Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Biggest Celebrity Moment Of 2005?

Why the Tom Cruise couch jump of course! I have to say, I never really liked Tom Cruise before this year.

I remember watching Oprah that day thinking, "This guy is making me very uncomfortable, yet it's strangely fascinating."

I didn't like Tom Cruise because everyone worshipped him. I just saw him as a guy. Even I have to admit the way he shook up Hollywood this year was amazing.

He made so many people so uncomfortable without even doing anything so horrible.

Actors get arrested all the time and no one so much as bats an eye. A jump on a couch and shaking Oprah a few times and this guy is labeled a lunatic.

I respect when people can stand up for what they believe in even if it goes against the majority.

Tom Cruise also caused quite a stir during an interview with Matt Lauer when he put down Brooke Shields for her use of anti-depressants. Brooke Shields fired back saying his comments were dangerous.

Since when do people trust actors with medical advice? I mean, if he did a commercial and said, "I'm not a doctor but I play one on TV" and then spoke against the drugs wearing a white overcoat, maybe some people would take his advice.

But he didn't, and again Hollywood acts as if we the people are some inferior humans who can't think for ourselves and take everything they feed us as gospel.

For this event that marked the beginning of Tom Cruise's fall from grace, I deem Tom Cruise's Couch Jump "The Biggest Celebrity Moment of 2005".

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

If You Write It, It will Happen

I don't know what it is, but every time I write down my goals, they happen.

I keep a ton of journals. I usually fill three to four per year. I am always writing down my goals. I write them, and usually forget about them. I go back through my journals six months, a year, or two years later and I am constantly amazed at how everything I wrote happened!

It's truly amazing. One of my favorites was when I wrote my ideal guy. I wrote it so detailed and specific, personality, ethnicity, age, height, weight, even income bracket.

I packed it away and forgot about it for three years. When I found it I was stunned. I couldn't believe it. I had written it two years before I met my fiance and it was him.

That forced me to pull out many of my journals and read through them. It was amazing how many things that I had dreamed, written, and later accomplished.

With the New Year coming, my wish for everyone is that they write down their goals. You decide your future.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Happy Birthday Fredi!

My favorite person will be 25 years old today!

In honor of his Birthday, I would like to write a bit about my fiance Fredi and highlight a few of his wonderful qualities.

Fredi is the youngest of 14 children. All the children have the same Mother and Father, and they are still married today.

Everyone always tells me how fortunate I am to have found him. My question is, "What about him! He's fortunate to have found me too, right?" They always say, "well, yeah, but you know what I mean."

Fredi can do anything. He is good at everything. He can fix a roof, fix a car, hang drywall, paint better than a professional, do plumbing, electrical work, train horses, drive a race car, and can speak two languages. Oh, and he's super hot too.

In the four years we have been together, we have only had one argument, and it ended in less than an hour. He has never raised his voice toward me, and has never called me a bad name, or talked bad about me to anyone else.

Fredi also never lets anyone take advantage of him, and can read a persons character from one conversation. I have to admit, he's right 99.9 times out of 100!

One quarter of a century. How the time flies!

I've learned a lot from Fredi, and I look forward to the 25+ more Birthdays we will spend together.

Happy Birthday Fredi!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Rich Dad, Poor Dad - My Review

This is one of my favorite books. Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kioyosaki. "What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!"

I first read this book one year ago. I am in the process of reading it again. I have pretty much destroyed the book from all of my highlighting and underlining.

I would seriously pay $50 for this book, and realize I got a bargain. The list price is $16.95.

This book turned on a light for me. I learned that the rich don't work for money, rather their money works for them. Robert Kiyosaki put some ideas into my head. He said to always look for a good investment, to notice things.

When I made an offer on a property, everyone told me I would never get it. My offer was just too low.

My realtor told me I was going to lose the property and it was already "priced to sell". I was told I needed to make a higher offer if I really wanted it.

