What I’m thinking about this morning:

1.Sesame Street goes to jail.
2.Your iPhone has a drinking problem.
3.Lego movie trailer!
4.Women make less than men because…

1. Sesame Street goes to jail. No, it’s not Kevin Clash. We’re talking about Alex, the newest character to join the cast of Sesame Street and whose dad is in jail. This is Sesame Streets latest storyline that deals with “difficult” subjects for children, which has included death and HIV positive in the past. Apparently this is more representative of real life than we may realize – 1 in 28 children have a parent in jail and the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

I think it’s positive that Sesame Street continues to write in real time and they should be applauded for staying relevant. I just wonder how long it will be until they introduce a character with same sex parents. I’d have to think this is something they’ve considered. And if you go by the numbers, as they did in considering the incarcerated parent, four percent of adopted children are being raised by gay parents, a number that is sure to keep rising and has to be grossly understated given gay couples’  privacy concerns. Keep on keeping on, Sesame Street.

2. Another use for your iPhone…a coaster! Are you tired of people being on their phone while you’re trying to relax over a drink? Do you think cell phones are becoming a great barrier to human interaction? Then you’ll love this new beer glass from Salve Jorge Bar that can only remain upright with the help from your mobile.

Sure, it might be a little risky to use your $200 phone as a coaster, but hey, at least you’ll be able to look somebody in the eye when you’re talking to them!

3. Lego movie? Sign me up! Check out this trailer for the 2014 release of the first Lego movie, featuring the Justice League! I can’t believe Legos have come this far since I was a kid. Granted, that was like, 30 years ago, but now there is a Lego for everything. It’s impressive how they’ve marketed that brand to go so far beyond the actual toy – video games, gear, and now movies. And throughout it all, the brand remains in tact. Inspiring to see how a company can leverage brand to be so much more than a tangible item.

4. Men v. women, explained. If you’ve been reading the blog you know that I have a real problem with the unbalanced salaries of women v. men. I wrote about this in high school, college and now in my blogs and I just don’t understand it. Well, now thanks to Miss Utah I finally understand

When she was asked about it in the interview portion of Miss USA Sunday night, she wasted no time in setting the record straight: “I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to,” she said, pausing, knowingly, that this wasn’t going well, before she flashed a smile and continued, “figure out how to create jobs right now.”

“That is the biggest problem, and I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”

Well that explains it! The judges rewarded her for such a well-thought out and comprehensive response with a third place finish.

What a wasted opportunity to address a real issue.