Friday, April 30, 2004

Oh no! Christina Aguilera cancels her tour!

How will I survive!!

Christina Aguilera Calls Off 28-City North American Tour Due to Strained Vocal Cords

The Associated Press

NEW YORK April 30 — Christina Aguilera has canceled her North American tour, set to begin in May, because she has strained her vocal cords.

"I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel this tour," the 23-year-old singer said Thursday in a statement on her Web site. "I was looking forward to being on the road again and spending time with my fans."

Her publicist, Meghan Prophet, said Aguilera hurt her voice while in the studio. Doctors told Aguilera to immediately rest and give her voice time to fully recover.

The 28-city tour with special guest Chingy had been set to begin May 13 in Seattle. Refunds can be made at point of purchase.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Make it stop. Just make it stop.

Please make John Stevens (a.k.a. "Teen Martin") stop singing. Please make it stop! Especially make him stop singing Gloria Estefan songs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

NYU student lives in library basement for eight months

Sophomore relocated to a free dorm room

NEW YORK (AP) -- A college student who says he spent eight months sleeping in a library basement because he couldn't afford campus housing has been relocated to a free dormitory room, New York University officials said.

Sophomore Steve Stanzak, 20, said he began spending six hours a night in the sub-basement of Bobst Library at the beginning of the academic year after he was unable to pay a $1,000 housing deposit. He slept on library chairs and carried vital belongings -- a laptop computer, books, clothes -- in his backpack.

University officials eventually discovered an online journal Stanzak kept about his experiences and relocated him to a free dorm room last Tuesday.

"When students who have needs and concerns get in touch with the university, we have ways to help," NYU spokesman John Beckman told the campus newspaper, Washington Square News, this week. "The last thing students should do is assume nothing can be done."

Scores of students read about Stanzak's daily adventures on his Web journal,, and he became something of a campus celebrity.

"I thank everyone who helps me get through the day, and makes me realize that although I'm poor and live in a library ... that I'm learning a lot about life, and that I will make it through this," reads an entry dated April 15.

Stanzak, who dubbed himself "Bobst Boy" on the Web site, says he washed in the library's bathroom and took occasional showers at friends' apartments and dorm rooms.

Although he works four jobs and has several student loans, Stanzak said he received no financial assistance from his family and had only enough money to cover tuition, about $31,000 a year for full-time undergraduates.


Monday, April 26, 2004


Headache, headache, go away. Come again NEVER another day.

Thank God it is the end of the semester. I am ready to start doing some slapping to all the people irritating me and that is not really a good thing. Well, it could be a good thing but not really a legal thing.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

What is WRONG with America for voting Jennifer off "American Idol?"

  Is America on crack? Seriously. I think so.

  How else to explain that Jennifer - one of the best singers on the show - got the boot last night. Meanwhile, that weird redheaded kid stays on. (Sorry, Mom. I know you like him but he is just plain weird. And he DOES look like Stan Laurel!)

  I am shocked. SHOCKED I say!

  Your thoughts?

Monday, April 19, 2004

A really weird story from Kevin Spacey

It is just me or is there something really weird about this story?

(From the BBC and the London Daily Mirror)

LONDON (April 19) - Actor Kevin Spacey apologized Monday for confusion arising from his report to police that he'd been mugged. The Oscar-winning actor made, then retracted, the complaint after a weekend encounter in a London park that left him dazed and bleeding.

The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Spacey had been "brutally mugged" in a south London park at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Spacey told British Broadcasting Corp. radio that the truth was less dramatic. He said he was walking his dog when a young man approached him with "some sob story about somebody needing to call their mother and could they use my phone.

"It was such a good con, that I actually dialed the number myself and when somebody answered I then finally handed (over) my phone," said Spacey, who won Academy Awards for his roles in "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty."

"And this kid took off and I was so upset I ran after him."

Spacey said he had reported the incident to police, but went back a few hours later to clarify his story.

Spacey, 44, said he "woke up after a couple of hours' sleep and I thought, you know, there is a difference between assault and theft and it just wasn't on for me to not come clean about my own level of embarrassment and being humble at the fact that I got taken by the oldest con going."

The incident took place near the Old Vic Theater, of which Spacey is artistic director.

Asked why he was walking his dog at 4:30 in the morning, Spacey said: "My doggy had to go!"

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a man in his 40s, suffering a minor head injury, had gone to a police station early Saturday to report the theft of his mobile phone.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

My boyfriend Bill won "The Apprentice"

Yea! My boyfriend Bill won. Yea! So happy for him.

1) What is UP with Omarosa? I thought for sure that she was messing up on purpose. But instead, she is just...evil? Kwame should have FIRED her butt.

2) What is UP with Sam giving The Donald a briefcase full of money? The Donald is a greedy man. He will take it and spend it.

3) Heidi needs to ditch that blue eyeshadow.

4) The Donald did not seem to really care that Tammy is pregnant.

5) In fact, he hardly asked anything of Bowie, Katrina, etc.

The finale of "The Apprentice" tonight

Love "The Apprentice." Love it. Wil be watching the finale tonight. I hope Bill wins. Love him.