Funny thing is, I didn't listen and now I am closing on that property at the end of next month.

I kept my eyes and ears open, and now I will own my first investment property at a bargain!

I advise anyone who is serious about getting out of the "rat race" to give this book a try. It would have taken me a lifetime, possibly two to get the information that Mr. Kiyosaki spent his life learning.

The road to financial freedom is a long one, but I think I am going to enjoy the journey. One investment property does not make me a millionaire, but what I learn and apply can.

If you would like to learn more about Robert Kiyosaki you can read his column at Yahoo! Finance or visit his website

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Quick Question, #2

If Jennifer Anniston is America's Sweetheart, what does that make Angelina Jolie?
Sunday, December 25, 2005

Feliz Naviblah

Dialog that is now etched in my mind as a "classic".

Can anyone guess where this from?

"Feliz Naviblah"

"That dosn't mean anything."

"In American, that's Mexican for Merry Christmas."
Saturday, December 24, 2005

A little Snow-loha

I think I'm not the only one homesick for Hawaii...

My friend Amber has moved off of the Rock and on to Italy. Here is a picture of her with her snowman, er snow-woman, Aloha Style.

I'm going to have to dig out my coconut bra and grass skirt and build one of these myself. But, the ukulele stays in the house!
Friday, December 23, 2005

What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?

Should you tell your kids the truth about Santa Clause?

My answer, Yes!

Picture this, I'm in first grade, in the lunch room at school with my classmates.

There were some sixth graders seated at our table. One of the sixth grade bullies says, "There is no such thing as Santa." My friends and I, jumped to Santa's defense. The bully laughed at us.

I remember my comment distinctly, "My Mom said there is a Santa, so there is! "She does not lie!" That was the first time in my young life I ever stood up for what I believed.

I had spent countless hours listening to my Mother spin tales about Santa. How she waited for him on Christmas Eve and would be so excited when she heard his reindeer and sleigh bells on the roof of our house.

All year, she would tell me, "Santa's watching!" Even when I'm alone? I wondered. I was a bit creeped out by this I must admit. It put the fear of Santa in me.

Finally, I learned the truth about Santa. Immediately I remembered that afternoon in the lunchroom. I was devastated. I felt like a fool, humiliated.

What bothered my was not that Santa did not exist, what bothered me was that my Mother would trick me. She could no longer be trusted!

What about The Easter Bunny? Lie! The Tooth Fairy? Lie! All lies! How about God? Jesus? They're real. Are you sure? Why should I trust you Mom?

It was difficult from that point forward to trust anything my Mother said. Not all kids have this type of devastation, but I did, and so do some others.

Why ruin your credibility? Let Santa be what he is, a fun character based on a Saint. Not a lie. Santa is fun, I think he adds to the Christmas experience.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but I don't want to see a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes taking pictures with kids. It just wouldn't be sanitary. Ya dig?

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

You, Only Animated, Avatar by Yahoo!

Yahoo! Avatars

Yahoo! has a new toy. Now when I go to the welcome screen of my Yahoo! E-mail account, I see this cartoon version of myself.

It's called an avatar, and it is a free service for Yahoo! users. You can customize the skin, hair, eyes, change the clothes, mood, and background.

Build one for yourself one HERE.

This is virtual me in my virtual Christmas outfit on the virtual beach.

Don't I look great?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Take A Load Off, And Pet A Pet People

Animals are better to have around than people because:

-They don't talk back, they just listen.
-They are so simple and easy to please.

People are better to have around than animals because:

-They talk back, they don't just listen.
-They are complex and not always easy to please, but they always surprise us.

I sure am glad we have both people and animals. No matter how annoying people can be sometimes. It's just nice to have a pet that can give us a break from the people once in awhile.

If you are stressed out from family and friends this Holiday Season, spend some time with a dog or cat and just relax. If you don't have a pet, borrow one for a few minutes.

Studies show a few minutes with a pet can lower your blood pressure and boost your immunity.

