Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Final Prediction: Who Will Win American Idol Season 8

Hey, it's only an hour till the show comes on...which means it's only 2 hours and 59 minutes until we find out who won this year. So I still have time to make my final prediction. We've come so far in the season that my scientific predicting methods allow me an even greater degree of precision and accuracy than I have heretofore achieved.

(BTW, this post is brought to you by Sudafed and Tylenol, who are working together like troopers to keep my head somewhat clear of a massive cold/virus/cow flu that is going around amongst our family and friends. Don't expect my usual brilliance, in other words, just drugged brilliance. Which might be better than the usual.)

This is one of those seasons of American Idol where I really don't care a whole lot who wins. Early on I thought it would be nice if one of the girls won...someone like Megan Corkrey or Jesse Langseth. I like both of their voices and their styles were different from the usual American Idol Shrieking Diva female style. Which is, of course, why neither of them made it very far at all. Well, that and Megan seemed to go a little loopy and took up acting like a bird.

I also thought maybe diversity was the goal this year, maybe a Latino or Asian or Indian boy or girl would win. I favored both Jorge Nunez and Anoop Desai on the basis of their personalities, although I really didn't like their preferred style of music. Then I thought maybe Alison Iraheta would win as our diverse candidate. I found her likeable and thought her voice was interesting, while at the same time I thought her parents should be smacked upside their heads for letting her sing slutty songs and wear some of the clothes she wore.

But I guess the producers at American Idol had a different idea about diversity this year. Maybe they thought this was the year for diversity in sexual orientation? And since the show is on Fox, you know they went about it in their usual Fox manner. They report, we decide...you know the drill. They obviously wanted us to be sure we knew what we were choosing, too. "If we're going to have a gay contestant we need to have one who really acts gay! Not one of these fellows who could just be a nerdy Baptist mama's boy from the South." So we got Adam...and his shrieks and screams...and his wardrobe...and his makeup...and his lighting...etc, etc...

Some bloggers are saying that Idol set up the finale to be "God vs. Gay" because both Danny Gokey (the chosen runner up?) and Kris Allen (the actual runner up...oops) are worship team musicians. Well, there again, that sounds like something Fox might just be capable of. Do people really vote for an American Idol based on things like this? Maybe they do. A lot of people were voting for Danny based on something...and I know I have bad hearing, but could he really have sounded that good to someone who could hear him better? Hmmph...

But, somehow Danny is gone! The annointed final match-up did not work out. Now we have Adam vs. Kris. Two guys who neither one could sing that awful song Kara wrote for them. (That does raise the question of who exactly she planned to have sing it.)

Okay, I've strung this out long enough with a bunch of babbling about something I really don't care much about. Last year I cared. David Cook is a musician and a talented singer and David Archuleta is a cute little boy with a decent-ish voice. There was an obvious difference in talent and the right person ended up winning.

This year, I think Adam and Kris are pretty much evenly matched. Adam has drama, style, personality, and vocal range. Kris has musicianship, musical understanding, a decent voice, and a more current style of singing. Either one will have a venue for music somewhere. If Adam wins it will cost 19 Entertainment a boatload more in props, wardrobe, backup singers, and makeup artists. If they make that investment and do it up right they could bring back "arena rock" and expose that genre to a new generation.

If Kris wins, 19 Entertainment will get an artist who can arrange songs (probably even the drecky ones they have written for him) and make an album that sounds current and contemporary and will be very popular with the young ladies.

Either way, 19E wins, and either way I don't really care. So, here's my prediction. If I get this posted in time you might even have time to get a call in to your bookie. The winner tonight will be:


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A white guy.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"I updated it multiple times...a year."

Almost one whole month without a blog post! Yikes! Where has the time gone? Well, quick run-down on what I've been up to coming right up...with an up-front warning that none of it is terribly interesting.

•Perfecting (ha!) the art of expressing myself in 140 characters or less. Yes, I've been Twittering and you can see the impressive results over in the sidebar. I think it has been good for me to have to condense my communications to the smaller format. But it has also gotten the writing urge out of my system in little bits and pieces so that I don't feel the need to blog.

