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In Empathy, Popular Music, Television, Thats' Life, The Sunday Bully Pulpit, Unemployed on May 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM

#bullDogNATION’s Sunday BULLY Pulpit

Susan Lucci. Unemployed.
Help! I need somebody,
Help! Not just anybody,
Help! You know, I need Someone…

Susan Lucci has lost her job. Aw. After 41 years playing the oft married Erica Kane on ABC’s All My Children, Susan Lucci is Unemployed.

Hello, Susan. Welcome– to the continuing, real life drama starring 9 million American People and their children, All The Unemployed.

Of course, it’s not going to be fur you as it is fur all the People in the cast of All The Unemployed who are not you. All the Not multi-millionares, not self employed owners of their own companies. All The Unemployed not with beauty products and jewelry lines being sold on QVC. All The Unemployed not pulling down writer’s royalties.

So sop up those tears, Susan! Your income producing capacity is still solidly intact. And don’t forget you have the added good fortune and (not to mention) security of being in a healthy, happy marriage with the husband of your youth, the man of your dreams and in a house and home (perhaps several of them even) filled with cherished mementoes of the beautiful family you both successfully reared together.

Talk about “winning!”

Just because you’re fortunate and wealthy, however, doesn’t mean I can’t empathize with you. I know having a job

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money

I understand. I know what it’s like firsthand, Susan. Here. Dry your eyes. Take a moment to reflect on Her storyline. Now here is Someone who really has somethin’ to cry about. Her real life storyline began in November, 2009. She can only hope someday She’ll be fired from this. Who knows, you may even ask yourself what all your drama is really all about. Up next, the all not-so-new, all consuming, all daytime, nighttime, continuing lifetime drama…

All The Unemployed (multiple marriages not included).

Look at me. Still languishing here in this place some might call Hell. I just listened to Jason Reitman today as he discussed, in an interview with Robert Seigle on NPR what he learned from his experience working with “real people who had lost their jobs” for his newly released movie Up In The Air” starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga.

“If you’d asked me before I did this movie, ‘What’s the worst thing about losing your job in this type of economy?’ I would’ve probably said the loss of income,” Reitman explains. But as I talked to these people, that rarely came up. What people said, time and time again, was: ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ … It was really about a lack of purpose. They would say, you know, ‘After I finish this interview, I’m going to go get in my car, and I have nowhere to be.’ And I can’t imagine thinking that every day.”

“I can’t imagine thinking that every day” young Mr. Reitman said. We’re not just thinking it, Mr. Reitman. We’re feelin’ it and that, I can tell you from experience is far, far worse!

Imagine getting up every morning with no one in the world expecting you. No one who knows or cares if you’re even ALIVE or not. No one irritated because you are late.

Days blend into weeks. Weeks into months. You check and recheck the calendar reminding yourself what day of the week it is. The Today Show is a touchstone.

There is no greater hell than to have to begin and end each and every day having had nothing to do. Nothing to think about. No Where to be. No one to be with. Never hearing the phrase “See you tomorrow.” I go whole days, weeks, months even, without ever having to part my lips to make a sound. I can go equally as long not hearing anyone say my name.

The phone never rings.

Death of a SalesmanAbsolutely, you are right, Mr. Reitman. It is not the loss of income that is the thing. I used to always joke that if I wanted to work soley for money I’d be a prostitute. No, it’s not the loss of an income that we miss most.

Work is the anchor of a life. Look what happened to Willy Loman, for god’s sake. Everything you do in life is because you work. Work is not a privilege. It’s a RIGHT! There can be no Life, Liberty or PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS without WORK! Work is the American dream!

Once you have your job and feel secure in it and have adapted to the routine of collecting and managing the paycheck, that’s when

L-I-V-I-N-G actually starts to begin. Every plan, every decision, every thought, even your commute to and from work each day is predicated upon the completion of those allocated eight hours and the blessed assurance you’ll get to repeat that routine all over again tomorrow.