You can read more about the healthy affects of animals on humans HERE.

So from now on when people come to my house I'm going to add to my usual "Would you like something to drink? Make yourself at home."

And say "Take a load off, and pet the dog."
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Toy Cars, Not Always a Good Gift.

Be careful about getting one of those toy electric cars for your children this Christmas.

One year, my daughter got an electric Barbie Lamborghini for Christmas. You know the little electric cars that kids can drive?

She was three years old at the time, and I had asked her to put her toys away. She was giving me a difficult time. I was not backing down, she had to put her toys away. What I say goes!

Haley choked back her tears, stood as tall as she could as she puffed out her chest as she pointed to the driveway and said, "If you don't stop this right now I am going to get into my car, and drive to Mimi's!"

It was all I could do to hold back my laughter. It was just too cute. Mimi is what she calls her Grandmother.

I gave her a hug and put the toys away myself. I lost to a three year old.
Monday, December 19, 2005

You Learn The Darndest Things Sometimes.

I went to a seminar by Kalei Inn, Ph. D.

One of the things I will never forget is when she said, she was always stubbing her toes.

You know how that is, right? You walk into a dresser and bang goes your toes, then you are doubled over in pain.

She said that what she did was say to herself "I'm not going to stub my toes anymore!" Then, from that moment on it just stopped.

I decided to try it, I had the same problem. I was walking into things and always losing my keys.

I said "I'm not going to stub my toes or lose my keys anymore!" You know, from that moment on, I stopped bumping into things and I stopped losing my keys. It worked!

It's been two years, and I can't remember stubbing my toes since that time, but I do remember misplacing my keys once.

Not bad considering I used to do both of those things almost on a daily basis.

It is amazing the things we can learn, if we can stop being so skeptical and think outside the box once and awhile.

Thanks Kalei!
Sunday, December 18, 2005

War on Spam! It's So ON

This week, I saw two popular blogs fire back at Spam Commenters who were plaguing their sites.

The fist bomb was launched by Perez from He went for the throat, publishing the spammers name, home address and home telephone number!

The spammer was attacking his blog with hate comments. Perez didn't get the title "Hollywood's Most Hated Website" for nothing.

The second, Darren Rowse from exposed 12daily pro and Andrew Hillman as what they are, SPAMMERS!

Darren took a more tactful approach. Read his post here.

Each bloggers identification of their spammer matches the style and personality of the blogger.

Well done guys!
Saturday, December 17, 2005

NSA Authorization is OK With Me

Remember This?

I don't know about the rest of you, but if someone has a clear link to al-Qaida and related groups I feel safer knowing that someone is eavesdropping on their conversations.

President Bush authorized a secret eavesdropping program more than 30 times since September 11, 2001.

The world we live in simply is not safe. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The liberal press and their big mouths have now put US citizens in danger. In an effort to smear the President, they damaged our national security. Now the terrorists will be more private in the plotting of our demise.

In the arguments against the president, many are quick to point out that there are also "a handful of Republicans opposed to the program". Arlen Spector? Does he really count as a Republican? He is more liberal than some liberals.

Just because there are no airplanes flying into buildings this year does not mean that terrorist attacks are not being thwarted as we speak.

Some people should shut up and think once and awhile.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

When Life Gives You Lemons...

It must be the snow, but all I can do lately is think of other places. A few years ago I went to St. Lucia. I went to my first "All Inclusive" Resort, LeSport.

I had to leave for the airport at 4:00 in the morning. I had my passport in my carry on, but for some reason, I left my wallet on my dresser.

I didn't realize that I had forgotten my wallet until I got to Puerto Rico. Dag! I had no money. I mean not one dollar. All of my cash and credit cards were at home in Pennsylvania sitting on my dresser.

I was going to be there for 10 days, thankfully the resort had complimentary shuttle service. I figured I could survive until my parents could wire me my money.

