Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘feeling a bit better’

• I just started to watch SYTYCD Canada. We had been recording it since it started. I am not sure if it is just me but I rarely find that Tre or Jean-Marc have much to add to the commentary. Tre is too busy trying to like a cross between a Jamaican and Lil C; she does neither well. Jean-Marc’s main contribution continues to be to pump up the audience by praising the choreographers loudly. I would much rather listen to Luther ‘nasty situation’ Brown or Mary Murphy. I am not really sure why Tre and Jean-Marc remain as the anchor judges. Perhaps this is why they have been sending Mary Murphy up every week.
• The dancers on the US version of SYTYCD seem quite a bit stronger than the Canadian version this year. While the eliminations on the American version have been very difficult to predict, it is easy to figure out who should go home.
• The time off seems to be helping. Even though I was not officially done until last Thursday. Just not having to get up and be somewhere has made a big difference to my mood. My fatigue level has dropped – I am no longer sleeping until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. No longer being tired all the time helps with my anxiety level. Not having to drag myself somewhere everyday and not being sure how I am going to do it reduces my anxiety too. A less anxious Shihtzustaff is a very good thing.
• So we watched the first episode of True Blood last night. I have to say I didn’t get it. It did absolutely nothing for me. Am I missing something? Does it get better? Maybe I am not the target audience…
• All of the dogs are doing really well. Kiefer and Piper are going in to see the vet on Monday. We need to find out what is going on with Piper’s breathing and we think Kiefer has an eye infection.

Dispatches from the Swamp – the whatever I want edition

I think these are my favourite posts because I can just do what I want!

  • I am watching SYTYCD – the first competition night. But what I really want to know is what happened to make Mary Murphy move aside so that Mia Michaels is now a permanent judge. I liked Mary and I think there is going to be something missing from the show.
  • I am starting to feel better, I think. I have had a closer to a normal appetite for the last couple of days and I feel like the fog is lifting. I think it is the imuran kicking in a bit and calming my immune system down. One thing that having an overactive immune system causes flu-like systems like fever, chills, fatigue and general malaise. I have a bit more energy. The big clue for me that I am feeling better is that I am enjoying driving and listening to music. Hopefully the imuran and all the other wonderful drugs I have to use* and take will begin to make a big difference for me. There is still a long way to go. I still have lots of pain and other issues but at least I feel like I can handle it.
  • I love it when Deb takes the little dogs up to bed before I go. They run around and it sounds like a herd of elephants. It is hysterical!
  • For some odd reason Back to my Mac has started to work on my Mac Mini that I have at work. Nothing has changed. The problem was the NAT port mapping and/or the Universal Plug ‘n play wasn’t working on the new modem at the office. At one point, I tried to use my airport extreme to extend the signal and add the NAT. After I did this it told me that I had to disable NAT because the two modems were doing it. To say that I was beyond frustration is mild. It worked for about 2 days in the beginning and then it stopped. It is now working so I guess we will see how long it lasts…
  • I have to say that I am so grateful that I love my job. I work with people I like, I get to help people I like and I get to learn and expand my skills. I am lucky and I know it.
  • Wow! I just heard the Jeff Buckley version of Hallelujah! Amazing!

*Salofalk enemas which I completely resent having to do!

So You Think You Can Dance Canada

I am a recent convert to SYTYCD. It helped to get me through my summer of unemployment and gave me something to look forward to every week. I was rooting for Joshua and Katee since the first routine they did to “No Air.” We were all thrilled here when he eventually won.

Now, I am watching SYTYCD Canada and I have to say the talent is easily as good as or better than the American version. I have not learned all of the contestants’ names but Lisa and Tamina are early stand outs for me. The one thing I am annoyed about with this version of SYTYCD is one of the judges Jean-Marc Generaux. He seems incapable of commenting on performances of dancers without saying something horribly sexist. I just want to skip through him every single time he is on the screen. I am not sure why the network thinks this is ok. At one point, last week, he was actually encouraging a male dancer to grope his partner saying something along the lines of “if I had three hands I would have them all over her.” It was disgusting and demeaning and completely unnecessary. Given that he is a ballroom expert you would think he would have something new to add when he is judging those routines but he doesn’t. His style seems to be to reiterate what other judges have said and throw in a sexist comment. I certainly hope he is not going to be on every single episode.

Nigel Lythgoe has his own quirks from the American version. He seems to target male dancers who do not seem ‘masculine’ enough for him. To me, these comments appear rooted in homophobia and are just as bad as Jean-Marc Generaux’s sexist comments. I say bring Mary on – she is loud and she screams but at least she is not sexist or homophobic adn she always has something new to add to the comments.