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1-7-2014 ………. Expressions

Hey good people who might be reading this. Today was day of expressions. More specifically , Facial expressions. I work in retail ( much to the chagrin of my mom) and I get to experience more facial expressions everyday.

Faces

Today was a bit different because people seemed a bit happier. I know most of you have heard or read about this polar effect  that  is sweeping the United States and dropping into some dangerously cold temperatures.

Today in my part of the Midwest ( also known as Omaha, Nebraska) we had some relief. SOme people who walked in were downright happy that the temp was in the teens rather than negative shenanigans.  I was greeted today with smiles and some really open people. I will say Midwesterns that i have met so far have been very open and polite… But remember I am a slightly jaded NYorker so this is kinda new.

Of course I did have my non responsive and downright rude customers but in the service industry , it can’t be helped. Either you pissed them off or they are having a really bad day and feel the need to take it out on you. I used to get upset but working in retail gives you the thickest skin on the planet.

I took these peeps with a grain of salt. That doesn’t affect me nor did I give them bad service. MY mama raised me right! ( thanks mom)

This is actually the part of the job I truly like… The people watching.  Sometimes you may never see these people again or maybe they will just come back because they like dealing with you.

All in how you treat em I supposed.

Anyhoo stay Golden

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01-03-14 …….. To do Lists

Hey talents and hello third day of 2014. I actually had a day off yesterday and my biggest concern was drinking my quart of water ( Yeah I know that humans should have 2 quarts a day but I am working up to that) and doing laundry. I know they do not sound like great amazing things to do but being a self professed procrastinator, that was a lot.

I also began the 52 week money challenge on 01-01-2014. For those that may not know what that is here is a link .  The money I am saving has its own jar plus I bought a sweet calendar 14633_1 It contains when every bill gets paid, paydays, what I need to save and my to do lists for the month.

I am happy to getting back to being organized.

 

Happy 3 rd day of 2014.

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01-01-2014………. Welcome to the newest Chapter

Good morning Talents. I hope all of you are here to see another day to try  do again.  2013 was another defining year for me in the sense of I had lots of time for introspection. I looked deeper than I ever had, took chances and let the universe take it course.  Today when I woke, I had a conversation with the almighty. I let our relationship slip last year because I was so focused on everything wrong instead of just maintaining hope and having faith.

I know many do not like to hear fate has a hand but it only has a hand with every decision we make.  Talk is cheap so there will not be too many resolutions coming from me about what I will be doing. Sometimes telling people what you will be doing only sets you up for failure especially when some around you want you to fail.

Just remember you have to be your biggest motivator no matter what . Believe in yourself and what you want to do. Take life by the reins and do not be afraid. The road to success is not a straight line no matter what you were taught to believe.

Stay Golden loves and make 2014 as amazing as you are!!!

A little music to get your butt moving 😉

 

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Ouch………………

Well, unfortunately I am going through a bit of personal issue.  STUDENT LOANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is what mine feels like. Now I am not looking for a pity party. My biggest issue is that I am not making enough to pay it the way I want to pay it.  I have received numerous emails from the Feds about what they are going to do to me if I do not pay. Funny thing is, I already know. Garnish wages, take away my tax returns yadda yadda yadda.

I have asked for a forbearance  so that I can pay later. I have asked for deferments. The whole process is ridiculous because the time frames are so damn short and doesn’t really answer my questions.

Student loans is not the only debt I have. I have a credit card and I have unemployment to pay back.

While I try not to let it get to me, this is just a venting post. I know I will be able to do it but this is just F&^*ing ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Have a golden Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Images From I-Con in Des Moines

For my Birthday, I was taken to Des Moines Iowa. There was a convention called I-Con. Of course everyone that loves comics and sci fi were in attendance and you also know what that means.. COSTUMES!!!!

 

Enjoy 🙂ImageImageImageImageImage

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3 Months in the Midwest

Hey My Blog family. Sorry for my MIA status but I did move to midwest and am working on getting settled.  So I am now in Omaha NE ( Privately, Might as well be the capital of Nebraska since more people know about Omaha than Lincoln).  This is definitely a little city that wants to play big city. Image

 

It has a ways to go but I can see it getting there. In the area where I live, there are about 3 strip malls and if you take the bus, one large Mall. Yes malls.  Something so not used to coming from NYC. There were not really malls in the city. NYC has shopping districts.  You will need a car here, plain and simple. For this, I am happy because it forces me to get my license. I need the nudge. 

Omaha however is not what I expected. I expected to be severely white washed ( if I offend I am sorry) but it is surprisingly diverse. There are many ethnicities seen anywhere and everywhere. This is a reason why I believe their large city status may be more than a few years away.  I have seen the fashion ( those who know how to dress and those that believe jersey shore is a style). 

