Weirdness of Dancing with the Stars

This season of Dancing with the Stars has had some really weird things happen. For one, just the fact that Wayne Newton wasn't eliminated right off the bat is weird enough in itself. He was as stiff as Frankenstein.

Then, Marie Osmond fainted on stage, and now Jane Seymour has gotten food poisoning. The clincher of the weirdness is that last night Cheetah Girl, Samantha Bryan, a judge and audience favorite and the first person to receive a perfect score, was sent home. This was a huge shock to everyone.

Happy Halloween!

Here is wishing you a fun but safe Halloween! If you have kids who are going trick or treating you probably know the basic rules of safety, but I would like to post them here anyway. The world is a much different place than it was when I was growing up. We used to often get things like homemade popcorn balls when we went trick or treating and it never crossed our minds to wonder if someone would poison us.

I can't decide if were were just lucky or if people are meaner. But hey, we only went to people's houses that we knew, too, so that makes a difference.

Here are the standard rules of Halloween safety:

Always use common sense.

Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.

Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.

Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.

Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.

Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it.

Be very cautious of strangers.

Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.

Be sure and say thank you for your treats.

Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.

Visit only houses where the lights are on.

Walk, Do not run.

Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.

Take a cellular phone with you if possible.

Wear a watch.

Carry a flashlight.

Heather Mills Is Nuts

Heather Mills was on the U.K.’s GMTV this morning and said that she is getting death threats from “a certain party.” She says she is “living in a prison.”

“I have a box of evidence that’s going to a certain person should anything happen to me, so if you top me off it’s still going to that person, and the truth will come out,'’ she said. “There is so much fear from a certain party of the truth coming out that lots of things have been put out and done.”

She started crying as she talked about her campaign to get the media to stop printing lies. She is taking this mission to the European Parliament to try and get the laws changed. Good luck with that, egomaniac. She is so powerful in her mind that she is asking the British people to stop buying the tabloid newspapers and magazines. She says she has had enough and has reached her breaking point. “I’ve protected Paul for this long and I’m trying to protect him, but I’m being pushed to the edge.”

“The media is abusing me,” Mills told GMTV. “I will investigate each and every one of those journalists. I’m going to change the law."Heather said that there is a “certain corner” that is feeding the media spin in her divorce case. She calculated that there’s been 4,400 abusive articles written about her.

Wildfires and Global Warming

This is worrisome news. Scientists have linked the increase in wildfires to global warming. Even though several of the present California fires have been discovered to have been started by arsonists, the statistics you will read in the article in the link above are staggering.

I am not a holy roller, but I can't help but think of what it says in Revelations in the Bible, that the world will end by fire. Scary stuff, that and the fact that if it does it will be by our own hands.

Kid Rock on Ellen

I love Kid Rock! He was on Ellen today and he sang his new song, "Rock and Roll Jesus." It was great. I didn't know that his album was at number one. He is so funny. He brought Ellen a Waffle House t-shirt. You know about his fight at the Waffle House last weekend, right? He didn't start it but it sounds like he finished it. Gotta love this redneck.

Mira Sorvino

  • I have always loved actress Mira Sorvino. After reading this story I love her even more. Mira is called a hero by the founder of Global Fund for Children, Maya Ajmera. The fund has given $9.3 million to more than 300 organizations in 65 countries and has reached more than 1 million children worldwide. Mira Sorvino is affiliated with Amnesty International and has been active in calling for U.N. action in Sudan's Darfur region where Maya Ajmera is doing so much good for children.

Update on the Dating Thing

I really don't know how many of you have kept up with my dramatic dating saga, but for those who have here is an update.

I don't know the first thing about what I doing! LOL Every decent guy--like many women who are smart but when it comes to men are attracted to losers--who is attracted to me I run off or run away from. I have always been that way. But hell, I am 52 and if I am not careful I will end up by myself the rest of my life.

However, I was listening to this line of a great song yesterday and dancing because it IS me. "I'm like a bird, I only fly away! Don't know where my home is, don't know where my soul is!"

