Immortal: The Postal Service

The other day, one of my co-workers asked me, Do you think the Postal Service will ever disappear? After a brief pause, I said, no. Why? Because of websites like Amazon.com, Justfab.com and other websites that cater delivery services will still need the postal service to support their business. It’s impossible to digitize a purse; however, education, entertainment (films and television shows), bills, literature, and music (the real list is longer than this one) are accessible through the internet. Obviously, huge enterprises like Blockbuster, CD stores among other businesses of such nature have disappeared.

I do fear that public libraries might suffer like the fall of a great empire. Although I greatly enjoy writing my articles in the digital age; I still adore a physical book. The happiness of flipping the pages and continue to read the next chapter. Therefore, I now believe (because one may never know what will happen in the next 20 years from today) the postal service will prevail through the digital age. While pages like Ebay continue to sell overseas or locally ship items, the postal service will be the few places that survives the ups and downs of the economy and the upcoming presidents.

42 Lessons from: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Today is the birthday of a good friend of mine and it is also the fifth anniversary of Alsy365! In honor of this awesome day, I wrote a simple, but fun article honoring one of my favorite films, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. So, here it is the 42 lessons that Pedro Almodovar’s film provide.

Sony Classic Pictures 

1. Some issues can’t be solved with sleeping pills

2. An ex will never pick up his/her suitcase with his/her junk after a breakup

3. A Jehovah Witness will always speak the truth

4. If you’re a well-known actor/actress, some will hate without a reason (I think that’s a universal phenomenon)

5. Two sofas is still a cool concept

6. Trying to kidnap your ex is an awful idea

7. Gazpacho is great with a day-old bread

8. Virginity is cultural, not physical

Sony Pictures Classics

9. A week -old love-affair can lead to horrible consequences

10. When in doubt, wear red

11. Don’t smoke

12. Ducks won’t jump even if you beg them to do so

13. A Mambo-leopard lover cab driver is once in a lifetime experience

14. Pink underwear and pink tights with pink shoes is a no-no

15. Not all feminist lawyers are nice towards women

16. Carry eye-drops at all times

17. A stutterer can make an anonymous call to the police

18. Listening a song that reminds you of your ex is a bad idea

19. Yanking off a record and throwing it out the window, which ends up hitting a mean person is God’s will (Too bad we live in the digital era)

20. Don’t sell your penthouse if you’re unsure

21. Dreams can predict the future

22. Don’t ignore your voicemail even if your best friend is a persistent caller

23. People can be terrorists even if they are emotional terrorists

24. If an ex doesn’t respond to your calls even you have something crucial to talk to them…the ex will never answer back

25. Never drink a beverage from a strangers house, it might be spiked with sleeping pills

Sony Classic Pictures & @eurios

26. News anchors should drink water on live TV

27. Shoes do not drop from the sky without a legit reason

28. Sitting on a bench at nighttime might bring interesting views (you’re snooping)

29. Men do cry

30. Women can dance oddly while wearing her underwear

31. Unexpectedly, you can meet your ex’s son

32. Some lies can protect others

33. Slapping a mean person can relieve your stress

34. Throwing away your ex’s suitcase is a triumphal moment

35. Never read a strangers note, the author might find out

36. It’s best to say no after two days filled with bad news

  Sony Classic Pictures & @The_RedList

37. Walking the streets of Madrid at night is both good and bad

38. At all times, a mask can help

39. Never leave an unattended cigar, it will burn your mattress

40. Don’t lie about your sanity

41. Phone booths did exist and they were not great places to hide (It’s kind of nostalgic)

42. In 48 hours, everything can change

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Mindy is Coming to Hulu

Fans spoke up and Hulu saved the day. After Fox pulled the plug for The Mindy Project, many fans (including myself) were angry. Hours later, reliable sources and rumors mentioned the possibility of Mindy moving to Hulu.

The show aired through the website since season 1 and fans have been consistent in terms of viewership. Therefore, it was a natural transition. A streaming date is to be determined. Overall, The Mindy Project is no longer a cancelled show. Thank you, Hulu. The only thing fans are probably expecting the show to air just on Hulu Plus, yet it’s worth it. And please Hulu release the DVD afterwards!

How Dare You, Fox Network?

This past Wednesday, Fox Network cancelled the comedy series: The Mindy Project. After three seasons, Kaling’s series was not renewed after much speculation when the fall lineup excluded the series. Historically speaking, I’m not surprised Fox cancels series out of whim such as Arrested Development, Quintaplets, The Following among others have suffered the same fate.

Still, there’s a silver lining. Shortly the cancellation announcement became official, other outlets claims the possibility the series might move to Hulu. According to Time Magazine and The New York Times, the show is popular through the website and all three seasons are now available.

