Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Battle for Jackson MONEY

Unless you've been under a rock recently, you've no doubt heard about the Jackson family ruckus regarding Michael's children.  For those who need catching up, it appears that some of the Jackson children (Randy, Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie) are challenging the validity of Michael's will.  Randy's main argument is that the will was signed by Michael and that it states that he was in Los Angeles, California at the time of signing.  However, Michael was actually in New York according to sources.

Does it make any difference that the will was drafted in LA vs. NY?  According to lawyers this is a non-issue.  The judge has ruled that it is simply an oversight and that the will is legitimate.  Randy goes on to say that their argument regarding the will has nothing to do with money.  Oh really?  Then what is the issue?  Meanwhile, Katherine (Michael's mother) is missing for more than a week and is finally found to be with Rebbie's family in Arizona.  This might not be all that unusual except that Paris and Michael's other children had no idea where she was.  When they were told of her whereabouts, Paris wasn't allowed to phone Katherine.  Why?

Now, TJ Jackson is the temporary guardian over Michael's children.  He stated in court that Katherine didn't "sound like herself, she was slurring some words," etc.  Are her own children overpowering her so that they can take control of Michael's children?  It appears to an outsider that they are doing precisely that.  Why else would Janet, Jermaine and Randy ambush the children's limo at their home?  Were they preparing to swipe the children?  The only ones who know for sure are the Jacksons.

The ones that I feel sorry for in this whole charade are Michael's children.  No wonder he broke from the family when he did.  Now, his children are going to have to make that same break again if they want to have any peace in their own lives.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gene Simmons and his Family Jewels

Yes, I watch this show somewhat religiously.  There's just something entertaining about watching rock's batman front man at his sprawling home front with his wife, Shannon Tweed and kids.

Gene Simmons is a funny fellow, there's no doubt.  I find him very likable for the most part (excluding his penchant for womanizing.)  Shannon is new wife, but same partner for 30 some odd years reminds me of one of those "cool" moms where kids feel welcome to come over and spend time with the parents.  They are, I mean, one of rock's coolest couples.  

Through this show, the world was introduced to Nicholas Tweed-Simmons and Sofie Tweed-Simmons, kids of the batman front man.  Nicholas and Sofie inherited just enough of their dad's looks to be dark and brooding but mostly benefited from their Mom's pristine features.  I have to hand it to Gene and Shannon, they produced for the most part, some pretty great kids.  You never pick up the paper to see them in drunken brawls, drug raids, or out of control parties.  

The thing that does irk me about this show is that I'm too emotionally invested in it.  I mean, I was practically pacing the floors when Shannon was contemplating whether to part ways with Gene or marry him.  Somehow, I knew that the marriage was coming...I mean, c'mon...ratings, right?  So they married.  Now that the kids have left the nest, Shannon wants to have more kids.  Uh...huh?  She is 58 years old and well, let's face it.  She's getting up the time this kid graduates high school, she would be 76 years old.  Gene?  don't look for help rearing the kids there...he's along for the ride and makes it clear that it's his role.

What I don't understand is that Shannon is surprised when he says he doesn't want to have kids or adopt.  Well, DUH!  I love this show, but don't be stupid! The kid train has left.  Then, THEN, she asks "permission" from Nicholas and Sofie to have another kid.  Uh...why?  I can see getting their reaction, but Nicholas is having talks with Gene on how to tell his mom NO on a new kid.  It's not his place and Gene should grow a spine.  I mean really....

Sigh...see? I'm too invested.  It's just a show.  It's just a's just a show.  sigh.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

From "Middled Aged" to "Aging"

I finally did it.  I changed my header on this blog to reflect "aging" instead of middle aged. Why? because if I were middle-aged, that would mean there is a better than good chance of living until I'm 100.  I don't think that's gonna happen.

There's something sobering about getting older.  Not only do the aches and pains come with more frequency, but one tends to ponder life a bit more.  I read where one comic wistfully wished that we would age in reverse.  That is, we would start out old and gradually reach our youth.

How wonderful would that be?  You would have all the knowledge and experience of having lived and would have the good sense to enjoy life more when you can physically do the most...when you're young.  Just think, no more "I'll travel when I retire," mentality.  You would start out pinching pennies and sock away savings until you can travel the world in your 20's or 30's!

It's an intriguing idea to say the least.  I know alot of people swore they would see the world, bungy-jump, scale the tallest mountain and now they are too ill to do so.  One thing I will never regret is doing the traveling and vacationing abroad that I did when I was able to do it.

It's not the things you do that you regret so much.  It's the things you DIDN'T do.  Moral of the story? Be in the moment and live like there's no tomorrow.  I guarantee you won't regret it.

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