So maybe being myself ain't so bad after all. (At least for the person who might love me that I leave)

Alicia Silverstone Snubbed by Alanis Morissette

This is too funny. Alicia Silverstone, who was once one of Alanis Morissette's biggest fans, says that her fan letter was ignored by the singer. Ms. Silverstone said, “I wrote Alanis Morissette a fan letter telling her how I loved her music and even mentioning the name of our mutual friend. I never heard back. She could have written or called me." Wha!!! “Alanis must’ve just lumped me in with her fans or thought I was some stalker. When I see her I plan to give her a hard time." Jeez, get a grip, Alicia. Maybe she's just not that into you.

The Judge Shows

I am so disappointed! My cable went out last week and when it came back on I no longer get several of the channels I used to. One of those is Lifetime. I used to watch The Golden Girls, Frazier, and Will & Grace every Monday through Friday mornings.

So now I have the TV on a channel that is showing those reality judge shows, like Judge Judy. The third one just came on, the third judge in a row. Some of these stories are so ridiculous! This one woman used another woman's pregnancy test and told her husband that she was pregnant when she was not. On the witness stand she finally admitted the truth. Then she stalked him after he left her. I felt sorry for her, but she has definite problems. I guess I need to turn this idiot box off and turn on the radio, huh?

Mother Puts Dead Baby in Attic

Insanity is a strange and very disturbing creature. I found this story at CNN.Com this morning that just made me bawl.

In Fayettville, North Carolina, the body of an 11-month-old girl that was reported missing once her soldier father, Ronald Earl Creech II, arrived home from Iraq was found dead in the family's attic, placed there by the mother. The child, Harmony Jude Creech, had been dead for several weeks. Neighbors had been complaining of a terrible smell. The mother of the child, Johni Michelle Heuser, told investigators she found the baby dead in her crib and that's when she put her in the attic. I can't think of another thing to say. The horror speaks for itself.

Kid Rock Arrested But I Still Love Him

I can't help it if I love this bad boy. I guess it is true what they say, you can take the kid out of the country but you can't take the country out of the kid, or something along those lines. Kid Rock was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday after he had a fight at a Georgia Waffle House. He spent 12 hours in jail before being released. What started the altercation was that a customer recognized a female with Kid Rock's party and exchanged words with her. This escalated into a brawl between Kid Rock and that male customer and moved outside to the parking lot. At some point the customer punched out a restaurant window. Kid Rock left in his tour bus and was stopped by police about a mile from the restaurant. He and five members of his entourage were taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery. The other customer was charged with criminal damage to property, a felony. That'll teach him to mess with a lady in the company of Kid Rock.

In the Stillness

I guess I just feel like talking lately. First I am telling you about my ex-husband's hobby and now I want to talk about things I am thinking about. Since I spend so much time reporting news, doing reviews, and generally working I supposed, since it IS a Saturday, that I deserve a break, huh?

I love silence. Often I have no TV or radio on and there is only the sound of the traffic outside and the birds singing. I am peaceful when things are quiet. I guess we all are, but I don't think enough people sit in silence and let the beauty of the world envelope them. It is very freeing and calming and I think more people should shut off the noise of the world now and then and just listen to the silence.

He Better Be Glad He's Not in America

Nobel prize-winning biologist Jim Watson better be glad he's in Britain and not America after what he said. In this article from CNN News, Watson, 78, who won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for discovering the double helix in DNA, is quoted as saying that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really."

Watson is an American living in London. That's a very good thing for him because if he were in America he would be in heavy doo doo. But Watson is no stranger to controversy and is known for saying stupid things.

In 1997, Britain's Sunday Telegraph quoted Watson as saying that if a gene for homosexuality were isolated, women who find that their unborn child has the gene should be allowed to have an abortion.

During a lecture tour in 2000, he suggested there might be links between a person's weight and their level of ambition and between skin color and sexual prowess.

"That's why you have Latin lovers," he said, according to The Associated Press, which cited people who attended the lecture. "You've never heard of an English lover. Only an English patient." And in a British TV documentary that aired in 2003, Watson suggested stupidity was a genetic disease that should be treated.

Uh, yeah...start with yourself, dude. What Watson doesn't seem to understand is that stupid is superficial but ignorant goes clean to the bone. And that you can be intelligent and still be highly ignorant.

Where the Mind Goes, The Man Follows

I ordered a 5 CD series called "Where the Man Goes the Man Follows" by Joyce Myers and it came in the mail today. I am listening to the first CD as I write this and I can tell you that Mrs. Myers is delivering a message that I really needed to hear.

