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Archive for April 30th, 2008

         Many of you readers are a little richer this week.  Many more of you…haven’t yet received your tax incentive rebate check from your Uncle Sam.  So, when that $$$ ship comes in…are you going to take a cruise to your local spend a lot store; or are you like so many others; and, someone already has their hand in your pocket ready to help themselves before you have even had a chance to smell the money?

         I have been hearing all kinds of advertisements on the radio and television each one jockeying for the opportunity to relieve you of your burden of cash.  It would almost be funny; if you didn’t understand that even the businesses in our country are hurting, almost as much as us “little guys”.   So, all i am saying is think clearly before you get tempted to purchase something…or pay that overdue bill.   Make the decision that is right for you and your situation.

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        Ok people, she made a mistake…Geez!  Yeah, i know Paula Abdul isn’t known for her clear-headedness on American Idol…but, come on.  She explained that, at the last minute, the producers changed the order of things regarding how the judges were to give their reviews of the performances.

       This time the producers wanted them to write down their opinions and then give them their feedback after all 5 of the performers had performed a Neil Diamond number.  When it came to Paula’s feedback on Jason Castro; she inadvertantly, gave him feedback on two songs. 

       Oooops!  Was Paula’s face as red as her dress?  How embarassing…the other judges and even Ryan Seacrest tried to move things along to cover it a bit.  But hey, how many of us have never made a mistake?

       It probably wouldn’t have made as much of a splash but Paula was quite specific in her feedback saying, “The second song, I felt like it wasn’t your charm wasn’t-it was missing for me.  It kind of left me a little empty”. 

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         It is the morning after; Shannon Elizabeth from Dancing With The Stars was let go from the competition.  It was sort of one of those shows where one minute it looked certain that one thing would happen and then something completely different changed the course.

          I was thinking that Shannon would be the one to go until Christian de la Fuente was injured; and then, i thought…well, maybe it was exactly what they said at first…a pulled/strained muscle.  Then when the show started up….the drama increased; and i second guessed myself. Ooops…they were building up the tension, insinuating that maybe the injury would put him out of the running.

      Finally, it was revealed that Christian had spoken to the doctors after an MRI and he needs to have surgery on his arm as he has a ruptured tendon in his bicep.  However, just when the audience thought…he was leaving…Christian announced that the doctor gave an ok to continue with the competition if he had been voted to stay. 

          Wow…i can’t imagine a doctor saying…it would be ok to continue to put that kind of strain on the arm if he was injured that badly.  Truthfully, why would someone want to risk permanent damage?  I mean, sure…Christian has worked hard to stay in the competition…but, please…this seems a bit serious.

       In any case, there it is…Christian was voted to stay and that meant that the bottom two competitiors were Shannon/Derek and my long shot Marissa/Tony.  I felt bad for Shannon she is mourning her loss.  She said that she made a lifelong friendship with Derek.   She seemed pretty sad…but, i also rejoiced that Marissa and Tony were given another week to display their wonderful teamwork.  Gotta love this show, dont ya think?

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        Tonight’s episode of Dancing With The Stars was filled up to the last minute with drama; partly because of Christian’s arm injury.  He has to have surgery because of a bicep tendon rupture from last evening’s performance. 

         Christian talked to the doctor, right before tonight’s show; and, he said that it would be ok to delay the surgery if Christian was able to stay in the competition.  Now that is commitment.  The voters, along with the judges scores did in fact keep him in the competition.

       So, it was an smiling, beautiful Shannon Elizabeth, who was obviously a bit emotional, who will say Ta Ta to her fans this week…she is out of the competiton.  The bottom two positions were taken up by Shannon Elizabeth and her partner Derek, and the other couple was Marissa and Tony.  I am feeling badly for Shannon and Derek…but, i am thrilled that Marissa has another week in the competition.  I was very proud of her performances this week. 

         Everyone has been so loving with each other…meaning the competitors.  They are all very supportive of one another.  So…another week begins…here is ’til monday!

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