June 30, 2010

Bitter Moon

One of my favorite films ~ Rated R

 Plot Summary:  British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin.

Another Chick Flick Pick ~ What if you were dating the wrong guy?

I'm all about the Good Guy :D

Plot Summary: Ambitious young Manhattanite and urban conservationist Beth wants it all: a good job, good friends, and a good guy to share the city with. Of course that last one is often the trickiest of all. Beth falls hard for Tommy, a sexy, young Wall Street hot-shot. But just as everything seems to be falling into place, complications arise in the form of Tommy's sensitive and handsome co-worker Daniel. Beth soon learns that the game of love in the big city is a lot like Wall Street -- high risk, high reward and everybody has an angle.


Chick Flick Pick ~ What if you had a second chance to find true love?

Letters to Juliet is a sweet, romantic movie that I just finished watching. The acting isn't spectacular but I enjoyed the movie.  It's filmed in Italy and the scenery is gorgeous.  :)

Plot summary:  An American girl (Amanda Seyfried) on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter. The letter was never answered because it was hidden behind a rock for many years.  She is engaged but her fiancé is too busy to spend any time with her during their romantic trip to Italy. Along the way she finds true love while giving a lovely, older lady (Vanessa Redgrave) a second chance at her lost, true love.

June 29, 2010


Why am I in such a state of extreme happiness? Something has changed inside of me over the past few weeks and I feel it from the top of my head down to my little toes. I am really grateful for one of life’s big lessons and I will never forget it. I will try my best to stop taking life for granted. I'm happy to be alive and feel well again. I'm so grateful to my loved ones for all of their support and prayers.

To my team of fabulous doctors who took extra special care of me and helped me as much as they could. Who knew Kuwaiti and Egyptian doctors could be so caring and concerned for their patients. Several doctors offered me their personal cell numbers in case I needed them night or day. Two doctors said they would come to me if I needed them. In case I had an emergency at home.  I can't imagine that would happen in the US. Not a chance.

A special thank you to my readers who always sent me sweet and encouraging comments. You made me smile when I was scared and feeling really down. When you are young you think that certain things only happen to other people. Then it happens to you and you’re blindsided. All of my tests came up clear.  Now I know I have a second chance and I'm not going to waste it. I'm so happy to be healthy and almost back to normal. Thanks most of all to God.

Okay, enough of my previous Drama Queen posts from when I wasn't feeling well.  Now for some blah blah...

Lately I've had a craving for Cheese Puffs. I can't get enough of them. In fact I'm chowing down on a bag right now called Jumbo Corn Curls. I've tried four different kinds in Kuwait after P took me to the Sultan Center. They are all so yummy! I'm washing them down with Apple Juice and this salt free water I found called Ultra ~ Salts Free Water. It's from Jordan and tastes pretty good. I try to drink as much water as possible. Water is the most important part of my beauty routine.

I love my new hair color but after the first wash it really faded. A few more washes and I think my life as a brunette will be finished. Mr. Hockey likes my new look but said he would kill me if I cut my long hair or colored it red. Red...hmmmm that’s a good idea. I might try that next. He will get over it. :) It's not like I'm going to cut off all of my hair and then get horrible extensions like Britney. Just say NO to extensions. Yikes! They almost never look natural on WG’s.

I've made a list of all the restaurants I want to try in Kuwait now that I'm feeling like myself again. Thanks to all the terrific blogs out there that recommends where to eat in Kuwait and what to order. There are so many new places that look fabulous. I can't wait to eat all of that good food. I'm starting my food journey today!

Nerves....yes, I'm a little bit nervous about starting my new job. I hope all goes well and that I can live up to their expectations. Since I had to cancel my vacation I am planning a weekend solo trip soon. First I have to go to the UAE. Then I will go on a trip just for me. I don't know how I'm going to explain that to Mr. Hockey but sometimes a girl just needs some time to herself in another country. I like to travel alone because you can do anything you want anytime you want to do it. I usually hire a guide with a private car for safety and comfort. I haven't decided where to go yet but I'm thinking Lebanon or Cyprus.

