Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I'm Going Back To Cali....To Cali.....To Cali....

Hopefully people will understand where I got the title for this posting. If you're clueless just say so and an explanation will be provided.

Ok....I'm back in Dallas doing the same 'ol same 'ol after a rather lenghty trip to L.A. and San Francisco. Being there for 10 days made me want to NOT come back to Texas. I realized how uptight and conservative Texas is even though this state has 3 of the nations 10 biggest cities. People in California just seem to be a bit more relaxed and accepting. I encountered every ethnicity I could think of and it was so cool to just be able to hear all these different languages around me. Do we have that here in Texas? Nope!

The weather there is wonderful. My skin has never felt better and my hair was so manageable! It sucked getting off the plane at D/FW and just feeling the heat hit me. UGH!

I've had a number of people ask me a number of times to move to California and I always turned down the offer. Now I'm going to make it a priority!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

O The Places You'll Go!

Anyone ever click on that tab in the upper right hand corner that says "next blog?" It sits there quietly minding it's own business never to bother. I decided to click on it to see what happens. I've come across blogs from all over the world! Granted alot I can't read because they are in a different language but the ones in english have kept me entertained when I'm at work bored with not much to do.

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that will sometimes write about absolutely nothing relevant!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I Bought It Because I Don't Need It.

Before coming into work I was pumping some gas. I don't bother looking for the cheapest price because now I really don't see a difference between paying $2.54 a gallon vs $2.59.

As I'm standing outside of my car I began to look around and noticed something. I noticed the guy at the pump in front of me was in a brand new Hummer (it still had the temporary plate on it). A few pumps over there was another guy filling up his Escalade and a woman putting gas in her Expedition. Then it hit me....

It hit me that we have no one to blame but ourselves for what we are paying to fuel up our vehicles. After seeing these people I got upset then I became disgusted. It was then that I realized that we are a nation obsessed with excess. Is there really any need to have vehicles THIS large? We use 25% of the world's oil making us the country with the largest consumption and yet there are people out there buying Hummer's and other large SUV's.

So I guess we can cry all we want, but it's not going to do any good. Who's to blame? I think we are!

Friday, August 12, 2005

....And The Horse You Rode In On.

Terror alerts have been issued to New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The government has issued these because of the possibility that Al-Qaeda cells may use fuel tanks to target them. Yet they cannot confirm the authenticity of the intel. Then why even issue them???

Speaking of L.A., has anyone seen the movie "Constantine" starring the incredibly talented Keanu Reeves? Notice how the images of hell look just like the city?? Hmmm.....

On another note I've noticed that I've been getting random people commenting on some of my postings, some of which are anonymous. Am I that intriguing that these folks feel compelled to comment?? I don't mind the comments even though some of them are anonymous. That was until I came across the comments on my random posting on 5/25.

In a nutshell, I wrote about the radio staion 106.7 and it's promo ("Where Latino's Live") and a song entitled "Latino's Stand Up." I said that I hate the promo and hate the song. Someone commented and proceeded to rip me by saying that I'm trashing Latino's, I'm a disgrace, that I have no right to use the word Mexican in my profile and that the word Chicano best suits me. I have since then deleted those comments.

Hopefully this person will come across my blog again and read this post. This is what I have to say to you Mr. (or Mrs.) Anonymous - Fuck you and the big ass chip on your shoulder. I don't know where you got the idea that I was trashing Latinos to begin with. I said I hate the PROMO. I hate the way the girl sounds. And as for the song....it still sucks and always will.

Now onto the comment about how I shouldn't even use the word Mexican and instead use the word Chicano in my profiile. First of all this is Texas and I've lived here for 10 years. In the 10 years that I've lived here I have never come across a fellow brown person who has used Chicano to describe themselves. Perhaps if this was California it might be different. But I digress....everyone that I know and have encountered in this state has used 1 of the following 3 terms to describe their ethnicity/race: Mexican, Hispanic, or Latino.

So because of Mr. (or Mrs.) Anonymous Douche Bag I have changed my settings and will no longer be accepting anonymous comments. This is my space.....my space to put down my thoughts and ideas. I am the king when it comes to my blog and will banish you from my kingdom without hesitation!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Get Yer Head Outta Yer Ass!

