What's Wrong with Yo Face!?

The other day I saw a headline on US Weekly's website that I absolutely had to click on:

Doctors Explain: What's Wrong with Angelina's Face

Ladies and gentlemen, Livin' the Dream officially has a new feature.

According to the article Angelina Jolie had some kind of plastic surgery so it makes these weird indentations on the side of her face. You can read the article for yourself because instead of comprehending what it was saying, I was thinking of a new column for the blog.

Welcome to "What's Wrong with Yo Face!?"

This section won't just be about terrible-looking faces, but trust me there will be bonus points if I find something like that worth posting. Instead we're going to post fashion flops of the famous. Everything from terrible dresses to hairstyles to ridiculous going to Starbucks outfits. And of course, there will be commentary. Hopefully it's witty.

So let's try it shall we?

The jacket alone is okay. The shoes alone are okay. But together? Oooh Paula, the red explosion is not a good look for you. Is this what happens now that you're not working? I say you should "Rush, Rush" back to your stylist for another alternative.

Where is Ciara that it's cold enough out that she has to wear this furry feathered monstrosity to stay warm, yet it's warm enough out that she can wear shorts?

Geez Akon. What a ridiculous black tshirt you're wearing! So so flashy. Also, how much would it suck to have to sit behind Lady Gaga at any awards show. How many celebs do you think specifically request to not sit behind her? I so would.

Well if this new feature is lame, let me know. I think it was a valiant first effort. And congratulations, you got two posts out of me tonight. I'm spent. Tomorrow we will do awards and a post on why Jersey Shore is awesome...but why it could also be in trouble. Stay tuned. Good night everybody!

Tiger Speaks

Hello LTD followers and I'm sorry I've abandoned you the past few days. I worked about 50 hours last week and am on pace to do it again this week so needless to say I haven't had much energy to blog.

But now it's Sunday and I have a lot to say so let's get to it.

Last week Tiger Woods spoke for the first time about his indiscretions and what he's been up to for the last three months. I didn't watch the video but I did read the transcript of his speech and I thought it was all pretty interesting stuff.

First of all, the setting. Just Tiger with a prepared speech. No questions from reporters. A select group of friends and associates were allowed to attend. His wife wasn't there. His mother was. Interesting stuff. Is this Tiger trying to keep some sort of control over the situation? Possibly. Every other aspect of this situation has been inspected and scrutinized so maybe this is Tiger's way of saying now we play by my rules. You can't really blame him for that I don't think. I feel like any celeb would take the chance to say if I have to do this, we're doing it my way after going through everything that Tiger has been through.

So did he have to do this? I think yes. As much as he and anyone else would like to say that this is a matter between him and his wife, and it is, at the same time he's still a very very public figure and this my friends is not something that will go away with a quick word from his "rep". It's just something that had to be commented on by him. That being said, I do think that his focus on how he and his wife are handling it was very appropriate and absolutely where the focus should be right now. Above all else, she is the only one who should matter at all to him throughout this whole ordeal. Not the fans, not his sponsors or boosters, not the people who work for him.

I couldn't help but be reminded of Kobe's press conference after the whole scandal with that girl in Denver. The two situations are very different down to how they chose to deal with it. Kobe had a very public press conference with this wife by his side who, might I add, appeared to be flashing a giant diamond ring. Is either way the right way or the wrong way? Not at all. They just chose to approach the situation differently. For Kobe and his wife, it meant that she would be there to show her support and love for him - and her appreciation for her brand new giant diamond ring. Okay I'll stop. But for Tiger's situation, I feel it was appropriate for his wife Elin to not be present.

So Tiger's said his piece and I'm pretty sure that's all we're ever going to hear from him on the matter. I think he made good points. He acknowledged what happened, acknowledged the consequences and talked about what the future holds. I don't know, I think overall it was a decent job. There's been a lot of mixed reactions to how he handled it and some I agree with, but overall I think he just did what he had to do and what he felt was appropriate and right for this situation. The best part for me was that he didn't blame anybody else. He shoulders it completely and I think he knows that he's pretty alone right now but he also understands that he's the only one that can make this right.