I wish everyone a fantastic week! Muwah! :*


June 27, 2010

Cooking 101: Expat and the City gets an F

Burnt sausage

Burnt biscuits

How hard could it be? I mean the sausage was packaged and precooked. The directions said all I had to do was brown it for a few minutes in a pan. The biscuits...packaged and frozen. All I had to do was heat up the oven and cook them for so many minutes. It looked easy this morning but then again Mrs. "I" always said I would never win a man over with my cooking. Darn it!!! I'm so mad at myself. :( Uh!!! The disappointment!

Some of the other blogs post lovely pictures of their cooking masterpieces. I guess it's just not in the cards for me. I used to think it was cute and not a big deal about my lack of cooking skills.  Now that I'm on my own it stinks! I'm still going to keep on trying and never give up. Even if I burn my house down. This isn’t funny because I’ve come close a few times.  I have the Kuwaiti emergency number on speed dial.

I love to cook and I love to eat! I can bake certain things really well.  There are a few things I can actually cook well if I don't get distracted! The thing is that I can't cook most things very well. It's hard to admit but I actually suck at cooking most things. I suck BIG time! Thank goodness almost every restaurant in Kuwait delivers to your front door. If this weren’t the case I would have starved by now!

World Cup 2010: Ghana Beats USA 2 - 1 ~ Congratulations Ghana :D

I <3 Carlos

“That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.”

Richard Bach (American writer)

June 25, 2010

Team USA at the World Cup: Video ~ The World Reacts to Landon Donovan's Game Winning Goal

This is hilarious ~ make sure you watch the entire video:


* I saw a similar post on one of my favorite Kuwaiti blogs: 42
It made me smile all day ~ thanks y'all :D

Do Brunettes Have More Fun? Hell Yeah Baby!

The Brunette Expat

Boredom is dangerous! Against the advice of almost all of my near and dears I dyed my blonde hair brunette today. It's a temporary dye that doesn't damage the hair. It's supposed to wash out fast so let's wait and see. It was very windy in Kuwait today. I guess I should have at least brushed my hair and tamed the mane before the snap with my BB.

The dark color really brings out my baby blues and skin tone.  I'm lovin' my new hair and thinkin' that brunettes might just have more fun! Let's wait and see...

June 24, 2010

Desperate & Crazy Women...WTF?

Joran Van der Sloot receives proposals from desperate and crazy women while he is behind bars.  How creepy!

See Video:


Why are women attracted to men behind bars? More than 100 British women are engaged or married to American men on death row! Huh?

Read Article:


8 Tips for Being A Great World Cup Date

First I'll admit I am not a soccer fan. No, I’m not soccer Barbie. I rarely watch soccer so I'm not going to pretend to know anything about it when I don't have a clue. However, I do support the US team because duh, I'm American and it’s the World Cup.

Team USA did an outstanding job yesterday beating Algeria.  Brian Straus wrote, "The best player on the U.S. national team confirmed his place as the best player in U.S. history at the moment when his team and his country needed him most. Thanks to a lightning-quick stoppage-time counterattack started and finished by 28-year-old Landon Donovan, the Americans overcame an amazing series of earlier misses and their Algerian opponents to win 1-0, and advance to the World Cup's round of 16 as the winners of Group C." 

 Most of my non-American friends in Kuwait are crazy for the World Cup so I hear a lot about what is going on with the games. I've been reading some interesting articles on soccer for my blog which educated me a little about the sport. I found this silly one in Marie Claire Magazine and thought it was cute. Keep in mind it was meant for the US reader.

8 Tips for Being A Great World Cup Date (USA)

It's WORLD CUP time! Which means that for the rest of the month, we get to regularly feast our eyes on the best and beautifullest darlings in the entire international sports world. Male soccer players are the hottest athletes, without exception — and that's not just my humble opinion.

It's also a fantastic time to mosey on out to a bar — completely solo, if you feel like it — and casually meet some nice fellas.  So, if your boyfriend, husband, or the new guy you've been dating asks you to watch a match at the local bar, jump at the chance. That way, you can score some points for doing something he likes to do, while also thoroughly enjoying the nonstop display of masculine beauty that will unfold on the screen.

