Sunday, July 24, 2011

Justin Bieber: Now I Understand

Up until Friday night I didn't understand the fascination with musical artist Justin Bieber. Yeah, he seemed like just another pretty face fans who cranked out danceable tunes and enamored fans across the globe. Having been told Bieber's "Never Say Never"movie is a great marketing flick, I rented it and...

OMG - I'm in love with Justin Bieber! Seriously, I can't believe I just admitted that. Wait! This is not in a creepy kind of way. That kid seems so genuine, fun, smart and plain adorable. I now understand why my mom is a Clay Aiken fan and an older friend is a big Justin Timberlake fan.

What impressed me watching "Never Say Never" was how the 17-year-old performer connects with his fans (free concert tickets, meet and greet, replying to Twitter messages, etc.) and how family seems important (staying with his grandparents when he played a concert in his hometown). He appears to enjoy entertaining while being grounded and grateful for what he's achieved.

He also never gave up on his dreams. Granted, he's only 17, signed a record deal when he was 15 after being discovered on YouTube. He has a whole life of dreams ahead of him.

Growing up in the 1980s, I adored Duran Duran and I wrote them fan letters with hopes of an autographed photo. Instead, I received a brochure with pricing levels for their fan club. Bieber appears to be different because he knows his fans put him where he is. Other bands, as Duran Duran, feel they were entitled to their success rather than appreciate who put them there.

Bieber is just refreshing. Seriously. Watch "Never Say Never."

So yeah, I'm officially coming out as a Justin Bieber fan. What are ya going to say about it?

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Muddling through Mango Madness


If you live in Florida then you know mangoes are bountiful this year. In the last two weeks I've received about 50 of the luscious tropical fruit and am running out of ideas on what to do with them.

I've made three batches of mango chutney using this recipe on Simply Recipes (simplyrecipes.com), a batch of mango sorbet using this recipe on All Recipes (allrecipes.com) and took my grandma' rhubarb tort recipe (which is on my Solo Travel Girl blog) and tossed in the 2 cups of chopped rhubarb I had with 3 mangoes. Rather than one big torte I made these in cupcake papers.

I still have about 2 dozen mangoes left. Any ideas other than eating them? More chutney? Refreshing sorbet? All of these are easy to make it's just a pain cutting mangoes.