Monthly Archives: June 2009

Celebrities Die: Why is that a big deal?

 

CELEBRITIES DIE – SOCIETY IS IN SHOCK – WE WANT TO KNOW MORE – AND WE PAY ATTENTION – BUT WHY?

So the latest is that Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson both died on the same day. But neither one was making huge amounts of money before their death. Now that they’re dead, everyone wants to know about them.

Why is it that society cares more about the dead than the living?

I know the way I am writing this, it seems like I’m uncaring or that I have no compassion.

But at some point we have to realize, when you start being interested in someone "after it’s too late" and after they are already dead, then there is really something wrong with that.

The funny thing about Michael Jackson in particular, is that the majority wrote him off as a freak for all his plastic surgeries and for being charged with child molestation.  How many jokes was he the punch line of?

But he really did bring a lot of music to the masses — he was great at what he did.

The famous moon walk came from him — he deserved a lot better than the credit that society gave him.

Now he’s dead, and everyone seems to care more than they ever did.  Michael Jackson went bankrupt, and many people thought it was funny. A celebrity in despair knocks them back down to our level, and yet we’re all a bunch of nobody’s that enjoys it when that happens.

Society isn’t healthy when this kind of mindset seems appropriate and acceptable.

I watched a four hour movie tonight on TV about Michael Jackson and thoroughly enjoyed it. But that’s because he’s dead, and I’m interested before "it’s too late" and I don’t get another chance.  But — the fact that he’s already dead — makes it too late already. Showing interest in his life, after he’s dead, makes me a hypocrite and same with the rest of you who are now interested in knowing his life story after it’s too late.

There are only two times that society idolizes a celebrity — when they are reaching the top — and when they die.

This is plain wrong — but that’s how society works. None of us in our wildest dreams could even imagine being the one to bring music to the masses when Michael Jackson was the top of the charts. Do you realize how hard it was for him?  But every mistake in his life had to become public knowledge.  Everyone had the opportunity to judge him.

Celebrities do not have it easy. Every move they make — every public sentence they say — is out there to be evaluated, re-evaluated, judged, taken apart in pieces and analyzed. Any normal citizen of society could not handle that — but our attitude is that — they’re celebrities, they’re rich, they have to accept what is coming to them.

Listen to me closely.

It’s not celebrities that should be judged.

It’s society..

For we have it ALL wrong.

We’re the ones that need a learning lesson.

Respect celebrities – give them leeway to make mistakes, and stop being so critical judging them. Above all, let’s hate the intrusion they get in their lives — they should be able to live their lives off-screen without us watching their every move. If any of us filled their shoes by gaining success and popularity, we’d want the same thing.

I hope one day, people have a higher respect for celebrities than we do — if that ever happens, it means civilization has evolved.

P.S.

Michael Jackson, rest in peace. You did wonders in your time, and it’s time you rested without any of us judging you anymore.

Kentucky Grilled Chicken: Is it finger licking good?

 

We recently tried Kentucky Grilled Chicken.  Here’s our review. First of all, I appreciate how much healthier grilled chicken is for you, and it makes taking home quick meal worthwhile.

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However one of the things we noticed is that they also include lots of honey flavored packets. They almost encourage you to put some of the honey on top of the chicken.  When you do, it really enhances the flavor — but now you’re back to square one again. The honey packets add a lot of calories and it’s akin to putting on a bunch of sugar on top of your chicken.

We should all just familiar with the new Grilled Chicken flavor, and forget about the honey packets altogether.

Chicken pieces cooked at home, requires you to go to the store, buy it, store it (often the freezer), defrost it. It usually takes a lot of cleanliness to avoid raw chicken from contaminating your kitchen. In addition, it requires your oven to be on at 350 degrees for an hour which increases your hydro bill. There is more energy wasted when you are washing out roasting pans, etc.

Kentucky Grilled Chicken is a nice quick healthy meal, ready when you are — and there is no problem feeding it to your family. Just watch out for the unhealthy sides. The macaroni and cheese side dish is loaded with calories, so is the gravy that inevitably coats the mashed potatoes.  The corn cobs are good and the calories they offer are natural, and a good choice.

I think that KFC is doing something right with their Grilled Chicken, and I encourage you to try it before something happens where they realize it is not a big seller. I don’t know how well their sales are doing – but I hope it remains a part of their permanent menu.

I wish there were more fast food restaurants dealing in healthy alternatives, but at a decent cost.

For instance, if I buy a chicken salad at a restaurant, I’d rather be paying $2.99 than $6.99 — lettuce is not expensive, and the tiny bit of chicken they include doesn’t cost a lot either. I find that a lot of healthy alternatives cost more, without any good reason. They just figure that the demographic that actually buys the healthier choices is use to paying more money – so most restaurants up the price on healthier items.

Let’s tax fat, and high calories instead. Make it that unhealthy eating “costs more” and we’d find a better, more slimmer society that is healthier and more productive. This is how we can make our country’s productivity level increase, simply by having a better diet.

I should not be able to get a double cheeseburger from McDonalds for $1.99 – if I want to have something unhealthy like that, it should cost me $5.99. But if I want a chicken salad with a lite dressing — that  instead should be $1.99 making healthy food more accessible and affordable.

Have you tried Kentucky Grilled Chicken? Did you like it either way (with or without) the honey packets?