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gannsno.gifDuring lunch, I was about to cross Glorietta into the Landmark with two friends of mine, Tina and Red, when there seemed to be a scuffle a few hundred feet ahead of us. Four security guards appeared to be pushing this well-dressed gentleman towards the exit. He looked affluent enough, fit with a leather man-bag slung over his shoulder, and he was held at each elbow by one security guard.

We all stared as the three guards led him across the street into the Landmark, where the four disappeared into the throng of people. The consensus of the people talking around the area was that the fellow shoplifted an item, either from the Landmark or from Levi’s, which was the first boutique store to the right upon entering the Glorietta-Landmark entrance.

Based on what we saw, it seemed plausible, but we couldn’t believe it based on what the fellow was wearing and how he looked. Tsk tsk. Who says crooks have to be dingy and shifty-looking? *cough government officials cough*

gannsyes.gifGot more than 1,000 hits yesterday from people looking for Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar speech. Glad to be of service, guys. Hope you’ll stick around.

After the slipups of the birthday weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all had high carb meals for me), I’m back on South Beach. I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost, but I know I’m looking forward to a life of health and happiness. So cheers!

Looking for Jennifer Hudson’s Academy Award acceptance speech? Here it is, based on what I’ve been able to piece together. Congratulations, Jennifer!

“Oh my God, I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. I didn’t think I was going to win. If my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration for everything because she was a singer and she had the passion for it but she never had a chance. And that was the thing that pushed me forward to continue.”

“But I’m so grateful to have my mother here celebrating with me. My boyfriend, my sisters and my brothers back home and I’ve got two of them here. Thank you all for being here and supporting me. I would so like to thank Bill Condon, our director. Oh my God, unbelievable cast. I’d like to thank the Academy, definitely have to thank God I guess again. I can’t believe this. Wow, I don’t know what to say, but I thank you all for helping me keep the faith. Even when I didn’t believe and God bless you all. Jennifer Holliday, too!”

Despite a dress that critics slammed, Jennifer Hudson has won the Oscar! Ladies and gentlemen, Jennifer Hudson has won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls!

Hudson was slammed for her metallic python bolero over a floor-length chocolate gown by Oscar de la Renta, picked out by Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley. Fashion critic and E! commentator Jay Manuel dissed the jacket/gown combination, saying “I love you, but there’s too much going on here.” Personally, I’m not a fan of the bolero either, but she looks good in the chocolate gown.

In becoming the first Afro-American actress to win an Oscar since Halle Berry won a Best Actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball, Hudson defeated Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), 10-year-old Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), and Babel‘s Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi.

Hudson’s new album is dropping fall 2007. Congratulations, JHud! This is your moment, girl! LIVE IT! See, we don’t care what y’all say. Cathy and I are happy JHud won this Oscar, and I’ll take it as my nice little birthday surprise.

Note: JHud, you said on Tyra the other day that you Google yourself. Girl, if you find your way here, please leave me a note or an email, please, please, please. My wife and I have supported you and loved you since Idol. Throw two Asian fans some sugar. ;D Make it a birthday gift for me. 😀

gannsno.gifI welcome my 30th birthday with a Trojan.peacomm virus wreaking havoc on my computer at home. To all people who spend their time and resources creating viruses, worms, and other malevolent things that do terrible things to other people’s property and precious time, I hope the day comes when you find Christ and are wracked with guilt over the awful things you’ve done.

God will forgive you. Whether I will, however, is, well, still up for discussion. (Of course, I will. But right now, I can’t help but burn with righteous anger.)

Anyway, it’s a great birthday! Threw a party Saturday, had a party thrown for me Sunday, and I’ve received one of the four gifts I’ve been praying for. Got a baby girl coming up! (Now all I need is that bathroom scale, the 300-CD booklet/holder, and Cathy’s permission to get a fourth tattoo, and I’m all set.)

My birthday prayers are: 1) for wisdom for my wife and me to raise our family well, 2) that everyone around me continues to have good health; and 3) those virus-creating people get a swift legal kick in the butt.

Happy birthday to me.

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