Monday, April 12, 2004

The Fab Five vs. The Bible

Indeed the influence of the Bible can be found in the unlikeliest places -- the new self-helper from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, for example. Surely those godless sodomites don’t find inspiration in the Bible, right? Wrong. Just compare the two:

On grooming:
Then Moses said..."Do not let your hair become unkempt, and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the LORD will be angry with the whole community.”
Leviticus 10: 6

Hair is the most visible thing we can play with to change our appearance, so start on top. It’s crucial to find a stylist you trust – not only will they help you with a cool new haircut, they can also be a great source of expertise on how to style and care for it.
Kyan 92

Wine tasting:
There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
Matthew 27: 34

If it’s corked, it will smell moldy, or taste like vinegar, or be revolting in some other fairly obvious fashion. if you think there’s something terribly wrong with it, ask the wine steward to taste it.
Ted 45

On skin care:
After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD.
2 Samuel 12: 20

Look for a moisturizer that’s free of fragrance and hypoallergenic if you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated. Lotion is the most common form of moisturizer, good for normal or combination skin.
Kyan 108

On lighting:
They are to take a blue cloth and cover the lampstandthat is for light…
Numbers 4: 9

I’d be happy with a dimmer on every light in the house – they’re crucial to modulating the mood of a space.
Thom 126

On decorating:
In your marketplace they traded with you beautiful garments, blue fabric, embroidered work and multicolored rugs with cords twisted and tightly knotted.
Ezekiel 27: 24

Go window-shopping – wherever furniture is sold, just walk around and browse.
Thom 130

On belts:
This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water."
Jeremiah 13: 1

Personality starts in the crotch region. But you knew that. Get a vintage leather strap and find a belt buckle that says something about your personality.
Carson 179

On the thank you:
Then he will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 24: 13

If someone holds the door open for you, say thank you…No one will ever say that being too polite is rude, so when in doubt, express your appreciation.
Jai 216

On despair:
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-- which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Mark 15: 34

In the last year, American men have come to know and expect that the dramatic arrival of five impeccably dressed gay men at their door can mean only one thing: Their life is about to get more fabulous.
Introduction 11

Sunday, April 11, 2004

I got tickets to the Rick Springfield concert!!!!

  Anne and I are going to see Rick Springfield in concert on April 28. I am soooooooo excited. When we were 12, Anne, Karen, Patty and I were in a near-riot at the Roosevelt Mall because of Rick Springfield.

  He was supposed to autograph albums (remember albums????) at the Sam Goody record store. That is when he was starring on "General Hospital" and also appearing frequently on the "Mike Douglas Show." We alll looooooooooooved him. The crowd of teenage and pubescent girls was so huge that they pushed in the plate glass window of the record store and Rick had to be driven out in a police van, with his head down. Sigh.

  Mom and I saw him perform in Las Vegas not too long ago and he was fabulous. Plus he still looks darn good!


Thursday, April 8, 2004

Donald Trump was not the first to fire Omarosa!

Omarosa's Long History of Being Fired

People Magazine

Donald Trump wasn't the first person to fire Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the combative "Apprentice" contestant who makes a heralded return to the NBC reality show on Thursday, the next-to-last episode of the ratings hit.

According to the new issue of PEOPLE, the former political appointee -- who spoke glowingly of her White House days -- was banished from four jobs in two years with the Clinton administration.

At her last one, "she was asked to leave as quickly as possible, she was so disruptive," says Cheryl Shavers, the former Under Secretary for Technology at the Commerce Department, where Omarosa worked several weeks in 2000. "One woman wanted to slug her."

Manigault-Stallworth, 30, was also bounced from a previous position at Commerce, says another former administration official, "because she couldn't get along with people."

At her first White House gig, answering invitations received by Vice President Al Gore, "she didn't do her job, and it got everybody in trouble," says a former Gore staffer.

During the Q&A with the audience at a March 19 Washington, D.C., panel discussion on "Wearing the Pants: A Woman's Experience in a Man's World," PEOPLE asked Manigault-Stallworth about the challenges she's faced as a woman in her own career.

"I have done logistics and advance and event planning for the White House under the Gore staff. ... At 23, I got appointed to the White House. That was not a place to learn how to be a young professional. That's a very difficult environment, because they don't believe in training. They just kind of throw you in the fire," Omarosa told the audience.

But Omarosa did not do any logistics or advance work for the Vice President, another former Gore staffer, who asked to remain anonymous, tells PEOPLE. "Her exact title was scheduling correspondent. Her job was to respond to invitations," says the former staffer.

Omarosa was transferred to the White House personnel office, which later sent her to Commerce.

When asked about her employment history, the former Apprentice at first told PEOPLE, "I left when I got married," but later said she left "to go out on the campaign for Al Gore."

Manigault-Stallworth, who claims she's inundated with new job offers, said recently, "I'm a moving target. As soon as they think they've figured Omarosa out, I've already moved on to a whole different industry."

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter! I shall be spending the celebration of our Risen Lord by going to Mass with Mom in Stone Harbor, N.J. Then we are going to hit the casinos. It is not a sin - it is a joyous day and this is how we choose to celebrate! And maybe we will have some of the same luck as J.Lo's mom.