Monthly Archives: August 2010

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds – TIME

Here is an interesting article on drinking. I knew that drinking a glass or two of red wine was good for you, but it appears that abstaining from alcohol can actually be bad for your health. When I turned 30, I was drinking quite heavily every night. One day I decided that I was done and I quit cold turkey. Two months later I got sick. Every 4 to 6 weeks thereafter I would get sick again.

After 7 months of not drinking any alcohol, I decided that abstaining was not for me. I wasn’t treating my addiction, I was ignoring it. I was spending a lot of my day focused on not drinking. That kind of obsession isn’t good for anyone, so I started drinking, but with rules in place to keep me from getting to the point I was at when I quit. After all that, it appears that I was on to something. Click the link below to read the article.

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Non-drinkers, Study Finds – TIME.

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For Erin…

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Fifteen years ago today, I got a temporary job while I was getting my feet back on the ground. I had moved across state lines with the help of my big brother and his wife. My life was in a bit of shambles and I needed a regular income while I looked for a career and tried to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up.

That temporary job was working at Kinko’s during the overnight shift. I started on August 28th, 1995. While I worked there, I took a couple of courses at IUPUI, but college life just didn’t jive with me at the time. I took on a part-time job as well working at a Marsh grocery store.

I got involved in theater, but again, it just didn’t jive with me at the time. I made friends, made drinks, made money and paid off my bills. I worked and I played and I coasted through life while looking for my career. I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Five years passed and I kept looking. By this point I had left the part-time job at Marsh and moved on to a part-time job cooking at a local bar/restaurant. Ten years passed and we laughed about my temporary job lasting so long while I looked for a career path. I took online classes at University of Phoenix hoping to find a path or a calling.

Today, I hit my 15 year anniversary and I sit here, writing my blog and laughing while I recall these stories. My time at Kinko’s, FedEx Kinko’s, FedEx Office has been long and filled with fun and trying times. Fifteen years later I am still looking for my calling and my path, but I think I might have missed that calling while spending so many hours focused on my temporary job.

Fifteen years ago I was a different man. I was irresponsible, unfocused and drifting through life. I have threatened to leave my temporary job Kinko’s almost every year because of the need to get out. I even quit my job once for about 4 hours before being convinced to come back in the hopes of a better career. I do have a career now with FedEx Office thanks to my wonderful husband, but I still yearn for that missing path, that calling. Today I ponder that long road that started 15 years ago and continues on today.

Happy 15th anniversary to me!

Oh My Godric!

I was talking about True Blood with friends and Godric came up, which made me think of the title to this post. Once I had the title stuck in my head, I just had to post this with some photos. Please enjoy.

Repost: Oakland Pride

I am reposting this to remind everyone that a week from Sunday is Oakland Pride. Come out and join the festivities. Let’s make this a success to ensure that we have this every year, not every 6 years.

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After 6 long years without a Pride event, Oakland is set to launch Oakland Pride on Labor Day weekend this year. This just goes to show that there are proud people all over the Bay Area.

I was kind of surprised to find out that Oakland would be hosting a Pride event. The Pride festivities in the City seem to be enough for an entire state to enjoy.

There will be four stages with live entertainment to keep you on your toes. There will also be food, visual arts and exhibitors. The event is also BART accessible. So what are you waiting for? Change your plans and head over to Oakland and let your Pride shine through!

Cher exclusive: The superstar discusses her upcoming album | EW.com

From the poll results we get an update on Cher and her upcoming album. Click the link to check out the details.

Cher exclusive: The superstar discusses her upcoming album | EW.com.

Be polite and put your smartphone down – CNN.com

This is a great article. I don’t think I would survive an entire 7 days without a smart phone. Please click the link and check this out.

(and yes, I know I need to expand beyond cnn.com for my news)

Be polite and put your smartphone down – CNN.com.

Ground Zero Mosque: Yes and No

I have been arguing with myself for weeks over the proposed Islamic center that is being built near (not on) the Ground Zero location in New York. After reading a lot of articles and opinion pieces, I have finally found where I fall on this debate. I am also linking a great article from CNN.com at the end of the article.

If you ask me if this Islamic Center should be allowed to be built, I will say “hell yes!”. First, we have freedom of religion in this country. That freedom applies to all major religions, not just Christianity. Second, there are other churches and mosques within the same distance or closer. Why is adding another one so unthinkable?

I have heard the excuse that this center would be a slap in the face to the families that had a loved one die on that fateful day. Just for the record, American Muslims were in those towers and died that day too. That point is not very strong at all. I have also heard people mention that this would be a shrine to terrorism. That point is crazier than saying the oldest churches in Europe are a shrine to terrorism since those churches were forcefully converted from Pagan temples to Christian churches. How many millions of people were killed by Christians during the witch hunts?

Additionally, you need to think long and hard before you start asking the government to prevent a religious center to be built. What happens when that religious center is one that you approve of being built? What if the government decides to prevent churches from being built near the places where self-described Christian terrorists strike? That is a fine line to be walking.

Now that you’re either screaming at my blog with blood boiling or thinking that I am a pleasant Liberal, I am going to answer another question. Should they build this Islamic Center near Ground Zero? No, I don’t think they should. This center is going to be the center of controversy for years, maybe even decades. People will protest, throw rocks through the windows and vandalize the place. If I were a Muslim living in NY I would ask them not to build this building. This building has erased most of the progress that the American Muslim communities have made in repairing their reputation in America. This building is going to bring back those unwarranted fears and hatred that we as a country should be working to expel from our collective mindset.

If I were a Muslim living in New York, I would not go to this center. The hassle of protesters and the threat of violence would send me down the street to another mosque.

In the end, the Islamic center should be allowed to be built, but the people behind this would be very wise to find another location. I just think we need to leave it up to the people involved in building this center and the people that they are targeting as their base customers.

Imam behind controversial New York Islamic center speaks – CNN.com.

Philadelphia bloggers: The city wants you to buy a license

Sample Philly BP License

Here is an interesting article out of Philadelphia that doesn’t involve the Boy Scouts. Apparently in the city of Philadelphia, those bloggers that are selling ads on their pages need to run out and get a business license. This makes sense to me. If you are selling ads on your blog, you are making money from your venture. That makes your venture (blog) a business. Running a business means you need a business license just like every other business.

This doesn’t mean that the city is trying to take away your First Amendment right. Right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin seems to misunderstand a few basic concepts. People have the right to have blogs without paying for a business license. We can throw our opinions all over the internet and not pay a dime for a business license. However, once you decide to start making money from your blog by selling ads, you become a business. Businesses must pay taxes and have a license. I don’t see how this is that hard to understand.

Check out the link below to the cnn.com article if you would like more information.

Philadelphia bloggers: The city wants you to buy a license – Aug. 24, 2010.

Bite Me Too: Zander on Joe Manganiello

Woof! I do find it strange that modern day werewolves are sporting smooth chests, while our undead vamps are hairy, but I’m still in lust with this wolfman.