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Subtlety, or not…

Subtlety is not a trait most children practice, so I’m not sure why I’m surprised by this, but it did make me laugh. We’ve been LA Kings season ticket holders since 2000. We are loyal fans, sticking by our team through it all, year after year, quietly shouldering the lowest of the lows, when they are not playing well or making the playoffs.

So this is a good year for us, with them being the Western Conference Champions and heading to the Stanley Cup finals.

Being extra proud of my team, I asked hunky hubby to put a Kings sticker on the Mommy Buggy. I had one on the first Mommy Buggy but after the accident I guess we just never got around to putting a Kings sticker on Mommy Buggy 2. Excited at a) anything that has to do with the Kings and b) anything that has to do with stickers, my son said he would help daddy pick one out. To give you a little perspective, Fussypants is a huge hockey fan and an even bigger Kings fan. His name was inspired by a former Kings captain, he attended his first game when he was 16 days old, he took his Kings hockey stick on vacation to Costa Rica when he was 22 months old and in almost every picture I have of him, he is either wearing his Kings jersey or has his hockey stick.

Fussypants at his first Kings game, before he even had his nickname!

Now, I’ve never really been one to advertise products. I’m not a walking billboard, I don’t wear many clothes with logos on them, nor do I go out of my way to endorse any specific product. I prefer to be more subtle, if you will. A funny aside on brandishing logos…once, in the 90s when it was cool, I was wearing a pair of Juicy sweats that had the Juicy label large and in charge on the bum. My nomadic sister-in-law, who resides mostly in Alaska, didn’t realize Juicy was a brand and thought I was commenting on the state of my derriere. But back to being subtle. I trusted my boys to pick a sticker for the mommy buggy and mistakenly assumed they’d choose a small Kings logo or the word Kings. Not the case. They went all out, choosing the boldest statement they could.

LA Kings, your 2012 Western Conference Champs

Fussypants proudly told me that he “choosed” it himself, so that’s that. And I couldn’t be more proud. Go Kings Go!



Arnold: My take

Was anyone really shocked to find out Arnold had an affair and fathered a child from that discretion? Doubtful. The fact that he kept the boy hidden for as long as he did was a little surprising, especially since the Davis hounds had sniffed out rumors of a tot way back when but the only thing they could get to stick was the groping allegations.

I feel for Maria and the children but the saddest part about this is that it’ll blow over and he’ll come out relatively unscathed and continue to have a career. Sure he’ll always have his haters, but the news didn’t break while he was in office, it didn’t even happen while he was in office and it’s not like he’s the only man ever to cheat on his wife (hello Clinton, hello Kennedys, hello Kobe, hello Tiger, hello Jesse). Lame jokes abound but one of the funniest I read was a headline from the Boston Herald Now it’s official: Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Kennedy.

It’s a sad state of affairs, literally, when a scandal of this magnitude can cause a ripple and then just sort-of fade away but look at all the other celebs/public figures that have screwed up one way or another, rebounded and still have careers (and some are practically revered). Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Kobe Bryant, Lindsey Lohan, Tiger Woods, Jesse James (who continues to bring the hurt with his book – ahole), Bill Clinton, Marv Albert, Rush Limbaugh, Charlie Sheen, Rudy Giuliani, Mel Gibson, George Michael, Britney Spears, Courtney Love…the list is long (and I know I’ve forgotten many).

But the point is that many public figures have scandals hanging in their closets yet the world keeps spinning. Do you even recall what some of the above named people did? Exactly.

As much as Arnold is a schmuck, this won’t taint his career for long. He’s just the Scandal Du Jour and sadly, someone else will screw up soon enough and turn the media spotlight elsewhere.