Friday, November 3, 2006

Remember This: Learning to Love Yourself, Is the Greatest Love of All

Ok so my brother is the funniest man alive. And I was just reading his latest post when I followed a link to Celebrity Gossip. If you are a long time reader around here (bless your soul) you know that my weakest link is a desire to inhale Celebrity Gossip, let it buzz around in my brain for a few seconds, and then exhale during drab conversations.
But I kicked the habit recently--no really I did! I haven't even read about the demise of Reecyan Withersphillipe because I am better than that! (Besides, who didn't see that coming? It wasn't news, it was bound to happeness.) So anyway, Chup has an Einstein Bro.'s napkin on his desk and if I don't get some plain cream cheese on a cinnamon and sugar bagel RIGHT NOW I AM SO GOING TO TWITCH!



Yes well, as I was saying. I followed this link and saw this photo of my step-mother Whitney Houston:
I will always love you Whitney. It's good to see intelligence in your eyes again. Me likey the blonde. Me lovey the divorce.

When I was 8 I had an obsession with Whitney--carefully induced by my father who has a weak link for af-am soul singers. He'd buy her albums and anytime we went anywhere as a family Whitney's ballads would come along. I hope she liked all the trips to Laguna Beach.
One time my Dad blasted her music through the speakers on our boat (The Roasted Duck) while camping at Lake Powell. I got on the back of the boat and belted right along with her,
"I'm gonna run to youhoohooho/ So hold me in your arms and keep me safe and warm."
She meant it. I meant it. Invisible musical notes were bouncing off the red canyon walls. My eyes where tightly shut so that I could not just sing, but feel the music. Arms flailing. When the song ended, I looked up to see that a boat of senior citz had stopped to watch my performance. A few of them clapped, most of them laughed. And now I am adding that to my reasons why I don't really like senior citz, and if you are a long time reader of this blog (may thy soul be blessed forever), you know the other reasons that are perched upon that list.
(I think everybody deserves a little prejudice now and then. It's perfectly safe.)
So until she married Bobby Brown and went lunatic (which made my father run away into the sensual arms of Toni Braxton), Whitney and I remained tight. What was with that whole conspiracy she had about Blacks coming from Israel?
She lost me for good at that point. Her singing "I will always love you" crackled and crumbled in the love spots on my brain.
Or so I thought.
I think this is a real comeback she's staging. I can feel it. I haven't consulted with my father yet, but look for us to be the first to buy her newest album. And JT thought he was bringing sexy back. Step aside Mr. Timberlake and Whitney walk through.
I could go on, but I've got to hit Einsteins before the construction worker rush. They all come in and get their coffee. I've seen it before. Officially, I have no prejudices against construction workers mostly because they are hard working individuals that build stuff like Target stores and also because they are on an average good-looking. I have no prejudices against good-looking people. Ugly people? Yes. I am just being honest here.

27 comments:

liz said...

hers was the first tape I bought! seriously: long live whitney. i was so depressed those years she was so thin and haggard looking- i too hated bobby for that. she deserves better. she is the reason the 80's were so happy.

Emily said...

The only songs I know all the words to (a sad reflection on my soul): I Believe the Children are the Future by Miss Houston and Girl I'm Gonna Miss You as lip-synched by Milli Vanilli.

This is me said...

My sister and I made up a baton-twirling routine to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" when we were kids. Yes, that's right, I said baton-twirling routine.

We performed it for the local senior citizens.

metamorphose said...

I've always said I can't be friends with someone if they're ugly. heh heh

You know I was actually surprised about Reeseyan Witherphillipe. I was. Truly.

I only have one Whitney album. The one with, "It's not right, but it's okay." Pretty catchy.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Learning to divoorrrrrrce your idiot druggie husbaaaaaaaannnnnd...

It is the greeeaaatest loooooove of alllllllll...

Me lovey the divorce too. I seriously lost major respect points for her when she married him. Bobby Brown? a New Edition alum? HELLO!!!! You could have anyone in the world!!!

I feel strongly about this.

AzĂșcar said...

Meta- that's my favorite Whit album--this whole thing is so Heartbreak Hotel!

My cinn-sugar w/cc from einstein's is pretty good this morning. Mmmhmm.

