So tired of the ads. So I made this hoping it will spread to the YouTube team. But I’m sure $$$ from advertisments is more important than our pesky annoyances! =] ….but in all honesty, I would probably pay a small fee if my experience could be ad free. Problem solved. Oh and YouTube developers, marketers etc, if you’re reading this…..You’re Welcome! - Donna Leigh
I can’t wait to begin Fall semester. I’m going to bring my laptop and do all my writing assignments over a few grande cups of latte at the bookstore Starbucks lounge while eating a scone and taking notes in a composition notebook with a luxury fine tip pen and/or mechanical pencil so I can be an obnoxious, ostentatious, pretentious, and anything else that ends in ious college student! yay! =]
And one, two, three times a charm!…After all my ridiculous over the top thought processing….I’ve decided to major in Business. I’ve talked to the FOURTH adviser at the campus and most of the advisers, although extremely pleasant, are NO help, they seem to just go along with whatever I’m saying as if I’m just that smart that I don’t need advising… I’d like to think so buuuut, I digress! ;-) Anywayzzzzz, this particular adviser seemed very oddly happily nonchalant. It made me feel a little awkward talking to him. However, he was the most insightful adviser I have spoken with. I was told originally I could do an AS or an AA for the particular IT program I was interested in. So I thought an AS would benefit me since I am ill experienced I could get all the main technical core classes. This guy told me in a nutshell that was a bad idea because those technical core classes I will have to use as electives if I go for the AA….and this way I won’t have to backtrack and get the gen ed I will need to get accepted into that program. But he said regardless “an AA is an AA is an AA.” they are all the same whether you go for business or computer with the exception of one or two classes and your electives. With an AA I can transfer to any university around here. The reason I am deciding on business is because I am not so use I really like “computers” per se. And the stuff about computers that I -do- like, is all stuff I can self learn from various MOOC websites. I think I would like business with a concentration in marketing or public relations…. not sure exactly what but something along those lines. Also a plus is that I took a few classes in 2006 which I thought was a wash but come to find out, they count towards electives if I major in business so that’s a few steps closer to my goal already. Seems like this is coming out of left field considering all the routes I wanted to take before, and considering I didn’t want to do business because it seems too general. But the difference is, I have a sense of “inner peace” about this decision whereas before I didn’t, I had more a sense of “inner agony” when trying to consider all my prior options ….and if there is one thing that I have learned throughout my life that has -ALWAYS- stuck with me was, when facing a tough decision, don’t pick what is easy but always follow peace. And, If I change my mind along the way, so be it! The #1 thing I hear is that most jobs don’t “necessarily” care about the title of your degree, they mainly appreciate that you had the stability, discipline, and ambition to complete it. And my ending thoughts about it, at the end of the day you just need to have your mindset aligned with being okay with the fact that not every decision you make is going to be the right one. Life is not a linear equation. Just take a deep breathe, smile, and move along.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, for now… ;-)
311 - “Beautiful Disaster” LIVE
What an amazing concert this was! If 311 ever comes back to my town, I’d definitely pay to sit closer!!! I wish the video had come out better. It’s really hard to film because I’m too lazy to get the correct class memory card. I’m suppose to be using a class 10 and I have a class 4. =[ My camera hates it. But at least the sound quality is decent!
….Others that played: Sublime w/ Rome, Cypress Hill, and Pennywise. All in which were fan-titily-tastic! =]
…Oh and to the people who say they won’t pay to see Sublime because it’s not Bradley Nowell….You’re a jack@$$. Rome is an amazing singer!
It always amazes me how a single song can evoke so many memories.
I was just listening to Fuel and it made me think of Soul Coughing. Back when I was in High School, the local Alternative radio station was WBCN. I use to listen to 80/90s Hip Hop because in my hometown, that’s all anyone listened to so at that time, it was all I knew except classic rock and oldies from my parents…and maybe some Beastie Boys but they were played on every channel. Well, I clicked on WBCN once…not sure if it was an accident or on purpose…but nonetheless, I had it playing on my bomb @$$ stereo that I begged for as some holiday present. And I remember listening to Bittersweet and Circles (later fell in-love with “Super Bon Bon”)… and I couldn’t believe the great music I had been missing out on. So I did what anyone would have done back then, I put some scotch tape over the holes of a cassette tape and taped me some songs…Those two in particular I remember the most. Later that week I went out with some friends and I brought my niffy tape and stuck it in his cassette player in his car. He said “what the hell is this” …and I was all like “Rock n’ Rock M*thafudger” in my gangsta voice…. ^insert record scratch sound here^ …okay, maybe that’s not exactly how it went down but that sounded cooler so we’ll roll with that.
