Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Grammys And Other News

"To achieve the mood of a warrior is not a simple matter. It is a revolution. To regard the lion and the water rats and our fellow men as equals is a magnificent act of a warrior's spirit. It takes power to do that."
~Carlos Castaneda

So, on Sunday P. and I participated in one of Hollywood's most famous and star-studded traditions -- we attended the Grammy Awards. It was fun for us to get dressed up in a ball gown and tuxedo (a rarity in this hyper-casual city) and rub elbows with the Who's Who in the music industry. And it was a great show. It was the 50th Anniversary of the Grammy's and there were all sorts of big stars performing ... Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, John Maher, Kanye West, Fiest, Little Richard, John Fogerty, etc. In fact it was much more of a variety show than an awards show. There was a pre-telecast awards ceremony where they awarded close to 400 Grammy Awards (for all things from Best Spoken Word Recording to Best Hawaiian Record to Best Album Packaging). The televised portion was limited to the biggest, most prestigious awards. We only went to the televised portion (though P. did know a couple people who won Grammy's in the earlier ceremony). It was a long enough day with just the televised portion ... and undoubtedly we caught the more entertaining show.

In other news... I'm pregnant. I'm in my second trimester, so I suppose its "safe" to share the news. The baby is due on August 14. I don't know if its a girl or a boy, but evidently it is going to be a Rat. The Chinese New Year is upon us and this is the year of the Rat. For those who have followed my blog over time, you may be familiar with my feelings regarding rats. Generally I'm not the biggest fan. Though, during my last sojourn in NYC and even by going to watch Ratatouille, I have softened my stance on the little rodents. My friend Jojo e-mailed me to tell me that I would be having a rat and she sent me the following blurb from Wikipedia about rats: "Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs." She diplomatically, didn't forward the part about Rats being controlling, manipulative, aggressive, and intolerant.

Anyway, I'm not Chinese and don't believe in the Chinese Zodiac, so I'm not going to give any more thought to my child being born in the "Year of the Rat" and what it means to be a Rat. I think it's an interesting lesson in the Law of Attraction though... "what you resist persists" and "you attract what you think about." Most importantly though I feel this is a lesson for me in learning to accept and love all of the earth's creatures, as I will surely love my child.

Monday, February 04, 2008

I am inspired!

"In the end, ... that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?"
~Barack Obama

It's been a long time since I've been excited about a political election. I don't know the last time I've been inspired by a politician (at least a living one), but I am inspired by Barack Obama. I first got really excited when I heard his speech at the last Democratic National Convention. I remember thinking "this man is going to be the president of the United States someday." I didn't see it happening quite this soon, because he seemed like he might be too green to run in 2008, but I saw it happening. I'm happy that it's happening now.

Yesterday, my beloved hubby and I braved the rains to go hear Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Caroline Kennedy speak at an Obama rally. We were also blessed to see Stevie Wonder and Maria Shriver, as she delivered her bomb of an announcement of support.

Los Angelenos tend to hate to go out in the rain and it was Super Bowl Sunday, so we did not think there would be too many people there. We expected some crowds (Oprah Winfrey was speaking after all. I know the fact that my hero Oprah was going to be there definitely motivated me to show up), but nothing like what we experienced. The line to get into UCLA's Pauley Pavillion seemed to snake all around campus. We did not see the entirety of the line, and it still took us 5 minutes to walk to the end. We were afraid we might not be able to get in! It was very heartening though to see so many people there and excited about the political process. It was also very heartening to see the diversity of faces, ages, genders, and races. There were many young college students and there were many grey heads. There were black, white, asian, latino, and other faces. There seemed to be as many women as men. It was cool!

With the exception of Stevie Wonder, all the speakers were women. And without exception, all the speakers were great. Michelle Obama was particularly impressive. As we left, P. told me "She was amazing! I would vote for her!" We could tell from that rousing speech that if Obama gets into the White House, the First Lady will be no shrinking violet!

We came home and watched the Yes We Can Barack Obama music video quite a few times last night. We saw it at the rally, but from our position on the floor, we did not have a good vantage point. I also watched a few of Barack Obama's speeches from recent weeks (New Hampshire/reply to the State of the Union/etc.)

I'm fired up and REALLY excited about Super Tuesday tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to voting and I hope that all of you eligible voters make sure to cast your ballot (regardless of which candidate). This is an election that will change history. Be a part of it!