It Had To Be You

This morning I was stopped at a red light, on my way home from yoga, and I saw, walking along the street, a young man dressed exactly like Turtle from Entourage. I did a double-take; these days it’s unusual to see such a style, not unlike spotting the Loch Ness Monster or similar mythical creature. I watched him stride along the street in his maroon-coloured ball cap and matching tracksuit, and thought, not without admiration, there goes someone who is comfortable in his look.

Speaking of somewhat questionable fashion decisions, my kids were ecstatic yesterday at the idea of Justin Bieber being in jail, and when I explained to them WHY he was in jail, they decided that impaired drivers/ street racers should be imprisoned for life, or possibly executed. Their view of the penal system, when I explained the actual probable outcome for the Biebs, was dim indeed. They proceeded to call him, in a derogatory way, “Justin BEAVER” as though they were the sole originators of a terribly amusing witticism.

I later heard on the “news” that Vanilla Ice is offering advice and support to poor Biebs/ BEAVS, and while discussing this important matter, my friend and I were curious as to how Vanilla Ice obtained so much celebrity. As far as I know, he really only had Ice, Ice Baby. How did he become such a star? I heard One Night in Bangkok on the radio today and while it was – and still is – an amazing song, I would put it in a similar category to Ice, Ice Baby and I do not even know the artist of said song. I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.

I do know that Vanilla Ice has some kind of television show and he was on some other kind of reality show, but to be honest, I don’t care that much. Does it seem to anyone else like there are no good television shows anymore? I’m not talking about fantastic Netflix-y shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men or Downton Abbey – and yes, I know something terrible has happened with Anna but don’t tell me! I’m only on the second season! I mean that there are no sitcoms I find watchable anymore. Maybe I’m just getting old and crotchety, but all my old favourites I find repulsive lately: Modern Family, for example, and Parks and Recreation. They used to be so funny! Now I just find them grating. Even Suburgatory, which I had ONLY just gotten into, seems lame and sad. There’s The Mindy Project, which is funny, but is now on hiatus.

Oh well, maybe I’ll start watching American Idol. I have not watched that show since the Chris Daughtry Debacle of 2006. To be honest, I cannot deal with all the drama and the terrible, terrible singers who nevertheless are suffering from Extraordinarily High Self Esteem Syndrome. But I was tipped off by a girlfriend that there IS a reason to tune in:


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What was that? I think I blacked out for a minute. My husband was flipping channels and there he was, on the screen and I gasped out loud. I had a thing for him way back in the early nineties when I was busy with my giant hair and high waisted jeans, and I can just say now that he is improving with age. My husband and I watched for a few minutes. Dear man, he is very confident and comfortable in his masculinity, because he immediately began an argument/ discussion with me regarding the relative attractiveness of men on reality musical shows.


Mr: That Keith Urban would be really good looking if he had a better haircut.

Me: Who?

Mr: Keith Urban, the other guy there.

Me: No.

Mr: What are you talking about?

Me: What are YOU talking about? He’s not good looking at all! He’s not even a little bit good looking.

Mr: This is going to be another one of those things where YOU say he’s not good looking and then you’re going to find out that every other woman in the world thinks he’s good looking. This is JUST like that Adam Levine thing. He’s probably one of those Sexiest Men Alive.


Note: Husband was right. He was one of the Sexiest Men Alive. This is an insult to George Clooney.  


  1. wordswordswordswordsHARRYCONNICKJR

    I had pictures of him torn carefully from celeb magazines and hung on my bedroom wall. Oh dear. Oh me oh my.

    Also, your husband is completely wrong about Keith Urban. Completely. You can tell him I said so.

  2. Wait. You don’t find Keith Urban attractive?

    Sheesh…that man could call me BABY with that accent all day long.

  3. When my now second-grader was in kindergarten she came home one day with the news that one of her classmates was saying he had been orphaned and adopted by Justin Bieber. So he’a still cool with the 5-year-old set, or he was 2 years ago. I’m not a good authority on what’s cool.

  4. I find I have no feelings on the Keith Urban issue one way or the other. What is happening to me?! I always have opinions on hotness. KU appears to inspire a mere “ok?” or “…” Troubling.

    Evidently, I am also old and crabby because I watch exactly one sitcom – Community – and I acknowledge it’s odd and not for everyone and it flat out sucked last season when the showrunner got fired. But he’s back now and it’s great again AND it’s the last season 🙁 So after this, I will be down to no sitcoms. I swear, I have a good sense of humor! I like to laugh! Why is everything I watch a dark drama? Perhaps I have just shifted the place I rely on for humor to the internet from the TV? Humorous blogs, websites, and YouTube videos are everywhere, so I guess that’s my humor source nowadays.

  5. happy geek says

    Big Bang Theory. So Very funny. Other than that, I watch shows where people die on a regular basis, so I may not be a good recommender.
    Don’t tell anyone, but I had to google Harry Connick Jr. Clearly I had a wasted adolescence.

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