Review Your Service

I am almost willing to bet that right now you are overpaying for one of the services you receive. Anything that has to do with Telecommunication I am almost certain that you are paying too much for right now. Cell phone plans change all the time, promotions expire and if you do not proactively call, they will leave you in the plan that will overcharging you. Isn’t that stealing?

With all the mergers and acquisitions going on with big telecom companies, there is going to be a lot of price changes. I just found out that I was paying almost 3 times what I am supposed to be paying for my Internet service, and if I had not called, I would still be paying the “standard” rate.

I wish this was the only time that this has happened to me, but it has happened over and over in different occasions and with different providers. Last year one of my coworkers heard what I was paying for a service and asked me, what company. It turned out that he had been paying double for a year and they never bother to tell him that the price had changed.

It’s sad that we cannot trust our service providers. That if there is a cheaper plan, or there are more services that you should be getting for the price you are already paying, why don’t they switch it automatically? Don’t even get me started on their “packages”, where you pay an extra fee just because you do not want one of their bundled services. There is no real communication channel for it either.

So, I bet that if you spend 30 minutes going over all of your services, you will most likely save money for just reviewing what you are paying vs. what you are getting for. Be proactive and save money.

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Happy Birthday Gabo

Gabriel José García Márquez was born on March 6, 1928 in Aracataca, Colombia. He won the 1982 Nobel Price for literature with after gaining notoriety with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, which is actually in Oprah’s book club.

Gabo is a great writer and I am proud that we were born in the same country. I put him in the same category with Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. If you ever have a chance pick up one of his books. Find out what magic realism is all about.

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Stupid Girls

Before you continue to read this entry I invite you to go over to this website and watch the Stupid Girls video. I have liked Pink since her first album, even though I have to admit that I thought she was black before I saw her first video. She has a very soulful voice and can transmit emotion with her voice in a way that I have not heard a white singer do. The first single I listened to ‘Most Girls’, was a very cool R&B hit. Her career has evolved and she has jumped genre and is now more of a pop rock kind of act, but her music is still very good, in my opinion. While other singers like Christina Aguilera have touched the subject of “our society wanting to turn girls into babies that wear a size zero dress” with the song Beautiful, Pink’s all out attack on the current “celebrity” craze is blunt and nails a straight punch into the real problem.

Webster defines celebrity as a celebrated person. When you look up celebrated, it does not state that being followed by a group of people taking pictures of you while you try to take a step just because you are in a movie, or you are rich, that you should be celebrated. I admire people’s talents. I love certain actors and their performances, they should be recognized for the work they do… but I don’t believe in the whole celebrity idea. I am not going as far as saying that celebrities are destroying our society, but people’s misunderstanding of what they are is really hurting all of us.

Just because a celebrity looks a certain way does not mean that every single woman in the world should look like her. I like fashion, my sister wanted to become a fashion designer and even though she chose a different career she still managed to make her own prom dress that came out beautiful. Fashion is cool when it shows creativity, but when a celebrity wears a hat or some kind of shoes and then everyone stars wearing it, kind of makes me sick. I wear stuff that I like, that looks cool and I feel comfortable in. I don’t wear stuff because someone else wears it. I would wear a Vote for Pedro shirt, because I love the Napoleon Dynamite movie and think it is hilarious, but not because everyone else is wearing it.

Today’s problems in our society have to do a lot with lack of identity. We are not encouraged to come up with our own identity but to pick one from a variety of established ones. We are either pro something or anti something… there is no middle, there is no gray areas and we have to adopt labels at every step we take. Since when is being a individual became an almost insurmountable quest?

