Thursday, October 16, 2008

Back in Docs

Right after high school and all through college I wore Doc Martens:

Black mary jane shoes that I paired with everything, especially long flowy vintage and vintage-inspired dresses. I loved them but after college I gave them up, as I felt too youthful wearing them and my style was changing.

I thought I'd never wear Docs again but then I found and bought this pair yesterday:
Can you believe these are Docs? Aren't they gorgeous? It's so feminine! I'm so happy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action 2008 - Poverty

It's blog action day and about 11,000 blogs are writing today about ending poverty. When I think about poverty, it's overwhelming the amount of people that are in need, but there are small things that we can do to help out.

For example, I'm a really big fan of the site Kiva, which facilitates people like you and me to make a difference in another's life by loaning money they need to start a business or buy equipment and help improve their own and their family's standard of living.

You choose who to donate to. My specific interest is in helping women. You can browse profiles and align your interests and passions with someone that needs help.

You also don't have to give a lot of money to make a difference. The beauty is that your loan can be as much as you can afford as it gets pooled with the loans of others interested in helping that individual.

It's not a handout. It's a real loan. Over time, the person you gave money to repays it which you can then reinvest.

It's small, but it can bring changes in another's life. Imagine if all of us helped out in any small way we could? What would become of poverty then?



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pearls of Wisdom

Some girls grow up idolizing their fathers. I idolized my uncle, who I considered to be the coolest, smartest, funniest, and the most honest guy in the world. And I still believe this. He's never let me down.

As per his earlier advice, I now at least have bottle of wine on hand (I do follow his advice sometimes). Here's his latest hilarious yet not completely nuts advice on making the most of my life and meeting new people, sent via email:
Go hang out at the Pizza place if you have no plans. Proceed to drink a bottle of that fine wine, and be friendly with one and all. The good looking, the bad looking and even the ugly looking. Ugly people have good looking friends also. Make a habit of it, and tell yourself, "what would Paulo do in these circumstances?" Be brave, make a fool of yourself, laugh about it. Start singing if you know the song. Talk to perfect strangers, Is that wine your drinking any good? Can I find a jacket like that at the thrift store, for my uncle? Insult them, they love it. Do they make that watch for men? Just kidding, it's a very manly chronograph, are you a racing driver?
And Smile, and laugh and laugh.
Have fun.

Love,
Paulo

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Really?

So on Saturday, I got home late and popped in a DVD, turning on my surround sound. It was late, around midnight and someone rang my doorbell. My downstairs neighbor, who I guess is new, was telling me that he could "feel" the sound and that it was too loud. While I never had a noise complaint in my life, I figured that the sub-woofer was disturbing him, so I did turn it down.

But, it's 10:02pm on a Wednesday and I don't have the surround sound on. I have the TV on and the sound is at the half way point. And my doorbell just rang.

Seriously? Really? Are you kidding me? You're ringing my doorbell? You have got to be out of your mind. Are you from NYC?

I looked through the peep hole and didn't open the door. I bet you rang my bell at 10:02 because of the noise ordinance law. Call the cops you asshole. And, yeah, I've been deliberately stepping on the squeaky floorboards. You're lucky I don't wake up at 4am.