One thing she said that even worry is offense to God. We are not to worry but to put our faith in him. She also told a story of a man who had a miserable life. He woke up every morning with bad thoughts and the rest of his day followed, as it will. But he started doing something different. Every morning when he woke up he began imagining an empty tablet of paper. He would envision 10 things he was grateful for and imagined writing them on this tablet. This process changed his life.

I am looking forward to listening to all of these CDs. I love Joyce Myers. If you would like to have these CDs you can go to Joyce Myers website and for a donation of any amount they will be mailed to you.

Will Hillary Clinton be the First Woman President?

When Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for president of the United States I laughed. I have even posted here several times on my blog that though I thought Hillary would do a good job I didn't think she'd ever be elected, that our country wasn't ready for a woman president.

But today I read that voters across the nation are switching their allegiance from the top runner Obama to Hillary. I hate to hope for something that can never come to pass, but I can't help but wonder if maybe I was wrong and we ARE ready for a woman president.

I would love to see it. I believe our country would be much better off with a female at the helm. Women have a compassion gene that I honestly believe most men are missing. And they aren't slaves to testosterone.

Need a Virtual Assistant?

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The Bachelor Brad Womack

Is he a hottie or what? Brad Womack is this season's hunk on The Bachelor and I gotta tell you I think he might be the sexiest bachelor yet. That is what the rest of the world is saying anyway. Last night's episode made me happy because Brad sent the bitch Jade home. I never could understand what he saw in her in the first place. She was ugly, inside and out. My favorite and what looks to be his favorite too so far is Jill. She's a sweetie. He is definitely physically attracted to her and didn't mind showing that in front of all the other ladies. I can't wait to see next week when cry baby Hillary has a melt down because things are going her way and she has to leave the show because she's so neurotic.

Paris Hilton in Love

I haven't heard much about Paris Hilton lately and now I know why. The girl's in love with a former pizza delivery boy! Alex Vaggo came to America from Sweden on a vacation and ended up meeting Paris and landing himself a modeling gig. Did he ever luck out. Paris introduced Alex to modeling agent David Todd who told the press, “We have high hopes for him.  He’s a natural.”A friend of Alex's told press, “Alex had planned to end his travels and go back to Sweden – but now he is only going back for a few days. Paris is falling for him.” And Alex himself is psyched about his chances here in America.  “I’m thrilled to be in America.  I can’t wait to start modeling.”

Christian Music

I like to watch Christian television shows in the mornings sometimes. This morning was one of those mornings. It is stormy weather today and I was feeling down in the dumps too when I woke up so I decided what I needed was a good dose of Creflo Dollar and Joyce Myers. I feel tons better. But then I decided to leave the TV on that station while I was blogging and am now listening to what I guess is called Christian Rock music. I like it! I had never listened to it before and I gotta say, these Christian rockers are just as talented, possibly more talented, than many of the superstar rockers. I commend them for committing themselves to spreading the love of God through their music.

Tattoo Removal

Do you have a tattoo that you regret getting and want to remove it? Well, if you have heard that the FDA has proposed a ban on over the counter bleaching creams used for tattoo removal because of an ingredient that has been linked to cancer I want you to know that there are safer alternatives.

TCA is a popular non-prescription skin-peeling agent commonly used by doctors, health spas and private individuals to remove fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face. TCA has twice been medically tested and proven to fade and/or remove tattoos on the body. TCA is also more cost effective when compared to laser removal.

Rapper T.I. Arrested

Just hours before he was set to perform at the BET awards show, rapper T.I. was arrested on weapons charges. He was nominated for nine awards. Chicago rapper Common, who won the CD of the year award along with T.I., tried to lend his support at the awards show. "I salute my guy T.I., who also won, wherever he is," said fellow rapper Common, while raising up his trophy. He also won lyricist of the year.

T.I. was taken into custody in a shopping center parking lot where federal officials said he planned to pick up machine guns and silencers he had his bodyguard buy for him.

Now for my opinion. I believe that the whole culture of gangsta rappers believe themselves to be above the law but are really overgrown kids with too much money and too little conscience. They are thugs dressed up as musicians and a scourge on society.

Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize

This story at CNN News says that Al Gore has won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He shares the award with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work to raise awareness about global warming.

