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The ‘real’ Stephen Colbert, on Larry King Live: 

“Everything that happens to you as a child, seems normal,  because you have no reference point to compare it to.”
 (on losing his father and brothers in a plane crash when he was 10)

I do love my country. I don’t think I’m particularly a good American. I don’t know what makes a great American…I like people who let other people alone. I think thats a pretty good American…and I keep my hands to myself. So, I’m an okay American.”

(in return to “Are you a good American?”)

“Because you can pretend that whatever ear that’s facing someone is your deaf ear…and you can ignore them. Or I can pretend I’m asleep and my wife can’t wake me up. And I also get special parking. For the one eared.”

(on being deaf in his right ear, since IInd grade. {Puahahhha})

 Have you watched the real (and bits of the character) Stephen Colbert interview with Larry King? It is amazing, witty and entertaining, and a revelation (of the real Colbert). More striking: his first statement indicating that he’ll consider running for political office. I recommend you check it out, the podcast is available on ITunes (free). www.cnn.com/larryking

Still pondering: Would I vote for the ‘real’ Colbert? Or would I rather he rather not mix himself up in the dirty world of politics?

PS: The quote was somehow what spoke to me the most during his interview. Its probably the best way of expressing that, such a true statement. You never know what kind of life you’ve led till you start looking back at it as an adult. I would love, love, to meet this guy in real life (the real Colbert, not the character) and just talk with him about what he believes, and why. He seems like a really normal, down-to-earth hardworking father and husband doing his job, and doing it well…and interestingly he seems like a very optimistic kind of person. Truly one of the finest icons of our generation.

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/10/08/special.olympics/index.html

News like this is always refreshing and wonderful to hear. It holds a special place in my heart, because I’ve personally observed the amazing strength and optimism of the mentally or physically disabled, and what it means for them to be treated as they should be: worthy, talented individuals whose life holds as much meaning, potential and importance as any other. Bravo to China for taking some steps forward…what would be unthinkable 20 years ago is now a reality. Bravo for the most spectacular Special Olympics held in Shanghai this year, and for the obvious changes in the care for the disabled that has become visible in the big cities. If it has started, it’ll spread, and I hope that this humanity can continue to spread to other parts of the country and influence the social policy in other matters.

Kudos to the teams that participated in the Special Olympics 2007 and the organizers in Shanghai! Congratulations for reaching this amazing milestone, and I hope it gets better and better from here! 🙂

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/10/08/special.olympics/index.html

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Its been a rough couple days (weeks? months?) and I know they’re not going to get any easier 😦 . Time has literally flown, and I’m not the only person who’s said that. This year has passed like a couple weeks…I’m seriously beginning to wonder if there isn’t a strange phenomenon….global speeding up or something? I’m really not sure how I’m supposed to pull everything together in a couple weeks, amongst interviews and travelling, but clearly I have no choice. So I can just work at it.

Couple things to cheer me up/bring me up some:

1. Ingrid Michaelson (I discovered she’s the one behind that really neat Old Navy commercial tune, apparently i’m way behind thousands of others who found her the same way…”if you are chilly…here take my sweater…cause I love the way you call me baby” 🙂 …and discovering a new artist is like opening a Christmas present)

2. Regina Spektor ( on the same note, though she’s not really new, just new to me, again thanks to a JC Penney commercial which plays Music Box…and her music is now coming up everywhere…eccentric and strange in a good way. I recommend watching her very neat videos on youtube. Fidelity is a great song to start off with, listen to it 1-2 times and you’ll be hooked. Also, side note, very intriguing accent)

3. The rain today which does wonders to calm me after a rough time.

4. Also Javabeans post on Tablo/Epik High, a subject that is always great to read/talk about:  freakin’ amazing intelligent rappers with great music, whats not to love? (check out www.dramabeans.com)

5. Ben Stiller’s new comedy The Heartbreak Kid, which is some crude, silly, stupid and often vulgar humor (kind of like the humor of Knocked Up), but a darn funny movie with no thinking or sense involved and without any connection to reality (as was Knocked Up, watch it if you haven’t). A good pick-me-up for dire times, when you just need to laugh it up. But then I’m a Ben Stiller fan so I’m pretty biased (Zoolander: Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? PUAHAHHAHA…GOLD!) Interestingly, the blond actress (Malin Akerman) is very, very much like Cameron Diaz acting/behavior wise. Or was it just me? I kept thinking it was her.

If you’re going through the blues like me or super duper stressed out like me or just overwhelmed with life right now, like me again, then I recommend some lavender or similarly calm smelling lotion, a cool pleasant drink you love, and some speakers to tune into Ingrid Michaelson’s The Way I Am. I promise her voice and music does wonders. Or you could feed into the melancholiness (sometimes thats the way that helps) with Keep Breathing (available on ITunes, on the OST of Grey’s Anatomy). Check out her MySpace page:

http://www.myspace.com/ingridmichaelson (check out an interesting discussion on her blog about her ‘selling-out.’ I really don’t believe artists ever sell out unless they start changing up their music and style for business, but I know many people hate when indie artists start getting famous…fans of DMB, for example…its very cool of her to ask her fans, and there is some neat dialogue there about the subject)

And if you like what you hear: buy her music by picking up her CD Girls and Boys or purchasing through ITunes. I’ve purchased several, and no regrets. Each song is amazing in melody, arrangement, lyrics and her soothing unique voice. 

The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson. Girls and Boys)

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