Thursday, February 25, 2010

news you can use #11: the houston rodeo, "dead" people, ironman, don't marry your first cousin, and sad news

i've got a couple new readers since last week, so let me give you newbies a little introduction of what thursdays look like around these parts.  some of you don't have time to or choose not to keep yourself in the know about important events.  no need to fear, in each edition of news you can use! i supply you with only the very best weekly news.  this news includes - but is not limited to - such important things as: world news, hollywood news, movie news, reality tv news, interesting and weird happenings news, things i happen to find important or freakishly cool news, and my news (aka - what's going on in my life news). i know. all really exciting shit.  so sit back, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne and know you are will be more informed after reading this.


the houston livestock show and rodeo.  that's right, it's that time of year again in houston - rodeo time!  if you don't have a clue what a BIG EFFING DEAL the rodeo is in h-town, do your research.   i even gave you the link.  it's big.  the rodeo cookoff starts TONIGHT and one of the companies i lobby for has a tent, so you know i'll be there in my texas best attire.  i may even bust out the fringe shirt.  and i may even take pictures.  for you.  in the meantime, here's something to get you non-texans excited out there.  i know my canadian, aussie, and new zealand lovers will love this:

{the goal is to ride for 8 seconds.  good luck.  i wouldn't get on in the first place.  black beauty there obviously isn't having any of it.}

{how can you not love taylor??  we always have a pretty decent concert lineup.}

{you have to ride the ferris wheel at least once.}

{one of the rodeo tents.  this is where the crazy shiz goes down.}

'dead' colombian woman moves arm at funeral home.  when i was little i was seriously terrified of being buried alive.  my grandmother used to tell me horror stories growing up of people being buried alive in the 1800s and early 1900s because they were presumed to be dead.  i figured by 2010 we would have gotten this whole "medical death confirmation" thing down.  apparently not.  you can read about it here.

bill clinton is more like ironman than we thought.  per the onion, one of my favorite news sources in the world, former president bill clinton has had a unibeam installed in his chest.  i'm not sure what this mean for hilary.



banning marriage against 1st cousins.  a maryland lawmaker wants to ban marriage among 1st cousins saying people should stop playing "genetic roulette" with their offspring.  my response to this: umm, no shit.  there's not already a law in place for this??!?  oh, and just an fyi - there are 24 states in the united states that prohibit marriage between first cousins.



in other sad, but it-needed-to-happen news... mine and my boss' admin assistant was let go yesterday.  it's a long story and i hope only the best for her, but it was unfortunately one of those things that just really wasn't working out and is definitely for the best for all involved.  that being said, it means lots o' extra work for yours truly and my boss until we can get someone.  my point in telling you all is because i'll now be even busier than ever, which leaves less time for the important things like commenting on your blogs.  i'll do my darndest, though and i promise to cry about how much i miss you.

44 comments:

Marian said...

Wait, so I could go ahead and marry my first cousin here in good ol' Baltimore....I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

SG said...

I think it's sad that in MD you can marry your cousin but gay people can't get married.

Summer said...

Dang....now the arranged marriages I had for my kids is out of the question. =)

The Only Girl said...

I SO want to go to that Rodeo! Hook me up with a place to stay for next year, will ya?!

What does the Admin Assistant position pay? Maybe I'll apply. Just imagine the fun we'd have!

Cathy said...

I have an idea! You should hire me! I'm sure I can do admin assistant stuff, plus then we can move somewhere warm.

Yeah, that "dead" lady story totally freaked me out the other day.

My dad used to have horses as a kid and his nickname was Bronco Buster. I thought you'd like to know that.

I am Trish Marie said...

I drive down backroads when I need to go into Houston, so I can avoid 45. I sat on 149 for 45 min waiting for the trailride to pass on Tuesday when I was taking my daughter to speech therapy. Right now, the rodeo and I are not friends.

