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You are Civilian Calvin!
You don’t get to travel much outside your neighborhood, but you still manage to get in plenty of trouble. When you’re not acting up, you like to wax philosophical.
Take the What Calvin are You? Quiz by contessina_2000@yahoo.com!

SG, signing off.

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So last week, I was watching this DVD rental of Pay It Forward, hence my wanting to help people thing I posted the other day. At any rate, when I was looking at the cover, I noticed the oh-so familiar sticker that is usually stuck on VHS cassette rental tapes: “Be Kind, Please Rewind.” Um… rewind what exactly? It’s a DVD!! heh heh, I found it pretty amusing and so I took a picture too!

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Woah, so get this. After I wrote my entry yesterday, about and hour later somebody sent me an email:

[being email]

“Hi… I read your blog and I was inspired by your entry. I work a minimum wage job and I think that it is pretty cool your idea about gift cards, so I am going to go get one or two today to pass out. I hope others read your blog and are inspired as well… ”

[end email]

Isn’t that so cool? Somebody is gonna do this! After I read the email, I smiled.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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What motivates you to do a great job at something? What makes you want to be all you can be? Why do you work so hard at things?

I’ve wondered about this because I have been reading this book lately “Nickel and Dimed,” where this writer decides to try living like a minimum-wage worker for about 2 months or so. She got in her car, drove to 3 different cities and tried to start from scratch. Of course, she had a few advantages that min. wage workers didn’t have: a car, and a savings account for apartment deposits.

So she does a few jobs for really low wage: waitress, maid, WalMart worker. Between paying rent and working many long hours at seemingly dead-end jobs, she barely got by. So she had to live paycheck to paycheck and could hardly save a single dime. Because she sometimes didn’t have a kitchen, she had to eat fastfood every day.

Now, this was all merely an experiment, and after a few months, she went back to her family and her “regular” life. The sad thing is, a lot of people live this way.. working long hours for insufficient pay. They have 2 jobs and children to take care of. Their bodies are slowly deteriorating from the daily physical labor. And all this is for what exactly? I guess the answer is to live. To watch their kids grow up and hopefully have a better life someday.

As for many of us, we’ve grown up in a household which may have been better off. Our parents worked hard to pay the bills and put food on the table, but they also worked hard so that we could buy stuff. These poor families can’t just go out and “buy stuff.” We want all these fancy toys, expensive designer clothes, and luxury cars, and we stress about having enough money to buy these things. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t go out and buy these things that we “want” if it makes us happy. It’s just that… I guess I wanted to remind people to really appreciate what they have.

I’m not saying that we can have this perfect society where everybody makes a good living and can afford to buy things. I guess, the next time you want to go out and buy this $80 t-shirt with a designer label on it, why not go to like… Ross or Marshalls, and buy a similar quality shirt for about $20? Then you would’ve saved yourself $60. And, if you still feel compelled to spend this $60 somewhere, give it to a good cause. Buy $60 worth of food and donate it to a needy family. You can also buy those Albertsons or Safeway giftcards, plug $20 into it and pass it out to 3 different random people. Chances are, the janitor who cleans your office building or any WalMart-ish store (where almost all of the associates are part of some minority group) would really appreciate it because you just saved them like 4 hours of labor.

So I hope I’ve inspired people out there to do something. If even 1 person who reads this gives just 1 gift card away, I would feel pretty happy. So am I going to practice what I preach? I hope so. The thing is, I don’t really buy designer label clothing or clothing that’s not already cheap. I guess because I’m too cheap. Heh heh. Perhaps I’ll just see what I can give and eat 1 less nice meal out.

If you think I’m crazy or foolish or a genius, then let me know.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Where are my manners? I wanted to say thanks to Waffle Lawyer for sending me those really cool pics from Southeast Asia! It brings back some cool memories.

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I was wondering about this beauty stuff and spending money to imrpove the way we look. Amabelley was talking about that topic recently. It seems like it’s something that’s often on our minds. I suppose it’s because we are somewhat of a beauty-oriented society. No Matter how much we’d like to deny it, we can’t help but treat those who are peceived as “beautiful” by society, a whole lot nicer. Whether it’s because we want to date them, or perhaps they just look like friendlier people, we are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to someone good-looking.

Now why on earth does this happen? Aren’t we all people? Don’t we all have feelings? Don’t we all have sparkling personalities? I have no answers to these questions really. I have no idea why this happens.

Then there’s mass media. There’s television, movies, magazine ads… all those things help to contribute to that. I mean, we spend tons of time in front of either or all 3 things. These naturally “beautiful” faces are constantly shoved in our face and we’re told that they’re beautiful and they should be worshipped. Okay, maybe we’re not told that, but it seems like all the celebrities have this beautiful “glow” about them that us regular folk don’t seem to have.

Ohhh.. I know what it is. It’s 10 pounds of MAKEUP, and lots and lots of pretty soft lights. So does that mean these actors don’t really look nice? Not necessarily, but you’ve got to start somewhere right? I would say most people look average. As long as you’ve got a somewhat symetrical face where your eyes are reasonably aligned, and your features are somewhat balanced, I’d say that you TOO can look “beautiful.”