Then there are the dribbling, mundane routines and rituals. Before work you may do a load of laundry, drop the kids off with caregivers, stop at a drive through for a McGriddle, stop at the dry cleaner, plan dinner.

Sliding the card key through, getting the green light, entering the place where you go every day, where you chit-chat about those mundane, shared experiences with co-workers, grocery shop on your lunch hour, online bill pay, multi-task, and pitch in for birthday cards, cakes and balloon bouquets for co-workers you hardly know (and likely don’t even like). You’re at work. You have a job.

After work, complain about traffic while listening to tomorrow’s water cooler topic on the radio; pick up the kids, stop at the grocery store or Pet Smart or Target or just head straight home because dinner has to be made, the dryer has to be emptied, the carpet needs to be vacuumed, homework needs to get done, bills are in the mailbox. Everybody has to pee.

Meal time, bath time, quality time, bedtime. All the while your mind’s already reflecting on tomorrow’s in-basket, (how much gas is in the car?) e-mails that need to be responded to, deadlines, projects, your special work algorithm or just the everyday joy of the everyday routine of everyday people doing what they do every day– anchoring their lives so they can orbit all the things they really love and care around all that. There can be no family, no friends, no food, no music, no TV, no NPR.., no…“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and JOB is the sun!”

Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

There is no community without people who are working. Studs Terkel wrote a book about it. Real people don’t give a s**t about “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” All they wanna do is work so they can live, make their parents proud, maybe even in the same neighborhood they grew up in. Grow their childhood friendships, marry their childhood sweethearts, share the old neighborhood and most cherished memories with their children and then check out, kick the bucket so to speak, realizing some measure of satisfaction with the content of their lives.

People have to be working to do that.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before.

That’s Her story. Talk about a work in progress. See, Susan, unemployment often contributes to estrangement from family. It did fur Her. Unemployed People are often too ashamed to let their families know where they are or how they’ve ended up. They’ve lost everything. Now they sit among things that are not their own. They dwell in interior spaces that are not an expression of themselves. Joyful experiences are few and far between. They isolate themselves. Conceal everything.

free music

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
But now those daya are gone, I’m not so self assured,
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Don’t worry, Susan. You and I both know this will never be your story but I understand you feel awful now, though. It’s a terrible thing to have to let go of something when you’re not ready. I understand you’ll miss your work routine, certainly the character, the friendships you’ve cultivated because of your long association with the show.

But you are in a blessed position to reflect on your experience with fondness. After all, All My Children has been very, very good to you. You had 41 years. You never have to look back with fear or financial uncertainty or even anger. Maybe you should do less crying on TV and be more grateful about all that. If you won’t do it fur yourself, do it fur your fans. Do it fur me.

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me
Help me..,
HELP me… Oooooo…. ♫♫
Goodwill Energies I project
Upon each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life. Today.


Literacy Learning Is

In Childrens' Literacy, K-12 Education, Music, Popular Culture, Television, ThatOne WORD, Thats' Life on May 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM

ThatOne, here! The world’s bulldog Champion Fur Children’s Literacy! I’m here today as a public service to promote children’s literacy. Not only do I want everybully to be able to read and write, I want everybully to be whole, literate, thinking People all the time. ‘Cause I’m the Champion Fur Children’s Literacy!

People should be thinking all the time
Thinking all the time
Thinking all the time

Thanks, Eddie.

What'choo talkin' 'bout, That?

Well, Literacy is the ability to read and write.

Dictionary.comdefines literacy as:  

So is simply knowing how to read and write enough to make one a literate Person?

With reference to textbooks, an ancient writer once wrote:

“To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion [to them] is wearisome to the flesh.” Eccl 12:12

Even way back then, there were way too many cooks– uhp– I mean books. Yes, textbooks contain a wealth of important information. They’re useful. I love them! But really, with the vast array of subjects and topics and interesting things to do and know today, how much time could you reasonably devote to reading them all?

Visited the library lately? Just look at all the books on the shelves there already. Do you think reading just one book on any one subject would be enough?

