I’m breastfeeding like a cow up here and can’t seem to decide whether it’s having any affect on my baby weight. What do you know about this subject? Moo?
HooterHungry in Hakansaw
Dear Hooter Hungry,
Los Angeles is home to the famous Pump Station, what you might call the mecca of breastfeeding and all thing baby related. Per my conversation with one of the women there, lactation experts recently met in Berkley, California to discuss (among other things) this exact same question. Their findings were that no links can be conclusively established between breastfeeding and losing weight. The studies seem to show that if you’re prone to losing weight (healthy diet, exercise, etc, etc), you’ll lose weight and if you’re not…sucks for you. Put down the chocolate cake.
Keep up the breastfeeding though, just add in some walks and a bag of lettuce. I’m sure you’ll see the weight-loss soon enough. Moo!
There is an apartment for sale down the street from me. Two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, hardwood floors, and a renovated kitchen. The asking price? $950,000! No, I didn’t stutter or trip and fall and add a zero. Somebody is seriously asking nine hundred and fifty thousand dollars for an apartment.
In other news and world reports, Michael Costello was voted off of Project Runway and will not be attending Fashion Week. I can’t believe it, but I cried watching him get rejected. He was my second favorite after Mondo and I strongly feel he deserved to go. Michael should be really proud of himself and I can’t wait to see more of him. I’d wear one of his dresses in a nanosecond and I hope he tells his family to get on board or shut up. He’s a talented designer and I wish he had people supporting him and loving on him. Michael was also the nicest contestant of this season and I am very sad the judges didn’t choose him to present.
Nothing like a movie about the demise of America’s education system to get the blood boiling. From the director of An Inconvenient Truth comes Waiting For Superman, a documentary about the public school system and why it’s failing. Harlem, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, the Bronx, and Washington D.C. are the backdrops for this scorched earth expose.
Guggenheim intruduces the ‘drop-out’ factory; schools where 60% of sudents don’t graduate. Once a student is on the track from an elementary school that feeds into a drop-out factory, they’re doomed. Most students enter with reading comprehension multiple grades levels below high school standards and math skills that are beyond poor. Meanwhile the USA continues to drop worldwide in both literacy and math scores. Coincidence? Hopefully even the dumbest moviegoer will make the connection. And for those who said that poverty and poor education go hand in hand, Guggenheim offers the charter school. Their successes tell a different tale, one where the above average testing scores speak for themselves. Unfortunately, the spaces just aren’t there for all of the students who want to succeed. Those who win an arbitrary lottery have a chance; those who don’t, don’t. It’s that simple and sad.
From one red tape to another, the problems of the system seem to stem from the teachers union. Why can’t bad teachers be fired? Because they have tenure and (according to Superman’s director, Guggenheim) vote after vote allows them to sit on their laurels waisting hundreds of thousands of dollars while budget cuts eliminate art, music, and basic endeavors to teach our children a competitive curriculum.
I highly recommend this movie even if you’re not a fan of An Inconvenient Truth. Somewhere in between the nail-biting effects is the reality – our public school system sucks.
When I’m not blogging or saving the world from alligators in the sewage drains, I spend a lot of my time with teenagers. Not like I pick them up at movie theaters in a creepy, “I’m old, will you hang out with me?” kind of way. I don’t troll Urban Outfitters or anything, I just…nevermind. The point is, my finger’s on the pulse of metropolitan teens and the news ain’t good. Last week I was told that condom-less sex for teenagers is back on the menu. And that <gasp> HIV is something from ‘back then’ and has nothing to do with ‘today.’ It seems as if high schoolers, in Los Angeles at least, aren’t worried about safe sex. The HIV is about as far from their minds as mortgage payments.