In typical Gore fashion, Al is more concerned that people understand how much of an emergency situation we are in as a planet. I couldn't agree more. Congratulations, Mr. Gore, (who should have been our president at one time)

Marine Corps Wants Out of Iraq

The Marine Corps is putting on the pressure to the powers that be to remove its forces from Iraq. They want to send marines to Afghanistan instead, to take over the leading role in combat there, according to senior military and Pentagon officials.

This would basically leave the Iraq war in the hands of the Army while giving the Marines a prominent new role in Afghanistan, under overall NATO command.

Sounds like someone is finally thinking with their head. But will G.W. allow it? I seriously doubt it. After all, it wasn't HIS idea. Perish the thought that someone else might one up him. That's more important than anything, right George?

Try a Little Kindness

I reported a few weeks ago on the woman who died in a Phoenix airport holding cell, Carol Ann Gotbaum. It appeared that she accidentally strangled herself while trying to get out of her handcuffs.

Now this follow up story brings a tear to my eye. Her husband says that if ONE person in the airport that day would have shown his wife a little kindness she might still be with us today. The article also says that Mrs. Gotbaum was headed to check herself into an alcohol rehab center, but was seen in the airport bar before her arrest. Her arrest came after she became irate when she missed her flight. A fellow passenger offered to trade flights with her and take a later one himself, but authorities wouldn't allow it, saying it was a security breach. When she was arrested reports say she was screaming, "I'm not a terrorist!" This story bugs me on so many levels.

I Should be Ashamed

The weather outside is perfect. It is 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, so why oh why am I not singing? I'm in a melancholy mood today. I think it's because I am finally coming to accept the fact that my marriage is over and that I live alone and probably will for a very long time. I have had a really difficult time accepting the fact that I am single at 52. I never would have dreamed it. I thought Shane and I would be married forever.

I keep telling myself that I am far from the only person who has had to go through this sort of thing, and how lucky I am to have my health, a comfortable home, food to eat, I want for nothing, but some days are better than others. I need to go outside and stay there for a while. Maybe the sunshine will bring me out of my funk.

Man Kills Mountain Lion

What else what this guy supposed to do? But wildlife officials in Boulder, Colorado are considering whether to recommend charges against him. He shot a mountain lion that was attacking a puppy.

At least two other mountain lion attacks have been reported in the Boulder area in the past month, including the September second death of a pet miniature horse named Bodacious in the Nederland area southwest of Boulder and the death of a 60-pound Australian shepherd in Nederland on Sept. 27. Sounds like the mountain lions are trying to take back their former territory?

Skydivers Plane Goes Down

My God, this is tragic! Seven bodies were discovered last night after the wreckage of a plane was discovered south of Mount Rainier, Washington. No sign of life has been detected. The plane was carrying nine skydivers and their pilot. The Associated Press stated on Tuesday that the three people whose bodies had not been found probably did not survive the crash.

The wreckage was in an area with steep terrain among heavy timber and brush, just 200 yards from where the last radar signal from the plane was detected, Yakima County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Cypher said. tThe front part of the plane was found Monday night, but the back section had not been found. Cypher described the crash site as "bad."

A single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan, the plane fell off radar at 8 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) Sunday, about a half-hour after taking off from Boise, Idaho, bound for Shelton, Washington, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The skydivers regularly participated in jumps with Skydive Snohomish in Snohomish, Washington.

Marion Jones Gives Up Medals

Marion Jones, five time Olympic gold medalist, has given up the medals she won at the Sydney Olympics days after admitting she used steroids. I saw her press conference on TV and it was really sad. I can't imagine how devastated she must feel.  The normal protocol would be for Jones to give her medals to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which then would return them to the International Olympic Committee. Though this is sad for Ms. Jones it does send a positive message to the youth of America. Honesty is the best policy, and don't do drugs!

The View Has One REAL Day

I don't like The View. Who wants to listen to a bunch of hens cackle? Yes, I am a woman, just not a typical female. I don't mean to offend any women out there, but let's be honest, when a bunch of women get together that's usually what happens. It sounds like a hen house.

Anyway, today for a few refreshing moments, when Meredith Viera made a return appearance and the first words out of her mouth were "How are you crazy bitches?" I DID cackle! You got it right, Meredith.

