The Unbearable Banishment: Kiss <i>Somebody</i>

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Kiss Somebody

Are you familiar with I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry? Sure, you are. I liked it enough the first few times I heard it but it has worn out its welcome for me. Do you suppose if it were a guy singing I Kissed A Boy it would have been as big a hit? Of course not. Not a chance. Why is that, I wonder? Why is one image acceptable to the masses and the other not? It shouldn’t make a bit of difference, right? Personally, I’d much rather imagine two girls kissing, but that’s just me. If you’re a guy and you kissed a boy and you liked it, then have at it. There’s plenty where that came from. I hear.

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Do you care that the Olympics are about to start? Not only am I not interested, but I’ve actually developed some antagonistic feelings towards the Olympics. The integrity of the games has been compromised because of all the doping—some countries do it, others don’t—and I don’t think China is an deserving host. There’s a picture in today’s New York Times of the U.S. athletes arriving in the Beijing airport and they’re all wearing surgical masks because, apparently, the air is so foul and polluted they’re concerned it might negatively impact their performance.

The Chinese government has selectively blocked internet access for visiting journalists. Oh yea, and they torment people. I’m happy that New York lost out on an Olympic bid. No, thanks. Lotsa’ luck, London. Hosting the Olympics is the road to both civic glory and fiscal ruin. Get outta’ town, Bob.

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Also in the Times today is a really compelling and harrowing article about the recent deaths on K2. Mountain climbers always seem like a brave and heroic bunch to me until something goes awry. Then you look into what went wrong and they end up looking like a bunch of bumbling idiots. This group tried to ascend the most challenging peak on the planet—more difficult than Everest—using shoddy, second-rate equipment. Jaysus.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the IOC had good intentions when they awarded it to Beijing. I think the idea was that with the world's microphone on them, China would have to clean up their act somehow. And they kinda did, they cleaned up their city, which was great, because their smog is legendary. Now if only they could figure out a place for the 1.5 million people they forcibly diplaced for a two-week event.


August 6, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

I agree that the IOC's heart was in the right place (do they have a heart?) but I have to wonder if they now regret their decision. We'll never know. Let the games begin.

August 6, 2008 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somewhere after professional sports lost their luster for me, the olympics followed the same path... i grew up addicted to watching the Big Red Machine, and Paul Brown's Bengals. Now? it all annoys me... Olympics? Whatever...

August 6, 2008 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I agree about the 'I kissed a girl' thing. It's really not that great a song. It's not really that catchy. It doesn't really stay with you as a great song to hum. Yet it's number one because it implies lesbianism and that's turning loads and loads of blokes on enough to go out and buy the single?

I don't get it.

August 7, 2008 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

daisyfae: The Big Red Machine? Paul Brown? So you're a fellow Buckeye! And then I checked your blog roll and I see you've posted a link to bobzyeruncle. How well do you know Bob? He and I have been friends for a long, long time. Mrs. Wife and I are going to London to visit L and Bob in September.

Please Don't: You'd get it if you were a bloke! That's the part I initially responded to. (Okay, I'm a stereotype. Don’t blame me. It’s biology.) It didn’t deserve the staying-power.

August 7, 2008 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spent a weekend in london (4th of july) with B & L on my way back from Spain! he has a gift of making any city he lives in feel like home for visitors... you're gonna have a blast! (oh, and we go back to high school - have we crossed paths?)

August 9, 2008 at 9:00 PM  

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