FLOODING IN THE MISSISSIPPI, KUNG FU PANDA II, AND AN UPDATE ON VIVI'S INJURY
Rosie and the staff started today's broadcast briefly discussing an Eve Ensler article where she says she's over hearing that it's "news" that 48 women an hour get raped in Congo. Here's a link to the article Eve wrote about the "breaking news."
They then started discussing the flooding of the Mississippi region which Rosie said she has trouble wrapping her head around the devastation. Rosie is so saddened by the stories of the people fleeing the area and also surprised people are so resigned to the fact that they have to go. Janette said in this case it seems the needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. Pete reminded Rosie that the people in these areas knew their homes were in a flood plain and that every year they get a letter that warns them of the chance of flooding if they need to open a spillway. Rosie understood it was for the greater good but said emotionally it feels so devastating to her. She said she watched Bill Maher on Friday who had had Harry Shearer on discussing his documentary The Big Uneasy about the Army Corps of Engineers and how what happened in New Orleans was because of malfeasance. Rosie said she really wants to see it.
The Big Uneasy: Trailer
Rosie got to take her family and some friends to a screening of Kung Fu Panda II! She said it was a great movie with a sweet message and she thanked Dreamworks for doing it for them. Rosie said the movie was really good but she's not a fan of 3D because it makes her motion sick. Pete mentioned how 3D movies cost more and all the Rosie Radio staff discussed how expensive it is to take a family to the movies. Jeannie said she likes to buy her movie candy at Bed Bath and Beyond and sneak it in in her pocketbook. She said they sell movie-sized candy there for at least half the price! Rosie loved the message of the first movie which was "There is no secret ingredient. It's just you." And she loved the message in this film about finding inner peace and adoption. Rosie wondered how the many adopted kids in the theater felt about the adoption storyline in the film. Rosie's son Blake really didn't even seem to care about the adoption story and just enjoyed the film itself. She asked Blake if the movie made him think about being adopted himself and he said, "Nope!" Rosie said her son Blake is a growing boy who is kind of stinky these days so she promised him a Slurpee at the movie if he agreed to shower beforehand. But then, he wanted a large Slurpee and she only allowed him to have a small one and he got really upset with her about it! Later, Rosie told Blake how much it hurt her feelings that he got so mad at her.
After the movie on Friday, Rosie came home and Vivi twisted her ankle bouncing on the trampoline. She had purchased this new trampoline for safety reasons because she read you should replace them every three years. And immediately, Vivi hurt herself on it. Rosie said Vivi's ankle looked like it was broken. They took them right away in the emergency room and she said Vivi was x-rayed, casted and home in an hour and 20 minutes. It's a sprained ankle and Rosie had to take her to Jeannie's younger brother (who is an Orthopedic surgeon) for a second opinion. Jeannie and Rosie joked about how her younger brother still seems like little Billy Davis and not the big doctor he is today!
Rosie talked about how much she loved the nurses at the hospital and wanted to go out and have dinner delivered for them. And Rosie said every time she sees a hospital now she thinks of the show Nurse Jackie on Showtime. She said it's the second best show on television right now next to Glee. I think it's the BEST show. And no one asked me, but still! Rosie said she kept looking for Thor (a character from Nurse Jackie) at the hospital.
My favorite scene from Nurse Jackie this year.
(rated R - foul language)
LIVING IN THE MOMENT VS. CAPTURING IT ON FILM
Rosie said Parker got certified to be a lifeguard and during his life saving classes he learned first aid. This weekend he offered to wrap Vivi's ankle in a more comfortable brace for sleeping and while he was doing it Rosie wanted to take a picture of the moment because it was so incredibly sweet. She said at that moment, she wrestled in her head with wanting to record the moment or just live it. Deirdre said that reminded her of the story of the naked man in the subway in New York City. I watched the video and all I can say is I would RUN! Forget video-taping I'd be gone so fast it would be like one of those cartoons where you see the puff of dust rise up from the ground because I sped off so fast. Just saying. She said what struck her about the video is no one was helping the police officer control the man because everyone was so interested in recording it! Deirdre said it's indicative of our society now. Jeannie said she will go to school shows and functions now without a camera and she enjoys herself more. She recently went to a Mother's Day tea with her son and for a moment, she felt insecure about not having a camera but she wanted to really present with him. Rosie said she didn't take her camera to Blake's recent orchestra concert either. Saw saw all the other parents with the cameras and thought they were missing the moment in an attempt to preserve it. Rosie invited listeners to call in.
