Kelly Clarkson & Clay Aiken Announce Tour

Former ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Clay Aiken have announced a 30-city tour starting in February, but unfortunately Canada isn’t in the plans. The “Independent” tour will feature the two alternating as headliners and hit Charlotte (02/24), Duluth (02/25), Tampa (02/27), Miami (02/28), Raleigh (03/01), Philadelphia (03/02), Long Island (03/04), Washington (03/05), Wilkes Barre (03/07), Worcester (03/08), Columbus (03/10), Detroit (03/11), Winston-Salem (03/13), Houston (03/16), Austin (03/17), Grand Prairie (03/19), St. Louis (03/21), Chicago (03/22), Omaha (03/24), Salt Lake City (03/26), Las Vegas (03/27), San Diego (03/30), Sacramento (03/31), Glendale (04/01), Anaheim (04/03), Los Angeles (03/05), San Jose (04/06), Seattle (04/08), Spokane (04/09), Denver (04/13), Kansas City (04/15), and St. Paul (04/16).


If you are AMERICAN .. and you are visiting this site .. PLEASE call that number up there right away. Call it as many times as you want to. It’s TOLL-FREE and it helps vote my girl, Kelly Clarkson, into the next round of American Idol. They don’t let Canadians vote so I can’t do anything but beg and plead all you kind American folks to do my dirty work for me. Trust me, she’s the best in the show – just take my word on that. :)

Now, as for the comment from Michelle yesterday in regards to me being on ‘Just Like Mom’ – yes indeed. I searched last night for screen shots or information on the show but it’s hard to come by. Most Canadians around my age will probably remember it – it was basically a CTV game show starring Blue Jays broadcaster Fergie Olver and his wife Catherine Swing that featured three children and their mothers. The children would be taken into a back room warehouse while the parents were asked three questions, then the kids were brought back out and asked the same ones – if they got them right, points. If they didn’t, no points. Then vice versa – take the Moms away, ask the kids, bring Mom out, compare answers. The big finale took the kids to a kitchen where they were instructed to make some sort of baked good, in my case, chocolate brownies. However, they hide the chocolate chips and give front row shelf space to items like curry powder, nutmeg, and Orange Crush. So naturally, these brownies are somewhat wretched. Then the Moms get to eat these little pieces of wonder and pick which monstrosity was created by the fruit of their womb. The kid with the most points throughout gets to spin a big wheel for a chance at anything from a set of bikes to a week at a camp, and the big prize, a family trip to Epcot in Disney World.

I got 0 points. My pity prizes included a Snoopy Brusha-Brusha Toothbrush and Fun-Around Faces. My Mom was really mad after she had asked me beforehand what my favourite food was. As any 8 year old might say, I said cereal. So on the show they ask “If you were going into outer space, and you could only bring ONE food with you, what would it be?” My answer: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mom not happy. After the show she questioned my believed swapping of answers in mid-show, but I had a perfectly good, logical, 8-year old answer. “But Mom, you can’t bring cereal into outer space, it would float all over the place.”

Baha. :)

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Some schlub has compiled a

Some schlub has compiled a list of “One Hundred Albums You Should Remove from Your Collection Immediately”. Some of his reasoning is, how shall we say, suspect at best. Sound logic would be preferred in most cases, but whatcha gonna do? I just thought it was interesting to see what of my albums he found to be strongly distasteful. I’d make a list of my preferred removals but you might as well just look at the Billboard Top 100 from any week since about 1988 and that would suffice. Here’s the albums I own that Mr. Arseclown has deemed disposable:

2. U2 – The Joshua Tree
3. Nirvana – Nevermind
17. Pearl Jam – Vs.
24. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
34. Dave Brubeck – Time Out
39. Wilco – Being There
47. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
62. Green Day – Dookie
70. Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience
71. Counting Crows – August And Everything After
79. The Wallflowers – The Wallflowers
81. The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America

All I have to say is anyone that puts Brubeck, Wilco, and Counting Crows on this list doesn’t deserve an opinion. I’m surprised he could tear himself away from the latest Strokes album long enough to string together coherent sentences. Bah. (waves paw) [list found here | link found here]

I was watching ElimiDATE earlier tonight when a rather trampish young lady was cut in the final two. The reason given was he had found her obsessive cursing to be upsetting to him. Her response was that perhaps he had been hasty in his decision, as yes, she was apt to curse frequently but she was also “extremaly articulate”. No, that’s not a typo. She is EXTREMALY articulate. Uh-huh.

Kelly Clarkson, I declare a crush on you. Win this sucka.

Rick Jessup