My dog Duke in a Bootleg-Low Budget “TheNeverEnding Story” remake…

I think it’s safe to say my dog isn’t always happy with me…

Love him though.


My Favorite Slang Words/Phrases Of 2010

As the year comes to a close I usually start trying to recap all the “Best” of everything I enjoy. Music, Television, Movies, all things that everyone who has a blog is guaranteed to make “Best” lists for.

With 2011 quickly approaching, I thought I’d do something a little bit different this time around. The idea for this blog post came to me when I was talking about my cousin Unique the other day. Unique is a funny girl who is also a gold mine of often hilarious catchphrases and new slang words.

Many of the words that she says in passing initially garner a look that says “OK… Good luck with your attempt to make that word happen!”, but then you gradually start to say these words.

In 2010 alone I think I have picked up more than 10 words from her. Because of this, I think it’s time I did a quick round up of My Favorite Slang Words Of 2010.

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The moment you realize you are friends with a “Well I had…”

We all love to go hang out for a night on the town. Who really doesn’t? Sure you can be hardcore and go out alone and see what the city has to offer you. I have seen plenty of people stand on lines for the club solo and party alone.

While that may be cool for a lot of people, the rest of us are admittedly co-dependent. So of course we hang out with a group of friends. A night out with good friends makes for great times, (usually).

But all the fun changes when you come to the realization that you are friends with what I like to call a “Well I Had…”

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Another Reason I Sometimes Dislike My Brother: “We Rule”

I love my brother very much. But that doesn’t mean I always like him. Ever since he joined the iPhone Army, he has been an App Downloading Fanatic. I always hear his phone buzzing and making strange noises and I prefer staying in the dark as to what new game he is obsessed with. But he kept inviting me to play a game called “We Rule”. I resisted for weeks, but I finally got caught into the game and downloaded it.

What happened?

I naturally became obsessed.

Here is a bit about the game from a review online:

And here is my “We Rule” kingdom:

Yup I’m OD’ing. I pretty much left my habit of obsessively playing FarmVille in favor of building a kingdom on “We Rule”.

It’s unhealthy for sure. And I am probably going to revert back to using my old Motorola Flip Phone in a few years to aid in my weaning off these games. But for now, I’m down with another time sucking App thanks to my brother.

How do you detox from a bad end of a friendship?

Many friendships form between certain people due to the circumstances surrounding them. It could be a mutual hatred for a job,  a shared dislike of someone’s attitude, or a shared joy of certain hobbies or interests. In my life I am extremely lucky to have been able to form bonds with a lot of people. Obviously, many bonds are stronger than others. Overall I am grateful for anyone who takes the time to invest in a friendship with me. Life is such a short stream of consciousness that anyone who comes into your life to enhance the experience for the better is a welcome addition.

We all make certain types of friends. There are casual friends that we don’t speak to for months but when we happen to see each other, we simply pick up where we left off. There are work friends who we do everything with during the week, yet don’t talk to on Saturday and Sunday. And there are our closest friends who would probably hide a body for us no questions asked.

Then we have those friends who we keep around because we remember good times we had previously.

In my year of forward change, I have learned quickly that maintaining a friendship that is barely chugging along on the fumes of nostalgia is just no good for you. So what happens when a friendship with that person ends badly?

Do you retaliate against their negativity? How do you move on?

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I suck at flirting, and I’m awful at taking compliments…

In an attempt to make my blog more personal and less about news you can find elsewhere, I think it’s time I started opening up about my life experiences. When I started blogging a few years ago, it was just me making observations on my Myspace page. And suddenly I began to notice that a lot of people were actually reading what I had to say.

Empowered by this admitted ego boost, I migrated to WordPress where for a while I had a pretty good run of continuous blogging and constant updating. But then life got in the way. And when it did, I just lost all desire to write on here.

But then it dawned on me. The reason I didn’t enjoy it was because my blog had morphed into a place that was rarely about my personal experiences.

So here I am today. Talking about something that I noticed about myself today.

I fucking suck at flirting, and I am awful at taking compliments…

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Annoying Commercials… That Should Be Brought Back??

Back in the day when I worked after school at The Gap was a fun time in my life. I met a lot of good people there. Made good money for a 16 year old. Had fun. And enjoyed a pretty good discount.

I remember looking like the people in the commercials below because basically I bought everything on the Men’s side of the store.

Which brings me to the topic of this blog post. Remember when The Gap commercials were good?  Sure after the 900th time of seeing heroin addicted models in leather pants singing Depeche Mode can grate your nerves. But they did their job. You noticed them. And so what about the communist undertones “EVERYONE IN LEATHER” “EVERYONE IN CORDS”. It was like crazy capitalist mind control and it worked.

The Gap should really bring them back for their Fall campaign. Why waste money in a terrible economy when you can repackage something that worked from the past?



Do you remember these commercials? If so did you enjoy them?

By the way, they can leave “EVERYBODY IN VESTS” out… I hated that commercial. But it’s mainly saved by the wimpy guy in the middle that tries to OD and freak it on his one line of singing “In my love!” with mad attitude.

It happens around the 14 second mark.

My Grandmother Has Sadly Passed Away….


Rest In Peace Dalila Rodriguez

Beloved Mother & Grandmother…

4-25-1938 – 12/18/2007


Worst Christmas Songs Ever?

We got a new tree today, so of course we decorated it. It’s a tradition every year. Joel and I assemble the tree while we watch my Mom dig through her bins of decorations and decorate the tree.

We pretty much leave the decorating to her because it’s an artform the way she does it. If it were up to us, we’d only decorate the parts of the tree that you can see.

Anyway, we played some holiday music on the Ipod, and then got into a conversation about the Most Annoying Christmas Songs ever. So naturally I caught a post traumatic stress flashback to the truly awful CD that played during my days working at The Gap 9 years ago. I worked there around the time they had the Donovan “Mellow Yellow”  & the Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” promos that played like crazy on TV.

So those two songs randomly played inbetween many Christmastime Classics.

The only annoying Christmas song I can recall is Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”. Sure the song is fine the first couple of times. But when you are “perfect folding” denim that has been ravaged by Tourists and Christmas Shoppers at 10:30 at night (and you have been working the floor since 1PM) the song makes you insane.

But if you ask Joel, he claims the title goes to Ashanti’s “Hey Santa” hands down. He had to endure that song over and over when he worked at JCrew a couple of years ago. So he went through the same experience I did, just years later. Poor guy.

Thankfully we have both moved on.

What are your picks for the Worst Christmas Songs Ever?


Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m not here to get into a debate about anyone’s true feelings about the “Thanksgiving” Holiday. I’m just here to wish you all a Happy Holiday whatever your feelings are.

This past week has been an exceptionally good week for my blog. My daily readership is growing and I am thankful.  

Take this day to spend time with your family members. In life we seem to take our family for granted. Sometimes we all think that nothing in life will change, and those we both count on and are used to having around will always be there. But this is not true.

So enjoy your day today with your loved ones and friends!


PS: Don’t forget to do cardio tomorrow for at least an hour to burn off any of that holiday excess 🙂