Tales from the Critic: Kale Peon

I knew I had a lot to do this morning so from the second I got out of bed it was go-go-go. I quickly worked out and then set out to pick up the donations for the food ministry and drop off another eBay sale at the post office. I also stopped into Fry’s and picked up last Friday’s freebie – Annie’s Organic and Natural Mac and Cheese…

I also picked up this Friday’s freebie – Smartfood Popcorn – which I had added to my account (and the accounts of the people I love) before I left home…


After a brief stop back at home, I headed back out to drop off the food donations and catch up with family friend and neighbor Karen. I arrived back home to eat breakfast and discovered that my internet – which had been stable all week – was suddenly dropping intermittently again. Unfortunately, the Century Link tech could not make it out to investigate until Monday.

I then went to the dog park to perform some mild maintenance and was happy that upon returning my internet connection was stable again (knock on wood) so I started listing more items on eBay while watching a wedding-themed episode of “The Chew.” That got me thinking – I am such a perfectionist/control freak, I will very likely bake the cake at my own wedding, which I promise will be the most elegant affair imaginable. Only the best for the woman who is a celebrity in my eyes (and makes me feel like a celebrity in return). Anyway, after “The Chew,” I watched “Days of Our Lives” and enjoyed some lunch, which included roasted asparagus…

Later, I continued to list items for sale on eBay while watching “Ellen,” on which Ellen DeGeneres was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the “coming out” episode of her former sitcom. It was touching to see how someone who had been stripped of everything simply for stating her truth is now more or less America’s sweetheart and one of the most influential people in the world. Her courage continues to be an inspiration. The fact is, we love who we love. And when your heart loves another heart, the most important thing you can ever do is hold onto that love for the rest of your life – and never give up on it no matter what.

As the day began to wind down, I watched the two most recent episodes of “Big Brother Canada.” One of the episodes featured a Power of Veto competition during which the houseguests had to try to keep their concentration while various things happened around them to break their focus – including the sound of their loved ones’ laughter. I can think of one person’s laugh that would tug at my heart so strongly that I would instantly lose it – my concentration the competition and my emotions. I also enjoyed some homemade kale chips that I made by roasting kale with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and smoked paprika…


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Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and BreakRadioShow.com that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

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