Brad Pitt Interview in Parade Magazine

I read an interview with Brad Pitt in the Sunday Parade magazine this morning and it really made me like him even more than I already did. Brad said that he has always had a persistence feeling of sadness, that he was born with it. I can relate to that, tending to melancholy myself. But he said that this was the catalyst that provoked him to start helping others who were less fortunate than him.

He REALLY gave it to the papparazzi, saying that one reporter got in his kid's face, shouting the kid's name. Brad Pitt thought that things would die down after his initial coupling with Angelina Jolie and their choice of a different lifestyle than other celebrities, the choice to immerse themselves in adopting children and donating to worthy causes, but he says it's just gotten worse. Brad said that he would never betray his beliefs and that his belief was in his family. What a humble, sweet and handsome guy.

Jena Nooses and John Mellancamp

Man, Jena, Louisiana is getting far more publicity than I think they ever dreamed they would. It started with 6 black teens beating up a white teen, but it has turned into a national concern. For one thing, nooses are being found all around Jena, and even worse, a news report I saw on CNN last night said that nooses are more common across the country than ever.

Then John Mellancamp comes up with some lyrics that inflamed the mayor of Jena, who called it racist. But all Mellancamp sings is "Jena, take your nooses down." I think he is, like John states, rebelling against racism, not promoting it.

Animal Planet

I am watching a show on Animal Planet where animals are doing tricks. The host is Mario Lopez and Danny Bonoducchi is one of the judges. It is very surreal watching these two former child stars on a show like this. It makes me wonder how they feel about that. Do they feel like losers, or are they just glad to get work?

But that's not what I came to talk about. I wanted to tell you about this horse! He is the smartest horse I've ever seen, well, except for Mr. Ed! His owner play shot him with his finger as a gun and the horse fell down and played dead. He then got up and when his owner said "kiss me" he did. He did several other things that were amazing.  Very cool horse, very cool show.

On a Spiritual Journey

That's me. Reading that book, "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert has solidified a decision I had been wavering on for several months, maybe even years if the truth be known. Ever since my son killed himself two and a half years ago I have spent my time living in shame, guilt and depression. I have been drinking a lot as a way to ease the pain. But the drinking and that lifestyle, seeing people sitting at the bar as if they are waiting for death to come a'knocking, is not working for me anymore. And I am tired of punishing myself. When my husband fell in love with someone else last year, I felt as if the bottom of my life had finally dropped out.

But I must go on, and since I have to go on, I have decided that I might as well spend the rest of my life at least trying to be happy. But I don't really know what happiness is anymore. I have changed. I will never be that carefree, smart mouthed, know it all I used to be. I have been humbled. Now it's time to get down to the real me, to find out who I am, and to see if there is a way that I can do good for others instead of always concentrating on myself and my self pity.

I am feeling so good about this decision, but change is hard. Wish me luck, pray for me. I have got to keep thinking that God has more in store for me than a life of loneliness and misery.

Maybe Not as Mean as I Think

Ok, here's an update, a surprising one. The post I did about the guy who took me to the farmer's market? Well, he called a little while ago! He asked me how my stew turned out, we laughed about his tire, he said he stopped at the shop where he got them and the tire was still under warranty. He said he wanted to see me again.

Now listen up. (Maybe I'm talking to myself) So what if we works at Wal Mart? He says he does maintenance. Maybe pushing carts is just one of the jobs he does. And hey, it's not like decent men, (he doesn't even drink) are beating down my door, (and he's not too hard on the eyes, for an old guy, but...but..he's only two years older than me!) I think I need to get it through my head that going out with young men, which is what I have always done, is not getting me anything but heartache and sorrow. And who wants to spend the rest of their lives alone? I thought I did, but I really don't think that sounds so appealing.

Anyway, I am going to a movie with him in a couple of days. We'll see how it goes, I'll let you know.

I Guess I'm Just Mean

I need to leave these old men alone. I have talked to a guy for a few weeks on the dating site, (I have now deleted my profile, by the way) and today he called and we went to the farmer's market. But the first thing he told me is that he didn't have any money. Ok, I wasn't expecting him to pay for the fruits and vegetables I bought, (by the way, I got some fresh okra, a head of cabbage, onions, celery, and the most delicious blueberries you have ever put in your mouth!) but what is a 54 year old man doing with NO money? THEN, he wanted to hold hands with me while we were walking around and I said no. I just met him! Why would I want to hold hands with a broke ass 54 year old man who looked 64?

