Tag Archives: America

Baggage Claims

10 Sep


The time i spent in Europe (Deutschland) was very influential in my perspective on life. Apart from the bicycle culture they live, the biggest influence was their grocery shopping lifestyle. Because of the small refrigerators you’re inclined to shop frequently ( once a week at least. )  With frequent visits to Edeka, Aldi, or your local neighborhood deli, toting a plastic bag would not only be a hazard to ecosystem but also not very cost efficient (as plastic bags differed in price depending upon the size of the bag.) It took me awhile to get use to planning carrying my reusable tote but you can see the difference in how clean & efficient things were in Deutschland. And now to see America is finally picking up a trend that can actually help our earth, is phenomenal. With my marketing mind and i’m sure the mind of some others, you’ll see a lot more bags dawning advertisements or cool artist collaborations. i say go for it, anyway we can make something positive cool while creating revenue, a PLUS!

check out some grocer chains reusable bag here


Digital Renaissance

5 Jun

i was blessed today to have the opportunity to attend ‘beyond broadcast 09’ at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. it’s focus was the world’s emerging Digital Renaissance. The video i’ve posted was a video presented during the conference that will challenge the mindset of any individual in our time. i also hope it encourages all to use the technology we have in place as well as think outside of the paradigm of our current world. Anything is possible!


i’m back blogging!
and the eMagazine titled The Sophisticate, will be in circulation soon…
First issue: “The Rise happens in the Fall”

Rachel Maddow: on Obama and change

19 Feb

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more about “Rachel Maddow video: on Obama and change“, posted with vodpod

She brings up very interesting points in the intro to the interview of Malcolm Gladwell. Lend it your ear.

Living: The Bike

4 Jan

wvbikeSeeing as I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was twelve (Yeah i know lol), I was never too into bikes or riding bikes. Especially since, the city i grew up in, Altadena/Pasadena, California, a suburb outside of Los Angeles, is built in mountains and on hills. You would have to be in superior shape and love biking in order to make it up the hills. Going down is always the fun part! So when i got to Europe, i was surprised to see the bike as a major mode of transportation and a huge part of Life. Not only does the demographic of most European cities allow this to be possible with everything relatively close, but it seems to fit the very culture and mindset of Europeans. They live a very modest life, the apartments aren’t big, which makes the refrigerators smaller. You’d be hardpressed seeing an Escalade or Navigator on a cobblestone road seemingly designed specifically for Mini Coopers, Audi TT’s, and Porsches. And most importantly, no one would know what kind of outfit you dawned for the day if you didn’t get out and enjoy the unpolluted air.

The government has also made it more effecient for the bike to sustain its importance in transportation. Here in Germany, it’s very expensive to get a driver’s license and then to actually purchase a car, which deters the average family from pursuing vehicular transportation. The streets adhere to those bike riders much much more than in the States. They have bike lanes everywhere, from the small towns to the major cities with convenient bike racks about every kilometer that hold an average of 100 bikes. (yes i counted, test me) The bike enthusiasts are required, like the cars, to use signals whenever riding in the streets and each bike must have a working bell.

Oh man, the bell! I have a love/hate relationship with the bike bell. My first time in Munich i was taken on a bike tour around the city for three hours. They explained to us the basic rules and regulations of bike riding in Europe and the only rule i think i heard was, “if any pedestrian is on the bike lane or if any bike is moving slower than you are, ring the bell and they’ll move.” I loved it! Until I became one of the pedestrians and forgot where i was. The bells drove me completely insane. The other modes of transportation in Europe make it even more effecient and ideal to ride a bike.

You can get on a bus with your bike. And not always do you have to put it on the front or rear racks of the bus, but i’ve seen some get ON the bus with bike in tow. It’s also the same way on the trains which is the best mode of transportation in Europe because of its speed and the distance it covers. To be able to travel from country to bikingandsmokingcountry with a duffel bag, your passport, and a bike is amazing to me.

There’s no limit to who you’ll see riding a bike either. The two biggest characteristics i have adopted to my life from the European way of living is their fashion (which i was already intrigued by) and their humble and modest living. You’ll catch anyone from a CEO of a major company, a leading Art Center director, to a great grandmother grocery shopping, or a young socialite, pedaling their way to a destination. Biking is just the intelligent, cool, cost effecient way to get from point A to point B.