Will it ever blow over? Probably not. But he's taken a step. He knows what's in store for him and what it's going to take to get back to greatness. So all we can do now is wish him luck and hope it all works out.


Video of the Day 2/17/10 - It Needs to be April Edition

Why April? Because that's when GLEE is back! If you've been going through withdrawals like I have, this one is especially for you:

Sidenote: It is amazing how I sound exactly like Rachel when alone in the car driving to work. Just saying. Uncanny really.

Serious Issues on The Hills?

I think The Hills and MTV might officially be going a little too far.

I stumbled upon this article while looking for potential awardwinners for the week. At first it didn't really shock me even though it made me a little sad. Typical Hollywood/reality TV princess is taking her fame and wealth and doing what she wants because frankly who's going to stop her. Her being wasted in Miami during the Super Bowl doesn't really bother me that much. I mean who wasn't partying during the Super Bowl? But the hard drug use, if it's true, is really sad.

What's even sadder though? That MTV might show her potential problem on episodes of The Hills.

The thing is, I'm not really shocked that they would try to incorporate it. This is the ultimate drama - the bad girl gone REALLY bad - and would fit in with the show just fine. It'll definitely bring in viewers, especially with US Magazine planting the seed now. You know they'll continue to cover the story and find pictures of her doing shady things and all that so it's going to rope people in. And with struggling ratings, The Hills could use viewers.

But at the same time it makes me sad. Just how far does a show need to go? Now that MTV is apparently completely geared towards reality TV, is this what they have to show in order to keep up their new image? I would hope that they would approach the topic tastefully if it does turn out to be true, but I can't help but picture Brody, Lo and Spencer's sister sitting around and chatting about it over $12 coffees with their sunglasses on.

Furthermore, why this topic? There have been a lot of issues that the characters on the show have dealt with while it's been off the air. Why not tackle any of those? Maybe they'll talk about Heidi and all the plastic surgery news from recently. But they never discussed the DUI that Stephanie got. They tried to make an issue out of Heidi's sister's drinking when there was no issue at hand. A margarita at lunch does not signal rehab is all I'm sayin. I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting but this isn't the first time that a character from this show has gotten into trouble but now suddenly the issues are "unavoidable"?

Like I said, I just hope that if MTV goes down this path, they are tasteful and sensitive about it. Call her what you want. She might be a "famewhore" (I just saw that word on Perez Hilton) but this is a serious problem if it's true. Hopefully she and MTV can work something out to get her back on track.


San Diego Weekend Recap

So I got to head back to San Diego this weekend and man was it awesome. Giant shoutout to all of my friends who made this weekend so much fun. It was a much-needed break from reality and with a major two weeks at work coming up, it was the perfect way to recharge my batteries.

Most know this but my flight was delayed three hours so I didn't leave Sacramento till about 9:30. So much for getting to have a burger and a beer at Hodad's with Kristin and Julie. By the time I got to San Diego, got my bag and got picked up it was almost midnight. Shoutout to Kristin for letting me stay at her place Thursday night.

Drove to the ole stomping grounds aka CBS College Sports with Kristin and got to visit with everyone and see the new renovations to the building. I did not take any requests or Gametracker phone calls but nice try. Lunch at Pizza Port in Carlsbad with a few people from the office. Got my beach fix in. Dinner later with Julie then it was off to the bars. Tried a new place called Blind Lady Ale House which was really cool but last call is at 11:15 which I did not see coming. Good thing there was an Irish pub with a band next door. The place was small but the carbombs were delicious. Ha just kidding I only did one. But it was delicious. I'd like to go back to the Blind Lady place for sure but maybe not on a Friday night. Phil says it'd be good for a lazy Sunday afternoon so next time it is on.

Kristin had a shindig at her place in PB - beer, finger foods, cornhole, the worst slam dunk contest in recent memory. It was a beautiful day out and we took full advantage. After that we hit up the Taproom which also had an 11:30 last call. What is the deal San Diego bars? We are not going there again on Saturday night. After much debate about where to go next, we ended up parting ways.

Met Pepino for lunch at Islands - I had to get my San Diego cheeseburger fix in after all. Then visited some more friends before going to the airport to head back to Sacramento.

All in all, it really was a fantastic weekend. Look for me to be down there a lot this summer. Surprise NMR appearance? Could be awesome...

