YouTube sabbatical

You may have noticed, of late, that I've been addicted to [YouTube][1], and that my blog has grown steadily less pithy - and steadily more video-driven.The laughing yoga guy. The Hasselhoff videos. The Japanese lessons in English.I regret none of it. OK. I regret the Hasselhoff. But only a little bit.So: I promise you a week of no YouTube blogs. After which, I'll see if I can find an acceptable level of moderation. Instead, I'll fall back on an old crutch: Links.Here we go.....[(The New York Observer) Man Flab, It's Fab:][2] One by one, from Hollywood to the Hamptons, men have liberated themselves from the flat-stomached emo-boy reign of terror. Over the weekend in Westchester, U.S. Open enthusiasts cheered for Phil Mickelson, the golf crowd's nonTiger Woods favorite, whose previous winning record coincided with a softly expanding waist line and what one observer near the 18th hole described as "a sweet pair of man boobs." Meanwhile, at the movies, New Yorkers escaped the heat to watch Jack Black's ample ass cavort in stretchy pants in Nacho Libre, and Vince Vaughn's gutty hotness argue over the semantics of wanting to wash the dishes in The Break-Up. And on the streets themselves, it seems that everywhere you can see a girl, power-yoga'd into the holy size zero, walking hand in hand with a guy who clearly never met a cheeseburger he didn't like.Joel sez: Clearly, it's time for me to head to Hollywood. Any ladies care to weigh in on the double standard?[( Former editor sues job firm for letter typo:][3] MADISON, Wis. -- An employment agency's typo on a letter sent to hundreds of businesses ruined the reputation of a former newspaper editor seeking a public relations job, according to a defamation lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.The lawsuit was filed last week by Barbara Uebelacker, managing editor at The Janesville Gazette from July 1999 until November 2005.Without notifying her, Allen and Associates mailed Uebelacker's letter July 22 to 200 potential employers, but the letter contained gibberish and a false signature intended to represent Uebelacker's, according to the lawsuit.Four days later, she received an e-mail from Bud Weiser Chevrolet-Cadillac in Beloit stating, "Barbara, received your letter, but I am not sure what a 70E.R1B,EWI.5381 does. Maybe you could fill me in, and we could go from there," according to the lawsuit.The next day, she received a copy of the letter from a Madison public relations firm with the gibberish and the words "executive metro editor" circled in pink, the word "Proofread," and a question mark highlighted, according to the lawsuit.Joel sez: Luckily, I'm a perfect typiwoeradsflkj;a. So I'll never have that problem.[(AP) New York (!) named politest city in world:][4] NEW YORK - New Yorkers are a polite bunch. No, really, they are. So says Reader's Digest.The magazine sent reporters "undercover" to 36 cities, in 35 countries, to measure courtesy. New York was the only American city on the list.In a city with a reputation for being in-your-face, New Yorkers seem to be expressing themselves with a new one-finger salute: a raised pinkie. In fact, they seem to have even better manners than people in London, Toronto and Moscow.Joel sez: Informed of the news, Mayor Bloomberg mooned the reporter from Reader's Digest.¢ Finally: Did you see that David Hasselhoff has a new show. He's a talent judge on a new show, "America's Got Talent."No further comment needed. [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]:


CafeSiren 11 years, 5 months ago

The double standard blows, but has this really only just now occured to the folks at the Observer?

Personally, I think it would be nice if everyone would embrace a healthy-yet-not-punishingly-subdued-into-perfection physique.

And by "embrace" I mean "hug"; and by "healthy-yet-not-punishingly-subdued-into-perfection physique" I mean "me."

Jocelyn Craft 11 years, 5 months ago

"it seems that everywhere you can see a girl, power-yoga'd into the holy size zero, walking hand in hand with a guy who clearly never met a cheeseburger he didn't like."

Holy Size Zero. Bah.

I enjoy my food, and blow raspberries at the double standard. Nice to remember that at one time, skinny meant you were impoverished. (Some people haven't forgotten. There's even a LiveJournal community called "renaissance_hotties". This just makes me smile.)

Aileen Dingus 11 years, 5 months ago

I'm with you Jocelyn. I got kids and the hips to prove it. :) Scrawny women don't carry the world.

cvillehawk 11 years, 5 months ago

My wife had a dream the other night that I left her for a woman with six-pack abs. I told her it ain't gonna happen. I guess I'm old-fashioned, because I don't like a rock-hard or bony body on a woman.

(bracing myself for angry responses from skinny people)

Joel 11 years, 5 months ago

There's a song that's going through my head -- in, seriously, a celebratory way....

(Warning: Vulgar faux heavy metal lyrics on the way)

Joel 11 years, 5 months ago

(Not, I should add, that I think this in any way applies to my lovely betrothed.)

Aileen Dingus 11 years, 5 months ago

Good save. grin

Saw you guys at the concert on Wednesday- but you were swallowed up in the crowd before I could grab you. Lucky you!

CafeSiren 11 years, 5 months ago

Joel -- speaking of flab, I wonder if you or any of your guests have ever experienced Poutine? I've just heard about it, and it sounds kinda icky (have seen pictures, too), but it also sounded like something that a person reared in smallish midwestern town might have run across.

(The "speaking of flab" segue is because someone refered to it as a "grease parfait.")

Bill Woodard 11 years, 5 months ago


I wonder if that "sweet pair of man boobs" explains in part why Mickelson sucked down a decidedly non-sweet double-bogey on the 18th to choke away the U.S. Open.

Perhaps a "man-sierre" or "bro" would have reined in his boobish shot selection as he looked to close out his first Open championship.

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