Infatuation: My Teen Idols 1970′s & 80′s

Who did you idolize as a teenager? Did you go crazy for the Beatles? Ga-ga over Duran Duran? In love with Justin Bieber? Did you think Elvis was the livin’ end?

My top 6

My top 6/M. Jackson, D. Cassidy, L. Hilton Jacobs, S. Baio, C. Reeve, P. Stevenson.

The first thing that comes to mind, is as soon as you say which one’s were yours, you reveal how old you are.  The problem with that, is, younger people won’t have a clue who you’re talking about, most likely.

Something that’s kind of sad about these men now, 2 of them are gone, and the other 4 you don’t hear from anymore.  But 2 of them have still got it, can you guess which two?  Ok maybe 3 have still got it.  Which isn’t bad I suppose, but back in the day these guys were IT!!!!

Since, my infatuation started before I was actually a teen, I guess I should go ahead and list them, because depending on what age I was, determined who I was crushing on.  Also, there were multiple infatuations.  For instance, the SWAT Team cast, from the TV show in the 70′s, they were amazing. But for now, I will just list my top 6…

1. Michael Jackson ~ He was my first teen idol, when I was 10 I wanted to marry him.

2. David Cassidy ~ He was beautiful and had the best hair in america then. I was 7-10.

3. Parker Stevenson ~ He was on a show called The Hardy Boys, now I was in my teens

4. Scott Baio ~ Cha Chi, from Happy Days, 11-14.

5. Lawrence Hilton-Jacob ~ Washington on Welcome Back Kotter, 10.

6. Christopher Reeve ~ Superman, from the late 70′s early 80′s. 14.

So there it is my teen idol infatuations, there are a few more but those are the most memorable one’s. The funny thing about it now is, looking at these pictures, I don’t know that I think any of them are that cute anymore, except for maybe 2.  How fickle of me. ~ Musings&Rants

Showdown At Big Sky: I MUST Respectfully Disagree

How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach?

Unfortunately, how I handle conflict depends on whom the conflict is with.  For instance, if it’s with my daughter or her husband, I usually handle myself badly, by that I mean, very raw and in their face.  If it’s with a peer or someone older than me, I usually handle myself with a lot more restraint and respect.  Wow, reading my answer to the question is disturbing and gross, why should I treat my children with less respect than someone older?  Especially, when they recently earned my respect for things they’ve done right!  Or maybe I should say better than I did at their age.

My goodness, I’m glad I did this Daily Prompt, to see what’s really going on inside my head/heart.  Being subtle has its place, because not everyone needs a drop kick in the pants to get the message.  Also, by handling someone with gentleness, can glean better results.  Plus, being a defensive jerk, exposes you to all kinds of ridicule, and consequences of a negative response in return. So in retrospect, I think I will try my best to handle things quickly and quietly, and more specifically, better than I have in the past with my daughter and her husband, and that’s the honest answer. ~ Musings&Rants

Bears** 2014

Sky and her babes/imag:

Sky and her babes./image:

Disney has put out a good nature movie, and I don’t usually like nature movies, since it’s hard to tell if the audience is being manipulated with editing, to fit the script, or if they catch everything as is. So, since I don’t know, I liked the way it played out on-screen.

The premise: Sky and her cubs are waking up from a 6 month slumber.  The babies are brand new and have to learn the ropes of the wild.  Sky, needs to eat, since she’s been in hibernation so she has to get nourishment for herself, and continue to nurse her babies. As this family makes their way over snowy Alaskan mountains, the whole bear community is making their quest too.

As she crosses the flatlands of Alaska, she’s trying to get to the Salmon that are making their way up the river to spawn.  As she does, she’s met by some formidable foes, Magnus, Chinook, and Tikaani.  Magnus and Chinook are both male bears who are also hungry and want to eat the cubs.  Tikaani, is a male wolf who would like to eat a cub as well.  And since Sky has to leave her cubs to go fish, the dangers are ever-present with these guys.

Sky catching Salmon./image:

Sky catching Salmon./image:

The most breathtaking aspect of nature movies these days, is the digital photography. It’s brilliant to watch how beautifully the camera captures every detail of its subject matter. The crisp clean images, and slow motion sequences, made this movie pop, and almost makes you forget you’re sitting in a theater watching.

The directors, Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scoley, are amazing and meticulous with this new digital technology.  Another aspect of watching these kinds of films, is the outtakes when the credits roll, it’s as interesting to watch that as it is the movie.  Since the camera crew is right out in bear country, with these wild unpredictable animals, literally sleeping in tents!  And, how do they get those close-ups of a mother bear and babies hibernating without waking them up?  

The Sum Up: With a wonderful music score, and compelling imagery, Bears is a great family movie.  Voice actor, John C. Reilly, Talladega Nights, also adds a charm to the film, with his playful sounding voice, it makes the scary scenes a little less intense, and the fun scenes more fun.  As for my score, this gets an A, see it in theaters, it’s that good.  Also, children 3 and up can see this one. Rated PG. ~ Musings&Rants

The Race: Asian Australian, Part 10


This post is exceptional, it has much to teach about race relations, with it’s in-depth storyline, in regards to Mabel, a Chinese-Malaysian in Australia, is riveting. Another whopper from Holistic Wayfarer…

Originally posted on A Holistic Journey:

1) How do you define yourself racially or ethnically and why is it important to you? Please tell us about the racial makeup of your family if you were adopted or come from a colorful family.

I was born in Australia to very traditional Chinese-Malaysian parents. The word “Malaysian” refers to a nationality. There are predominantly three races living in Malaysia – Chinese, Malay and Indian. A very long time ago, the Chinese came and settled in Malaysia. My grandparents – and many generations before them – were born in Malaysia. My relatives and extended family don’t know where our ancestors originated. We don’t talk about Chinese history but the history of Malaysia. We’ve always considered ourselves Chinese people living in Malaysia. We don’t identify with China the country but with Chinese culture. Chinese Malaysian is similar to the term, say, Korean American.



When I was growing up in Melbourne…

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