Saturday’s Song: "Let’s Dance"

I happened to stumbled across this slow, beautiful, bluesy cover of David Bowie’s energetic song “Let’s Dance” while dinking around online yesterday.  Not as keen on the original, but I’m in love with this version.  It’ll likely be on repeat for awhile. 

Man, this song makes me want to go dancing.  

An absolutely beautiful version of “Let’s Dance” performed by M. Ward

I’m a 3D Person

1950s-3d-movies“Well, you see,” the man on the bus said turning to me, “I’m a 3D person.” 

He said it they way someone might inform you that they’re a banker, hippie, or Republican, as if it would somehow explain why they like this or do that.  But the fact that he identified as being three dimensional only brought with it more questions. Perhaps he was just saying he fancies 3D movies?          

They are trying to discourage me,” he continued in a low voice.  “The one-dimensional people, they’re trying to bring me down!”   

Or perhaps he was just being haunted by one-dimensional beings.

The Shopping Cart Phenomenon

MP900444028Recently, a gentleman on the bus informed me that he’d singlehandedly solved the age old question that’s been irritating oh so many of us—why do some people push their carts directly down the middle the grocery store aisle?

“It’s because their houses are too square,” he said simply.  “They’re used to lots of room on either side of them when they walk around, so they really can’t help it.”  Apparently shoppers are like goldfish—they take up space based on the size of their home aquarium.

Despite their annoying behavior, he seemed to pity them.  And he theorized that the only way to fix their quirk was to change the shape of their homes (rectangular being the obvious ideal shape since it closest resembles a grocery store aisle).  He also worried that if houses continued to be built so boxy it could have more dangerous social repercussions like people driving right down the middle of the road. 

I guess, all things considered, maybe the shopping cart phenomenon isn’t as bad as it could be since the poor little shoppers really can’t help that they live in little boxes.

“Little Boxes”

Dove Evolution

Dove photoshop makeover

This video, which is put out by the folks at Dove(r), is an eye opening look at what a photoshop makeover is truly capable of. It’s enlightening as well as disturbing, because it shows how skewed our culture’s perception of beauty has become and the lengths even people with a personal hair and makeup team have to go through in order to live up to it.

Facebook, Anyone?

facebook-follow-usFor those of you who don’t know, The Crunchy Urbanite is now on Facebook.  This means that subscribing just got a whole lot easier.  I also update my Facebook page more regularly by sharing quick notes and links that I usually don’t post on the blog.  If you’d like to stay updated:

1. Go to Facebook.com/CrunchyUrbanite.

2. Next, simply “like” the page to begin getting automatic updates set directly to your Facebook feed.  It’s that simple. Smile

Book Review: Dick and Jane and Vampires

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 Dick and Jane and Vampires is a fun, Halloweeny new twist on the classic children’s books that helped teach so many people how to read choppy fragments that most likely would send your eighth grade English teachers into a panic.

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Be a Sexy Racist for Halloween

IndianI don’t know why the classic ghosts, witches, and ghouls seem to have taken a backseat to Spongebob and the Playboy bunny, but as I dug through racks of Halloween gear I found myself the most puzzled and horrified by the large number of “ethnic costumes” as they were labeled.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a short sexy little number or something just for laughs I guarantee you there will be a racist stereotype in costume form to fit the bill. Continue reading