I made a collect call to my parents, and they said they would wire me the money. I gave them all of the instructions. Everyday I waited. No money. I called again on day five, my parents said "No! We are not going to wire you the money, it's too much trouble." It was my money, and they couldn't be bothered to drive ten minutes to the Western Union.

I was sad that I couldn't leave the resort to explore the island. I had no money to go anywhere. It wasn't too bad because I got to snorkel and do water sports. All the meals were already paid for, and the resort included two spa treatments per day, so I wasn't exactly roughing it.

It came time to go home. I took the complimentary shuttle back to the airport, gave the driver a smile and explanation of why he was not getting a tip.

When I went to the airport to check in, they wanted me to pay a Departure Tax! I didn't know you had to pay tax to leave the country.

I tried to sell her my jewelry. I was desperate, and I started to panic! I cursed my parents under my breath.

There was a woman in line behind me that had all of these huge drums and cases. She came up to me to ask what was wrong. I told her I didn't have money to leave the country. She pulled out a $20 bill and handed it to me. And said "keep it, you should not have to travel without money".

I asked her for her address so I could return her money when she got home. She said "no, you keep it." We started to talk while we waited to board the plane. I asked her what was with all the drums and equipment. She said "they are my son in laws. He and my daughter have the children and I wanted to help them by taking some of the equipment home." I said, "Oh, who's your son in law, would I know him?"

She said, "Paul Simon" I got so excited! I said you're "Edie Brickell's
Mom?" I love her! The other people there didn't know who Edie Brickell was, but everybody knew who Paul Simon is. I told her, I can't believe Edie Brickell's Mom, Paul Simon's mother in law gave me 20 bucks!"

I thanked her profusely. Even before I knew who she was, I couldn't stop thanking her.

Then I wasn't so mad at my parents anymore. I wouldn't have met such a lovely woman or had a cool story to tell if I had normal parents.
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Find A Penny Pick It Up...

Remember as a child the excitement you had when you found a penny on the ground? Remember how we would save money to buy the things that we wanted?

Yesterday, I saw a little three year old girl pick up a shiny penny and then lift it into the air in triumph to show her Mother her prize.

Today, we see a nickel on the ground and could not be bothered to pick it up.

I have a friend who would sort through her change and throw her pennies into the garbage. That is quite a difference.

My daughter started to picking up change a few months ago. Anything, pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters. She already has 20 dollars!

We should all have more enthusiasm in finding money and not just spending it. Even Jesus told Peter to get a coin from the mouth of a fish to pay his taxes. Now that is creative!

With the new year coming, I would like to put more of an effort to be more childlike concerning money. Childlike in my enthusiasm, not immature in handling it.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005

If All Else Fails, Laugh!

An elderly gentleman approached me today. At first, he was staring at me with real wide eyes. Then he covered his mouth with his hand in shock.

Then his expression changed into laughter, and he whispered, "Would you believe I thought you weren't wearing pants?"

I look down at my pants, and they are a rust color. He mistakenly thought the color was skin! How funny was that?

Oh, to get old and have your vision start to fail. If you can laugh about it, I'm sure that helps.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Lengths I Will Go To Annoy My Mother

After I dropped out of college the first time, I decided to move to Italy.
Rome, Italy to be exact.

At first I got completely grossed out by the women not shaving their underarms. After a few months I had gotten quite used to it.

I later tired of not being able to leave the apartment. I would run through the streets trying to exscape the Italian boys chasing me. They would stalk me and follow me wherever I went.

A few months of that and I decided it was time to go home.

When I got home, I thought it would be fun to gross out the Americans so I stopped shaving my underarms.

Hey, if the Italian women could do it, so could I!

It didn't last very long, but it was so much fun to lift my arms in front of my mother. She would scream and chase me around the house with a razor. I would laugh and run and make her embarassed in front of her friends. A fate worse than death for my Mother.

Winter time came, and I was grossing myself out. It was time to tame the beast that was my underarms.

