I have always had a hard time with parking checkers. It’s completely a hate/annoyance relationship. I know I should only park where I’m allowed, but if I’m going to be in and out of somewhere in less time than it would take to find and commute to and from a parking spot, I usually take the gamble (unless it’s really nice out or I have tons of free time).
I understand that they are just doing their job, and figured that was it - and that they still had hearts. Well, it seems as though maybe my hatred was, at least in some instances, slightly justified.
I can only imagine leaving a funeral to find that I had gotten a parking ticket. Talk about rubbing salt in some wounds! Damn!
Yesterday, in my sixth grade English class (I’m the teacher), we started reading a story from their Literature books called “The Good Deed,” in which the main character has to perform a good deed in order to get a “Good Deed” badge for her scouting group.
To earn said badge, she was to read to a blind woman. Of course, before she met her, she was scared, having never met a “sight-impaired” person before.
We talked a little about first impressions in class before we started to read the story, and then once we began, I began to connect to the text a little bit, and remembered a story from my childhood that still makes my mom feel guilty.
When I was about eight or so, a new family moved across the street, and part of this family was a deaf girl who dressed in all camouflage. My mom suggested that I take a pen & paper across the street to welcome her to the neighborhood and hopefully be a new friend to her.
I wrote my greeting on the paper and fearfully crossed the street to make her acquaintance. I don’t even think she read the paper, but she responded with one of the few sign language signs that I definitely was familiar with even then; she gave me the middle finger!
Of course I cried and ran back home, and my mom definitely regretted “scarring me for life,” but now it is a pretty hilarious story.
That girl was a firecracker! Another time, we watched from across the street as she locked herself in her mom’s car while her mom stood outside, yelling & signing at the same time, while she simply covered her eyes with her hands. That’s another definite “F*$# YOU!”
I wonder whatever happened to her!
Needless to say, I didn’t think this was the best story to share with my students to encourage them to be accepting of people with differences!
Yesterday was “Dear Diary Day” and “Hobbit Day.” I have no clue as to the significance of either holiday, but I did use them both for inspiration for my weekly WYR question, which was: Would you rather have ALL of your thoughts posted on facebook/twitter or have your WHOLE LIFE acted out on tv by Hobbits?
There weren’t any specifically hilarious responses, other than the mental images that were brought about by imagining certain Hobbit shows, especially the following:
A hobbit show of this fashion photographer who shot me when he was in Chicago - particularly the lingerie shoot that I was in - Hobbits in lingerie? Weird!
A hobbit college basketball player. Can you imagine those little guys hooping?
A hobbit flair bartender in Vegas, complete with hot pink mohawk! Whoa!
Oh wow. I can’t believe something like this exists! Makes me want to see if there are “Gangsta Actors for Hire” or any other such absurd typecasted roles to find other groups of like-minded people who’ve banded together in such a way!
I kinda want to throw a Old West-themed holiday dinner party now.
I just found out, via my mom’s facebook status, that the CEO of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (who is not related to Susan G. Komen herself) makes $531,924 per year, which roughly equals $1400 per day.
My mom says that she will no longer be donating to that charity, but rather to local non-profits that will use their money toward the cause, rather than paying a hefty salary.
That makes sense to me, however, at the same time, Susan G. Komen is obviously a HUGE corporation, and to get someone who is qualified to run it on the business end for less than competitive wages may be tough. At this point, the founder & former CEO, Nancy Brinker (Susan G. Komen’s sister) has retired, and her sucessor’s salary is $300,000 more than hers was.
As you know, I have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure twice now, and had planned to do so continually, pretty much forever.
Now I’m torn. With the 3-day, you MUST raise a MINIMUM of $2300 to participate. Anything between what you raise and the minimum, you must pay out of pocket. I had a team of five, and three of our five are paying out of pocket.
When I knew all of this money was going to such a great cause, I felt bad for my teammates, but knew that at least that money was going to fight breast cancer.
Now, it stings a little to know that what my team is struggling to raise could be going to Hala Moddelmog’s pocket or Christian Louboutin fund or something.
However, at the same time, Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer charity. It is undeniable that they have had a HUGE impact on the disease.
