I am once again participating in Jenny Matlocks, Saturday Centus. This is where she gives a phrase and you have to write using that phrase and only 100 words. It's not easy. And neither is today's prompt. I will do my best to keep it at 100.
I was getting my daughter ready for preschool. Everything about the morning was normal. Breakfast for her, me, and the baby. Our little TV on in the kitchen. It was Good Morning America. But that day was not a good morning for America. At first, I thought a building was being demolished. Then I heard the reporter utter, "My God." I stood frozen in front of the flickering images on my TV. I wanted to call my mother. I needed to call my husband--who was in the Coast Guard. I called Rich. He already knew. The base was on the highest alert. I called my mom next. A horrible day indeed.
I couldn't help it. It was just there. When I saw the color of the rainbow for this week was "violet" the very first thing that popped in my head was: Gilda Radner's SNL character, Emily Litella. Poor confused dear. Why can't we have more "violins" on television?
It is that time! I can't believe it is already here! Dancing With the Stars Season 11. And here are the stars and their partners.
Michael Bolton: Singer. Everyone always makes fun of him. I liked him better once he cut his hair. His partner: Chelsea Hightower. She is young, tiny and tough. I think it will be a good match.
Brandy: Another singer. The only thing I know Brandy for is for the remake of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella." It was pretty good. I still like Leslie Ann Warren's better. Brandy is paired with Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy. He is hard core. I think Brandy will be too.
Margaret Cho: Comedienne. I remember her vaguely. Is she funny? I can't remember. She is paired with Louis Van Amstel. Hmmmm....will she talk about her "Jiggly parts" too?
Rick Fox: Actor and Carrie-Ann Inaba's eye candy. Rick is one lucky guy. His partner is perhaps the best female pro DWTS has: Cheryl Burke. She is tough and an excellent teacher. If he is serious, he might have a chance.
Jennifer Grey: Actress famous for: Dirty Dancing. While she may receive flack, for having done that movie and therefore must obviously know how to dance. Except that was over 20 years ago. BUT...she has the best male pro for a partner. Derek Hough! Jen, you are lucky Baby!
David Hasslehoff: Actor/singer. I thought this was interesting. He is charming, but he also has a serious drinking problem. I hope he can stay sober. His partner: Kym Johnson. She is very sweet and a good teacher.
Florence Henderson: Actress (Mrs. Brady) Aww don't we just love her?? I think she will be a crowd pleaser for sure. Her partner: Corky Ballas! Oh he will be so much fun to watch with her.
Kyle Massey: Disney Actor. I know who he is because I have kids. He's funny and can hip hop with the best of them. Len will not like that. Kyle's partner: Lacey Schwimmer. She has a funky edge and will be a good match for Kyle. If she stays within the guidelines and Kyle follows her instruction, they will do well.
Bristol Palin: Really? I mean was there not a star begging to be on this show. Bristol Palin. I have no words. She gets Mark Ballas for her partner. *sigh* Sorry Mark, I guess you drew the short straw.
Audrina Patridge: From The Hills. From the what!? Who? Again...I am sure there are plenty of stars lining up to be on this show. I want to be on this show. How do I get a reality show or be a part of one! Audrina is paired with Tony Dovolani. Tony, I hope for your sake that Audrina can actually dance. (Tony was paired with Kate Gosselin last season.)
Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino. Actor/Jersey Shore. With a nickname like "the situation" I can only see a sting of....one groaners liners. I don't know anything about him. ...maybe that is because I don't watch MTV. He is paired with returning pro: Karina Smirnoff. In the past she has been a diva. Maybe her hiatus grew her up.
Kurt Warner: Football Player. Ah the jock. See I don't know who he is, I had to ask the husband. But an NFL player versus daughter of a former governor....yeah I will take the jock. Kurt is paired with: Anna Trebunskaya. She is a sophomore to the cast this season. She is a good teacher and serious about competition. A good match? Possibly.
The first show airs: Sept. 20th on ABC! Are you going to be watching?
Does anyone know why we celebrate Labor Day? I didn't know. Rich didn't know. We were talking about it the other day and he asked me, "What is Labor Day for anyway?" I gave an honest answer, "I have no idea." So of course this got me thinking. What is Labor Day and when did we start celebrating it. Well google is your friend--most of the time....sometimes it scares me!--here is what I learned about our three day weekend...
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.
The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
So now you know why we celebrate Labor Day and when it all started! I love the internet!
Now do you also know I have TWO other blogs?? It's true. I do. One is for my pictures and the other is my weight loss journey and sharing things I have learned along the way!