December 28, 2008

December 28, 2008
Three Deaths, A Buzz Cut and a President-Elect Hunk

Thanks for stopping by to see what is going on in another day of my life. I hope you are having a safe and great weekend.

Many people are traveling home from wherever they spent their Christmas holiday. I hope you are having a safe trip home if you are one of those. The footage of traffic on the interstates make me even more glad Gary and I stayed home this year.

But besides the traffic, it has been a very busy week even in the news. Usually the time between Christmas and New Years is a very slow news time.

Christmas came and Christmas went this week, but Buzz lingers on. Hot topics include Robert Pattinson's web stirring haircut, an Obama chest sighting, and the deaths of three notables.

Three Deaths

The playwright Harold Pinter, singer Eartha Kitt, and actor John Costelloe have little in common except the closeness in time of their passing. Pinter won the Nobel Prize in literature and famously wrote pauses into his dialogue. Kitt's career as a singer and actor spanned six decades, highlighted by her sultry rendition of the hit song Santa Baby and a star turn as Catwoman on the Batman TV show. Costelloe registered in the public consciousness over a mere four episodes of The Sopranos as the character Johnny Cakes, the lover of on the lam gangster Vito Spatafore. The death of this former firefighter is being reported as a suicide.

"Buzz" cut

This week, Robert Pattinson, or more accurately, Robert Pattinson's hair, wafted over and settled upon the Buzz big time, as Web devotees of the Twilight star clicked away on anything having to do with his new haircut. In trading in his signature unruly locks for a much shorter, untousled do, Pattinson joins the ranks of Elvis Presley and John Edwards as public figures whose haircuts have the power to make people absolutely bonkers. And for those who harbor strong pro or anti new hair sentiments, please remember: Long tufts or no, he's still Robert Ever Lovin' Pattinson!

President Hunk

Question: Which U.S. president or president-elect (hint, hint) would you most like to see shirtless? Sorry, Martin Van Buren fans. The correct answer is Barack Obama. How do we know that? Because of the frenzy created when photos of our soon to be commander in chief vacationing in Hawaii sans top hit the Web. Despite Obama's muscular pectorals and flat stomach, this article from the Telegraph puts forth Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's physique as equivalent to our incoming president's. Maybe. But we say a tuxedoed Obama takes Putin in the evening wear competition, hands down.

Just more proof that life goes on even during the holidays. So remember to enjoy yours to the fullest while you are here.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab