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Hello everybody! I’ve been absent from my blog for some time now. Once I got back from vacation I didn’t have much motivation for new material. I was writing articles for TheCelebrityCafe and Sportsrageous and I neglected my own readers! (Hi, Ben). Anyways, I hope to start back up shortly. I’ve had some ideas for posts, yet I never motivated myself to write them. SO, hopefully this post will start an avalanche of new material to come. If not, enjoy some Random Things. . .
 

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Back from South Carolina!

Waddup all!?

 

I’m officially back from Myrtle Beach, SC and I’m here to share my vacation with you. I have pictures for you to see and updates for you to hear.

 

I had a very relaxing time on the beach and with my dad’s side of the family. There wasn’t many downsides to my trip, other than I couldn’t meet up with my long lost friend, Ben Harmelin. He stayed in Wilmington, NC, which as I found out, was only an hour and a half away from me. Some of you might know Ben from his blog. Speaking of, any updates coming, ole friend?

 

Aside from missing out on a fun time, I had a fun time and I have pictures to show you. But first I want to tell you a little about what I plan on doing now that I’m back.

 

I feel like this trip has helped me to get some things together. Such as:

  • Eating better.
  • Working out.
  • Applying for JOBS on JOBS on JOBS.
  • Waking up earlier.
  • Getting ready for summer?

I’ve been needing to be healthier for awhile and I’m very motivated now that I’m back from vacation. I’ve already gone grocery shopping, so I can stop eating fast food. I’ve bought a membership to a gym for $116.59, so I can work out for 6 months straight! I’ve been waking up before 11am each day, and many of you know this might be hard for me. Plus I’ve been getting in more applications for jobs. However, I’ve only been back for 3 days and summer is coming up. I hope to continue this streak of creating a healthier lifestyle for myself for months to come.

 

Anyways, enough of the boring stuff. I’m back home, back to the grind (easiest grind ever, am I right?!), and back to blogging. So without further ado, let’s look at some pictures from my trip!

P.S. All photos were taken from my Iphone 4s.

P.P.S Click on any picture to enlarge!

 

Friends, Womens, Country Fans, lend me your ears! (I’m 98% positive that’s a real saying) I will be departing tomorrow for Spring Break 2012 ROUND TWO! However, this time I will be headed south, way south. In fact, I will be going all the way from North Carolina (SB #1) to SOUTH Carolina; I’ve heard it’s quite a hike.

Anyways, I’m going to the infamous Myrtle Beach with my family minus my mother (I’ll miss you, mom!). I’ll be gone for about 6 days, from this Wednesday (4/4) to next Tuesday (4/not 4). We will be there with most of my dad’s side of the family, so it should be a good time!

 

Now if you guys aren’t familiar with Myrtle Beach, let me familiarize you. Let’s look at some facts:

  • Myrtle Beach is in north(ern) South Carolina, so essentially you get all the Carolina’s have to offer.
  • It’s the oldest vacation spot around. I mean, I’ve been going there since I was THREE. I know, crazy.
  • It has more miniature golf and putt putt courses than the moon.
  • Dr. Suess’ Yertle the Turtle was based off Myrtle Beach. They couldn’t use “Myrtle” because it was copyrighted by The Beach.
  • Both Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter series) and Myrtle Wilson (The Great Gatsby) were born in AND named after Myrtle Beach.
  • Myrtle Beach is often abbreviated BAMF. This, obviously, stands for Best American Myrtle Foundation.
Those are the most commonly known facts about Myrtle Beach, and now that you’re caught up, I shall continue. . .

That said, I’m done.

In summary, I’m going on a family vacation to Myrtle Beach for about 6 days. It should be fun. I’ve been going there for awhile, so I know what to expect! I will post pictures from my trip, as I did after my famed return from Spring Break 2012 round one — North Carolina.

Finally, let me leave you with some pictures of BAMF.

Back from North Carolina!

HELLO EVERYONE!!! I’M BACK!!!! 

