People of Wal-Mart, K-Mart, public transit, etc.

Taking a trip to the store in the 21st century can be…interesting. I don’t go into the store for the sole purpose of buying things anymore. I also love public places for the people watching. Peopleofwalmart.com has for years been a popular web site for the circus we all call Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, the worst of the worst  and the strangest of the strange doesn’t just invade WalMart. The worst and the strangest is everywhere. Sometimes I think I have seen everything I need to see for my age, but the public never disappoints.To my surprise, there’s also a song dedicated to the people of Wal-Mart

I wholeheartedly feel sorry for the woman whose husband caused her family to get banned from K-Mart. While some of the things he did were funny, like asking to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway. Some of his other shots at being a comedic genius were a little over the top. Of course this guy started this whole thing as a joke, but seriously, how far is too far? Terrorizing K-Mart for seven consecutive months is a little extreme and obnoxious.

This blog post would not be complete if I did not at least mention urban public transit. Peopleofpublictransit.com functions much like peopleofwalmart.com. People of Public Transit makes me remember my own bizarre experience on public transit. I was maybe 15 on the subway in D.C., when my friends and I noticed a strange character standing. He was wearing Flavor Flav attire, clock around his neck and all. I realized at that moment that public transport could be tres, tres bizarre.

You never know who and what you will encounter out in the world every day. I don’t think too many people stop to realize how many types of people there really are.  No matter what, just keep on dancing on life’s path, you’re sure to find something that makes you laugh or raise your eyebrows.


A few of my favorite things

Christmas is coming up mighty fast, so I thought it would be appropriate to make a list of my favorite things. Feel free to sing along to “My Favorite Things” by John Coltrane, Julie Andrews or The Supremes.

Okay, so you might not be able to hum along to the song, but it’s still a list of my favorite things!

…Heels on sidewalks and fresh, warm linens

…Open-minded people and 50s style dresses

…Cat eye shades and singing in the shower

These are a few of my favorite things

 

…Royal purple scarves and nights at the concert hall

…Respecting diversity and wishing on stars

…Expression through writing and getting dolled-up

These are a few of my favorite things

 

…Photos of the past and rekindling friendships

…Being creative and my favorite song on repeat

…Long walks and discovering new things

These are a few of my favorite things

 

When times get rough

When life throws its punches

When I feel alone

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad


The day the Earth shook

Normally, I try to stick to really interesting things that relate to the overall human experience. However, today I experienced something that literally rocked my world.

Fall weekends in Stillwater, Okla., are usually pretty tame and filled with football excitement. I don’t  go to the football games, but I always know what is going on because every store and restaurant in town is tuned in to the games. Don’t get me wrong, I like football. I just hate watching it in a stadium for three hours with a bunch of drunken idiots. Anyway, let’s get back on track. It’s Nov. 5, 2011 at almost 11 p.m. I am SUPER pumped because the  Oklahoma State Cowboys just won a really close game, making us 9-0.  This town is on excitement steroids because of our amazing winning streak right now. If I am pumped about it, you know it is a big deal. Things were going pretty well as everyone was enjoying the victory.Then, IT happened. I’m carrying my computer to my living room when I hear what I thought at the time was roaring from the pits of hell. The roaring turned into shaking and all I could do was look bewildered. For the first time ever, I felt an earthquake and it was  smack dab in the middle of the country!

Now, why is this all such a big deal? Probably because I went from estatic to feeling ridiculously scared in about a 10 minute period. We apparently get earthquakes here all the time now, including one less than 24 hours ago that I didn’t feel. However, this one sent me running to go hold on to my mommy.

Storms, hail, flooding? Bring it! That’s what we are used to in Oklahoma. In fact, whenever we hear tornado sirens we go outside in the yard or on the roof like some gangsters. Earthquakes? No thank you!! Especially earthquakes that are 5+ on the Richter Scale.

I do not think I ever had that much excitement and fear happen in such a short period of time. I guess it is all part of life’s crazy experiences and why every bit of the way is a colorful dance floor.


Too legit to quit

I am a total scaredy  cat when it comes to a lot of things in life. Sometimes I will see someone do something completely extreme and think, “Wow! It’s so cool how they can do that! Too bad fear would have me go into shock if I ever tried that.” So, today I will be talking about some people who are ridiculously good at what extreme things they do. In fact, they’re daredevils and in my eyes they are too legit to quit.

There was a video on kottke.org that gives audiences at idea of what 462 mph looks like from a race car. If you drive more than 100 mph with me  in a car, I am guaranteed to cry.

That not extreme enough for you? How about downhill skateboarding in Brazil at 70 mph?!