It’s just that I think most people look good… in their own unique way. Yeah, sounds cheesy, but since we all look different from each other, we can all look “beautiful” the way that we can. We can’t look beautiful the way other people can. Does that make sense? It’s just like when people get all dressed up and take photos at a studio. You know, when they make you pose in all those funny ways (shoulder tilted forward, arm under chin, etc..)? It’s like those senior portraits you get done in high school. I remember some friends who opted for the “glamour” shot where they put pounds of makeup on you. They looked really pretty in their pictures.

Oh, and this reminds me. Ever see those tabloid photos of celebrities in their “normal” look? Yuck, some of them are scary looking because their skin is not as wrinkle-free as they are on tv/movies. It’s like you just saw their movie yesterday in the theater, where they’re looking “perfect”, and then the next day, you see their real-life photo with normal lighting and they look “average”, if not a little yucky.

Anyways, I seem to have gone off on this topic. I guess it’s just that looks are a very sensitive topic to people. Ya know? Nobody wants to be considered “ugly” and everybody wants to be “pretty,” “beautiful,” or “cute” or whatever. It’s just that maybe the media has kinda poisoned our minds into thinking that we’re not as good as we really are. They want us to buy their products and that’s why they do these things. In the end, it’s all about the benjamins. Heh heh, no I haven’t watched that movie although it looks funny.

All people are beautiful. We should all embrace the way we look. Afterall, if we all looked the same, how boring would that be?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Hmm… I just realized while browsing through the Rice Bowl Journals that I haven’t updated my blog. Yeah, I joined it because it seems like everybody else is doing it, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Since I’ve been gone for a few days, I figure I should post of another Relaxing Ritual for all you stressed out folks who actually have jobs:

Mindful Walk:
“Put on your most comfortable shoes and take a walk. Keep walking until most of the voices in your head are quieted and your mind is calm. Pick a walking route that doesn’t require a lot of attention so you can just space out. As your busy thoughts subside, you may even begin to see the things around you: Notice the many tiny details you miss when you are preoccupied. Walking in nature can help to put things in perspective - your problems might not seem that significant in comparison to the enduring beauty of an old tree.”

So some time last week, I think I finally had my “freak-out” about this jobless thing I’m going through. I didn’t go berserk or anything. I felt, not in control. Now, I’m not some total control freak or anything, but I usually have a decent handle on my life. At least I THINK I do. I was at that point where you panic a bit because you don’t know what’s going to happen in your life. You don’t know what you want to do, and that makes it hard to find a job. You need to find a job, because you need money to pay your bills. Stuff like that. It’s like that feeling you get when you’re lost in the woods and you have no idea how to go about to find your way home.

Well, I’m over that feeling. In fact, after I woke up the next day, everything felt “normal.” I guess it was something that everyone goes through after they’ve been laid off. I guess it just took me two and a half months to get that feeling. Heh. I’m still looking for a job, and I still have no idea what I want to do, but I’ll keep sending out those resumes. Wish me luck. Just think, when I get a job again, I’ll have more material to write about since I’ll be taking the train everyday to work. Heh heh. Not that I intentionally listen in on other people’s conversations or stare at fellow passengers…

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Heh, maybe it wasn’t the biggest camera store after all. It was quite big though…

Anyways, I don’t think babies should be on airplanes. I mean, they often end up crying because maybe their ears clog up and they don’t know how to deal with it so they just scream. Then what about if it’s a full flight, and their diaper needs to be changed? Where are you going to change it? In the oh-so-big airplane bathroom? Or maybe, your neighbor would be kind of enough do let you use his/her fold-down tray to help in the process.

Besides all that, need I mention how disturbing it is to your fellow passengers when your baby starts busting it out? A baby can probably cry for half an hour straight. Oh well, I guess sometimes you just can’t help but bring your baby on a plane. Hey, at least the plus side is you get to board the plane first.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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It’s off to the biggest darn camera store on this side of the Pacific. Have a nice weekend.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Yuck, this weather is so depressing. I always imagined spring weather to be sunny and beautiful with flowers blooming everywhere you look. Instead, it’s raining. I suppose that means there’s more snow up in the Sierras for me to board on. Heh heh.

Do you believe in you get what you pay for? Well, often times, I think I’ve seen people buy stuff because it’s cheap. Like they may not necessarily believe that if you spend more money, you can get something better. I mean, it’s not to say that everything that is expensive is better. It’s just that sometimes, if you spent a little bit more, you’d get something way better. Does that makes sense?

For example, M had bought some ink for his printer. Now, he could’ve gone and bought the HP printer cartridge, but instead, he opted to go generic. So as a result of him saving some money, it turned out that this generic ink sucked. I mean, it MAJORLY sucked. Like when we tried to print some pictures, there was no red. Heh heh. Even in the test prints it was sucky. Now, I don’t know if it was just that one cartridge that was defective, but it made me realize that sometimes, you need to pay for the quality. Heh ehh.

It’s also kinda true for food. Now, there are tons of places that are cheap and good to eat. The thing is, all of the really great-tasting restaurants are very expensive. So what can we do about that? I don’t really know, but there’s got to be some sort of happy medium.

Oh well, I’m, off for a few days.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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