Day 4 of the 2012 Summer Olympics

I am trying to get into the 2012 Summer Olympics, but I am having a hard time watching it. I don’t know if it’s because of NBC (who are not doing a good job this time around) or the time delay and not being able to watch some of the events live.

But here on Day 4, here are some of the highlights of the Games. All of these pictures are from the London 2012 website.

The USA men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team
Gold Medallists Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens of the United States pose with the medals won the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay final at the Aquatics Centre.


Michael Phelps after winning gold
Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the gold in the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay final on Day 4 of the Games.


USA gymnasts celebrate their victory on the podium
Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4.


Sarah Barrow (foreground) and Tonia Couch of Great Britain performing in the women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Diving
Sarah Barrow (foreground) and Tonia Couch of Great Britain compete in the women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre.



Qingfeng Lin of China competes
Qingfeng Lin of China competes during the Men’s 69kg Weightlifting Final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL.


So, I will still continue to watch the Olympics, still get results on my phone before I get the chance to watch them and mute the TV when some of the NBC Olympics commentators or Ryan Seacrest are on.

Side notes:

People need to claim down when it comes to Michael Phelps and him not winning every race he is in this time around. He is probably the best Olympic athlete ever. He set a record that maybe no one will ever touch. So, if he doesn’t win gold in ever race…

An ad for Tuesday’s “Today” show promoted 17-year-old American swimmer Missy Franklin‘s gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke during the East Coast broadcast of the games. One problem: The promo aired about seven minutes before the network showed Franklin’s victory. — Way to go NBC!

I just hope they get better when it comes to the Track and Field events… from my lips to God’s ear on this wish!


Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 15)

OK, warning #2 — Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 15) All-Stars were just announced and it’s that time again where I put my two-cents in on:

  • Who did the best
  • Who needs to go home
  • Who surprised me the most
  • Best song of the night

Now, I won’t make any early predictions until I see who the professional who are paired up with the All-Stars. Here is the list of the All-Stars who will be dancing this upcoming season:

Kelly Monaco – Actress, Season 1

Kelly Monaco (from

The “General Hospital’ star and model was “Dancing’s” inaugural winner in 2005. Monaco narrowly escaped a wardrobe malfunction after her dress strap broke mid-routine. – By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Drew Lachey – Former 98 Degrees member, Season 2

Drew Lachey (from

Delivering consistently energized performances, the former 98 Degrees member was an early front runner and went on to win the second season of the show with pro-partner Cheryl Burke in 2006. His country freestyle to Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” is one of the most memorable dances ever and was voted the No. 1 dance of all time by fans in 2011.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Emmitt Smith – Former NFL running back, Season 3

Emmitt Smith (from

Former Dallas Cowboy star Emmitt Smith was the first athlete to take home the mirror ball trophy. Smith was a fan favorite and with coaching from pro Cheryl Burke, the NFL star proved that football players can cha-cha too.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Apolo Anton Ohno – Olympic gold medal speedskater, Season 4

Apolo Anton Ohno (from

The former U.S. Olympic speed skater and eight-time medalist won season 4 with pro partner Julianne Hough in 2007. Ohno’s technique and enthusiasm scored him major points with judges, who gave the Olympian a perfect 30 early on in the competition. His hip-hop inspired freestyle dance was voted No. 7 of all-time best dances in 2011.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Joey Fatone – Former *NSYNC member, Season 4

Joey Fatone (from

The former member of ‘N Sync danced with pro Kym Johnson and placed second overall back in 2007. (Fatone lost out to Olympian Apollo Ohno, who is also competing on season 15). Fatone has kept up his dancing skills on “DWTS: Live in Las Vegas.”- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Hélio CastronevesIndy 500 champion, Season 5

Helio Castroneves (from

The Brazilian race car driver was the big winner on season 5, quickstepping his way to the finish line with pro partner Julianne Hough. The Indy 500 champion’s fast feet and his high-octane performances endeared him to the judges and the fans.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Melissa Rycroft – TV personality, Season 8

Melissa Rycroft (from

The TV personality and new mom rocketed to fame after her reality TV relationship on “The Bachelor” crumbled in front of television audiences. Rycroft was tapped to replace injured season 8 contestant Nancy O’Dell at the last minute and the rest is history. Instantly a fan favorite, Rycroft and her professional partner Tony Dovolani placed third overall.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Shawn Johnson – Olympic gold medal gymnast, Season 8

Shawn Johnson (from

Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson transitioned seamlessly from the balance beam to the ballroom and won season 8 with pro partner Mark Ballas. Johnson narrowly beat out French actor Gilles Marini to win the mirror ball.  Johnson could not attend the announcement since she was in London at the Olympics.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Gilles Marini – Actor, Season 8

Gilles Marini (from

The French actor, best known for his sultry scenes in “Sex and the City: The Movie,” was a finalist on the eighth season, narrowly losing out to Shawn Johnson. Marini was a front-runner and favorite of the judges throughout the season but fell short of the mirror ball trophy.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Pamela Anderson – Actress, Season 10

