Damn You Marc Jacobs

What do you see when you look at this picture?

What if I told you this was the latest ad campaign for Marc Jacobs. I’ve always hated his print ads because the general theme is always a celebritty who looks like a cracked out homeless person. (in this case Helena Bonham Carter)  Here is my issue, yes these ads grab your attention. If he was an up and coming designer aiming for the hipster crowd I’d say good job. But he’s not. His cloths are worn by celebrities and ladies who lunch. The ads misrepresent the brand. Plus…would this make you want to spend $1000+ for a jacket? I think not. There must be something I am missing because Jacobs has been running these ads for years and has gone on to tremendous success. I still just don’t get it.

Sumer Must Have

I can’t live without Garnier Nutritioniste Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes! They are sold to remove make-up but they work great as a quick little cleaning cloth for your face or body. If you have oily skin or if you’re hot and sweaty from the summer sun these are a Must Have to wipe away the grime. Great features include a re-sealable pack and clean fresh scent. There are a lot of other brands that have a similar products but I’ve stuck with these because they tend to be one of the cheapest. (Usually between $6 and $7 at any pharmacy or store) Also a great idea for traveling! Look for them in the skin car section amongst the facial washes.

Tracy Morgan

Last week Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock fame did a stand up show in Tennessee and went on an anti-gay tirade. Read the full story below:

http://www.tmz.com/2011/06/10/tracy-morgan-homophobic-act-rant-comedy-gay-threats-kill-son-30-rock/

Either the story hasn’t been making very many headlines or I just missed it. But you’d think this would be a story the media would jump all over. Morgan did release a statement afterward apologizing. “”I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville.” It sounds like a cut and paste from the PR manager’s apology hand book. Personally I don’t buy it. But as I was reading the article on TMZ.com as was struck by one of the reader’s comments:
“So we live in a society now where you can’t tell jokes that might offend some people? Get me off this planet.”
Who said he wasn’t allowed to offend people? I support his right of free speech to say whatever the hell he wants. He has every right to do so. However all of your actions are going to have a reaction. For example you have the right to tell off your boss and call him a moron and an idiot. Your boss also has the right to fire your ass. You can run your mouth but be prepared to deal with the consequences.

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Standoffish

My name is Joe and I’m standoffish.
I’ve come to realize recently that my one great talents in life is being cold and off putting. The skill comes in handy when I’m trying to avoid chatting with an unwanted bar patron. What I didn’t realize is that I also do it to friends I know and love. To give some background: In my social circle people give each other a polite kiss when they meet and say hello. A friend was telling a story about how we was trying to dodge a man with especially fishy puckered lips. As he put it “so I did the Joe Cavanaugh.” I asked quizzically, what’s that? He pointed out that whenever I say hello I avoid kissing someone’s lips by turning my cheek in the European style. When I mentioned it to other people, everyone agreed and knew exactly what I was talking about. Apparently everyone else had noticed it except me. One guy even said he was happy to hear that it wasn’t a personal issue with him.
Since then I’ve thought a lot about it. The most important point is that it’s totally unconscious. I don’t really give it any thought. However on a side note, the whole kissing practice is a bit bizarre. I tend to agree with Julia Roberts in Pretty Women. Kissing is very personal. In addition if I want to kiss you… I’m going to KISS you. Either way I come off as standoffish from the very first impression without even realizing it. I’m not sure if I’m surprised or not… but at this point I’ll just add it to the list.
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My Travel Bucket List

For all the places I’ve been, there are three trips that I still haven’t taken. First, A Mediterranean (Gay) Cruise. I’ve traveled to Italy and southern France but my dream to experience it all on a relaxing cruise. Plus I’ve never been to Spain and with a cruise I could kill two birds with one stone. (The route pictured to the right is from RSVP’s cruise in July 2011).

Next on my list is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. If I ever have enough money for a Mediterranean cruise hopefully I can take an extra day or two and swing up to this architectural wonder.  

Sydney Australia rounds out my top three. Hot Ausie men and toilet water that twists the opposite way…Woohoo! Sydney also hosts one of the world’s biggest Gay Pride celebrations. It would be a shame not to see it at least once. However a heavy price tag and epic flight times knock it down to third place.

Honorable Mention goes to:
Chicago IL
Seattle WA
Stockholm Sweden
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Minneapolis MN
San Diego CA

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