Yes. I do realize it has been a bit of time since I've consistently blogged. Lately I've been that blogger that aggravates me--the one who's posts are weeks apart. But let's just call it an unannounced blog-cation. And now I'm back from it. So, to restart the engine, I'm going with a few bullet-point media observations:
- With my wife gone over the weekend, I watched a dude-flick. (No idea if this is the appropriate term but, work with me.) Its probably one of the better movies you've probably never seen: Traitor with Don Cheadle. I love Cheadle and this was a unique role for him. The film explores terrorism from an insider viewpoint and while it advances the notion that only fruitcake Muslims are terrorists (which I find hard to swallow), the plot was believable and the story well-acted and executed.
- Speaking of offbeat Muslims, I've been listening to Yusuf Islam's Roadsinger. You may remember Yusuf as the Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens. He was on the Colbert Report recently and I caught the interview. For Colbert, it was nothing short of fawning. But Cat, I mean Yusuf's, musical performance was captivating to this listener (as with his oldies) so I downloaded the album. Leave it to Cat, I mean Yusuf, to make becoming a Muslim sound like a friendly trip to an acid-infused happy Candyland with his first track, "Welcome Home". He takes listeners on a journey like few others and his guitar and voice seem to be the same instrument when he plays and sings. The kind of music that makes you sigh and stare off into the distance.
- I bumped into a piece of broadcast excellence on the TV last night called the Bachelorette. Wow. Where to begin. I watched about 3 minutes and my first thought was, "all these men should be neutered immediately." My second thought was, "hasn't the Bachelor/ette franchise finally proven just how stupid and ineffective sex-addled, looks-driven, "finding my perfect match" serial-dating is in producing a lasting marriage (or any marriage)??? I haven't researched this thoroughly but my anecdotal observation has been that every Bachelor/ette relationship since the show's inception has crashed and burned. Am I wrong? And it truly grieves me to see a young woman giving herself physically to a gaggle of self-absorbed, glory-chasing, primping men so that she can be man-handled and used all in the name of "finding her perfect match." Marriage is so much more about what you do and who you are than who you find but these shows and our culture totally miss this. Ack.
Well that felt better. A good rant is a good start back into the blog. Look forward to checking in with you all again real soon.