Pinks video shows one of my dreams. I want to see a woman president. While the prospect of Hilary Clinton or Even Oprah becoming president scares me, I do think we need to see a woman as the president. It makes me sad when I see so many young girls wanting to look like the people they see on TV. I am even sadder when those same girls want to be older than they are and jump into adulthood when they are only 12. Is the information age overloading our young ones brain with so much information that they are confused about what they should become? I know I don’t have all the answers, I know I am still confused even though I am getting close to being 30. I also know that I am an individual and even though I ended up being defined by an array of labels like, Hispanic, Martial Artist, Biker, Geek and Gamer, I still chose to be all of those things, I am not ashamed of being called any of those things, instead I am proud to know that I can be several different things and that no label will ever define everything that I am.

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Christian Cruelty

The other day while at church I began to wonder about other cultures. What would someone that has no clue about Christianity think if they walked into my church?

The church I attend is a very beautiful old-fashioned Catholic church. It has beautiful stained glass and paintings depicting Christ stations before the crucifixion. It also has a medium size (I have seen a lot bigger) Crucifix hanging before the pulpit.

If I had no idea what Christianity was about and I entered a place that has pictures of torture and a human nailed to a cross I would be pretty shaken up. I also began to think about Ty and how those pictures are interpreted inside of his head. We are exposing our kids to all of these pictures and while it is our duty as parents to explain all of it, some of it should be left for a later age.

The Passion of the Christ is another example of a movie that I think is a little to harsh for the non Christian or young viewer. I know lots of Churches of all denomination endorsed the film and had even had some of their young people go see it. What would someone that knows nothing about Christianity think of a film depicting such cruelty to a human being?

I have gone to some protestant churches where there might be a cross but not a crucifix. Some of them don’t even have crosses behind the pulpit. I wonder if Christians of other denomination ever went to a Catholic church they would be shocked by some of the imagery.

I grew up Catholic, I even went to a Catholic high school so I really have no way of knowing if it is as shocking as might imagine. I am still curious to see if anyone out there has felt shocked by some of the imagery either in the movie or a church.

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Michael Tagged Me … AGAIN!

Ok, here are the answers Michael with a very similar meme to one from a year ago.

the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so..

1. I’m About To Be Brilliant
2. badbadivy
3. musings from malicious
4. Big Orange Michael
5. Logtar

Next, select 5 people to tag:
Dan, Trunk, Bea, Evil_Atari

What were you doing 10 years ago?
1996 I was graduating from highschool, first hearing about this thing called the internet and using YUK AOL… My very first handle

What were you doing 1 year ago?
Work, Work, Work… not much has changed in a year… LOL

Five snacks you enjoy
1. Twinkies
2. Peanuts… actually must nuts
3. Oranges
4. Cold Cuts
5. Anything Colombian

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics –
1. Tangled – Maroon 5
2. A Dios Le Pido – Juanes
3. Gitana – Willie Colon
4. Nada Valgo Sin tu Amor – Juanes
5. Down With the Sickness – Disturbed

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire
1. Travel the world
2. Buy a plane and take all my family and friends on a vacation
3. Set up a trust fund for Vicky’s (my niece) College
4. Buy a house with a heated barn for my Murcielago and fleet of motorcycles
5. Start several companies to be run by my friends

Five bad habits
1. Watching too much TV
2. Weaknesses to food in general
3. Playing Videogames
4. Procrastinating Chores
5. Leaving Cupboards open (I am the official house ghost)

Five things you like doing
1. Kung Fu
2. Ride Motorcycles
3. Washing Cars
4. Reading
5. Playing Video Games

Five things you would never wear again
1. Short shorts, who wears short shorts… there are pictures of me as a kid…
2. My Batman outfit from when I was 3 years old
3. Red shirts… that is a long story, but lets say that I don’t wear red
4. Favorite senior shirt… its too beat up now or I would wear it.
5. Cannot think of anything else.

Five favorite toys –
1. My Handspring Visor (It has Sudoku, Snake and other puzzle games)
2. My Cell Phone, tetris baby… even the rintone is tetris.
3. My Computer of course.
4. Stress ball at work, thanks Mark for the gift.
5. My consoles PS2 and Gamecube, specially DDR.