The Real Housewives of Atlanta S10 Reunion Pt 2 A-G-O-N-Y! Waiting for Kim


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Lawd have mercy, Lawd have mercy, LAWD HAVE MUR-CEE!!   This effing rapegate may FINALLY BE OVAH!  Between Kandi and Porsha.  I think after one apologies this one my have stuck.

Speaking of stuck, Bravo has stuck us with this lame reunion.  They are holding some of us captive, until next week when we finally see Nene and Wig go at it…  And fuck! (yeah I said it) it better be Epic!

This reunion much like this season has been much to do about Nothing.  Speaking of nothing why is Marlo still here?   Marlo doesn’t appreciate, Kenya calling her a HO. (not a garden tool)   When Andy, (who I might add is keeping this reunion afloat with his own shade) ask Marlo how does she make her money?   She tells Andy, she dated a billionaire. Who is not Ted Turner.   The billionaire, bought her home and her mothers home and her Aston Martin.     And she has a LLC ” Simply Marlo”.    Kenya!  “We see each other”

 

Andy asked Nene about her epic breakdown in Oakland. (Telling a heckler-she hoped she would get raped by a  Uber driver)   Nene seemed sincerely sorry.  Sheree was offended. Next.

Eva, came out  having contractions. (Dr Jackie is on call)  She and Cynthia had a few moments regarding Will.  Was he seeing someone the same time as he was seeing Cynthia?  Of course this is one more example of this stupid season.  Cynthia and Will weren’t anything to each other, so WHO CARES IF HE WAS DATING ANOTHER WOMEN!!!!!

Cynthia has moved on and is seeing someone else. Shady Andy suggested that Cynthia explore her clear attraction to women.

7 Minutes

Bravo played us!

It was all a tease. The sit down with Wig (Kim to her friends) was saved for the last few minutes of last night’s episode.

Nene’s back was erect. She came out looking good in a red dress and her red solo cup (Houston is there a problem?)

Andy, an equal opportunity shade master asked her “What the end game on the lip”  (This destroyed twitter)

They began with the Elephant Room . Where Kim told Cynthia to be quiet and look pretty.  Kim says she never suggested that Cynthia is lucky she’s beautiful because she’s not capable of much else.   The Receipts says your a lier.  The footage shows  Kim saying that Cynthia is lucky she’s beautiful because she’s not capable of much else.

Another dig from Andy:  He  compares Kim’s pivoting tendencies to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Then Kim asks, “Who the hell is that?”

A moment with Dr CityFella:  I’ve always suspected Nene rage towards Kim is love. Outside of Sheree, Nene has known Kim more than 10 years.   It was Nene who suggested  Kim come on to the show. and Unlike Sheree, these two had a genuine friendship.  Nene said, she saw Kim at the mall and she believes Kim saw her and didn’t acknowledge her.  The Elephant room was another attempt to patch the hole in there friendship. 

Kim, insist she never say Nene at the mall. or took a photo of her car in the handicapped  Then we see the footage of her doing what she said she didn’t do.   Bleep, Bleep, Bleep,

Meanwhile

Southern Charm “New Orleans” Premiered after the Housewives has promise.   The Real Housewives of the Potomac, looks good this season.   Beverly Hills has one more episode before the Reunion and its about to go down at the Hampton’s in New York (read my review)   Bravo is going to have overhaul Atlanta, we deserve better.!

CityFella

 

May 2018 : May be the time to trade old Betsy in*


*As long as your not trading her in for an SUV.

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With a few exceptions, Passenger Cars aren’t selling well.  Is all about Trucks and SUV’s. Now if your like me, that may be a good thing.  Auto Manufactures are offering deep discounts on passengers.    With a little nudging a savvy shoppers can get discounts as high as 28% on New 2018, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Hyundai and Kia.

Walk around a Cadillac Dealership and you may find a new 2017 ATS at a price lower than a 2018 Toyota Camry. The average incentive per vehicle is currently around $3,500. However its not uncommon to find huge incentives on luxury cars.

For May, BMW is offering 0.9% to 3.9% financing for up to 36 months. Up to $1,500 cash back on some models . Hidden dealer incentives of up to $3,500.

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Are The American Automakers giving up on Cars? 

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Chrysler/Dodge: Cash rebates up to $3,000 on some models. 0% financing up to 72 months. Hidden dealer incentives of up to $1,000.

Ford: 0% financing on most models. Rebates as high as $3,500 on some models.

Honda: 0.9% to 2.9% financing on some models. Hidden dealer incentives of up to $1,000 on some 2018 models

Hyundai/Kia: Up to $2,500 cash rebate on some 2018 models. 0.9% – 4.9% financing on some models.

Lexus: Cash rebates up to $7,000 on some models. Great lease deals all across the board.

Its very possible you may find a better deal on a new car then a used car.

 

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Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?


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A few years ago, familiar American nameplates started to disappear, Plymouth, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac victims of overcapacity.    These models share most components with other corporate models.   Plymouth shared engines, suspensions with Chrysler and Dodge. Mercury with Ford and Lincoln.   Chevrolet, Buick shared parts with Oldsmobile and Pontiac.

American manufactures have long struggled building fuel efficient cars. This was evident in the 70’s when fuel charges increased and in low supply.   Toyota, Nissan and other Japanese automakers flourished and established a sizable foothold on the American market.  While then the big four ,General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and American Motors struggled.

Where American dominate, is trucks. The Ford F-150, has been the best selling vehicle in the United States for more the 30 years.  At GM and Chrysler its the same, trucks.  While they sold more cars,  profit was in the truck business.

Today, trucks and SUV’s are the best selling vehicles. In 2016, Chrysler announced they were discontinuing the Dodge Dart and the Chrysler 200 to focus on Suv’s and trucks.   Chrysler currently sells three car models, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger all three model share the same platform that dates back to 2005.   Chrysler sells 8 Suv models.

Last month the Ford Motor Company announced in the next few years they plan to discontinue every car except the Focus Hatchback which will be assembled in China and the Mustang.   They cite profitability.

General Motors, said they may discontinue the Chevy Sonic and the slow selling Impala.

Every Automaker is experiencing slower auto sales .  However, none of the Japanese and  Korean auto makers plan to discontinue car.   For 2018, GM released an all new Buick Regal sportback and wagon.  Toyota introduced an all new Camry and Avalon.  Honda, an all new Accord.   Nissan a new Altima.  Volkswagen and Subaru have introduced all new models.

Could History Repeat Itself ?

A lot of capitol is needed to build  fuel efficient vehicles.   The industry has spent hundreds of millions to develop and build new fuel efficient, engines and transmissions in addition to being fuel efficient the vehicles are laden with mandated safety equipment.

Ford was one of first american automaker to equip most of their car and truck fleet with turbo charged engines and aluminum it its truck and Suv’s.  While GM and Chrysler truck fleet have the old school V8 engines, Ford uses smaller displacement 4 and 6 cylinder turbo engines.  The investment has paid huge dividends for Ford.  Demand is up for the F-150 pickup.  The full size Ford  Expedition and one hundred thousand dollar Black Label Lincoln Navigators are flying off dealer lots.

American automakers have historically resisted building fuel efficient cars.  The fuel crises in the seventies took a toll an American automakers as car buyers bought smaller more fuel efficient cars.    Toyota, Datsun (Nissan) flourished and gained a major foothold in the North American Market. Chrysler went bankrupt.  (A loan from the Government saved Chrysler)

American automakers hasn’t successfully found the secret sauce in building a small car.  But they were coming close.  Instead of starting with a fresh piece a paper, they imported existing models from their foreign subsidiaries.   The Ford Focus and the Chevy Cruze are built on a global platform.  What they aren’t, is profitable.

Low gas prices has driven the market. The hot segment is the compact SUV and the large SUV’s,  Toyota’s Rav’s 4 and Nissan’s Rogue are on fire.  With gasoline prices on the rise, will history repeat itself?     Ford unlike Toyota ,has not expanded their hybrid technology.  Toyota has three hybrid passenger cars, and two Suv’s .   Ford currently has two hybrid passengers cars .  Ford says future  F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and returning Bronco with have hybrid options.  However there is no specific date to when these vehicles will come to market.   Gasoline prices nations wide as of this date is $2.92 a gallon (a three year high) by late summer, based on current projections we may see $3.60.  (California $4.20) .  History:  Should fuel prices remain high, it will have an impact on sales.

Who will Survive? 

Of the domestic automakers. Chrysler is by far, the most vulnerable to high fuel prices, the only fuel efficient car option is the slow selling Fiat 500.    Ford can weather the storm for 2018 and they have the option of extending the execution date of its Fusions and Fiesta’s currently piled high on dealers lots.   General Motors has the best mix of cars and trucks.   It currently offers a diesel option on a few of its Suv’s, it has the successful electric Chevy Bolt and can quickly adapt that technology to future models.

The Competition?

If fuel prices continue to increase, the Japanese and Korean automakers are in the best position. Toyota and Nissan has the largest selections.  Nissan is the only foreign automakers to offer compact to full size trucks and full size cargo/passenger vans.

Volkswagen wants to be a serious player in the North American Market, its has a well rounded fleet with vehicles achieving 40mpg.    In the last few years VW has  introduced an astounding, 6 new models with a new luxury midsize due this fall. For 2018, the company now has a new 6 year 72,000 mile, bumper to bumper warranty in the US.  Unlike Hyundai/Kia the warranty is completely transferable.