 

One thing that Omaha has over NYC is the abundance of more than 1 child families. Where I worked, I  have met moms with 3 or more kids so there is a huge family aspect out here that is not one in NYC. Now that is not to say NYC does not have a huge families, but they were seen few and far between. 

 I am also getting accustomed people just dropping by without much notice. Not something I am used to. There was usually some level of pre-planning involved. 

I have decided to take advantage of the area I am in by learning how to drive, going to gym and explore a little more of my new home. 

I will be posting pictures as soon as I can. I did manage to take a few at a Convention they  had out in Des Moines recently. 

I cannot honestly wait to get back to shooting.

 

talk soon

 

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No matter how much some things change, most of the time it will stay the same

Well I am sure most of you know the verdict that was handed down recently between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. The reason why it took me so long to write about it is because there are many voices about this particular verdict and how it was handled.

Mr. Zimmerman got off by the letter of the law and though it was not justice for the Martin family, it did show how much proof you need in order to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you broke the law.

This just makes the case even more sad. A young man lost his life at the hands of a man who was warned on 2 occasions not to follow him. It almost seemed as if the universe was warning Mr. Zimmerman that this would not go well for him and now it hasn’t.

His family is now worried that some vigilante will come after him. Truth of the matter is, no one will want to touch George Zimmerman. His actions have now set in motion a huge set of events for him, his family and everyone that defended him. His name will go down in infamy and in this day of social media, it will not be forgotten.

Many people wish to play the race card and though it is part of it, it is not the main fact. The fact is someone was murdered. Can we as people comprehend that? A young man was murdered. He was coming home and defended himself against a man who clearly was itching to murder someone or else why would he have had a gun and bullet chambered? Anyone could have died that night and we lost a young man.

The media now wishes to murder Trayvon further by slandering him with allegations of theft and wrongdoing. A young man died. He did not rob the place he purchased his skittles and Arizona ice tea.

The black community is up in arms and are figuring what is the best course of action to take. Realize that this case is a wake up call for everything wrong with what we take for granted. When it is black on black crime, we do not bat and eyelash. But that is because as community, we are used to use murdering each other over the most base of things. It doesn’t blip on our radar or our country’s radar when minorities hurt each other. We expect the same treatment when it happens to a person of a different skin tone hurting someone else of another skin tone. WE ARE ALL PART OF THE HUMAN RACE. We need to remember that.

When actually start valuing all human life maybe a we can get a some things fixed.

Whatever people wish to do Florida, they really should do the whole country. Every state has had these same cases and we have yet to boycott any other state.

Just my Two cents

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Man of Steel —— A trek in Movie going

Man of Steel Poster

Hey Good People. Last Friday , my friend Nakia and I went to the movies. The reason why this is such a big deal is that I have not been to the movies in about a full year. I am sorry but spending $15 for one movie ( outside of buying the DVD) just makes no sense but since I am leaving NYC in about a month, it is a great way to spend time with one my coolest friends.

We originally decided to see despicable me 2 but changed our minds because honestly though I love the first movie, I really did not want to be around kids especially on a Friday evening. ( Do not get me wrong, love the kids but when a movie first comes out, I am anti about it).

We changed the tickets to Man of Steel. I will admit. We did not see this movie because we really wanted to see it. We just wanted to be in Air conditioning for about 2 hours and Regal Cinemas on 13th and union square in NYC did not fail on that. ( Thank you)

FYI – Slight Spoilers so don’t hate me. I warned ya 😉

So we took our seats and had our oversized large beverages and snacks and waited. About 20 mins of previews which of course is the norm so no surprise there.

Once Man of Steel began, I was honestly happily surprised. Now I have seen and read so many people either really loving this movie or just out and out hating it. I will say it is definitely something I have come to expect from modern SuperHero Movies. Over the top fight sequences and visual fx that make your eyes drool.

Jorell. Cal dad’s

It showed how Superman had to be a drifter as an adult because every time he would save humanity, he would have to disappear. Honestly, if that is not a modern superhero issue outside of Tony Stark, I do not know what it is. The beginning included flashbacks to youth and what he did as a lad and even a bully he saved who later is shown as an adult.

What I loved that as an origin story, we did learn more about Krypton though we managed to see it close to it blowing up. This is refreshing and being a comic book laymen, I only know about superman from the movie with Christopher Reeves and then through various friends and boyfriends that love comic books, it was quite interesting to learn why Krypton is on its way to destruction. I will admit though, it definitely felt like foreshadowing on what is currently happening on the planet ( but I digress).