Wait — so you're a total clue-bag when it comes to soccer? Not to worry. The writer behind the popular soccer blog Unprofessional Foul, James Tyler, has some pointers on how you can get in good with the guys during this year's World Cup.

1. Is there one question a chick absolutely shouldn't ask while a match is on?

No questions about the length of the game, please. That will show you're unfamiliar with the basic structure of the game — and if you're with your husband or boyfriend, it will communicate that you're already bored. If we sit through date movies, it'd be nice for you to make it through a match, especially considering they're roughly the same length: It's 45 minutes nonstop for the first half and another 45 for the second half, with a 15-minute break in between.

2. What's the single most important thing a spectator should know about the game?

Only those two guys with the gloves (a.k.a. the goalies) can touch the ball with their hands.

3. Does a man feel studly when he's asked to explain the single most confusing rule in all of soccer: the whole offside thing?

If anything, it might make him feel less manly because not every guy knows exactly how to explain it! (Maura's note: If you want to read up on it, try this primer. But I can't guarantee that, even after reading, you'll totally get it.)

4. What's some World Cup stuff that it might seem impressive for a chick to know?

Brazil and Germany are often favored to win, and this time is no exception. The Dutch team — for most men who love the sport — are the lovable underdogs. They're the John Cusack character in any romantic comedy ... they have all the good lines and all the right moves, but they're hopelessly out of luck. They play soccer with flair and style, and one of these years, they'll win it. Plus, they play in orange jerseys — a great look.

5. Anything else?

A great trivia fact that you don't have to keep to yourself and can throw out casually at almost any time during a game is that Brazil and Argentina are the only countries to have won a World Cup while playing outside of their continent.

6. What should a woman wear on a soccer date? Adidas sneakers? A soccer jersey? A sundress, so that the bar-dwellers can enjoy a momentary distraction from the game?

Adidas sneakers will always go over well. But I'd be careful about going too far. Play it casual. Jeans and a top will work fine.

7. What's the best drink to order to get in the mood?

Go with your favorite beer. Or try a good domestic brew with some bite, like something from Dogfish Head. Trust me. A frosty pint on the bar lasts a long time (you can get away with one every half), holds up well, and is likely the drink of choice for everyone around you — unless it's a game that starts at 7:30 a.m., in which case you might catch an Irish coffee or two. You can't go wrong.

8. Should we ladies avoid saying things like "Oh, Cristiano Ronaldo ... what a dreamboat!" Or "Ah, that Didier Drogba, he turns me on!" Or "I want to play whatever that Thierry Henry is playing." Is that a sports buzz-kill?

That's all definitely something to steer clear of as tension, and perhaps your date's blood-alcohol content, will be high during the monthlong tournament.


June 23, 2010

World Cup 2010: What Makes America Great? It's all in the mix...

U.S. has the look of America’s team

* I really enjoyed this article by Martin Rogers
IRENE, South Africa – Tim Howard can’t exactly recall which game it was, but he remembers the moment he listened to the national anthem and realized he played for America’s team.  “I looked down the line and it struck me,” Howard said. “We are about as diverse and representative as it gets. It made me pretty proud – proud of being an American and proud of our team.”
Despite the best efforts of Howard and his teammates at this World Cup, the U.S. may never become a soccer-mad nation. But when an expected record soccer viewing audience tunes in for Wednesday’s do-or-die Group C showdown with Algeria, it will cheer on a team that represents its country in far more ways than just on the field of play.

Cultural diversity, that catch-all phrase so often used to sum up America’s spectrum of influences, courses throughout this group. The collection of players with various racial backgrounds has been molded by head coach Bob Bradley into one of the tightest-knit teams here.

The U.S. squad includes players of Caucasian, African-American, Caribbean, Jewish, Hungarian, British and South American descent. And it would likely have had a Chinese-American if not for Brian Ching being unable to shake off a troublesome injury.