Oh and I don't have any pictures because somehow I think my camera lost them. I am currently working on salvaging them but I think it might be a lost cause. So frustrating. Maybe when I get my new computer next month this won't keep happening. (You should really click on that link.)

Video of the Day 2/16/10 - Back from San Diego Edition

San Diego was fantastic. More on the weekend later but first in honor of Southwest Airlines, enjoy this video:

I don't even blame them for delaying my flight three hours on Thursday night.


Weekend Blog Update


That is all.

Seriously though, I am going to San Diego this weekend so hopefully the three posts I made while waiting for my 3-hour delayed flight in the Sacramento airport can hold you over until next week. Enjoy the weekend - I know I will!

2nd Annual LTD Celebrity Awards

Welcome friends to the 2nd Annual LTD Celebrity Awards. Except it's not really annual is it? Annual means yearly so I guess this means these are the 2nd Weekly LTD Celebrity Awards? I don't know. Do we even like the awards? Let's go anyway.

The News that Made Me Really Excited Award
And the winner is: David Cook for announcing his second album will come out in mid-2010
Accepting this award tonight is David Cook:
Really glad that I could make Amanda's week with the news that I'm releasing my second album this year. Winning American Idol is nothing in comparison to knowing that Amanda is excited about my new album. So thanks.

And now for what I hope is becoming a fan favorite:
The Just Go Away Award
And the winner is: Hailey Glassman and Jon Gosselin for being just about the worst fake celebrities we've seen in a long time
Accepting this award tonight is Hailey Glassman:
First of all, I'd like to thank Steppin Out magazine for making me look super cute on their cover. I'm so honored to be part of such a nationally known and reputable magazine. I'm just really glad that I've been able to tell my stories so no other girls have to go through the pain that I've gone through these last few months. I've just been so hurt you know? I mean I never thought that a father of eight who got famous and rich quick on a reality show and took every sleazy publicity stunt he could to keep his fame including dating me about five minutes after he got divorced would ever hurt me like this. I've done nothing but be so loving and supportive of him -- all of him. I mean when I used to tell him "You would never cheat on me because you're so small" I did that because I loved him. I did that for him. So I just want all the little Hailey Glassmans of the world to know that it's not okay for a guy to leave you after you've berated him for the majority of your relationship and they shouldn't stand for that. Thanks!

The TMI Award
And the winner is: US Magazine for not only running this story but for calling in an expert to actually analyze this
Accepting this award tonight is the person who wrote this terrible article
Wow. Two weeks, two awards. We couldn't be prouder. Once again we're just so glad that we've been able to take such meaningless and frankly a little bit gross information and spin it into an awesome cover story. On behalf of US Magazine, I'd like to thank Khloe Kardashian for Twittering about this subject. We most certainly would not have had this story if it wasn't for her. I'd also like to thank the "board-certified lactation consultant" who lent her expertise to the piece. We think this story sounds so much more credible now, don't you guys? And thanks to Amanda for actually clicking on this link, reading this story, and blogging about it. She proves that as terrible as she might think the story is, we're still able to suck her in with our headlines. Good night!

Best Dressed
And the winner is: Sandra Bullock
No speeches on this one. Here's just a picture of how fabulous she looked this week:

That's all for this week folks! Good night!

Thoughts on Feb. 14

My friend Carrie wrote a really good piece on Valentine's Day. She makes the point that telling people you love them isn't something that should only occur on one day out of the year because Hallmark tells us to. She specifically says:

It's all well and good to have someone special in your life, but just because you don't doesn't mean you're any less of a human being.

I couldn't agree more. You see my friends this might come as a surprise to some of you but this year I no longer have a valentine. Hopefully y'all can read between the lines. But I was feeling fine about it all until I got this in my email:

This is an email coupon from Borders. The subject line read "Coupon Hits Mark -- Will Cupid?" so I assumed that there would be some kind of Valentine's Day savings involved. It wasn't until I scrolled down and looked further that I kind of got a little offended. Loves me, loves me not? Our favorite picks for the stung at heart? "Things I've Learned From Women Who Have Dumped Me"?

Warning: rant ahead. Proceed at your own risk.

