Al Gore and Tipper Call It Quits

As you’ve probably already read, Al Gore and Tipper Gore are calling it quits after 40 years of marriage. The kids are grown and out of the coop and I can’t stand the site of you anymore, so off we go. What goes through people’s minds when they grow apart after 40 years of marriage? What exactly is there left to run to? Are they planning on going clubbing to whoop it up now that they’re free of each other?Or are they simply buying some silence?

At some point in your life, you hit that wall in marriages like we all do. Just trying to attain some solace or silence from one another. Especially when you hit your 60’s.  There’s nowhere to go, no one to run off with.  In case they didn’t know, to deal with it, you take what’s commonly referred to as a solo vacation.  Take a couple weeks off and hit the streets of Italy, Greece, France, etc. Relax, paint a picture, sit silently on a beach counting the crashing waves, and rejuvenate.  You don’t throw away 40 years of your life.

The email sent out to friends and family by the Gore’s (and to some with apparent big mouths who then submitted it to the website POLITICO) went something like this;

“We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.  This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.”

Photo obtained from POLITICO at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38001.htmlIt doesn’t take much to know that there’s something else brewing in the background. An admitted affair, total disdain, something abusive, etc. But because they’re refusing to comment is leaving them in an awkward position of allowing their pundits to make up their own stories. The Republicans simply want answers for some sort of party leverage (whatever that may be).  Maybe to show that Democrats are human too. Gasp!

The truth will eventually come out, but for now, everyone will just have to sit and wonder what in the world could have happened so devastating to disrupt a 40 year marriage. What do you think?

Tiger Woods Ticks Off Ernie Els

Photo from Creative CommonsThe first time since the bizarre unraveling of one of the most covered stories of 2009 and even into 2010, Tiger Woods is set to make a public apology (which we’ll post a link to here after it’s over, of course).  It is being done at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA tour, to a very limited amount of people described as a group of friends, family and colleagues, and only a few members of the press.  The remainder of the uninvited will have to watch via satellite over a mile away.  Not surprisingly, Tiger will not be taking questions.

While that alone may seem like news itself, the timing of the event is greatly in question as a possible swipe from Tiger Woods to Accenture.  This weekend is big for Accenture since they are the sponsor for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona that will be in the middle of its third round when Tiger makes his apology.  As you may recall, Accenture was the first to cut Tiger from their sponsorship roster when the scandal broke.

Photo obtained from Creative CommonsNone were as annoyed as Ernie Els.  The former U.S. Open and British Open Champion didn’t mince words as he told Golfweek magazine,  “It’s selfish. You can write that.  I feel sorry for the sponsor.  Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday.  This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”

Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg said that the announcement will be done well outside of their TV window and that Accenture officials were notified in advance that this was occurring and there were no issues.  Even PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said that it most likely would have a positive effect by drawing crowds in to see what “this game of golf is about.”  Besides the fact that people will watch simply to hear the inevitable commentary.

Regardless, Tiger has to win back the hearts and minds of fans again and even PGA officials agreed that there has been a huge financial hit with Tiger out of the mix.  A near 50% drop.  When he eventually decides to come back, the level of his fame will have severely dwindled along with a greatly diminished draw.

The saddest of it all is the children that have watched the rise and fall of their hero, which is a crying shame.    There probably isn’t a way to recuperate from that aspect and it’s the worst of all of the fallout from this fiasco.   Tiger’s image is tarnished and it could have been salvaged if he either waited to get married until he got it all out of his system, or simply maintained control of himself.  Either way, hindsight is 20/20.

Kanye West Getting Married

Kanye West & Amber Rose photo from a Louis Vuitton campaign and obtained from http://triplecrownboutique.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/kanye-west-for-louis-vuitton/Yes, it’s apparently true that Kanye West is hitching the wagon with his girlfriend Amber Rose according to HipHopRx.com.  They’ll be having their wedding somewhere in the Caribbean sometime next year.  They’ve even shelled out for a chateau in the Dominican Republic that contains 8 bedrooms.  One bedroom for the newlyweds and the other 7 for his posse! Just kidding.  Only 6 of them are for his posse.

Amber and Kanye started dating earlier in 2009 soon after his mother passed away.  A friend was quoted as saying that he is really needing that stronger woman in his life.  Amber is a good friend of Rihanna’s and is a model that hooked up with Kanye in February of 2009 at a New York Fashion Show and has a very “in-your-face” attitude. Yeah, that’s just what we need is a rude and brash couple.  Who will win the award for biggest ego?  Well, if she does, he’ll just walk up on stage during her acceptance speech and take it anyway.

Tiger Woods Downward Spiral

Tiger Woods Mad

Photo obtained from Google images

It seems that the Tiger Woods debacle is just getting worse and one has to imagine that all of the deity status that most had with Tiger are about to get majorly tarnished and that Tiger is human after all.

The trouble started last week when Tiger Woods wrecked his truck into a fire hydrant and then a tree where he then needed medical attention.  Tiger was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries which also included “scratches on his face”.  What would seem like a self inflicted minor accident then started presenting red flags as Woods refused to speak to authorities to address their questioning for days after the accident.  Many were trying to assess the cause of the accident and then a rumor arose that it had something to do with an altercation between him and his wife Elin Nordegren over an affair with a New York Club Manager named Rachel Uchitel which possibly explained the scratches.