I’ve seen the affect and effect biking can have on an individual.
1) You have to possess some self-confidence to ride a bike. You’re exposed to the world! 2) It keeps you healthy, young, and in shape. Though everything is relatively close, to bike there still isn’t easy. Driving there just wouldn’t make sense. 3) It makes you look so much cooler. From fashion to function, it’s so much more personal riding a bike, which makes it so cool. I’ve never seen a suit in so much activity until i got to Europe. 4) You keep a lot more Euro in your pocket. Because the average bike is only 150 euro and to fill the innertube with air at any gas station will dig 50 cent deep into your pockets. The maintenance in riding a bike is staying in shape. No registration fees, no license necessary, no parking permits needed. Just you, your bike, a bike lock, and a plastic bag to place over the seat in case it rains or snows lol.

In my quest to live here permanently, for so many reasons, the culture, the atmosphere, the people, the humble and modest living, the Euro and Pound (both being stronger than the dollar), The Bike would be the glue that would hold my average, everyday life together in Europe.

a more in-depth article will be in my upcoming eMagazine, the Sophisticate™, February!
photographs taken from the Sartorialist

Dollar Devaluationalisms

15 Dec


I mentioned this in about 4 previous posts, the dollar becoming extinct pretty soon. Many people dispute that claim, but if you understand how our economy is operated you’d also understand why it would make so much sense to push inflation as high as possible, devaluing the dollar. which in turn (yes, again) would usher in the new currency called the Amero. They’re (Federal Reserve)  going to make the devaluing of the dollar sound really good for our economy, how it helps save companies who facilitate jobs and are largely apart of the cycling of money in the economy. All to make it sound logical to the average tax payer. Those hardworking American citizens who are funding these “bailout” plans.  And whether you like the sound of it or not, it’s already happening. Not one individual has gotten a billion dollar bailout plan (or even a 1o thousand dollar bailout plan), yet these major corporations who don’t and shouldn’t receive relief  in a capatalistic society, are getting major help! These same corporations who are behind the government via lobbyists, politicians, and special interests groups. i won’t tell you what to do with YOUR money, i’ll just keep presenting the facts.

check out the Forbes.com article on Dollar Devaluation here.

Credit or Debit?

3 Dec


“People still pull out the plastic, but often they’re not charging anything. That leaves banks scrambling to make up the revenue they’ve lost from their more-profitable credit cards.” (MSN Article)

i ran into an interesting article on MSN Money about the popularity growth in debit cards and the decline in credit cards since the stock market decline around the globe. I agree that it is much better, easier, and less stressful economizing with a debit card. But the American money system wasn’t built for you to economize. That’s why your credit score is, oh so important! I’ve been blessed enough to live abroad during this tumultuous economic time and a byproduct of that is being able to open up several accounts here in Europe. I’d urge any of you who can open up a foreign account, whether already abroad or in the States, to do so asap. The dollar is steadfastly depreciating and will soon be extinct. Too bad we’re not banks, we’d get “a bailout” plan.

Enjoy the article.

Gov’t Partially Purchases Bank?

10 Oct

i’m not quite sure the average American citizen realizes how important the U.S. Government purchasing some national banks has on the future of the dollar and our society. Forbes.com has written an article covering the U.S. Government’s plan to purchase partial ownership in some of our U.S. banks with this new approved ‘700 Billion Dollar Rescue Bill’ (by the way, this bill no less than a week ago was called the ‘Wallstreet Bailout’ and got denied) to help rebuild and restore our economy. Not only have the Federal Reserve been prompted to drop the Federal Interest Rate a half point to 1.5%, the lowest in 4 years, but other countries in response to Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, have done the same.

i hate to say it folks, but it looks to me like we’re headed for a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. i’m not really big on conspiracy theories but i am big on the truth. In order for our country to compete with this ever-changing global economy, we’re going to have to take some clues from the globe. One of them being to unify our continent, bringing forth the often denied and speculative currency of the North American Union, the Amero.

What’s even more interesting is that other countries like Great Britain have nationalized their banks and we (USA) couldn’t even follow suit if we wanted to which is what our country’s fathers should’ve considered in the first place. But because we borrow money from a privately owned and operated company, the Federal Reserve, we can no longer run or operate this country without them. They loan the U.S. Government money with interest and to pay back that loan the U.S. Government borrows again from the Federal Reserve with an even higher interest rate which is paid for by the Federal Income Tax (which by law, is unconstitutional) which garnishes 4 months of the average American workers’ annual wages.

We (USA) were placed in this position when, in 1943, the gold standard was abolished meaning it no longer backed our USD. It became a Federal Reserve Note, which is legal tender for all debts public or private. Basically, turning the United States into Disneyland and the USD into Mickey Mouse money only good if used on the premises.

i urge and plead that you take a real close look at this article and pay attention to what’s really going on. And if you don’t believe me, GOOD, i hope that makes you search for the truth about YOUR money on your own. Literally, our future depends on it!

Guess Ross Perot was right in his 1992 campaign for president. He wasn’t a mogul for nothing.

source: Forbes.com