I never did find another way to get under my Mothers skin that was so effective. It sure was fun while it lasted.
Monday, December 12, 2005

Have a Very Merry Holiday?

That just sounds stupid. I know I defended the President and his Christmas Card this year. Maybe I jumped too quickly.

This "Politically Correct" rubbish is grating on my nerves and it's only December 12.

There really is no romance to "Have a Merry Holiday!" Christmas is what sparks joy in my heart.

I don't mind "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings". But Merry Holidays is just trying too hard. It's like how a straight laced business man trying to use slang would sound! Not cool.

My List of Non-Politically Correct Season Greetings:

Happy Hanukkah
Merry Christmas
Happy Kwanzaa
Feliz Navidad
Mele Kalikimaka

And any other type of Holiday Greeting that people say from their hearts.

What I want for Christmas is for people to use whatever holiday greeting they choose freely, and not to be scared of offending anyone.

OK? Thanks.

Merry Christmas!

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Jessica Simpson Single in The City?

Jessica Simpson is said to be "considering" doing another Reality TV Show. (source)

At the moment she is apartment hunting in New York City according to Life & Style Magazine.

In the first clear sign that Jessica Simpson is moving on since she announced her split from hubby Nick Lachey, Life & Style can exclusively report that the blond sensation is house-hunting in New York City!

I think it's a great idea. Having a Television Crew following her around should actually be comforting for her. It's familiar, especially if she is on the other side of the country.

Not only that, it should keep her out of trouble. She will think twice before she does something stupid. Well, she will say something stupid, but that's her charm.

The only question I have is, will she be as charismatic without Nick?

I hope Jessica says "yes" to the reality show. Then, we can all find out if the magic was Jessica, or if it was Nick & Jessica.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hawaii Vs. Pennsylvania

I don't talk about Hawaii too much. It makes me homesick. Today I was listening to Mele Kalikimaka, and now I cannot stop thinking about my Island home.

In Hawaii, I managed an Internet Cafe & Online Tour Company. It was great, my job was to sell tours and work the Internet Cafe. I was online constantly.

In order to sell tours, I had to go on them all to try them out first. The pay was junk, but the perks were to die for.

I had to go to all the islands on luau's, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, and many other activities.

I have to go get a tissue now to dry my eyes.

I met my fiance in Hawaii. The Company I was working for, is based in a Hotel Lobby. Fredi was on the crew that came in to do the Hotel Remodelations.

People always say that he must really love me to have moved to Pennsylvania from Hawaii. He was excited about moving to PA at first, he saw snow for the first time. The excitement dwindled after only a few days.

The biggest difference between Pennsylvania and Hawaii is how fast time flies here. Whoosh! Just like that.

In Hawaii, people relax and enjoy themselves. Well, not the chronic's, but that is another story.

Chronics - crystal Meth Addicts. Probably one quarter of the population of Oahu.

As soon as you get off the plane you can feel the difference. In Hawaii, you get off the plane, you feel the Aloha and the positive energy. In Pennsylvania, you get either a slap of humidity in the face or a slap of cold air depending on the time of year. Whoosh! You immediately need to pick up the pace.

On the drive home from the airport in Hawaii, someone will surely give you a Shaka (Hang Loose) sign.

On the drive home from the airport in Pennsylvania, someone will surely give you the finger.

When I am surfing, I start to really feel the rhythm of the ocean. My theory is, water is magnetic, you start to roll like the waves. Relaxation is in those waves. The ocean is your morning ritual.

In Pennsylvania, my morning ritual consists of reading my Bible, and drinking hot tea to try and prepare myself for the busy day ahead.

One day I will move back to Hawaii. Until then, I may not love the place where I am, but I am surrounded by people that I love.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

How Was Your Day?

How much snow did you get today?

Here, we got about seven inches of snow.

Most messed up thing you did today:

Here is what I did:
Fredi dug my car out of the snow for me for a half an hour, then I waved good-bye to him after his car went sideways and he got stuck in the snow.