And what about your schools and teachers? Can they be expected to provide all the knowledge and information you need to help you become a successful, contributing member of today’s rapidly changing, increasingly integrated, global society? 


That’s why literacy learning is so important. Literacy, in all its aspects, involves Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Thinking. Literacy learning completely integrates the whole Person and the totality of  life’s experiences.

Being a literate Person involves more than mastery of the conventions of reading and writing. It’s more than merely being able to read and write. Literacy is the ability, together with a strong, compelling desire, to learn how to learn.

A literate Person is, in a WORD, a thinking person. They not only know where to get answers to their own questions, they know how to get them as well. They have learned how to learn. They also appreciate learning is a lifelong phenomenon. It quite literally is the never ending story. But it doesn’t have to be all work. Opportunities fur learning are ubiquitous. That means everywhere present!

Don’t believe me?  Okay, so what are you looking at right now? Now think about it– Everything has a beginning. That shirt you’re wearing has a maker. Every building has an architect. Every book has an author. Every word has a meaning. Every answer brings up another question. That’s being a literate Person.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Pedagogy of Oppressd Ppr)

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire forcefully articulated that genuine learning can only occur within a context that is meaningful and relevant to the learner. Literacy, he insisted, is an active phenomenon, deeply linked to personal and cultural identity.

Its power lies not in a skill based ability to read and write, but rather in an individual’s capacity to put those skills to work to make meaning fur his or her self in the world. 

Literacy involves Reading. Writing. Listening. Thinking. And Speaking. I’m always modeling literacy behaviors. Each are grrreat and fun to do. Here. Take a look at what I just wrote! Umma call this

Literacy Seuss!

You can do them all alone.
You can do them in a group.
You can do them while at school,
When at work or on the stoop.
You can only just do this
or you can just do that
Read and Write combine the pair
It doesn’t matter Let them stare
You are thinking “I don’t care!”
You can Listen, Think and Speak all the time
and any where!

Did I sound like Dr. Seuss? Maybe just a little bit? BOL! See? Literacy rocks!

That’s why I am your enthusiastic and tireless Champion fur Children’s Literacy! And why I’m always sniffing out interesting and fun ways to encourage Reading, Writing, Listening, Thinking and Speaking.

WORD dogRead my blog. Click on the highlighted links and read some more about the People, places and things I blogged about! Read what others are saying about what they’ve read.

WORD dogWrite a comment on my blog. Shoot me an e-mail. Follow me on. Friend me on Look! Four fun avenues fur you to write. And the best part–I lub to read what you write!

WORD dogListen to the music and the videos I link or actually include in my blog, and to what others are saying about my blog or the content.

WORD dogThink about the things you’ve read about on my blog. What have you learned? What have you learned about what you already know? Any questions? Think about the answers to your questions. Need more information? How would you go about finding it?

WORD dogSpeak talk about what you read with others. Each one Teach one. Teach someone else what you’ve learned. Speak about what you think with your parents, teachers, and friends. Even your furriends! BOL! You just might have your very own personal WORD Reader dog sittin’ right there next to you. Or lyin’ there. BOL!

Reading, Writing, Listening, Thinking, and Speaking. So much better than just knowing how to read and write!

Goodwill energies I project
Upon each and ever one of you
Each and every day

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning..”

That’s life today!

WORD Ta’Ya Trader Joe’s

In Animals and Pets, Popular Culture, Popular Music, Songs On Saturday, Thats' Life on May 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Hellooooo… Everybully! And WELCOME! to Songs on Saturday!

This week Umma actually attempt to regale you with a song. My song!

Bet you didn’t know I, too, am a talented songwriter and performer? BOL!

Vanilla Ice

This is a little ditty I call “Ice Cream Baby”inspired by my love of vanilla ice cream and specifically Trader Joe’s French Vanilla Ice Cream (shameless product plug endorsed with the #bullDogENdorphiNATION four ‘s seal of approval)!

The tune is inspired by Grammy Award nominated one hit wonder and used to wannabee bad boy Robert Matthew Van Winkle (born October 31, 1967), more popularly known by his stage name Vanilla Ice.