Is this what I'm relegated to now? I can't help but feel like I've been shoved in a category that I don't even want to be in. I'm not stung at heart. I don't need to blast Alanis Morisette while I read self-improvement books that basically tell me that love can go f itself. Apparently I can only be one of two things: I'm either in love... or I'm not. My life is either perfect or completely miserable because I don't have a "special someone" right now.

Well let me tell you something Borders coupon. I don't have one "special someone" -- I have about 25 special someones. First of all, I have a mom and a dad and a brother and a sister. My brother lets me call him crying at 1 in the morning. My sister tells me every day that she carries me in her heart. My dad texts me smiley faces with sunglasses and plays "Please, Please Me" by the Beatles on his harmonica because he knows that's my all-time favorite Beatles song. My mom is the best listener and my biggest fan. Those are my special someones.

Furthermore, I have my friends. I have people who will mail me gifts and cards out of nowhere just because they felt like it. I have friends who will take time from their vacation in Hawaii to call me when they know I've been having a rough day. I have friends who will give me sweats and a cup of tea and let me sleep in their guest bed on a Tuesday. I have friends who will just hug me for no reason at all. I have friends who will open up their home to me when I visit from out of town. These are more of my special someones.

And you know what? I'm meeting new special someones all the time and I'm reconnecting with old special someones too.

So Borders coupon, no I don't have my "perfect match" this Valentine's Day. But don't assume that I'm jaded or jilted or anti-love just because some things didn't go according to plan. I love love. I love loving people and having people who love me. And I think that is something to celebrate.

Crafting the Perfect Super Bowl Party

This probably would have been a good post to write before the Super Bowl but I'm writing it now so deal.

Like I said in my post on the Super Bowl commercials, Super Bowl Sunday is a pretty unique day. It's pretty much the only sporting event I know of where people actually expect parties, food, beer and probably a day off from work the next day. Things have escalated when it comes to the Super Bowl so it's time to be prepared.

First, bring something you know everyone will like and want to eat. It's all very well and good that you like hummus, but that might not be a fan favorite. Stick to the classics: chips and dip/salsa/guacamole, veggie trays, frozen treats, shoot even a dessert. Food is a big part of the Super Bowl party experience so make it good. Don't skimp. And never show up empty handed. Ever.

Also, keep in mind things like onions and garlic as well as anything spicy as these could have dramatically negative results on the fun factor of the Super Bowl party. Bad breath when everyone is cheering four inches from each other is not a pleasant experience. And do you want to miss half the game because of indigestion or be miserable with heartburn the whole time? Neither does anyone else.

The same goes for drinks. Keep in mind that some people might not be drinking beer so bringing a six-pack of soda is always a nice gesture. If you do bring beer, bring something that everyone can enjoy. Just because you're a Guiness fan doesn't mean everyone else is.

Next is the tricky part of who to root for. If you're not particularly partial to either team, it's probably a good idea to take the safe approach and find out who everyone else likes so you can cheer for them too. If you do have very strong ties towards one team or the other, then cheer all you want but if you're a guest in someone's home I recommend keeping the trash talking to a minimum.

All of these pointers came from a very hilarious conversation my dad and I had in the middle of the frozen food section of The Nugget on Superbowl Sunday. My dad is the best. Hopefully you all had very fun and very delicious Super Bowl experiences this year. And if not, well maybe my little guide will help you for next year.

Puppy Love

My parents are getting a puppy! She is a cocker spaniel-poodle mix which is also known as a cockapoo. Her name is Lexi and she was born at the end of December but my family might change her name. Suggestions are welcomed and encouraged, but remember that she is beautiful.


Super Bowl Commercial Breakdown

The Super Bowl might come and go but the commercials live on forever. Even a few days after the big game, I'm still getting Youtube videos of faves and flops. But what did I think? Well I'm glad you asked.

The Super Bowl has become a really unique event and I think that's especially because of the whole tradition of the commercials. You never hear anyone say I can't wait to see the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Game commercials or I bet game 7 of the World Series finals will have awesome commercials. It's something you only hear about at the Super Bowl. Ere go, the commercials are a big part of what makes a good Super Bowl experience year in and year out.