I have a sprained neck and shoulder, so I couldn't help him anyway. Why should we both be late for work?

The neighbor boys dug him out, so it was all good.

Best thing that happened all day?

I made more sales today than I made all of last month.

The most exciting and sad thing you saw today?

I watched two police officers and two security men wrestle a man to the ground and then slapped cuffs on him. They were yelling at him to "freeze!"

He wouldn't listen. That was when they wrestled him to the ground. The police were telling him to put his hands behind his back, he wouldn't listen. They really roughed him up.

As it turns out, he was deaf.

That was my day today. How was your day?
Thursday, December 08, 2005

Complicated? No, It's The Simple Life

Now neither Nicole or Paris is engaged. Nicole Richie and DJ AM announced their split.

On the next season of The Simple Life to be aired on E!, Nicole and Paris will be learning how to become domestic by playing the wife to a ready made family. A la Trading Spouses.

Now that they have dumped each other, their fiances, and been dumped by Fox I think a much better plot would be...

To help people dump best friends, boyfriends, parents, and fiances. They could help people have a "Simple Life" by getting rid of wrong complicated relationships.

E! call me, we can talk.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

What Would Jesus Do?

I know there are a lot of Christians outraged at George and Laura Bush's Christmas Card this year.

I too am a Christian, so I'd like to set the record straight. I am in no way offended by the Whitehouse Christmas Card. The card this year has a more somber tone. Well, we are at war people.

The scripture inside, Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
In Him my heart trusts;
So I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to Him.

I think it's beautiful. I never "X" Christ out of Christmas. OK, so the President said "Holiday Season" instead of "Christmas". Personally, I didn't mind.

I celebrate Jesus every day of the year. Besides, He was born in October.

We need to spend our time acting the way Jesus would. Pick your battles.

Where were those outraged Christians when the Ten Commandments were taken out of our public schools?

The passion is there, but instead of flinging mud at your fellow Christians, get into the trenches and fight the real fight. The one for our Children. Leave the President alone, he has a war to fight.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The REAL revenge of the Nerds

"Back in the Day" nerds or geeks wore pocket protectors and played with computers. They lived a sedentary computer and gadget lifestyle. All the "cool" people played sports and made fun of the "geeks" or "nerds".

The "geeks" spent a lot of time in front of a computer, mostly solitary with the exception of their other computer geek friends.

Times sure have changed. Geeks like Bill Gates rule the world. They make the money, and they can get any woman they want. Unlike Wyatt and Gary from the movie Wierd Science who had to create a woman.

I used to be one of the cool people. Socializing, playing sports, and not spending much time indoors. Now, I have become more like the nerds spending most of my free time in front of a computer. I too have become more sedentary.

Today, all the "cool" people are the computer savvy. A lot of people spend time on forums and in chat rooms. The nerds planned their revenge well, they made the "geek lifestyle" mainstream.
Sunday, December 04, 2005

Suicide or Murder? You Decide.

I just read an article in the New York Post about Lee Yoon-hyung.

She was a South Korean Samsung Heiress studying at New York University in NYC.

Her ex-boyfriend found her body dangling behind a door in her New York apartment by an electrical cord.

At first her death was reported as a car accident by a Samsung spokesman. But then, the reporters found no record of a car accident involving Lee Yoon-hyung in the New York City Area.

They the "truth" was revealed that it was a suicide. I just don't buy this. The Heiress' father is Samsung Chairman and CEO, Lee Kun-hee. Lee Yoon-hyung's shares in Samsung alone are reportedly worth 191 million.

Sure, her fathers health is ailing (he is said to be suffering from Cancer), and her boyfriend had broken up with her.


This girl had so much to live for. Do you think at 26 years old she would end her own life over a guy?

She was beautiful, famous, and studying over seas in New York City. She was a real go getter. Not wanting to be known for her families accomplishments. She wanted to make her own name for herself.

