Random Reflections from the Week

Another great week here at Midtown Review.  We introduced two new contributors, Denise Neary and Ana Raquel – both with great perspectives and a great love for books AND our podcast is now available on iTunes.  Click here to subscribe! And as usual as all that was going on, I had a few random thoughts I just had to share:

#1 – Bangs are Better than Botox, Baby!
This might be the title of my first book, (if I ever write one) so you are hereby warned not to steal it.  But seriously, thanks to celebs like Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, and Sally Fields for making bangs chic again.  I just got my hair cut and I swear I look 10 years younger.  Well maybe 6 years.  But here’s the deal, bangs cover those forehead wrinkles better than any injections ever will AND they’re a heck of a lot cheaper!  Okay, maybe Sally didn’t make them chic, but she hasn’t really aged in years and I’m telling you, it’s the bangs.

#2 – That Clay Aiken Can Really Sing
Okay, I know I have just made myself about 110% less cool for saying so – but the guy has some pipes.  I’m visiting my parents in Florida this week and last night we went to his show (did my coolness just drop another 30%?).  It wasn’t my first choice for entertainment and I might literally have been the youngest person there (other than Clay and the band) but I have to admit I enjoyed it.  Clay could have chosen a different outfit – the sweater was not flattering – and I wasn’t really digging the medley of current pop hits in the big band style, but when he sang the oldies – as they were meant to be sung, he was really good. And most of all I appreciated the fact that he didn’t take himself too seriously.

#3 – I am really out of shape.
My mother, who may be the most active person in the solar system, took me along to an exercise class yesterday that kicked my butt.  This wouldn’t have been to embarrassing in theory, but in this particular class, the average age is easily 20 years older than me, and these unassuming ladies exercised me under the table.  I guess reading about exercising doesn’t have the same affect as actually doing it.   Hmmm.  I think I’d better read some more about that before any more leg lifts are performed.

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor

PS – Stay tuned for some great new contributors and an interview with Chris Bohjalian this week!

By | 2013-11-24T21:50:14+00:00 February 13th, 2011|Life, Other Random Sh*t|7 Comments


  1. Cara February 13, 2011 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Hey, glad to see you liked Clay’s show enough not to care what the other ‘kids’ will think! haha Your coolness factor went way up, which is what Aiken is all about..inclusion, to be different, to be yourself! (not to mention that fact he CAN sing!) Doesnt it amaze you sometimes how grown adults still worry about what people will think of them if they like something that is preconceived as ‘not cool’ Wow! We’ve come so far, yet seemingly gotten nowhere since school days. Anyway,I cant wait to see the show myself! Cool blog. Peaceful Sunday to you and yours. Blog on
    PS Getting my hair cut today, I actually am gonna try bangs!!

  2. admin February 13, 2011 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Well Cara – as my teenage daughter can attest, I gave up trying to be cool long ago!

  3. Musicfan February 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Cool or not, Clay Aiken can really sing and he is a real entertainer.

    It’s too bad that some people won’t even listen. They are missing out.

    It was finding this random mention of Clay. Thanks!!

  4. Dee February 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Loved the post! Contracts on the new hairdo! I laughed because I had bangs for quite a while but have been growing them out since I was told it makes one’s face look fatter. LOL. Can’t win, can we?

  5. Pat February 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Hey, Cara, keep up with the exerecise, the bangs, and the coolness factor of allowing yourself to like Clay Aiken.

    Clay is the first to admit that he’s not cool; but, you are so right – the man can sing!! Glad you enjoyed his concert.

  6. June February 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I had bangs when I was little with pigtails — am thinking of bangs again to cover my little forehead wrinkles — great idea! 😉

    Glad you saw Clay and enjoyed his show. Coolness? Who cares — if you like something, you like it. Never did understand how people can be judged or criticized about being cool or not. What ever floats your boat as they use to say. Clay is all about inclusion for everyone regardless. Clay truly can sing and IMO, no one sings better when a song requires being on key and not all about the beat.

    Enjoyed your site. thank you —

  7. C indy Dehner February 16, 2011 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Bangs, yes! I decided to give myself bangs before Christmas and got enough compliments that let an actual professional cut them.

    My step-mother dragged me under a kitchen spot light at Christmas and demanded to know what ‘procedure’ I had done. I could not convince her that all I did was add bangs. I was miffed at first but decided that her insistence that I was lying was a good thing and made me very happy.

    I call them my ‘Bang-tox’.

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