Finally, things cannot get anymore extreme than ice swimmer Wim Hof. Someone who can swim in sub-zero cool water must obviously have some sort of superpowers.

After looking at so many extreme videos and photos, I realize I am just the average girl who wants a fairly average life. No extreme sports for me, just kicking back and enjoying life, boredom and all.


L-O-V-E

The word LOVE has such a powerful meaning. You can love so many people so many different ways. You can love someone so much that it hurts to breathe when imagining your life without them. We spend all our lives yearning to be wanted and loved. No matter who you are, you can’t escape the range of emotions that loving someone will put you through.

I’m still trying to figure out what love is. It’s one of those things that no one has a right answer for describing. I do know that when I think of someone that I know is a major part of my life, it hurts to see my life without them. I feel that lump that you get in your throat when you can’t control your emotions. My face begins to turn warm. I can feel a bit of sadness rush through my body and for a brief moment, I’ll feel a pain in my chest and my heart will flutter. I may not have a definition for love, but I know that’s how I know I love someone. Through my busy days and restless nights, moments like that make me stop and realize the power of human emotion.

If you’ve ever seen the movie The Notebook, then you know sweet the ending is. Noah and Allie loved each other into their old age, passing away into the afterlife holding each other’s hand. Although I thought the movie had a beautiful ending, I thought it could never happen in real life. I was proved wrong when recently I read about an Iowa couple that passed away an hour apart as they held hands. After 72 years of marriage, they truly believed in til death do them part.

Love is what little girls dream of, why little boys run from little girls, what we feel for our relatives and what we feel when we know we want to spend a lifetime with someone. Love can make you feel all kinds of ways and although we wish there was a way to control it, you can’t live without it. Long live love and don’t be afraid to love as long as you live.

LOVE


Reality an undoubted realization

Jersey Shore, The Real World, Teen Mom- these are all popular shows that dominate  our culture. But is there any way reality TV can be avoided? Will it ever fade out of popularity and will our younger generations start to  have more appreciation for more educational programming? Current research shows reality TV is here to stay for awhile. Cable networks TNT, AMC and USA have finally caved into reality TV pressure as they plan to launch their own reality shows.

Furthermore, The Girl Scout Research Institute (yes, that is a real organization) has found that reality TV has a highly negative impact on teen girls. Reality TV has been linked to the “Mean Girl” epidemic. Girls who watch reality TV accept more aggression, drama and bullying in their own lives. I can not think of anything worse than mean, aggressive, bullying Girl Scouts.

Reality TV is expected for cable networks like MTV, VH1 and E!, but where is out society headed when networks like AMC add reality TV to their programming? I am not trying to say that reality TV should not exist, but that we should also have an emphasis and a push for educational TV as well. Setting the example begins with pop culture and somewhere down the line we have to stop promoting unruly behavior. Reality TV is a good thing as long as it honestly depicts both life’s ups and downs without all the unrealistic glamour and glitz.


Left brained, right brained or idiot?

So, are you a complete idiot or what?

At the beginning of this semester, I had to sit down for a three hour orientation. One of the activities we had to do was take one of those silly “Are You Left Brained or Right Brained?” quizzes. I thought to myself, “Gosh, I know this is going to be easy. I’m definitely creative, so I will score as right brained all the way.”  However, as I was taking this quiz, how I decided on the questions became a little blurry. Not all my answers to the questions were on the creative side. Behold, my quiz results were split 50/50. I’m both creative and analytic. At first I thought, “Okay, that’s pretty cool, but why am I so bad a math if I’m analytic?” Then I started thinking, “How am I going to find a job?!? I’m like a jack of all trades, master of none!”

I caught myself feeling trapped in the middle. I looked back and realized all these years that I really have had a ridiculous amount of interests and hobbies. A lot of them completely unrelated. As I prepare to enter the workforce soon, I began to wonder that if I could offer the world anything with so much interests in so many things. Could I be content at one job? Behold, a lot of my wonder and anxiety about my future was put to rest when I found out just how restless Generation Y is.

Photo Credit: http://workexposedblog.com/tag/millennials/

Generation Y is the freelance generation, the consistently wired millennials that know what they want from the world and how to change it. I thought that maybe being both left and right brained left me to stick out like a sore thumb, the idiot with no absolute love for one career. Now I know that I was meant to stick out like a sore thumb because Generation Y is here to change the workplace for the first time in100 years.

So, I’m not a lost idiot with no passion in life, just a freelance Generation Y young adult taking in my passion for just about everything the world has to offer. A little FYI–I would like to work as a communicator in the visual or performing industry. Nothing makes me happier than combining my love for writing and the arts like being a promotions person for a motion picture or ballet company 🙂