More than any other sport, soccer’s figurehead side in the USA truly reflects the country it stands for. And it provides yet another reason why this is a team the nation should get behind as it bids to claim its place among the world’s elite. “This is a story that doesn’t get talked about a whole lot,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who was born in India. “But it is a good thing and we know that if we can tap into America’s diversity it would be a very positive thing.  “This is one of the special things about soccer. It is a game that can be played by everyone. It is very international and multicultural.”

The immediate goal for the Americans is qualifying for the second round, a target that likely requires a victory over Algeria in Pretoria, although a draw may be enough if England fails to beat Slovenia. Progression to the round of 16 – and further – would be another boost for the game’s popularity back home.

The issue of ethnicity is not one that is raised regularly during the long days that team members spend in one another’s company. Yet it is one that many see as a badge of honor.

Expat and the City's ethnic background (LOL): Caucasian ~ 50 % Russian, 25 % Irish and 25% Spanish (Espana) *Proud American*

U.S. team’s ethnic backgrounds


Brad Guzan  ~ Caucasian

Marcus Hahnemann ~ Caucasian

Tim Howard  ~ African-American, Hungarian


Carlos Bocanegra ~ Caucasian, Mexican-American

Jonathan Bornstein ~ Jewish-American

Steve Cherundolo ~ Caucasian

Jay DeMerit ~ Caucasian

Clarence Goodson ~ Caucasian

Oguchi Onyewu ~ African-American

Jonathan Spector ~ Jewish-American


DaMarcus Beasley ~ African-American

Michael Bradley ~ Caucasian

Ricardo Clark ~ Caribbean-American (T&T)

Clint Dempsey ~ Caucasian

Landon Donovan ~ Caucasian

Maurice Edu ~ African-American

Benny Feilhaber ~ Jewish (born in Brazil)

Stuart Holden ~ Caucasian (born in Scotland)

Jose Francisco Torres ~ Mexican-American


Jozy Altidore ~ Caribbean-American (Haiti)

Edson Buddle ~ Caribbean-American (Jamaica)

Robbie Findley ~ Caribbean-American (T&T)

Herculez Gomez ~ Mexican-American

“It is something that makes us stand out,” said Jozy Altidore, who, like fellow striker Edson Buddle is Caribbean-American. “We have players who come from every kind of background and heritage. It is nice for us all to be proud of our heritage and proud to play for our country. “I don’t think there are many squads that are closer than we are and that is what America is all about: people from all backgrounds getting along together.”

Altidore’s family hails from Haiti, and he recently traveled to the Caribbean nation to promote awareness following the devastating earthquake that left an estimated one million people homeless.

The fathers of Robbie Findley and Ricardo Clark came from Trinidad and Tobago. Oguchi Onyewu, Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley are all African-American. Howard, who will again start in goal on Wednesday, has an African-American father and a Hungarian mother. Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber are both Jewish. Feilhaber, born in Brazil, and Stuart Holden, who lived in Scotland until he was 10, are the only naturalized Americans on the squad.

Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez are both Mexican-Americans who star for clubs in the Mexican Primera Division. Torres opted to play for the U.S. when he could have chosen Mexico.

“There are so many Mexicans in the USA and it is nice for me to represent them,” Torres said. “The Hispanic community has so much passion for soccer and it is great to be part of this. Soccer is the world’s game, but few teams have as much international flavor as the U.S., something that Gulati insists will only diversify further over time. “This is just one group of players,” Gulati said. “But yes, if you take a look at this team, it is a pretty good snapshot of America.”


June 21, 2010

Shocking! :(

Outsourcing pregnancy to India? This is just the beginning

There are several scenes that catch viewers by surprise in HBO’s new documentary film, "Google Baby": The exact moment an Indian surrogate mother sees the child she has held in her body for months, and is told not to cry by the doctor performing a Caesarian-section; The tired afternoon in which a 28-year-old American mom plugs in her big-screen television, and explains that she donates her eggs to afford her lifestyle; The telephone conversation in which an Israeli businessman sells a childless couple on the idea of impregnating more than one surrogate to have a better chance a viable pregnancy, and then hangs up to wonder out loud about what he has done.

