Archive for the ‘People’ Category


According to the LA Times and the AP newswire:

“An animal rights group says Alicia Silverstone appears naked in a television ad promoting vegetarianism that was to debut Wednesday in Houston. The 30-second ad was to air about two dozen times in Houston on Wednesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said.

PETA said Houston was picked for the commercial’s launch because it is often high on lists of cities with unhealthy eating habits. Houston was named the sixth fattest city in the nation by Men’s Fitness magazine this year.

Silverstone is shown emerging from a swimming pool and talking about the benefits of being a vegetarian. She obscures the view of her body with her arms as she gets out of the pool, PETA said.

“I wasn’t always a vegetarian, but I’ve always loved animals,” the 30-year-old actress said in a statement. “Physically, the effect has been amazing.”


Hey, I am for any organization that brings us more naked women. Oh, and don’t eat fido or fluffy either.

William Rodriguez Reminder

Don’t forget! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


Father Tasered For Taking Own Baby From Hospital

“Police said the infant could have been injured if the officers had grappled with Lewis.”

Instead, an off-duty cop decided it would be a better idea to taser the man and let the baby fall onto the ground.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this because we don’t know the whole story. A part of me thinks this man did nothing wrong and was simply rescuing his child when the hospital would not let him and his wife leave with the baby. But that’s beside the point. What was an off-duty cop doing carrying a taser gun and why did he decide to taser this man? How is this legal? Shouldn’t they have guarded or locked the exits if it were really such a big problem?

I’ll let you read the article and decide. Just keep this kind of stuff in mind when you start noticing the encroaching martial law atmosphere upon us.

How do you pay it forward?

I did a stupid thing on my way to work this morning. I cut it a little close with a low tank of gas and ended up at a gas station far from home without my wallet or any cash. UGH!!!

Long story short, I jumped from gas station to gas station trying to find someplace that would take a check (without an ID). No surprise, there weren’t any takers – which left me SOL with a baby girl in the back of my car miles from where we needed to be for the day. So not cool.

After a handful of gas stations, I sucked it up and asked for help from a very nice lady pumping gas into her car. She helped me get gas in my car, wouldn’t let me pay her back and pretty much saved my day.

I want to pay it forward and I need your ideas. How can I make a difference in someone else’s day this week? How has a stranger made a difference in your life?

South Asian authors come together at the Wortham Center


Last night, the Inprint Brown Reading Series hosted a rare joint appearance by 2006 Booker Prize Winner, Kiran Desai, and her mother, author of 14 books, Anita Desai. The best part for me was when Bapsi Sidwa (acclaimed writer in her own right), introduced the duo and afterwards, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (another talented writer and also professor for the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program) finished the night off with a discussion with the Desai’s. The reading itself was great – I absolutely adored Inheritance of Loss and found Kiran to be eloquent and friendly. I really loved seeing so many South Asian heavy-hitters on one stage and the fact that they were all brilliantly intelligent women? Pure inspiration!

“So just let me introduce myself”

Before you wonder who the mystery author from the last post is, let me issue my introduction:

I’m Stephanie, brand new to writing for the Metroblog, and a Houstonian to the core.

I grew up in Clear Lake, but now reside in the Montrose area. I love the Houston area music scene, going to a movie alone at the Angelika or the Greenway, shooting photos of the sculpture garden at night and walking from my apartment to Cafe Brasil’s.

So yeah, hello! I swear I’m friendly so say hi if you run into me. :)

Houstonian Felicia on America’s Next Top Model (I need to stop watching tv)


Poke fun all you want, but I watched my first America’s Next Top Model episode last night. We’ll say it was to check out the Houstonian (Felicia) on the show and not because I’ve been watching a lot of crappy television lately.

Anyway… Felicia works as a sales associate in Houston and says that after the competition:

“I don’t want to leave here and be disappointed. I’m pretty sure nobody does, but I don’t want to go back to my old life. … Not saying that I don’t want to go back to Houston — but to live the way I was, it’s not anybody’s first choice.”

…awww, shucks Felicia. We love you and your ridiculous skinny supermodel legs too. So now ‘fess up – who else watched the show last night? Photo via the CWTV site

Bikini-clad Beyoncé makes Houston proud


Mad props to Houstonian Beyoncé Knowles for making the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition this year. She looks really amazing and because of that I know you’re probably not even reading this text, so that’s all I really have to say.

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