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Monday, April 30, 2012

SWEET REVENGE!


Yes, it's true! I'm back on home soil! Would you believe that the first story that I read in the paper is a tale of 'sweet' revenge? This story might be up there with that tattoo artist who tattooed a pile of crap on his cheating girlfriend's back. Its stories like this that make you realize that you never really know someone until things like this happen.

So, apparently, a dentist in Poland, who was dumped by her boyfriend, got payback by removing all of his teeth, leading his new girlfriend to break up with him, as well. Anna Mackowiak could face three years in jail after agreeing to treat her ex-boyfriend, Marek Olszewski, who asked her to help him with a toothache just days after he broke up with her. Mackowiak stated that she tried to be professional about the whole thing, and detach her real emotions, but when she saw him lying there, she couldn't help thinking, 'What a bastard!' She then gave Olszewski an absurd amount of anesthesia and vengefully plucked each one of his teeth out of his mouth one by one. She finished up the procedure by wrapping his jaw in bandages to prevent him from opening his mouth, and then she simply walked away.

Olszewski said that as he was coming to, he realized something was wrong when he couldn't feel his teeth and his jaw was strapped shut with bandages, but he didn't realize the horror of what had happened until he returned to his apartment. Olszewski, who will have to get implants, said that his new girlfriend couldn't handle being with a man with no teeth and dumped him.

What's not clear is if Olszewski was cheating on Mackowiak. What would cause her to be so spiteful to pull all of his teeth out? If she did this only days after he broke up with her, and he already had a new girlfriend, is it okay to suspect infidelity? Mackowiak is currently being investigated for malpractice. Here's another question, if you're other half was your dentist, and you just dumped them, would you really go back to them for treatment? I have to say, a pretty dumb move on Olszewski's part and I think he deserved what he got for being stupid!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

BUENOS AIRES BLOG 3

Okay, so we have about a day and a half left here in Buenos Aires, and it's been frigid down here. I thought we were down by the equator. Isn't it supposed to be warm? Anyway, my apologies for not blogging yesterday, but we headed to Uruguay via Ferry that left at 8 am. So I had no opportunity to blog about the day prior, which was actually a fun one because it started with a wine tasting, that set the tone for the rest of the day. Drunk Americans! We still have not visited the Cemetery of Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried, though we did try. They were closed by the time we got there, so we may try again today or tomorrow before we leave for the country side.
We left for Colonia, Uruguay yesterday morning before the sun rose, but no thanks to our concierge service, which was included in our apartment rental package. The one thing that I'm learning about Argentinians is that work is an option - not a necessity! We booked this trip twice and both times the concierge messed it up, so we took it upon ourselves to find our own way to Colonia, a beautiful colonial looking city that still has cobblestone streets. Some of the main attractions in this city were a lighthouse, which you can climb if you can brave the heights, and an abandoned bullfighting stadium, that had been closed for decades so nobody was allowed in. 

The ferry that we took to Uruguay was called Buquebus Travel, and was a huge Carnival Cruise-like ship that had these airplane seats in in for the passengers to lounge out in. Also aboard this one-hour cruise was a cafeteria with snacks. For 140 pesos, we upgraded to keep away from the steerage passengers and sat upstairs, where there was more room to relax. Upon arriving in Colonia, we chose to rent golf carts to get around the city. I kid you not, within 5 minutes of driving, our friends drove the cart into a ditch.  He fell out of the driver's seat and was all scratched up, and his girlfriend, who helped steer the vehicle out of the ditch while we pushed, drove straight into a park bench right in front of her. Historical Colonia at its best! I must've laughed for a good hour. 
When they finally figured out how to drive these things, we were off to see the sites! As I mentioned earlier, we stopped at an abandoned bull fighting ring that was fenced off, but the girl at Thrifty rentals told us that if you search, you'll find a hole in the fence, which we did, and we entered! Of course, you can't tell an American not to do something because 90% of the time, we'll do it anyway! The bullfighting ring was the highlight of the day for me. The echoes, the crumbling walls, and the eerie feeling of all the matadors who died where we stood was very interesting. Next we headed to the lighthouse, that many ships used to find their way to  Colonia. We were able to climb up to the top for 4.5 pesos (these people make will make a buck on tourists whenever they can - believe me). We braved the heights and headed up. Here is a pic of the lighthouse and the bull fighting stadium:


We're off to spend the day with our friend and his family in the countryside of Argentina! This should be pretty interesting. Hopefully, we run into some Gauchos!



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

BUENOS AIRES BLOG 2

Yesterday, we took a city bus tour of Buenos Aires. Yes, one of those double decker buses that we see all the time in NYC. It's the touristy thing to do, so we did it. I have to say that there is a lot of history in this city. Above is a pic of the Presidential Office, where Eva Peron and her husband have had many famous pictures taken. In fact, the 1996 Madonna film "Evita" was filmed here. It was some pretty interesting stuff, and this city is rich in culture. 

The bus tour took us on about 20 stops, where you can actually get off, and meet another bus an hour later since a new bus came every hour. The only problem about riding on the top of this double decker bus was that we were freezing our asses off because, as I found out when I arrived here on Saturday morning, it's the fall season down here in South America. Oh, well! So much for the shorts and swimming trunks that I packed for this whole week! I mean, it was frigid! I think my other half even caught a cold from yesterday's excursion. 
We made one stop in a town called Caminito by the river, which was a very artsy town, where artists were peddling their paintings on the street. There was some amazing art here, and obviously, we had to buy some to bring home. It was a nice little town set up to trap tourists with their gift shops lined up down its streets. The one thing that we've learned so far is that there seems to be no room for negotiation at these places like there were in Shanghai and Cancun. In fact, every time we tried, they would say "no" and walk away. I guess they didn't need our business that bad. 

We continued on our journey and waited for the bus tour to pick us up in the freezing cold for 45 minutes, which made me really happy that I paid 90 pesos per person for this trip. The couple that we're here with joked, "We're Americans, let us on first." That didn't get a good reception, but I laughed! Anyway, our trip ended early because we couldn't take the cold anymore, so we jumped off 5 stops early and took a cab back to our apartment.

As we prepared for dinner, our friends suggested going for sushi. My first thought was sushi in Argentina? Hmmmmm....I'm not sure about this, but he read that actor Benecio Del Toro frequents this restaurant, so how bad can it be? The name of the restaurant was Osaka, and there was not one Japanese or Asian for that matter behind the sushi bar. So, were were putting our Argentine sushi experience at the hands of the locals. Uh-oh! Needless to say, the appetizers were great, but the sushi was terrible! I had a sushi roll that had Parmesan cheese on top, so we asked about it and the waiter suggested that it was a fusion restaurant, so we joked a fusion with Japanese and Italian? What the hell? Thumbs down on this place!

We headed back to the apartment after we tried to hit a Hooka lounge which was closed. Our friend, who lives here in Buenos Aires, met us back here with his girlfriend, whom we met the night before. He introduced us to the country's tea they call mate. You put it in a small bowl with sugar and drink it from a straw. My first question was, "Does it get you high?" and they laughed at me and said "No". So, I asked what the point was. Either way, we had a lot of fun drinking this stuff, though I didn't drink that much, but my other half did. 

Today, we're off to the Recoleta Cemetery to see Eva Peron's grave site, do some wine tasting, and hit some museums. Oh, and I am so upset! We found out last night that the Rock 'N' Roll All-Stars were here in Buenos Aires. The RNR All-Stars consisted of members from Kiss, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, The Cult, and Alice In Chains. That would've been cool to see in another country. Oh well, off to our next excursions!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Buenos Aires Blog 1

Okay, now that I've settled in and grown accustomed, somewhat, to this South American lifestyle, I'm ready to come home! All kidding aside, I've only been here for a weekend, and already my wallet has taken a hit. To get around down here, our only means of transportation is by way of a Taxi, which is no walk in the park. These guys rip you off worse than any New York City cabbie. The driving down here is absolutely insane to a point where if you take a step into the street while the light is green, you're taking your life into your own hands because these cars, seriously aim for you. So, our only option is a taxi or a subway, which is more confusing than our subway system back home. 

Yesterday, we went to an open air street market in San Tealmo, and we walked away feeling more ripped off than we did when we were in Cancun last September. You try negotiating prices with these people, and they tell you "no" and walk away. Aren't supposed to be the ones saying "no" and walking away, while they beg for our business? Oh well, once again, we spent a fortune buying things from the natives.

Last night, we met some friends of ours, who used to live in the U.S., and while it was great to see them, we had already made plans to see a Tango show at a place called Cafe Tortino, so we asked him and his girlfriend to come a long. When we arrived at the Cafe, they wouldn't allow our friends in because we didn't buy a ticket for them earlier, so unfortunately they chose to wait an hour across the street for us to see this well-publicized Tango Extravaganza. What sham! We paid 100 pesos per person to see a small band on a small stage with 4 Tango dances. Once again, Argentina ripped us off! 

Then it was off to dinner at a restaurant called La Cabana with our friends in tow. Yes, it was 10 pm and we were heading to dinner. That is the standard time that South Americans eat dinner, and for us Northerners, it was a little weird. Well, La Cabana was a steakhouse, and wow! These were some gigantic pieces of meat. I ended up eating a 2 pound piece of prime rib! I was in heaven, but again, my wallet wasn't. Was it worth it? Yes!

Today, we're off to do a Buenos Aires City Tour. I'll be back tomorrow to blog some more of our adventures.

Friday, April 20, 2012

OUTSOURCING AMERICA

I need to apologize in advance for this tirade. I know that I've been writing about news stories, and the basis of this blog is just mindless ramblings of me. So here is one for you; one of our big problems today is our unemployment rate. Could the problem be blamed on the fact that our companies are outsourcing? Meaning, are they hiring in India to handle all of their customer service needs and paying them a lot less than the average American will make in that department? For example, I recently called Comcast because there was something wrong with our Internet. At first, I had to deal with an automated system, which is a whole other story. Then, when the automated system couldn't help me, I had to hold for the next available representative. Are you kidding me?

I finally get a representative, and the guy could not even speak English! The gentleman was clearly Hindu Indian. If he was Chinese or something, I would have been shocked! So, he was clearly Indian, and it's no secret they have strong accents. Why would you hire someone for customer service that the majority of your customers simply won't understand? I just don't get it. Customer service is about serving the customer, and not aggravating them because they can't understand a word they are saying. Then when you outsmart them, which I try not to do but I need because they are so cocky, they start stuttering and stammering. This is not someone that you want handling your customer service! Companies need to smarten up and hire unemployed Americans because trust me, you can get them cheap now too! At least, you can understand Americans, and it you screen them right, you can even find the smart ones. 

The automated operators are the worst too! Companies, I am sure, are spending top dollar to replace human reps with computerized ones. Is that right? I can't count how many times I got angry because I couldn't speak to a human. I've even caught myself saying, "What? Nobody wants to work anymore?" In some cases that may be true, but when you really need to talk to somebody they're never there anymore more because the automation has taken over. I mean, if you're checking your bank account or something, automation is fine, but when you’re calling about a service? Oh, my God! 

I guess what I'm saying, America, is that you have a high unemployment rate here at home. Quit the outsourcing and hire Americans to handle your phone customer service. The keyword here is "customer". If the customer is not happy, you will lose them and your front line of defense is your customer service, so I would think that would be most important! Just a thought!

I'm off to Argentina, so blogs may be scarce next week or you may get a blog everyday, almost like a diary of my trip! We'll see what kind of Internet service they have!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

DWAYNE WADE OF THE MIAMI HEAT TRYING TO SCORE IN NYC?

 
This past Sunday afternoon, the Miami Heat gave my New York Knicks a little bit of a beating at Madison Square Garden, but after the game it was what happened after the game that really intrigued me. The Heat's superstar shooting guard, Dwayne Wade, decided that he wanted to make the most of his beautiful Sunday afternoon in New York City. So, he decided to surprise four kids at Thompson Street Playground in Soho to play a quick pickup basketball game before he headed to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. God, I hate calling them that!

Anyway, the four kids were on the basketball court on the Soho Playground when Wade walked on, while talking into a video camera that he was using to document part of his day in New York, saying, "This is not a commercial people. This is real life!" One kid could not believe his eyes, as Wade walked on the court in his basketball sneakers and shirt and tie to greet his competition. One kid claimed, "I'm playing against Dwayne Freakin' Wade in Soho!" The video cuts to Wade wrinkling up his Sunday best to sink a fade away jumper over the outstretched hand of on the defenders. Now, that is cool! I hate it when these overpaid ball players forget where they come from. This video proved to me that Dwayne Wade clearly did not. It was clearly not a publicity stunt because there was really no one else with him except for a buddy or two. When I watch Dwayne Wade on TV, he has his game face on, so it's tough to tell what kind of person he really is. This short video clip shows me that Dwayne Wade could be a really good guy who didn't let money and fame get to him.

Later that day, Wade was spotted on the Yankees Stadium Jumbotron with new Jets backup quarterback, Tim Tebow, during the Yankees win against the Angels, but was received by a round of "boos" before he lifted his Yankees cap, which turned those boos to cheers in an instant. Is Dwayne Wade trying to tell us something? Is he trying to say that he wants to come to New York to play? Am I over analyzing the situation?

Even the cheers at Yankees Stadium couldn't top Wade's short visit to the Thompson Street Playground, as he tweeted "Coolest moment of the day!" attached to an Instagram photo of his pickup game. I just wanted to share this story because I thought that it was pretty cool of him to forget he was a star for one day and give back to the community without all the flashbulbs and publicists telling you it's going to happen. My hats off to you Dwayne Wade! Though, I'm a Knicks fan, you've earned my respect!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR LOVE? FAKE A KIDNAPPING?

What would you do for love? Well, this no-so-bad-looking Arizona woman (above) claimed to be kidnapped and tied up in an unknown location, so she can skip town to visit her on-the-lamb boyfriend in Mexico. That's right! 22-year-old, Jessica Rodriguez could face could be facing criminal charges after she called her mother late last month from blocked phone number and told her that she'd been kidnapped, blindfolded, tied up, and gagged.

Rodriguez got caught when Nogales Police notified the Avondale, Arizona Police Department that she was returning to her Arizona hometown safe and sound. Her parents believed that her boyfriend, Jesus Mondragon, orchestrated the fake kidnapping, and she just went a long with it because she knew that her mother would not allow her to travel to Mexico to see him, where he was hiding out. Mondragon is to be on the lamb for a January homicide in Phoenix.

According to police, Rodriguez could face charges for causing a false report to be made by her family, which caused valuable federal and local law enforcement resources to be wasted. Not only that, but let's not forget the agony that she put her parents through. According to her mother, Rodriguez told her over the phone that she'd been kidnapped, blindfolded, taken in a vehicle, and she didn't know where she was going. My question is, when her boyfriend, Mondragon, suggested this idea to her, at what point did she think that this idea was a brilliant one? I guess we can chalk this one up to "What the F%^& is wrong with people?" I just don't get it! Was she just that blinded by love that faking her kidnapping was a good idea? Meanwhile, 2000 children are reported missing or abducted every day! This girl might be cute, but what an idiot to pull a stunt like this and she deserves whatever she has coming to her!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TUPAC ALIVE?

Not quite! Anyone who knows me knows that I am far from a fan of rap music. I respect all genres of music, but Rap is not in the forefront for me. Anyway, this past Sunday, music fans who attended the Coachella Music Festival in California got quite a creepy, yet mind-blowing surprise with a sort of live resurrection of the late Tupac Shakur. That's right! The late rapper, who was murdered in a massive drive by shooting in 1996, seemed to have been brought back to life on Sunday night to perform alongside fellow hip-hop icons, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
Don't worry! It wasn't a ghost or anything! While the shirtless Tupac, who was clad in his trademarked tattoos, silver chains, jeans and Timberland boots, might have looked real to the stunned 100,000 shocked music fans, Tupac was actually the work of a hologram. A little eerie? Or was it absolutely brilliant?

Dr. Dre, who also produced the performance, hit up a company called AV Concepts to pull off the concert stunt, which is said to have cost nearly $400,000. Dre was sure to get permission from Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, who watched the performance live online, before he embarked on this mind-blowing project.

Fans had mixed feelings about the Tupac hologram performance. Supposedly, pop-Diva, Katy Perry Tweeted that seeing Tupac live almost brought her to tears, while other tweets stated that they were 'totally freaked out by the Tupac hologram." One optimistic tweet read: "Tupac is Alive!" Either way, the Coachella crowd was buzzing with confusion.

The faux Tupac, whose murder still remains unsolved, performed two of his hits, "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted." He even addressed the crowd with "What the fuck is up, Coachella?" upon taking the stage. I'm curious as to how the hell they did that, unless they had a program that manipulated the tone of his voice and had someone read from a script! Either way, I still find this fascinating!

AV Concepts, whose previous clientele included Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, and the Black Eyed Peas, took Dre's visualization of Tupac and just made it a reality. They said that Dre's company provided the content with their partners and they consulted with them on how to create this technology. They went on to say that it was basically an old theatrical trick that utilizes a glass-like surface made out of a large plastic sheet that was stretched out to the length of the stage. Unbeknownst to the audience, the 30-foot-by 13-foot screen descended to the stage mere seconds before Snoop's set. An HD 3-D holographic projection system then simultaneously blasted three stacked 54,000-lumen images of Tupac on the see-through screen making him look like he was actually right there.

I'm not sure what all of you are thinking, but I feel like this opens the door for a lot of cool reunions now! If Vinnie Paul can make up with Phil Anselmo, we can have Panetera back with Dimebag Darrell actually playing guitar by way of a hologram, or how about The Doors with Jim Morrison actually singing by way of a hologram. Better yet, finally a Beatles reunion becomes more realistic without the use of two more bullets. This could be the start of something amazing, yet very, very expensive! If you haven't seen the video footage of this yet, you have to click on the link below. It's unbelievable!

Monday, April 16, 2012

AIN'T OVER UNTIL THE FAT LADY GOES

Art is art; no matter the shape, size or color, right? Well, in this case, its size and shape that's the issue. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a statue like this before, but I love it! Unfortunately, the owner of the statue is catching some flack from his neighbors because of his decision to place his statue of this obese naked woman outside his home in full view of a pre-school and a church. That's right! This story keeps getting better and better!

Bill Tonnesen, a Tempe, Arizona contractor, said that the robust sculpture was supposed to resemble an ancient artwork known as the Venus of Willendorf. Tonnesen went on to admit, "I love it, and I'm crazy about it!" Tonnesen's neighbors, on the other hand, want the hefty figure to hit the road because it might scare little children away and offend churchgoers. Who cares? If it keeps people away from your property, then it's doing its job like a scarecrow. Besides, why would an obese woman scare a child or offend churchgoers? That's just wrong to think that way! I would be offended that a churchgoer would think that way.

One neighbor said, "I think the placement of it makes it an issue. To have the statue on the side of the street in such open viewing space is a topic of concern." My thoughts on this neighbor's statement? Mind your own business! Mr. Tonnesen is not telling you what you can or can't put on your front yard. Leave the guy alone!

Tonnesen said that the city recently gave him the okay to place the statue wherever he wants, and he wishes his neighbors could just see it as a work of art, and not just a nude woman. That's the thing! Are his neighbors pissed because she's large or because she's naked? Would a nude statue of a Greek goddess make more of a stink in a neighborhood where there was a pre-school and a church nearby? It makes no sense to cause uproar over art.

Tonnesen's neighbors aren't alone in this. Apparently, his wife isn't a fan of the statue's placement either, and has made him cover it with a sheet. He told one news reporter that until he can work something out with his wife, he's going to leave the statue covered. What a crock! I have to agree with some of my friends on Facebook! We've become a nation of crybabies. This is art work at its finest. Why would anyone care what somebody puts on their lawn? Why should he worry that he will offend somebody? The town said he can put it an anywhere he wants, which only means, it's not offensive! I do have to say, though, I'm a little curious to see the woman who modeled for this sculpture!

All next week, I'll be blogging from Buenos Aires, Argentina.....I hope! Maybe I'll have even more disgusting statues to share.

Friday, April 13, 2012

AXL ROSE: DOUCHEBAG OR JUST BEING AXL?

Growing up in the 80s, Guns N' Roses was one of my favorite bands of all time next to Motley Crue, Metallica, Kiss, and Skid Row. In fact, I wore out 3 different Appetite For Destruction tapes because I listened to that record that much! Yes, I said tapes! There was no such thing as CDs just yet! I did, however, feel that the Use Your Illusions records, which I did have on CD, could have been combined to make one solid rock record, but Axl Rose being Axl Rose had to release two different CDs. Anyway, the point that I was trying to get at was that Guns N' Roses was thee band to see when I was growing up, so when late last year when I read that Guns N' Roses had been chosen to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April, I have to admit that I had mixed feelings on it. In an earlier blog, I even stated that I felt Guns only had one record that was really Hall of Fame worthy, and that was Appetite. Some might argue and say that Use Your Illusion can be thrown in there too, but Appetite was a CD full of hits. Not one song sucked, where on Use Your Illusion, each CD had a few bad songs on there that would simply put you to sleep. What I'm saying is that The Hall has a bad reputation for snubbing bands and rock pioneers from being inducted into its coveted Hall, and was Guns more deserving of it than Kiss or Motley Crue or Bon Jovi? If it wasn't for Kiss or Motley Crue, there wouldn't have been a Guns N' Roses.

That being said about the Hall and their choice of inductees, let's move on! So, with the announcement about Guns being inducted came the plethora of questions like: Will it be the original line-up? Will it be every person that was ever in Guns N' Roses? How will Axl be able to share this moment with Slash? etc. Well, all questions were answered the other day when Axl Rose took it upon himself to respectfully decline from his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Saturday with a long-winded letter to The Los Angeles Times' music blog explaining why he is refusing the honor. What a dick! He just couldn't bite his tongue and turn his cheek for one day to make Guns N' Roses fans around the world happy for ONE day! Once again, it's all about Axl, just like it has always been!

In the lengthy letter, he cited the various lineups of his hard rock band over the years, saying that he did not oppose other ex-members turning up to the Hall of Fame show saying, "For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I nor anyone in my camp had made any requests or demands of the Hall of Fame. It's their show, not mine."

 He went on to state, "That being said, I won't be attending The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." He would go on to pretty much bash the panel for trying to put something together that was impossible. He also went on to mention that Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagen have joined him on stage on numerous occasions at different shows, and Steven Adler's even come to an after party, but then put a kabash on any sort Guns N' Roses original lineup reunion saying that 'having any of the original members join us on stage, if they were so inclined, somewhere in the future for a song or two, is more than enough for a reunion!' Slash was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine as saying, "He hates my guts! It's over a lot of different stuff, I don't even know. There's just no communication between us.

He concluded the letter with, "In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly, I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music." What a douchebag! I guess I can now place Guns N' Roses, well, Axl Rose on my boycott list next to Metallica! Thanks for ruining the party, Axl!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

NUDE MAID SERVICE....THE NEXT BIG THING?

So, a couple of months ago, I wrote about a plane that urges you to join the mile-high club by allowing you to have sex on their planes. I guess that in a day where you really need to start your own business to be successful, you'll find the oddest companies coming to the forefront. This company, in particular, is almost like something out of an X-rated movie!

It turns out; a Texas woman, Melissa Borrett began Lubbock Fantasy Maid, a nude maid service, last month and has already attracted nationwide notice, and obviously, some unwanted attention from law enforcement. I'm not sure why law enforcement would get involved. She's not providing any sort of sexual service. Borrett says that her skin-showing maid service is there only to clean. If I was to clean my house in the nude, does that mean I'm doing something illegal? Of course not! My house, my laws! There's no reason why law enforcement should be involved at all.

The 26-year-old entrepreneur came up with the idea while working as a waitress at a local strip club, where she couldn't find enough work, and wasn't thrilled with the management, whom she described as 'chauvinistic'. Borrett stated that she'd heard of this kind of service being available in other cities, so she started the service in Lubbock, Texas, where she would have no competition, and figured she would do well.
 
Customers shell out $100 an hour for one maid or $150 an hour for two maids, who can appear in lingerie, topless, or nude, as long as there is no one under the age of 18 present and the customer is fully clothed. Borrett said that one her the rules is that if a customer under 18 calls, they will show up fully clothed, and will still clean anyway. Any dirty business is strictly prohibited. Borrett went on to say, "At no time may a client ever make physical contact with the maid. A maid may accept tips, however, if a maid accepts tips for physical contact, she will be terminated immediately, and the customer will not be able to schedule services with Lubbock Fantasy Maid Services again.

Borrett says that her employees are not the women you might expect. With the exception of one employee, who worked as a waitress in a strip club, none of her maids are former strippers. She said, "This is just a maid service with some really friendly girls and we just happen to be comfortable with cleaning without any clothes on." Being a maid service keeps her business on the right side of the law.

Lubbock Police see things differently, though. Apparently, they believe Borrett's business needs, at the very least, a permit because it's a sexually-oriented operation, and the fact that her employees are topless or semi-nude in this case is just not allowed. My question is why, again? If they are behind closed doors, and no one knows what's going on except the business owner and client, how is that breaking any laws? It's not like the maids aren't doing garden work in the nude. They're in a private home! What's the big deal?

Since opening the cleaning service, Borrett was able to move into a home with her 2-year-old daughter, which is a huge improvement over her previous living arrangement splitting time between her mother's house, where her daughter stayed, and an Occupy Lubbock camp. Borrett said that she became involved in the Occupy movement for the same reason she opened her business. She just wanted to secure a better future for her and her daughter. To be honest, I really don't see what she's doing wrong. She started a cleaning business with a gimmick. She's staying away from anything sexual and seems to be pretty strict about it, so what's the harm. To me, it sounds like whomever is trying to put her out of business is just jealous that they didn't think of it first! If a permit is all she needs to get them off her back, then why not go and get one. Otherwise, you have to give props to Miss Borrett for jumping on a brilliant business opportunity!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

STILL 'CLUELESS' AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

My friend, Candi, sent me this story a couple of weeks ago because she thought it would be perfect to rant about in my blog. I tried to stay away from it only because it was about a celebrity, and that's what the newly trimmed down Perez Hilton is for. I like to write about weird stuff that gets overlooked in the newspapers, but for the love of God, Alicia Silverstone! Really? People have been talking for weeks about Silverstone pre-chewing her baby's food and then feeding it to him directly from her own mouth. Ew! Even if my mom was Kate Upton, I wouldn't want her chewing my food and then spitting it into my mouth. Only birds do that!

Well, Silverstone is standing up to critics who don't agree with her mouth-to-mouth feeding method for her 11-month-old son, Bear. Since the video of her chewing food and then feeding it directly to Bear went viral, the Clueless actress remained quiet, despite the backlash she received over the controversial feeding technique......Until now!

Silverstone, who was in New York City to promote her upcoming flick, Vamps, told an audience during a Q&A session, “I wasn't saying this was anything somebody should do. I wasn't trying to be independent or cause such a ruckus, but I'm very glad that I did it." Silverstone went on to explain the debatable feeding method called premastication, saying that it is used as a weaning process and that 'people have been feeding their kids that way for thousands of years.' WHAT? I'd like to see a show of hands as to who's been fed like this when they were babies. Maybe she was thinking before the Ice Age or before utensils was invented? I don't get it!

She also said, "He attacks my mouth and I think it's adorable. He knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food, so when babies are weaning, he still breast-feeds. Some people think that's disgusting too, which is insane." At 11-months! I only have nieces and nephews and I don't think that my sister was still breast feeding at 11-months! Alicia Silverstone has lost her mind. This is one celebrity who has gone Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs! Just the thought of chewed food going into my mouth, right now, is giving me the creeps.

Experts have mixed opinions on whether Silverstone's quirky feeding method is actually good for her son. Some say children receive essential enzymes from pre-chewed food that help their immune systems and digestion, while others warn that the mouth-to-mouth method can spread disease. One doctor took the middle road saying that for conventional germs, this is not a big issue, but in the same breath, he went onto say that when we kiss our babies, the bugs that we all have in our mouths are likely to be transmitted to the babies! Absolutely disgusting!

I have a question to those reading this, though. Would you rather see a woman breast-feeding her baby in public? Or would you rather see someone like Alicia Silverstone chewing her baby's food and then dropping it into his mouth in public? I have to say that I'd rather see neither, but if I had to pick, I would say the breast feeding in public because this way, at least, you might see a little boobage.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

THE BREAST FEEDING BANDIT

I don't even know what to say about today's story. I mean, after reading this, I was just speechless; as I'm sure you will be too! This is literally a scene out that 1992 Rebecca De Mornay flick, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, only this was a real-life situation.

It turns out; a South Dakota woman was recently busted for breaking into another woman's house, and attempting to breast feed her 2-month old baby. All together now, "WHAT?" Apparently, the mother of the child was awakened by the sounds of barking dogs, only to discover 24-year-old, Rebecca Silva snoozing in her bed at around 5 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Wait a minute! Why wasn't the mother of the child in her own bed? Aren't mothers keeping their infants as close as possible for the first six months? Why was the infant even in another room? This suddenly doesn't make sense.

Supposedly, Silva then picked up the baby and tried to nurse her. The frightened mother, somehow, coaxed Silva to hand over the baby, and then rushed out of the room to call 911. According to the local police, after the mother called them, she found the suspect lying in her bed, and it appeared that she'd been drinking. You think?

Silva insisted that she never tried to feed the infant, and that the mother of the child, whom she met the night before, has invited her in. She told the Associated Press, "I did not break into her house. She gave me her pajamas. She lied to the cops that I broke into her house. I did not try to feed her baby. That didn't happen." Silva was charged with unlawful occupancy, admitted that they had been drinking and had quarreled with the mother of the baby before she was arrested. She was later released.

I have to say, true or not, what a creepy story! After reading this story, it seems the mother's story doesn't match up. Were there signs of a break in? The police never released that. If there wasn't then it's clear that Silva was invited in. I still don't understand how a 2-month-old baby is sleeping in a separate room than the mother unless, I'm misunderstanding that. Do I think that the mother might have made that story up about Silva breast feeding her child? Possibly, but what I would like to know is where was the child's father when all of this happened? I'm sure he would've liked to have caught this act! Just a thought......

Monday, April 9, 2012

MORE THAN A 20 PERCENT TIP FOR THIS MINNESOTA WAITRESS

 When we go out to dinner, the toughest part of paying the bill is always calculating the tip, right? Some cheapskates get away with paying less than the standard 15 to 20 percent because they'll make up an excuse about poor service. The bottom line is that these waiters and waitresses get paid next to nothing per hour, and thrive on what they make in tips, so when you leave a small tip, you're really cheating the server. I, personally, usually double the first number on the bill, and that usually comes out to a little more than 20 percent, which I think is fair. If the service is really good, we'll give a little more.

Well, Stacy Knutson, a struggling waitress at the Fryin' Pan restaurant in Moorhead, Minnesota, recently received an anonymous $12,000 tip from a customer that police suspected might be drug money. Knutson received the generous tip back in November, when a customer left a to-go box on a table. Knutson noticed the box and reportedly followed the woman outside and tried returning the box it its owner, but the customer told her to keep it. When the waitress returned to the kitchen, she opened the box and found three wads of bills wrapped in rubber bands, totaling $12,000. Being the religiously good Samaritan that she is, Knutson turned the money into the local police station as lost property. Why? What an idiot! Just so everyone reading this knows; if I was put in this same situation, those wads of bills were going right into my wads of pocket. No police involved at all! If any of you say differently, you're a liar and deserve to be punished!

Anyway, police told 'nutty' Knutson that if the money went unclaimed for 90 days, she could keep it. But here's the kicker! The police changed their tune after a police dog detected the scent of marijuana on the bills. Police then offered Knutson a $1,000 reward for turning in the money, but the short-on-cash mother of five was not hearing that! She refused the reward money and sued the police department. This never would've happened if Knutson hadn't gone straight to the police!

On Thursday, authorities announced that they were able to tie the money to a criminal investigation, and that Knutson would be getting a check for $12,000. Knutson, who is supposedly a very religious person, claims that this was the will of God and that the dough was intended as gift to help Knutson's financial woes. Personally, I could've done without all the religious hoo-hah, and chalked it up to a stroke of some really dumb luck! They do say that people from Minnesota aren't always the sharpest knife in the drawer! If this happened in New York, that cash was in her pocket with no police involved. What would you have done?

Friday, April 6, 2012

DISMISSED FROM THE MILITARY FOR BEING ANTI-OBAMA

I always thought that when men and women enlisted in the military, they were sacrificing their lives to protect this country. I also thought that 'freedom of speech' was an amendment in the Constitution. Well, isn't the right to choose a political party part of the American way, as well? Many of us have been caught sitting around and talking politics and sometimes, we'll even bash the President, whether it is Obama or Bush or Clinton or whomever. Sometimes, we'll even post our feelings on Facebook. I've seen a number of posts within the past four years poking fun at our current President. Were any of those people punished? The answer to that is no! Then why should a 9-year Marine be dismissed for his Anti-Obama remarks? What is happening to this country that we can't even speak our minds anymore? I mean, yesterday, I blogged about a women who spoke her mind, but was extremely racist about it. Fine, she deserved to be punished, but someone who is fighting for and defending our country should not be punished for having a sense of humor. That is just plain wrong!

Out in Camp Pendleton, California, a Marine named Sgt. Gary Stein apparently criticized President Obama on his Facebook page and is now being accused of misconduct and according to a military board late Thursday, should be dismissed. The board also recommended that Stein be given another-than-honorable discharge. In other words, Stein would lose his benefits and would not be allowed on any military base. That's absolutely ridiculous! It kind of reminds me of people who made fun of Mussolini or Hitler, which wouldn't happen because those people would be punished and tortured. Well, this is no different! The board's recommendations go to a general who will either accept or deny them. If the general disagrees with the board, the case could go to the secretary of the Navy.

Stein's lawyers argued that the 9-year Marine, whose service was to end in four months, anyhow, was only expressing his personal views and exercising his First Amendment rights. Stein addressed the board members during Thursday's hearing, telling them he loved the Marine Corps and even wanted to re-enlist. During the hearing, the prosecutor stated that Stein went as far as using Photoshop to superimpose images of President Obama's face on a poster for the movie Jackass. Okay, I really don't see the harm in that. Was there really any sort of threat on the President's life here? The prosecutor went on to say that Stein's behavior violates Pentagon policy that limits free speech rights of service members, and said he should be dismissed after ignoring warnings from his superiors about his postings. It sounds to me that the prosecutor is getting a bit touchy here and I'm willing to bet if you go back into his private emails, there is some sort of Obama-bashing come from his end too!

The government's even submitted screen grabs of Stein's postings on one Facebook page he created called Armed Forces Tea Party, which the prosecutor said included the image of President Obama on the Jackass movie poster. Stein also superimposed the President's face on a poster for The Incredibles movie that he changed to The Horribles. I still don't see anything threatening about any of this. Stein has said that his opinions are his own and has even put a disclaimer on his Facebook page stating so. His attorney argued that service members have the right to voice their opinions as long as they do not appear to be presenting their views as being endorsed by the military. They also said that the Pentagon policy is vague and military officials don't even understand it.

The only real problem here is that Stein did declare on Facebook that he would not follow orders from President Obama and later clarified that statement saying he would not follow unlawful orders. I think that's where he is wrong because he may not like the President, but he's enlisted as a serviceman for this country, which right now, is being run by President Obama. So, unfortunately, Stein has to abide by the President's rules.

One former Marine, who happens to be a Senator now, wrote a letter to Stein's commanding officer stating that the sergeant should not be dismissed for an opinion shared by a majority of Marines. Stein went on to say that his statement was about President Obama was a part of an online debate about NATO allowing U.S. Troops to be tried for the Quran burnings in Afghanistan. In that context, he said that he was stating that he would not follow orders from the President if it involved detaining U.S. citizens, disarming them or doing anything else that he believes would violate their constitutional rights.

It sounds to me; Stein is more of a hero than someone who is trying to hurt the President with his words. Why would they try to strip the man of his benefits after he spent 9 years defending this country? It also seems that his words were to protect other American citizens. I'm still trying to figure out what he did wrong? Was making fun of the President wrong? If that's the case, you might as well punish this whole country because we're all making fun of him! When did we become a country full of cry babies? We used to be a World Power, but now I'm feeling like we've become part of the World Comedy Hour! This is ridiculous! What do you guys think? Should Sgt. Stein be discharged from the Marine Corps?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BLONDE GOES ON A RACIST RANT ON FACEBOOK?

 Normally, blondes that look like the girl on the right are, stereotypically, pretty dumb. Well, why should this instance be any different? To be honest, this story is almost like a real life blonde joke! Did you hear about the blonde bartender who went on a racist rant using her Facebook page? Ha-ha! She got fired! Idiot!

It's turns out; Jessica Elizabeth (probably not her real name), now an ex-bartender at Proof, a high-end Chicago night club, lost her job after she started a conversation on her Facebook page about African Americans, dropping the N word like it was going out of style and calling them "apes" and "f**king animals." Woah! Really? On Facebook? Did Miss Elizabeth (Ha! Not Macho Man's Miss Elizabeth R.I.P.) not realize that she was on a public social media site, where everyone can read her random thoughts? In this case, her racist random thoughts like: "Wow, so insane how one race of people can be so f**king incompetent and disgusting!" Can you picture this coming out of this girl’s fingers?

Here's the best part, though! Surprisingly, several of her Facebook friends seemed to feel the same way and joined in with the racist rants of their own. One of her friends wrote, "Wanna beat them up? Because I'd like to, with some of them." Elizabeth responded with "I just dropped one on her f**king nasty face and huge nose. They really are apes and must not be fully developed." Wow! I have to admit that I can be pretty racist from time to time, but in a joking manner. I'm not out to hurt anyone's feelings, but this girl puts me to shame! She is unbelievable!

Finally, one of her friends, who also seemed to work for the nightclub, and actually had somewhat of a resemblance to a brain, piped in that something was wrong with Elizabeth's rant, as she wrote: "Hey Hitler! This is in violation of your social media contract. Please remove it ASAP." Miss Elizabeth, clearly not understanding her friend's warning or that he Facebook page was public for everyone to see, replied, "r u joking? I have a life outside of the club." What an idiot! Nothing there said that she wasn't allowed to have a life outside of the club, but everybody can see her racist rants. I love how dumb people can be!

Proof owner, Mike Bloem said in a statement, "Proof would like to confirm its belief in equality, fairness and tolerance to all our friends and partners. Sadly, on occasion, we are all exposed to ignorance and racism. We believe that by continuing to be true to our ideals and leading through our actions that each of us can be an agent for positive change." And then Jessica Elizabeth was fired.