The Hyundai Group, which saw a dramatic drop in sales of its mid size Sonata and Optima mid size sedans.  Is committed to sedan . Despite slow sales, Hyundai  has introduced 3 new hybrids and four subcompact and compact cars.  Hyundai is planning to bring an all electric Suv, the Hyundai Kona to market this fall with a range of 250 miles.

Ford was the only American automaker that survived the last economic downturn.  Will their plans for the North American market hurt them in the long run?   FCA has had several lives in North America, will their reliance on an Suv’s and trucks finally seal their fate?   Will General Motors follow suit?

News at 11

Cityfella

 

 

 

 

White women like me, we need to talk (about not calling the police)


(CNN)   Did you hear about the white woman who called police in Memphis earlier this month because a black man who wanted to buy a house was trying to take a look at it first? What about the white people who called the police on black people simply for sleeping in their own dorm lounge at Yale, barbecuing at a park, shopping at Nordstrom Rack, waiting in a Starbucksor … the list goes tragically on and on.

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White women like me, we need to have a talk. Enough is enough and we need to make ourselves part of the solution. You. Me. The woman next to you in the grocery store line, at the bus stop or on the soccer field. The writing is on the wall. We’ve got to stand up and speak out because right now, we’re part of the problem.
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Hotel Confidential: Civility in the Trump era


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The temperature a sudden change in the air.  Anger and hostility at some the hotels with guest attacking staff and guest fighting with other guests.

In some parts of the country, Latino’s notably Mexicans workers is the cornerstone of many hotels, running the front and back offices.

In the last few years,workers with an accent have been verbally and physically attacked simply because they have accent. At a southern California, a quest slapped a housekeeper for responding to another housekeeper in Spanish.

A guest refused to check into a hotel and demanded their reservation cancelled without penalty because the front desk agent was Muslim.

Some guest refuse to interact with employees who have accents, often demand that an “American’ complete their transaction.

Some guest have complained about two or more employees speaking to each other in another language.  Demanding they only speak English.

 There were racist guest before Donald Trump.  Since his election many hotels have seen a major spike in racist behavior with guest verbally and physically attacking hotel staff, with most of the rage towards Latinos.

Breakfast

Cable News: one show is too right (Fox) the other one is too left (Msnbc) and one is kinda alright (CNN)  In a perfect world the hotel would have three televisions. When there is one Television in the dining area, the safe choice is center.  

A guest wrote a complaint letter to the hotel chains customer service department.   In the letter he said, he couldn’t believe that hotel chain would have CNN on the television a network known for its fake news.  He was so disturbed, he could barely eat his breakfast and will never stay at that hotel again!

In Sacramento, a guest demanded the channel to be changed to Fox News.  He says he spends thousands with the hotel and he wants to watch Fox.  and when the worker said she didn’t have the remote.  He threw his plate into the television screen and stormed off screaming.   He later, told the manager the worker’s attitude made him do it.!

An argument over one of Trumps polices, turned into a brawl including one 71 year old grandmother, police were called.

No one can recall the animosity exhibited today hotels/motels today. .  Guest fighting ,arguing, during the breakfast hour has left some supervisors with no other option than to simply turn the television off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market 5 one 5 is just what Sacramento Needs Right Now!


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Market 5 one 5 opened Tuesday. The store hits all the right buttons for a single and small family professionals living/working in Downtown/Midtown Sacramento.

ONE” is an acronym that references Organic, Nutrition and Education.

Market 5 one 5 is a new division of Raley’s, however it is managed separately.  The store is one fifth the size of the average supermarket in Sacramento. What you wont find is a drug store, bakery and medical offices found in other area supermarkets.  Will find a large selection of organic and healthy choices.

Hungry?  Market 5 one 5 offers hot cooked food, that the customer can scoop up and take home or enjoy their choices at one of the two eating areas in the store along with a glass or beer and wine.

With a butcher on duty, shoppers have the option of choosing a precut meats or selecting a cut.  Fresh Sushi is available as is freshly prepared sandwiches .

Owner Michael Teel calls the Market 5 one 5 a boutique grocery store. I call it a Lifestyle store. Where the shopper has convenient ready to go options healthy options and isn’t likely to encounter the lines of a typical supermarket.

Armed with my trusty fully charged cell phone I took a few pictures on opening day.

 

Market 5 one 5 is perfect for individual with an active lifestyle its. Its just what the downtown/midtown urban warrior needs

Cityfella

Market 5 one 5 915 R Street (10th and R )

Hours 7am to 10pm/ Friday and Saturday 7am to Midnight

Want insight on your favorite Show? Try You Tube


A lifetime has passed since someone shot JR Ewing on Dallas.  If you wanted to talk about it, you could hope someone an AM radio would talk about it.   What it if were lesser shows like Knott’s Landing or another nighttime drama… You were out of luck .

