Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm the new Jessica....


Look to your right friends...yes, you are not mistaken. That is the one and only Nick Lachey. And he's my new boyfriend.

Ok that last part is a lie. But it really is Nick Lachey. I met him. He met me. There was pictures and touching involved. And two hugs...not one, but two hugs. Yup. The classic sign of love...the hug. :) (Don't we look well together?)

Good thing that Nick is a Cincinnati boy and that he loves to come home as often as possible. As luck (or Cupid...) would have it, Nick was in town on Tuesday. The same day as our Celebrity Waiters luncheon benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We got in touch with the right people and Nick came and spent the entire day with us. He was absolutely one of the most geunine people I have ever met. Very nice. Very sincere. He even dropped a couple grand at our event--all to help with cystic fibrosis research!

Ahh, I love brushes with fame. I love it even more when those brushes with fame include someone who is much better looking in person than on TV. My initial reaction about meeting Nick: #1. He's so little. Seriously. He's a shorty. #2. He's so little. Seriously. Through the waist and everything. Homeboy is little..ripped but little. #3. He's so handsome. Not cute. Not hot. Very very handsome. And finally #4. We look well standing beside each other. I mean, I'm blonde. We all know he likes blondes. I'm just saying....Newlyweds Take 2, coming to an MTV reality show near you.....


Monday, December 1, 2008

Christians, sex and our biased media


For those of you in Cincinnati, you will know what I'm talking about. For everyone this article first...

First things first, I know this man. I used to work with him during my time at Cincinnati Christian University. And when I saw this on TV this morning, my jaw hit the floor. No lie. Unbelievable. It truly is. Then reality sunk in, and the wheels in my head began to turn. As I read the story online and read posted comments, I began to feel anger. And that's when I decided that today would be the first (of many) of "Kelby's Soapbox Blog"....

Mr. Williams did something wrong. There is no denying that fact. Please understand that I'm not trying to downplay his actions. I'm not trying to justify what he did. He made a mistake and will pay dearly for his actions. But my anger is geared at our stupid, liberal media. If you read the story on Local 12 or any of the other Cincinnati news sites, you will read that two other men were arrested at the same place on the same day for the same thing. But it's Bob that gets the heat. It's Bob that gets his mugshot blasted on the news and all over the Internet. Why? Because he works at a Christian university. He's in a senior position at CCU and that's why it made news. That's it. That's the only reason why he is being attacked. Let's be honest, would this have made the headlines if the undercover cop had been a female? If Bob didn't work where he did? If CCU hadn't already had some horrible press earlier in the year?

Well holy crap, a Christian made a mistake. Should we disgrace them and their families because of it? Because that's essentially what the media is doing here. Yes, I understand that a person in a position of leadership is held to higher standard, as they should be. Believe me, I understand that. However, maybe the other two guys that were arrested are in a position of leadership at their work, or better their families? Doesn't that count? Apparently not.

I'm tired of being under a "Christian" label when it's convenient for the media to use it. I'm tired of the fact that because I'm a Christian, I'm somehow intolerant. I'm tired of people's reactions when a Christian does something wrong. We're not perfect. We don't claim to be. In fact, if you talk to some Christians, you will learn that we are some of the most broken people. We have issues. Struggles. Temptations. Perfect is the absolute last word that comes to mind.

Christians are accused of being judgmental and on holy high horses, but in fact, it's the other way around. I'm tired of not being able to say "Merry Christmas" at work because someone may find it offensive. I'm tired of not being able to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools because someone may find it offensive. Well you know what, you stomping on my First Amendment rights is offensive to me. Maybe its you that's intolerant. Maybe its you that is completely judgmental. Did that thought ever cross your mind?

While I will not defend, stand up or ever support CCU nor will I defend the actions of its employees, as a Christian, I can be angry. And I am. As a Christian, I can pray. And I am. And as a Christian, I can love. And I am.