My daughter has a really rare genetic condition. Whenever we see a new doctor they always ask, "Are you sure you and her father are not related? Cousins? Second cousins?" Um. I am pretty damn sure. Thanks.

Masala Chica said...

People think John and I LOOK like first cousins, but we're not, so we are good. If nothing else we can move to Maryland.

Mwah!
Kiran

MCW said...

Maryland is a little behind the times :)

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Marriage between cousins iiiiiccccckkkkkk! "You know who's looking hot tonight... Seth Moosickouski"... "Karen, he's your cousin"... "Yeah but were first cousins... see you have your first cousins then you have your second cousins... "Yeahhhh"... "That's not right is it?"... "That is SOOO not right" - is always what I think of... that and "You sure got a purdy mouth!" AHHHHH!!!!!

ZOMG - So jealous I LOVE RODEO! (And Taylor Swifts boots in that image). I have a friend from HS that started riding bulls in the rodeo circuit - I wish I knew how far him and his brother went. I saw them both ride locally in MD but never past that. BBQ, RODEO, HAWT COWBOYS, Cowboy shirts, wranglers, boots, leather... seriously I'm totes jealous right now! Have fun and TAKE PICTURES!!!!! (And eat some of that BBQ - if you can I can't remember if meat is an allergy if you can't make someone you go with eat some for me!!!)

Signed - SERIOUSLY JEALOUS OF THE RODEO BUT LOVING NEWS I CAN USE! ox

P.S. My boyfriend's father was a rodeo rider (bulls and broncos team roping the whole 9) I love hearing his stories. :)

foxy said...

Dude, the Houston Rodeo is SO MUCH FUN. I used to go all the time.... it's been a while now though. Have fun!

Marriage of first cousins... ewwwww.

Meagan@Megs7827 said...

Gosh I hope she wasn't let go for spending a lot of time on blogger and twitter! Cause I'm afraid of that happening to me!

Stacy said...

Do you know where the term 'Saved By The Bell" comes from? Way back yonder, they realized they were burying people alive because coffins would have scratch marks on the inside!!! Don't ask me why they dug them up to realize there were scratchmarks, but anyway...they started attaching a string to the buried person that ran up to the ground and had a little bell on the end. So if the bell started ringing...they were saved by the bell!!!!! True story. FREAKY!

Shell said...

I know you said a whole lot that I wanted to comment on...but all I can think right now is: it's NOT illegal to marry your first cousin????

EW!

Salt said...

Well thank goodness my home state is doing something about this? Because they hadn't already? Ew.

Salt said...

Oh and PS...I was talking about cousin marriage. Apparently my blog comments make less sense when I've had mimosas for breakfast.

Kiera said...

my friend's grandma's eye opened at her wake. the funeral home had to escort everyone out so they could sew it shut. ew.

Nikosmommy said...

I totally understand Rodeo "madness"..I'm from Calgary Canada and the Calgary Stampede is insanely over the top and so much fun! (even if you aren't even 'country' you can't help but love it!)

jessalyn said...
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jessalyn said...

manfriend is my first cousin, do you think that is why he hasn't proposed? damn. i will have to look into MA laws.
and cremation.
and applying to be your new assistant.

ScoMan said...

Ever since I threw out on Twitter a few days ago that bull riders aren't celebrities (and therefore Jewel is not part of a celebrity couple because her husband or boyfriend or whatever is a nobody) the universe has been throwing back at me how big bullriding is.

OKAY UNIVERSE! I TAKE IT BACK! THEY'RE A CELEBRITY COUPLE!

I love that pic you used for the cousins thing.

And wasn't one of Arnie's first acts as governor to make a law against necrophilia? And I was like "Ummm.. there wasn't already a law against necrophilia?"

I don't know whether or not it's okay to marry your cousin in Australia. I mean, it's probably okay for Australians to marry YOUR cousins, but I don't know if it would be okay for you to marry your own cousins.

Well, morally it's not okay to marry your own cousin anywhere. That is wrong. Legally I was talking about.

