My dear friend and colleague, Hilary Sherpherd has followed through with the promise she made several weeks ago and has shaved her head in honor of someone very special to her. I’ll let Hilary tell the story in her words. First…the video of the process! How perfect is it that David Bowie’s“CHANGES” was playing while Kristin did the honors of shaving Hilary’s head?
“On September 17, 2012, my friend Kristin, a 28-year-old wife and mother of two young daughters, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon hearing this news, there was only one thing I could think of doing… shaving my head! I don’t have money to help with medical bills, and I don’t live close enough to her to help with dinner or childcare, but I knew in my heart that I HAD to do something. So, I decided to shave my head.
Head shaving doesn’t cost money, and it’s totally not permanent – you know, like losing a boob to cancer is; it was the least I could do.
People are telling me I’m awesome, and how great of a friend I am, but all I really see is a need for love to be filled. I’m super-duper compassionate (a trait I learned from my parents and am extremely proud of), and I have tons of empathy for the struggles of my fellow human.
However, I am not the type of person to sit on a couch and cry. Life sucks – deal with it. Of course I have feelings, and I long for my friends and family to only know happiness. But when it comes to distress, I’m not always sure what to do; my natural reaction is to shake my fist at the Gods and curse the Universe. My shaved head is the result of such a reaction.
Hilary had most of Facebook in tears of jubilation last night as we got a minute-by-minute update, and it was roundly decided that she was a badass for honoring Kristin this way. She donated THIRTEENINCHES of hair to Locks of Love--just an added act of true beauty.
Kristin is a hero for coming out of the black hole of cancer like a true champion. As such, our Song of the Day is David Bowie’s ‘HEROES’.
It’s safe to say that NBC is the absolute worst, and I’ll come back to that, but for those of you lucky enough to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony live you were spared inane commentary and really got to enjoy this spectacular show.
Although I personally wasn’t as impressed with the ceremony as much as I should have been, there were a couple of boring moments, Director Danny Boyle really did do a great job showcasing London and Great Britain. The $42 million dollar spectacle included appearances by author J.K. Rowling during a section that featured book villains including Lord Voldemort terrorizing a bunch of kids and Rowan Atkinson as his character Mr. Bean.
Daniel Craig as 007, met with Queen Elizabeth to literally drop her off at the Stadium. Wasn’t the scene of her and her corgis scurrying down the halls of Buckingham Palace cute?!
Unfortunately, Boyle didn’t incorporate any “Rage Virus” infected people in the event, and there definitely should have been some sort of ‘Attack The Block‘ reference. There was a tribute to the Industrial Revolution featuring actor Kenneth Branagh as mechanical engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, complete with top hat. This, and the “Frankie and June” saga went on a bit too long, but I loved the mix of music during this segment paying tribute to the best of British music industry over the decades. While we got a little bit of Soul II Soul, Amy Winehouse and even The Prodigy, they left out the Spice Girls among others.
Then came the Parade Of Nations, or as I’d like to call it, “Where I’ll Be Vacationing To Find My Husband.” Who knew there were so many hot athletes in the world. The flag carrier for Fiji was a favorite, as was the one for Romania. All the things we’ve heard about going down in the Olympic Village, you can bet there will be on hell of a party before and after the games.
So let’s talk about the TeamUSA’s uniforms. I didn’t think they were that bad for outfits not actually made in America. That was a huge misstep on Ralph Lauren and his company’s part though, and can we get rid of the berets next time?
People didn’t seem to like Team Great Britain’s uniforms either. Made by Next, whoever that is, they looked like Jiffy Pop snowboarders, and Stella McCartney took to Twitter to make sure that everyone knew she had no part in that. She did however design GBs Olympic Village outfits.
Finally, it was time to light the cauldron. David Beckham delivered the flame via speedboat on the River Thames. Many thought he would be the one to actually light the Olympic torch, and I have to say I liked DivaJulia‘s idea of him kicking a soccer ball to light it, but they went with a more subdued approach.
Seven young athletes,Cameron MacRitchie, Adelle Tracey, Katie Kirk, Desiree Henry, Jordan Duckitt, Aidan Reynolds and Callum Airlie, ran with the torch before getting individual torches from their mentors and lighting one petal which spread creating a flower of fire.
It was pretty cool to watch, and the ceremony ended with a performance by Sir Paul McCartney.
NBC decided they were going to make watching this year’s Olympics an absolute chore from the get go. First they decided it was a good idea to employ Ryan Seacrest to help cover the games. I feel like this needs to be said: No one actually likes Seacrest but himself. I can’t even imagine his fake girlfriend likes him. This is the same network that fired Ann Curry for basically being too serious. Then you have Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira talking over every damn thing that’s going on. Their stupid, (it was stupid okay?) commentary wasn’t needed at all! We know that J.K. wrote the Harry Potter series, we didn’t need lame ass jokes about Bermuda‘s shorts.
“There’s the Queen, cheering wildly for the host country, Great Britain,” Matt said. Cue the Queen clearly not giving a flying eff about what was going on. Worse yet, they cut a very poignant performance from of “Abide With Me” by Emeli Sande, a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London Terror Attacks. What did they show instead? An interview between Failcrest and swimmer Michael Phelps, which I’m sure no one cared about. Even I changed the channel. Don’t even get me started on them cutting to Mittens Romney in the stands.