An official statement is still pending; however, the cancellation is a sour one. The show is one of the few comedy shows that has a sharp humor and a brilliant staff of writers. How dare you, Fox Network?

Wedding Registries: What to do and What not to do

After the bride or groom says yes to the ring, then what? of course, the next step is planning the big day. However, various corporations have integrated the option of a wedding registry. My assumption of the creation of such market (and wise too) is the prevention of unwanted gifts. Per say, an awkward lamp with a shape of two frogs kissing. Some may like, while others may find this gift tacky. Wedding registries solves this issue because the couple have the opportunity to pick their gifts before the wedding event. Yet, there are benefits and drawbacks of wedding registries.

As I mentioned before, many corporations started this program for various reasons. Of course (cough, cough), a guarantee of capital with the wedding season which commonly starts in May through June. Another reason is to promote their brand and gaining more customers to their store. Crate and Barrel, Walmart, Bloomingdale’s, Target and beyond dominates this market which is suitable for the customer seeking certain brands and price point.

For example, Crate and Barrel’s registrants benefits of a 10% discount card for six months after the wedding date. In addition, a private wedding registry event which closes the store for two hours. This is a one-on-one interaction with the associates if the couple have questions about the products. Others like Target offers easy returns and exchanges for a year. Another service through a secondary party is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond personalized stationary.

Yet, there are couples that exaggerate with their registries. Let’s avoid these intricacies.

Marriage in Lightyears

When a couple announces their engagement, it is a beautiful milestone;nonetheless, the event will not happen the next day. The appropriate time to open a registration is within 6 months to one year before the big day. Please do not open a registry 2 to 4 years for several reasons, but most importantly it’s too early.

Another reason is inventory. If the wedding is happening in three years, there’s a possibility 1/2 of that inventory will contain discontinued products. Also, be aware of seasonal items. For example, if the registrant starts adding items to their registry in December, then many of the products are Christmas themed or inspired.  Therefore, ask an associate which items are seasonal. If the word seasonal is throwing you off, seasonal means that the item will last for a short period of time.

It’s Not a Divorce

Managing a registry may turn into a guilt trip because couples may change their minds about the items they originally picked. It’s common to change their minds after the couple receive their gifts. And it’s okay to seek other products and returning them for store credit.

It’s a rare assumption, but it occurs when couples expect to have a cash refund or get every single gift from their registry. Another troubling realization is seeing an item as a purchased item and not receiving it. It sucks to say this, but there are guests that purchase the item from the registry and decides to keep it. Although it is a surprising news, let’s keep in mind the guest did pay for it, not the couple. Therefore, it’s impossible for the company to give away the undelivered product because it was paid for it. Of course, in other situations brings the sour the news that gift was lost. After a mituculous investigation from the company and the couple, some companies may replace the item. It depends on the companies policies and rules about registries.

The Necessary Absurdaty of Reality

Why did I get 24 wine glasses when I just registered for 8?! If this happens to you, there’s a possibility the registry was a high maintenance one. What I mean with the term of high maintenance? Is that the registry had a couture price tag with guests that earn 20,000 a year…that’s silly.

When opening registry ask yourself and with your significant other: Can we afford this item? Do we really need it? If I was a guest , would I buy this? It’s easy to ask beyond our needs. Keep in mind the income of your guests too. It’s absurd to add items worth above $150.00 with friends earning $9.50 an hour/ part-time. If the cheapest item in your registry are wine glasses, then that’s an easy way to get easy repeats. It’s not a coincidence, your registry was a bridezilla for your guests.

My best advice is to keep your registry short and sweet. Unless the wedding is a huge one (500 guests), it is reasonable to have 5-6 pages. But, I kindly ask to not register for a sofa. If your friends are part of Forbes list of millionaires, I will expect an eccentric wish list.

3-4 pages long is a reasonable amount of pages for a registry. Keep in mind the things you register for are items that will be part of your daily lives. Coffee mugs, flatware, and more are things that will have accessible prices for all kinds of incomes. Also, request the option for gift cards.

If the registry also offers gift cards, this is a pleasant suprising wild card. If a guest is currently in college and has a part time job and lives in a studio – this guest might be second guessing what to buy. With this option, this guest will buy the gift card. Life is already a stressful roller coaster, so why add more stress? The key is to keep it easy and simple.

 

Why Red Door Animal Shelter Matters?

More than a decade ago, The Red Door Animal Shelter open its doors to rescue cats, dogs, and rabbits. The shelter is one of the few animal shelters that is a “No Kill Shelter.” This mention is crucial to understand the difference between a no kill shelter, a pound, and a shelter. Between a shelter and a pound it is common to rescue or relinquish animals to these places, but the animal has a grace period to stay. Because of space limitations, if the animal has not been adopted then the animal is euthanize. My skin crawled when I learned this horrible truth; however, not all shelters are measured the same. The Red Door Animal Shelter will keep the animals until their adoption. The RDAS was also featured in the popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009.