When he brought me back home he accidentally hit the curb and busted a hole in his tire. (I was wanting to giggle because the first thing he said when he did was that the tire cost $150, yes, I guess I am just mean)  He came upstairs and sat down, (at least I DID invite him in, I even offered him a glass of water before he had to go back out and change his tire, so I am not THAT mean!) I sat down at the other end of the couch and for 15 solid minutes there was silence. So I got up and started making Mexican stew. (what else was I supposed to be doing, holding his hand?) Soon he got up and said he guessed he'd better go. I didn't even walk him to the door, and I watched out the window as he sat on the curb and replaced his $150 tire with a donut, giggling as I chopped the vegetables.

I guess I AM just mean. Or I just plain like being alone. Or I need to meet someone who turns me on, or...or...or..hell, I don't know what!

Family of Dead Utah Miners Address Congress

The families of the six dead miners who were killed when the Crandall Canyon mine in central Utah collapsed back in August spoke before a congressional committee on Wednesday.

The company that operated the Crandall Canyon mine in central Utah valued "production over safety," said Cesar Sanchez, brother of deceased miner Manuel Sanchez. The families of the miners are furious and want justice for their loved ones who lost their lives in the Crandall Canyon mine.

And I don't blame them. But this is not surprising. When DOESN'T a company value production over safety? Maybe the families of these miners can make a chink in the way things are, but it will be like dropping a pebble in the grand canyon. We live in the age of greed.

UC Berkeley Offers Courses on YouTube

Now this is something new! I found this article at Tech Crunch that says UC Berkeley has started uploading video recordings of course lectures on to YouTube. The initial round of lectures covers 300 hours of video on subjects including Chemistry, Physics and Non-Violence, with more content to come.

If this is a trend, it is a very good one. An education is expensive. And though you won't get a degree from learning stuff on YouTube, not as I understand it, learning is in itself worthwhile.

I'ts Official, G.W. Bush is Evil

Damn it! I have had my belly full of this guy for a long time. I won't even grace my blog with calling him the president because he doesn't deserve the title, well, hell, he never did. But today took the cake. In this breaking story from the Huffington Post G.W. has vetoed a bill to increase health care for children.

Aarrgh! I am as mad as an old wet hen. And so were the Democrats. Check out the full story, and as they say, read it and weep. :(

A Dark Day For Dallas

The timing couldn't have been worse. But maybe that's what the FBI had planned all along, to sorely embarrass the city of Dallas, Texas for their waywardness smack dab in the middle of the State Fair of Texas season, when people flock to Fair Park from all around the country to enjoy the most popular fair of all.

What am I talking about? I am talking about a huge shakedown and arrest of government employees. After a two year FBI investigation, 16 Dallas city officials were indicted yesterday on charges ranging from extortion to money laundering. One of these officials is even a state representative. This is a very dark day for Dallas indeed.

The Gossip Girls

Did you watch the first episode of The CW's Gossip Girl that aired on September 19th? Well if you missed it don't despair, The Gossip Girl comes on every Wednesday night at 9/8 Central Time. Created by Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C., and Stephanie Savage, The Gossip Girl is based on the novel series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show revolves around the lives of young socialites as they grow up on New York's Upper East Side. They attend elite academic institutions and the show deals with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues. To get to know the characters intimately you can visit their MySpace Fan Page and also watch Gossip Girl You Tube Videos. I am wondering what is going to happen with Dan ( Penn Badgley) and Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), who don't run in the same social or financial circles as the rest of the teens. However, they are definitely going to be drawn into the scene.

Woman Strangles Self With Handcuffs

This story is not only tragic it is very bizarre. Carol Ann Gotbaum was taken into custody for disorderly conduct in a Phoenix airport because she was running around screaming and yelling. Ok, we don't know what her problem was, but where it becomes bizarre is that she was placed in a holding cell in handcuffs. When a security officer went to check on her she was dead. Apparently she had tried to get out of her handcuffs by moving them from behind her to in front of her and ended up strangling herself. God, that's horrible! Sounds like she just lost it, period. Rest in peace, Carol Ann Gotbaum.