Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bikini Debate II

Thanks for everyone's comments on my bikini debate.

After reading some of the messages, I want to simplify the question..... are bikini's not just bra and panties?

And if not, what is the difference between a bikini and a bra and panties? Cause, honestly I don't see one.

Isn't it just different material (fabric) and more colorful than your average underwear?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bikini Debate

Totally random but I'm having a debate with some friends about bikini's - see I think that bikini's are exactly like wearing your bra and panties, whereas my friends say that it is different.

To me a bikini covers exactly the same area on the body as one's undergarments - so I don't understand how one can justify these two things being unlike.

As far as I'm concerned, I don't like bikini's - its like trapeezing around in your underwear, in front of your dad or brothers or random male strangers. It creeps me out. Ladies freak out about undressing in stores, but wearing a bikini is the same thing, in some cases actually a bikini is even less material than the underwear. So why the big deal about dressing rooms, why not just change in the store, when trying on clothes??

I pride myself on being liberal and certainly I would not tell you what to wear, but I just think there are limits - isn't the whole thing about a bikini to be sexually alluring in a very in-your-face kind of way; not the thing I would want to be wearing around random men or family male members. Gross.

Am I being a total prude here or is there some validity to my point??

Thursday, August 21, 2008

But wait...there's more!

Just a little treat from my cousin's wedding - this is her little brother (thus making him also my cousin).

It is the dance, he and his best friend did at the recent wedding I attended. This is done a lot at Indian weddings, where some little children or teenagers do a choreographed number; it prefaces the opening of the dance floor to all the guests.

My cousin is the one in white with the red scarf - this dance was freaking awesome!!! You can't see all the details, but he's got the shoulder movements and feet stuff down. The bride and groom are not sitting in their chairs, but with the audience, to get the best view.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Boy-Band Mania

Worked the Jonas Brother concert last night - 25,000 screaming 12-year old girls, nearly deafening and mad crazy! I have attached a picture of the Jonas Brothers, personally I think they need haircuts and a stylist to dress them, however I'm not the one making millions, like they are.

But boy last night brought back memories, I was once one of those screaming girls, for a different bunch of boys. The time was the early 1990's and the band was New Kids on the Block. It was their Magic Summer concert tour. I went with a big group of friends, one of the girl's dad drove us, in a van, we had posters in the window and honked at fellow girls who were heading the same way. Our seats were in the back section of RFK stadium, directly across from the stage. I don't remember who was the opening act, I think maybe Tommy Page (yeah does anyone remember him??). As the day turned into night, the lights dimmed and we began to scream in earnest, out came the five guys who made my heart (and every pre-pubscent girl in the arena) stop, Joey, Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie and Danny - New Kids on the Block! The music played, songs like "Step by Step," and "The Right Stuff," and I sang and danced and naturally screamed at everything they boys said and the pyrotechnics.

At the end of the show, we waited around this one entrance, thinking the band would come out that way (now I know that most bands leave the venue immediately following a show) after 20 minutes of that, we gave up and finished the night by buying tee-shirts for just $10 in the parking lot, some vendor was trying to get rid of his stock (what would he do with a bunch of shirts with the New Kids on the Block face??). Good times, good times.

It seems that every teenage girl generation has some boy band to fantasize about, the Beatles, The Jackson Five, Duran Duran, New Kids, Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. What an interesting phenomenan eh? And so it goes on, as was evident last night.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


My father and I are avid watchers of this year's Olympics. We were even shouting out loud during the men's 4x100 swim relay, with the USA trailing France till that last little bit, man that was exciting!!

NBC's coverage is fine - I just wish we would get more human interest pieces; you know the ones about the swimmer from some third world country where there is only one pool, or the runner from a war zone or the guy who comes in last and is partially blind, and why they do it. Those are the stories I just love. We get all the information about the winners and the headliners, but I want to know about those athletes that don't garner the spotlight, who have no chance of winning, but come to the Olympics for the love of the sport.

Perhaps that is why I am a sucker for the Olympics (though I prefer winter to summer). I like the idea of people coming together, under the ideals of good sportsmanship, letting go, for two weeks, of their animosities and differences and just enjoying each other, as human beings, playing sports. It gives me hope, that peace in the world is possible.

I appreciate that there are those who protest these games because of China's abysmal's human rights records, but I see these Olympics as the opening of lines of communication; how can we affect change in China without talking to them? I see it like this - who is more willing to take my advice or guidance, my friends or my enemies?? As evident in Iraq, trying to force our way or ignoring atrocities, seems to have no results. Besides, lets be honest which country participating in these Olympics has always had a fantastic human rights record, certainly not the USA, not anymore.

Hopefully all this attention to China will lead to a new more democratic path in that country's future...

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Up's and Downs

Flowers left over from the wedding, is what the picture shows. I took a bunch of roses back with me to dry and I'll give them to my cousin on her first wedding anniversary.

On the flipside, I am totally disappointed about the news of John Edwards affair. I feel so betrayed, though really why should I be surprised, he is a man after all. Why should his wife battling cancer hinder his primal needs? He has lost my support forever - if you can't even have the common decency to stand by your wife when she is fighting a life-threatening disease than you don't need to be in politics, you need some spiritual or psychological help. I pray for Elizabeth Edwards, all the best.

Finally - watched the Olympic's Opening Ceremony tonight; very pretty! I loved the red dresses the ladies who were holding the signs, during the parade of nations, were wearing. The little boy who came in with Yau Ming and the Chinese team was adorable!! His story was incredible, I hope a bright and successful future lies in store for him. Wish the politics behind the game were better but hopefully these Olympics will increase lines of communication between China and more democratic nations, leading to more freedom. Let the games begin!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Super Power

Busy this week with tons of job interviews, meeting up with good friends and still working my part-time gigs.

I heard on the radio this morning the question - "if you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?"

I would absolutely LOVE to be able to fly; then I would never run late. I could go all over the world and see and do things right as they are happening, like attending the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or the Olympics. I would be able to constantly keep in touch with family and friends and never miss important events in their lives. Plus being I much prefer the sky to the sea, to me, it is prettier. This also ties into my favorite book - James and the Giant Peach, where James flies across the Atlantic ocean on a giant peach; I would have loved to have been on that ride!

Now for you - if you could have one superpower, what would it be?