•Blithering around about kitchen repair and replacement. I think we have a plan, but I'm not sure when the plan will be implemented. We've had several plans that have had to be scratched for various reasons. We ordered a wood sample from a place that sells the exact size and style cabinet we need, and found out that the color was way off and would look icky. We bought two cabinets from Lowes that matched in color but not style and were a size compromise(15" plus 18" to fill the space left by the missing 33" cabinet) and when Tom unpacked them one had fallen apart from the unwrapping process. End of plan two, and back to Lowes with the flimsy cabinets. Plan three is the scary BIG project and I'm afraid to talk about it yet.

•Helping my parents with some banking issues. Fortunately I love my parents and I love financial finagling. I don't easily get frustrated and aggravated with financial dealings...you just go ahead and fill in the second half of that sentence yourself. Thank you. :)

•Changing the way I deal with pain. For those who might not know, you can take your pick as to what's wrong with me. I either have fibromyalgia, I may just be fat and lazy and out of shape, or I may be physically manifesting pain as a response to something in my life I can't cope with. The second one is true, the first one is my official diagnosis and some of the doctors obviously used it as a polite euphemism for the second option. The third option is something I've been reading about in a book called Worried Sick, by Nortin Hadler. The only problem is that dear Dr. Hadler doesn't have much in the way of solutions for dealing with this non-issue. I'm guessing he would tell a patient with my symptoms to seek some type of counseling.

•Meanwhile. (Do you ever get the feeling that bullet points are not really meant for the type of posts I write? I do so hate it when I have to split a subject into two bullet points because I need a new paragraph.) Meanwhile, I've stopped taking the prescription pain medicine I was taking because the more I read about it, the more convinced I was that the potential side-effects for long-term use weren't something I wanted to mess with. Hence the proliferation of Tweets about burning pain and interrupted sleep. But most everybody I know who's around my age has some sort of pain issue, so I've decided this is just normal and I'm going to have to learn to deal.

•Swine Flu. Isn't it time-consuming to have plagues and famine and financial collapse going on all around? At this point it sounds like the swine flu (I've learned to say that with a North Carolina pronunciation...just a hair more stress on the first word and always with a "the" in front of it. Like shopping at the Goodwill.) is not going to be A Big Deal. But Tom's employers are stressing workplace and employee preparedness so we've done a little more than our usual stocking up of supplies. We already had a recession/depression/we're all going to die stash of extra food staples so we really only needed to add some medical supplies. If you're a thief in need of rice, beans, Tylenol, and cough syrup we are the folks to burgle...bring it on.

•Wrapping up first grade with Colin and getting our options figured out for second grade work. I'm having a strong sense of deja-blog here...did I say I was doing this two months ago? We do school throughout the summer, so we're not planning to have a great chunk of time off. This means I don't have a great chunk of planning time, either, but since I tend to obsess and over-think things that really turns out to be better. Colin reads whacking great tomes now, so I can cut him loose with all kinds of interesting topics. He takes after me in his way of understanding (or not) math, so that's a challenge we need to deal with more thoroughly in the upcoming year. But I don't panic about school nearly so much as I did when Natalie was young. He will learn everything he needs to know eventually if we continue to work diligently at it.

Well, I should be making yogurt. Wait, I was making yogurt during my last post, too. I've been making yogurt a lot lately. Yogurt with frozen berries has become my warm weather default breakfast, so we're going through the quarts of yogurt fairly quickly. I like to make my own because it's cheaper, I can make it with whole milk (more filling when that's my whole breakfast), I can make it with milk that has Vitamin D added (I run low), and I can make it nice and thick so it's spoonable.

And if that isn't a way to wrap up a blog post, I don't know what is. That's one heck of a sentence, too, I might add.

Oh yeah, for the pair of people who don't know the source of my blog title, watch this video. Oh, and for my Cincinnati kin...R&L are doing a live show in your neck of the woods tonight. You should check it out.