But he did question what I was listening too, I can’t remember how and I can’t remember how I responded but I do know that him and other friends in the car let me keep playing it…maybe they liked it too…
Oh, and another time, I was I driving with another friend, and we played “Circles” and did donuts in an empty parking lot changing the lyrics and singing “I don’t need to drive around in circles, drive around in circles, drive around circles.”
Anyway, those songs were the start of something great…the start of my Alternative Music listening skills …(Can I put that on a Resume?). I slowly and slowly started to dislike Hip Hop. I guess as I got more into rock, I also got more into lyrics and realized how ri-dic-u-lous Hip Hop lyrics could be and how Hip Hop wasn’t “real music”…in an instrumental way. I do like periodic current hip hop songs and I will still always have a soft spot for 80s-90s Hip Hop though. brings me back to a simpler time.
I went from Hip Hop, to Alternative. To a Heavier Alternative… To mostly Indie now.
But yeah, Fuel and Soul Coughing, That’s what did it. Weird. =/
WoW this is crazy. Goes to show that either the government is admitting the system is flawed, or that they can do whatever they want…. Or both!
Do I think Zimmerman should have got off scott free? Maybe not exactly. But prosecution messed up. They went in charging 2nd degree murder and only 2nd degree from the get-go. This case was clearly not a 2nd degree murder trial. 2nd degree would be like my husband ticked me off one day so I went and grabbed a gun and shot him in the moment. That was not the case in the Zimmerman trial. 1st off, he was head of the neighborhood watch because there were an influx of break ins, which reports show were mainly committed by black males, you may not like that but it is a fact, not racism. He seen Trayvon, who he never seen before and was suspicious. He called 911 and 911 said “where is he?” so Zimmerman went to see so he didn’t lose sight of him, then they asked if he was following him and then said “We don’t need you to do that.” They never said not to, just that they didn’t need him to…and even if they had, 911 is not the “law.” They have no authority. They can advise, but they have no legal authority. The defense also proved through the 911 call and Jeantel’s testimony that Trayvon after realizing he was being followed, had 4 minutes to call 911, run, or go home. But instead he hid in the bushes and jumped out and beat the crap out of Zimmerman….. Should Zimmerman have stayed in his car…Yes probably… was it illegal for him to get out of the car, no. Was it a bad choice, absolutely. Should Trayvon have went home or called 911, yes absolutely. Both men jumped to conclusions and overreacted and made poor choices that resulted tragically. But you can’t send someone away for 30 years because of a legally bad choice. I believe it was self-defense but also believe it could have been avoided if BOTH parties hadn’t made such irrational decisions. I strongly believe that the prosecution could have got a conviction if they had went it with manslaughter and also offered aggravated assault or something along those lines in addition.
I also do not believe that the “Stand Your Ground” law should be abolished. Maybe revised, but not abolished completely. My Husband is a gun owner and has his concealed, mainly because we have had 3 to 4 break ins in our neighborhood. And ironically all by black young males. Do we profile? No. But we were told specially by the cops that if we see ANYTHING or ANYONE suspicious and out of place walking around to call them immediately. A few times we have heard noises and my husband has cased our property with gun in hand. We’ve never cased the neighborhood though although with a concealed permit he would be legally allowed to, maybe not “in hand” but at least have his gun on him. Which brings me to my next point. Maybe the justice system should start implementing laws for neighborhood watches so this never happens again. A list of cans and cants etc.
And maybe the jury should be allowed to suggest other charges to the counselors.
I also believe it is BS that they can be losing so badly and at the end be like “oops” and slip in a lesser charge. These cases should be WELL thought out and whatever charge you decide to prosecute for, that’s it. No turning back. Unless the jury suggests a change in which would have to be overlooked and approved by the judge. (just my opinion)
And maybe, we should have a professional jury… just a thought =]
And about this turning into a racial thing… I am FAR from racist, I feel I have to add BECAUSE of racism which is sad that I can’t state an opinion without a disclaimer. But I have a a few cousins who are “half n’ half” to be politically incorrect. And one of my closest friends for the last 12 years is also black so by no means am I racist in the slightest. I am however, racist against racist people no matter what color or background you are or are from. But I am just a little annoyed that when OJ was confirmed “innocent” by a court of law… people racist against whites were hollering and jumping for joy when he was clearly guilty. But now all of sudden the system is broken. Nice!
Anyway. I’m done with this topic. It consumed me for 3 weeks and I am over it. I can’t imagine being a lawyer, how emotionally draining that job must be. In a nutshell, in my opinion, my closing argument…The jury did the best they could with what was presented to them. If you want someone to point fingers at, at least start with the prosecution, the lawyers who were seeking Trayvon’s justice. That’s the only ones y’all should be mad at and oddly, they are the only ones I hear nothing about. They screwed the pooch on this one!
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.” - President Barack Obama
I don’t agree nor disagree with the verdict. There are no “winners” but if you didn’t even watch the trial…then I honestly believe you may be misinformed. 10 to 30 years was awfully steep. The prosecution put in manslaughter the morning of closing statements because of how badly they did. There was no way Zimmerman would have gotten 10 to 30 and if you had watched the entire trial, you would actually understand why! …If the prosecution wanted a conviction they should have offered a lesser charge for the jury from the beginning. Maybe 5 years if it was an option would have been understandable… but the prosecution aimed high and they bombed, big time..This is not a what you think you know justice system, It’s what can be proven. I don’t understand how so many American citizens still don’t understand the system. Either way, 2 people both made poor judgments and poor decisions and it ended badly. Yes it is sad and I am not down playing that but media left out A LOT just to cause strife in the American people and you fell for it.
I am tired of it being compared to Casey Anthony…. this was NOTHING like the Casey Anthony trial. And that is literally all I keep hearing. I do know that I feel bad for Trayvon’s parents, I can’t imagine losing a kid and I completely understand wanting justice but burden of proof just wasn’t completely there for 10 to 30 years of jail time….. and I know that Zimmerman is probably going to have to move… that’s about the only thing he has in common with Casey Anthony.
Yeah there were racial undertones because PEOPLE made it that way. This case was not racial….or at least it never should have been!
…And the Media said “Dance puppets dance,” and America played along! Like I said, there are no “winners.”
..I have invested the last 2 to 3 weeks of my life to this trial… I feel like I can finally get back to my normal life now. If I didn’t think lawyers were shady I’d almost consider becoming one.
…Let’s just pray that everyone stays safe and there are no riots! That’s what we really need to concentrate on. Pray for the Martin family and America to have the grace to peacefully move on.
- Donna Leigh - DLF!
Life tangent for the year; What math has taught me about life:
As I work my Algebra homework, I started to think… As if Algebra didn’t make me think enough as it is…
Anyway, I am working on Absolute Value Equations. And In Absolute Value Equations, there are a few exceptions to the many rules. Like:
|17x-7|=0 Will only have one solution whereas in the rule they usually have two.
|X|=0 The answer will always be 0.
|X|=-7 The answer will always be “No Solution.”
Through out my last 3 math classes, there are a few exceptions to various algebra equations but they are few and far in-between. As in, These exceptions are easy to answer once you understand them, so when I go to take my exam, I can count on MAYBE one exception as a test set problem if I am lucky. The rest of the exam I will have to work hard to remember the rules and committed it to memory in order to pass and succeed. So in other words, it’s a lot of -hard work- and brain power.
My point? Well, as I am writing down all the rules and exceptions on flash cards, I started thinking….If people in life in general could just realize that even though being the exception to the rule would be nice, it is few and far in-between the realisticness of reality. We are the rule! Life is the rule! Working hard everyday in whatever you do is the rule! Life takes a lot of hard work and hard choices that need to be made but if we are willing to live accordingly that we are the rule and not the exception, I believe we will succeed and have a lot less let downs. And if by chance the exception presents itself in the midst, well then knowing the rule paid off because you can’t truly know and apprciate the exception without first knowing the rule. -DLF
So I went to see the New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees concert! It was -AWESOME- !!!!! Boyz II Men was great, Motownphilly back again! 98 Degrees I was never a big fan of, however, they did good! But New Kids on the Block….They did AMAZING!!!!! Most artists just get on stage, sing, dance, get the crowd going and that’s about it. NKOTB actually had an entire routine. They had a different presentation for each song. New lights, outfits, dance etc. It was truly a fun time! I seen NKOTB for the first time in 1991, I was 10. It wasn’t my first concert though…Ringo Starr was my first concert, of course I was way too young to appreciate it. However, NKOTB was a pivotal concert for me, not only was it like a dream come true but I think that concert opened the “concert flood gates” for me. I’m not a big boy band person but NKOTB was a childhood favorite band and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to spend a girls night out to see them perform!!!
Ps: Donnie Walhberg looks pretty good shirtless after all these years, just sayin’ ;-)
Here’s my “22 years later” photo. I got rid of most of my NKOTB memorabilia but the pins, the pins I couldn’t part with! I knew there was a reason I kept them all these years! =]
and check out this video, It’s posted from someone from a radio show. I have a similar video except it wasn’t this close….and the sound quailty was terrible! Soooo, I am passing along someone elses’ video. =]
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