You can't totally blame Jessica Elizabeth for her racist feelings. They had to come from her upbringing. Her parents were probably racist and maybe she thought that it was okay to speak like this. I have to be really honest, though, after looking at her photo, I didn't think a girl that looked like her even knew how to type or use a computer. How is that for stereotyping, Jessica? You dingbat!



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER....PEE-SOAKED EGGS

Just in time for Easter, come this lovely story out of the Chinese city of Dongyang (there are so many jokes regarding the city name as it is!) Yesterday morning, my girlfriend heard on the radio something about these urine-soaked eggs in China, so she asked me if I've ever eaten them. I shrugged it off, telling her it was just a myth, and the guys on the radio had no idea what they were talking about. Well, it looks like the jokes on me, huh? It turns out, urine-soaked are becoming sort of a delicacy in China. I feel like throwing up just writing about this. I mean, we've all walked into these public bathrooms and have wanted to vomit from the overabundant smell of urine, and these people, whom are known for eating dogs and cats, are now eating eggs soaked in piss. I have to say, I'm a little embarrassed to be Chinese right now.

 Anyway, this unique springtime snack, favored by local residents deep in the coastal Zhejiang province, and is soaked in basins and buckets of boys' urine collected from primary school toilets. These "virgin boy eggs", as they're called, is a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10. Are you vomiting yet? Was this what Michael Jackson was referring to as 'Jesus Juice'? Now, there is not good explanation as to why it has to be boys’ urine, except for the fact that it has been that way for centuries.

 The scent of these eggs being cooked in pots of urine is unmistakable as people pass the many street vendors in Dongyang who sell it, claiming that it is remarkably healthy for you. One vendor stated that if you eat these eggs, you will not get heat stroke. I think I'll take my chances! One customer, who bought 20 eggs, stated that by eating these eggs, he will not have any pain in his waist, legs, and joints. He also said that he'll have more energy when he works. I definitely think I will take my chances and stick to Red Bull.

It takes nearly an entire day to make these unique eggs, starting off by soaking and then boiling raw eggs in a pot of urine. After that, the shells of the hard-boiled eggs are cracked and they continue to simmer in urine for hours. Vendors have to keep pouring urine into the pot and controlling the fire to keep the eggs from being overheated and overcooked. One vendor said that he's been making the snack, which is popular for its fresh and salty taste (blach!), for more than 20 years. Each egg for $0.24 USD, a little more than twice the price of the regular eggs he also sells.

Many Dongyang residents, young and old, said that they believed in the tradition passed on by their ancestors that the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body. The eggs are not only bought at street vendors; apparently, local residents are also known to personally collect boys' urine from nearby schools to cook the delicacy in their homes. The snacks popularity has led to the local government to list the "virgin boy eggs" as an intangible cultural heritage.

 But not everyone is a fan of the "virgin boy eggs"! Chinese medical experts have mixed reviews regarding the health benefits of the practice, with some warning about sanitary issues surrounding the use of urine to cook the eggs. Some Dongyang residents even said that they hated the eggs. Me? I think this is absolutely disgusting! I just told me sister about it, and her response was, "Why does it have to be Chinese people who are doing this?" Yes, this is a little embarrassing to read and write about, but for the record, I do not eat eggs soaked in piss! Neither does my family!  I will say this; however, if I see my grandmother follow my nephew into the bathroom with a bucket, I am out of there!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

MADAME UNIVERSE?

I'm a bit troubled by this Miss Universe story because when I think of Miss Universe, I think of world's most beautiful women on one stage competing for bragging rights to be called Miss Universe. I would never, in a million years, think about Miss Universe being born a man, getting a sex change, and becoming one of the world's most beautiful women. Okay, wait! I'm not saying that she's the most beautiful! I was just generalizing that statement. Anyway, it seems times are changing and apparently, you can have a sex change to be in a beauty pageant. Well, according to The Miss Universe Organization, anyway!

It turns out, Monday night; the pageant's organizers reversed an earlier decision and are allowing a transgender woman to enter the Miss Universe Canada pageant. 23-year-old, Jenna Talackova was born a male, which led organizers to disqualify her last month as a finalist in the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant this coming May. The rules of the contest run by Donald Trump's New York City-based organization states that "all entrants must be 'natural born' females. The Vancouver born Talackova was said to live her life as a female from the age of 4, she began hormone therapy at 14, and changer her sex at age 19.

 Shortly after Talackova announced a news conference in Los Angeles with her high-profile lawyer for Tuesday, the Miss Universe Organization quickly stated that she can compete providing that she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and standards established by the other international competitions. Does this mean she has to prove that she has her lovely lady lumps, and no male genitalia? Who does she have to show this to? Originally, I thought that Miss Universe contestants could not have any surgery performed on them, but after doing some research, that rule does not exist; though, it should because all contestants should be judged on their natural beauty.

The disqualification won Talackova widespread sympathy and raised the question of whether the pageant had the right to decide who is female. What? Of course, they do! Last I checked, it was called "Miss Universe" and not the "Former Mister but now a Miss Universe" pageant. I don't agree with the organizations decision to reverse the disqualification. If you're not a real woman, you should not be allowed to compete. It's plain and simple. You don't see real women competing in transgender competitions do you? Exactly! The Miss Universe pageant was always a reputable competition.....Then again, there was Vanessa Williams. But she's all women!

Anyway, what do you guys think about this? Should a transgender be allowed to compete for Miss Universe? Wait! Let me just be clear that I have nothing against the transgenders! I just feel like they shouldn't be allowed to compete in a competition like this.