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). . . . Mashed Potato Slurpees

Mashed potatoes from a slurpee-like machine coming soon to a 7-11 near you.

These are not your grandma’s mashed potatoes!

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Terrific book sale July 19-22! Get the details from international best selling author Vicki Hinze. Beat the Heat with a Cool Summer Sale

Jenny Hansen has some great tips for bloggers who are slaves to their blog schedules. Does Blogging Jack Up Your Schedule?

Natalie Hartford solicits advice for her single friends. How Long Should You Make a Guy Wait?

Amy Shojai gives us the run down on the place where the big fish swim. THRILLERFEST!

Amy Shojai and Allison Brennan at Thrillerfest

Diana Beebe visited my home state and made some excellent observations. Good and Bad Ideas in Colorado

There are many slang terms to refer to women. What Do You Choose to be Called? by Marcia Richards.

Catie Rhodes tells us about Robert Mitchum’s Life of Crime. As for me, I had no idea.

In honor of Comic Con which took place last week, this is a clip from Star Trek: How it Should have Ended.

So here is my Campaign Style Poll Daddy question for you this week.

All the best to all of you for a week of warm and fuzzy comfort food.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Funeral Home Teams Up with Starbucks

South Carolina funeral home teams up with Starbucks to bring grieving customers and anyone else with money a bit of comfort.

Let me guess . . . Coffee to die for?

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First off, congratulations to Ingrid Schaffenberg on her first TV hosting job! Right now, Ingrid is painting New York red at Thrillerfest, but she took a moment to share how letting go has helped her in her life. Dreams Really Do Come True

Mihael at SMPLEFY takes us walking through Nyon, Switzerland. Leaving Nyon

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge has some suggestions for D.C. storm optimizing and some fascinating facts about junk food, the Dept. of Agriculture, and Yellowstone Bears. Yes, they really do go together. Bear-ing in Mind

Skeletons (and Mancandy) in the Attic by Roni Loren. Things forgotten and things remembered. What is in your childhood boxes?

Padres Fan Nailed by Foul Ball While Updating Facebook. Cool video.

Ellie Ann gave me a smile this week. You Know You’re a Toddler When . . .

Heather Konik gives us her 8 Reasons Why ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Isn’t for Me. This lady is a hoot, and I think we should all encourage her to write her own Fifty Shades of Khaki. Be sure to watch the video at the site. Who knew Selena Gomez could be so funny?

Dress Made from 50,000 Gummy Bears. Only 220 lbs. Gives new meaning to The Gummy Bear Song.

Playing with my Poll Daddy today, which sounds totally wrong, but I didn’t name it. The point is that I have a few questions for you. Since it’s election season, I wrote them in the style of campaign writers.

All the best to all of you for a week with more coffee than funerals.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse