Archive for August, 2013

After just watching the movie, those who haven’t read the book, won’t understand the movie adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
I will admit, some parts were confusing, but because I read the book, the scenes that jumped around make more sense than to most people. If you haven’t read the book, you might as well stop right here because I just might spoil something.
I thought the movie made perfect sense in the way it flowed and so on. But according to my dad, it was really hard to follow because unlike me, he never read the book so none of it made sense to him. Now I do find it odd of how Clary was the only one with an American accent while everyone else except for Simon was European. That was really the only big problem I had with it. Other than that, it was pretty cool with the demon effects, how things went down, as well as the subtle hints to the Angel Sword. Hands down though, the best creation of a character had to be the Silent Brothers who looked far creepier than I expected. I’m excited to see how City of Ashes goes 🙂
I know this is a short post, but if more to talk about comes up, it will grow.

50 Years Later…

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

So as I write this, the coverage lingers on.

Obama, King’s daughter, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton. Everyone who is anyone in the black community is there…for the wrong reason.

Most if not all of everyone who is there is a democrat. Sure some policies changed in the last 50 years, but the core value is still the same, peaceful protest is the only option to achieve fair treatment. The Democrats there think they believe that when really they supported the Occupy movement (violent riots), believe that everyone whose a criminal deserves equal treatment especially if their black, they are entitled to government assistance because of their race, and probably the most annoying is the idea that they can boast about words from a pastor who would turn his back on these “supporters” who attack Christians and God.

“And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all the flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” – “I Had A Dream”, MLK Jr.

Those who were there now seem to ignore the change that has already happened and act as if nothing has changed when in reality, a lot of change has occurred. We cannot look at the present believing that it is exactly the same as how it was 50 years ago. Racially, we are more equal among blacks and whites than ever before. So reflect on history without a prejudice mind.

“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation is rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

Work First. Live Later.

Posted: August 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is probably the best fitting, yet most annoying thing that is taken to heart in my family. Although I really hate it sometimes, it’s really true. Work should come first because you are getting paid. Socializing comes later when work is not an option. This becomes challenging when you have friends who always want to hang out with you, but can’t because you’re always working. As much as I love being around people, that money is nice. Sure I don’t get paid as much as most people, I still get paid a pretty good amount. I get paid to deal with some of the rudest, stuck up, self-centered people in the world. They don’t know that they just get laughed at when they leave because to keep us focused, we have to find a way to feel better faster.
The “work first” motto really started with my grandpa who would work all day with his business of metal fabrication and then have additional projects on the side like repair tvs only to sell them again. I’ve heard stories where he wouldn’t come home until late at night only to leave early in the morning. That is just how it was way back then. My dad was basically forced into the way of life so the motto is engraved into his view setting of life. As for me, it is still optional, but I try to apply it as much as possible because while friends are important to hang out with and to socialize with, work should come first no matter what. I will probably lose friends that way, but so be it because I would rather loose friends than loose a job that I like which gives me a decent pay. Real friends work around it and have jobs of their own. Cancelling a day of going to the park or seeing is a movie is less damaging than cancelling work because you don’t get paid at the park. Very few things take a high priority than work. Whether its school or something scheduled a month in advanced, only a few things are worth losing money over. The everyday stuff can change like the wind, it’s the stuff that pays that which is the upmost important.

Jon Negroni

5 Activities That Make You A Better Writer

Instead of telling you how to improve your writing, let’s talk about what you can be doing right now to get better…

Being a writer is tricky, especially if you’re actively seeking out ways to improve your skill. I know that every time I go online to find advice on writing, hundreds of experts are going to tell me hundreds of different things.

I don’t feel like doing that today. Instead of telling you how to improve your writing, I want to give some tangible advice on what you can be doing right now to get better at writing.

See, I learn better through experience, and a lot of you may be the same way. Here are the activities that I find myself doing all of the time (and things I’ve been doing for a long time) that have been a tremendous influence on my growth as a writer.


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It’s CFA, Not McDonalds

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

There are a few things I’ve noticed about people who come to CFA:
  1. Some people still seem to think that although it’s called CHICK-fil-a, we sell hamburgers.
  2. They seem to think we are brain-dead idiots who can’t get anything right with their orders or names.
  3. Just because we get one thing wrong or there’s something you disagree with, it’s okay to talk down to us or have an attitude.
  4. When there is something wrong, it seems to be perfectly understandable to interrupt while we are helping another customer.
  5. Leaving trash in front of the drink towers is perfectly acceptable.
The first one is probably the funniest because it’s one some never wrap their minds around. I don’t know how clear we can make it, CFA is a CHICKEN restaurant. I mean, we have the original chicken sandwich, there’s a chicken in our logo,  and every food item on our menu has chicken. It’s like just because this is America, every place should have hamburgers. We are not McDonalds, we sell chicken, not beef.
The second note annoys me most of all. Just because we work at a fast food restaurant, it doesn’t mean we will work there forever and don’t plan on bigger dreams. When people want to be successful in a social environment in the future, they work at CFA. There is a reason why there are always new faces year to year, we all have plans to go elsewhere in life. Most of us have done AP or honor classes and can problem solve better the majority of the customers who come by. Although we get stressed out at high maintenance people, most are sharply dressed because they have expectations set at a high bar because they know we will deliver. CFA is popular for a reason, we are a well oiled machine.
This doesn’t happen with every customer, but with the occasional one, we will get someone who thinks they are better than us because they don’t work at a fast food place (if you need to be shown you’re wrong for thinking that, please feel free to revert back to the previous paragraph). We are not perfect androids who can execute an order with 100% efficiency, but we will try to be that way. We will mess up on understanding you, give you the wrong drink, get the change wrong, forget a comment to add/leave something to/off your meal, make the icedream weird, and etc. So like you, we are far from perfect. If something does go wrong, we will go out of our way to make things better. Also, if you give us attitude, we won’t show it, but we will highly doubt your maturity. Lastly, no matter what you do, you cannot get under most of our skins.
Being interrupted by a previous customer who had something wrong with their meal while helping another one who is at the register is always awkward. This happened tonight and a couple of times before. I don’t care if a fly landed in your drink or you got pickles left off your sandwich, it’s just plain rude. Not to mention the awkwardness that we have to deal with because we are trying to serve another customer who has spent time in line to only wait more because you cannot wait until I am available again. It looks bad on us because we have to ignore who we were just helping to deal with this now inconvenient customer. We will get to you, we will even let you cut in front of someone else just to help you, but you look bad if you’re going to cut into what we are doing with a “me first” attitude.
Lastly, the biggest annoyance to everyone who works for CFA is the amount of people who leave straw wrappers behind the drink towers or in the holes in the counters. Because we aren’t able to see it immediately to take care of it, it will go unnoticed for at least 30 minutes until someone wipes down the counters. This makes us look bad because it gives the perception that CFA is a trashy place, when really we try hard to look as clean as possible. As for the holes in the counter, they are not little trash cans made perfectly convenient for straw wrappers, the holes are where registers used to be. So if at all possible, dispose wrappers in trash cans, not wherever convenient.
Now that I am done with my little rant, I must say that it is really fun to work at CFA because of the people you work with understand the stress you’re in because they went through and had to deal with the same kinds of customers. Not to mention that the owners completely understand that they work with all teenagers so we won’t always see the right decision or have the right answer. Plus the owner is still like a teen still being laid back and being laid back. It really is like a family, minus seeing each other everyday, including Sundays.

Peaceful Chaos

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

I have discovered that when I am by myself or with a certain friend, I am very relaxed, but when I am at work, I am very energetic. Now while I may get weird looks for being this way, I have discovered that not being the only crazy one who can’t settle down can be reassuring. My mind is constantly racing at certain parts of the day which helps with being as quick as possible at CFA. When I am feeling slow or at peace, I work and think best alone. This doesn’t mean that I try to push people away, it just means that anything I want to get done, I work best without the distractions of society. When I am feeling peaceful, I’ll usually be doing one of four things: sleeping, reading, watching t.v., or just thinking. I have learned that it is hard to read when you are texting people so usually my responses tend to kill the conversation just as a way to give me time to read more. I don’t try to be rude about it because then that would be pointless, but rather I try to ease myself out of it so I can conjure images of what is going on within the novel.

I’m not always like this with some friends. With some, I become a boring person who just goes along with whatever they feel like doing at the time just because I have no stored energy. When I do and I have to be boring, I’ll become really random and may weird the person out due to my lack of interest in the matter or I’ll drift off into space thinking about anything that is currently going on somewhere else. The point is though, I live the best when I am alone. There is just something about a quiet solitude that makes any room have a tranquil environment. Some interaction with people is a good thing, but only so much can go on before you must wane yourself off of the nipple of the societal feeding bottle and ingest some real food for the mind.


To find yourself is to loose everything else.

I love it how I always hear how I can cheer people up and make their lives happier, especially when people say I inspire them to do something. Especially since that’s not who I am on the inside.
If you think I’m someone who always cares about how to bring the best out of someone or a situation, strive to make sure people have a good day, or knows how to always say the right thing to make you smile, chances are you don’t really know me.
While it is true I can make people occasionally happy, odds are that I’m plotting someone’s emotional/psychological demise for entertainment. I have a part of a good heart, but being happy bores me. I can’t stand to see people completely happy in life because that means you’re choosing to ignore the negatives of life. It could be just that I dislike being happy because it’s so temporary. If someone has a problem, they become interesting because there is something to learn, but as soon as they are happy and content with life, they become of less importance.
Call me the Grinch, but don’t expect me to be a green and awkwardly tall fur ball.
Some people aren’t worth helping though. How I justify this is that I look at their problems and assess if its really that interesting or worth helping on. If its a problem with a person or something that is obscuring the path to a decision, then I will help. If its a pity fest, then I can try to comfort, but odds are I won’t really help and may make things worst. That is why I usually try to stay out of peoples’ issues. Now if you become emotional and somehow get my emotions in the works, I will be heartless and really not care.
You can’t expect someone whose been raised to be anti-social to be a socialite and to love people, I just don’t work like that. I have a tendency to not want to be around people, but rather a good book because with books, you can go to different worlds and go on adventures. Whereas with people, you have to make the plans and how to make the day memorable/interesting. Also, books can’t you disappoint you as much as people can. Where books inspire to create dreams, people crush them. I find that understandable because I tend to crush dreams when I feel heartless. When you crush dreams, you break hearts. I don’t always try to break hearts, but that is inevitable, I will break everyone’s in one way or another. Just know that when the time comes, don’t take it hard, it was going to happen sooner or later. I have learned that I am a better person the more hearts I break because I learn more from those unlike those who I end friendships with peacefully. Hate me or love me, either way, you’re doomed. You could be the nicest person in the world and I will still end up finding a way to break you. Consider it merciless or an exaggerated warning, but something of the like will happen. I guarantee it.
Happiness is temporary, sadness lasts forever…