Following the new big business of unregulated, international surrogacy, “Google Baby” goes to places both familiar and foreign, tracing the strange supply and demand of baby production. If those words sound cold, consider that many of the parents applying for international surrogates are desperate for their own children, and see this as their only affordable means. Consider also that this desperation has resulted in a worldwide market, where sperm and eggs from various donors (American, European, Asian) are implanted into women in India, with parents arriving to pick up their newborns some 10 months later.

Shine spoke with director Zippi Brand Frank about her complicated, disturbing documentary.

When did you first hear about this process? Is it relatively new or something that has been going on for years?

This is a relatively new process. About three years ago, Dr. Nayna Patel was the first to offer surrogacy service from India. In the beginning of the filming process she had 70 surrogates, she now has about 300.

How long were you filming?

The whole process took three years. We took two trips to the US, three trips to India and filmed in Israel.

How many surrogate clinics exist in India today?

There are many Indian doctors who have imitated Dr. Patel and now offer surrogacy to Western clients. I was surprised that Dr. Patel, who runs the clinic and ostensibly profits from the surrogates was also the one performing the C-section. Did you think this was a conflict of interest? Did she strike you as genuinely concerned for the health of her surrogates?

Dr. Patel is a very good doctor and yes, she is a one-woman show. She does everything. No, it is not a conflict of interest because it is her business. She’s taking care of her name. She takes very good care of her surrogates and is a very experienced doctor. In my opinion, her clinic is up to Western standards.

In the movie, surrogates seem enthusiastic about the idea of being able to buy homes, or send their own kids to school with the money they will make, and yet in the birth scenes, they seem visibly upset. Did all of the surrogates you filmed with feel sadness when their babies were taken?

It’s not easy to be separated from a baby and more and more the surrogates are touched by these babies but they’ve known all along that they will be detached. The surrogates are looking forward to buying themselves a house and having a chance to educate their children with the money they earn.

In one scene, Doron [an Israeli entrepreneur who decides to go into business as a surrogacy intermediary after having his own child] is seen selling a prospective parent on the idea of impregnating two surrogates at once to increase the odds of a viable pregnancy. Afterward, he admits something about this makes him uncomfortable. Did he ever figure out what that was?

For Doron, in this scene, it was the first time he actually faced the moral side of his job. Before then he was naïve. Whenever I asked him questions he answered quite naively. He was facing all of these moral questions and since then they have increased.

It was a true moment for him not knowing what bothered him because before, in my opinion, he was too naïve. When he used a surrogate himself, he was in touch with the mother and invited her to his country. At that moment in the film, he understood that couples and customers prefer to have long distance relationships, if at all with the surrogate. Now he understands it’s much more of a business.

One of the saddest sidebars in this film is the role that men play. From the Indian husband who maintains that his wife's brain isn’t as good as a man’s, to the silent, unresponsive husband of the American egg donor, these men seem to be profiting from the women in their lives without giving them thanks or even respect.

Did you find that to be true throughout your filming, or do you think this was about the specific couples involved?

Most of the American egg donors I spoke to were single so I cannot comment on the men in their lives. There is something in what you are saying about the Indian men not being thankful enough for the Indian women doing this. I think that’s something Dr. Patel realizes and she’s trying to protect these women by putting the money they earn into a separate bank account under their name or buying a house in the woman’s name.

How do you, personally, feel about outsourced surrogacy now that you have seen the details of the business? Do you think that parents getting the children they so desperately want makes this process a viable one? Is it, as Dr. Patel says, “one woman helping another”?

I can understand those who see the outsourcing of surrogacy to India, for a fraction of the price of western surrogates, as exploitation. However, after having spent considerable time in India, I am more inclined to accept Dr. Patel’s point of view and her feminist agenda as she perceives it. Dr. Patel believes that for these rural women in India, surrogacy is almost the only way to make a life-changing move. They are transforming their lives and the lives of their families and children by making education and/or housing a viable option. I endeavored to keep any personal judgment on my part out of the movie. People tend to have strong opinions on these issues, and what is perceived as salvation to some, is viewed as diabolic by others.

What do you see as the future of international surrogacy?