Rachel Uchitel - London Entertainment Photo

Rachel Uchitel denied the allegations that she was having an affair with Woods, but sources say that Uchitel frequently bragged about having an affair with not only Woods, but also Yankees players Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, as well as actor David Boreanaz.  Being “overwhelmed” with all of the attention, Uchitel hired “lawyer to the stars” Gloria Allred to keep the wolves at bay which is really not working too well and only adds to the speculation that things are about to get really bad before they get better.

Meanwhile, Florida authorities had no choice but to subpoena certain traffic and hospital reports and aspects of the events to put the traffic part of the case to rest.  They ended up charging Tiger with a non-criminal charge which will cost Tiger $164 in fines (pocket change), but will also cost him 4 points on his drivers license.  As far as the authorities were concerned, the case was closed.

Then another “mistress” appeared out of the woodworks named Jaimee Grubbs, a cocktail waitress that he met in Las Vegas in 2007.  Not only was she not denying a relationship (excuse the double negative), but she also came to the party with text messages and even worse, voice mail recordings of Tiger pleading with her to remove her name from the cell phone ID because his wife was becoming highly suspicious.

Jaimee Grubbs - Photo from People.com

The voice recording is unmistakably Tiger’s voice pleading, “Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that.  Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.”

Grubbs reported to a British tabloid The Sun that they had 20 sexual encounters spanning a 2 and half year time period with the first one being literally days before the birth of Tiger’s son.   She quoted Woods as telling her that “quietly and secretly we will always be together.”

As expected, with so much evidence verifying the allegations as truth, Tiger has had no choice but to try and come clean to some extent, but insisting that it’s a family matter with his statement on his site saying, “I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”  Which in some cases is true, but he is a public figure, paid by the public (via tournaments and attendance), but even more damaging adored by the public both young and old.

Tiger Woods & Wife Elin Nordegren - Photo by Regina H. Boone / Detroit Free Press / AP

Tiger’s statements on his website do everything but admit to the affair which included statements such as:  “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.” and then finally, “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions… I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”

In closing, one would simply have to say that while, yes, this should be a private matter, he made it into a public matter by refusing to speak with authorities which caused all kinds of rumors and allegations to spawn from what started as a simple traffic violation.  One also has to be concerned that this may possibly be just the beginning of a slew of women that may come forth digging this hole deeper than it is now.  If there were two, there most likely are many more.

What do you think?

Tom Arnold Gets Married…Again

Tom Arnold Gets MarriedIt has been confirmed that this past Saturday 50 year old actor Tom Arnold finally got hitched to long time girlfriend Ashley Groussman on the quaint little island of Maui.  That’s Hawaii for the geographically challenged.

The ceremony was held in front of 75 close friends and family and Tom’s best man was actor Dax Shepard.   This is Tom’s 4th marriage and one of which was to that crazy Rosanne Barr who has since furrowed somewhere to all of our collective relief.  I mean really, thank God.  Ashley really can’t blame him for waiting for so long to recover from that.

The couple met through a mutual friend and then at Tom’s birthday party, he proposed to her with a wedding ring that was designed by her sister.  He said, “I knew that if I could get Ashley to fall in love with me, I’d never have to worry about anything else as long as I lived,” to which Ashley replied, “I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”

Besides the fact that Ashley Arnold has a much better ring to it.

9 Types of Women Guys Encounter

So I read this blog post at http://www.twirlit.com/2009/09/14/7-types-of-men-single-women-encounter that was essentially a synopsis of men and the types of men that women come across.   It’s a Cliff Notes version of Bushnell’s Sex and The Single Girl book that was released back in 1962.  So, I decided to do the reverse and talk about the women that guys encounter.

business_womanThe Professionals

These women are totally focused on their profession and they are so wrapped up in their job that they carry Blackberries everywhere and are attached 24/7 to their work.  It’s not that they don’t want a relationship or something deeper, but they’ve gotten so into the habit of work, that they simply cant break free of the almost ritualistic tasks of the day which always involved work. Whether it’s email, conference calls, reports, or spreadsheets, you will always be number two.  And even she doesn’t want you to be number two, but she can’t help it because she’s stuck.  In some cases it’s not even her.  Her work has begun to have certain performance expectations so she can’t stop in fear of losing her job or being replaced.  So she has to settle on the relationship of the moment until she can find a guy who is equally engulfed in his work and understands her plight.  And sometimes they never come….

grindingSkanks

These are the ladies that you see in the clubs in short skirts dancing to the latest sexually charged song with their hands on the floor and butts in the air showing everyone what God gave them.  While some ladies write this off as “just having a good time”, we’ll call your bluff here.  A good time is dancing.  Dancing with your panties in plain view for all to see,  letting a complete stranger come up behind you and grind your privates with only a thin layer of fabric separating it from qualifying as intercourse is another level entirely.  While guys like to go out and find girls like this, we have no desire to be in a relationship with you because you’ve already displayed to us what “having a good time” means to you and that’s simply booty call material, not marriage or relationship material.