 

According to their blog, Behind the Red Door posted an article on Huey’s story and Red Doors’ commitment..

Huey was severely abused as a kitten and, as a result, suffers neurological damage. The cat has no control over his hind legs, tail and bladder. Huey was brought to Red Door as a kitten. He has lived at the shelter ever since. Red Door employees estimate that the cat is now between 8 and 10 years old. The extra care that he requires makes it hard to find a home for Huey said employees at Red Door.

A few years back, I met Huey. He is a very sweet and a playful cat, but he is an elderly cat. Most of his time he is laying down, yet likes to get attention such as caressing his soft head. Huey’s story touched my heart deeply because he is a survivor and if it wasn’t for the Red Door Animal Shelter care, Huey’s future would have been a tragic one.

Behind the Red Door: Huey

Red Door Animal Shelter is not governmental funded. In other words, the shelter does not receive city, state, or federal funds because they are 501(c)(3) organization. The 501(c)(3) organization means that their funds are from private donations and grants from private foundations. How can you help? click this link http://www.reddoorshelter.org/donations.html From cleaning products to office supplies will help the shelter to continue their mission.

On May 13, 2009: RDAS (Red Animal Shelter) appeared in ABC channel 7 news. The local news broadcast the story of Ramone and Lucky. These rabbits from Kuwait were rescued by a couple from Illinois. The rabbits were spotted in a Kuwait market; however, Ramone and Lucky were not the only rabbits in the market, but there was at least 15 rabbits. Sadly, the couple could not rescue all the rabbits. They wanted to make a difference and they were able to take two: Ramone and Lucky. A year and a half later, the couple were transferred to Germany and in the European country is it prohibited to import rabbits. The couple from Batavia, Illinois decided to bring Lucky and Ramone to the shelter.

Oprah’s Facebook Picture

In the same year, Red Door volunteers Lou and Steve thanked the acclaimed actress, Betty White for her generous support for RDAS. White has been for many years an animal advocate and certainly a true Golden Girl. Now, the shelter also hosts several events that are fun and to help the shelter. The first time my mother and I heard about RDAS was for their Christmas Bazaar held in November. During the event, they had several stations such as selling items like plushies, cards, and people may bring their pets to take a picture with Santa Claus. What we adored about this event was the fact that animals were also encouraged to come. This is my way to encourage others to help this amazing local shelter. Please check their events and for other inquiries about adoption and donations visit their sites.

http://www.reddoorshelter.org/

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http://behindthereddoor.blogspot.com/

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Smoking Mirrors: Glorifying Vanity Above All and Cosmetic Surgery becomes a Religion

I do clarify this article is not intended to shame plastic surgery. I’m writing this article to caution the public that if one desires to go under the knife; it is crucial to go to a certified doctor. Beware of malpractice.

“Like an apple is my face!” the Korean sensation, Kwang Hee gleefully promotes in a 30 second commercial for the Special One: Korean Plastic Surgery. The idealism of a flawless body has blended into Korean culture quickly. In fact, Korea surpassed Brazil as the new heaven of cosmetic procedures. The surprising factor is what Dr. Anthony Youn for CNN points out. Youn claims that younger generations are going under the knife. He explains,

Plastic surgery is hot in Asia. One in five South Korean women from 19 to 49 have undergone cosmetic surgery, according to a 2009 survey from market-research firm Trend Monitor. That’s reportedly compared to about one in 20 in the United States.

Females and men in South Korea have one goal in mind: the absolute beauty.  But, what is this ideal? Commonly, Korean Pop stars are open about their cosmetic procedures. And, their looks are influential because it is not a taboo topic. For example, shows like Let Me In focuses in transforming ugly ducklings into beautiful men and women. (Not so different from the early 2000s American show called, The Swan.) Yet, there is a staggering effect because this obsession may lead to dire consequences.

For instance, some experts have said that many patients have Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). An example of BDD appears in the reality show called Botched. Doctor Nassif and Doctor Dubrow have rejected patients with this condition because they explain the patient may never be satisfied with the result and they need to seek therapy.

Yet in the opposite spectrum, there are millions of people who feel accomplished with their many surgeries like Justin Jedlica. In the last 15 years, he has gone under the knife more than 150 times. On his recent quest, Jedlica wanted to remove the veins from his forehead. Although this surgery may lead to blindness, he wants to become one-hundred percent plastic (Huffington Post). People like Justin may call BDD rubbish, but when will his Human Ken goal end?

Whether cosmetic surgery is for vanity or for medical reasons – The fact that in South Korea alone, plastic surgery is a 33 billion dollar business; this also shows that a large amount of the population  (foreigners and locals) are unhappy with their natural features. An extreme case is the 2012 lawsuit in China: Feng vs. Feng.

Mr. Feng married a beautiful woman (which he claims he married her out of love in his interview for the Irish Times) and their fairytale marriage started to end with the birth of their daughter. He suspected his wife had an affair because their daughter is “extremely ugly.” The result of this saga is the controversial decision of the judge favoring the husband because she omitted that she had cosmetic surgery before meeting him. Sadly, their children will learn sooner or later that their father rejected them because they are “unattractive”. As a result, more adults would like for their children to go under the knife, Dr. Youn found this reality very disturbing after he read an email from a possible patient. He reads,

I received a request from a mom to perform an Asian eyelid surgery on her son. “He really wants the surgery done,” the mother said. “He wants to look handsome.” Then I found out her son was only 8 (CNN).

How influential is plastic surgery? Extremely, but Eunjeong, a Korean artist claims that people are not obsessed by the actual surgery; people are obsessing with their looks (SBS). This effect is not entirely different of women wanting to look like Pamela Anderson back in her Baywatch era. Still, it seems that in every country, their definition of beauty varies; however, in this variation a drastic outcome catches the press attention like the recent case of the Brazilian model, Andressa Urach.

Back in November, she was in life-support fighting for her life. The model and reality-television star was an advocate of plastic surgery. In People Magazine, Urach  survived a deadly malpractice. The article reveals,

Brazil’s Plastic Surgery Society claimed that Urach was given a dose of silicone gel 200 times the amount that the government permits and that doctors allegedly used a hydrogel not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the AP.

Urach regrets her poor judgment and glorifying vanity above all. She risked her life for a contest called, Miss Bum Bum. After her surgical disaster, she’s not fully recovered. Now, she speaks against this fixation and warns the public based on her experience. Recently, she protested in RedeTV! about the cultural view of beauty in Brazil. She said, “Society, which unfortunately holds a standard of beauty in which you have to be perfect.” At the age of 27 years-old, Urach is aware she’ll never be the woman she was once before. Nonetheless, she made a promise to herself to never treat her body like a product.

Her promise made a resounding effect in my mind because it made me wonder. Are people losing their identity through surgery because they see their bodies as a product? Taking in consideration the K-Pop Effect, are men and women viewing surgery as a religion? It has been proven that when an individual has a goal in mind – he or she might take dangerous measures to meet his or her ambitions. Such as Lance Armstrong, all he wanted to become the number one cyclist and he achieved it. He fooled everyone for several years and dodged previous accusations successfully. Then, in 2011, the USADA accused him of using drugs to enhance his performance and the lawsuit proceeded. Finally, in 2013, Lance publicly acknowledges during an interview with Oprah Winfrey his side of the story (Armchair Spectator). Armstrong decisions were dangerous like excessive surgery – the ending result will have one outcome. Sometimes, the finish line is a deadly one.

In the end, if one decides to go under knife for vanity or for medical reasons –it is up to the individual’s judgment. Regardless of what I’ve written here, I am not demonizing cosmetic procedures. Take in consideration, the pros and cons of each procedure and the reason behind this decision. The worst case scenario is getting cosmetic surgery to satisfy somebody else’s desire or based on a criticism. Another advice I want to give is be careful of a fake prophet. There a billions of surgeons illegally operating worldwide. When surgeries are inexpensive, be wary of this offer because it is likely the doctor is an unlicensed surgeon. Even if the procedure is within the USA or overseas, it is imperative to know who the doctor is and if their record is clean. Even if it’s a Botox shot, be sure it is the real thing and not a substitution like cooking oil. Above all, be sure to take the route that is best for you without compromising your identity, your dignity, and above all your life.

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Sources

https://armchairspectator.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/full-transcript-lance-armstrong-on-oprah/                Full Transcript: Lance Armstrong on Oprah By Denis Mahon

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/25/health/asian-beauty/                                                                              Asia’s ideal beauty: Looking Caucasian By Dr. Anthony Youn

http://www.eonline.com/shows/botched/news/556146/botched-before-and-after-breasts-noses-and-even-a-butt-see-the-recap                                                                                                                                 Botched Before and After: Breasts, Noses and Even a Butt—See the Recap! By Carrie Dilluvio

http://www.examiner.com/article/man-sues-wife-claims-ugly-baby-born-horrifies-him-1                            Man sues wife; claims ‘ugly’ baby born horrifies him By Bruce Baker

http://www.people.com/article/andressa-urach-speaks-out-plastic-surgery                                              Brazilian Model Andressa Urach Opens Up About Her Plastic Surgery Disaster By Jacqueline Andriakos

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/story/k-pop-effect                                                                             The K-Pop Effect By Jeannette Francis