The situation will become even more complicated, as I believe that in the future, surrogacy will not only be used as a last resort but rather as an alternative for women who do not wish to have stretch marks or might not want to be pregnant because of their careers. I believe the business aspects of the reproduction industry are intriguing as well as frightening. With an absence of moral rules or ethics, the global economy is exploited to its full measure. Thus, with no existing legal barriers to overcome and lots of money to be made, the human reproduction industry is steaming ahead. A cold and distant business reality guided only by the principles of the free market dealing with the most sensitive of issues. I tried through Google Baby to provide a glimpse of what I believe is likely to become a major concern for humanity in the future.

Written by: Mira Jacob

"Google Baby" will re-air on June 19th at 7:45am and June 22nd at 8 am and is available on HBO On Demand. Just select Documentaries, Feature Films.

Here Kitty Kitty, I Tawt I Taw a Big Puddy Tat

Arab Times, June 21, 2010

In a strange incident, a Kuwaiti man used his pet lion to terrify people going to the Abu Al-Hassaniya beach, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily quoting some visitors said they were driving along a road leading to the beach and were shocked to see a lion chained to a tree blocking their way.

An Asian man guarding the animal said his sponsor had ordered him to keep a watch on the lion and prevent anyone from approaching the beach.  Another guard prevented a photographer from the daily from taking pictures of the lion.

The daily added soon the Kuwaiti arrived on the scene and ordered everyone to leave the area and ordered his men to take the animal away.


June 19, 2010

Don't Mess with an American Woman's Man!

Arab Times, June 19, 2010: Husband’s wife beaten up

An unidentified American woman has been arrested by police for assaulting her friend, believed to be a Moroccan woman, reports Al-Anba daily.

This came when the Moroccan filed a complaint with the Abu Halifah police accusing the American of entering her apartment and severely beating her. She also submitted a medical report to substantiate her claim. The report showed injuries to the nose.

During interrogation at the police station, the American admitted to beating the Moroccan. She said she left for the US on emergency leave and when she returned she caught the Moroccan flirting with her American husband of Arab origin.

She added she later discovered the Moroccan had lured her husband into marrying her and the two are now husband and wife. The case has been referred to the Public Prosecution.


Bad Ass!

June 18, 2010

USA and the World Cup ~ Another Tie?

Euphoria: Michael Bradley celebrates having scored for the USA to make it 2-2 against Slovenia.

LMAO! Here are some recent Yahoo.com comments about the US / Slovenia tie:

JD ~ to all the people from usa that are saying soccer is stupid and that they hope we dont advance. shut up. ur dissing your own team and its embarrising that people from america dont even support our soccer team when its the most popular sport in the world. i dont care if u dont like soccer cause guess what the only people that like american football is america. so start supporting ur team or just shut up.

Cowboys#82 ~ This ref needs to get run over by a garbage truck

TITO ~ Very nice game, show that USA has all the talent and qualities to be once more in a World Cup.Now US has to win against Algeria and England shall take care of Slovenia. I see US in the next round.By the way to those who say that soccer is not important to the US.You are very wrong and uneducated in this sport.Remember that US has been in the World Cup before many of you that is placing a comment on this site, has even been born.US participated in the very first World Cup in 1930 and don't forget that 2 years ago, US finished 2'ND after beating favorite Spain and almost beat Brazil in the finals.

Scott ~ Soccer is no more a sport than checkers or spelling bee. Best played by hot woman. Not men.

Brad ~ Who the hell watches soccer??? Don't pretend to be interested in soccer just when the World Cup starts.

Rob1967 ~ Where are the cheerleaders?

KWO ~ The headline should read USA cheated out of win. How in hell does a ref not have to say why he calls back a goal? Once again the world hates America and cannot stand the thought of the team from a nation indifferent to their glorious footieball showing the world anyone with legs can play this silly game.

If America ever did send its best athletes to take on international footieball we would own your precious World Cup and rename it the American Cup. Relax, we won't take your candy soccer ----es. We really don't want it. Would be like picking up a piece of used gum off the sidewalk and chewing it. No thanks world, its all yours.

Anthony ~ Too bad U.S. stinks. If there so good they should have won, and not let two easy goals in to begin with. This is not a matter of refs. U.S. just can't play ball like world class teams. United States soccer is bad and the public is over rating them. Get over it.

UPEE 08 ~ "U.S. battles back for thrilling tie" ??? (Again) ??? Wow.What a thrilling sport.

Jeff ~ I agree with most peoples comments about American's and how we respond to soccer. I'm 46 and as far as I was concerned soccer didn't exist. We grew up playing baseball and basketball. Some of us from the north even played hockey. But very few of us played soccer. HOWEVER, this has changed and we now have a generation of young adults that grew up understanding the rules, playing the game etc.... It's not that WE hate soccer or are ignorant, no more than the rest of the world is ignorant of Baseball. It's part of our cultural differences that make us all special. Respect the differences.

    U.S. overcame two-goal deficit to tie Slovenia

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The United States made a dramatic comeback from two goals down at halftime to draw 2-2 with Slovenia and rescue their World Cup chances on Friday.

Slovenia took a surprise 2-0 lead by halftime, outplaying the Americans and scoring with goals from Valter Birsa in the 13th minute and Zlatan Ljubijankic in the 42nd.

But Landon Donovan scored a brilliant individual goal three minutes after the break and as the Americans poured forwards, Michael Bradley, son of coach Bob Bradley, grabbed an equalizer eight minutes from time.

The United States got the ball in the net five minutes from the end through Maurice Edu but the referee spotted an infringement.

Slovenia lead Group C with four points from the United States on two.

(Writing by Paul Radford; Editing by Jon Bramley)


Landon Donovan (R) and Clint Dempsey celebrate the first goal of the U.S. comeback.

Dramatic U.S. rally keeps Cup hopes alive

The United States rallied from two goals down at halftime to salvage a 2-2 draw with Slovenia on Friday in Group C.

Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored in the second half as the United States denied the Slovenian's a win that would have made them the first team to advance to the knockout round.

"This team still understands how to fight for 90 minutes," United States coach Bob Bradley said. "This is something we've seen time and time again."

Valter Birsa scored in the 13th minute and Zlatan Ljubijankic doubled the score for Slovenia in the 42nd. The result at a cold and blustery Ellis Park left Group C wide open, with the last round of group stage matches to decide which teams move on. 

Bradley scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute from Jozy Altidore's header. Altidore nudged it forward and Bradley, running at full speed, caught up to it just in front of the goal and tapped it up and over Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic's head for the equalizer.

United States substitute Maurice Edu volleyed Donovan's free kick into the net in the 86th but the goal was disallowed as the referee called a foul on Edu.

"I still don't know why the goal was disallowed," Bradley said. "Nobody knows at this moment.

Donovan gave the Americans hope at the start of the second half. Picking up a long pass from Steve Cherundolo, he broke in from the right flank and blasted a right-footer into the top of the net from a tight angle. It was Donovan's 43rd goal for the United States.

"I'm a little gutted to be honest," Donovan said. "I don't know how they stole that last goal from us. ... I'm not sure what the call was. He (the referee) wouldn't tell us what the call was."

Birsa scored from 25 meters (yards), stunning United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, who stood frozen on the goal line and watched the shot drift into his upper left corner. The Slovenian winger was left unchallenged by a passive American defense and had ample time to adjust his aim before curling the shot perfectly with his left foot. Ljubijankic doubled the score on a counterattack, set up by attacking partner Milivoje Novakovic. Howard rushed out to stop him but Ljubijankic kept his cool and slotted the ball inside the far post.


Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Miso Brecko, Marko Suler, Bostjan Cesar, Robert Koren, Zlatan Ljubijankic (Nejc Pecnik, 74), Valter Birsa (Zlatko Dedic, 87; Andrej Komac, 90), Milivoje Novakovic, Bojan Jokic, Andraz Kirm, Aleksander Radosavljevic.

United States: Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu (Herculez Gomez 80), Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jose Torres (Benny Feilhaber, 46), Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley (Maurice Edu, 46).


Diary of a Mad Blonde Woman

You can only watch so many movies, listen to so much music, BBM, talk on the telephone, search the Internet, blog, read and order from so many restaurants before you go a little crazy! I have been stuck in my house for almost a week. My only daily outing is back and forth to the hospital. Then there is the occasional stop for takeout on the way home with my lifesaver and friend. This sucks and I'm just a big baby. I know there are so many people that are much worse off than me but I just feel like having a pity party for one today. I want my Mom and Dad. I want my dogs. I'm checking out tickets now in case I have to fly home to America.  I am truly blessed that my soon to be new company is 100% behind me.

My team of doctors (yes it's a team now) decided to put me through 48 hours of Hell and I can barely sleep. At least I can eat but I've run out of ideas.

Can anyone please suggest somewhere to eat that will deliver to the Ghetto Mahboula?

(My taste buds are bored with American restaurants, Indian, Japanese, Lebanese and Seafood. I'm craving something different.) I miss living in the good area of Kuwait where there is an endless spread of mouthwatering restaurants for home delivery and very few Americans. I checked out the Internet home delivery company but nothing thrilled me on their list for this area. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. I've already lost over eleven pounds so I need to eat well or I'm in danger of losing me T&A.

Movie review:

Sex and the City 2 ~ Disappointment doesn't even begin to cover it! I love the show; the first movie had its moments. 2 just blew!!! It was terrible!

The Runaways ~ I had such high hopes but the movie failed to capture my interest. It's still a cool, true story so I'm glad I saw it.

Looking on the positive side:

Some of my closest friends arrive back in Kuwait tomorrow. That will certainly lift my spirits and I can't wait.

A BIG Thank You:

Thank you to all the blog writers out there that have kept me informed and entertained while I'm trapped inside. I've read a lot of your posts lately. "Me likey" on the right side of my blog is full of all of my favorite sites to read. Make sure you click "show all" to see every blog.  I know there are some blogs that are not on my list.  I will update my blog picks very soon.

A BIG Shout Out to Desert Girl. She is the author of my favorite blog  Desert Girl on Kuwait and I've spent many sleepless nights reading her excellent / hilarious posts. Thanks DG!

And for my readers:

Thank you for your lovely comments! Especially Mo Mo and Ali who keep me smiling. Mo Mo who always knows just what to say to make me feel better.  Ali who helps me out when I have a "Blonde Moment" on one of my posts.  Oh, I can't leave out Brownsugar who will get an ass kickin' when I feel better. 

June 17, 2010

British Man Nearly Loses Testicle in Charity Event at Pub While Getting the Male Brazilian Wax

'Intimate Waxing' Fundraiser Goes Awry

LONDON - Joe Cooper might want to think twice the next time he’s asked to participate in a bikini waxing fundraiser for charity.

Cooper, 24, was left in agony after an “intimate beauty waxing” event at a pub went a bit too far and he nearly lost a testicle.

“I'd never do it again. I wouldn't put any man through that pain,” he told British media Wednesday.Cooper and 10 male friends had agreed to undergo the waxing on June 5 to raise cash for a local hospital. But all the others just had their chests waxed, while Joe endured the "male Brazilian,” the Daily Sun reports.

Onlookers placed bids to pull the strips off in the charity event at the pub in Birstall, Leicester. One of the strips stuck to a very sensitive spot — and an over-energetic tug by one of his friends tore off six of his seven layers of skin, the newspaper said.

Pub manager Josh Adcock told the U.K. Daily Mail: 'Joe's a bit of a clown, he likes to do things like that. "People were bidding quite a lot to have a rip. I was laughing but I did feel quite sorry for him, especially as we had a disco later on and he couldn't walk."

Cooper wound up at the hospital. "You can imagine how much everyone was laughing at me. It was ironic. I was meant to be helping them — and they ended up helping me. They told me if any more skin had come off, that would have been it. I was very lucky really," he was quoted as saying.

Cooper, who has so far helped to raise about $4,400 for Leicester Royal Infirmary's children's ward, added: "I just hope people will sponsor me more now — because I'm still hurting."