Sure her heart was broken by her ex-boyfriend. The same one ex-boyfriend that found her dead. Lee Yoon-hyung's parents disapproved of the relationship because he was "middle class". Why did he let himself into her apartment if they were no longer together?

Ruling it so quickly as a suicide does not sit well with me. Something is wrong with this story. I'm sure there could be numerous suspects. Murder I can believe, suicide I just do not believe.

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Kimora Lee Simmons Says "Think Big"

Last night I was watching 20/20. They were showcasing The New Rich. Hip-Hop Mogul Kimora Lee Simmons was one of the featured entrepreneurs.

As soon as I heard her start to talk, I grabbed my notebook. Her first tip was "Think Big". So far so good. I like that.

Then when she called Baby Phat an "Aspirational Lifestyle Brand" I saw her vision. That is a new phrase for me. Baby Phat products are affordable symbols of success and aspiration.

Even if Baby Phat customers have to scrape together money to buy one of her products they get a piece of the excessive life she leads.

Kimora also said something I liked, "for now". Meaning if that was all her customers could afford, it is only for now. She wants women to do well in business and to aspire live the good life.

She said that when a customer buys her product it satiates her hunger for the glamorous excessive lifestyle.

Find a need and satisfy it. That is a basic business strategy. That basic strategy makes her millions of dollars.

The last and most important thing I have in my notebook is, Kimora said the secret to wealth is to give. She strongly believes the more you give the more you get.

If you are a good steward over a little money, you can prove yourself worthy of a lot of money.

How much good can we do if we are not extremely wealthy? Don't get me wrong, even giving one dollar can help. But, imagine what we could do if we are like Kimora Lee Simmons and Think Big!

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Take this job and shove it!

I was a college dropout. I decided to pick up some extra cash waitressing while I was starting a new business.

The waitress deal was working out quite nicely. The Couple that owned the restaurant treated me very well. I became friends with their daughter. We were close to the same age. We hung out all the time.

One day when I was at work, her Dad (my boss) asked me to show him my horse. He said I could stay on the clock, and he loved horses and it was his dream to ride one. I asked if his daughter was coming. He said she was busy.

At this point I didn't think too much of it. We went to the farm, I showed him the horse and then we headed back to the restaurant.

On the way back to the restaurant, he propositioned me. If I would have an affair with him, he would pay me.

Let me tell you, I was ready to jump out of a moving vehicle. I reached for the door handle and said "You're married! I teach Sunday School! I don't even say curse words. Let me out of here!"

He apologised and stopped the car. I jumped out and ran back to the restaurant. I was so upset. I was planning on quitting that stupid job.

I went home to try and tell my Dad what happened. I figured my Dad would pay my boss a visit. You know, maybe fit him in some cement shoes or something.

Here is how the conversation went with my Dad:

Me: "Dad, I have to quit my job."

Dad: "Why?"

Me: "My boss came on to me, and wanted to cheat on his wife with me." (I'm bracing for the yelling.)

Dad: "Oh grow up! That's life. Don't quit your job over something so stupid!"

I just stood there in shock. I got a two fold education that day.

There are dirty old men in this world, and Dads just don't understand.
Thursday, December 01, 2005

If you don't blog, maybe you should.

I love being a blogger. You have a platform. You can call out people on their behavior. Maybe, even in front of an audience.

So many times, we suffer in silence. Unable to say a word.

Or, maybe something so terrific has happened, and there is no one to tell.

At least here, in the blogosphere we can publish our own thoughts and possibly learn something about ourselves in the process.

There is a fine line between being able to work through "issues" and actually making yourself more vulnerable through blogging.

I try and look at situations that actually hurt in one way or another, and find the humor in them.

Not all things are bad of course. A lot of really good things happen as well. Blogging is a way to grow, as a writer and as person.

I have always kept a diary. Ever since I was eight. So believe me when I say it is much better to be able to cut and paste than to write your little heart out only on paper. Now, I do both.

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