I am not ashamed to admit She lubbed the tune back in the day, and we still lub it now! It’s still pullin’ us up on the dance floor after all these years! So go ahead and laugh. Got that outta’ya system? Let’s continue…

Vanilla Ice, a rapper from middle class suburbs in Texas and South Florida, released his debut album, “To the Extreme” featuring the smash hit single “Ice Ice Baby.” The tune was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts catapulting Mr. Van Winkle into instant stardom and hip hop history in 1990.

But there was a pricetag. Van Winkle had manufactured a hard knock  life bio designed to give him “street cred” with hip hop audiences. Both his credibility and reputation were irrevocably destroyed, however, when, like Milli Vanilli, the truth, specifically about Van Winkle’s middle class background and upbringing surfaced.

Mr. Van Winkle suffered other assaults to his credibility as well, including the appearance of plagiarizing intellectual property without assigning the requisite credit(s).

On the liner notes of the album “To The Extreme,” composer credit is given to Vanilla Ice, Earthquake, and Mr. Smooth. The record producers also thanked MC Hammer, Ice T, Public Enemy, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cash Money, EPMD, and 2 Live Crew.

However no mention at all is given Queen or David Bowie whose 1980 hit “Under Pressure” were taken. Vanilla Ice never sought permission to use it.

According to industry insider Hans Ebert, Brian May of Queen heard the tune at a disco in Germany. He asked the DJ what it was subsequently discovering it was #1 in the US.

Although no lawsuit was ever filed, rumor has it Vanilla Ice agreed to pay Queen and Bowie a settlement.

So much fur the abbreviated version of the Vanilla Ice story.

And so now, without further ado, Songs On Saturday proudly presents ThatOne’s ode to Trader Joe’s. Anipals and furriends– Give it up fur Ice Cream Baby!

♫Yo! EBD‘s! Let’s lick dis!

Ice cream baby
Vanilla Ice cream baby

Alright stop! All That poopin’ and pissin’
ThatOne here! Cop a squat Take a listen

free music

SomeOne’s tuggin’ on my leash tightly
Discipline! I take it daily and nightly
Will it ever stop? No! I don’t think so
What will satisfy here? I know!

To the extreme I rock the bowl It’s a scandal
Drop in a dollop That’s ’bout all I can handle

I don’t have a problem so I’ll eat this
Check out this scoop here! She just released it!

Ice cream baby
Vanilla Ice cream baby
Let’s bounce!

Ice cream baby
too cold too cold
Vanilla Ice cream baby
Too cold Too cold

WORD ta’ya Trader Joe’s!
♫ ♫ ♫

ThatOne here fur Songs On Saturday. See you next week. Until then…

Goodwill Energies I project
Upon each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life today!

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The Best Laid Plans

In Popular Culture, Television, ThatOne On TV, ThatOne WORD, Thats' Life on May 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) by Betty White: Book CoverA couple weeks ago She learned Betty White was going to be hosting a book signing at Barnes and Noble to promote her new book

Tickets were to be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis at 9am. Unless of course, you were a BN employee which means they got distributed to you first. But you didn’t hear that from me.

The plan was to get to the mall at 6am. Correctly, She had anticipated there would be those who would camp out overnight to secure the coveted tickets, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. We didn’t get there until 8am.

This was the back of the line where we were at 8am.

Needless to say we did not get event tickets. Instead we were given “stand by” ticket numbers 565 and 566. Our chances of getting to actually meet the beloved star was, as Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie once put it “Vetch and vetch natchie.” As an aside, there was a noticeable and puzzling lack of diversity present as well.

At any rate, the weather, at least, was grrrreat– pawfect bulldog weather, cool and breezy. She parked the Thatmobile in the sun fur my comfort but honestly, the warmth from all the Goodwill Energy we engendered was more than enough to make up fur the temporary chill factor.

As usual we met some grrreat folks, namely the beautiful Abby, her beautiful daughter, Kim, and Judy, who were ahead of us on line. Ahead of them on line was a particularly chatty fellow who kept us abreast of what to expect almost every step of the way to the Barns and Noble entrance door. Kim’s step daughter has a new EBD puppy!