So, curious cat that I am, I Googled HIV on the rise and low and behold, the numbers are creeping up again. For those of you who watch Project Runway, my favorite designer, Mondo has HIV and bravely came out about his 10 years positive status. I pray that the kids watching the show get a clue. HIV is real and its deadly and I can’t believe the lack of sexual education out there. Which is why I’m writing this blog entry tonight…something needs to be done. Today’s teens have a sense of complacency about a disease that changed the way my generation views sex. Unfortunately, the fear of contracting HIV has dissipated thanks to a pill-popping generation who sees nothing out of the ordinary about catching something, seeing a doctor, and taking a pill. Perhaps it’s the prevalent diagnosis of ADD and Adderall or just the way in general that doctors scribble through their prescription pads from one happy drug to the next, but kids are growing up on meds and HIV is just another orange bottle as far as they’re concerned.
From what I see on Google, it’s not just teens either. The gay community has also slipped back into a stupor of blase ignorance. I don’t know what’s in the water, but I’m drinking mine through a condom. Listen up kids, cause here’s your news flash – HIV is the cause of AIDS and it will kill you.
If you’ve ever seen the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Kathy Bates, an unhappy housewife, waits patiently for a parking spot in a crowded lot only to have it stolen right out in front of her by two twenty-something girls in a red Volkswagen.
- Kathy Bates: Excuse me. I was waiting for that space.
- Skinny Bitch in the car: Yeah? Tough!
- Skinny Bitch #2 (also in the car): Face it, lady, we’re younger and faster.
- Kathy Bates: Towanda!!! (she screams and then smashes into the Skinny Bitch’s car…6 times)
- Skinny Bitch #2: What are you doing? Are you crazy?
- Kathy Bates: Face it, girls. I’m older and I have more insurance.
Last night at hip hop class, that was me. There were these two twenty-something girls who I just wanted to smash with my car. Now I’m sure these two women are sweet as sweet can be, but as they danced around in their skintight aerobic wear with full makeup on, and perfectly flat ironed hair, I could barely stand it. What happened to throwing on a pair of sweatpants and hitting the gym running? Now women are prancing about like it’s cocktail hour? Meanwhile the rest of us sweat like lumberjacks in our husband’s undershirts, our hair plastered to our ruddy red faces. In my book, that’s how a workout is supposed to be.
The two young women giggled and flirted and bopped about the class. Even when I was twenty, I don’t think I was like that. And it’s not the skinny part that got me, because I’ve got a friend who is an athletic-wear model and she doesn’t annoy me at all. She’s drop dead gorgeous with a stomach you could bounce a quarter off of…no, it was something else. Something intangible that makes some people skinny bitches and some people just skinny. Something that made the clawed beast inside me flex her muscles and snort fire.
So here’s a note to all you young ladies out there who are rubbing shoulders with women who don’t wear makeup to the gym, don’t avoid chocolate, and don’t have time to coordinate our Lululemon athletic wear. Watch out for the tired-looking lady with her hair held up by chopsticks. She bites.
As I drove past yet another billboard advertising Social Network, Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘Movie of the Year!’ I had to scratch my head. Really? Movie of the year?
Social Network is the story behind the rise and rise and rise of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and its matriculation from a Harvard dorm room to an international addiction. The Town on the other hand, is an action-packed thriller about Charlestown, the bank robbing capital of Boston. I enjoyed both movies tremendously, but I think I might be the only person in America (besides Ben Affleck) who preferred The Town over Social Network.
There have been a lot of great movies made about notable people and many of them have been recognized for Academy award winning performances. Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Julia Child come to mind to name a few. So what makes Social Network all that much different? That it’s contemporary? That Mark Zuckerberg has been quoted as saying quite a lot of artistic liberty was taken to the story? Or is it that 1 out of 14 people on the planet is a member of Facebook?
Perhaps it’s because I’m not a huge fan of Facebook, but The Town had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. At one point I even took my blood pressure. My heart was beating so fast I thought I was having a heart attack. But why does just one of these great movies have to be “the best?” Why can’t they be tied? And that’s my review. They’re both good movies so go get some sleep and see a double feature. My only recommendation is to choose wisely as one of them will really keep you up for awhile.