I’ve missed you all dearly and cannot wait to start posting again. I was gone for a little over a week, as I stayed with two of my friends in Beaufort, NC. While I was there I got to see a lot of what the NC beaches had to offer. I mentioned some places I’d be visiting in my last post and I can gladly say I visited most of them and more. Here are some notable places I went:

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Fort Macon State Park
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ocracoke Island
  • Hatteras
  • OBX

With that said, I’d like to post a bunch of pictures from my trip below. Take a look and tell me what you think!

P.S. If you compare some pictures I took, to the pictures of places I intended to visit; you’ll notice some similarities!

P.P.S. Click on any of the photos in the gallery to enlarge and scroll through.

P.P.P.S. All photos were taken on my Iphone 4s.

 

Spring Break — North Carolina

I’m sorry to disappoint all my avid followers, but I will be going on Spring Break this coming week. Therefore, my blog will most likely be lacking new material. I’m headed to Beaufort, North Carolina with a couple friends of mine. I’ve never been there before, but it should be a good time! It’s right on the beach and it’s about an hour away from the famous, possibly infamous? OBX AKA The Outer Banks. It’s also close to:

  • Rachel Carson National Estuarine Sanctuary
  • Fort Macon State Park
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore

So I’m hoping we get to check those places out!

If I do blog while I’m gone, it will either be run-of-the-mill entries during down time OR I will try and set up some photo blog posts. I was thinking of posting a bunch of pictures from my trip with a little description. Anyways, I’ll attempt to keep everyone updated! In the meantime, here are some pictures of where I’m going…

Kony 2012

So the other day (3/6/2012) I was told by a couple of friends to watch this video about Joseph Kony. I knew nothing about him, although I had briefly heard of Invisible Children. Here is what I saw:

Now, this video is going around Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube like crazy. Everyone’s watching and sharing it to help the cause. I just have one question for everyone… Why?

Now don’t get me wrong, this guy sucks, in fact he might be the worst guy. However, I have a few problems with the video.

Upon my first time seeing the video, these were my thoughts:

  • Why is this guy using his kid so much? It’s kind of cheesy and doesn’t really convey any thing of importance.
  • Then I thought… All documentaries are skewed to get people involved and make them feel for the victims…
  • If this guys is already on the run, why would we need mass awareness now?

I kept thinking about the video for awhile. I really didn’t like his use of his kid. I mean, “We get it, you love your kid, but who doesn’t?” I thought it was a rather corny, and a shallow way to get people to be aware of Kony. However, that’s besides the point. Ultimately, I was moved by the movie, as everyone else.

I wanted to help out. This documentary was definitely well produced. Furthremore, the use of Facebook and timeline made it appealing to a younger audience. Who could resist wanting to help out? That’s when I decided, “Hey I’ll get the action kit.”

Now the video gives you three ways to help out: sign the petition, get the action kid, and donate. I immediately signed the petition and wanted to get the action kit… I figured I’d donate later, as I didn’t really know exactly what I was donating to. Anyways, I went to get the action kit and I realized it costs money… $30! So I figured, maybe I’ll get the bracelet, but that was still $5.

At this point I was wondering, “If they want to spread awareness so bad, and they’re a non-profit, why aren’t they just giving this stuff away? Or at least selling it cheaper.” For example, Live-strong bracelets were what? One dollar? That’s low enough that you can buy one and go about your day without thinking about it. But $30 for this Action Kit that’s a commitment. Needless to say, I didn’t end up getting anything.

However, I did want to do some more research, so I stumbled across some articles:

http://guyism.com/lifestyle/advice/kony-2012-viral-video-scam.html

http://thedailywh.at/2012/03/07/on-kony-2012-2/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-what-s-the-story?newsfeed=true

http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/

Basically, these articles all point out flaws/shortcomings of the Invisible Children foundation.

  • Only 32% of their income goes directly to the children in need.
  • Their footage from the KONY 2012 video was shot back in 2003.
  • Kony hasn’t been active in Uganda since 2006.
  • Kony is on the run, much like Bin Laden/Hussein, and could even be dead by now.
  • They are helping the military and banking on them to solve the problems.
  • The LRA and Ugandan situation is way more complicated than we realize. It’s not so straightforward.