Stay tuned!

Truth be told, Her head would probably eXplode if we got to meet Betty White. After all, She’s been an appreciative and enthusiastic fan fur years.

She grew up especially enjoying her many, frequent appearances on her third husband’s popular TV game show, Password. Password was the Jeopardy! of the 1960’s back in the day.

She was also one of the very first women in television to have her own regularly scheduled show, The Betty White Show, in 1954.

Ms. White has won seven Emmy awards and her work has been honored with 20 Emmy nominations over the course of a career that has spanned virtually uninterrupted and untarnished by the stain of scandal for over 70 years!

Betty White Ludden was born 89 years ago on January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She’s managed to maintain a perennial, dignified presence in show business since 1939! She is an actress, comedian, author, and former game show host best known for her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, not to mention those regular, recurring roles on Mama’s Family, Boston Legal, even the popular CBS daytime TV drama, The Bold and the Beautiful.

These days, the seemingly irrepressible Betty White is starring as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland with co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.

Next to Tina Fey, She thinks Betty White is probably the most fortunate, the most admired woman in show business!

In May 2010, Betty White once again made television history when she became the most senior person ever to guest-host Saturday Night Live! The broadcast was a ratings juggernaut and garnered the nation’s most beloved octogenarian a Primetime Emmy Award.

Betty Bucks for Balls Spay Neuter Campaign! GET MORE INFO!

Betty White is revered, respected and recognized the world over as a tireless champion fur animals and animal rights through her affiliation with animal charities such as Actors and Others for Animals and the Morris Animal Foundation. She would have gotten a big kick outta seein’ me at her book signing, I am so sure.

With the death of Rue McClanahan in June 2010, White is the last surviving Golden Girl.

Betty White has no children.

It would have been a super sensation fur Her to have visited with Betty White. It probably would have been a thrill fur Ms. White as well. After all, it’s not every day one gets to be endorphinated by The Endorphinator! In his Thatmobile.

Oh well. So much fur best laid plans…

Goodwill Energies I project
Upon each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“…and there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life. Today.

Mother’s Day Is Sunday May 8th

In Animals and Pets, Bugs Bunny, Cartoons, Children's Literacy, Music, Television, Thats' Life on May 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Mother's Day 2011 - May 8

Doubtless, most of you are gonna wait until the eleventh hour to run around tryin’ to find a gift fur that significant woman in your life on Mother’s Day. Me? I don’t do that. I know what She likes, see, so I start collectin’ weeks in advance. I got Her:

  1. A Bugs Bunny cartoon
  2. Music Bonnie Raitt Opus by Starbucks Entertainment ()
  3. Stephen Colbert
  4. Alec Baldwin
  5. Al Roker
  6. Martin Landau
  7. Vanilla ice cream (Trader Joe’s ’cause that’s Her favorite) and
  8. Chocolate and Merlot (’cause She enjoys these both together)

She is soooo not the bouquet-of-flower’s-from-Whole Foods sort.

It’s fun to stumble upon stuff you just know someone you lub is gonna lub. Way better than planning to shop and then going out and looking fur something. That’s when you’re certain to find nothing you like or things in the stores just don’t hit you right. That’s what makes shopping frustrating fur a lot of People.

Happy Mother's Day 2011

She hates it, actually.

So when She’s out and about and She sees something and She’s feelin’ it, when She can, She’ll just get it. Often there’s not an occasion immediately on the horizon but She doesn’t let that stifle the spirit of giving. In fact, it enhances the experience. Makes anticipating the elevated feeling of joy all the more intense.

I got my spirit of giving from Her, I suspect.

Mother’s Day falls on the 8th this year. That’s how I decided on eight gifts. Things I just know She is really gonna like.

“Listen… and do not despise your mother when she is old. Let your mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”–King Solomon

You’re welcomed to imitate my example. BOL!
Goodwill Energies I project
upon each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life today!

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