Friday, September 3, 2010

Thirsty...Friday? Cape Codder

Hello Everyone,

Looks like I have 2 new followers. Awesome! Welcome to my blog.

Yesterday was insanely busy for work, therefore I had zero time to write my Thirsty Thursday blog. However, since Friday's are free-form anyways, I thought I'd go ahead and utilize that freedom to write a Thursday blog.

The Cape Codder

There are few times in which you find yourself happier to be alive then during a bright and sunny, yet cool Summer day. Maybe a slight breeze is blowing and you neither have nor want any specific plans. You're content to hang out on your patio, front porch or backyard and enjoy the day. And of course, the perfect compliment to such a day, is the Cape Codder.

The Cape Codder is the perfect combination of alcohol and anti-oxidants. Combining the distinct and refreshing taste of Cranberry Juice, with the power of Vodka, the Cape Codder is the old standby when you want to just relax and enjoy being alive.

The great thing about this drink is it's ability to cross all boundaries. Men love it and women love it, there's no gender exclusivity here, just good alcohol and great taste.

Just be careful not to go too far when adopting the Cape Cod attitude. You're a pair of Nantucket shorts and boat shoes away from Cape Cod douchebaggery.

1 Ounce Vodka (Belvedere is preferred for this one)
Cranberry Juice to fill
Lime Wedge Garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the vodka, fill with cranberry juice, garnish and enjoy!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wacky Wednesdays: I Love Autotune!

Auto-tune is nothing new, but it is amazing. You can essentially auto-tune anything, put a beat behind it and BAM! Hit song!

Here's a few examples:

Without autotune:

With Autotune:

And of course, my favorite, Antoine Dodson:

And the hit song:

Try to get that out of your head. Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday's Charity: Mercy House

Today is Tuesday and this is when I highlight a Charity or Non-profit that I feel is doing some good in the world.

I begin with my place of business, Mercy House in Orange County, CA.

Mercy House was started in 1990 by Father Jerome Karcher, a catholic priest at St. Vincent Depaul in Huntington Beach, CA. Father Jerome saw a need for transitional shelters for Orange County's homeless population and took action. He gathered a Board of Directors, many of whom are still active members, and hired his first employee, a 25 year old idealist by the name of Larry Haynes.

Larry is currently the Executive Director of the agency.

Breaking through the stereotype of the homeless person, Mercy House has successfully set a standard in its services to homeless men, women and children. It is the Mercy House mission to be a leader in ending homelessness for those who enter its system of care by providing a unique system of dignified housing alternatives, programs and supportive services. At Mercy House, the phrase “We help people find their way back home,” expresses its philosophy to help people find their way to permanent housing which they can call “home.”

From that initial idea of reaching out to the marginalized that Father Jerome had in 1990 and led to beginning services to the homeless community, Mercy House has always relied on the goodness of people's hearts. This compassion allows many men, women and children to experience their inherent dignity through programs leading to self-sufficiency and independent living through work and education.

I am extremely proud to be a Grant Writer for this organization and go home every day knowing that without some of these I do, none of this would be possible. It's a rather amazing feeling.

Some success stories:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Madness: Glenn Beck and Capitalism

What is there to say about Glenn Beck?

Is he a sensationalist? Obviously. His fits of crying and bombastic statements offer irrefutable proof.

Is he dangerous? In my opinion, yes.

Glenn Beck promotes an America in which the separation of church and state is eroded beyond repair. Advocating for one nation under a very specific god, he seeks to strip away rights and liberties under the guise of freedom and liberty.

A bit of a contradiction there, Glenn.

In his America, personal riches take an enormous priority over compassion. This skewed view is a big part of the problem I have with conservatives in general, and Beck especially. They promote this supposed American ideal of independence and self-preservation to the point of selfishness.

Taxes are bad, keep all your money, welfare should be eliminated and anyone who says differently is, somehow, a Nazi.

Some of you may agree that taxes are bad, because you don't get to keep all the money you earn. However, that sentiment is almost exclusively an American one. America's dependence on capitalism has created a nation that see's success as how many houses and cars you personally own, rather than how everyone is doing in a collective sense.

This selfish ideal has led to backlash against progressive measures intended to help the less fortunate in many aspects.

Think about this: In many European countries, they don't bat an eye about a 50% tax rate, because they know it's for the common good. Homelessness rates are at or near 0%, education, including college is free, as are health care and many other social services. People in those countries see excessive wealth as unnecessary, because when you create a huge gap between the rich and the poor, problems happen.

Compare the crime rates of most socialized European nations with those of the US. The differences are staggering. The US, which has an enormous gap between the rich and poor with a shrinking middle-class, has a murder rate that is 4 times higher than any European country.

I was offended when so-called Tea Party activists held their ridiculous rally on Saturday and expressed concern over rising tax rates. These are people making over $200K per year, some making millons, saying they are worried about their livelihood if tax rates increase slightly. Meanwhile, millions of their fellow countrymen attempt to support families on day laborer salaries or are simply homeless. Unfortunately, these people are too busy with the horrors of day-to-day survival then to try and hold a rally asking for a more reliable government safety net.

The simple fact is that the divide between rich and poor is growing at an alarming rate. The once-vibrant middle-class is shrinking as more and more middle class families find themselves in poverty. The government is supposed to take care of it's citizens but voices like those of Beck and Sarah Palin equate safety nets for the less fortunate with Fascism, Communism and Socialism, though it's a good bet they have no idea what any of those truly are.

Call me a Socialist, I'd wear the moniker proudly. Ending homelessness, providing free health care and education for all, a more vibrant job market, guaranteed living wages, a much smaller gap between CEO pay and worker pay a Wall Street holding a minimal, if any, role in the government sounds much better than what is currently going on. Capitalism is failing. It's time to modify corporate and political greed or face our fate as a modern-day Roman Empire.