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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Things I'm obsessed with this week

As humans, we all go through phases of short-term, intense obsession. Whether it be a television show, video game, book, website...sometimes we find a gem and can't get enough of it. At least for a while.

Here's a few things I'm obsessed with (this week anyways):

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Watching the Olympics -- I am not, nor have I ever been, an athlete. But the Olympics bring all Americans together to root for Team USA in beloved events like swimming and gymnastics and even a few less familiar competitions. I mean, did I know who Missy Franklin was before yesterday? Absolutely not. But was I enthralled in her race and super excited when she won the gold? Of course. Next week I'm sure I'll be complaining that I'm tired of watching the events and annoyed that they're interrupting regularly scheduled programming. Meh.
  
Listening to Mumford & Sons -- I often get in music moods where I listen to the same artist or genre for a fairly short amount of time. This week, it's Mumford and Sons. I can't say enough about the musical and songwriting talent of this group, an act that is far under-appreciated in my opinion. If you haven't heard a song by them, do yourself a favor and YouTube one. Any one. I'm yet to hear one I dislike or can't relate to on some level.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yes, I talk to myself

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While driving to work this morning, I was doing something that I do pretty regularly, and then thought about how weird it actually was.

I talk to myself.

Even beyond that, I have actual conversations with people who aren't there.

Now before you direct me to a mental health facility, I do acknowledge that there is no one there and that it's not an actual conversation.

If there's something on my mind, I feel better verbalizing it. It's purely cathartic. I actually advise people to do this. When you feel as though you've actually voiced your opinions or concerns, it saves you from bottling them up inside and resulting in a massive conflict or confrontation. Whether or not someone is actually listening to you is quite irrelevant.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Totally Underrated: Attractive male actors

So I've decided to start a new recurring post called 'Totally Underrated.'

This is where I will list celebrities, musicians, actors, books etc. who in my opinion, are underrated in whichever the chosen category is.

Today I decided to focus on attractive male actors. This is a list of men who are underrated purely on their looks, not their acting ability.

Some of them may be familiar to you -- others are pretty mediocre actors who probably only made it anywhere in the industry because they're ridiculously attractive. More power to them, I say.

While I'm sure there could be hundreds of men on this list, here's what I came up with:
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Monday, July 16, 2012

It gets better...trust me

There's been a lot of talk about bullying lately. And as usual, I feel the need to address it.

From Cuomo signing a new law against cyberbullying, to the appalling Karen Klein incident, kids these days seem to have become especially cruel and vicious.

Most high schoolers have experienced bullying on some level, from verbal rumors and gossip to genuine threats or acts of physical violence.

When I was in high school, I can fortunately say I was never bullied to the extent many kids are today -- but I had observed bullying of varying degrees.

I just want to take this opportunity to say to all kids in high school -- IT GETS BETTER.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

All I have is my word

I am a strong believer that the one thing will all have in life is our word. You either make a habit of keeping it or you don't -- plain and simple.

Some people always keep their word, others try their best but unintentionally fail at times, and then there are the people who couldn't keep their word if their life depended on it -- and don't care.

I like to think I keep my word as often as I can. I keep secrets with the best of them and don't use the word 'promise' unless I mean it. I try not to say things I don't mean, make plans I can't follow through with or promise to do or not do something that I can't guarantee I will or won't do.

I actually find it to be a major character flaw when someone doesn't care about keeping their word.

Just don't give 'yes' or 'no' answers to things you can't guarantee. I'm also not a fan of wishy-washy people that can't make decisions or commit, but you should never give your word on something with out a disclaimer unless you can follow through.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Celebrity babies are way cooler than I am

So I was flipping through one of those classy tabloid magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store yesterday, and started to ponder something.

Celebrity babies -- are way cooler than I am.

I mean they have better style, clothes, shoes, hair...genes.

Here's just a few examples:

Kingston Rossdale
Age: 6
Parents: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

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Now let's be serious, most grown men can't pull off that outfit, but this kid just looks purely rock 'n roll. Add the hair and facial expression, and you can just assume he'll be partying at age 14, in a rock band by 16 and on Celebrity Rehab by 25. Not that I'm dooming the kid, but it's a strong possibility.
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