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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We're on America's Got Talent!

It is weird that they showed Sharon Xing us -- she was the one who *didn't* X us. I'm just thankful that they didn't decide to linger on humiliating us (like they did with the folks who fell off the stage).

They cut all the dancing, for the sake of close-ups, but really; I'm counting our blessings. We performed in front of 2000 high school teens (listen to them FREAKING OUT; ha ha ha! I guess we are still scary!), on (inter?)national television, and everyone looked Great!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Reality" TV & Presidential Speeches - a National Addiction?

Yesterday, I posted the following rant in response to a post about Obama’s firey BP speech. Responses were either, “FINALLY, Obama gets tough!” or disillusioned cries of “bullshit” from those convinced Obama’s evil, since things aren’t going spectacularly. The owner of the original comment wisely calmed the fires before any flame-wars broke out on his facebook (SMART THINKING, @Michelangelo!), but I’m kinda curious to see if anyone agrees with me.

I am suspicious that the nation has become addicted to media bursts. It seems like every time Obama makes a speech, folks get in a huff about it being a sign that either A. He’s finally doing his job, or B. This just proves he’s a liar, and he’s doing exactly the opposite of his job.
It seems to me that people interpret Presidential PSA’s as the signal that actual work is being done, rather than…. you know; the possibility that work involves sitting quietly at your presidential desk, and not making reality TV for everyone to get fired-up about.
Here was my comment:

“To start - this sucks; BP blows, the government has been overrun by OIL for ever. (Why can't we run our cars on corn ethanol?)
However... I can't help feeling that everyone's gotten addicted to the Republican's over-dramatized Presidential Pep Talks.
Just because Obama's not on TV saying "We'll get those BP Guys!!" every day like GWB was with Bin ... See MoreLaden, there seems to be an assumption that he's picking his nose instead of... ida know; learning how drilling works, organizing a website to accept solution suggestions, rounding up volunteers from across the country, hiring scientists to imagine future damage & solutions, talking with the industry in local meetings or on the phone, learning about the problem from people on the ground, rather than the white-collars who are paid to say "everything is going to be okay; you don't know anything, so just truuuuust us," .... stuff that happens in your office. Doing a press conference is, frankly, less worth our time than him doing his research. He's a lawyer; he will research; that's how you win lawsuits that force companies to be culpable.

“Ida know, guys; what *exactly* could've happened faster? I can't help but relate this to watching your sick animal at the vet; they can only do a biopsy before they give the drugs that may work or may just ruin the biopsy, they can only do the surgery if the drugs fail... stuff like that that gives everyone a sense of helplessness, but just goes to show that there is still a long way to go in technology.
It's not likely, they can physically do more to the well than they are at a time, right? Plug it and drill a hole in the side to maybe bypass it -- but perhaps side-drilling will weaken the chances that the plug will work (didn't anyway, but...)
And it's not like we can sue them for damages before we know how bad it's going to be. And it's not like Obama's able to supervise each cleanup employee, and know who's working hard enough and who's understaffed... all of this stuff just takes time, and I don't think the government was necessarily supposed to be able to physically handle this task faster/better than BP.

“Yes, it FUCKING SUCKS. But I don't think I can get behind the assumption that Obama's been slacking, just because he hasn't been giving these war-speeches on TV all the time.”

Kids these days!

If there is one thing that makes you remember being a teenager, it’s having your parent tell you that you don’t understand something that you actually do understand. It’s a quintessential barrier between ages; it’s nearly possible to accept that a younger person’s different ideas or qualitative values could be true.

Of course, that's because kids are often full of shit.
But when your happy, glowing, successful, loved, newly married daughter, who finished grad school and is pursuing her intended career tells you that her spirituality is sufficient… well… apparently that’s hard to believe, when she doesn't know God.

It’s frustrating that my mom should get so stumped here.
I’m able to translate her universal truths into my spiritual dialect. Individually, she always smiles and is pleased to hear me eloquently explain the experience of letting go of defensiveness, of forgiveness, of openness, love and gratitude. But she remains convinced that, since I don’t believe in God per say, my spiritual life is not as full as it could be.

She denied that my path could be equal in “fullness” because she assumes that I underestimate her path. This is likely because when I said, “her path,” she imagined whatever my twenty-year-old self said to her in order to fight off her evangelism. But that was ten years ago, and my life and spiritual self have radically matured.

Hearing her tell me that I don’t understand immediately brought back the defensiveness, the sting and the insult of the memory of adolescent frustration. (Most notably because I had the now-rare impetus to go outside and chain-smoke.) Her idea of my spirituality is based on my rebellious, young-adult self. When she insists that I am too inexperienced to understand, she’s basing her analysis on her own inexperience of who I am now.

Geez, parents just don’t understand!!
(hah hah…)

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Dance & Fitness Faculty member at San Francisco Peninsula Community Colleges, Director, Choreographer & Featured Dancer, Founder of the Living Dead Girlz, and Owner of the Steele Dance Company, which provides entertainment for festivals, corporate events, conventions and private events. Teaching private dance lessons and creating choreography since 1997, Steele graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Double Major in Dance and Comparative Literature and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography at Mills College. She has toured all the major cities in Germany and performed at the Cannes Film Festival as the featured dancer in TRIP -- Remix Your Experience, a multimedia exhibition of film, live music and art. Steele has also performed as a featured dancer for RJ Reynolds (CAMEL) promotional events. Steele currently manages the go-go dancers of "Poor Impulse Control," who perform frequently in San Francisco's industrial, alternative, and rock venues.