Upon reading this I was little down on KONY 2012. Yet, as I wrote this article, some of my questions seemed to be answered.

Invisible Children released answers to their critiques, from financial concerns, to their information being out of date. All of that can be seen here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html

For the most part, this cleared up my worries. But I still wonder if KONY 2012 is the right way to go about it.

  • Since no more than 40% of their money goes to help the kids, why would I buy a $30 Action Kit?
  • Awareness is already spreading like wildfire due to Fbook, Twitter, Youtube, ect, shouldn’t we focus on something else?
  • It seems that Uganda is very much in control of this situation, and has dealt with it for years; Perhaps, Joesph Kony is only a small part of the situation?
  • Bin Laden and Hussein were put on the back-burner in most people’s minds, when they were on the run and hiding. Why is this awareness so important for Joseph Kony?
  • There have been a number of people in Uganda that disagree with this movement. Shouldn’t we hear what they have to say on the matter? It’s their country… 

In conclusion, I think awareness about Kony is good, but the Kony 2012 campaign might not be the best way to solve the problem. This leads people to support something they don’t fully understand. There is something to be said about that kind of ignorance. We all watched a 25 minute video and now we are doing everything it said. I say we educate ourselves first, then help educate others. That way we will all know what is really going on and we’ll make the most informed opinion. This should lead us to help out in the best way possible. Joseph Kony is an evil man, yet maybe it’s not Ugandans that we should be worrying about helping. I leave you with one final article… It basically says Ugandans have been safe and LRA/Kony free for over 5 years and more military action is not the right way to help; Kony 2012 doesn’t convey this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9131469/Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film.html

Random Day, Random Things

So while I couldn’t sleep last night, I thought up this idea for a blog post. One (random) day each week, I’ll post at least three random things, such as pictures, videos, poll, etc. It should be a fun and entertaining blog post. Everyone can enjoy it and the idea is pretty straight forward. So let me get right to it:

RANDOM PICTURE:

RANDOM VIDEO:

RANDOM ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT QUOTE:

Lindsay: You know, maybe if you stopped judging her, he’d trust you. Look, if you say no, you’re just going to drive him right to her.
George Michael: Hey, Dad, can you drive me to Ann’s?
Michael: Nnnn… Y-Y-Y-Y-Yes.
George Michael: Great. I’ll wait in the car.
Michael: I don’t think that worked.

 

RANDOM QUESTION:

So there’s my first random things post, let me know if you like it!

P.S. That poll is a serious question I’ve been thinking about, I don’t get why anyone uses the fan while they take showers… Do people hate foggy mirrors that much?!

Music Reviews

So I realized I haven’t talked a lot about music in my blog thus far. Music is a big part of my life and I’ve decided I need to talk more about it!

My other blog, that I attempted to keep up with a couple years ago and didn’t, had about half of it’s articles on album reviews. I decided I’m gonna start writing them more. My Bold Statements article and my article on Why I’m not watching the Grammys have been my only two involving music, but stay tuned for more!

For TheCelebrityCafe, I had to write up a review from an album, which I picked from a list they sent out. I picked Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles by Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. For the full review, go HERE.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more music!

The Sixers handle the Lakers at home, while Kobe makes history

I’ve been a big Sixers fan for awhile now, thanks to my boy Iverson. I’ll hopefully be able to write more about them and how I think there season will turn out.

For now here’s an article about their game last night. LOUUU goes off in the 4th to bury the Lakers! IT ROCKED.

So while I was absent, I was set up to write for Sportsrageous and TheCelebrityCafe. I will be writing about 5-10 articles a week and therefore, this blog might lack some original material, strictly for this site, that is. However, I will post all the stories I have written with links so you all can check them out.

Here is my first article for Sportsrageous:

Eli Manning takes home MVP honors in Super Bowl XLVI

Even though the Eagles should have been there instead, I wrote this article about the New York Giants. I guess all I can say is the NFC East IS THE TOUGHEST DIVISION IN FOOTBALL!