/end Slingblade.

Lyle said...

I miss Einstein Bagels. Can you send me some for my next blog birthday?

*Gu* said...

Lyle! I barely recognized you!!!

Phoebe said...

Do you remember when she made a guest appearrance on Silver Spoons?
Do you remember Silver Spoons?
I loved her big hair complete with bow.
I hope she's really back and I hope her daughter stays funny.

La Yen said...

I like old people when they are buying me things. I also like ugly people when they are buying me things. If Whitney Houston would buy me thngs, I would be her BIGGEST fan.

Lyle said...

*Gu*- Well, the new look can serve two purposes. That is a picture of an ancestor and for cjane the intrusive and less than neighborly "Lyle" is much older.

So two birds with one stone.

nie nie said...

ahhh remember christmas eve when elvin brought you the bodygaurd soundtrack....i will always love you in the discman all night long

AzĂșcar said...

Elvin from the wilderness store?

I admit to being prejudiced against stupid people. Sometimes I am mean to them, but they hardly ever get that--they're stupid!

Queen Scarlett said...

I got distracted by your chocolate photos... please tell - where in Belgium you found all that heavenly chocolate??? (specifically - I know everywhere in Europe has better chocolate than we do here... but we do import) ;-)

LuckyRedHen said...

Amen to manual laborers (in general hot). There wouldn't be any Old Navy's without them either. (Speaking of laboring... the anticipated pics will be coming shortly -- working feverishly).

A Payne said...

I know Clive Davis is putting out the bucks to straighten her out. I hope he doesn't forget to enroll her in Charm School. What?! You know she needs it! I saw every episode of Being Bobby Brown, I know you did too.

b. said...

E. N. U. F.

Everyone Needs Ugly Friends!!

mayday said...

Whitney? I just can't say I've ever liked her. I see why people do though. I think. I also think she was crazy before she hooked up with Mr. New Edition. He just brought it out in her. I too saw a few episodes of Being Bobby Brown. But I love Einstein's!

Emmie said...

My favorite Whitney Houston-related memory:

In Jr. High, a girl sang "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" at the talent show. She wore a floral print dress with puffy sleeves, and a big bow in her hair. I'll always remember her enunciating very clearly as she sang: "I want to feel the heat with some-body."

sue-donym said...

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes all the way to the bone.


How will I knowwwwwww... Thanks for bringing me back CJane. I miss the silvee dress and big bow in the hair days.

pflower10 said...

I too was highly impressed with Miss Whit when she decided to kick that dog to the curb. I just DON'T see his how anyone, ANYONE can find him even remotley attractive. His ICK FACTOR is off the charts!! NASTY, NASTY, NASTY. I just hope Miss Whit can get that kind of stink off of her image enough to seduce us with more of her singing so that our own children can have the kind of meomories that we have about her.

As far as The Whitherphillipe's are concerned I am actually amazed that they stayed together for as long as they did. Didn't they get married as TEEN'S???? If I married someone when I was 19 there is no way in He11 that I would still be attracted to that same kind of person. I am so different now then I was when I was 19. I just hope that they can make the best of it and not be stupid and drag it out in the papers.
By the way, I'm sporting a Team Reese shirt and a big floppy bow in my hair just in case.

pflower10 said...

P.S. Please disregard all spelling errors in my previous post. I'm lost without spell check

pflower10 said...

all of my friends are pretty....does that make me the ugly one?!?!?!?!

b. said...

Whitney is living proof.....we are all minutes away from ugly

kristib said...

I always cringe just a little bit when I think of Miss Whitney's "I Will Always Love You". I thought I was in "love" with a very cute boy in 9th grade but I heard he was on the cusp of breaking up with me so I wrote the lyrics out in a note to him. So embarrassing- still. I think I might be blushing a little bit right now. Unfortunately, that is my strongest association with Whitney.

c jane said...

Oh yes Kristi, I think we've all been there and if we haven't we aren't from this planet.

c jane said...

Queen Scarlett- I went to a dozen world famous Belgium chocolatiers that trip and the best chocolates came from a little gold-gilded shop called Mary's (in Brussels). Even President Bush has been there. It's on the list of 1000 places to visit before you die.

I can now die.