So I was a little disappointed this year, I'm not gonna lie. There was nothing that lasting about any of them, nothing that made me keep talking about them or even wanting to talk about them for days after. Nothing packed a punch, nothing that let out a good ole fashioned Amanda-style guffaw. They were just...mildly pleasant. Just...enjoyable. Just...meh.

Having said that, here are my top five favorite commercials of the night with video. They're not ranked, they're just my favorites:

Snickers with Betty White and Abe Vigoda

This was one of the first ones of the night so it must mean it was a good one if I was able to remember it through a five hour stint of chicken wings, homemade mozzarella balls, spinach dip and lemon bars. And beer. It was a great use of celebrities - who doesn't love Betty White? And Snickers did a great job of proving what their product is all about. Without a Snickers, you'll play ball like Betty White. Overall rating: 3 guffaws.

Hyundai with Brett Favre in 10 years

Brett Favre just went up a few notches in my book for making fun of himself in this one. It's current and shoot it's true. Overall rating: 3.5 guffaws

Dwight and LeBron play HORSE for McDonald's

I thought this was a good commercial as it was but when I did some research and learned that this is a New Millenium version of the iconic Bird vs. Jordan McDonald's HORSE commercial, this one immediately shot up in my mind. You have the two best dunkers in the league who aren't even 25 yet (I think), not to mention two of the best personalities in the NBA. After watching the Jordan-Bird commercial, there are so many subtleties in the new version that alludes to the old that it just makes the new one awesome. When Dwight says "No jump shots" - classic. Dwight can't exactly do this. The ONLY thing that I couldn't stand was that I think most of the dunks were computerized. I really wish that they had done more original stuff because we could have seen a mini-dunk contest of our own. Overall though? Still awesome.

Bud Light Synthesizing Guys

The synthesizer craze is long from dead so get on board. The guy brushing his teeth is my favorite. But the best part of the whole thing? T-Pain. The Synthesizer King himself. Has anyone ever even heard his real voice? But once again, where is the top hat!? Still, love me some T-Pain. Classic celeb appearance. Good work Bud Light.


Simple, poetic, memorable and to the point. This one wins Best of the Night for sure. Take that Bing. Your commercials suck.

Honorable Mention:
Bud Light stranded on an island - The best part of this one was when the guy at the end changes the radio station and everyone starts dancing.
Volkswagen punch buggy - Who doesn't remember that classic game? But I thought you were only supposed to do it when a punch buggy came around? Not at the first sight of a Volkswagen.
Bud Light house

And now for the worst of the bunch. These do not get the privilege of having an embedded video:

Tim Tebow's "controversial" commercial
Ugh I just watched this again and it made me want to throw up in my mouth all over again. This was terrible. They might as well have been at Olive Garden. First of all, I thought this was supposed to mention something about his mom almost getting an abortion and so that's why it was supposed to be so ::gasp:: controversial. If I didn't know the back story to this, I'd have no idea why I was supposed to care. Then, he TACKLES HIS MOM. Then the gay pop-up. And the pose at the end. Let's just move on.

Coke sleepwalking commercial
I guess since Pepsi pulled out of the Great Commercial Race, the Coke ad execs decided to take the rest of the week off because this screamed "we mailed it in." Too long and nothing happened. I almost fell asleep watching it.

Mark Sanchez
The only reason he cares is because the more women that have heart attacks means the less women available for him to sleep with. He was really the best that CBS and the NFL could come up with? Leave it to CBS to make another terrible business decision.

All of the ones for GoDaddy
I'm not even linking out to any of these. They're stupid.

Boost Mobile Shuffle
This could have been so much better! It's the 25th anniversary of the original Super Bowl Shuffle so this could have been legit. Too bad Boost Mobile thought of it because what did we get instead? Mike Ditka saying "That's fresh" and McMahon pointing out the cheetah print thong his lineman is wearing. ::shudder::

Audi green police
This started out funny, then it dragged on and now I am terrified that a police officer is going to chase after me in a Segway everytime I don't recycle in Davis. Actually if I was in Davis, it wouldn't be a cop on a Segway so much as a barefoot hippie on a bike.

