I'm happy America has a new idol. The golden calf was getting a bit boring.
Is it just me, or does BBC Radio 1 presenter Edith Bowman look a lot like "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood?
I feel the need to point out that, yes, I did watch the "American Idol" finale, but the blame for this rests wholly on my wife's shoulders.
The show was littered with uncomfortable moments, of course. Most of them, failed moments of humor or fucked up attempts to interact with someone who was broadcasting from another town. How long have we had satellite technology and still producers have not realized that it is impossible to have spontaneous chitchat across a satellite link? It is ALWAYS strange and uncomfortable:
"Mike, what is that you're wearing?"
"What is that you're wearing?"
"I'm.. oh. This?"
"Yes. What is that?"
"I'm having trouble hearing you..."
When I watch bad television, I always have to do so standing up so I can walk out of the room when I get annoyed. I probably walked a good two miles during the "American Idol" finale. And the moment that had me squirming most came in hearing the lyrics "In Birmingham they love the governor" sung with such clear and cheery annunciation by Bo Bice. Admittedly, the odds are rather strong against anyone in an "American Idol" audience catching the racial/historical implications of 70s Southern Rock (indeed, I would doubt Bo even knows), and I've always interpreted* the lyrics as being more unthinkingly dismissive of the Civil Rights movement than flat-out racist, but still. It gave me the heebie-jeebies.
Oh, and Paula Abdul is a doofus (that's just for you, Jenny).
So stupid. So good. I can't wait. This was/is/always will be my favorite show. I can't help it. I still insist that James Best is an underappreciated comic genius (that damned sound file on his site is not helping to prove my point).
Here's a sign that your life may be a little off balance: Your dad died in March and you have been driving around with his ashes in your car.
Maybe, though, this could become a trend; similar to the way Volkswagen Beetles come with a little place for a flower. New cars could come with an urn holder.
America is safer: "I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere."
Random news fact that sounds like a country music lyric: "The man had a bus ticket and some pesos in his pocket."
*Of course I would interpret them this way. I am, by birth, a white Southerner. And I own the best of Lynyrd Skynyrd album. Man, I suck.