Rosie took a call from a coach who often sees parents fight for space to get the perfect picture who end up missing the event entirely. Rosie said taking photos and videos can sometimes create a layer between you and the experience though she's thankful she has all the photos and video of when the kids were little. Janette suggested a middle ground. Here's what I do. My kids are big into sports and if there's an entire season ahead of us I will bring my camera to one of the games. For that entire game I take as many photos and videos as I can. And for the other 10 games I don't carry my camera with me and I am just the cheering parent on the sidelines. One caller didn't take pictures for an entire vacation and decided to just live in the moment. She said she came away with the experience rather than the photos. Rosie said she went to Italy without a camera but as soon as she got there she bought one. She hates to travel so the camera helped her get herself through it. Jeannie finds she has a better time at events or traveling when she leaves her camera at home.
Rosie then took a final call from a listener who's son passed away in a car accident this past November. He was only 24 years old and while she understands the discussion she talked about the importance of having those memories especially as a mother. The caller also wished she had video of her son because she's been obsessing about not having a recording of his voice. This caller's son was named Matt and he was studying to work at the same Georgia Aquarium that Blake has been obsessed with going to when he turns 12 this fall. Rosie asked the caller about her son and how he died. She said they're pretty sure her son was texting and driving when he died. She got a knock at the door at 2:30 in the morning. He had driven through a stop sign and the person crossing hit him. The caller said she's healing okay but her 18 year old son is having a rough time with his brother's death. The caller said she's trying to honor his memory by trying to reflect the amazing person he was. She also said she gets through the days with the help of the church, grief counseling and because her other son deserves a mother who's present. The caller told Rosie that her son also went to military school and loved it! Rosie thanked the caller for sharing her story and said she wished she could give her a big hug. She encouraged the caller to ask her son's friends if any of them had any recordings of her son so she'd be able to hear his voice again. The caller said she wants to but isn't even sure she's ready. Rosie and the staff discussed the grief one must feel when a child dies. Rosie and Jeannie said even the concept of it feels like a punch in the heart.
AMERICAN IDOL, EXTREME COUPONING AND WILL SMITH'S TRAILER
Rosie found out via text that James was voted off American Idol and she was not happy about it! Pete thought James was going to go home sooner or later because he knew he wouldn't be "America's idol." He said Metal is a very small demographic compared to country. Rosie said she is NOT going to watch the rest of the season. And despite the fact that James said some things after he was voted off that seemed cocky to some people Rosie doesn't think he is. Janette reminded Rosie that Crystal Bowersox, Adam Lambert, and Chris Daughtry never won American Idol yet went on to have great careers in music. Rosie took LOTS of calls on this topic. One caller isn't going to watch American Idol anymore either. One caller thought James would be better off not winning and also said James reminds her of Adam Lambert. Deirdre said American Idol is a popularity contest and James will be fine.
Rosie and Jeannie also watched a show on TLC entitled Extreme Couponing. Jeannie said if she could coupon shop like they describe in the show she wouldn't have to work! Rosie, on the other hand, said the show felt like very organized hoarding to her. Rosie described the show for the listeners at home and how they get bargains on things they didn't even need. She said it seemed like they had enough food stocked up to eat for weeks and she wondered if it was ever enough. She thought the show seemed more like show about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder over coupons rather than a show about saving. And no one was very impressed with what they were buying because it was all processed food. Jeannie said she rarely uses coupons because it encourages her to buy things she doesn't normally use. Deirdre then described last week's episode which to her seemed like they had a Costco in their house! Rosie joked about how she comes out with way too much when she shops at Costco but said she loves Target because it's the perfect store that has everything you need.
They talked for a little bit about generic vs. name brands and how Rosie grew up always wanting the name brand items in the house. Jeannie said she will buy some things generic like ketchup and butter but she will never go generic on paper towels or orange juice. For Jeannie she said it's all trial and error. Rosie said name brands is probably the biggest way she wastes money but she said she prefers her real Crocs to fake ones!