Charles Barkley Taco Bell rap
Charles Barkley can't even speak regular English. Why would Taco Bell ever think he'd be good at rapping? Lamar almost salvaged this one but they at least should have had him make a joke about candy or something.


And the Award Goes to...

So here we are readers. The other new feature of Livin' the Dream...our weekly awards! We have some winners this week so let's get to it!

The Terrible TV Idea Award
And the winner is: FOX
Accepting this award on behalf of Fox is a "source" from American Idol
"We are so thrilled to be receiving this award! I am really glad that I was able to start this rumor about Howard Stern coming to Idol to replace Simon. FOX would like to thank Simon first and foremost for setting the bar on Idol and for making of all of rush to find the first loose canon we can to be our next "judge". Of course we have to thank Howard Stern who would be the perfect meanie to replace Simon and who has no musical talent whatsoever. And finally we'd like to thank the American Idol execs who think that the angle Idol needs is to find the first person we can who will clash with all the judges and contestants with the first sarcastic comment they can think of. We're so excited to continue doing what we can to make sure that Idol absolutely fails after Simon leaves. Thanks again!"

The Celeb Feud of the Week Award
And the winners are: Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston
Accepting this award are the gossip magazine columnists who continue to insist that there is some kind of war waging between these two.
"This is truly an honor. We have worked tirelessly ever since Angelina and Brad first got together scrutinizing every tiny detail we could to make it seem like Angelina and Jen Aniston just can't stand each other so this just means so much to us. It hasn't been easy. I mean we have had to twist every tiny fact that we can find to make it seem like Angelina is always going to beat Jen Aniston. We'd like to thank Vanity Fair for compiling this "Hollywood's Top 40" list which showed nothing more than the fact that Angelina made only $1 million more than Jennifer Aniston and thereby allowing us to twist that into an entire article where we can prove yet again that Jennifer Aniston's life is oh so sad without Brad Pitt in it. We'd also like to thank Jennifer Aniston herself for making a paltry $20 million last year and of course Angelina Jolie for raking in $21 million. Without them we never would have been able to spin this story to launch yet another fake battle between these two!"

The Just Go Away Award
And the winner is: Lauren Conrad of The Hills!
Accepting this award is Lauren herself who continues to try and "explain" how terrible life on The Hills really was.
"Wow. This is just so unexpected. I'd of course like to thank MTV for giving me my start even though all I've done since joining the show is complain about how it's ruined my life. I'd like to thank all of my castmates on The Hills, especially Heidi for moving the spotlight onto themselves since I left the show so that people hardly ever talk about me anymore. But most of all I'd like to thank myself for continuing to go on and on about how terrible it was for me to be a part of a show that put me on the map of "fame". Without me, I never would have been able to talk about how terrible it was to get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars and gain the ability to launch a clothing line and write a best-selling book that is about to be turned into a movie just by letting some cameras follow me around."

The Celeb Breakup No One Cares About Award
And the winner is: Britney Spears' sister and her baby daddy
Accepting this award is Britney Spears' mom who always seems to have just the right thing to say.
"Oh my gosh y'all. I can't believe my little girl won this award. We have done so much to keep both her and Britney in the news but si
nce Britney's kinda normal again and isn't making as many headlines, it was time to do something ya know? So I'm really glad that my little girl could put our family back in the spotlight for another week or two. We hit the jackpot when she had her baby at 16 but nobody's really talked about her since then you know so we thought what better way than to have her breakup with her baby's daddy and also start going out with another guy, who is about 10 years older than her might I add. Anyway we're just so glad that our family made the gossip columns again so thanks y'all!"
And the winner is: former "Dancing with the Stars" giant Warren Sapp
Warren Sapp was unfortunately detained - literally - tonight and cannot be here to accept his award.

That's all for this week ladies and gentlemen!


Whatever Happened to...


Welcome to the first installment of "Whatever Happened To...", the newest feature on LTD that answers your burning questions about the whereabouts of your favorite celebs from the past.

Today we are chronicling Snow, and I don't mean the weather.

For those of you who can't quite place the name, Snow is probably best known for his diddy "Informer". Observe:

So now that you are familiar with his work, let's take a look at what could possibly have happened to this obviously super-talented individual.

First of all, Snow's real name is Darren O'Brien and he's Canadian. Snow apparently also stands for "Super Notorious Outrageous Whiteboy" and was given to him by Marvin Prince, the Jamaican born DJ that discovered him. "Informer" was the #1 song for seven straight weeks and is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the best selling reggae single in U.S. history.

But wait there's more. According to Snow's official MySpace page (which was last updated Jan. 29) he discovered his love of music in prison and was just recently allowed back into the United States where, great news everybody, he is back in the recording studio.

So since "Informer", Snow continues to make music and is a big hit in Canada where in 2000 and 2002 he had two songs race to the top of the charts.

And he released a single in 2009 called "Adore You". Enjoy:

Hope you all liked the first installment of "Whatever Happened To..." Again, suggestions, comments and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged. Except for the concerns.


Video of the Day 2/2/10 - Groundhog Day Edition

This video has nothing to do with Groundhog Day but everyone's making such a big fricken deal out of the groundhog that I thought I'd join in all the fun.

Shoutout to Ashley for today's contribution. Even though embedding the video isn't possible, I won't hold that against her because this video is amazing. One of the best we've had in a while.


The 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship


The Blog is Pink!

Surprise! The blog has a new look. I guess because there's been one day of sunshine in the last month in Sacramento/Davis I figured if I had a pink blog to look at every day then maybe it would cheer me up. Also, I like pink.

I've decided to add a couple of new features to the blog. Considering how well my other features have gone (when's the last time I did a "Why is This News?" or "Triple R") I expect these to go just as well. Here they are:

On the sidebar, you might have noticed that I've decided to let you guys know what I'm reading and what Netflix brought me this week. As we discussed in my review of "The Boleyn Inheritance" I am a bit of a book nerd and in 2010 I'm going to start embracing that a lot more. I think ultimately I'm trying to cut back on TV so I can't think of a better way to do so than to substitute a book for TV. Unless it's substituting a beer for TV. A book and a beer? Now we're talkin. I'm not one of those that reads multiple books at a time so odds are I'll only have one, maybe two links at the most going in that column.

I joined Netflix and I'm loving it. The only problem I'm having is that I have issues getting to a mailbox to return the movies but we're working on that. So I also decided to share with you guys the movies I currently have out on Netflix. My account lets me check out two at a time and suggestions are always welcome. I am seriously adding any movie that remotely interests me when I cruise around on Netflix's website. This includes TV shows, stand-up comedy specials, possibly some documentaries if it's really interesting. I'm not holding back people. And again, suggestions are always welcome and encouraged.

Now on to the two newest writing features of the blog:

First we will have a weekly award section for the best stories in celeb gossip news during the week. Examples include the Why Are You Famous Award (which might end up being called the Just Go Away Award), the Why Is This News Award, and the I Really Don't Care About Celebrity Babies Award. There will also be good awards given out for things like philanthropy and good fashion. Maybe a Quote of the Week Award. This will start Friday so I guess I'd better narrow down how many awards I'll give out and their names. Suggestions for award names are welcome and encouraged.

Second we are going to start a segment called "Whatever Happened To..." Not much to this one really. When I'm driving around listening to satellite radio, every once in a while an artist comes on that really makes me think "Wow, whatever happened to Ace of Base? They were LEGIT when I was in the second grade." So me and my friend Wikipedia will take a few minutes to check in on some of these has-beens and give all of you adoring fans an update.

Now it's time to get real for a moment. A lot of these changes/additions/upgrades are due to the fact that I'm trying some new things out in my life, mainly shifting a lot of focus back onto myself and what I want from my life. I'm trying to take a more me-centric attitude and I'm starting with my blog. I want a pink blog so bam, my blog is pink. I want to post what I'm reading so bam, links. It may sound silly but you have no idea how hard it is to put myself first. So again, it may sound like a silly small step, but it's steps like these that will end up helping me take control and boost my self-confidence a bit.

That being said, I want to thank everyone out there who continues to read Livin' the Dream. I get about 30 hits every time I post something new and that means the world to me. I'm glad I have this forum to entertain and to continue to do what I love which is write. I don't always have the most thought-provoking and profound things to say but I have a great time, I get a little chuckle out of it all, and hopefully you do too.