Brittany said...

I agree with Marian.. How could Maryland allow first cousins to get married? What kind of state do I live in? The rodeo show looks pretty cool :-) Love Taylor Swift too so that's a plus!

♥Aubrey said...

Gotta love Texas!!! Rid-em Cowgirl :)

Sorry you're gonna be busier than ever hun.
Hope the poor girl understood. I bet she was shady. Hahaha

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

Is Cali one of those states? I was hoping to divorce the Surfer and re-marry my cousin, Rueben.

Bathwater said...

It was all worth the last cartoon. And the crocodile tears. ;)

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

i just peed a little at the banning marriages between first cousins!! Isn't that a given?? Hello??! I love news you can use! It makes my day :)

A Real Housewife said...

i do miss the good ole' houston rodeo! have double fun for an ex-houstonian!

Shandal said...

Um, I would freak if I was at a open casket funeral and the body moved. Pretty sure I'd lose some sleep over that freaky shite.
Ew to the cousin relations. I don't care what degree of cousins they are, still gross, TO ME anyway.

Cee said...

I am too shocked by the fact that first cousins could get married now IN MY STATE to even say anything else. yikes.

d.a.r. said...

Ugh dead people freak me out....I remember reading about how in Victorian times they would tie a string to the body's finger and attach the string to a bell next to the tombstone, so that way, in case they were really alive, they could ring the bell and get unburied! Ick!

Ashley said...

YAY for rodeos!
Um, so true [& very disturbing] story, my step-grandma's cousins married each other. They're all first cousins, and they got married. Uh gag. They have like 5 kids, and one of them has some kind of disability. And its not like these people are white trash or anything, they are really upper-crust people in DC. Its grosssss. Like can you imagine being the parent of the kid who is like "Mom, Dad, I'm getting married...to your nephew."

Elizabeth Marie said...

You can marry your cousins..my cousin is hot, maybe I should consider it.

Just effing kidding. Sick.

I miss you. Your comment yesterday made me teary. I'm here for you ladylove.

Ed said...

That dead, not dead lady story freaked me out.

Sarah said...

I am still stunned at the news that it's no illegal to marry your first cousin. WTF?

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Yeah how is that NOT already a law?! Ewwww!!!

Candice said...

Have fun at the rodeo. YEE HAW and whatnot. ;)

AuntBT said...

I freaking miss the Rodeo, and the cook off is soooo the best part!!! Man, I would totally drive down tonight if I could!!!

Have a blast, and drink a few for me (whatever you can drink)!!

Dylana said...

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Tracie said...

Now I have to add being buried alive to my list of notso irrational fears.

Allyson said...

Hahaha....I totally agree with Tracie! Here I thought that problem was solved. Awesome.

I was introduced the fury and glory of the rodeo when I lived in Flagstaff, AZ. Wow..."8 Seconds" totally never prepared me for the madness. If you do indeed deck out in a fringed shirt, please, please, PULEAZE post that because there's very little that's more fantastical than a truly fringed shirt. And I want to say that I know a girl who...

Also, I'm afraid it will be even more obvious to Hillary when Bill is aroused. He will "glow" in 2 places, instead of just 1.

Kristin said...

I hate you. Not really. I love you. But I WANNA BE at the cook off/rodeo. Boo. That is something I miss so much about H-town!

Erin said...

YOu know, I need a job b/c this mommyhood gig isn't working out so well. My kids are sick of me. So I can work for you?! HIRE ME, HIRE ME!

We'll miss seeing you around, but we'll be here whenever you have time to drop in!!

WhisperingWriter said...

Rodeos are so much fun. We have one called Cheyenne Frontier Days. The food is my favorite part.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I've always wanted to go to a rodeo. We don't have them up here though.

Valerie {Next to Heaven} said...

I didn't know you were in or around Houston! I am! I have tickets to Lady A and I'm so excited!! I love the Houston Rodeo!!