Then they briefly discussed last night's episode of the show Strange Sex that was on immediately following the Coupon show. Jeannie told everyone about last night's episode about a man who lost his penis because of a genital injury.
Rosie and the staff then discussed the Will Smith trailer incident in New York. He's filming Men In Black III and apparently his trailer was very large and letting off lots of fumes! Rosie could understand the mentality of wanting your own trailer and wanting to get the very best for frequent movie shoots but she wasn't sure he really needed it with an apartment only a few blocks away. But she could understand how something like that happens. She said when someone is offering to pay for something and you don't have to think about it's easy to not even consider the cost. Right now she's looking at Chicago for a place to live and is keeping in mind the cost even though she doesn't have to pay for it because everything you do affects everything else. Janette said the rapes in the Congo are directly correlated in her mind with the conflict in the Congo over the blood minerals. And those blood minerals are needed for our cell phones and computers. So now every time Janette's cell phone vibrates she thinks another woman got raped in the Congo. The point being, everything affects everything else. If there wasn't such a demand for the blood minerals because of the demand for cell phones, there wouldn't be so much conflict in the Congo. But Rosie said if she doesn't buy a cell phone would it make the conflict stop? Probably not. Janette thinks celebrities, in general, need to be more aware today of how their actions look to the outside world. She said it's hard to read that Will Smith needs to have a marble floor in his trailer when she just came from Ukraine and spoke to a woman who makes $100 a month. Rosie said the first time she went to Texas to visit Tracy she took a private plane. When Tracy picked her up she asked her how much it cost to fly in the private plane and when Rosie told her, she put her hands over her face in horror. Then she asked her if she knew how many prosthetic limbs you could buy with the amount of money she spent on her plane ride. Rosie wasn't sure where to draw the line of what you will and will not accept. Janette mentioned the story of the starfish and how one person may not be able to help everyone but it matters to the few that you can help.
JANETTE AND THE ENSEMBLE TAKE OVER ROSIE RADIO (for a few days...)
Rosie said Janette and the ensemble will be running the show for a few days while Rosie has some meetings. So, Tuesday and Wednesday will be the ensemble staff without Rosie! Janette said she's merely filling in and not replacing Rosie.
Speaking of replacing, Rosie asked what everyone thought about Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men. Janette loves Two and a Half Men and has seen every episode and thinks Ashton will do a great job. Rosie said Ashton is very charming and likable, and thinks he will do well on the show. Janette and Rosie remembered the first time Ashton was on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and how Rosie told him how stunning, smart and likable he was! Rosie said she thinks Ashton has great energy and charisma and thinks he will be a great replacement. Janette does feel a little bad for Charlie Sheen though - being replaced on his show and being booed off stage. She said he's got to feel pretty awful right now. Rosie hoped Charlie gets better soon.
Rosie said her youngest daughter wants water shoes (the ones with the toes) and she said she can't find them anywhere online.
Rosie said Tracy has some geese who live on her property and said some of the baby geese are now missing and she thinks the geese seem sad. Rosie wondered and asked the staff if they think the geese could be sad. Everyone said yes. Janette said she saw a great story about horses and goats. She said in the story they took a goat away from a horse and the horse got so depressed they had to bring the goat back! Deirdre said she can tell when her dog is sad. Rosie recalled the time when her brother Eddie was attacked by a blue jay after picking up one of the eggs! She said the blue jay pecked him so badly he had to get stitches and birds scared her for years afterward. Rosie said she's pretty sure her squirrel friend Shady is gone. She said she a little sad about it but it's okay.
And lastly, Shoshana is getting married but having guilt over registering for expensive items. Jeannie said when she was married the second time she didn't want to register at all, but did so because her husband's family asked them to. Shoshana said she feels like she's asking people to commit to expensive gifts but at the same time said she is asking for things they need. Rosie told her to think of it as more of a "wish list" and said people want to know what they want. And then people have the choice to buy the item or not.
Rosie said she'll be back on Thursday!
So, tune in tomorrow to hear Janette and the ensemble take over Rosie Radio! This is going to be fun!
and that's what you missed - kw
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