Pamela Anderson (from

Actress and model Pamela Anderson sizzled on the dance floor on season 10. Though she was eliminated in week six of the competition, Anderson will be sure to add sex appeal to the all-star lineup.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Bristol Palin – Activist & TV personality, Season 11

Bristol Palin (from

The “Life’s a Tripp” reality star and daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was one of the most talked about contestants of season 11. Palin and pro partner Mark Ballas made it to the finals amid controversy. Though she consistently scored at the bottom of the leader board based on judges’ scores, Palin was voted back week after week, causing some viewers and critics to accuse her mother’s Tea Party supporters of stuffing the ballot box for the younger Palin to stay on in the competition. Palin brushed off her critics and will continue her “Dancing” run this season.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

Kirstie Alley – Actress Activist & TV personality, Season 11

Kirstie Alley (from

Actress Kirstie Alley came in second with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, losing out to NFL star Hines Ward. A fan favorite, Alley gained dancing prowess week after week and lost a remarkable amount of weight on the show. On the season 12 finale, she showcased a much slimmer figure, wearing the same costume from the show’s premiere night that had reportedly been taken in 38 inches to fit her new frame.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

A thirteenth contestant will be chosen by the public from either Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey or Carson Kressley.

For the first time in “Dancing” history, the 13th contestant will be voted on by fans online. Fashion commentator Carson Kressley (Season 13), singer Sabrina Bryan (Season 5), Disney Channel star Kyle Massey (Season 11) are vying for votes to score the coveted 13th spot in the competition.- By Lauren Sher | ABC News

As always, I am looking forward to this season’s line-up and can’t wait to see them dance.

List of Stuck In Your Head Songs

I have added another playlist to my iPod… List of Stuck In Your Head Songs from the website: Pop Culture Madness.

Now you may be asking, why am i creating this list of songs that stuck in your head? Well, 1) you can’t have too many playlists on your iPod and 2) I like to torture myself with songs that will stick in my head. And finally, if I can pass along a song that will get stuck in someone else’s head — woo whoo!

So here is a list of the first 25 songs on the list. How many do you have and are they stuck in your head yet?

1. “It’s A Small World” – Disney
2. “Yellow Submarine” – the Beatles
3. “The Andy Griffith Theme”
4. “High Hopes” – Frank Sinatra
5. “Mickey” – Toni Basil
6. “The Ketchup Song” – Las Ketchup
7. “Material Girl” – Madonna
8. “Macarena” – Los Del Rio
9. “These Boots Are Made For Walking” – Nacy Sinatra
10. “Jeopardy” – Greg Kihn Band
11. “Mahna Mahna” – The Muppets
12. “Brass Monkey” – Beastie Boys
13. “Sugartown” – Nancy Sinatra
14. “Tiny Bubbles” – Don Ho
15. “Kung Fu Fighting” – Carl Douglas
16. “Back off Bugaloo” – Ringo Starr
17. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – Kylie Minogue
18. “My Humps” – Black Eyed Peas
19. “Tubthumping” – Chumbawumba
20. “MMMBop” – Hanson
21. “Who Let The Dogs Out?” – Baha Men
22. “Bad Boys” – Inner Circle
23. “Dancing Queen” – Abba
24. “ABC” – Jackson 5
25. “Barbie Girl” – Aqua

How about now?

Here’s one more… and I thought I would include a video to it too! “Karma Chameleon” – Culture Club



And you’re welcome!


Opening Ceremony — 2012 Summer Olympics

Last night the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics was on. The show was good, but no where near the spectaular event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China four years ago.

Here are some of my highlights from the Opening Ceremony.

Newly “forged” Olympic rings light up the stadium in London, on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Fireworks on display at Tower Bridge on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Team USA (REUTERS/Mike Blake)


Muhammad Ali (center) participates in the Opening Ceremony, on July 27, 2012 in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The final seven torchbearers light the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, on July 27, 2012. (Reuters)


After the separate lit torches rose together, forming the cauldron, the 2012 Olympic Flame burns brightly, on July 27, 2012. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)


Union Flags, commonly known as the Union Jack, are projected on the Palace of Westminster next to Big Ben on the bank of the River Thames, on July 27, 2012. (Reuters/Sergio Perez)

Britain’s flag bearer Chris Hoy holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade in the Olympic Stadium, on July 27, 2012. (Reuters)


I am looking forward to watching the events during the 2012 Summer Olympics.


2012 Summer Olympics

London 2012 Logos

OK, you are official warned that for the next couple of weeks I will be blogging about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom and the events that are played during these games.

Aerial view of the Olympic Park in April 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the 2012 Summer Olympics in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. There were so many great times during those games; from the opening ceremony to the athletes who won gold medals to the great stories of where the athletes came from.

So, I am looking forward to seeing what the open ceremony is going to be at the 2012 Summer Games. And if you ever wondered what sports are in the Summer Olympics, here is a list from (26 sports and a total of 39 disciplines):

I’ll be checking all different sites for information on the games.

News media

Best of luck to all the athletes and London. Looking forward to watching with the work the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” These three Latin words mean “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.” Baron de Coubertin borrowed the motto from Father Henri Martin Dideon, the headmaster of Arcueil College in Paris. Father Dideon used the motto to describe the great achievements of the athletes at his school. Coubertin felt it could be used to describe the goals of great athletes all over the World.



Vote for Becky Pifer

This is a post from an alumni from my high school, Ainsworth, in Flint, Michigan.

Vote for Becky Pifer’s Peanut Butter Crunch Layer Bars.

If she receives the most votes -she’ll be on the cover of the 2013 Pillsbury Calendar! Go Becky, Go Becky!! :)

If you get a chance, I would appreciate it if you would vote for her. Just click the box below and you can vote for Becky to get her Peanut Butter Crunch Layer Bars on the cover!


Here we go again… Part 3

I was just getting ready to call it a night and I get a text message that Chad Everett died today at the age of 75.

What the heck… it’s not a good day for stars from TV land.

Back on on April 2, 2012, I blogged about Chad Everett.

Like I mentioned in that post, I don’t really remember watching him in the TV show, Medical Center, but I remember seeing pictures of him. And even at a young age, I thought he was really handsome!

But I do remember him in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). Not the greatest of movies, but it had Chad Everett in it, so it didn’t matter. Now I really want to find episodes of Medical Center to watch (and pay attention too.)


Chad Everett (June 11, 1936 – July 24, 2012) (Shown in this 1994 photo.)

Chad Everett Dead: ‘Medical Center’ Star Dies At 75

LOS ANGELES — The star of the 1970s TV series “Medical Center” who went on to appear in such films and shows as “Mulholland Drive” and “Melrose Place” has died. Chad Everett was 75.

Everett’s daughter says he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer.

His acting career spanned more than 40 years and included guest starring roles on such TV series as “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Without A Trace.” He most recently appeared in the TV series “Castle.” His films credits include “The Jigsaw Murders,” “The Firechasers” and director Gus Van Sant’s “Psycho.”

Everett is survived by his two daughters and six grandchildren. He was married to actress Shelby Grant for 45 years until her death last year.


So, let’s see if the “Die in Threes” pattern will not happen this this time.

R.I.P. Chad Everett!

Here we go again… Part 2

It’s not my mission to blog about something and then have the thing that I am blogging about happen again… well, today, Sherman Hemsley died at the age of 74 in El Paso, Texas.

He was one of the more unique characters on TV. Here are some of the other shows that he was on: All in the Family (1973–1975) and Amen (1986–1991).

Sherman Hemsley (February 1, 1938 – July 24, 2012)

This is one of my Top 5 TV Theme Songs. R.I.P. Sherman (George Jefferson) Helmsley. You truly moved on up today.



Sadly, I think there will be more of our favorites from TV Land who are going to be leaving us. But at least they will live on forever on the shows they were on for many generations to watch.


Side note:

Here is the cast list of The Jeffersons. There are not too many of them left.

The Jeffersons

Broadcast 1975-85 on CBS, a spin-off of All in the Family.

The Cast of “The Jeffersons”

Paul Benedict as Harry Bentley
17-Dec-1938 — 1-Dec-2008

Franklin Cover as Tom Willis
20-Nov-1928 — 5-Feb-2006

Zara Cully as Mother Jefferson
26-Jan-1892 — 28-Feb-1978

Mike Evans as Lionel Jefferson
3-Nov-1949 — 14-Dec-2006

Marla Gibbs as Florence Johnston

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson
1-Feb-1938 — 24-Jun-2012

Roxie Roker as Helen Willis
28-Aug-1929 — 2-Dec-1995

Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson
29-Aug-1917 — 9-Jul-2004

Berlinda Tolbert as Jenny Willis/Jefferson
24-Nov- 1949

Here we go again… I Smell Cake!*

Today, while I was at work, I got a message on my phone that Sally Ride had past away. I was a little sad because I remembered how she was the first American woman in space and what that meant.

Sally Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012

Sally Ride is best known for being the first American woman in space and for her impact on U.S. space policy (The Ride Report). Having joined the space program in 1978, Ride made her historic first voyage into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-7) in 1983, and made a second space flight aboard the Challenger in 1984 (STS 41-G). (from

Official Website:

Other famous people who have recently died are:

Kitty Wells (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

Kitty Wells, first female country music pioneer, dies at 92

Kitty Wells (August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012), born Ellen Muriel Deason, was an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s. (from

I was looking up some of Kitty Wells videos on and here was one that I liked. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (1952) hit.



Kitty Wells Official Home

Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning actress, ‘Oklahoma!’, dies 95

I always thought she was she was beautiful. She looked regal and sophisticated.

Celeste Holm (April 29, 1917 – July 15, 2012) (Image Credit: Everett Collection.)

Celeste Holm (April 29, 1917 – July 15, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actress, known for her Academy Award-winning performance in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), as well as for her Oscar-nominated performances in Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950) and originating the role of Ado Annie in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1943). (from


In the past couple of weeks, we lost three wonderful and impressive women. The world was a better place for what they contribute in their fields.



Side note:

*“I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

From the Scrubs episode: “My Cake”
Season Four, Episode Six

Do you remember these?

I remember these from when I was growing up. They frustrated me more than anything. You see, I was the type who couldn’t wait till they were 100% frozen before I tried to eat them.


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