don’t just want to throw these type of parties. I want to everyone to throw this kind of party at least once. To slow down and enjoy good food, good drink, and have nice close conversations that involve face to face, not monitor to monitor contact. Like my nieces and nephews say, I want people to have enjoy a “Grown folks” party. Or more importantly, I want to bring classy back.

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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Writing


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Reason to get out of bed

nVrl9dGToday’s post from the other blog.

I’ve rarely been one of those people who can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. There was a time in my life that just merely waking up and realizing I had live another day would cause a sobbing fit. For me, most times, getting out of bed is an automatic function, not something I want to do but people expect me too and the bladder can be a harsh mistress. This is to say that there is very little I look forward to each day.

However, now I have three days to look forward to. Maybe not the whole day, I’m nowhere near that happy of a person, but at least a couple hours of it is worth getting out of bed for. And that’s when I am on the air.
I’ve wanted to be a media personality from a very young age. One of the first vocal impersonations I could do was Howard Cosell. I would record myself to see if I was getting any better, let’s just say there was no chance of me being famous for my Howard Cosell. I would also record myself being a reporter for the local news stations as well.
When middle school came along there was a summer enrichment program in television and radio production, I loved it even though I couldn’t juggle all the DJ equipment. It helped me chose a high school with a media program… where I spent practically all my four years on newspaper. I kind of gave up and forgot about it, not wanting to go into a career as a journalist.

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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in introspective


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Fangirl Friday – Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer_Lawrence_at_the_83rd_Academy_Awards_cropObject of my obsession Jennifer Shrader Lawrence  – August 15, 1990

My favorite appearances: American Hustle – Rosalyn Rosenfeld,  Winter’s Bone – Ree

I usually have a major dislike for actress who fit the Hollywood ideal of hot. It’s not their fault, it’s me. When you see so many better actress, as is often the case, get pushed aside because they don’t fit the “ideal”, it’s hard not to drink the haterade.

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(In case you missed it, I’m moving over to a new blog/website to consolidate all my different work. Join me over there please)

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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Fangirl Friday



The Wolf of Wall Street

TheWolfofWallStreetAnother excerpt from a new post on Petals from a Lily; 

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for awhile, not really sure why because I knew very little about it. Maybe it’s because of Leonardo DiCaprio. Ever since seeing him in Django I’ve seen him as a more mature actor. Although he wasn’t bad in Shutter Island or Inception.

However, it’s a wonder I made it to the end of this movie. It’s not bad… although I would argue that it’s a bit too long. But the writing is good, the acting well done, and more than enough going on visually to keep you more than interested. But seriously I was ticked off or nearly nauseous most of the film even though no there are no gross scenes really… Read more here.

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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Movies, Reviews


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We are all mad here

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been writing here as much.  Part of it is that I have been busy.  The other part is that I have started a new blog, Petals from a Lily.  I own the domain and have put all my different types of work together in one home.

I’ll be sharing posts from that blog here for the next two weeks before deleting this one entirely.  I appreciate so much your support with Defying Normal and hope you will continue to support me as I transition to the new blog.

Below is an excerpt from today’s post on Petals from a Lily.

Even though we are now into April, March Madness still rolls on. Much like the Superbowl, the end of the NCAA tournament seems to get moved further and further into the next month. Personally, I could use less days of the “madness”. I don’t hate basketball, just not a fan of most team sports. I think the reason is not because of the sports themselves, but the fans. I live in one of the areas of the country that college basketball is nearly a religion. Granted if you threw an altar in the sports arena I’m sure there would be someone there to worship in front of it. You can’t go anywhere with seeing the apparel of at least one of the big teams in the state. And I’m not talking one of the shirts that you pick up in the bookstore if you are a student. There are several stores dedicated to this kind of merchandise.

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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Writing


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