Today with the advent of the net via social media you can instantaneously chat about the show. via twitter, or facebook and more.

There is a small industry growing on You Tube where ordinary individuals review their favorite shows.


Reviewing, is a second, third and fifth job for some of the reviewers and the reviews are often longer than the shows themselves.  Many of these talented men and women review several shows.     One of my favorite reviewers  is Roxanne Markham (It’s Rox).  Most of her reviews take place in her SUV’ during her lunch hour.  Like many reviewers she is passionate, what makes her special is her sense of humor.

CityFella

 

 

The Real Housewives of New York S10 ep7 “On an Island”


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If  your reading this review before seeing the episode, please keep a box of tissues or a soft rag or towel near by.

No A,B,C or D list celebrity has done what Bethenny Frankle’s done in Puerto Rico.  No Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Kardashian, George Clooney, Kennedy, Clinton, or Bush. 

Puerto Rician’s Lives Matter

The first aid, some Americans in Puerto Rico received ( a full two months after Hurricane Maria hit the island) was from Bethenny and the volunteers who accompanied her.  The hollowed emptiness of a man who cried broke my heart.   What would you do? living in a home with no roof, no water and no hope?

Bethenny asked Dorinda to join her on this trip.   So she could see, so she might share what she saw with others.  Dorinda was taken aback, when she saw how the victims lived, often on the floor, exposed to the outdoor elements, insects and rats.

Dorinda met a woman and her daughter, the woman told her.  She wants the same thing for her daughter that we want for ours.”  This seemed to be a life altering trip for Dorinda.

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Sonja is still preparing her Townhouse for rental.  She asks Ramona  and Luann to help her paint the chairs on her patio. For this effort she buys hazmat suits.  Instead of stripping them and repainting them, she simply asks the ladies to paint over the bird shit on the chairs.

Were now at a dinner party where the wine is $600 a bottle.  Ramona is in her element, “If its expensive it has to be good.  MORE! MORE!    At the party we have Sonja and Bethenny at the outer edges, Carole and Tiffany in the middle and Luann and Ramona at the other end of the table.

Like volcanic lava ,the were bubbles of fights with the women.   I love how they talk about someone at the table like they weren’t there..   We have Bethenny and Sonja talking about Tinsely.  With Bethenny (not Sonja) telling the other women that Sonja feels she helped Tinsley when she was kinda down and out, and now that she has moved up, Sonja is feeling abandoned.   Well Tins ain’t feeling that shit.  After all,Sonja has said a lot of stuff about Tinsely’s to a LOT of people

When Carole tries to back Tinsely up.  Bethenny pounces and their on!    Out of nowhere Carole shuts the mighty Bethenny down using Bethenny’s words..   “Get off my jock” and finishes her off, with a flick of her hand.    DAY-YAM!  Carole!     (who knew!)

With all this going on!  Ramona (of all people) and Luann are mere spectators of all this fighting, with Ramona enjoying that high priced wine!

( For Beth, I think its less about Sonja or Tinsley and more about Carole.  She and Carole were thick an thieves, they traveled together, spoke daily and one day they didn’t. To make matters worse, Carole and Tinsely are close.  Bethenny’s hurt) 

At a book party for “Karen Duff”  Tinsley talks to Sonja and their beef is done.  (at least for now)    Tinsley is no longer a freshman housewife and this season she ain’t takin shit from nobody.   ARE YOU LISTENING BITCHES!

Meanwhile, Carole and Bethenny is another matter and I guess since there isn’t expensive wine to swill, Ramona needs to stir the pot.    She tells Carole, “I’m so glad you’ve found your voice now, even though Bethenny thinks you’re a puppet.”  The good news is Carole knows Bethenny and knows Bethenny wouldn’t use those words.

At the dinner, Carole confronts Bethenny about “puppet” and denies using the word.   How so nevah!   Bethenny did say that Carole used to take Heather’s side. When she and Carole became friends she took her side and now Carole is taking Tinsley’s side.

With the problems with her friendship with Carole.   Bethenny goes after her former boyfriend Adam.   Beth asked Adam to go down to Houston and take pictures for a week.  He told her, he couldn’t do it unless he was paid.    This troubled Bethenny, who has probably forgotten when she lived check to check.  As much as I would love to help, my reality and probably Adam’s reality is he cant afford to take a week off to volunteer. She needs to back off this, if she wants to restore her friendship with Carole.

Next week, its the Berkshires Baby! Can you say DRAMA!!

 

A special shout out to  “ZoomBarbie on Twitter for sharing this post with your followers.  You know a LOT of people, thank you big bunches!

CityFella

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