Also, doing the 3-day is HUGE. While I can’t say it with any certainty, I am guessing that if I didn’t have that $2,300 minimum looming over me, I wouldn’t raise as much, and that’s for multiple reasons:
1. I wouldn’t push as hard, because I wouldn’t have the fear of having to pay hundreds of dollars on my own motivating me.
2. My friends wouldn’t help as much to organize events, such as the one at Starbar and the one at Decibel two years ago.
3. People would be less likely to donate, or would donate less money, because part of what makes the walk “donation worthy” is the fact that I am bustin’ my ass on the walk for 60 miles.
It is the extreme nature of the event that yields such extreme donations. Previously, Susan G. Komen has ranked extremely high on the charity report cards, and I don’t really know what this staffing & salary change will do to that.
As I’m sure it’s clear, my mind is all muddled, because I just don’t know what to think of it all. I want to present the facts and get feedback. Hopefully, I am not shooting myself in the foot here as far as getting future donations is concerned if I decide to continue on doing the 3-day.
Perhaps if I lay it out in lists, it will help me, and help you to weigh in…
Reasons to continue doing the 3-Day:
It raises money to fight breast cancer, which is a cause that is close to my heart (kinda like my boobs are), since my mom is a survivor.
The extreme nature of the event gets the cause a lot of attention and a lot of donations. To my knowledge, there are no other breast cancer fund raisers that are as intense as this.
The whole 3-Day experience and camaraderie is amazing, and I have a hard time believing that it can be found elsewhere.
Susan G. Komen is the largest breast cancer charity in the world, and has the largest impact.
Hala Moddelmog’s salary is probably still significantly less than CEO salaries of other equally large corporations.
Reasons not to continue doing the 3-Day:
I want to raise money for charity, not for someone to live a luxurious life while I’m struggling.
It bothers me to think that my teammates are paying out of pocket, and the money could be going to something unnecessary.
I know that the list of reasons to continue is longer than the list of reasons not to, but the matter of the weight of the ideas is also important.
I would love your thoughts… Ready? Set? Go!
As for me? I’m going to go watch the Badger game and get ready for my shoot (as a makeup artist) with Erich, Alonna, & Teagan.
Please please please give me your feedback on this!
Some funny rough “stats” from okcupid’s new stats website. This was funny, in particular:
OkTrends Racial Stereotype #1
In the course of researching this article and, in particular, comparing white guys to black guys, a handy shortcut occurred to me:
If you’re trying to figure out if white dudes like something, put fuckingin the middle, and say it out loud. If it sounds totally badass, white dudes probably love it. Let’s see this principle in practice:
I just finished my first article for my Lipgloss & Lace column!
A couple weeks ago, I was asked to write an article or two, or potentially a column for an online newsletter called McPete Sez, which is one of the leading trade publications in the lingerie industry.
As a double threat (model & makeup artist), I have some insights on the industry from which manufacturers can benefit. This past Sunday (August 29th, 2010), I assembled a team and did a shoot that would be for my first two articles and for the header of my column.
Of course, since it’s the premise of the column, I was both the model and the makeup artist. This is the first time I really modeled for my own portfolio since I started doing it professionally, rather than dabbling!
The photographer was Rafal Krolik, the hairstylist was his wife, Michelle Krolik, who doesn’t yet have an online portfolio (but does AMAZING hair!) and there was a videographer, Jon Kline. So, hopefully, there will also be an awesome video of the shoot!
The last time I modeled for Rafal was actually the first time I modeled for Rafal. It was for a catalogue for Diamond Nexus Labs.
Here’s an image…
The funny thing about this is that I was standing on a sandbag (because I was too short) and hugging a 17-year old boy for like two hours in this one! We got the shot, though!
After that business was attended to, we too this one for fun:
Pretty interesting, no?
More recently, I worked with him just in the capacity of makeup artist…
Here are a few of my favorite shots from that one!
I love them. =)
You’re going to have to wait, though, to see the collaboration with myself as a model & my own MUA, as well as Rafal & Michelle Krolik and Jon Kline, the videographer. Of course, lingerie was by Tia Lyn!
Article comes out tomorrow night! I’ll let you know once it’s up.