Gabby’s Hair? What About Those Banana Shoes?

Gabby Douglas, first African-American winner of the Women’s Gymnastics All Around Gold, is confused. Frankly, I’m confused as well.

Gabby Douglas, image from wikimedia by Xxjenesaispasxx

When 16-yr-old Gabby googled herself a few hours after achieving the highest accomplishment in Olympic women’s gymnastics, she found that people weren’t only tweeting about her success, they were tweeting criticisms about her hair!

“Gabby Douglas, you made history w/your impeccable talent and hideous hair.” @BReeMonroe

“We, as a black community, gotta fix Gabby Douglas’s hair.” @Sarocious

“Congrats to Gabby Douglas on her gold metal! Wish I could say the same about that hair! OMG horrible!” @shestaken

Seriously! I never cease to be amazed at people and their priorities.

How can they possibly be criticizing little Gabby Douglas for her hair when there have been far more egregious fashion faux pas from every corner of the Olympic compound?

Take Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Who cares that she won a repeat gold in the women’s 100 meter dash when it’s overshadowed by the fact that her tag was sticking up out of her running shorts when she crossed the finish line?

Then there are the Women’s Beach Volleyball bikini bottoms. What difference does all that hustle and jump make when those ladies have more crack than the entire city of Detroit?

Hello? Men’s track stars? You’re really wearing those banana shoes?

And don’t even get me started on those horses in the equestrian events. Some of them made no effort to restrain their free-flowing tails, showing no respect for the fact that they were jumping more obstacles than average Americans do when collecting their own money from their medical flexible spending accounts.

Don’t these athletes realize that no matter what they do, the most important thing when they are on TV is their hair? Where is the Olympic Committee in all of these uniform travesties? Why aren’t they stopping these fashion fails?

Bottom line? This young lady traveled 20 hours from home to live with strangers so that she could train with a great coach. She left her family and friends to follow a dream at only fourteen. She not only went to school but worked what amounted to a full time job in preparing for this event. She could dye her hair purple, wear it in dreadlocks, or even shave her head and it wouldn’t detract one bit from how lovely she is.

I appreciated the sentiment of this “Pulp Fiction” spoof.

WARNING: EXCESSIVE, EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE, JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL “PULP FICTION.”

What athletes are impressing you during this Olympic Games?

All the best to all of you for a week of knowing what’s important.

Piper Bayard—The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Is Pole Dancing an Olympic Sport?

I realize I ran a similar End is Near recently, but with the Olympic Badminton Teams from China, South Korea, and Indonesia exhibiting such poor sportsmanship in trying to lose to each other (see below), I’m reconsidering the merits of Olympic Pole Dancing. At least these ladies are ready to bring it.

Photo by Lululemon Athletica

In case you’re not familiar with the athleticism of this competitive dance form, below is a world champion pole dancer, Jenyne Butterfly. She starts with more interpretive dance elements, but after about a minute, she begins a genuinely amazing performance.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

London Olympics Badminton Scandal Raises Ethical Issues

In the face of copyright lawsuits against bloggers, Best Selling Author Kristen Lamb offers a solution. WANA Commons–Beautiful Blog Images without the Worry  

Great chance to catch up on your reading with New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins. ALMOST ALL of his books are on sale for $3.99 for a limited time. Get the scoop here. James Rollins Hot Summer Deal

Olympic Sports that Didn’t Quite Make It by Ellie Ann.

Lonny Dunn of ProNetworkBuild explains Texting in Politics. Check out his new happening site SocialInDC and watch there for Bayard & Holmes postings other great articles.

Great food for thought from Tami Clayton. Being a Genius vs. Having a Genius: Creativity and the Tormented Artist Construct

Renee Jacobson asks, Is It Wrong to Type Thank You Notes?

I know I can use this. From Donna Newton, Words are Words, But Grammar is Grammar.

If you watched Olympic coverage in America, you likely missed this beautiful tribute to terrorism victims. Can’t imagine why NBC found Ryan Seacrest more compelling. Abide with Me with Scottish singer Emeli Sande.

Now for our Pole Daddy Poll Daddy campaign style question of the week.

All the best to all of you for a week of dancing to your tune.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Pole Dancing as Olympic Sport

As a belly dancer, I can sympathize with the struggle for respect; however, I’m always suspicious of “sports” that have no objective measure. We’ve all seen those Russian figure skating fiascos.

In case you’re not familiar with the athleticism of this competitive dance form, below is a world champion pole dancer, Jenyne Butterfly. She starts with more interpretive dance elements, but after about a minute, she begins a genuinely amazing performance.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order 

10 Junie B. Jones Titles That Were Rejected by the ever-hysterical Leanne Shirtliffe. My thanks to Leanne, as well, for the tip about the Olympic pole dancers.

The Bayard/Lamb 2012 Campaign Blog Tour stopped off at David Walker’s blog this week where we expounded on the role of tiddlywinks in foreign disputes and our stand on the mullet.

New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer discusses Writing as the Only Art Form that isn’t Sensual.

Nigel Blackwell writes a blog about things that move. Cars, planes, rockets, submarines, etc. He’s been running an amazing series lately about the X-1 program, Chuck Yeager,  and the race to break the sound barrier, including a link to the transcript of Yeager’s wild ride in the Bell X-1A. Beyond Glamorous Glennis 

A fond farewell to M*A*S*H star Harry Morgan. M*A*S*H Star Harry Morgan Dead at 96

My Warrior Writer Boot Camp teammate, Donna Newton, give an accurate account of Learning to Write the WWBC Way. It’s made all the difference in my own fiction endeavors.

Gene Lempp has a marvelous series called Designing from Bones wherein he explores ancient myths and archeological finds. This week, he tells us the legend of the Black Shuck. Designing from Bones – Demon, Protector, Patsy

Okay. Let’s be honest. We’ve all done or at least wanted to do these things. How to Brighten Your Day by Annoying Others by Amber West.

Bestselling author Larry Enright explores the trend of using nouns as verbs in a most entertaining way. For example, today I will be caking and cheese plating in preparation for Xmas partying. Verbalizing

Agricultural Bill Change Allows for Horse Slaughterhouses to Resume in US. I’m a horse lover so I was particularly horrified by this one.

Ellie Ann is running a great series right now about careers. She has some amazing interviews with everyone from a spook (our own Holmes), to a fashion photographer (Cody Bess), to a doctor and television host (Dr. Dorian). This week, she talks with a zookeeper, Callene Rapp. What I Want to be When I Grow Up – A Zookeeper

Fleet of Ferraris Ruined in Japan Sportscar Pileup This one had to hurt.

When an Adult Took Standardized Tests Forced on Kids. As someone who thinks standardized tests are pulverizing any semblance of education in our country, I found this article about a school board member flunking the 10th grade test particularly interesting, and not the least bit surprising.

Ever wonder where police came from? The Origin of Police in England by mystery writer and historian K.B. Owen.

And for a different kind of pole dancer, this fireman shows us that practicality and entertainment can mix to varying degrees of success in this very funny commercial.

So what do you think? Should pole dancing be an Olympic sport? 

All the best to all of you for a week of amazing athletic feats.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse