All posts by MPC

Freelance Writer / Editor, based in Sacramento CA.

Women-Only ‘Wonder Woman’ Screenings Aren’t Sexist. But They’ll Illegal.

*I’ve been waiting for this week’s premiere of the new Wonder Woman feature for years.  Hell, decades.  Ever since Lynda Carter twirled her way into my little 12 year old heart back in the 70s, I’ve waited for Hollywood to give the Amazonian princess the big budget treatment.

After Gal Godot almost stole the show from the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, I knew the writing was on the wall.

I was intrigued when I read about a Texas movie theatre that was selling out tickets to women-only screenings of the new film.  I smiled when I read about the man who gloated about successfully purchasing a ticket to one of the screenings, and the vitriol that he faced online about his purchase.  And I’d planned to get you all up to speed about that.

Then, I read an article on HuffPost that posited that it wasn’t sexist to have a women’s only screening.  And I had to make sure I wasn’t reading it on The Onion or some other satirical site. Continue reading

Florida Family Finds 7-Foot Alligator Swimming In Their Pool

*I love an early morning dip in the swimming pool, and I’ve been known to take the occasional late night skinny dip.  After reading this story, you can bet that I’ll be flipping on a light before I jump into any pool!  

A Florida family’s plans for a Memorial Day swim were postponed when they found a 7-foot alligator swimming in the pool!   Continue reading

Even NBC’s Al Roker said “NO!!” to Burger King’s Unholy Mac n’ Cheetos Mash-Up

*Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos are back for a limited time!

After selling out quickly in June of 2016, the fast food giant is trotting this unholy hybrid of traditional macaroni and cheese encased in a deep fried Cheetos shell.

Yeah.  That’s what I said.

Let’s just address the elephant in the room:  I’m nervous whenever white folks try to serve up mac & cheese.  There.  I said it.  I love my white folks, but mac & cheese is not one of their strong suits.  Brie and crackers, maybe.  But mac & cheese?  No.

Then, there’s the Cheetos shell.  Even more than I love my white folks, I love my Cheetos. A handful of Flamin’ Hot Puffed Cheetos is hard to beat.  But using that precious Cheetos dust to wrap up what’s basically boxed mac & cheese?  No.

Just no. Continue reading

Eight Things The Happiest Couples Do Before Bed

*HuffPost recently ran an article that began by describing the marital bed.  They wrote:

“Your bed should be a place for sleeping, sex and conversation — not for scrolling mindlessly through your Instagram feed.”

At the risk of echoing Julie Andrews, sleeping, sex and conversation are a few of my favorite things, so HuffPost had by attention.

(Although ironically, Andrews sang that song with a bunch of kids in her bed, which is counter to one of the eight tips below…BUT I DIGRESS!)

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings…”

Although I don’t use Instagram, my Twitter feed and I have been an item for years, and I’ve certainly been known to “scroll mindlessly” through the minutia of the Facebook version of everybody else’s life.  Since I’m looking forward to my current marriage being my last, I kept reading.

The article is supported by specific tips from experts who sure sound like they know what they’re talking about.

Here are the highlights: Continue reading

How To Avoid A Hole In Your Face Courtesy Of Your Neighborhood Brown Recluse Spider

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*Imagine waking up from a sound sleep the way country singer Meghan Linsey did recently:  with an “awful” stinging pain in her face.

She’d just been bitten by a brown recluse spider. She’d awakened to the little guy dying in her hand.  

Sadly, Linsey did not develop super strength, agility, nor the ability to swing through the city via webs spun from her wrists.  

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“The swelling was the first thing, and then I ended up just having crazy, crazy symptoms,” Linsey said.  “I had muscle spasms, and I had a body rash all over.”

Just over a week later, she developed an open wound at the site of the bite, which she called “a hole on my face.”

That’s what I’d call it too.  This MF took a chunk outta her CHEEK!   Continue reading

Man Sues Date For His $17.31 Movie Ticket…Because She Was Texting During Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2

Put your phone down, sweet thing, or you just might get sued.
Put your phone down, sweet thing, or you just might get sued.

*The man I’m about to tell you about and I are soulmates.  Brothers from another mother.  We share a pet peeve:  folks texting during a movie.

But my boy has taken his frustration about the rude, increasingly more common practice to the next level!

Brandon Vezmar, 37, took a first date to see Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.  According to his lawsuit — yes, he’s suing her! — his date started texting about 15 minutes into the movie.

Vezmar wasn’t having it.  Not for a single moment.

“This is…one of my biggest pet peeves,” Vezmar said.  “It was kind of a first date from hell.”

Vezmar claims that the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.”  He also claims that his date ignored his requests to stop texting during the show.

“I said, ‘Listen, your texting is driving me a little nuts’ and she said ‘I can’t not text my friend'” he said.  “I said ‘maybe you can take it outside to the lobby, I’ve seen people get kicked out movies for this.'”

Vezmar says the woman left the theatre and never came back, leaving him stranded as they’d driven to the theatre in her car.

So Vezmar is suing his date, for the $17.31 price of his 3D movie ticket. Continue reading

88-Year-Old Graduates From College, 58 Years After He Started

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*I grew up hearing clichés like “it’s never to late,” mainly from well-meaning people who were good at talking the talk even if they didn’t walk the walk.  But I’ll save all of that for my therapist…

That particular cliché — it’s never too late — I took to heart, and reenrolled in college after having dropped out a handful of years earlier when my eldest daughter was born.  There was almost a decade between my initial enrollment in college straight out of high school and my earning that BA…

Me and my eldest "little one," Janet circa 1993 at that college graduation!
Me and my eldest “little one” Janet circa 1993 at that college graduation!

…and I was pretty damned proud about all of that until I read about THIS gentleman:  Horace Sheffield finished his degree at 88-years-old, 58 years after he started!   Continue reading

Miss Jackson Surprises Us…Again

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*The element of surprise has been a hallmark of superstar Janet Jackson’s 30+ year career.

If you’re too young to remember, Jackson’s landmark 1986 Control album, with its defiant distancing from her famous family, surprised even her most ardent fans.

I was one of them; I’ve loved that girl since she was little Penny on Good Times.  I still can’t look at a clothes iron without experiencing a little anxiety, and I still have an emotional reaction whenever I see actress Chip Fields

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Send me an email if you’re with me on that!

As I think about it, the launch of Jackson’s recording career was a complete surprise, with her having spent the first years of her career focused on acting instead of trying to compete with her incomparable older brother, Michael.  Beginning with her eponymous album,  the youngest Jackson delivered passable pop with an urban edge that suggested there was something more to come.

At the age of 19, Jackson fired her father (he’d been her manager) and shocked the entertainment world as she emerged from Michael’s enormous shadow via a series of huge hit records, courtesy of wünderkinds Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Continue reading