Friday Open Thread

When it came time to pick my latest Kindle download, it was really easy to choose Stephen King’s latest book, 11/22/63. As you can gather from the title, the story centers around the events that transpired before and on 11/22/63 – the day JFK was assassinated.

Jake Epping, the protagonist of the book is a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The plan goes a little bit like this:

If JFK was not assassinated, then RFK would probably not be assassinated.
If JFK was not assassinated, then MLK would probably not be assassinated.
If JFK was not assassinated, then LBJ would definitely not have been president.
If LBJ would have never been president, there probably wouldn’t have been American involvement in the Vietnam war.

See where this story is going? But, would his messing with a past that doesn’t want to be messed with cause a “butterfly effect”? Well, I’m only halfway into the story so I can’t answer that question yet. However, I must say that the book has kept me up at night and has even made me shed one or two tears.

Then I started thinking what ONE event I would change if I could go back in time? What ONE event could or would possibly change the course of our lives? And all I could do was think of an alternate universe where Al Gore swept Florida and won the 2000 election. How different would the world be now?

Are you a Stephen King fan? Have you read the book? And, if you had the opportunity to go back in time would you change something that would affect everyone’s life or would you be selfish and do only for you?


Thursday Open Thread

According to this article, pole dancing enthusiast are hoping the International Olympic Committee will clasify the popular exercise routine as a sport, and allow dancers to compete in the 2012 games. What do you think? Is pole dancing a “sport”? Is it “worthy” of being an Olympic event?

Bristol Palin is going to appear in an episode of Secret Life of the American Teenager. In it, she is supposed to call attention to the issues facing teen parents. I watch this show with Karina and Cristian. I really hope they discuss safe sex (birth control), as opposed to the “abstinence is best” approach.

Calling all Betty White fans! If you joined the Betty White facebook page to get her to host SNL, your efforts may not have been in vain.  Rumor has it that Lorne Michael is putting together a Women of Comedy episode that will feature the awesome Ms. White, along with SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Molly Shannon. I. Can’t. Wait.

When I read the following article, I immediately thought of some of my fellow MotherTalkers (you know who you are!). According to celebrity chef Tim Love, bacon has jumped the shark. He goes on to list the 10 most ridiculouos bacon dishes ever, which include a bacon beer mug (YUM!), bacon coffee, bacon ice cream, and bacon cereal. What do you think? When is it NOT okay to eat bacon?

Of course, this is an open thread and you are free to discuss whatever you wish. What else is going on?


Fifty Greatest Comedy Sketches

It’s the weekend. I’m feeling giddy. And have put out an article called The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time. Complete with clips from various sources. Hooray!

Consider the list – SNL, Monty Python, French & Saunders, Kids in the Hall and treasure the best that Anglo-American comedy can produce. My favorite five on the list, in no particular order of preference:

The Monty Python stuff – Spanish Inquisition, Ministry of Silly Walks, Dead Parrot… can’t go wrong; Celebrity Jeopardy, SNL. Darryl Hammond’s Sean Connery imitation? Priceless! “Then I’m cock of the walk!”

I’m a bit miffed that there’s not more stuff from Gilda Radner’s SNL period – the lady was a comic genius. But all in all, not bad. So ladies, what are your top five favorite comedy sketches? Any that this article missed? Enjoy a good belly laugh and happy weekend!