Tuesday, October 24, 2006

If there was any doubt as to weather(look, a play on words) fall is here, it was definitely removed this morning. The Hawk(aka the wind for those vernacularly-challenged folk) jumped on my entire back, and stayed with me until I walked into my building. And once again, I am ill-prepared for this weather. I don't have a scarf, gloves or a winter coat. I'm sure if I search hard enough, I can find my scarf and gloves in my apt, but I know I don't have a winter coat. Last year's winter coat had seen 5 winters, and so I got rid of it back in March, thinking that sometime between then, and the NEXT cold month, I would make that purchase. But of course, me being the MENSA candidate that I am, I kept thinking that my old jacket was just in the back of my closet, and not the garbage. So now I have to buy a coat during a time period, when they are sure to jack the prices up. There are times when I swear I need a personal assistant man. There have been times when I've had women I was interested in double as personal assistants, but surprise, surprise, they never stick around. I do have someone who I know will be around no matter what, and perhaps I should ask her. It's not that I'm not capable of taking care of myself, it's just that I am not always on top of all facets of my life the way I need to be. I'm sure I'm not the only one who goes through that.

I watched the New York Giants spank the Dallas Cowboys last night during Monday Night Football, and the aside from the game the announcers focused on two main people: Terrell Owens' and his bitch ass(more vernacular), and Tiki Barber. I know Tiki won't read this here blog, but I want to congratulate him for being the anti-athlete. He announced last week that he is going to retire from football, in the prime of his career to pursue a career in journalism. Now when you first read that, you might think, what else is new..ex-athletes have basically littered the sports television and radio landscape, sometimes with little to no success. But Tiki already has a non-sports related journalism role on a show entitled Fox and Friends, and he also hosts his own show on Sirius radio, where he's interviewed John McCain and Bin Laden's mistress of all people. So this man is a rarity in sports: He's a top athlete, but sports is merely one stop in his journey, it isn't the only thing he has going. I'm not saying anything is wrong with athletes who milk their sport until they are carried off the field, then sit in the booth and point out the obvious because no one has the guts to tell them they suck. But I appreciate an athlete who bucks the trend..particularly a black athlete. So congrats Tiki.

Last week, a friend of mine told me that she thought Jay-Z was a sellout for doing Budweiser commercials. She said that it was much more admirable, when he was doing commercials for HP, because that was atypical of what rappers generally do, and he was basically a role model as a result. To her, the Bud commercials represented him taking a step back. I disagreed with her at the time, because not everyone really has to be a role model. There are some public figures who's job it is to make lots of money, and then flaunt it in every way imaginable. But last night during the football game, I noticed that in a 2 minute span they aired that Jay-Z Bud commercial, and then an HP commercial that featured Shaun White, who is a professional snowboarder/skateboarder. So just that quick, Jay-Z's atypical commercial has been bumped for the more conventional beer spot, and a lesser known figure now occupies the spot he could have had. This may sound like gibberish and nitpicking, but I still think that influential people should really give some thought about how they are perceived in the endorsment world, especially a rapper. This is one of my few soapbox moments. I"m not really good at them.

And now to make up for mini-criticism, here's one of my favorite Jay-Z songs: Hovi Baby .
And as an added bonus, here's the song he sampled in Hovi Baby: Diggin On You by TLC.

5 comments:

LittleTortilla stays in DC said...

Like you I guess I threw away all my socks when I got to Carolina. Yesterday I went to Macy's during lunch to buy some cold weather socks. The hoisery section was filled with women buying socks and tights. It seamed (ha my own play on words!) that all of us were caught off gaurd by the hawk.

Hadassah444 said...

Flag on the blog!!!
misleading the readers with this statment, "they never stick around"...

hahaha

keep warm!!!!

Anonymous said...

i would love to go shopping with you for a new coat...even though you stood me up on saturday...

Anonymous said...

Only women would think of something as trivial as buying a winter coat at the end of October?

Jo said...

Not to mention the fact that the Jay-Z HP commercial was waaaay cooler than the Bud one . . .that should have been the sign right there. But, I feel ya. Have you seen Beyonce's new album cover? YIKES! Both she and Jay-Z have gone downhill on the marketing side. They may be making more money, but boy have there standards sunk - and low, real low!