In today's edition of the Dallas Morning News there is a story about Texas now being the 4th state where Whites are the minority and Hispanics have become the majority. I read this on the website and found it interesting. What I found even more interesting was the section where you can put comments on the story. Some of what I read completely floored me. I can't believe some of the idiotic things that were written.

One person had the audacity to say that Texas is pretty much being given back to Mexico even after our forefathers fought hard to free the state from Mexico. "Free" the state?? What?? Am I missing something?? Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Texas pretty much invaded and taken from Mexico?? How is that considered being freed? Texas (along with New Mexico and Arizona) was taken as a part of plan to have the U.S. span "from sea to shining sea." Is this ideaology of being "freed" thought of in the same manner when these "forefathers" landed on Plymouth Rock and proceeded to pilage and slaughter the Indians then force them onto reservations all while taking their land?

But don't get me wrong. I'm not bashing the U.S. or anything as I do believe that this is a wonderful country. But I get so irritated when people completely disregard how the U.S. came to be.

Another person wanted to know that since he is now considered the minority if he can have all the benefits that non-whites get (i.e. affirmative action). Hmmm.....you've had the advantage for, what........500+ years? And now that you are less than 50% of the population you automatically want these advantages? How about waiting 500+ years to gain them? How about being made to feel inferior because of the color of your skin? How about being paid less and forced to work as domestic help or not being able to go to college because it's financially out of your reach? How about being forced into slavery? How bout being forced to ride in the back of buses and having to use completely seperate public facilities? Only after you have endured what people of color have had to overcome to become somewhat equal today can you be extended such "advantages." I say "somewhat equal" because if every one was considered to be on the same level there would be no need for things such as affirmative action.

People of color have had to fight for a very, very long time to get to where we are today. Because let's face it folks....no matter how far we think we've come there are still those who feel that being Hispanic, Black, Asian, etc. is not as good.

I'll get off my soap box now! :-P

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

This ATM has a $2.50 Transaction Fee. Would You Like To Continue?

It's 5:00 AM and I'm wide awake. I don't have to be up until 7:30 but I just can't go back to sleep. So I'm just sitting here doodling on the computer trying to figure some things out. I have decided on one thing though....

I am through helping people out with money. DONE!!!! I always feel bad when someone comes to me needing help. I automatically feel I should help them out and so I do. The only problem is that I have yet to see any of that be returned. I am owed so much that it makes me cringe when I think about it. I do it because I end up feeling guilty if I say no.

Now I'm wondering "Am I ever going to see any of this again??"

Monday, August 08, 2005

Got Gas?

Am I the only one who has had it with the ridiculous price of gas?? I swear I'm going to have to get a part-time job just to fill up my tank!!! I remember when I first moved to DFW in 1995 (yeah I know I am yet again showing my age) gas was ยข.89. I could fill up with less than $10. Now it's $2.45!!!!!

I think the days of gas being under $2 a gallon are long gone and will never come back.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

A Whole Lotta Sissies.

On Friday I went with Gary to see "Southern Baptist Sissies" which was presented by the Uptown Players. It was a good play mixing both humor with the heaviness of homosexuality and religion. It's based on Del Shore's experiences growing up in Texas so it's kinda auto-biographical.

It was interesting to sit there and hear people sniffle and get teary eyed during some scenes. It was obvious that this hit home with some members of the audience. While I did think it was moving, it didn't move me in the way it did for other people watching it. I think alot of it has to do with the fact that I was able to separate my spirituality from my sexuality early on in life. It was obvious that some were conflicted when they were younger about who they were and accepting themselves.

I'm just glad that I have strong sense of who I am and am able to be happy with myself and my life. Hopefully one day American society will be able to allow everyone to be who they are without the fear of humiliation and rejection. Yeah I know.....wishful thinking!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Calgon.....Take Me Away.

For the second time someone has asked me "What the hell is a Calgon commercial???" due to the Heaven-sent Mariah mentioning this in her new song "Shake It Off."

Now I'm either showing my age or just plain have alot of useless information stuck in my brain. Am I the only one who remember's these commercials? Come on now!