psychotic-girlCrazies

These are the women that have been repeatedly hurt and stomped on by men and are paranoid about every relationship.  They get into a relationship and every night he doesn’t call or says something a tad off the beaten path is received as threatening to her sanity. Everything must be in perfect line to not upset her delicate balance. If another woman calls you on the phone, even if it’s a coworker wondering where your report is, she loses it, and goes into the grand questioning.  Her entire stability rests on the guy being totally normal, which we aren’t.

girlfriendsChicks Before Di***

These girls love to hang out with their friends far more than they do with you.  All women have a group of friends, but in these cases they take priority over you months and even years into the relationship.  If you want some alone time and the girls want to go to the movies, you lose.  But yet she can’t figure out why there’s not a guy that will just go to the house, make her dinner and hang out waiting for her while she’s out getting her drink on with the girls. Guys do the same thing in reverse? Absolutely.  And that’s why neither one of them can find themselves in a good relationship.

loveHello, I Love You

This girl is ready to jump and ready to jump quick.  Date for a month and she’s already looking at engagement rings or even worse figuring out how she can move in.  And before you know it, they drop the L word.  There’s nothing wrong with the L word, it’s just that these women have to realize that guys can’t jump into the wagon that fast.   It’s a dangerous word because whoever says it first could be perceived as needy or speedy and both aren’t good.  But when a woman jumps too fast, it’s a sign of desperation and it’s not pretty.  Guys run to the nearest exit.

chameleonThe Chameleon Charmer

This woman has an exact view of what a man should be, how he should act, what he should say, how he should present himself, and what he should wear.  Essentially a virtual checklist.  Yet this woman can’t figure out why a man won’t commit to her.  Probably because he can’t be who he is.  Women have to stop “training” their man to conform to their vision.  We’re not animals, we’re human (sometimes).  Secondly, guys have a problem with being wrong all of the time.  We have egos.  When they get slapped on the wrist because of how they rinse off a plate, you’re pretty much pushing them away.  When even the smallest things are called into correction, it gets to be too much.

cougarThe Cougars

They may be married, they may be divorced, or even widowed.  It doesn’t matter.  They have one thing in mind and that’s to get their groove on and scratch the itch.  Typically women from 45 and up can qualify as Cougars.  They most likely have kids that are either in high school or college and they have more free time on their hands then they’d like to admit.  Either way, the empty nest syndrome is translated as the need for companionship.  They’re women that have an insatiable appetite for sex from a source that will just do it and go away…until they call again.  A perfect situation for a married man that’s looking the same thing.

unicornThe Perfect Woman

File under unicorns and fairies.  When you do find her, IF you find her, you have to be the perfect man.  You have to be good looking, live right, never married, never had kids, straight teeth, and be willing to wait on her hand and foot.  But considering that both the perfect woman and the perfect man are mythological creatures, these beings end up in the American Standard category.

American Standard

stepfordThese are the girls who graduated from high school, went to college but never finished, and have always had a perception of the princess stories and how that would translate in real life.  Their vision is that they would meet the perfect guy, fall in love, get married, have babies, become a housewife, have an affair with the pool man,  find the hotel receipts from her husbands affairs, pretend like everything is okay, grow old, retire, and watch the grandchildren start rolling in.  This the sad American reality.

The Settle For Lessers

These women have been in a long relationship and most of the time are divorced with kids.  Their options are slim because guys are jerks and some prefer not to have ready made families.  It’s a tough spot to be in because the ex got to walk away and pretend that he’s single and she got stuck raising the kids and doesn’t get a lot of time to live her life.  So she settles for someone less than what she really wants.  Maybe it’s a guy that’s got a heart of gold, but is butt ugly.  Or maybe he’s good looking, but has some major flaws.  So she settles.  And she plays off being happy very well, but you can see the scream for help in her eyes.

Now while it may seem that I’m being relentless in my categorizations, but the categories of men displayed in the aforementioned post are no better.  Women have made men bashing an art form, but guys are supposed to sit back and simply take it.  We may be a tough nut to crack, but the single ladies are slim pickings as well, so stop waving your hate flag.

Renee Zellweger Officially Engaged

renee-zellweger-bradley-cooperRenee Zellweger, 40 and Bradley Cooper 34 have been spotted in several occasions (outside of the United States) spending quality time together in various locales including Barcelona, Spain recently.  The couple who are appearing together in a horror movie called Case 39 have been doing everything to cover up their romance and keep it private, but reports from Glamorati indicate that Bradley took Renee up to his hometown in Pennsylvania to introduce her to his parents and that the engagement is very real.

Zellweger was also seen wearing an engagement ring, but managed to take it off when she appeared on Late Night with David Letterman on August 20th.  As for picking out any wedding dresses, the couple still isn’t talking even though a source close to the couple indicates that it’s indeed true.

This will be Renee’s second marriage.  She was married to country music star Kenny Chesney from May to December of 2005.  He also had the “under one year” marriage to actress Jennifer Esposito from December of 2006 to April 2007 and was officially divorced as of November of 2007.

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