General Zod’s introduction shown that he made to be a warrior and the explanation that on Krypton, babies were manufactured ( Slight Matrix reference) but the babies had no choice of what they would become. Their DNA was already altered to what their jobs would be as an adult. Caleel was the first natural birth in a millenium and unfortunately it would happen as the world is basically coming to an end. Krypton’s knowledge and dna are contain in a half skull called the codec and literally every specimen of Krypton’s dna is imbued into baby Cal’s DNA.

So with back story in tow, you are now as viewer somewhat hip of what will occur in this new millenium. We all know the even though one person can understand something, people are inherently stupid. This is why Superman had to worry about for most of the movie. Even with the introduction of Lois Lane, she definitely did not play the damsel in distress role ( which honestly I was so so happy about). Instead, because she was a reporter and wrote about him, she ended up just being caught up in the fallout.

Zod and his cohorts get sent to the phantom zone but because Krypton was destroyed makes sense that they would be able to escape. Zod is on the hunt for this baby that escaped because he will be able to build Krypton back once he has it.

Once Zod shows up on the scene, Cal gives himself up to the US military and is handed over to Zod. This is where the problem begins. As we all know just because you surrender to someone does not mean they are not going to fully set their original plan into motion.

Now for costuming..Freaking amazing. Loved Superman’s costume though I still didn’t know once you don a costume, facial hair goes away ( that should work for any clothing )
Zod and his cohorts armor was another great feat in costuming. Futuristic metal and masks( though the masks did remind of engineer’s masks in Prometheus..ugh hate that movie)

told ya

As for the action sequences, they did drag a bit kinda like the sequences in the sequels to the Matrix. Super beings fighting and crashing through buildings and destroying everything in their path. Now I have heard people say all that destruction and no mention of how many casualties and the filmmakers are not being sensitive to how the world is today. WHAT!!!!!????? Um that is exactly how the world is today. No matter whether they showed bloody foreheads or actual dead, we already inferred that people have died. You cannot have that matter of destruction with already knowing that so … I am sorry. I am not being cold, it is just the honest truth. Even movies light hearted like the incredibles tell of how much destruction happens when heroes are around.

The fight sequences did take a bit long and the scene which people seem to have a problem with when Zod is threatening humans and Superman basically breaks his neck. One he did not want to do it and two the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few ( corny but honest) Everyone sees Superman is a boy scout but he killed this evil to protect many lives. How many people have killed evil to protect family and friends. Most are not bloodthirsty cold hearted killers. They are protecting those they love so to everyone having a problem with him killing Zod, suck that ish up. Hell, Optimus killed Megatron . I didn’t see that coming but I do not hate Optimus prime ( after all he isn’t real and he’s protecting people)

So for the Fanboys and Girls, I am sorry if I spoiled anything for you and ruined how you may feel about superman. This man of steel movie in my humble opinion is the superhero of these modern times.

Thoroughly enjoyable and great movie to get out of this unbearable heat. 😉

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My New Phone..HTC ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In Love

Hey People.  I have acquired a New phone. Now while that may not be exciting to some, it is to me. I just upgraded from the HTC sensation 4g to the Gorgeous, fantastic and amazing HTC One. My service provider Is T-mobile and no matter how many complaints others may have, I have enjoyed their service for about 6 years.Image

As you can see in the image, the one is bigger and thinner. It actually weighs less than my sensation did. I got the HTC one in Glacial Silver. Now I am all about having Tech in black but I love silver so there you go. What i love about upgrading is HTC has a transfer tool app which allows you to transfer all of your imagery and info to the new phone. No more clunky taKing one sim out and putting in a new phone and hoping for the best. The new HTC one does come with a new micro sim so your current sim card would not work anyway. This beautiful phone has 32GB of space and me being the music and photography junkie, it is a godsend. I have an Instagram problem ( don’t judge me) so images are a huge part of my life. Being a freelance writer and photographer, I needed a phone that could keep up. So far the HTC One is fab. I have all my apps from the sensation and have been going in short CRAZY!!!!!

For those of you who love technical aspects, I will try my best. Platform is Android with HTC sense, 1.7 GHZ quadcore (fast) 4.7 inch display ( hugs screen), Boomsound with dual front speakers and beats audio.

P1030600

The blink feed allows you to select from news outlets and such to choose content you want to know about. That is actually fun to do while traveling on the train. Don’t have to look at people and I can read about things that interest me.

Anyone who loves android and may potentially getting burned out from the Apple overload, should pick up the HTC ONE. You really will not be disappointed.

Thanks HTC!!!!!

 

*****FYI, I  was not paid for this review. I am just really excited about my new phone*********